Rainbow Promotions, LLC Presents “A Special Evening of Music for Friends and Lovers” Valentine’s Concert Featuring Stephanie Mills, Eric Darius, and The L.A. Collective.
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WHAT: Valentine’s Concert: “A Special Evening of Music for Friends and Lovers”
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017—7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
TICKETS: Prices: $70 – $175 – VIP Dinner packages includes savory 3-course dinner and a rose for each lady. Doors for VIP ticket holders open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner being served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Doors for regular non-dinner ticket holders will open at 6:30 p.m.
Media: For features contact KimiRhochelle of KRPR Media, 909-543-2978, firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 VALENTINE’S CONCERT: “A Special Evening of Music for Friends & Lovers,” featuring Stephanie Mills, Eric Darius, and the L.A. Collective.
Treat someone special to a truly memorable Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a seductive concert experience featuring the smooth stylings of some of today’s top contemporary musicians. This special Valentine’s Day concert is presented by Rainbow Promotions, LLC, producers of the Long Beach Jazz Festival, one of the city’s most popular annual musical events. The elegant Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center provides the perfect venue to relax, unwind, and enjoy an enchanting night of great music.
Celebrating 40 years in music and entertainment, GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, Stephanie Mills has garnered twelve Number #1 Billboard R&B singles and five bestselling albums. She is a recipient of an American Music Award and was nominated for numerous other key entertainment and music awards. In addition to her illustrious recording career, Mills has also distinguished herself as an award-winning actress and Broadway legend.
Best known for her role as Dorothy in the seven-time Tony Award-winning Broadway Production of “The Wiz,” Mills starred in and originated the role that propelled her career into international stardom and fame with her signature classic, “Home,” which later became a number #1 R&B song and was also covered by Diana Ross for the movie adaptation.
Mills made a highly anticipated return to “The Wiz” franchise in her recent performance as Aunt Em in the NBC-TV production of “The Wiz Live,” which also featured Queen Latifah, David Allen Grier, and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy. Mills’ performance on this live TV special helped reignite her loyal fan base and bring her a new generation of devoted followers. Her forthcoming album, “Ms. Mills” will be released in the fall of 2016.
During her exciting career Mills has released a long string of successful albums, including “What Cha Gonna Do With My Love?,” “Sweet Sensation,” and “Stephanie.” Her number #1 hits include “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “I Feel Good All Over,” “(You’re Puttin’) A Rush on Me,” “Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel),” and “Put Your Body in It.” In 1994 Mills returned to her gospel roots with “Personal Inspirations,” which was critically acclaimed and received both Stellar Gospel Music and Dove Award Nominations. For 2017, Mills is planning a return to Broadway.
Saxophonist, composer, producer, and vocalist Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. Fearlessly pushing all musical boundaries, he is one of the most exciting musicians to enter the Contemporary Jazz scene in the last decade. His explosive arrival as a recording artist at the age of 17 caused a frenzy worldwide. Now, with six critically acclaimed albums, a number #1 hit single, and seven Top #10 radio hits on Neilsen’s R&B Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts, Eric Darius’s star continues to rise, bringing him international recognition. In 2004 Smooth Jazz News hailed him as the Debut Artist of the Year. Eric has shared the stage with innumerable world renowned Grammy Award-winning artists, including Prince, Jamie Fox, Mary J. Blige, David Foster, Carlos Santana, Babyface, Wynton Marsalis & George Benson, just to mention a few. His music innovatively crosses over many musical genres, from jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Pop, creating a very distinctive, fresh sound and approach that is uniquely his own.
Darius says, “Artists such as Prince, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Miles Davis have always inspired me because of their fearlessness to express themselves freely from a musical standpoint and allow their music to evolve with each album.” Hailing from a musical family with rich traditions in Caribbean music (his father is from Haiti and his mother is from Jamaica), Eric realized his calling for music at an early age. “I remember being nine years old and hearing a saxophonist play at my church. I instantly loved the sound…I remember being blown away by the soul and emotion of the instrument. It was as if I could almost hear the words and lyrics with each note being played…it was at that point that I fell in love with the instrument. The saxophone has a way of connecting with people in a way that no other instrument does. To me, its expressions are closest to the human voice.”
Darius is one of those musicians who was fortunate to benefit from music programs in the school system. As a result, the young musician has made it a mission to pay it forward and has spent a considerable amount of time exposing young students to music in the public school system with his On A Mission in the Schools campaign. He shares, “It is important to me that these types of music programs remain available for children. One of my goals is to expose young kids to music with substance and to help make them aware that music can be an outlet for their emotions…that it can be a positive influence in their lives. By age eleven—after only playing for one year—Eric was chosen to be in Sonny LaRosa and America’s Youngest Jazz Band, which consisted of young musicians, ages five to twelve. The group toured the country and even played at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Throughout Eric’s young but already dynamic career, he’s had the tremendous opportunity to travel and perform worldwide with numerous groups. Even as a high school student at Blake High School of the Performing Arts and a college student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, he was fortunate to travel internationally at a young age. “My goal is to really help bridge the generational gap and make music that has infinite possibilities,” concludes Eric Darius.
With the release of “Retro Forward,” Eric Darius is building bridges, forging new paths and ensuring that his heartfelt, organic and honest approach to the music will stand the test of time. Whether he’s being featured on FOX’s hit TV show, The X Factor, or TNT’s hit drama series, Mob City, Eric’s presence is definitely being felt in the entertainment world. He continues to be an artist that knows no boundaries and a force that is unequaled in today’s musical landscape.
The L.A. Collective
The L.A. Collective is a contemporary jazz ensemble that galvanizes the stage with high-powered energy. Their delight in each other’s company creates a synergy that delights their audiences. Featuring Adam Hawley on guitar, Greg Manning playing keyboard, Darryl Williams on bass, and Tony Moore on drums, plus special guest performers Nathaniel Kearney Jr. and Keith McKelley, this dynamic group’s collective energy creates a unique blend of jazz, funk latin, and soul.
The artists originally came together as a backup band for various artists, but their success together has made them a permanent fixture in the Southern California contemporary jazz music scene. The group draws directly from the diverse talents of its members and the “collective energy” they manifest on stage. Their ability to shift effortlessly from one style to another comes from a shared passion for varying styles of music, plus each musician’s proficiency on their instrument.
In addition to working with some of the top artists in the music industry, the band also has a sensational live show and has performed at the Moreno Valley Jazz Festival, The Market Creek Jazz Festival, and various venues throughout Southern California.
The songs have a lovely smooth, funky groove and the chemistry on stage comes naturally. Filling in for Darryl Williams will be Nathaniel Kearney Jr. and joining in will be Keith McKelley on Saxophone.
About Rainbow Promotions
Rainbow Promotions is the producer of the Long Beach Jazz Festival, various concerts at the Terrace Theatre, Long Beach Center for the Performing Arts and other events throughout the year. For 30 years, Rainbow Promotions has presented the Long Beach Jazz Festival, one of the city’s major events. For more information regarding the Long Beach Jazz Festival go to www.longbeachjazzfestival.com and www.rainbowpromotions.com
About KRPR Media
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