Exciting Special Guest Singers Announced For Tonight’s All-Star Prince Tribute

first_imgTonight at Brooklyn’s The Hall at MP, a special tribute to Prince will take place with a house band that consists of Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), and Louis Cato (Late Show With Stephen Colbert). The show will now feature an incredible horn section, with James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, Wyclef Jean & more), and Ian Gray (Swift Technique) will be adding brass flare.It has just been announced that Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter, Mayteana Morales of The Pimps of Joytime, Hayley Jane of Hayley Jane and the Primates, and Nephrok of the Nephrok All-Stars will be sharing vocal duties throughout the night in this very special tribute. Ziek McCartner recently fronted Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe for a Prince tribute in New Orleans, and all four singers are eager to perform selections from the Purple One’s iconic catalog.Doors for the event open at 10pm with a set from DJ Logic, followed by the very special set of Prince songs. You can find tickets for the show by heading HERE.Karl Denson w/ Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter performing “Head” on Jam Cruise:Full Lineup:Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)Mike Greenfield (Lotus)Louis Cato (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Ian Gray (Swift Technique)Nephrok! (The Nephrok! Allstars)Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane and the Primates)Mayteana Morales (Pimps of Joytime)Ziek McCarter (Con Brio)Opener: DJ Logiclast_img read more

NZ Tourism Search for first Aussie gay wedding in NZ

first_imgTacky Tourism Board – using a highly controversial law change which was rejected by more than half of NZ’ers (80% according to Campbell Live!!). But your tax money is paying for it. By the way, you know who the Minister of Tourism is, eh?And ironically, Australia has just rejected attempts for the law to be changed to recognise gay couples who tie the knot overseasYahoo News 24 June 2013New Zealand’s tourism promoter wants to fly two Australians across the ditch to become the first same-sex couple to wed under new marriage equality laws.Tourism New Zealand on Monday launched its search for the first Australian same-sex couple to marry under the Marriage Amendment Act, which comes into effect on August 19.“We are excited to be making history and working with one lucky same-sex couple to become the very first from Australia to be married here in New Zealand,” said Tim Burgess, general manager of Tourism New Zealand’s Australian operations.The prize includes return flights from Australia, accommodation, a special wedding ceremony and reception.Details about the exact wedding location will be revealed in July when the winning couple is announced.http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/17722007/search-for-first-aussie-gay-wedding-in-nz/Family First slams Tourism Board’s gay marriage ‘stunt’ONE Newshttp://tvnz.co.nz/travel-news/family-first-slams-tourism-board-s-gay-marriage-stunt-5476480last_img read more

Michael Grant supports Hoops 4 Hope

first_imgDuring their time at USC, student-athletes are taught the importance of determination and of giving back to the community.Former men’s tennis team captain Michael Grant seems to have truly taken those lessons to heart. London-born Grant, who graduated from USC in 2014 as a three-time national champion, is now putting his efforts into a fundraising campaign for children in Zimbabwe.Grant is raising money for Hoops 4 Hope, a nonprofit organization that uses sports to ease racial conflict, promote a healthy living and teach teamwork as well as life skills to children.Though Grant excels at tennis — achieving 20-6 as a starter for the Trojans during his senior year and playing professionally upon graduation — his decision to support this basketball program was an easy one.“My friend who is a basketball player at Hamilton was quite involved, and with my dad growing up in Zimbabwe, we have always tried to help,” Grant said. “They are losing financial support and are struggling to keep operations going beyond a few months in advance. I went to play two pro tournaments in Zimbabwe and visited the program, and to see how much the kids are in need and what the program does for them, urged me to try and raise money for them.”Grant and his friend, Peter Kazickas, started their Indiegogo fundraising campaign on Dec. 21, 2014. Contributions of any amount are accepted, but certain amounts offer perks to contributors. For donating $20, they receive a Hoops 4 Hope patch, trading card and post card. For donating $100, contributors receive a watch with the inscription “Ubuntu” on it, which is the African concept of essential human virtues: compassion and humanity.In the spirit of the sports program, there are sneakers signed by celebrities up for grabs. For donating $500, patrons can claim sneakers signed by actress Sarah Jessica Parker. The perk for donating $1,000 is a pair of sneakers signed by 2008 NBA Finals MVP and current Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce, and the perk for donating $1,500 is a pair of Air Jordans designed by current free agent and two-time NBA champion Ray Allen.These perks have proven to be useful incentive — as of Jan. 27 the campaign had raised $8,830 of its $50,000 goal.Grant explained how the funds, which will go toward programming, equipment, uniforms, transportation, court maintenance, water, power, Internet and security, are instrumental in helping the children of Zimbabwe.“It’s fun for them, they love to compete as well,” Grant said. “It’s a great way to keep the kids off the streets and occupied. Often times they don’t have running water or electricity, so to give them an outlet five days a week after school is great for them. It gives them hope not just on the court with basketball, but changes their lives with the life skills they are taught.”The fundraiser runs until Feb. 19, and donations can be made on the Hoops 4 Hope Indiegogo page.last_img read more