Oct 11: Mercedes Benz presents “Carousel of Hope”

From westsidepeoplemag.com

37 Years After Its Founding, Celebrity-Supported Children’s Diabetes Foundation Has Raised Over $80 Million From Star-Studded, Biennial Charity Ball

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The Carousel of Hope, the world’s premiere charity event benefiting childhood diabetes and designated #1 benefit in southern California by BIZ BASH magazine, hosted biennially by Barbara Davis and presented by Mercedes Benz, is set for its 27th gala on Sat., Oct. 11, in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the Beverly Hilton.

The legendary, star-studded gala benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, voted the country’s #1 leading care and research center for type 1 diabetes.

The event’s blue ribbon committee has included Sir Michael Caine, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, Sumner Redstone, Les Moonves, Paul and Maurice Marciano, Jane Fonda, Berry Gordy, Richard Gere, Carey Lowell, David Geffen, Brad Grey, Scarlett Johansson, Maria Shriver, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Goldie Hawn, Sir Sidney Poitier and Sir Elton John.

Jay Leno will encore as Master of Ceremonies and David Foster and George Schlatter will, respectively, reprise their roles as music director and producer.

For the sixth consecutive time, Mercedes-Benz will be the presenting sponsor and on Sunday, September 28, under the banner of “Kids Helping Kids,” premier developer Rick Caruso is turning over The Grove in West Hollywood to the Carousel of Hope for a day of family activities, special lunch fare and diabetes testing.

Known for its lavish silent auction, among the biggest on the planet, the Carousel of Hope will once again feature a sumptuous menu of once-in-a-lifetime auction items, including globe-trotting trips, luxury hotel suites and consultations with unique experts, such as wedding guru and event planner Mindy Weiss.

The Carousel of Hope has featured once-in-a-lifetime performances by Elton John, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Ricky Martin, Beyoncé, Rod Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Josh Groban, Jennifer Hudson and B.B. King.

Since its founding 37 years ago by Marvin and Barbara Davis, in honor of their daughter Dana Davis (Founder of Dana Davis footwear), who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7, The Carousel of Hope has raised over $80 million on behalf of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, Colo. Over 6,000 children and adults with type 1 diabetes from around the globe visit there annually for specialized care. The Center also cares for children with type 2 diabetes. Both forms of the disease are increasing at an epidemic rate.

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David Foster Master of Ceremonies for 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year: Bruce Springsteen

The 2013 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala Honoring Bruce Springsteen - Show

Source: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/springsteen-honored-in-warm-up-to-the-grammys/

February 9, 2013, 5:12
Springsteen Honored in Warm-Up to the Grammys

Bruce Springsteen was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year at an annual concert in Los Angeles on Friday, where an all-star lineup of performers did songs from his catalogue to raise money for indigent musicians.

The Recording Academy puts on the MusiCares concert and charity auction every year two nights before the Grammy awards. The charity is a subsidiary of the Recording Academy, and the gala is one of the major parties leading up to the awards ceremony on Sunday.

Mr. Springsteen got into the spirit of a charity auction held just before the event. Organizers asked him and several of the stars at the event sign a new Telecaster guitar in hopes of auctioning it for at least $50,000. The master of ceremonies, David Foster, who is also the chairman of Verve Music Group, waded through the tables collecting signatures from the likes of Elton John and Tim McGraw, but was having trouble getting people in the crowd to open up their wallets.




Then Mr. Springsteen sweetened the deal. He jumped up and bellowed: “With this guitar comes one free guitar lesson from me. That’s right. One free lesson. One hour. And a ride in the sidecare of my Harley Davidson. So dig in you one percenters!”

The bidding started to escalate rapidly as the crowd, which included some of Los Angeles’s most affluent families, roared with laughter. As the bids spiraled up, Mr. Springsteen added more to his offer: free tickets to his next concert, backstage passes, a tour of the backstage conducted by himself. Finally he threw in a homemade lasagna made by his mother, who was present.

In the end, the guitar sold to an unindentified woman for $250,000. She gave the Boss a hug.

Jon Stewart, the comedian who is a close friend of Mr. Springsteen, hosted the event. He pointed out that Mr. Springsteen was one of the few things New Jersey natives like himself have to be proud of.

“We don’t have much,” he said. “We are known mostly as the chief exporter in this country of carcinogens. Bruce Springsteen is all we have.”

Mr. Stewart said that, when he was a young man, he worked in a bar called “The Bottom Half,” which was so called because it was downstairs from a liquor store, and drove a 1969 Gremlin, a car so ugly that it assured no self-respecting young woman would go out with him. In those days, he said he took comfort from Mr. Springsteen’s songs. “I would put on a tape of Bruce’s songs and I would think ‘I am not a loser. I am a character in an epic poem about losers.’”

The concert featured several memorable performances. Mumford & Sons offered a aching, bluegrass-tinged version of “I’m on Fire.” Patti Smith brought the crowd to their feet with her her hit “Because the Night,” which she co-wrote with Mr. Springsteen in the 1970s.

Jim James and Tom Morello did a powerful rocking rendition of “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” which Mr. Morello’s band Rage Against the Machine has recorded. John Legend offered a jazzed-up take on “Dancing in the Dark,” accompanying himself on piano. Jackson Browne drilled down into “American Skin,” driving home the song’s message about racism, and Elton John gave a fierce spin to “Streets of Philadelphia.”

Several country artists, who seem to find a kindred spirit in New Jersey’s rock poet, also helped out the cause. Tim McGraw sang “Tougher than the Rest” with Faith Hill singing harmony, and Kenny Chesney did his rendition of “One Step Up.” Emmylou Harris chose to sing “My Hometown.” Other performances came from Sting, Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown and Mavis Staples.

It remained unclear on Friday night how much the dinner raised for the organization, which provides financial aid, drug treatment and medical care to musicians who are struggling with financial trouble or health problems.

Video: Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Concert with David Foster and more


Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Concert full coverage:

Earth, Wind & Fire: Fantasy-Boogie Wonderland-September
USC Trojan Marching Band: Fight Song-Tusk-Exit music
David Foster: 1988 Winter Olympics Theme
Chaka Khan: Tell Me Something Good / I’m Every Woman
Lucy Schwartz: You Are / Darling I Do (w Landon Pigg)
Amy Grant: House of Love / Baby Baby / Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell cover)
Leogun: Let’s Be Friends / There’s Just No Way
Dave Grusin with Lee Ritenour: Grusin solo-Jazz jam
David Foster with Dave Koz: Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire


With Toto, Michael McDonald, Sarah McLachlan, Elton John.

Celebrating YAMAHA’s 125th anniversary – David Foster live with a blockbuster line-up of music industry stars

From http://eltonjohn125.usa.yamaha.com/:

Thanks to Yamaha’s groundbreaking DisklavierTV™, powered by RemoteLive™ technology, Elton’s performance on the Yamaha Disklavier reproducing piano onstage with a 60-piece orchestra will be streamed live over the Internet and simultaneously to remote Disklaviers in many countries around the world, such as United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore.

His actual piano keystrokes are then faithfully recreated, note for note, in real time on each of the remote instruments, while the entire orchestra is seen and heard on adjacent monitors, in perfect sync with the remote piano performances.

Where can I join the broadcast?
We will be broadcasting the whole concert from Friday January 25th 8:00 PM (PST), featuring a blockbuster line-up of music industry stars!

Joining the “Rocket Man” onstage will be David Foster, Amy Grant, Chaka Khan, Dave Grusin, Earth, Wind & Fire,
Dave Koz, James Newton Howard, LEOGUN, Landon Pigg, Lucy Schwartz, Michael McDonald,
Sarah McLachlan, Sinbad and Toto. Legendary bass player Nathan East will serve as music director.

Elton will take the stage approximately 10:25 PM (PST).



Source: http://eltonjohn125.usa.yamaha.com/

THE TENORS Second Album ‘Lead With Your Heart’ to Be Released 1/15



Wednesday, Nov, 14 – by Music News Desk


Multi-platinum-selling vocal group The Tenors (formerly known as The Canadian Tenors), featuring Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira and Victor Micallef, will release their highly anticipated second studio album, LEAD WITH YOUR HEART, on January 15, 2013, via a U.S. deal with multi-Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, Chairman of Verve Music Group, it was announced today.

“I’m thrilled to welcome The Tenors as members of the Verve family. These amazing performers have established themselves here and abroad, and are a true international success story,” said Foster. “I am extremely proud to be associated with such great Canadian talent.”

The group has already garnered a brilliant response in their native Canada, where LEAD WITH YOUR HEART powered to Top 3 on the Top Current Album Chart (behind Taylor Swift and Rod Stewart), #1 Classics/Crossover and #1 on Amazon.com following its October 30th debut.

The Tenors will soon announce a 70-city North American tour — to include 45 U.S. cities — for Spring 2013. A PBS special on the group begins airing in December of this year.

LEAD WITH YOUR HEART is a 12-track journey that stretches the boundaries of classical crossover music by combining classic songs, modern tunes, and Spanish and French world music. From much-loved covers such as Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” and Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” to the inspirational anthem “Amazing Grace,” and one of the most recognizable and heroic Tenor arias, “Nessun Dorma,” the diverse track list features an eclectic mix of pop favorites and classical staples, along with new compositions written and co-written by The Tenors.

“We are so proud of this album and of the response we are getting from audiences in Canada; we are excited to share this music with so many friends, new and old, on our upcoming tour in America,” said The Tenors.

Collaborating on this exciting new album with The Tenors are world-renowned producers and co-writers including Walter Afanasieff (Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Jackson), Bob Ezrin (Rod Stewart, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd) and Marco Marinangeli (Josh Groban, Il Divo, Placido Domingo).

LEAD WITH YOUR HEART is The Tenors’ first album in over two years, following the international release of their debut album and an extensive touring schedule. Over the past few years, The Tenors have performed worldwide, sharing the stage with legendary artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion (on The Oprah Show), Sting and Paul McCartney. More recently, The Tenors were featured performers on two primetime international broadcasts: THE EMMY Awards live from Los Angeles and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations from Windsor Castle in the UK, where The Tenors performed for Her Majesty.


1. You and I (Vinceremo)
2. Lead With Your Heart
3. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
4. Me He Enamorado (Woman in Love)
5. World Stand Still
6. Journees d’innocence
7. Manana
8. Anchor Me
9. Viento
10. Amazing Grace featuring Natalie Grant
11. Forever Young
12. Lullaby (The Smile Upon Your Face) featuring Chris Botti
Bonus Track: Nessun Dorma

Keep track of The Tenors on Twitter: @TenorsMusic and follow them on Facebook during their upcoming international tour for the latest Tenors’ news and updates!


Since their inception, The Tenors have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful voices and memorable melodies. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, these singing sensations have achieved international success, showcasing their undeniable charm and diverse vocal styles. The music of Canadians Clifton Murray, Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira, and Fraser Walters, is rich and soulful, with powerful anthems and beautiful melodies. Both their self-titled debut and holiday album (The Perfect Gift) have gone platinum in Canada and have been released in many countries around the world by Universal Music and its affiliates.