Archive for December, 2010

Teena Marie Has Died

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Music Business


Grammy Award-nominated singer–songwriter–producer, Teena Marie has died. Nicknamed Lady Tee, (sometimes spelled Lady T), was a protégée of late funk legend Rick James, and was notable as one of the few successful white performers of R&B. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release Irons in the Fire. She said it was her favorite album. She had a daughter, Alia Rose, who, as of 2009, sang under the name Rose Le Beau. Marie died on Sunday, December 26, 2010, at home, of natural cause as announced by her manager, Mike Gardner. She was 54.

Born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, the 54-year-old artist famously paired with late funk legend Rick James and was nominated four times for a Grammy Award, according to her official website.

Marie was found dead by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep, manager Mike Gardner said.

“Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body,” said Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One, a broadcasting company that targets African-American and urban listeners. “I would always tell her that she was one of the greatest vocalists of our time.”

Among her songs were “Lovergirl,” “Portuguese Love,” “Ooo La La La,” and “I’m a Sucker for Your Love.”

While no cause of death has been released, the singer’s publicist Lynn Jeter said that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure — a neurological event, marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions, according to the Mayo Clinic — a month ago.

“Luckily, someone was there,” Jeter said of that seizure. “The ambulance took her to the hospital, and on the way she had another seizure.”

The publicist said that she had a “great” conversation on Saturday with Marie, who told her that she was excited about heading to Atlanta to perform this week — in what would have been her first performance since the seizure.

Marie sang under various record labels, including Motown, Epic, Stax Records and Cash Money Classics, since bursting on the scene as a 19-year-old, according to her website. Her last studio album, Congo Square, featured several collaborations.

“The enduring influence of Teena’s inspirational, trailblazing career, could only have been made possible through her brilliant song-writing, showmanship and high energy passion which laid the ground work for the future generations of R&B, hip-hop, and soul,” said Gene Rumsey, chief label officer with Concord Music Group. “We feel extremely fortunate to have worked with a visionary who changed music in indelible ways.”

Eddie Levert, founder of the vocal group The O’Jays, praised Marie as both a singer and mother.

“There are a lot of black people who swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned,” he said. “She was a good mom, and to me, that is saying a lot.”


You are officially invited to the fifth annual “5 Minutes to Midnight” NYE affair. Houston’s signature New Year’s Eve event will once again be the gathering place for those that have come to appreciate elegance, opulence and a sizzling hot party to ring in the New Year.

We know what you want. Something special. Something different. New faces and luxurious surroundings.

The lavish J.W. Marriott Galleria provides the perfect environment to welcome you in for a night of splendor and excitement. Settle into one of the luxurious rooms for a low $109 and dash over to the Galleria for that perfect piece to set off your look!

Children and those who dress like them are never allowed at our events. This is the place for you to be the sexy professional you are and enjoy the company of others with taste and distinction.

Kyle Turner, a creative and innovative artist, has warmed many hearts with the sultry musical notes on his saxophone.   Kyle a native Houstonian will be the featured artist on this event.

The event of the year awaits you. We’ll see you there.

Early bird ticket specials available!

Text 281.830.2803 or 713.301.8339 for reserved sections and bottle service

Live the “Champagne Life” in 2011

J.W. Marriott Houston Galleria – 5150 Westheimer – Houston, Tx 77056 – (713) 961-1500.

Ken Ford
has a long list of credits which include appearances on the local TV News Show FOX5 “Good Day Atlanta”, WSB-TV’s Family to Family Parade, WXIA-TV/11Alive Noon News, The Trumpet Awards, studio projects with labels such as LaFace and SoSo Def Recordings, and string arrangements/solos for hip-hop artist Goodie Mob, r&b singer Laurnea, and Maxwell. Radio station interviews included Atlanta’s V103 with Joyce Littel, and WCLK 91.9 with Ken Batie. Ford has shared the stage with artists such as Eric Benet, Roy Ayers, Caren Wheeler, Rachelle Farrell, Jean Carne, Regina Carter, and Jonathan Butler. The list goes on and on.

Grown Folks New Year’s Eve Bash, Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, Georgia 30337

Friday, December 31, 2010 – 7:00 pm

The luxury JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek plays host to the party of the year!
2 Ballrooms with 2 Great Bands featuring Jakarta & Dotsero.

The Center Foyer area hosts the complimentary appetizer buffets
Champagne toast and party favors included in ticket price
Cash bars available all night

Shed G will be steppin on band breaks and MC Becky Taylor will bring in the New Year
Singles, Couples, Groups welcome… Everyone will be at this party!

Tickets do not include rooms.
Special limited room rates and parking rates available.

JW Marriott Cherry Creek, 150 Clayton Lane, Denver, Colorado 80206

Friday, December 31, 2010 – 8:00 pm

Michael Powers has established himself among a new breed of guitarists and composers who, with each album and every performance, continually redefines the guitars’ role in the jazz context.

9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Michael Powers Band Appetizers Dessert Buffet Seattle’s Best Coffee Station Midnight Champagne Toast Party Favors $37 pp before 12/15 $43 pp after 12/15 Reservations Required.

Billy Baroo’s Restaurant & Lounge, Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Ave S, Tukwila, Washington 98168

A Pacific Northwest tradition since 1925, located just south of Seattle in Tukwila, WA, Foster has provided entertainment for generations of golfers. Recently remodeled in 2004, the facility has undergone a tremendous change. The city of Tukwila spent nearly $5 million dollars in the construction of a new 15,000 sq. foot clubhouse and renovations to the golf course.  The clubhouse includes a 1200 sq. foot Pro Shop, an instruction studio with state of the art equipment, meeting and banquet rooms for up to 220,and outdoor patio and pavilion seating for an addtional 220.

The golf course was renovated to add new tees, rebuilt and added several greens, and rebuilt the 10th fairway. All of the changes were done with a look to the future. The golf course has provided enjoyment for beginning golfers and veterans for 80 years. With all the changes to the facilty the theme remains the same.


Countless music lovers dream of a lifestyle totally dedicated to their passion. Jack Prybylski is one of those rare musicians whose talent, perseverance, and spirit have made that dreams a reality. One of Western New York’s premiere instrumental performers, Jack Prybylski�s (purr-bill-ski) career as an award-winning saxophone player has included nine full-length recordings, endorsements, world travel and the opportunity to work with some of the most respected names in contemporary music.

Celebrate your New Year’s Eve with Jack Prybylski at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, Nevada 89431.  John Ascuaga’s Nugget is one of the few family-owned casino resorts left in the country. Founded as a coffee shop with a few slot machines on March 17, 1955, John Ascuaga has built the Nugget into a world-class, full-service gaming resort destination. John and two of his children, Michonne and Stephen are intimately involved in the daily operations of the business and set the tone of the quality, caring and fun environment that makes the Nugget the perfect place to take your next getaway, vacation or event.

Friday, December 31, 2010 – 6:00 pm.


Tickets are available now! Call Shawn Brown at 813-924-8943 or

Pat Barbara at 941-730-6911. VIP tickets available at $100, to

include 2 dinner entrees per person, plus VIP rooms access.

 Standard tickets available at $85, includes a single dinner entree.

per person.

 For our VIP ticket holders, there are 4 catered rooms complete

with catered food and adult beverages. VIP rooms are open

during and after the event.

 100 rooms have been reserved under Shawn Brown

Entertainment Experience at The Fairfield Marriott on 12260

Morris Bridge Road, Tampa Florida (at a discounted rate of

$79.00, which includes a complimentary breakfast). Phone (813)


 Shuttle service available all evening that will drive guests to and

from The Fairfield Marriott and the Embassy Suites (5 minutes


Embassy Suites Tampa – USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33612

Friday, December 31, 2010

Opening is at 6:00 p.m. with dinner promptly at 7:00 p.m.