Friday, December 9, 2011

Lower Prices and Added Talent Highlight Changes To Fred Hammond Gospel Performance

Local artists Greg Peacock Featuring The LifeMusic Crew, “Sunday’s Best” contestant Chase Stancle and dancer Laassah Taylor are all jumping on the Fred Hammond line-up for his performance at DeVos Performance Hall on December 30 at 7PM. But patrons won’t have to pay more to see an upgraded lineup.

To top it off, patrons can now gain admittance for lower prices than initially announced. Ticket prices are now $25 and $40. Tickets will go up $5 on the day of show. Groups of 10 or more receive $3 off $40 tickets and $2 off $25 tickets per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster outlets including D&W stores and select Family Fare locations, or charge by phone: 800-745-3000.

For three amazing decades, singer/songwriter/producer/musician Fred Hammond has been a Gospel music arbiter, consistently pushing the genre into to new melodic territory. The Detroit native ascended from bass-playing sideman for The Winans; to founding member of the trendsetting sextet Commissioned; to creating the further renowned ensemble Radical for Christ, to becoming a highly influential solo artist and producer in his own right.

From traditional gospel to funk, acoustic rock and even a cappella pieces, Fred Hammond’s new 15-song set pulls from a sprawling musical palette to mold his musical messages—something the Community Inclusion Group was looking forward to when collaborating with Marvin Sapp Ministries to bring Hammond over.

Convention/Arena Authority Operations Committee member and CAA Community Inclusion Group Chairperson, Darius Quinn states that the “group's number one priority this year is to increase the number of top level events and attractions for communities of color to enjoy within our facilities (Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place Convention Center and the DeVos Performance Hall). Working in conjunction with Marvin Sapp Ministries, helps us to get closer to meeting this goal by bringing to Grand Rapids one of the all time greatest gospel singers in Fred Hammond."

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Professional Men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Iota Pi Chapter, will be having for the first time in Downtown Grand Rapids, a NEW YEAR EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!!! DeVos Place 12/31/11.

Come join us as we celebrate “A New Year and New You” and bring in the New Year with the Men of Omega Psi Phi. We are doing it like it’s never been done before…..with Ballroom Lessons to whomever purchases a ticket and would want to learn Traditional or Urban Ballroom, Chicago Step, Modern Hustles, or Bop between the hours of 7PM to 9PM with special guests “Dance By Design”. At 9:00PM please come and enjoy Smoove and Sultry sounds played by WYGR’s very own DJ Z.

We want to give you the entire experience, so while dancing into the New Year, if you get a little hungry, please go and help yourself to the All-You-Can-Eat Buffets and Dessert Bars that will be available to EVERYONE!

To thank you all for coming out and helping us bring in the New Year, we will supply you and your special someone with a Complimentary Glass of Champagne to Toast in the New Year at 12:00AM!!!! But wait, it’s not over yet because DJ Z will continue to make sure that the party does not stop just because 2012 is here. He’s going to kick it up a notch and take us all HIGHER up until the clock strikes 2:00AM.

This will be the FIRST in Grand Rapids on this scale and you won’t want to miss it! So come out and get involved with the fun and we will be expecting to see your smiling face in 2012!!!!!

We also want to help you capture your time spent with us while we bring in the New Year with Professional Photographers and A Videographer that will be on-site for your convenience. So come in your best dress or suit or outfit and let us make it memorable for you!

Tickets are available at the DeVos Place box office, Tickemaster outlets, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.