Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jeff Beck Up For Several Grammys Sunday; Catch Him Live at DeVos Performancde Hall This Spring

Legendary Yardbirds Guitarist Jeff Beck will be in the running for several Grammy Awards, which will air Sunday, February 13th on CBS. But you don't have to wait in front of the television or travel hundres of miles to see him. Jeff Beck will be hitting the DeVos Performance Hall stage in Grand Rapids this Spring on April 19th at 8PM.

Beck is sharing the nomination for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Knono No 1, and Oumou Sangare for their collective work on "Imagine," a track for the Imagine Project. Beck also shares a nomination for Best Rock Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals with Joss Stone for their collaboration on "I Put A Spell On You."

But Beck also earned two major nominations in categories Beck's fans would hardly disagree to. Beck also will be trying to earn the nods for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Hammerhead" and Best Rock Album for his latest release, "Emotion and Commotion."

To see the legend live at DeVos Performance Hall, purchase tickets online at, at Ticketmaster outlets, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, or charge by phone 800-745-3000.

A word from the Opera singer who plays Manon Lescaut & her love, on and off stage

It was the wild success of this, Puccini’s third opera that launched the string of masterworks that made him the most popular composer in history. While traveling to a convent where she is being sent by her family, Manon Lescaut attracts the attentions of France’s very wealthy Royal Tax Collector. She escapes his clutches with the help of her true love, a handsome young student. But, the allure of living in luxury soon overwhelms her and she abandons love for riches. Her attempt to return to her true love comes, however, at the incalculable cost of deportment and her tragic demise in the New World. Puccini’s ravishing and poignant music will sweep you away with its rich and emotional power!

Opera Grand Rapids presents Puccini's Manon Lescaut performs at DeVos Performance Hall, February 11th & 12th at 7:30 PM! Tickets are $20-$94 and are available through, all Ticketmaster outlets, the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

To hear a word from the Opera singers whom play Manon Lescaut and the wealthy Royal Tax Collector, please follow this link: Fox 17, Tim Doty interview.

Musicians Jeff Beck, LeAnn Rimes, Seal, and more Announced as Additional Performers to honor Barbra Streisand as 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year

Performances by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artists Tony Bennett, Seal, Donna Summer, BeBe Winans, and Stevie Wonder; multi-GRAMMY-winning artists and current GRAMMY nominees Jeff Beck whom is nominated for “I Put a Spell on You” from the Emotion and Commotion Track and Herbie Hancock; two-time-GRAMMY-winning artist and current GRAMMY nominee LeAnn Rimes; two-time GRAMMY winner Diana Krall; GRAMMY-winner and current GRAMMY nominee Barry Manilow; artist and member of the GRAMMY-nominated "Promises, Promises" cast album Kristin Chenoweth; artists and members of the GRAMMY-nominated "Glee" cast Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss; and artist Nikki Yanofsky. Ms. Streisand, a multi-GRAMMY-winning artist and current GRAMMY nominee, will close the evening with her own special performance.

Attendees include President/CEO of MusiCares® and The Recording Academy® Neil Portnow, and MusiCares Foundation Board Chair Paul Caine and Board Chair Emeritus John Branca. Tribute co-chairs are Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Marty Erlichman, Jay Landers, Ron Meyer, and L. Lee Phillips. Jay Landers and Phil Ramone are the evening's musical directors. Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend.

Iconic artist and philanthropist Barbra Streisand will be honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year at a special event celebrating her exceptional artistic achievements as well as her philanthropic work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 21st year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

The 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by MasterCard, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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