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Coming up @ the bergenPAC

As you all know, the bergenPAC, located in Englewood, NJ has been one of's biggest supporters over the past few years. We just wanted to take some time out this month, to let you all know that next month in March/2010, the bergenPAC has got 3 special Soul/R&B concerts coming up, that yall should be interested in.

--bergenPAC presents Patti Labelle, Singing all of her hits -Thursday March 4th 8pm

--bergenPAC presents Brian McKnight, Grammy Award Winning & Multi Platinum Singer Friday March 12, 2010

--bergenPAC presents Michael Bolton, Multi Grammy Award Winning Artist Thursday March 11, 2010 8pm

Thanks in advance...Scroll down, check out the artist bios, check out the bergenPAC website and let us know what cha think?

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bergenPAC presents Patti Labelle- Singing all of her hits -Thursday March 4th 8pm


bergenPAC presents Patti Labelle- Singing all of her hits -Thursday March 4th 8pmR&B Diva Patti LaBelle Performs Legendary Favorites at bergenPAC

LaBelle is a world-class entertainer and humanitarian committed to issues ranging from foster care and adoption to diabetes

Thursday, March 4th- 8:00 PM
$124, $99, $59, $29

(Englewood Cliffs, NJ- February 9, 2010) Patti LaBelle is known for a voice that practically defines the R&B genre. Long recognized for her gospel-flavored soul, she is now out on the road performing the hits that made her a legend. Soul sister and diva extraordinaire Patti LaBelle belts out classics hits like "Lady Marmalade," "New Attitude" and "On My Own" that have made her one of the most beloved entertainers of our time.

LaBelle released her first self-titled album in 1977 on Epic Records, which featured the top twenty R&B dance single, "It's a Joy to Have Your Love" and the well-known gospel ballad, "You Are My Friend", which she co-wrote and dedicated to her son.

In 1980, Labelle scored a Dutch top twenty hit and a U.S. dance sensation with "Release (The Tension)". Three years later, in 1982, LaBelle and singer Al Green participated in the revival of the successful Broadway play, "Your Arm's Too Short to Box with God". That same year, she recorded the hit ballad, "The Best is Yet to Come." The song reached number fourteen on the R&B chart and earned LaBelle her first solo Grammy Award nomination.

In 1983 LaBelle was granted her first nationally televised live broadcast special, featuring Cyndi Lauper, Bill Cosby and Luther Vandross. LaBelle's popularity increased further in 1986 with the release of her best-selling album to date, "Winner in You." The album yielded her first solo No. 1, "On My Own" with pop balladeer Michael McDonald, the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Oh, People," the R&B chart hit, "Kiss Away The Pain" and "Something Special Is Gonna Happen Tonight," a dance favorite.

In 1991, LaBelle released "Burnin,'" achieving gold status and helping her win the Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. Burnin' featured the top five R&B hits "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)", "When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)" and "Feels Like Another One."

During this period, LaBelle had a recurring role as Adele Wayne (mother of Dwayne Wayne) in the NBC sitcom A Different World and also starred in her own sitcom, Out All Night playing a club owner and former R&B star named Chelsea Paige, which debuted in 1992 and canceled in 1993 after 19 episodes. In January 1995, La Belle performed at the Super Bowl XXIX halftime show, with Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval and the Miami Sound Machine, "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye," to promote the upcoming Disney theme park attraction.

In 2000, LaBelle released her final album for the MCA label. "When a Woman Loves," featuring a collection of ballads written entirely by songwriter Diane Warren. Four years passed before LaBelle released a new album under Island Def Jam: "Timeless Journey," which saw LaBelle adding a modern hip-hop flavor to her brand of classic R&B. The album featured the modest hit "A New Day."

In June of 2009 LaBelle was honored at New York's Apollo Theater and inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. "The Apollo is a national treasure, I'm overwhelmed and honored to be recognized on this stage" LaBelle said.

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bergenPAC presents Brian McKnight Friday March 12, 2010


bergenPAC presents Brian McKnight Friday March 12, 2010Grammy Award Winning & Multi Platinum Singer-Brian McKnight Makes his first appearance at bergenPAC

Friday March 12- 8:00 PM
$115, $79, $59, $39

(Englewood Cliffs, NJ- February 9, 2010) Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history - selling more than 20 Million albums worldwide, and earning multiple nominations and awards. McKnight, a multi-platinum award-winning singer, musician, producer and arranger, is known for his silky style, breezy charm and smooth vocals. This is truly a show that you don't want to miss at bergenPAC on Friday March 12, 2010 at 8pm when Brian performs all of his hits including "Back at One," "Anytime" and "One Last Cry." A true renaissance man, McKnight's talents have been showcased in every medium: from his 20 million record sales to his Broadway acting debut in Chicago; from hosting his own radio and television shows to working as a special red-carpet correspondent for Extra. A devoted sports enthusiast, McKnight plays basketball and golf and is known for his musical proficiency on no less than nine instruments. But wherever and whenever he appears, McKnight captures audiences with his authenticity, instant rapport and obvious ease in the spotlight.

One of the most consistent and versatile adult contemporary R&B artists, Brian McKnight placed seven albums spread across 15 years -- from the early '90s through the first decade of the 2000s -- within the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B albums chart. Whether he wrote and produced for himself or collaborated with the likes of Diddy, the Underdogs, and Tim & Bob, he enjoyed moderate commercial success without ever quite becoming a superstar. This, along with a down-to-earth personality and a catalog heavy on mellow material, may have helped McKnight for the sake of longevity; he made his first mark during the tail end of the new jack swing era and, nearly 20 years later, shared chart space with singers half his age. He holds a Grammy record for 16 nominations without a win.

McKnight, a native of Buffalo, NY, grew up in a family where music came naturally. He was a member of the church choir along with his immediate family; his grandfather was the director. With a gospel upbringing, McKnight explored other genres of music. Still in his early teens, he exercised his writing ambitions by penning instrumentals (soft jazz, easy listening); he learned to play several instruments. He formed a band and began performing his originals at local venues. By the age of 18, McKnight had secured a publishing deal. His calling to the national scene manifested itself when his older brother Claude and the group he was a member of, Take 6, signed a recording contract with a major label. After sending out numerous demos to various record companies, McKnight's tape drew the interest of Mercury Records president Ed Eckstine (son of Billy Eckstine). Eckstine was so impressed with McKnight's sound that the young artist was signed to a deal within two weeks.

McKnight's first release on Mercury was 1992's "The Way Love Goes," peaking at number 11 after 19 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart. His two follow-up singles barely cracked the Billboard R&B Top 60, including "Love Is," a duet with Vanessa Williams featured on Beverly Hills 90210. Ironically, that single peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, introducing McKnight to a crossover audience. His self-titled album made a minor splash. Though there was a fair amount of buzz around McKnight as a promising up-and-comer, nearly three years passed between his debut and his second album, I Remember You (1995). His first Top Ten R&B album, it contained a pair of Top 20 R&B singles: a cover of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" and the relatively contemporary "On the Down Low." A very young Robin Thicke, whose admiration ran so deep that he was jokingly nicknamed "Brian McWhite" by friends, co-wrote one of the album's other songs. On Anytime (1997), McKnight shook up his sound by collaborating with Diddy and Trackmasters; the former produced "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)," which crossed into the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and featured Mase. A Christmas album, Bethlehem, followed in 1998 -- the first of five albums he released on Motown.

A year later, McKnight returned with Back at One; its title track reached the top of the Hot 100. Superhero, from 2001, kicked off with the surprisingly rock title track and a featured-guest list -- Justin Timberlake, Nate Dogg, Nelly's St. Lunatics -- that looked like that of a rap mixtape. 2003's U Turn was a fairly straightforward and ballad-filled affair. Some time playing basketball for the ABA's Ontario Warriors helped keep McKnight out of the musical picture for a couple years. Gemini (2005), his final set for Motown, was released in 2005 and contained some of his most overtly sexual songwriting. Ten, a Warner Bros. release, followed quickly the next year, sporting a handful of Tim & Bob collaborations amongst otherwise self-produced material. A second Christmas album, I'll Be Home for Christmas, was released in 2008. Evolution of a Man, for the most part a self-sufficient collection, was released in 2009 on E1 (aka Koch). This wasn't merely one of McKnight's most productive phases from a musical standpoint. He hosted a radio program on a Los Angeles radio station, performed on Broadway in Chicago, and competed on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice.
--Craig Lytle & Andy Kellman.
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bergenPAC presents Multi Grammy Award Winning Artist Michael Bolton Thursday March 11, 2010 8pm


bergenPAC presents Multi Grammy Award Winning Artist Michael Bolton Thursday March 11, 2010 8pmMulti-Grammy Award-Winning Artist MICHAEL BOLTON Performs Selections From New Release "One World, One Love" LIVE at bergenPAC

Thursday March 11th - 8:00 PM
$115, $95, $65, $49, $29

(Englewood Cliffs, NJ February 4, 2010) Michael Bolton has sold over 52 million albums due to his singing prowess. Hits include "When a Man Loves a Woman", "Time, Love, and Tenderness", "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", "How Can We Be Lovers" and many others.

If you made a list of performers who have sold more than 53 million records, won multiple Grammys for Best Male Vocalist and countless other honors, earned a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and sold out arenas worldwide, Michael Bolton would be on that list. But if you tallied all the artists who've sung with Luciano Pavarotti and Ray Charles, written songs with Bob Dylan, Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga,penned hits for Barbra Streisand and KISS, played guitar with B.B. King and had his music recorded on a track by hip-hop superstar Kanye West (featuring megastar Jay-Z), Michael Bolton would be the only name on that list.

Listening blind to Michael Bolton's extraordinary new album, "One World One Love," you would hardly guess what a long and illustrious career has preceded it. Few artists ever get to make 18 studio albums. Those that do often end up milking a successful formula. Not so the musically omnivorous Michael Bolton. "I never just put out a record," he said, "I'm always trying to keep one or two steps ahead of myself. I need to take risks."

For 22yrs he's been true to his word. In the late 1980's, Bolton emerged reinterpreting old soul classics by Ray Charles, Percy Sledge and Otis Redding, whose widow Zelma wrote to him praising his rendition of "Dock of the Bay" as "my favorite version of my husband's classic."

Moving swiftly on, Bolton played guitar with Blues legend BB King, and in 1991, wrote a song with Bob Dylan called "Steel Bars." Another creative detour in 1998 saw the artist wowing classical audiences with an album of Arias, which led to him to singing tenor alongside the late, great Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carerras, Renee Fleming and other opera stars. All the while he was writing pop hits on his own account, as well as supplying material to a raft of other performers, including Barbra Streisand, KISS and Cher.

Bolton didn't slow down or shake off his growing legion of fans and collaborators. Around the time in 2006 that he conceived a project to record an album of Sinatra's swing classics, he was approached by the hip hop maestro Kanye West who sampled his vocals on "Maybe It's The Power Of Love" and "Never Let Me Down" for a track with Jay-Z. For a white kid from Connecticut who set out singing lead in a 70's metal band, Bolton has covered an amazing amount of ground. And this is no accident. "One big idea I grew up with was this: remain open to all genres and means of musical expression …it's about excepting any type of music as the artist's right or freedom of exposition."

The plan for the new album had two main objectives. First, was to craft a collection of memorably uplifting pop songs that sounded fresh without losing the classic Bolton vocal signature. "The question was how to create something current without sounding vocally or musically like I was attempting to pass myself off as contemporary."

Equally important, in Bolton's eyes, was to make a record that would supply an antidote to the mood of gloom engulfing the planet. "Every song had to make you feel good, because people have enough hardships to think about right now. They need to feel good. 'No heartbreak songs' became our mantra."

Key to the project was to assemble the right team. Having discarded the idea of focusing on covers of soul classics, Bolton went looking for "young guns who had been teenagers while my early records were being played. I needed to work with writers and producers who have a firm grasp of contemporary music but at the same time are knowledgeable and educated in the world of music I come from."

With the help of the album coordinator Jolene Cherry, Bolton soon came up trumps. He began writing and recording with a couple of guys from Toronto, Nasri Atwah and Adam Messinger, whose credits included Brandy and the High School Musical crew, as well as another pair-- Mike Mani and Jordan Omley, known as "The Jam", who had worked with Leona Lewis.

While working with Mani, Bolton met up with a young fan and budding artist who was excited to write with one of her vocal heroes. "I was taking a break when my manager teamed me on the phone with a young artist named "Lady Gaga." This was August of 2008. No one I knew had heard of her… yet."

As soon as he listened to Gaga's tunes, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face," Bolton was smitten. "She reminded me of a young Madonna with more exuberance and emphasis on the art rather than the marketing. Her spontaneity and authenticity were beyond refreshing." When they got together in a studio in LA Bolton told her, "if this is gonna work it has to slay people. And she immediately shot back 'you murder my heart!'" Cue the track, "Murder My Heart," one of the standouts on the new album, co-written with Gaga.

Bolton co-wrote most of the 12 songs in fluctuating combinations with his various producers, writers and guests. The three exceptions were a stunning, Latin tinged version of the Terence Trent D'Arby hit from 1987, "Sign Your Name" - a song that Bolton heard a lot on the radio while he was enjoying his first chart success with "That's What Love Is All About". The album closer "Crazy Love" is a beautifully spare cover of an old soul track by Van Morrison from his 1970 album "Moondance."

With the album done and mixed, the challenge now is to get out and perform the songs. In concert, Bolton sets himself standards as high as those he aims for in the studio. "Working with Pavarotti, I developed a new respect for the vocal cords and muscle groups that serve the voice and which determine whether you can perform "When A Man Loves A Woman" and "Nessun Dorma" in the same show.

To say that Michael Bolton is a driven man would be an understatement. He has never lost the hunger that, as a young songwriter, kept him struggling onwards until, in his mid 30's, he finally enjoyed solo success. "There's something about waiting 18 years for your first hit that makes you not wanna go back," he says, with a wry smile. And he's definitely not looking back. "Each recording for me is a kind of ascent to another plateau, a journey of further exploration of myself as an artist."
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About the bergenPAC


About the bergenPACAbout Bergen Performing Arts Center: Known as The John Harms Center for 27 years, this cultural hub in Englewood has been reborn as Bergen Performing Arts Center or bergenPAC. This 1367- seat theater is a landmark, and in its sixth season as bergenPAC it remains one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States. The legendary Tony Bennett and Canadian crooner k.d. lang recorded their 2003 Grammy award-winning CD live on bergenPAC's own stage through a broadband fiber-optic connection with Bennett Studios. bergenPAC is the home of a media production system that is unparalleled, upholding its reputation as a venue for outstanding music, dance and theater. As a non-profit corporation, bergenPAC has thrived thanks to the aid and generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons.

30 North Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

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