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NYC: Chaka Khan in Concert + Dance/After Party 9:00pm @ the legendary Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom (August 23)

NYC: Chaka Khan in Concert + Dance/After Party  9:00pm @ the legendary Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom (August 23)



It's two slammin events!!!....right accross the street from Penn Station (so you don't even have to drive.) I will be in the house, so if you are coming, let me know so we can hook up @ the Hammerstein.

1. It's a slammin concert, featuring the Queen of Funk, at one of NYC's very best concert venues.
2. It's an all night throwdown for the rest of the night, featuring our boy Don Welch (party your azz off!!)

The Queen of Funk has no equal: Chaka Khan is, indeed, a living legend. Her live performances are energetic histories of her four-decade long career in music -- from her funk days through her jazz and R&B heydays. Her profound voice carries her fans "Through the Fire," and "Ain't Nobody" loves them better than Chaka. Although Chaka's appearances are less frequent than in her heyday, she delivered big at her 2013 shows, wowing fans and building excitement for her select dates in 2014. Make no mistake: she's got it. She's still got it.

Scroll down to learn more about Chaka Khan and our host for the evening longtime Soul-Patroller Don Welch!!

Buy tickets online link

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


PROFILE: Chaka Khan: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist

PROFILE: Chaka Khan: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist Chaka Khan is one of the world's most gifted and celebrated musicians, with a rich musical legacy, the 10-time GRAMMY® Award-winner is looking forward to a celebration of a lifetime. A songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, Chaka Khan has influenced generations of recording artists. She has the rare ability to sing in seven music genres, including R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. Affectionately known around the world as Chaka, she is revered by millions of fans as well as her peers for hertimeless, classic and unmatched signature music style and ability. The late, great Miles Davis often said, "She [Chaka] sings like my horn." And the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin says, "[Chaka] is a one- of- a -kind, premier vocalist."

Throughout her legendary career, Chaka has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, seven RIAA certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. Chaka's recorded music has produced over 2,000 catalogue song placements. "I am honored and blessed to celebrate 40 years in music and entertainment" says Chaka. "I am so humbled by the love, support and gracious spirit of my fans worldwide and the continuous support my peers have shown over the years. Throughout my 40-year career, I have been through the fire a few times over and I'm still here as a living testament to God's love and grace. Next year, I will be celebrating 40 years in the business and 60 years on earth, which equals one hundred percent Chaka."

PROFILE: Chaka Khan: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist Early on, she caught the attention of music icon Stevie Wonder, who penned her first smash hit with Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good." The single from the group's 1974 platinum-selling album, Rags to Rufus, earned Chaka her first GRAMMY® Award. With Chaka as the group's dynamic center, Rufus became one of the most popular acts around selling out shows throughout the country and dominating the airwaves with hit after hit with songs such as "You Got the Love," which Chaka co-wrote, "Once You Get Started," "Sweet Thing," "Everlasting Love," "Do You Love What You Feel?" and "Ain't Nobody," Chaka's second GRAMMY Award-winning song with Rufus. Rufus and Chaka Khan racked up five RIAA certified gold and platinum albums during their time together.

It was inevitable that a singer with Chaka's star power would eventually venture out on her own. In 1978, Chaka blazed onto the music scene as a solo artist with the release of the smash hit "I'm Every Woman" written byAshford & Simpson. Paired with the late producer extraordinaire, Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler), her catalog grew even more impressive with hits such as "Clouds," "Papillon," and "What 'Cha Gonna Do For Me?" It was during this time that Chaka began pursuing her love of jazz. She and Arif brilliantly re-worked the classic song "Night in Tunisia" with the song's originator, Dizzy Gillespie, on trumpet. Chaka also recorded an album of jazz standards titled Echoes of an Era, which featured such luminaries as Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Her crowning achievement in jazz was the GRAMMY® Award-winning tune, "Be Bop Medley." The song's album, titled Chaka Khan, also won a GRAMMY® for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

However, the song that made Chaka Khan a household name and propelled her to superstardom the world over was "I Feel For You," written and first performed by Prince. This chart-topping, GRAMMY® Award-winning song also made music history. Released in 1984, it was the first R&B song to feature a rap, which was performed by Grandmaster Melle Mel. Chaka also topped the charts with "This Is My Night" and the instant classic, "Through The Fire." Now in top demand, Chaka lent her voice and producer skills to two of the biggest hits of 1986, Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" and Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love." Both were GRAMMY®-winning songs.

In 1995, she made her musical theater debut on London's West End, where she starred in Mama I Want to Sing. In 2002 she traveled to Las Vegas, where she starred in Signed, Sealed Delivered, a critically-acclaimed musical based on the music of Stevie Wonder. Her Broadway debut came in 2008, when she took over the role of Sofia in Oprah Winfrey's musical The Color Purple.

Chaka's emotive vocals can also be heard on a number of soundtracks, including Clockers, Set It Off, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Miami Vice, White Knights, Moscow on the Hudson, Disappearing Acts, Waiting to Exhale and Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, as well as Tyler Perry hits Madea's Family Reunion and Meet The Browns.

PROFILE: Chaka Khan: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist During her career, she has collaborated with a long list of artists in diverse genres. Collaborators have included Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Steve Winwood, Mary J. Blige, George Benson, Larry Graham, the London Symphony Orchestra and countless others. Chaka has received a steady stream of accolades for both her artistry and philanthropy. In June, 2012, she was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, joining previously inducted music greats such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, George Harrison, B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Donna Summer and Kathleen Battle. In 2011, she was honored for her legendary career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. During the same year, Chaka was honored with the United Negro College Fund's An Evening of Stars Tribute. The program, which was televised on cable networks and broadcast stations in more than 40 cities nationwide, featured tribute performances by Stevie Wonder, Fantasia, Ledisi, El Debarge, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Ginuwine, Chaka's brother, Mark Stevens, and her daughter, Indira Khan, among others. In recent years, Chaka also received the Soul Train Legend Award (2009), the BET Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), the GRAMMY® Honors Award from the NARAS Chicago Chapter (2006) and the World Music Award Lifetime Achievement Award (2003). In 2004, Chaka received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. Chaka's autobiography, Through the Fire, was published by Rodale Books in 2003 and is currently being adapted into a screenplay.

Despite her busy schedule, Chaka has always made time to support and uplift her community. She has a deep commitment to women and children at risk, which led her to establish the Chaka Khan Foundation in 1999. Initially, the foundation focused primarily on public awareness campaigns around the diagnosis, intervention, and available family resources and the search for a cure for autism. Her efforts were particularly aimed at communities of color and other underserved communities, where awareness about this disorder is low. Her work in this area was inspired by her nephew who has autism and who Chaka describes as "gifted and beautiful and so full of life." She later expanded the mission of the foundation to focus more broadly on women and children at risk. In July 2012, Chaka received the McDonald Corporation's 365Black Award, honoring her for her leadership of the Chaka Khan Foundation.

Chaka also is an entrepreneur. In 2004, her line of gourmet chocolates, Chakalates, was sold in 20 Neiman Marcus stores around the country. Plans are underway to re-launch her signature brand of chocolates nationally and internationally. She currently is introducing Khana Sutra, a fragrance line for men, women and the home. The line also includes candles, and room and linen sprays. With a new svelte look, a new album, and a great enthusiasm for her new and expanding activities in music, philanthropy and entrepreneurial ventures, the 10-time GRAMMY® Award-winner is looking forward to a celebration of a lifetime.


Don Welch....Bio of a NYC Music Superstar

WBLSI know that there might be a few of you out there wondering who in the hell is Don Welch and why are we featuring him here today? Well Don Welch is probably one of the most popular club DJ's and event promoters in the NYC area, which alone has brought him a certain level of fame worldwide. However I am here to tell you that he is a person who should be important to those of you here for several other reasons:

He Knows How To Hit the "DJ Sweet Spot" - What in the hell is this? It's the "sweet spot" that exists between listening to a set by a "standard club DJ," a "radio DJ" and "a house party DJ." There is a flow to all of this that I can't explain using text. But I know it when I hear it and it can pretty much only be done by a DJ who is from "Deepest Darkest NY," and who has actually lived it.

He Stands Above The Crowd, In The World of "People Who Make a Career of Saving The Music" - As you might well imagine, I know a whole lot of the "People Who Make a Career of Saving The Music." In many cases these people are mostly concerned with the "making a career" part of the equation. Don is different, he is a person who understands the social, political and cultural "dots," that are connected by the music and he makes sure that his events always tie these things together in a manner such that when you leave one of his events, that you leave not only with a smile on his face, but you also understand that the smile is not there, only because of the music itself.

He is a Heck of a Nice Guy - (Nuff Said)

--Bob Davis

Don Welch is a DJ, founder of the internationally renowned Underground Network, former Billboard reporter, CEO of OHM Music and Film Works and event promoter. He has entertained a staggering list of celebrity patrons over the years and continues to do so to this day.

He started his musical journey in Brooklyn New York, listening to the great records his parents played. His first purchase was "ABC" by the Jackson 5, leading him to become a record collector & local event DJ. As a teenager he was offered a residency at the famed Club Collibron/Second Floor in New York City, where he played the hottest new sounds to packed houses. Some of his notable patrons included Eric Mercury, Denzel Washington, Antonio Fargas, Kurtis Blow, and Hector "Macho" Camacho. His next residency was at Sava'ge, the hottest R&B Club in the country. Guests ranged from Stevie Wonder, Prince, Sylvester, and Robert De Niro, to Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Russell Simmons, and Full Force. After a successful 7 year run, the club was remodeled & renamed Elite. Notable clientele included Chris Tucker, Chris Rock, Bernie Mack, Mike Epps, Bootsy Collins, Beth Midler, and Brooke Shields. Don also Dee Jayed numerous celebrity events with patrons like Quincy Jones, Donald Trump, Bill Murray, Lynn Whitfield, Mos Def, and Kevin Bacon.

As a leader in breaking new music first, Don Welch has received numerous awards including gold & platinum records from Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, C&C Music Factory, Crystal Waters, and De La Soul. Don has Dee Jayed in the world's top cities including London, Paris, Frankfort, Rome, Zurich, Ibiza, Tokyo, Osaka, Montreal, and Amsterdam.

In 1992, with his DJ career in full swing, Don started the Underground Network. Created out of the need to bring the dance community together he showcased dance/house artists for major & indie-record labels. The enormous talents of singers, DJ's, song writers, record producers, musicians & dancers were being used but hidden by the record industry, in the shadows of so-called "main stream music" formats.

Don dedicated one night per week presenting the first "Dance Music Industry Night" ever created. During their second year, he moved the event to the Sound Factory Bar where he & international dance diva Barbara Tucker took it to another level. With the support of Grammy Award winning DJ producer Louie Vega and a wonderful staff, the Underground Network became a household name in the dance community around the world. Don took their show on the road, throughout Europe, Japan, Canada, and across the U.S.A. Back in NY Don Welch brought celebrity music lovers together such as Ru Paul, Janet Jackson, Wesley Snipes, The Wayans brothers, Nile Rodgers, Morris Day, Queen Latifah, Ice T, MC Lyte, Jay Leno and more. In 1993 Eddie Murphy hired Don Welch to DJ at his star studded New York Plaza Hotel wedding and reception.

As a promoter Don Welch has showcased many other talented DJ's including Louie Vega, David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, Eric Morello, Francois Kevorkian, Danny Krivitt, Joe Clausell, DJ Hollywood, Sting International, Timmy Regisford, DJ Ace, Lloyd "The Enforcer, Reggie Wells, Donna Edwards, Lady D Wells, Kenny Carpenter, Roger S, Tony Touch, Soulfinger Sam, Lil Louis, Terry Hunter, Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, Camacho, Hippie Torrales, Kim Lightfoot, Danny Tenaglia, Hex Hector Belinda Becker, Beverly Bond to name a few.

Don worked as a Billboard Reporter (1990-1995), reviewing dance music trends and selecting hits and hit mixes for major label executives including Sony, Epic, Warner Brothers, MCA and Columbia records.

Don soon became one of New York City's top promoters; featuring artists like Grace Jones, Freddie Jackson, Fela Kuti, Melba Moore, Tito Puente, La India, George Benson, Groove Theory, Roy Ayres, Loleatta Holloway, Martha Wash, Kathy Sledge, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Howard Hewitt, Colonel Abrams, Barbara Tucker, Roy Ayres, D Train, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, McFadden & Whitehead, First Choice, The Main Ingredient, Trammps, Melisa Morgan, Heather Hunter, Ten City, Ultra Nate, GQ, Jocelyn Brown, Slave's Steve Arrington, Taste of Honey, Lenny Williams, Blue Magic and many more.

As a remix engineer Don frequented both the London' Battery City studio and the New York studio scene. He worked for Jive records, on the first SSL console with famed engineer Nigel Green and producer Darryl Payne; remixing songs on Sinnomon (Bernard Fowler), Katie Kisson and Richard Jon Smith. Many other labels and projects followed.

From DJ to studio engineer, record producer and A&R representative to concert promoter, Don has worked and excelled in many fields of the entertainment industry. He founded and became CEO of OHM Music and Film Works in 2000. One of the highlighted CDs the label released was Hip Hop artist Warrior's, album "The Perfect Weapon". It received the added guidance of industry icon and distributer Nile Rodgers who featured Warrior's songs in Microsoft's XBox game "Outlaw Volleyball" and on its accompanying sound track CD and Play Station game editions.

In 2006, Don launched Soul Party NYC promoting classic R&B events which he continues to promote to the present day. His future interests include television production, and continued work at his first love as New York's premier DJ.

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


NYC: Chaka Khan in Concert + Dance/After Party 9:00pm @ the legendary Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom (August 23)

NYC: Chaka Khan in Concert + Dance/After Party  9:00pm @ the legendary Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom (August 23)



It's two slammin events!!!....right accross the street from Penn Station (so you don't even have to drive)

1. It's a slammin concert, featuring the Queen of Funk, at one of NYC's very best concert venues.
2. It's an all night throwdown for the rest of the night, featuring our boy Don Welch (party your azz off!!)

The Queen of Funk has no equal: Chaka Khan is, indeed, a living legend. Her live performances are energetic histories of her four-decade long career in music -- from her funk days through her jazz and R&B heydays. Her profound voice carries her fans "Through the Fire," and "Ain't Nobody" loves them better than Chaka. Although Chaka's appearances are less frequent than in her heyday, she delivered big at her 2013 shows, wowing fans and building excitement for her select dates in 2014. Make no mistake: she's got it. She's still got it.

Buy tickets online link

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