The VIPP Report: The Midnight train from Georgia will make a story in Louisville. The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight will be in concert at the Louisville Palace on Friday, September 12th at 8:00 p.m.
The seven-time Grammy Award winner got her start in the church performing gospel music at the age of four. She along with her brother, sister and two cousins, in 1959 The Pips were born. In 1962, the group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips. Now, you can see Knight starring in the syndicated sitcom, “The First Family” where she plays the mother of the President. Her film credits include “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”.
Tickets for Gladys Knight starts at $39.99. You can purchase them at the Louisville Palace Theatre Box Office and ticketmaster.com.If you have a story idea send it to TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com. You can also follow us on @VIPPComm.
The VIPP Report: As part of the 64th Annual Women’s International Convention/Crusade there will be a gospel explosion tonight at the KFC Yum! Center. The pre-convention concert welcomes Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Dorinda Clark Cole and Anita Wilson. The concert is $20 for adults and $10 for children. The event is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The Church of God in Christ, Inc (COGIC) will hold their convention May 26-30 in Louisville at two venues, The Galt House and the KFC Yum! Center. Some 10,000 people will be town over the next five days.
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The VIPP Report: I wanted to share with you some exclusive photos of Sculptor Ed Hamilton at work. I watched Hamilton carefully work his way up and down the piece carefully defining creases in the sleeve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s jacket to Hamilton looking him in the eyes as if they were talking. To see a visionary in the arts create the likeness of another visionary in the civil rights movement was truly a historic moment. I even caught him closing his eyes as if he was trying to remember Dr. King and his image. Hamilton had this determination in his eyes that everything had to be perfect before he sent it to be bronzed. This weekend his vision came to life.
The City of Newport News commissioned the Louisville artist to create “The Unfinished March”. It’s a bas relief of Dr. King along with the men, women and children walking along side of the civil right leader is located at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza at 25th and Jefferson Avenue.
Hamilton says “I’m truly humbled and honored that the City of Newport News asked me to recreate a moment in Civil Rights that marked a significant piece of history. People from all over the world will be able to see how I captured Dr. King and other civil right leaders walk for freedom, justice and opportunity. When you walk away, I want it to give you a sense of pride and hope for the future.”
Other works Hamilton has designed is the 16th President of the United States and Kentucky native Abraham Lincoln with the Lincoln Memorial which is located along the Ohio River in downtown Louisville. He’s known for but not limited to is The Booker T. Washington Memorial in Hampton, VA, Spirit of Freedom in Washington D.C., Joe Louis Memorial in Detroit, MI and the Amistad Memorial in New Haven, CT.
Hamilton has an autobiography, “The Birth of An Artist: A Journey of Discovery” (Chicago Spectrum Press). The book outlines his journey from hopeful art student in Louisville, Kentucky to nationally acclaimed sculptor.
To learn more about Ed Hamilton and his works contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email email@example.com.
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Jamie Foxx on the “Purple Carpet”. (May 2, 2014, Louisville, KY)
Kentucky Derby weekend
Julius “Dr. J” Erving on the “Purple Carpet”. Kentucky Derby weekend 2014
Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers
The VIPP Report: If you missed the members of New Edition (Bell Biv Devoe) during Derby at the 100 Black Men annual gala you now have another chance to see them. On Sunday, July 6th New Edition returns to the KFC Yum! Center. Tickets go on sale this Friday (May 9th). The concert is scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the Sunday, July 6th concert start at $46.50.
The last time the whole group performed in Louisville was in February 2012. They will feature Doug E. Fresh. He also attended Derby this year. He was at the Grand Gala serving as the co-host.
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The VIPP Report: Neo-soul artist Maxwell will be performing at the Louisville Palace on Tuesday, July 22nd at 8:00 p.m.. The last time the he was in Louisville he had no problem filling the 2,700 seat venue and this time will be no different even with the concert on a Tuesday.
Maxwell signed with Columbia Records in 1994. To date he’s released four albums, one live and three studio albums. The double platinum artist will sing some of his biggest hits “Pretty Wings”, “Love You”, “Lifetime”, and “Fortunate”.
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