The VIPP Report: The story Emilio and Gloria Estefan opens tonight in Louisville

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By Sherlene Shanklin

The phrase “On Your Feet” is symbolic for both Emilio and Gloria Estefan. One would automatically think it’s an eruption into a standing ovation which they receive during performances.

It’s goes a little deeper than that.

On March 20, 1990, Gloria’s tour bus crashed while in a snowstorm where she fractured her spine and required extensive rehab.  Doctors at one point thought she would never walk again but Estefan’s determination proved everyone wrong.

In fact, in less than a year, she was walking again and resumed her tour, performing one of her hits “On Your Feet”.

Fast-forward to 2019, now there’s a Broadway musical created by the Estefans with the same name.

Starting tonight through March 17, “On Your Feet” will be at the Kentucky Center in Louisville.  Coincidentally, it ends in Louisville just three days from the anniversary of that crash that changed Gloria and Emilio’s life.

The musical takes you behind the scenes, giving an intimate look at leaving their lives in Cuba, moving to Miami with nothing and their rise to international acclaim. The Estefans hit it big on both Spanish and mainstream charts.

The dynamic couple and business partners describe their journey of resilience by saying in the face of adversity, they found a way to end up on their feet earning a combined 26 Grammy Awards.

Tickets start at $37.00.  You need to check their website kentuckycenter.org for available show times.

The VIPP Report: Tribute concert announced remembering music legend Stephen “Static Major” Garrett in his hometown of Louisville, KY

A TRIBUTE CONCERT IS ANNOUNCED REMEMBERING LOUISVILLE NATIVE STATIC MAJOR, THE MAN WHO PENNED HITS FOR MUSIC’S BIGGEST STARS

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FANS WILL HEAR FOR FIRST-TIME NEVER RELEASED MUSIC

(Louisville, KY) Stephen Garrett also known in the entertainment world as “Static Major” made a lot of hits for artists like Lil Wayne, Aaliyah, Jamie Foxx, Diddy, Pretty Ricky, Ginuwine, Nicole Wray and Playa in which he was a member.  The Grammy Award winning artist, producer and songwriter died on February 25, 2008 at the age of 33, leaving an unimaginable legacy and a catalog of never heard music.

On Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Static Major’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky family, friends and fans will come together to be a part of the Louisville Legend’s tribute concert. It will be held at The Gramercy, 620 S. 3rd Street.  There will be some surprise special guests attending the event.

The tribute event was created after Static’s untimely death due to a medical error bringing his life and passion for music to a stand-still. His widow, Avonti Garrett is determined to keep his legacy and passion for music and the arts alive.  She fondly remembers her husband and works just as hard as he did to keep his memory and music alive.

“Music is like breathing” a common phrase Static would say according to Avonti Garrett.  “He was so talented that he could bring someone else’s vision to life.  He was before his time and truly gifted. When you attend on November 25th, you will receive a special treat.  I will debut some of Static’s music never heard by the public.  You will be blown away because he was truly ahead of his time and I’m excited for everyone to hear it.”

The red carpet will begin at 8:30 p.m. and the tribute will start at 9:30 p.m.  The hosts for the event will be fellow member of Playa, Ben “Black” Bush, Spoken Word Artist Robin G and DJ D. Mawl.

Tickets for VIP are $85 (includes reserved seating and buffet from 7:30p-9p) and general admission is $60.  All Proceeds will go towards the Hometown Hero Banner of Stephen “Static Major” Garrett.  You can purchase them by going Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-tribute-to-a-louisville-legend-staticmajor-tickets-37619784789. You can purchase general admission at the door on the day of the event but price is subject to increase.

If you would like to set up an interview with Avonti Garrett of Majors Styles Entertainment and/or to request media credentials for the red-carpet contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

The VIPP Report: R & B star Jill Scott will perform at the Louisville Palace

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Three- time GRAMMY Award winning singer/songwriter and actress Jill Scott be in concert in Louisville just before the holidays.  The “Get on Up” star and gifted poet is scheduled for Friday, December 11th at the Louisville Palace at 8:00 pm.  Scott released her latest album “Woman” earlier this year is getting rave reviews and now fans in the Louisville area.  Tickets range from $49.50 to $99.50 for the 8:00 pm show.  After her Louisville show according to her schedule she will head to Cleveland, Ohio.

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