2003-03-29 / Community

Stars Drop On Westbury In April

Stars Drop On Westbury In April

Dave Chappelle, B.B. King, Bobby (Blue) Bland and Cuba Gooding, Sr., are just some of the stars that will fall on the Westbury Music Fair during the month of April.

They will be joined by some of the coolest soul and hip comedy that has hit Long Island in many years.

Stand up comedian Dave Chappelle will bring his national tour, DAVE CHAPPELLE IS BLACKZILLA, to Westbury Music Fair for one show only on Thursday, April 10 at 8 pm in the half round. Tickets are $35 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster ticket centers and on line at CC.com or musicfair.com.

Produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and presented by Comedy Central, this will be the first major tour for the extraordinary comedian in over two years. "Stomping to a town near you," Chappelle is known for his cutting edge comedy and is recognized as one of the premiere stand-up comedians in the country. Besides countless film and television roles, Dave’s latest accomplishment is the highly anticipated Comedy Central sketch comedy show, CHAPPELLE’S SHOW, which premiered in January of this year. The New York Post says that CHAPPELLE’S SHOW is "genuinely ingenious, and hilariously outrageous…"

Chappelle can be seen in the Universal Pictures feature Undercover Brother opposite Eddie Griffin and Denise Richards. Never forsaking his love for stand-up, Chappelle starred in his own HBO one-hour stand-up comedy special, which aired in August 2000. He has appeared on over forty national programs including numberous appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Politically Incorrect. This year Chappelle has taken it a step further with a reoccurring role as commentator for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has covered such events as The Winter Olympics and most recently the Tyson/Lewis fight in Memphis.

B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Friday, April 11 at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com.

After more than five decades of singing blues, guitar legend B.B. King has become one of the most renowned blues musicians of the past 40 years, releasing over 50 albums. "Payin’ The Cost To Be The Boss," "The Thrill Is Gone," "How Blue Can You Get," "Everyday I Have The Blues," and "Why I Sing The Blues" are just some of his many classics. The Multi-Grammy Award Winner has had two #1 R&B hits - "Three O’ Clock Blues" and "You Don’t Know Me," and four #2 R&B hits "Please Love Me," "You Upset Me Baby," "Sweet Sixteen, Part I," and "Don’t Answer The Door, Part I." B.B. King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Among his many awards, B.B. King has most recently received two Grammy Awards in 2001 for Best Traditional Blues Album for Riding With The King (with Eric Clapton), and Best Pop Collaboration for, "Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t (My Baby)" (with Dr. John).

With a love for blues, jazz and gospel music, Bobby "Blue" Bland has a style all his own, taking blues in a different direction. With his unique sound he is a legendary blues singer. He was a part of blues super group Beale Streeters, which featured blues musicians B.B. King, Little Junior, Ike Turner, Johnny Ace and many more. With more than 63 hits on the R&B charts some of his hits include "I Pity The Fool," "Farther Up The Road," "That’s The Way Love Is," "Call on Me," "Lover With A Reputation," "Who Will Be The Next Fool" along with many others. Bobby "Blue" Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and also received the Grammy Lifetime Award in 1997.

Classic Soul Jam starring The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, The Delfonics, Enchantment, Cuba Gooding Sr. & The Main Ingredient, Hosted by Jimmie "JJ" Walker will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Saturday, April 12th at 7 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $40 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com.

The Stylistics with all their charisma and style became one of the best-selling soul groups ever. "You’re A Big Girl Now " was their first single, which immediately became a top-ten hit. After that first album was out they produced 12 more records, which also became top-ten hits. "Heavy", and "You Make Me Feel Brand New" are just a couple of their many hit songs.

The Chi-Lites first national hit "Give it Away" climbed to the No.10 spot on the R&B charts. Some other hits are "Give More Power to the People" and the 1972 release "Have You Seen Her." The Chi-Lites were pioneers for the sound of Chicago-soul.

Harold Melvin’s first recording with the Blue Notes was "My Hero" which is now a collector’s item. In 1971 the group toured the world with a string of gold and platinum hits such as "Wake Up Everybody," "If You Don’t Know Me By Now," "I Miss You," "Bad Luck," "I’m Weak For You," "Satisfaction Guaranteed," "The Love I Lost" "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon," and many others. For Harold Melvin, the Blue Notes are a way of life.

When The Delfonics first came on the scene they were automatically accepted and loved. Their first single ever released was "He Don’t Really Love You." In 1970, their single "Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time" reached number one. The Delfonics continued growing in the 1970’s, when they were awarded a Grammy for "Didn’t I", recognizing it as the top soul hit of 1971.

Enchantment is soulful, smooth, romantic, and melodious. They had three #1 hit singles "Gloria," "Sunshine," and "It’s You That I Need." These were followed by "If You’re Ready (Here It Comes)," also a top ten single. Other hits such as "Trying To Get Over (With You), and "Silly Love Song" were featured on Once Upon A Dream, which was certified gold.

Cuba Gooding Sr. and The Main Ingredient’s first release in 1972 "Everyone Plays the Fool" which was seen on the Bittersweet Album hit #3 on the pop charts. For over 10 years they had stopped releasing albums and took a break. 12 years later, in 1986, they returned and started up again with their new album I Just Wanna Love You.

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