2003-09-12 / Community

Stars Shine At Westbury Music Festival

David Sedaris On October 3
Stars Shine At Westbury Music Festival David Sedaris On October 3

Playwright, author and radio star David Sedaris will be appearing at Westbury Music Fair on Friday, October 3 at 8 p.mm in the half-round. Tickets are $32.50 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and on line at CC.com and musicfair. com. To charge tickets by phone call Ticketmaster at (631) 888-9000 or (212) 307-7171.

Time Magazine’s Humorist of the Year 2001, David Sedaris is the author to "Barrel Fever," "Naked," "Holidays on Ice" and most recently "Me Talk One Pretty Day." David and his sister Amy have collaborated to write plays such as "Stump the Host," "One Woman Shoe," "Incident at Cobbler’s Knot" and "The Book of Liz." Sedaris’ original radio pieces can often be heard on public radio’s "The American Life," distributed nationally by PRI and produced by WBEZ in Chicago. In September 2001, he became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Along with writing novels, plays and short stories Sedaris found the time to teach writing at the Institute of Chicago for two years.

His comic debut was made recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy’s elf clad in green tights, reading his "SantaLand Diaries" on National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition." Sedaris’ sardonic humor and incisive social critique have since made him one of the NPR’s most popular and humorous commentators. The great skill with which he slices through euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire. Everywhere he goes David Sedaris delights his audience with his irrelevant style and great humor.

Michael Bolton On October 4

International superstar and true social activist Michael Bolton will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55.50 (fifty cents of each ticket will go to the Michael Bolton charities) and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, all Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com.

In addition to numerous distinctions bestowed on him for his song writing and singing, Michael Bolton has won two Grammys, six American Music Awards, and has recently received a star on the legendary "Walk of Fame." As a songwriter he has penned songs for legendary artists including Barbara Streisand, KISS, Kenny Rogers, Kenny G, Cher, Patti LaBelle, and Peabo Bryson. Some of Michael’s hits include "Soul Provider," "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?" "How Can We Be Lovers (If We Can’t Be Friends?)," "Missing You Now," "Steel Bars," "Said I Loved You…But I Lied" and "By The Time The Night Is Over."

Michael feels that his prominence as one of the world’s most respected male singers and songwriters affords him the opportunity to help those less fortunate. In 1993, the Michael Bolton Charities (MBC) was established to provide assistance, education, and shelter to children and women at risk from poverty, as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The MBC has granted well over $3.7 million in funding to recipients including City Kids, The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem, The T.J. Martell Foundation, The Pediatrics Aids Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, The Creative Coalition, The Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violence, and The United Negro College Fund. In addition to his involvement at MBC, Bolton serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Prevent Child Abuse America, National Chairman for This Close for Cancer Research and Board Member for the National Mentoring Partnership and the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Joni James On October 11

Don’t miss Joni James at Westbury Music Fair on Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office and select Ticketmaster ticket locations.

In a richly rewarding career spanning nearly two-decades (early ‘52 to late ‘68) Joni James became MGM’s and the nation’s top-selling female vocalist. She was the recipient of gold, platinum and double platinum awards for single record and album sales totaling over 100 million worldwide. Her very first year at MGM Records, Joni James placed over a dozen records in the Top 10 and astonished music industry critics when "Cashbox" reported four out of the Top 10 records played nationally on the jukeboxes were James’ "Why Don’t You Believe Me," "Have You Heard," "Your Cheatin’ Heart" and "My Love, My Love."

Among Joni’s legendary songs are "How Important Can It Be," "You Are My Love," "There Goes My Heart," "Danny Boy," "Are You Sorry," "Little Things Mean A Lot," "My Believing Heart," " "There Must Be A Way," "Wishing Ring," "Give Us This Day" and "I Still Get Jealous."

Musically adventurous and never content to rest on her past accomplishments Joni James shifted her concentration in the early 60’s from million selling singles to million selling albums – ranging from Jazz, Dixieland, Blues, French, Italian, Hawaiian, Irish, Bosa Nova, Folk, Country & Western to love theme albums. Prior to Polygram records’ buyout of MGM label, Tony Aquaviva (Joni’s late husband/conductor/manager) in a savvy business deal, purchased the rights to Joni’s entire catalog of singles & albums, and in affiliation with Taragon Records, Joni James has recently remastered 9 of the 42 original MGM album original master tapes into new crystalline CD format.

Tom Jones, October 1 To November 1

Tom Jones will perform at Westbury Music Fair on Thursday, October 30, Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1. All shows begin at 8 pm. Tickets are $50 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair. com.

At the start of 2000, Tom Jones was invited by President and Mrs. Clinton to perform at the New Year’s Eve Millennium Celebrations at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. This is just one of the many honors bestowed upon Jones throughout his career. In his native Wales he is simply known as "Jones The Voice". His big, powerful, unmistakable voice has been entertaining audiences around the world for over three decades. On his newest album, he is simply known as "Mr. Jones."

After leaving school at an early age to work a variety of jobs by day and sing at pubs by night, Jones has turned out hits such as "What’s New Pussycat," "It’s Not Unusual," "Never Fall in Love Again," "Without Love," "Deliah," "Green Green Grass of Home" and "You Can Leave Your Hat On." Tom has become a sensational live performer, performing in venues that range from Las Vegas to arenas worldwide.

Jones has received numerous awards including a Brit award for Best UK Male in 2000, the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Award in 2001, and in 2002 the Q Magazine "Merit" Award.

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