2008-06-06 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Griffin, LaBelle At Westbury

 
Live Nation presents the hilarious, self-proclaimed "D-list celebrity," Kathy Griffin for two back-to-back performances on June 21 at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Kathy Griffin is an Emmy Award-winning stand-up comedian. She is also a producer, actress and gay icon. Griffin is best known for her role on NBC's Suddenly Susan, her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and for

guest co-hosting on The View. She has also been a voice actress and a red carpet commentator.

Griffin established her career with candid observations about her dating life, later focusing on mocking celebrities. Her favorite celebrity topics are plastic surgery, Scientology, drunkenness, substance abuse, snooty attitudes, eating disorders, and stars whose sexual orientation is disputed. Griffin also often mocks herself, particularly with regard to her Dlist status.

On June 17, 2008 Griffin will release a comedy CD titled For Your Consideration, which was recorded during her third show in St. Louis, Missouri on February 10, 2008. It is Griffin's first audioonly release of her stand-up material and it includes her takes on various celebrities and her personal life.

 
Live Nation presents the incomparable legend, Patti LaBelle, on Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m. Labelle's exemplary and multi-faceted career has enriched the music world and inspired millions in song and philanthropy. She has had numerous #1 hits including "Lady Marmalade," "If Only You Knew," "The Right Kind of Lover," and "When You Talk About Love."

Authentic R&B veteran, Patti LaBelle, has revolutionized the genre while commanding respect and gaining staying power despite the increasing trends of the here-today-gone-tomorrow artists. This soulful maven has earned a rightful place among rhythm and blues royalty for her work. LaBelle is a hugely revered R&B /Soul singer who fronted The BlueBelles and LaBelle, two successful groups, before rising to stardom as a solo artist in the late 1970s, influencing a new generation of female singers.

In 1977 Patti LaBelle released her debut album, Patti LaBelle. The record became an important hit for her on R&B charts and was notable for the standout ballad "You Are My Friend," and the funkier "Joy To Have You." By the mid-1980s, LaBelle had risen to stardom and was infamous for her wild hairdos, kicking off her shoes, rolling over the floor while singing, and the now legendary "spread my wings" move. She continued to score number one hits with songs like "If I Only Knew" from her 1983 album I'm In Love Again, and "New Attitude" from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. Labelle's 1986 album, The Winner in You, went platinum with the strength of the duet with Michael McDonald, "On My Own." In 1991, she earned the Grammy for Best Female R&B Performance for the album Burnin.

Throughout the past few years, Patti LaBelle has kept very busy recording and performing music. She released The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle in 2006 and Miss Patti's Christmas in 2007. Recently, LaBelle has performed at the 2007 BET Awards, was paid tribute to at the 2007 World Music Awards, appeared at the 2008 BET Honors with Gladys Knight, and performed at the "Divas with Heart" concert alongside Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross.

To date, Patti LaBelle has recorded over 20 solo albums, many of which went platinum and gold. She has had one of the longest-lived careers in contemporary music and a number of hits in a variety of musical genres from girl group pop to space age funk to lush ballads.

LaBelle's vibrant timbre and earth quaking crescendos have earned her two Grammies and has resonated with millions worldwide.

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