Events

10/14/2009
Foundation Benefit in Philadelphia - October 28th at Club Adesso

It is fall, and winter is on the way, which means hard times for many. With that in mind, for its grand opening event, Club Adesso, 1519 Walnut Street is hosting a benefit for The Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

The event is to be held on Wednesday October 28, 2009 from 7-10 PM at Club Adessso, a new state-of-the-art dance club. The theme: a disco Halloween party. Billy Paul, famous for Me and Mrs. Jones and hundreds of other songs will appear and a DJ will spin records from (naturally) Gamble and Huff’s extensive 70’s repertoire. Prizes will be awarded for funkiest costume and wildest dancer. Patti Labelle’s autographed magenta stilettos will be auctioned along with other disco memorabilia.

Adesso, which means “now” in Italian, wants to help let the good times roll. At a cost of two million dollars, the five thousand square foot bi-level facility is beyond compare. Locating in a four story historic brownstone, the space is a dance lover’s paradise. It will showcase a hi-tech sound system and DJ booth. Floor to ceiling windows face center city’s most beautiful street and a special VIP section makes for a private yet beautiful setting. “We have been working on building the club for two years. Even though its rough expanding your business now, we have been on Walnut Street for over twenty-five years, and thought Philadelphians would love to see how we have changed and grown” explained Alberto Delbello, Il Portico and Club Adesso owner.

Everything is ultra modern from the two granite topped bars, comfortable leather couches, and recessed lighting to the high-end kitchen facilities on premises. The Club will be featuring special themed dinner and dancing nights, full meals provided by Il Portico, the restaurant downstairs. Il Portico has long been regarded as one of the best Jewish-Italian fine dining establishments in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the club opening, Il Portico will be unveiling a new menu. Valet parking is available.

Come check out Adesso, disco the night away and help those who have made the music that still makes us want to boogie! For further information or to RSVP call: 215 587-7000 or visit www.clubadesso.com.


09/09/2008
R&B Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala: The 2008 Pioneer Awards - Philadelphia, PA
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

This year, the R&B Foundation celebrates our 20th anniverary with a spectacular Rhythm & Blues gala like no other! Join us on September 9th as we honor legends Chaka Khan, Donny Hathaway, Teena Marie, Bill Withers, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Kool & The Gang, The Whispers, The Funk Brothers and Al Bell of Stax Records

General tickets begin at $55 and are available through the Kimmel Center Box Office or by calling 215.893.1999. Please click the "BUY TICKETS NOW" link below to purchase tickets today!

For gala tickets packages starting at $175, please contact the R&B Foundation at 215.568.1080.

Don't forget to mark your calendar!


09/09/2008
BLUE CARPET EVENT - Monday September 9
Come out to see all of your favorite stars as they stroll the Blue Carpet when they arrive at the Kimmel Center for the 2008 Pioneer Awards! !


09/08/2008
WATTSTAX TRIBUTE SCREENING —Monday September 8
African American history was made in 1972 when Richard Pryor, Isaac Hayes and other Stax artists filled a Los Angeles stadium for a concert commemorating the 7th anniversary of the Watts riots. The film of the concert, “Wattstax,” documents the performances and the reactions of the platform shoed, dashilki wearing fans. The screening and a panel discussion will be held att the Clef Club with Stax stars in attendance.

THE CLEF CLUB FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
736 S. BROAD STREET, PHILADELPHIA 7-9pm


09/07/2008
BACK TO BANDSTAND—Sunday September 7
We’ll take guests back to the original studios of American Bandstand (now The Enterprise Center) for a nostalgia-filled concert and Q&A session. Early Bandstand artists will be showcased at this ticketed event sponsored by PNC Bank.

THE ENTERPRISE CENTER (FORMERLY AMERICAN BANDSTAND STUDIOS)
4548 MARKET STREET, PHILADELPHIA 2 - 4PM


09/05/2008
ICONS OF SOUL—Friday September 5
The R&B Foundation and the African American Museum in Philadelphia will present the photography of Mark DelCostello featuring doo-wop and R&B stars. Many of the legendary artists captured in the photos will mingle with the guests during the exhibit’s opening reception.

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM IN PHILADELPHIA
701 ARCH STREET 6-8PM


08/11/2008
MEDIA ONLY: 2008 PIONEER AWARDS