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2700 North Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Known as the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown has been making legendary music since 1953. While maintaining a grueling touring schedule, he has amassed 800 songs in his repertoire and has thrilled crowds with his furious regimen of spins, drops, and shtick. Brown scored his first Top 10 pop single with “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” released in the summer of 1965. He has had a profound influence on music styles including funk, rock, Afro-pop, disco, and eventually rap. James Brown , known as the ‘hardest working man in show biz’, has not only been in the music biz but also has made a guest appearance in “The Blues Brothers” and “Rocky IV” films. In 1986 Brown was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1988 he received a Life Time Achievement Award at the 34th annual Grammy Awards, and in 1993 he received another Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards.

Also performing that evening is the soulful five-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Michael McDonald. His long and varied career in music ranges from playing with his early bands like Mike and the Majestics in the midwest , to working on the road and in the studio with Steely Dan, to famously revitalizing the sound of the Doobie Brothers. Most recently he has followed his own muse as a soul artist with his latest smash Motown album. McDonald collaborated with producer Simon Climie to effectively showcase the groundbreaking and still relevant music once known as “The Sound of Young America.” A respectful yet contemporary salute to one of our most beloved musical legacies, McDonald’s album proved once again that the music of Motown is a global phenomenon that speaks not to just the Big Chill generation but to every generation. The great admiration and deep love that McDonald, his producers and fellow musicians conveyed for the great artists and songs of Motown came through loud and clear on his platinum, Grammy-nominated album. And in the best spirit of the music itself, Motown — and now its brand new, equally impressive sequel Motown Two — crossed over any imaginary boundaries of race or genre, something that McDonald’s music too has always done along the way.