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John Mellencamp Announces First Farm Aid Music Festival In New England

Alongside farmers and food buyers at the Copley Square Farmers Market, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Governor Deval Patrick welcomed Farm Aid co-founder John Mellencamp to New England as he announced Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic. The concert will take place on Sept. 20 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., marking the first time the organization will bring its annual benefit concert to the region.

“New England was built on the strength of independent family farmers,” said Mellencamp. “We can honor that independent spirit by joining Farm Aid to grow the movement that is changing the way all of America eats.”

Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic will feature headliners Willie Nelson, Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, plus other top artists to be announced. The annual benefit concert will celebrate music and good food, featuring hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village that will showcase the direct connection between who is growing our food and what we eat every day.

“We are proud to bring our annual Farm Aid concert to a region that has such strong agricultural roots and to the many people who love to eat the good food grown in New England,” said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson. “I'm looking forward to bringing my friends together on the Farm Aid stage to celebrate and support family farmers.”

The concert event will again feature family-farm identified, local and organic foods at concessions, setting an example of the many ways that family farm food can be integrated into the general marketplace.

“Bringing Farm Aid's unique concert event to New England creates an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the innovation and determination of the area's farmers,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “We're looking forward to a day filled with outstanding music and delicious food grown by these farmers from across the region.”

As part of its work to increase the affordability and availability of fresh, healthy foods, Farm Aid also announced its support for the collaborative initiative between the Food Project and the city of Boston to help more families shop at farmers markets by building infrastructure that allows market vendors to accept food stamps.

Since its beginning, Farm Aid has traveled the country, staging annual concerts and supporting local organizations working to strengthen family farms. Farm Aid builds the Good Food Movement by connecting people with family farmers who are increasing the supply of local, humanely raised, sustainable and organic food.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic will go on sale July 28 at 10 a.m. EDT and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, http://www.ticketmaster.com/, or by calling (866) 448-7849.

Patrón Music in Motion Tour Hits DC

The Patrón Music in Motion tour is a high-energy summer party rolling on track from city to city stopping at some of the hottest concert events of the year, there will be a live music venue in Houston, which is probably going to be the best one. The tour is also a national fundraising effort to rebuild New Orleans and gives you the opportunity to get involved and win amazing prizes. Here's how it works. Simply select one of the two participating charities that have been selected by Patrón, set up a fundraising page through FirstGiving.org and get your friends and family to start donating. The more money you raise for these great charities, the greater the chance to win the experience of a lifetime, and in the end, make a difference to thousands of people in New Orleans. Prizes include an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2008 Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, a red-carpet event at a New York City hotspot, an unforgettable ride for you and your friends aboard The Patrón Tequila Express to a great concert, and many more! So check out the prizes, view the train schedule and find out how you can attend some of the summer's most desired concert events. Get started with your fundraising efforts today and help rebuild New Orleans.

The Doobie Brothers, with Special Guest Three Dog Night, to Perform Mon, July 28

Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in need around the world, announced that legendary rock bands The Doobie Brothers and Three Dog Night are performing a benefit concert for the non-profit organization in Las Vegas. The concert will be on Monday, July 28 at the Orleans Arena, with tickets currently available on www.orleansarena.com

“We are absolutely thrilled that the Doobie Brothers and Three Dog Night are coming together for one night in support of Soles4Souls,” said Wayne Elsey, CEO and Founder of Soles4Souls Inc. “We are proud to once again partner with the Orleans Arena in providing unique entertainment in Las Vegas,” he said.

The Doobie Brothers are known as one of the most popular rock bands of the 1970s, releasing a number of gold and platinum albums in the United States. They created several classic rock staples, such as “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water” and “China Grove.” Other famous hits include “Long Train Runnin,'” “Jesus Is Just Alright,” and “Takin' It to the Streets.”

Three Dog Night enjoyed unparalleled success during the early 1970s, as no other band had more Top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets. From 1969 to 1974, Three Dog Night was undoubtedly the most popular band in America: twenty-one consecutive Top 40 hits and twelve straight gold LPs. By late 1975, they had sold nearly 50 million records. With mega-hits like “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White” and “Shambala,” the group's eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating best-selling charts for years.

New York-based boho Magazine, the first-ever green fashion/lifestyle publication to be printed entirely on recycled paper with natural soy inks and no glossy finishes, is sponsoring the event.

Tickets are priced at $25.00, $42.50, $59.00, and are available on the Orleans Arena website: www.orleansarena.com . For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 1-888-234-2334.

About Soles4Souls

Nashville-based Soles4Souls(TM) facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Since its inception, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 3.3 million pairs (or one pair every 23 seconds) to people in more than 60 countries, including Honduras, Romania, Thailand, and the Sudan. The charity has been featured on CNN Headline News, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC News, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.

About the Orleans Arena

The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility, located less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip is host to more than 200 events each year including family favorites Disney on Ice, Harlem Globetrotters and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus; top concerts such as Black Eyed Peas, Brooks & Dunn, Jane's Addiction and Lynyrd Skynyrd; and a variety of sporting events including Las Vegas Wranglers, boxing and NCAA basketball.

Sir Anthony Hopkins Scores Big With Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Dallas audiences were abuzz last night in anticipation of hearing original compositions created by famed actor Sir Anthony Hopkins. No one in the full house crowd anticipated Hopkins himself taking the podium and leading the great Dallas Symphony Orchestra in an encore performance of his original work Schizoid Salsa.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, or Tony as he prefers to be called, was greeted by a rousing standing ovation last night as he made his first ever bows from the podium stage. The musicians greeted his performance with rambunctious stomping – the common sign of appreciation given by orchestra musicians to only the finest of conductors.

It was an absolute thrill to not only hear my work performed by such an incredible orchestra, but to actually lead them in a performance; a performance that included music that up until that point I had only heard in my imagination
I decided this was a rare occasion, and that I would regret the missed opportunity
“It was an absolute thrill to not only hear my work performed by such an incredible orchestra, but to actually lead them in a performance; a performance that included music that up until that point I had only heard in my imagination,” said Hopkins. “What a rush!”

Hopkins, originally slated to only briefly introduce his compositions and then take a seat in the audience, was asked to conduct one of his pieces during rehearsal. With the support of the DSO musicians, he decided to conduct during the performance as well. “I decided this was a rare occasion, and that I would regret the missed opportunity,” said Hopkins.

In addition to Schizoid Salsa, the program included The Masque of Time, a new original composition by Hopkins, and music he created for the films Slipstream and August, as well as other original compositions and pieces from some of his films written by others.

Last nights world premiere of music by Anthony Hopkins is just another example of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to showcasing modern works. In addition to works by Hopkins, during the 2008-2009 season the DSO will premiere three major pieces. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky’s August 4, 1964 – A Day in History received its world premiere in September, followed by the DSO co-commissioned premiere of Bright Sheng’s Harp Concerto featuring Yolanda Kondonassis. Alexander Raskatov’s Violin Concerto will receive its world premiere in April, with DSO Concertmaster Emanuel Borok as soloist. Past major world premieres have included works by Roberto Sierra, Augusta Read Thomas, George Tsontakis, Lowell Liebermann and many more.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra proudly presented An Evening of Music with Anthony Hopkins & the DSO – A World Premiere Friday, October 17, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this event ranged from $35 to $75.

Jimmy Smits to Host 'A Capitol Fourth'

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits returns to host the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country, A Capitol Fourth, featuring for the first time ever, Barry Manilow, who will both open and close the concert broadcast with a stirring medley of hits and patriotic classics along with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
He will be joined by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, international pop sensation Natasha Bedingfield, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning cast of Jersey Boys, multi Grammy Award-nominee Michael Feinstein and acclaimed classical pianist Andrew von Oeyen. This star-studded cast will light up the stage on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol for the 29th annual A Capitol Fourth celebration featuring unrivaled musical performances with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of America's prince of pops Erich Kunzel.
As a special treat for the entire family, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and more of the SESAME STREET gang will be on hand to celebrate America's 233rd birthday.
The Muppets will perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites as well as iconic songs that we all know and love from this breakthrough children's television series that is celebrating 40 years of fun and learning.
The multi-award winning A Capitol Fourth, featuring the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation, will be broadcast live in high definition and commercial free on PBS Saturday, July 4, 2009 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as on National Public Radio and around the world to our troops on the American Forces Radio and Television Network.
The skyline of the nation's capital will come alive with vibrant and booming pyrotechnics, set against silhouettes of national landmarks the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. A Capitol Fourth will capture this stunning fireworks display from every vantage point with eighteen TV cameras stationed around the city — including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. Capping off the show will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now A Capitol Fourth tradition. Also participating in the event will be The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, The U.S. Army “Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
Commented Smits, “I am honored to be asked once again to host this year's special party to celebrate our great country's birthday… and what a 'guest list!' The music itself embraces so many genres — we've got pop, we've got classical and we've got soul. Throw in an anniversary celebration of Sesame Street, topped off with the biggest fireworks display around and we've got quite a show!”
For A Capitol Fourth executive producer Jerry Colbert and producer Michael Colbert have assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television's most prestigious entertainment awards shows. This includes Emmy award-winning producer Walter C. Miller, American's leading director and producer of live programs including the Grammy Awards and Country Music Awards; award-winning director Paul Miller whose credits include the Country Music Awards and Saturday Night Live; and veteran television writer Jon Macks, whose credits include the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards. The program is a co-production of Jerry Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C.
For more than 25 years, Capital Concerts has produced the two major patriotic events at the U.S. Capitol. In 1981, Colbert presented the first PBS Fourth of July telecast with the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists performing live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. In 1990, he introduced the National Memorial Day Concert. Since then, both holiday specials have been honored with over 80 awards including the New York Film Festival Award, the Telly Award, the Golden Cine Award, the Videographer Award, the National Education Association Award, the Aurora Award, the Christopher Award, the Communicator's Award, the AXIEM Award, the Omni Award and the Writer's Guild of America Award.
A Capitol Fourth 2009 is made possible by grants from The Boeing Company, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, the National Endowment for the Arts, PBS and public television stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.

"Roar for a Cure" Carnival & Family Fun Day

 The Max Cure Foundation — a non-profit organization whose mission is to fund pediatric cancer causes — announced today its first charity benefit, the first annual "Roar for a Cure" Carnival and family fun day, to take place on Saturday, August 22, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, August 23) on the grounds of the East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club, 175 Daniels Hole Road, East Hampton, N.Y. The outdoor event will have fun-filled activities for adults and kids of all ages. Highlights include: games; inflatables from https://jumpersnrentals.com/phoenix/; prizes; food and beverages; raffles; auctions; face painting; balloon artists; gift bags; celebrity guests (to be announced); a live performance by pop music sensation Push Play; and more.

Push Play, one of the hottest new music groups in the area who consistently pack venues, will preview songs from "Found," their forthcoming album.

Tickets to the "Roar for a Cure" Carnival may be purchased in advance through The Max Cure Foundation website (www.maxcurefoundation.org) or by phone: 631-949-4160. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Max Cure Fund For Pediatric Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, dedicated to researching pediatric cancers, improving treatments and finding cures that will save children's lives; The T.J. Martell Foundation, for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS research; and Katy's Courage Fund, which financially assists in the care of 10-year-old Katy Stewart from Sag Harbor, N.Y., as she and her family battle her rare form of liver cancer.

"On behalf of my son Max, my family and The Max Cure Foundation, we are thrilled to announce our first benefit event, the 'Roar for a Cure' Carnival and family fun day," said David Plotkin, president of The Max Cure Foundation. "It is certain to be an exciting and memorable afternoon that will be benefiting three very worthwhile causes."

A "Family Package" admits a family of four for $200; adult tickets are $100 each. The admission price includes unlimited food and drinks, all carnival activities, the Push Play concert and parking. A significant portion of the ticket price and event contributions will be tax deductible. Additional information about the event is available at The Max Cure Foundation website (www.maxcurefoundation.org).

The "Roar for a Cure" Carnival brings together the efforts of two New York-area families valiantly fighting pediatric cancer, the Plotkins and the Stewarts. Six-year-old Max Plotkin, from Manhattan and Amagansett, is the inspiration behind both The Max Cure Foundation and The Max Cure Fund. Diagnosed with an extremely rare form of B-cell Lymphoma two years ago, Max continues to hold his cancer at bay with strength beyond his years. Ten-year-old Katy Stewart, from Sag Harbor, learned that she has a rare and potentially lethal form of liver cancer earlier this year. Both children are receiving care at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.


The Max Cure Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 whose mission is to fund pediatric cancer causes. The Foundation was established by the Plotkin family in honor of Maxwell Grant Plotkin, who, in May 2007 at age four, was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of B-cell Lymphoma and continues to bravely fight his disease and inspire others to rise above adversity. For more information about The Max Cure Foundation, go to: www.maxcurefoundation.org.


The Max Cure Fund For Pediatric Cancer Research, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City, is dedicated to researching pediatric cancers, improving treatments and finding cures that will save children's lives. The primary mission of The Max Cure Fund is to raise $5 million to underwrite the establishment of a research laboratory at MSKCC in the Department of Pediatrics. The lab will be devoted to researching, treating and curing childhood cancers. The Max Cure Fund was established in June 2007 by the Plotkin family, in honor of Maxwell Grant Plotkin, who was diagnosed with cancer on May 2, 2007 — one day before his fourth birthday. Eight days later, they learned Max's cancer was an extremely rare form of B-Cell Lymphoma. It is every parent's worst nightmare. Max's cancer was so rare that doctors at MSKCC, one of the premier cancer treatment facilities in the world, had never seen it before. To complicate matters, it wasn't a straight-forward case. The cancer had spread and the oncologists were blunt. Without the proper immediate treatment, the consequences would be devastating. Without delay, Max started a two-year protocol of intense chemotherapy at MSKCC, where he continues in its care and where Max's family founded The Max Cure Fund. The Max Cure Fund For Pediatric Cancer Research has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars towards its goal and has been honored by organizations including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and The New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. For more information about The Max Cure Fund, visit: www.maxcurefund.org.


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is the world's oldest and largest private institution devoted to prevention, patient care, research and education in cancer. Its scientists and clinicians generate innovative approaches to better understand, diagnose and treat cancer. Its specialists are leaders in biomedical research and in translating the latest research to advance the standard of cancer care worldwide. For more information, go to: www.mskcc.org.


Katy Stewart is ten years old and lives with her family in Sag Harbor, N.Y. She is the daughter of two Eastern Long Island educators — Jim, a teacher and wrestling, soccer and tennis coach at East Hampton High School; and Brigid, assistant principal at Montauk Public School. Their lives were forever changed on the night of April 3, 2009, when Katy awoke at a slumber party with excruciating stomach pains. She was raced to the emergency room at Southampton Hospital. By late morning, she and her family were on their way to Stony Brook Hospital where she had a CAT scan. The scan revealed a tumor on her liver. Biopsy results were reported one week later — the tumor was malignant. She had Hepatoblastoma, a rare liver cancer. Katy is currently undergoing treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where she is courageously fighting her cancer. The mission of Katy's Courage Fund is to assist the Stewart family with their financial needs while caring for Katy as the family and Katy jointly battle this potentially lethal disease.


The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues, in loving memory of his son, T.J., who died of leukemia. It is dedicated to raising funds for the innovative initial and ongoing research for improved treatments and cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation has provided over $225 million dollars for research through a variety of events including concerts, gala awards dinners, family day activities, golf tournaments, wine dinners, and walk-a-thons. Research facilities funded by the foundation include T.J. Martell Memorial Laboratories at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Cancer Center and The Mayo Clinic. This year marks the 34th anniversary for the T.J. Martell Foundation. For more information on T.J. Martell Foundation events or the foundation in general, please view: www.TJMartellFoundation.org.


Pop rock band Push Play, from Long Island, N.Y., is quickly becoming one of the music industry's most sought-after talents. Push Play's online presence and their recent U.S. tour stops have brought them fervent fans throughout the country. The band's colorful edge has made them a household name in the New York area, where they routinely sell out their shows. Push Play have been featured in publications including The New York Times, Newsday, Tiger Beat, J-14 and Pop Star! magazine and have appeared on MTV's TRL and in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They have performed in concert with Miley Cyrus and alongside such groups as No Doubt and Fall Out Boy. Their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/pushplayrox) has received over five million plays and as many profile views to date and their first single off their new album Midnight Romeo is already playing on national radio. Push Play's next album, Found, is due out in late September 2009. 

Two Day Fashion Extravaganza Oct 1 & 2

This October 1 & 2, 2009, the Motor City will transform into Fashion City, as Fashion In Detroit – a two-day fashion show extravaganza to rival other Fashion Weeks around the U.S. – makes its debut in a tented, high-end setting at the Detroit Zoo, in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Created by Project Runway's Joe Faris, of Birmingham, the Fashion In Detroit executive committee is made up of Detroit's heaviest hitters in fashion, beauty and event management: Leslie Ann Pilling, nationally renowned designer and president of Presence II Productions and Leslie Ann Pilling Design, Rino, owner of FIGO salon, Karen Buscemi, editor of StyleLine magazine, Lians, international fashion photographer and co-owner of LM Studios, and K'Kio Hardin, international designer/art director.

"My purpose for spearheading this event is to put a fashion spotlight on Detroit and create a venue that fills the needs of many locally based designers and the Detroit fashion community," says Faris, who will show two of his lines at the event.

The two-day event will include 12 fashion shows by premier designers, a VIP private reception, an Afterglow bash with top-name rock concert and "Made In Michigan" product displays. Each day's admission ticket includes six fashion shows, gift bags, a souvenir guidebook/lookbook and other fun surprises.

Situated between the dates of New York Fashion Week and LA Fashion Week, Fashion In Detroit will feature top models showcasing the best designs of Spring 2010 on a 60-foot runway in a spacious tent with VIP seating, risers and standing room for 500 guests. StyleLine's Karen Buscemi will host the event, with music by some of the hottest artists from Detroit.

In addition to creating a sensational fashion event, the FID executive committee wants to help make a difference for Michigan. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to a local charity, plus a grant will be presented to one local fashion designer. Recognition will also be given to one person who has made a difference in the Detroit fashion community, with a donation in his or her name presented to the Detroit Zoo.

For more information, to learn about sponsorship and advertising opportunities or to see the updated designer list, visit www.fashionindetroit.com, call 248.723.9770 or email info@fashionindetroit.com

Dutch to Invade NYC

NY400 Ambassador Eric Niehe,  NYC & Company CEO and New York City NY400 Chair George Fertitta and Deputy Mayor of the City of Amsterdam Carolien Gehrels today announced details of a global celebration, “NY400 Week.”  They invited residents of the Netherlands and the United States to visit each other during the celebrations commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival to New York City.

NY400 Week will take place September 8-13 and will include a visit by HRH the Prince of Orange and HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, a variety of events, exhibits, outdoor activities and performances across the five boroughs including, direct from Holland, the New Island Festival.  The week’s events culminate in the first-ever Harbor Day on September 13, which commemorates New York City’s Dutch roots and vibrant waterfront.  To encourage increased travel between the Netherlands and New York City this year, a special airfare promotion in partnership with Continental Airlines offering 400 Euros round-trip fare from Amsterdam to New York City from September 1 through December 17 was announced.


“As we celebrate this momentous anniversary and the strong historical ties between New York City and the Dutch, we are extremely proud to highlight the significant influence of the Dutch in both the deep-rooted history and vibrant future of New York City,” said NY400 Ambassador Eric Niehe. 


“The NY400 Week celebrations give people one more reason to visit New York City in September and throughout the rest of this year,” said George Fertitta.  “New York City is as vibrant as ever, and with a renewed focus on our waterfront throughout the five boroughs, these festivities which will culminate in the first-ever Harbor Day and provide an even greater incentive for Dutch visitors to travel to New York City.  We believe the new fare from Continental Airlines will give Dutch visitors even more reason to visit New York City this year.”


“There are many similarities that The Netherlands – and Amsterdam in particular –  share with our New York City friends, including a high regard for freedom, open-mindedness, optimism and tolerance, as well as a great appreciation for creativity, innovation, design and diversity and we are pleased to observe these mutual traits,” said Deputy Mayor Carolien Gehrels.


On September 8, the NY400 Week begins with a welcome ceremony aboard the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum attended by HRH the Prince of Orange and HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands.

On September 9,
the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, a tribute to the NY400 celebration designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, Amsterdam, will be unveiled downtown at The Battery in Lower Manhattan and presented as a gift by The Netherlands Government to New York City in November 2009.


On September 13, New York City’s first-ever Harbor Day will feature events and activities across the five boroughs including a flotilla sail along the Hudson River, as well free bike rental and ferry rides to encourage New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy the City’s waterfront districts in Manhattan and Brooklyn and on Governors Island.  Harbor Day will become an annual event to recognize and appreciate the progress New York City has made in reclaiming its waterfront and opening harbor parks and greenways, as well as in creating sustainable developments that improve habitats and preserve resources for future generations. 


Additional activities that week include the opening of the Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will run from September 9–November 29 featuring one of the 17th-century Dutch artist’s most-admired paintings on loan from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.  Also kicking off for the first time during NY400 Week, the New Island Festival will travel from Holland to New York City's Governors Island.  The festival will take place from September 10–13 and from September 17–20, featuring concerts, renowned DJ sets, avant-garde theatre, performance art and visual arts, performed by more than 100 Dutch artists.  Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture, takes place on Governors Island from September 11-20.


Supporting the landmark anniversary year, Continental Airlines today announced that it will offer a special fare of 400 Euros, plus taxes and fees of up to 70 Euros, for return economy flights from Amsterdam to New York, and a fare of 1609 Euros, plus taxes, fees and surcharges of up to 250 Euros, for round-trip BusinessFirst travel.  The fares, which will be available and valid for U.S.-bound travel from September 1 through October 31, 2009 with return travel through December 17, 2009, are subject to availability and tax/surcharge and exchange-rate fluctuations. Restrictions and conditions apply. Fares from New York to Amsterdam will be $400 (U.S.dollars) for roundtrip economy, and $1,853 (U.S. dollars) for roundtrip BusinessFirst travel, for the same period, not including taxes, fees and surcharges.  (Fares quoted do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9.00, September 11th Security Fee of $5.00 and International taxes and fees of up to $85.)


"As New York City's leading airline, Continental is pleased to offer these special promotional fares for travel this fall from Amsterdam to New York City," said Holden Shannon, Senior Vice President for Global Real Estate for Continental Airlines.  "This 400th anniversary year is an excellent time to re-discover New York."


Last year New York City welcomed a record 241,000 visitors from the Netherlands, surpassing the record 181,000 visitors in 2007.  New York City is the number one destination for Dutch travelers to the U.S.  The Dutch market represented more than $455 million in spending power in 2008, up from $328 million in 2007.


NY400 is the result of an initiative by the Dutch Government in close co-operation with Dutch local and provincial authorities, with New York City and New York State, and with active participation of a great number of organizations from the private, cultural and not-for-profit sectors. 

Starlight Musicals

June 13 – August 8, 2008

Annual Bank of America Starlight Musicals


Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department proudly presents the Bank of America Starlight Musicals concert series, celebrating 30 years under the stars. These FREE outdoor concerts provide a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends. Join us in Holiday Park, Friday nights, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, June 13 through August 8, 2008. The series will feature an exciting line up of bands ranging from pop to country, rhythm and blues to tropical rock. As an added bonus, each week the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department will select a theme and hold a contest for the best decorated seating area.


The shows take place on the football field at Holiday Park, which is located at East Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway. Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers. Please note that pets are not permitted in the park. We look forward to seeing you out there this summer!


30th Anniversary T-shirts can be purchased with a credit card. Look for surprise weekly activities in honor of 30 years under the stars!

In lieu of a Starlight Concert on Friday July 4th please join us on Fort Lauderdale Beach as we celebrate the nation’s birthday with our annual concert, family activities and fireworks.


RECYCLE! easily and proudly at Starlight Musicals. Recycling bins will be provided throughout the park.


For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at 954-828-5363.


  • Read this year's flyer .



2008 Scheduled Performers:


June 13 – The Castaways


June 20 – Rodeo Clowns Band


June 27 – Valerie Tyson Band

(Rhythm & Blues)

"Take Your Family" Night

July 11 – Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways

(Tropical Rock & Jimmy Buffet)

July 18 – Joey Gilmore Band


July 25 – The Fabulons

(Good ol' Rock 'n' Roll)

August 1 – Breeze

(Classic Rock)

August 8 – Hot Brass Monkey

(Nine-Piece Show Band)


Decorating Contest Themes:


June 13 – Favorite 1978 Movie


June 20 – Best Picnic Setup


June 27 – Patriotic/USA


July 11 – Margaritaville


July 18 – Space Exploration


July 25 – Christmas in July


August 1 – Favorite NASCAR Driver


August 8 – Jungle


Mama's Rockin' Eve 2

Nov. 8, 2008

Mama's Rockin' Eve 2 is a motorcycle poker run/concert fund-raiser for Turning Point, a shelter and advocacy organization for survivors of domestic violence. Registration starts at 11 a.m., with riders out by 1 p.m. and due back by 5 p.m. ALL rides are welcome and prizes abound! Following the run, the party will continue into the night with smokin' blues band WSNB, hot licks by Matter of Fact and the sweet wailin' voice of Melissa McKinney. Come early and stay late so you won't miss any action! Donations of canned food and paper products are needed and appreciated. INFO: www.myspace.com/mamasrockineve.

Dude Hates Cancer Gala

Aug. 22, 2009

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter


The Dude Hates Cancer benefit concert raises money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It features three of Philly's best acts: The Hustle, Chris Kasper, and Jeremy Hollis!