The First Annual Teamsters Black Caucus So. Cal Chapter Music Festival featuring R&B, Smooth Jazz and comedy will take place Saturday, November 7th at the Queen Mary Events Park, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., doors open at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit Teamsters Black Caucus So Cal Chapter, a non-profit 501c3 organization. Featured performers include The Emotions (The Best of My Love), jazz trumpet player Greg Adams
, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr.
and comedy relief from emcee Vesta Williams. Bassist Freddie Boom Flewelen (also a 30-year Teamster member) who has played with a who's who list of artists including The Emotions, Vesta and Paul Jackson Jr., serves as Musical Director for the festival. This family event will also include a children's activity area, door prizes, food and beverages. Tickets are $35 in advance (ages 16 & up) or $45 at the gate, $10 for children (ages 10-15) and children under 9 are free with a paid adult. VIP packages are $85 per person. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or http://www.teamstersblackcacussocal.org. The Queen Mary Events Park is located next to the Queen Mary oceanliner at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach. For more information: (562) 674-5205 or [email protected]
Grammy Award winners The Emotions sisters Wanda, Sheila and Pamela Hutchinson are best known for their million-selling single The Best of My Love. Produced by Earth Wind & Fire's Maurice White the song from their 1977 Rejoice album brought them worldwide fame. They were also featured on Earth Wind & Fires smash hit Boogie Wonderland. The sisters also had earlier hits on the legendary Stax/Volt label, including the single Show Me How, produced by Isaac Hayes in 1971. The Emotions continued to have chart-toppers in the 80s and their songs have been featured on movie soundtracks (Son of Sam, Boogie Nights).
The smooth jazz lineup features: Grammy-nominated guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. whose CDs have been released by Atlantic Records and Blue Note, and is best known to TV audiences playing guitar in the live band backing the singers on American Idol. He has played on numerous recordings with such performers as: Jeff Lorber, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, BB King, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Madonna and Michael Jackson (Thriller, Bad, Dangerous LPs), among others. Paul Jackson Jr.s latest CD, Lay It Back is an R&B-inspired smooth jazz assortment of originals and covers.
Grammy and Emmy-nominated trumpeter/producer Greg Adams is a founding member of Tower of Power whose signature sound made the groups horn section a sought out entity. He is featured on over 500 recordings with such artists as Rod Stewart, Elton John, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Santana, Quincy Jones, Wilson Pickett, Josh Groban, Bonnie Raitt, Madonna and The Rolling Stones, among others. Adams own CDs have topped the Smooth Jazz charts and his latest release East Bay Soul features several songs written with former Tower of Power bandmate Nick Milo.
Emcee Vesta Williams is best known for her hits Congratulations and Sweet, Sweet Love. In 2007 she released an album of R&B classics entitled Distant Lover on the Shanachie label.
The Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC) is an organization of black Teamsters men and women, who are united by their special concerns for rights and conditions of workers. Working within the framework of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Constitution, the TNBC seeks to address pressing issues confronting black workers ranging from increased participation to outreach to the African-American community and other communities of color. (The TNBC is not a separate union.)
The Teamsters Black Caucus So Cal Chapter will use funds raised from the event toward its various causes including, providing meals for families at Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as toys for children during the holidays and scholarships for students in the community.