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Patti LaBelle at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
(Published: April 19, 2013)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present the living legend of contemporary R&B music, the elegant GRAMMY-award winning vocalist PATTI LaBELLE in concert on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 8pm. Also performing is the soulful singer Xavier Lewis and Whiskey Peach.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for PATTI LaBELLE on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 8pm are $100, $85 and $75 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.

PATTI LaBELLE, whose chart-topping hits such as "Lady Marmalade," "New Attitude" and the Michael McDonald duet "On My Own" have made her an international star for over four decades, returns to Lehman Center bringing her fabulous four-octave range and electrifying, high-energy show. The two-time GRAMMY Award winner has enjoyed one of the longest careers in contemporary music, from her days with ‘60s quartet Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and ‘70s trio LaBelle, to her recordings on Def Soul Classic/Def Jam and her recent Christmas and contemporary gospel CDs.

Patti LaBelle grew up in Philadelphia singing with her local Baptist church choir. In 1960, she formed the Ordettes with friend Cindy Birdsong, renamed the Blue Belles in 1961 after Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash joined the group. They scored their first Top 20 hit with "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" (1962) and charted in 1964 with renditions of "Danny Boy" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." When Birdsong left in 1967 to join the Supremes, the girls simplified their name to LaBelle and toured with The Who in wake of their 1971 release LaBelle. In 1974, LaBelle became the first African-American act to appear at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, introducing their chart-topping single "Lady Marmalade" from their million-copy selling album Nightbirds. Two years and two albums later, the group disbanded, and in 1977, Patti released her self-titled debut solo album. She scored a #1 R&B hit in 1983 with "If You Only Knew", which was quickly followed-up by "Love, Need and Want You," both from the gold-selling album I'm In Love Again. In 1984 the hit songs "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up" contributed to the wild success of the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack album. Her MCA debut, 1986's The Winner in You, featuring the Michael McDonald duet "On My Own," went platinum. Patti's album Be Yourself went gold in 1989 thanks to the ballad "If You Asked Me To," which was used for the final film credits in the Bond film License to Kill. 1991's Burnin' earned Patti her first GRAMMY Award for best female R&B performance. Her second, for best traditional R&B vocal performance, came in 1998 for Live! One Night Only. Currently in the studio working on her latest recording, Patti has released over thirty albums and has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

A true renaissance woman, Patti has additionally performed in three Broadway musicals (the most recent being Fela! in 2010), a dozen films and many television shows and specials including A Different World and Living It Up With Patti LaBelle (2004-2008). Her numerous awards include two EMMY nominations, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, induction into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, and the 2011 BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Patti has also authored seven books, five of them cookbooks and has her own Lady Marmalade line of cooking sauces and marinades.

XAVIER LEWIS was born in Queens, grew up in Miami, Florida and got into music at a young age, learning to play the baritone horn and trumpet and to sing. The soulful R&B singer's big break came in 2008 when he was a semifinalist on America's Got Talent, which led to guest performances on the Today Show and the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Now a resident of Atlanta, his first hit song "Georgia Clay" was released in 2011.

The Spring Gala and Benefit for Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and The Children's Hospital at Montefiore will be held in Lehman Center's lobby from 4:30 to 7pm. Presented by Max Tucci, Brie Blythwood, Gina Tucci, Eva Bornstein, John "Gungie" Rivera, Lehman Center's Spring Concert Committee and the Board of Directors, the benefit reception will feature wine and passed hors d'oeuvres provided by the popular Bronx-based pan-Latin restaurant Babalu and its Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia.

Gala benefit tickets to An Evening with Patti LaBelle: A Spring Concert are available for $350 (for both the reception and the concert), $250 (reception only) and $100 (concert only). They may be purchased by calling 718-960-8835 or by visiting www.LehmanCenter.org.

Lehman Center is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2012-2013 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, JPMorgan Chase, Con Edison and through corporations, foundations and private donations.


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