Archived entries for Chris Isaacson Presents

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ THELMA HOUSTON’S “MY MOTOWN MEMORIES & MORE!” RE-SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY 10/15 AT NATE HOLDEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

THELMA HOUSTON
MY MOTOWN MEMORIES & MORE!
RESCHEDULED FOR
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, AT 7:30PM
AT NATE HOLDEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Thelma HoustonChris Isaacson Presents and the City of Los Angeles have announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Motown legend Thelma Houston in her show My Motown Memories & More! has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 15 at 7:30pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. All previously purchased Ford Amphitheatre tickets will be honored for the new date.

Perhaps best known for her number one international hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” Thelma Houston takes her audience on a musical and inspirational journey that chronicles her illustrious career. Sharing intimate stories and behind-the-scenes adventures against a tapestry of more than 20 classic Motown hits, Houston performs songs originally recorded by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and more, leading up to her iconic Grammy Award–winning number one pop song “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” After 50 years of performing, 23 studio albums, and winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Houston continues to celebrate her long and outstanding career. The concert will be directed by Iona Morris and choreographed by Damita Freeman. The musical director is Darrell Alston. Special guests are Quattrosound and Johnny Britt.

Chris Isaacson Presents has created, produced, and promoted over 600 events since the company’s founding in 2004. From small clubs to major theatres CIP has presented some of the most influential stars of this generation including Adam Lambert, Lea Michele, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Holliday, Molly Ringwald, Megan Hilty, Erich Bergen, Andy Grammer, Natasha Bedingfield, Taylor Dayne, and Grammy Award-winners Paula Cole, Richard Marx, Sergio Mendes, and more. CIP’s concerts have been featured on Access Hollywood, Extra, KABC’s On the Red Carpet, KTLA Morning News, and in the Los Angeles Times and New York Post. Upcoming CIP events include Jake Simpson (September 28); Carole J. Bufford (October 5 & 9), Richard Shelton (October 12), Tony Award–nominee Sam Harris (October 13 & 14), British singer/songwriter Rumer (October 25), Spencer Day (November 11), Joey Arias (November 14 & 15), the LA debut of Sheetlejuice (December 2), and Steve Grand (December 5). More info at www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com.

All seats for Thelma Houston: My Motown Memories & More! are reserved and ticket prices start at $35. Limited VIP packages available. Tickets online at www.itsmyseat.com or www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com or by phone at (323) 964-9766. The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is located at 4708 W. Washington Street in Los Angeles. For refunds on previously purchased seats at the Ford Amphitheatre, call (323) 461-3673.

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09-25-17 REV

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ HOST & SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THELMA HOUSTON’S “MY MOTOWN MEMORIES & MORE” AT THE FORD THEATRES IN HOLLYWOOD ON AUGUST 27

CHRIS ISAACSON PRESENTS
ANNOUNCES SPECIAL GUESTS
LATIN GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE QUATTROSOUND
SINGER/TRUMPETER JOHNNY BRITT
AND
COMIC MICHAEL COLYAR
WILL JOIN
THELMA HOUSTON AT THE FORD THEATRES
WHEN
HOUSTON BRINGS HER SHOW
MY MOTOWN MEMORIES & MORE!
TO LOS ANGELES FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 AT 8PM
THE FORD THEATRES IN HOLLYWOOD
LA’s FRESHEST VENUE!

Thelma HoustonChris Isaacson Presents has announced that Latin Grammy Award nominee Quattrosound, singer/trumpeter Johnny Britt, and comic Michael Colyar will be special guests when Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Motown legend Thelma Houston brings her show My Motown Memories & More! to the Ford Theatres in Hollywood for one show only on Sunday, August 27, at 8pm. The evening will be hosted by 102.3 RadioFree KJLH personality Lon McQ.

Singer/ Trumpeter Johnny Britt scored big this year with his trumpet appearances in Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning film La La Land and the Oscar nominated film soundtrack Hidden Figures. He is signed to Motown Records as the founder/creator/lead singer of his group Impromp2. Britt has toured the world and has recorded with some of the biggest names in the industry. He served as the youngest ever music director for The Temptations which lead to him co-producing the music for the Emmy Award-winning mini-series The Temptations. As a songwriter, Britt has earned three #1 Billboard Singles. His current CD release, Marvin Meets Miles Vol. 1, features eight Marvin Gaye classics along with one original track (“Marvin Meets Miles”), plus two bonus tracks. All songs are performed, arranged, and produced by Britt. His new single “You Sure Love to Ball” features Marcus Miller, Boney James, and Wah Wah Watson. The accompanying video is available worldwide.

Michael Colyar is an LA favorite best known for his performances on Venice Beach. For nine years he has entertained crowds, bringing people together from all parts of the world. His informative and entertaining brand of comedy thrilled audiences for more than nine years, where he was dubbed ‘The King of Venice Beach.’ He was the original host of BET Live From LA, and his point-blank delivery and razor-sharp insight connected to all of the guests that joined him on the couch, as well as over 55 million viewers coast to coast. Colyar won the $100,000 Grand Prize comedy championship on Star Search and donated $50,000.00 to homeless charities in the LA area. In 2000, the city of Venice honored Colyar by placing his shoe prints, handprints, and money grabber in cement for the new Venice Beach boardwalk. He currently stars in a solo stage production that chronicles the life of a comedian, highlighting the importance of his mother’s love and support.

Quattrosound is an innovative acoustic ensemble that skillfully blends classical and jazz training with a wide-range of personal music influences to create a uniquely engaging sound. The four musicians are equally astute at playing a Bach Suite, rocking out to Led Zeppelin, or interpreting a piece by Chick Corea. With violin, cello, guitar, an eclectic selection of percussion instruments, and creative vocal arrangements, Quattrosound produces a vibrant live show. Hailing from Japan, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States, their music selections are as diverse as their nationalities. Individually these four accomplished musicians have played with the likes of Bocelli, Barbra Streisand, Yo-Yo Ma, Annie Lennox, Michael Jackson, Layla Hathaway, Ricky Martin, and Gloria Estefan. Together, Quattrosound pays homage to the classics and forges a new contemporary sound.

Host Lon McQ began his career in radio over 35 years ago, working at KGFJ, KACE, and KMAX in Los Angeles, KLOM and KTPL in Lompoc, CA. In 1984 he moved to KJLH as morning show host. He was promoted to Operations Manager in 1994 and has served in that capacity ever since. McQ is the epitome of what an on-air personality should be, full of integrity, compassion, and a genuine love for his craft. He was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles by 8th District Councilmember Bernard C. Parks. McQ has also been featured in many publications including Sweet Factory Music Magazine, Upscale Magazine, and the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles.

Perhaps best known for her number one international hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” Thelma Houston began her career singing for Capitol Records with The Art Reynolds Singers and then as a solo artist. “Sunshower,” her critically acclaimed album composed and produced by Jimmy Webb for ABC/Dunhill Records, was released in 1969 and spawned four popular singles. In 1977, her version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” for Motown Records soared to number one in the United States and London and became a hit in at least twelve other countries. In her show My Motown Memories & More! Houston takes her audience on a musical and inspirational journey that chronicles her illustrious career. Sharing intimate stories and behind-the-scenes adventures against a tapestry of more than 20 classic Motown hits, Houston performs songs originally recorded by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and more, leading up to her iconic Grammy Award–winning number one pop song “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” After 49 years of performing, 23 studio albums, and winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Houston continues to celebrate her long and outstanding career. The concert will be directed by Iona Morris and choreographed by Damita Freeman, with musical direction by Darrell Alston.

Chris Isaacson Presents has created, produced, and promoted over 600 events since the company’s founding in 2004. From small clubs to major theatres CIP has presented some of the most influential stars of this generation including Adam Lambert, Lea Michele, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Holliday, Molly Ringwald, Megan Hilty, Erich Bergen, Andy Grammer, Natasha Bedingfield, Taylor Dayne, and Grammy Award-winners Paula Cole, Richard Marx, Sergio Mendes, and more. CIP’s concerts have been featured on Access Hollywood, Extra, KABC’s On the Red Carpet, KTLA Morning News, and in the Los Angeles Times and New York Post. Upcoming CIP events include Jake Simpson (September 28); the fifth annual Broadway Under the Stars (October 7); Richard Shelton (October 12), Tony Award–winner Sam Harris (October 13 & 14), British singer/songwriter Rumer (October 25), and Joey Arias (November 14 & 15). More at www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com.

Thelma Houston: My Motown Memories & More! is sponsored by Gelson’s Market and will play one performance only at Ford Theatres on Sunday, August 27, at 8pm. All seats are reserved and ticket prices start at $44. Tickets are available online at www.fordtheatres.org or www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com or by phone at (323) 461-3673. To learn about discounts for groups of 10 or more, go to www.fordtheatres.org.

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08-14-17

Thelma Houston. Photo courtesy of Chris Isaacson Presents.

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ ‘DRAG-TACULAR’ FINALE: “I’VE WRITTEN A LETTER TO DADDY” IN BABY JANE DRAG ▪︎ NOW ON YOUTUBE ▪︎ CELEBRATING RYAN MURPHY’S ANTHOLOGY SERIES “FEUD” ON FX NETWORKS

Chris Isaacson Presents

I’ve Written a Letter to Daddy

Dance Performance in Baby Jane Drag

Finale of Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event

Available on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UTGIIMDBpE

Event Celebrating the Premiere of

Ryan Murphy’s New Anthology Series “Feud: Bette and Joan”

on FX Networks  

Capping a weeklong celebration of the premiere of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series  Feud: Bette and Joan on FX Networks, the Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event, an evening of old Hollywood glamour, took place on Friday, March 3 at Spectra Lounge at Wolfgang Puck (in the Pacific Design Center) in West Hollywood, CA. Special guest host Tony Award-nominee Sam Harris anchored the evening which featured shimmering chanteuse Niki Haris, singer Jake Simpson, Kay-Ta Matsuno’s 10-piece band, DJ Laszlo (Adele, Christina Aguilera, Demi Levato), and special appearances byHeklina, Peaches Christ, and Bianca Del Rio in the LA debut of Whatever Happened to Bianca Del Rio?

The finale featured 24 male and female dancers in Blanche and Baby Jane drag performing to a remixed version of the iconic “I’ve Written a Letter to Daddy” (music by Frank De Vol; lyrics by Bob Merrill) sung by Bette Davis and featuring Shelley Segal, remixed by DJ Laszlo, and choreographed by Penny Wildman under the direction of Christopher G. Ciccone (Madonna’s The Girlie Show). Video is now available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UTGIIMDBpE.

The Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event, coordinated and produced by Chris Isaacson Presents along with associate producers Ronn Goswick and Matthew Herrmann, was attended by an overflow crowd that also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres created by Wolfgang Puck, an open bar featuring lewd libations, and opportunities to travel back to 1962 with Bette and Joan for Instagram-able photo opportunities.

Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette and Joan, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, will air its finale on Sunday, April 23, at 10pm on FX.       

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04-18-17

LEAD DANCER: WALKER REDICK. PHOTO BY TONY DiMAIO.