Thursday, February 02, 2017

Additional performers announced to perform at 2017 MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR Tribute in honor of Tom Petty

Wow, what an event! Sounds amazing, and Tom Petty is deserving of such an honor!

Tom Petty performing in Irvine, CA in August 2013.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison, The Head and the Heart, The Lumineers, Taj Mahal, The Shelters, and Kristen Wiig announced as additional performers for 2017 MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR Tribute in honor of legendary rocker Tom Petty 
Jackson Browne, Gary Clark Jr., Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Chris Hillman And Herb Pedersen, Norah Jones, Elle King, Jeff Lynne, Randy Newman, Stevie Nicks, Regina Spektor, George Strait, The Bangles,
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, and Lucinda Williams Previously Announced As Performers 
T Bone Burnett To Serve As Musical Director For Star-Studded Tribute Concert
To Benefit 
MusiCares®' Emergency Financial Assistance And Addiction Recovery Programs
Norah Jones, left, and Kristen Wiig, right, will be 
among the artists celebrating Tom Petty.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
Lead guitarist Mike Campbell, left, with Tom Petty
at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in August 2013.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
WHO:  Performances by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artists Jakob DylanFoo FightersDon HenleyNorah JonesTaj MahalRandy NewmanStevie Nicks, and Lucinda Williams; GRAMMY-winning artists Gary Clark Jr.Jeff Lynne, and George Strait; GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriters Jackson Browne, Chris Hillman and Herb PedersenElle King, and Regina Spektor; GRAMMY-nominated band the Lumineers; and artists the Bangles, Dhani Harrisonthe Head And The Heartthe Shelters, and Kristen Wiig. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers will close the evening's performances. Multi-GRAMMY-winning artist and producer T Bone Burnett will serve as musical director.
Attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares® and The Recording Academy®Alexandra Patsavas, Chair of MusiCares; Bill Silva, Chair Emeritus of MusiCares; and John Branca, Honorary Chair of MusiCares. The event's Tribute Chairs are Olivia Harrison, MusiCares Board Member; Ringo Starr, multi-GRAMMY-winning artist; and Cameron Strang, chairman/CEO of Warner Bros. Records.
Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.
WHAT: Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in celebration of his extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute—now in its 27th year—provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
GALA: The 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG; a live auction featuring items including a custom Acura NSX supercar, the MusiCares Vehicle of the Year; a tribute concert sponsored by Acura featuring renowned musicians and other artists; and the award presentation. This year, for the first time, a limited number of VIP experience tables will be available for $75,000 that include: 10 seats, red carpet entrance, access to artist rehearsal and special backstage area (day before event), private pre-show reception with dedicated staff and personal auction bidding kiosk, front-row table placement, enhanced dining experience, and exclusive gift bag with a limited-edition commemorative item. For more information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, or placing ads/messages in the tribute journal, please contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares, 310.392.3777. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week, which culminates with the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
WHY: The MusiCares Foundation® offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist, and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation and RBC Capital Markets, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

WHERE:  Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hal
1201 S. Figueroa St.
                   Los Angeles, CA 9001
                   Parking: West Hall Lot, off Cherry Street; cost: $25 (no valet available)

WHEN:  Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
                *Note New Check-In/Red Carpet Time*
                 4 p.m. - Media Check-In (at Gilbert Lindsay Plaza)
                 5 p.m. - Red Carpet Arrivals, Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
                 8 p.m. - Gala Dinner
                 9 p.m. - Concert & Award Presentation


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