Stars to the Rescue XXIII

January 4, 2014, curtain:  7pm

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Start 2014 in style with Tony La Russa and ARF as we present the 23rd annual Stars to the Rescue.

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This gala event is always a crowd pleaser! Early confirmed talent includes:

Bruce Honsby   Bruce Hornsby
A singer and keyboardist known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances, Hornsby draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions with his songwriting and the seamless improvisations contained within.Hornsby’s recordings have been recognized on a number of occasions with industry awards, including the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987 with Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 1990, and the Best Pop Instrumental Grammy in 1993.Hornsby has also achieved recognition for his solo albums and performances, his touring band Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, his bluegrass project with Ricky Skaggs and his appearances as a session- and guest-musician. He also collaborated with Grateful Dead and was a member of the band from September 1990 to March 1992, playing at over 100 shows during that period.
Bob WeirBob Weir
When the Dead began to play in 1965, Bob Weir was just 17, so he was naturally treated as “the kid.” Over the years, he grew to the point of being one of rock’s finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists, and a band stalwart always. He first joined in with Jerry Garcia in 1964 to form “Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions,” and then was a co-founder of the Warlocks, later the Grateful Dead. As the band grew, he became the co-lead-vocalist with Garcia, and wrote a number of important songs, including “The Other One,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Playing in the Band,” and “Throwing Stones.” He is married to the former Natascha Muenter, and they have two daughters, Momo and Chloe. His band RatDog is increasingly active.
Allan Havey Allan Havey
Considered one of the best stand-ups working today, he is “cocksure, irreverent, and very funny” according to the New York Times.Allan began his career in New York as part of the comedy duo “Two for Nothing”, then made the move to individual standup in 1981 after “passing” at the famous Improvisation. He quickly became a regular in clubs around the city.As a film actor he has appeared in Internal Affairs with Richard Gere, Checking Out with Jeff Daniels, Hancock with Will Smith, and, most recently, The Informant with Matt Damon. In 2012 he appeared on Ray Romano’s Men of a Certain Age, in Disney’s Good Luck Charlie and FX’s Louie. In 2013 he was featured on two episodes of The Office and appeared on AMC’s hit show Mad Men.
Michael Cavanaugh
Michael CavanaughCalled “the new voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook” by Billboard Magazine, Michael Cavanaugh’s eclectic, high-energy performances leave his audiences breathless. Whether solo at the piano or backed by his incredible band, Cavanaugh puts his own unique spin on the rock classics you know and love.Performing since the age of 10, Cavanaugh was hand-chosen by Billy Joel in 2001 to help shape and star in his new Broadway musical, Movin’ Out. Cavanaugh was nominated for both a Grammy award and a Tony award for his lead role as the Piano Man.At the close of Movin’ Out in 2005, Cavanaugh began touring on his own, creating a show that reinvented the modern rock/pop songbook. He continues to perform worldwide for company, corporate, and charity events.
Fusing signature vocals and guitar with the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, the soaring highs of the bagpipes, and tribal percussion, BROTHER is wholly original. The band’s powerhouse live performances are an energetic celebration, captivating and engaging the audience from the first song to the last. They have shared stages with Joe Walsh, John Entwhistle, Linkin Park, and Alicia Keys and are the only independent band to have played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
By The Way®By The Way®
This Detroit based pop group was newly created this fall. Marisa, Darbi, and Nicole hold a passion for singing and performing a mix of original music while also creating unique renditions of current popular songs. During the summer of 2013, By The Way® were contestants on season 3 of The X Factor USA and were invited to travel to Denver, Co. where they were given a chance to sing in front of Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. They got a unaminous ‘Yes’ from the judges but were subsequently eliminated from the competition in the final round, besting tens of thousands of acts. The girls returned home with new found wisdom: they quickly changed their group name, look and sound.