ATTENDEES OF FIRST LOOK FOR CHARITY NOT ONLY GET A PREVIEW OF THE NATION'S LARGEST AUTO SHOW AND ARE TREATED TO CHAMPAGNE, WINE, SOFT DRINKS, ELEGANT HORS D’OEUVRES AND DESSERTS, BUT THEY ARE WOOED BY AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF PERFORMERS AS THEY STROLL THE SHOW FLOOR. BELOW IS A LISTING OF THE TALENT SCHEDULED TO PERFORM THIS YEAR.
Note, 2017 entertainment listed below, 2018 entertainment TBA.
Chicago 6 - Chevrolet Dealers' Display
When the band played its first show, on Dec. 10, 1987, the Chicago 6 consisted of three Bears — Dan Hampton, Walter Payton and Dave Duerson — and three Chicago Blackhawks - Troy Murray, Gary Nylund and Curt Fraser.
Hampton played bass, Payton was on drums, Fraser and Nylund played guitar, Duerson played horns and Murray was on saxophone. They shared singing duties and covered a number of different rock artists. The band played on and off during the offseason for the next couple of years, during which time Wilson replaced Murray on sax.
These days, Hampton recruits former Bears Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael, along with four other musicians to make a seven-piece band. Hampton said audience members can expect Wilson to sing some Motown hits from the Temptations and Smokey Robinson, and McMichael to sing some Hank Williams Jr. and ZZ Top songs. Hampton said he'll be singing some Eddie Money and John Mellencamp tunes.
"I’ve never met an athlete that didn't want to be a rock star or a movie star," Hampton said. "And I’ve never met a movie star that didn’t want to be an athlete. We’re going to have fun and we’ll be prepared and have a lot of good music."
THE FOUR C NOTES - Ford Display
Pioneered and headlined by John Michael Coppola, best known for his appearance in Chicago's long running production of the Broadway smash hit JERSEY BOYS, THE FOUR C NOTES are the Midwest’s only tribute act dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
The tribute sings all of your favorite hits, including: "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like A Man", "Workin' My Way Back To You, (Babe)", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", "Let's Hang On" and many, many, more!
Four microphones, four guys in slick suits, smart choreography, and Mr. Coppola's legacy with The Four Seasons catalogue give THE FOUR C NOTES an authenticity to their performance that similar tribute groups simply cannot match...ANYWHERE!
As his celebrated 2015 live album Live Show Killer suggests, PJ Morton's heart is onstage. In fact, the indie R&B darling and Maroon 5 keyboardist/vocalist owes his loyal following as much to his electrifying shows as to his popular albums. But it was his heart for his native New Orleans that led Morton, in November 2015, to relocate home to Louisiana and jumpstart his latest venture, Morton Records, an homage to the legacy of Berry Gordy's Motown as well as his love missive to a city full of idle talent.
"There's so much talent in New Orleans, but no infrastructure to put it out," he explains when discussing the label, a passionate endeavor modeled closely after Motown with regards to artist development and community involvement. A lover of music and of history, Morton designed Morton Records as an in-house operation harking to soul and R&B music's rich past of taking raw talent from the streets to stardom. Borrowing a page from Gordy's playbook, Morton Records boasts an actual building in New Orleans complete with soundstage and live stage show space that prepares its acts for life as professional entertainers. Here, hungry but relatively inexperienced artists are taught how to dress and speak to the press-and of course, how to perform.
They'll learn from a master. Influenced by acts ranging from the Beatles and James Taylor to Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, not to mention his father, famed gospel singer Paul S. Morton, PJ Morton has spent a lifetime in and around music. His official foray into the music industry was as a member of the band Freestyle Nation at the turn of the century. But it was his work as a songwriter/producer that gave him wings, earning him a Grammy Award for production of India.Arie's "Interested" from her 2002 album Voyage to India. Spinning his award-winning turn into further success, Morton went on to collaborate with artists such as Jermaine Dupri, LL Cool J, Monica, Musiq Soulchild, and Trinitee 5:7. His work with gospel singer DeWayne Woods not only earned him Dove and Stellar Awards, but the distinct honor of seeing his production of Woods' "Let Go, Let God" earn them a record 70 weeks on the gospel music charts. It was also during this time that Morton caught the attention of Academy Award-winning producer AR Ra
hman (Slumdog Millionaire) who commissioned a Morton song ("Sajna") for the soundtrack of the hit Vince Vaughn-helmed feature film Couples Retreat.
Morton's next big break came in 2010 when he was asked by Maroon 5 music director Adam Blackstone to audition for a spot in the band. The rest, as they say, is history; Morton joined the band as keyboardist and vocalist as he continued his solo artistry, releasing an EP in 2012 (Following My First Mind) featuring guest cameos from Adam Levine, Lil Wayne, and Jazmine Sullivan.
During this monumental time in his career, Cash Money Records' co-CEOs Roland "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams, along with their co-signer Lil Wayne, signed Morton, upon which time he released New Orleans, an aptly-titled tribute to the hometown he loves. Cash Money's bet paid off: New Orleans' lead single "Only One", a luscious, up-tempo tune hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart and the Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. It was also this single, featuring the legendary Stevie Wonder, which earned Morton his first Grammy nomination as an artist. "Stevie joining me on the track is the ultimate start. It's my dream come true," said Morton. "I want to continue the legacy he represents: musicianship and positivity."
New Orleans' legacy has come to be recognized as a story in American perseverance and rebirth. Going home was a labor of love for PJ Morton, who knows intimately the vastness of what his city has to offer the world. Morton Records has already released his own mix tape Bounce & Soul Volume I featuring Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, and Trombone Shorty. The label is also home to the captivating Urban Pop sister act, Jcksn Ave. and inspirational artist JoJo Martin.
SCHOOL OF ROCK - KIA DISPLAY
School of Rock takes students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels. School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums, and combines weekly private music instruction and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.
The students have played thousands of concerts at such legendary venues as CBGB's, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King's Blues Club in Times Square. In addition, School of Rock has performed at music festivals from Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Zappanale, in Bad Doberan, Germany.