SWEET CAROLINE WORLD TOUR starring Jay White coming to Cheyenne
December 10, 2018
PARKINSON ASSOCIATION OF THE ROCKIES PRESENTS
"SWEET CAROLINE" WORLD TOUR - NEIL DIAMOND CONCERT CELEBRATION TO BENEFIT PARKINSON'S
CHEYENNE CIVIC CENTER
$48.00 - $78.00
Heartlight Entertainment, together with the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, announced today that the Neil Diamond-inspired Sweet Caroline Tour arrives in Wyoming for a concert performance on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Cheyenne Civic Center to benefit the Cheyenne Parkinson’s Disease Support Group. Reserved Seats ($48/68) for the 2-Hour Neil Diamond Concert Celebration go on sale Friday, December 14th at the Cheyenne Civic Center Box Office. (Box Office number: 307.637.6363)
The Sweet Caroline World Tour was created in response to Neil Diamond’s retirement from the stage due to his Parkinson’s diagnosis announced in early 2018. It’s stated two-year Mission is to raise awareness and $5 Million Dollars to support Parkinson’s organizations worldwide. This one-of-a-kind Benefit Concert stars the # 1 Neil Diamond performer in the world – Jay White – and features a 12 piece musical ensemble that includes two Neil Diamond Band members – legendary percussionist/conga player King Errisson and orchestrator/keyboardist Mark Levang.
Since it’s formation in 1981, the Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR) has been a valuable resource to the Colorado community, providing direct care services including support groups, in-home care assessment an information hotline to individuals living with Parkinson’s, their families and care partners, as well as the general Colorado and Cheyenne community. The organization is an independent non-profit, not affiliated with a national organization.
Sweet Caroline: Jay White’s Neil Diamond tribute coming to Fraze
August 23, 2018
Singer Jay White has been performing a tribute to Neil Diamond since the early 1980s. CONTRIBUTED
Singer Jay White has been presenting an in-demand tribute to Neil Diamond since the early 1980s. However, his work took on greater significance in January when the legendary singer announced his retirement from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
When White brings his Sweet Caroline Tour to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, Aug. 25, he’ll be joined by three key members of Diamond’s touring band: King Errisson (conga, percussion), Mark LeVang (keyboards) and Bill Cinque (bass).
Proceeds benefit Parkinson Support & Wellness.
Errisson, who worked with Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and other Motown acts, was a member of Diamond’s touring band from 1976 until the singer’s recent retirement. He and White were both home in Las Vegas recently when they jumped on a conference call to discuss their shared musical history.
White: “I saw my first Neil Diamond concert in 1978, in Detroit, Mich., where I grew up. To have even one of those guys playing on stage with me is a dream come true. King and I met about 15 years ago. He saw me performing in the production show I was doing here in Vegas called Legends in Concert. We met after that show and chatted a little bit. He said, ‘If you ever want me to come out and play with you, I’d be happy to do that.’ We did our first show together about 15 years ago and whenever he’s available, King goes out with us.”
Errisson: “It’s fun to go out with Jay to play Neil’s music. I don’t do it all the time but whenever Jay needs me, I go with him and it’s always a good time. I enjoy doing it and I don’t want to lay around and get terribly old and not do anything.”
White: “King adds a real dynamic to the show. Normally, if you have a couple of guitar players, a drummer and a keyboard player, it has a nice sound and can produce a nice show but when you add somebody of King’s talent and abilities to the rest of the instrumentation, it really adds a new flavor to each song.”
Errisson: “It’s very cool Jay is doing it because he’s the closest thing to Neil of anybody else who tries to sing it. I like doing it because it goes over very well. Jay is definitely the number one Neil Diamond tribute act in the world. Neil isn’t going to be going on any more tours so there’s room for Jay to fill that gap.”
Ken Broo WLW Radio Interview
August 8, 2018
Ken Broo iHeart Radio. - Click on link below and Jay & King’s recent radio interview by Ken Broo of WLW radio in Cincinnati (56.38 mark).
Neil Diamond Bandmates Join “Sweet Caroline Tour”
July 19, 2018
SARASOTA, FL. - Three key members of Neil Diamond’s Band will perform with the world’s #1 Diamond performer, Jay White, as part of a 14-piece musical ensemble invading Fraze Pavilion on Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 pm to kick off the “Sweet Caroline World Tour”.
Conga and percussionist extraordinaire King Errisson will be joined by fellow Diamond musicians, Keyboardist Mark LeVang and Bassist Bill Cinque, to show their love and appreciation of Mr. Diamond’s incredible 50-year career and to support Jay White’s new show to benefit Parkinson’s organizations across the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.
White, a personal favorite of Neil Diamond and his band for over 30 years, was saddened, like millions of other fans, by Diamond’s retirement from touring due to his recent Parkinson’s diagnosis. To celebrate and honor the music of the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, White & Band will perform a two hour Concert filled with Diamond hits and lesser known gems to benefit Dayton’s Parkinson Support & Wellness Group. Net proceeds from the event will support initiatives to increase awareness and support services that improve the quality of life for Miami Valley Parkinson patients and their loved ones
“We are thrilled to invite the community to our first major Miami Valley fundraising initiative for those affected by Parkinson’s disease,” said Chris Gaffney, Director of Dayton’s Parkinson Support & Wellness organization. “It is inspiring for our patients and caregivers to see the community so excited to participate in such a cause-worthy event like the Sweet Caroline Tour. And what better venue for a ‘Hot August Night” Diamond Concert than the Fraze Pavilion!”
VIP packages, Reserved Orchestra & Lawn/Terrace seats are available at fraze.com/the-sweet-caroline-tour/
About Dayton’s Parkinson Support & Wellness Group
Dedicated to the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of those living with Parkinson’s disease in the Miami Valley, the Parkinson Support & Wellness Group exists to help those with PD in the Greater Dayton area learn about the disease, which empowers individuals to take control and make connections with local resources like support and exercise groups. In addition to helping link people to programs that will aid them, the organization also produces educational programming, provides grants to exercise programs specially-tailored to the needs of Persons with Parkinson Disease, and sponsors support groups and other events designed to bring people together in a mutual supportive and encouraging environment.
“Sweet Caroline" Tour to benefit Parkinson's Research
May 16, 2018
Parkinson Place, under the direction of the Parkinson Research Foundation, will hold the organization’s first-ever community fundraising event, The “Sweet Caroline” Tour: A Neil Diamond Concert Celebration, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.
The full New Year’s Eve event encompasses a VIP cocktail reception, five-star dining experience, Neil Diamond tribute concert starring Jay White and after party featuring Chameleon, Florida’s premier dance band.
Potential attendees have the option to purchase full-access passes or individual tickets. Proceeds benefit Parkinson Place and the Parkinson Research Foundation, supporting initiatives to increase awareness and fund research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Funds raised also contribute to services that improve the quality of life for Parkinson Place patients and their loved ones.
“We are thrilled to introduce and invite the community to our first local fundraising initiative for those affected by Parkinson’s disease,” said Parkinson Research Foundation Chairman Larry Hoffheimer. “It is inspiring to see the community so excited to participate in such a cause-worthy event.”
Reserved concert seats, after party tickets and exclusive VIP packages have been available since April 14 at: SweetCarolineSRQ.com or VanWezel.org.
Space is limited.
For more information and event fees, call 833-NEILEVE or visit: SweetCarolineSRQ.com. [FULL ARTICLE]
Parkinson Place announces New Year’s Eve concert at Van Wezel
April 10, 2018
Expect lots of fun singalongs New Year’s Eve at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Parkinson Place, under the direction of the Parkinson Research Foundation, will hold the organization’s first-ever community fundraising event, “The Sweet Caroline Tour: A Neil Diamond Concert Celebration,” at the Van Wezel on Dec. 31, 2018.
The full New Year’s Eve event encompasses a VIP cocktail reception, upscale dining experience, Neil Diamond tribute concert starring Jay White, who appeared in the locally produced 2011 feature film “Beautiful Noise,” and after party featuring dance band Chameleon. Potential attendees have the option to purchase full-access passes or individual tickets.