The Temptations Review, Featuring Dennis Edwards Will Perform During the 3rd Annual Valentines for Veterans Concert

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The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards will be performing during the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System’s 3nd Annual Valentines for Veterans Concert: A Veterans Appreciation & Welcome Home Celebration at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 2 p.m.

"It’s exciting for us to bring The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards to Baltimore to honor the sacrifices of our nation’s Veterans," said Dennis Smith, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System

The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards will be performing during the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System’s 3nd Annual Valentines for Veterans Concert: A Veterans Appreciation & Welcome Home Celebration at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the VA Maryland Health Care System, Help Hospitalized Veterans and FOX 45, the concert is being held as part of National Salute to Veterans Patients Week, an annual recognition throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs to honor the men and women who served this country in uniform.

The Temptations, which formed in Detroit in the 1960s and went on to become one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records, is known for such hits as “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Just My Imagination,” “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “You’re My Everything,” “Cloud Nine,” “Get Ready,” and “I Know I’m Losing You,” among others. The all-male singing and dance group, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, earned 13 gold and six platinum albums. Their repertoire includes R&B, doo-wop, funk, disco, soul, and psychedelic soul. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked The Temptations as #67 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Dennis Edwards, the first new Temptation to enter the singing group after their “classic five” heyday when he replaced David Ruffin as the lead singer in July 1968, led the group through its psychedelic soul, funk and disco periods and performed in Washington, DC for the 2009 Inaugural Ball for President Obama. Considered a recording industry legend with seven Grammy Awards and 14 gold records, Edwards continues to deliver the Temptations’ authentic Motown sound to audiences worldwide through the Temptations Review performances.

The concert is part of the weeklong National Salute celebration to honor Veterans and promote volunteerism at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics throughout the country. Timed to coincide with Valentine's Day, the National Salute celebration connects the holiday’s sentiments of caring and sharing to expressing honor and appreciation to Veterans.

“It’s exciting for us to bring The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards to Baltimore to honor the sacrifices of our nation’s Veterans and to encourage the community at large to volunteer at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics throughout the state,” said Dennis H. Smith, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “The Valentines for Veterans Concert is also a wonderful opportunity for the local community to come together and show their appreciation for the dedicated men and women who served our country in uniform--many of whom will be in attendance during the concert.”

In addition to honoring Maryland’s Veterans recently returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and recognizing Veterans from all previous wars and conflicts, the event will provide information about VA health care services and volunteer opportunities. Before and after the concert, VA Maryland Health Care System staff members will be available in the lobby of the Meyerhoff to provide information about VA health care eligibility and enrollment, and to assist community members interested volunteering.

The concert, which begins at 2 p.m., will include several tributes to Maryland’s Veterans. Tickets for the concert are required and can be obtained through the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Box Office starting January 9, 2012, at (410) 783-8000. All tickets are general admission and free of charge with a limit of two tickets per caller. For more information about the concert or to learn about volunteer opportunities throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System, please visit http://www.maryland.va.gov or call 1-800-463-6295, extension 7101.

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