2015 Grammy Award Winning Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and Grammy Award Winning Take 6 Perform Together in a Benefit Concert for the Children’s Charity, Discovery Arts

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One Night Only Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the distinguished Royce Hall, home to The Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA

Discovery Arts

Each year, over 15,000 parents will hear that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. Our mission is to help these children step outside the confines of their illness and into a world of creativity and imagination.

Grammy award winning 'Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band', and the Grammy award winning a cappella group, 'Take 6', join together to perform in concert at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Royce Hall, to benefit the children's charity Discovery Arts. The highly anticipated concert event will also host a silent auction, a VIP after-party with complimentary wine and beer, hors d'oeuvres, gift bags, and music featuring songstress Joanna Pearl, plus other surprises during the evening.

Tickets to the Sunday August 23rd matinee performance are on sale now and can be purchased online by visiting http://roycehall.org/calendar/event_detail.asp?id=708 or by calling the UCLA Box Office at 310-825-2101. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster at: http://goo.gl/kcWIdb

“Each year, over 15,000 parents will hear that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. Our mission is to help these children step outside the confines of their illness and into a world of creativity and imagination. We have found that these very sick children all share one wish, ‘to be normal.’ Anything we can do to make their journey a little easier or a little brighter is our greatest wish. It is a privilege to serve these wonderful children and their families each and every week, all year long. We are truly honored that Don Harper Productions, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and Take 6 are giving so much of themselves for this wonderful musical Sunday Matinee.", stated Marilyn Clements, Executive Director of Discovery Arts.

Proceeds from the event, ‘A Benefit Concert for Discovery Arts’, will help fund the non-profit organization’s mission of providing the healing power of the arts to children who are in the hospital undergoing cancer treatment or treatment for life-threatening illness. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit currently provides Arts' Adventure programs to more than 3,500 critically ill children each year in six Southern California hospitals; Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Millers, CHOC Children’s Hospital, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center CHOC at Mission, an out of state program is also available at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. For more information visit: http://www.discoveryarts.org

All of the programs at Discovery Arts are offered free of charge to the hospitals, patients and the families of patients. Discovery Arts relies completely on the generosity of corporations, private foundations, a committed circle of private donors, art supply manufacturers and an enthusiastic corps of volunteers, to enable them to provide their 'Arts Adventures' to very sick, and often times, forgotten children.

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, made up of 18 musicians, is one of the most exciting and sought-after large jazz ensembles across the globe. Populated by L.A.’s finest players, the Big Phat Band takes the big band tradition into the new millennium with a contemporary, highly original sound featuring Goodwin’s witty, intricate, and hard-swinging compositions in a wide range of styles such as swing, Latin, blues, classical, rock and more.

Take 6 whose members include; Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley, are the most awarded vocal group in history with 10 Grammy’s, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award and more. Take 6 is notable for its six virtuosic voices united in harmony against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that cover genres from gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. The multi-platinum selling sextet toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and has received recognition as the preeminent a cappella group in the world. They recently announced signing with SoNo Recording Group to deliver a new album in 2016.

Joanna Pearl, who will be performing during the VIP after party, is a singer/songwriter with an undeniable passion for music that reflects in her dynamic, vocal strength. Her true-to-life songwriting portrays the heart of a woman ranging from independence to vulnerability. She has received the 2014 LA Music Awards winner of Hot AC Album of the Year and is a 2015 LA Music Awards nominee for Pop Artist of the Year. She will be performing during the concert's VIP After Party for the evenings distinguished guests.

About Royce Hall
Royce Hall is a symbol of both intellectual and artistic excellence. Royce Hall functions not only as a monument to Los Angeles’ rich cultural past, but also as a portal to the future. Like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Royce Hall is one of America’s great concert halls, distinguished, not only for its impeccable beauty and refined acoustics, but also for the ghosts of performances that haunt it. The extraordinary history of performing arts presentations in Royce Hall is rooted in the late 1930s, when George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Arnold Schoenberg and Jimmy Dorsey’s Band all performed in Royce Hall. Since then, the list of illustrious artists who have graced Royce Hall’s stage reads like a Who’s Who of performing arts in the 20th and 21st centuries, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Twyla Tharp, Frank Zappa, Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Philip Glass Ensemble and Meredith Monk to name a few.

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