Gospel Giants Join Inaugrual Celebration For The Troops

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    AnitaBaker_Best_of.jpgWASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Award-winning musician, songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers announces an initial line-up of performers for the 2009 Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at the Warner Theatre. The concert -- "Legends Past, Present and Future" -- brings together multi-generational music icons to honor wounded servicemen and women recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, their families, active-duty personnel serving overseas, military leaders and other honored guests. The event will benefit USO and TAPS and will be broadcast in its entirety to military bases around the world via the Pentagon Channel, reaching 2.4 million military personnel around the world.

    WHERE: The Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 20, 2009; 8PM to 2AM; Celebrity - Press Interviews 6PM to 10PM; Pre-Concert Reception & Dinner (CLOSED) for VIPs and wounded Service Members 6PM; Tribute Concert & Performance: Doors at 8PM, 9PM performance; and VIP After Party featuring live music from CHIC - 11PM to 2AM.

    TICKETS: On Sale Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 7 pm at www.heroball.org. Start at $250/pp.

    INITIAL LINE-UP (in alphabetical order- - MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED! 

    *   Anita Baker - Eight-time Grammy Award Winner and multi-platinum R&B singer and songwriter

    • Tiki Barber - (HOST), sports broadcaster, author, and former American football running back for the New York Giants
    • CHIC (also after party performers) - Nile Rodgers' American disco and R&B band, nominated in 2009 for inclusion intothe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
    • George Duke - Jazz Funk Living Legend
    • Jamie Foxx - Academy award- winning Actor,Comedian and singer
    • Israel Houghton - Two-Time Grammy award winningcontemporaryGospel Artist Usher_Here_I_Stand_Album.jpg
    • Josh Groban - Grammy-nominated singer and song-writer
    • Donnie McClurkin - Two-Time Grammy Award-Winning American gospel singer and minister
    • Gary Morris - American country music singer and song-writer
    • Nas - American Rap Legend
    • Robert Randolph - American funk and soul musician and song-writer
    • Slash - legendary Grammy Winning guitarist formerly of Guns N' Roses currently of Velvet Revolver
    • Usher -Multi award winning R&Bvocalist
    • Lillias White - Tony Award Winning singer, recording artist and actress
    • Bebe and Cece Winans - Award Winning American Gospel music brother and sister duo

    ...and many more!

    Sponsorship opportunities for the Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball & Concert are available by contacting Barb Dickey at 202-248-4406,

    MEDIA: Media attending must submit credentials request by January 15, 2009. To inquire about credentialing, contact Carrie Foster at Linda Roth Associates, Inc. at 703.417.2705 or carrie@lindarothpr.com. Do not call this number for ticket requests.