The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series
Harlem Renaissance Summer Music Fest


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Daniel Athert...
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    The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series



Overview


Commemorating an...
Budget Estimate
The proposed The (Supporting Sponsor) Let's Go Back Tour &
Concert Series would be a 10 week outdoor conce...
Additional space for open seating

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Harlem River Park aka (SOCCER FIELD)
127th to 128th street & 2nd avenue
Location cap...
(Supporting Sponsor) Presents
              The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series

 Proposed Artists P...
Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes       Dazz band
Legendary Intruders              Cameo
The Persuaders feat Poindexter   Average...
(Supporting Sponsor) Presents
            The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series

Food Court and Mercha...
Economic benefit to Harlem Residents
 Harlem resident will be employed to work in the production aspects
of the concert se...
Harlem Community Youth Empowerment Initiative
In honor of Percy Sutton

This program is designed to offer economic support...
Ten, One day, seminars will be conducted by corporate
professionals, social specialist, local politicians, Employment
Agen...
(Supporting Sponsor) Presents
             The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series

Fundraising Efforts
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(Supporting Sponsor) Presents
                    The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series



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REQUEST FOR SPONSORSHIP
    The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series will provide sponsors with the best ...
 Sponsor Tent - An exclusive 20x20 tent with Free Hors d'oeuvres
 Back Stage Passes - 10 Back Stage Passes
 Meet and Gr...
 Tickets – 25 Complimentary

   For more information log on the “Let’s Go Back Tour & Concert Series” to
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Founder/ CEO “Let's Go Back” Concert Series
                  Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series

Danie...
Daniel Atherton, Sr. A.k.a. “Da
                  Slammin’ Drummer”
     347-405-7631 or (718) 431-42880
        www.newyo...
President /Promoters Bio
               Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series



Charles M. Leake

Born in...
Blue Notes; Legendary Intruders; Persuaders; The Escorts;
Delfonics; Blue Magic; Meli’sa Morgan; The Chilites; Ray Goodman...
Vice President/Promoter Bio
              Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series




Ray Chandler

A native...
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  1. 1. The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Harlem Renaissance Summer Music Fest Principals Daniel Atherton, Sr. Foundation Founder, CEO Charles Leake President Ray Chandler Vice President Senator Bill Perkins Head Board Member Professional Production & Consulting Team RC&A Heart & Soul Productions (35+ Years NYC Promotion, & Production) Ray Chandler, CEO Liaison to Community Affair & Logistics / Event Management Charles Leake, Pres. Talent & Artist Acquisitions / Event Management Samuel Blocker Assistant Manager - Stage Production Management Kevin Rivera (SoulRican Entertainment) Location & Property Assessments Ronnie Wright Event & Media Reporting (exclusive Photographer for the stars) Kelly Cobb Executive Production Liaison  (Production Manager Wingate Park, Bklyn MLK CONCERT SERIES) 1
  2. 2. (Supporting Sponsor) Presents The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Overview Commemorating and honoring the life, spirit, and the many social, public, and personal successes accomplished by Mr. Percy Ellis Sutton. We celebrate his passion for African Americans people and for his great love for the community of Harlem, USA. The (Supporting Sponsor) Let's Go Back Tour & Concert Series with the New York Funk All-Stars Band is a 70s, 80s, 90s, and the present Soul / R&B / jazz / Latin / Funk / Disco / Gospel / Rap concert series bringing free concerts to Central Harlem and East Harlem key proposed venue locations throughout its richly grand, historic, and nostalgic communities. This concert series is a much needed, free public event that will encourage and motivate Harlem residents to enjoy their own community. The benefit of these premium concerts will be that they will create added notability, and an influx of new tourism into Harlem. This equates to new monies coming into Harlem community, which will translate to increased retail revenue funneled into Harlem communities. Why bring The (Supporting Sponsor) Let's Go Back Tour & Concert Series to central Harlem? Harlem is a world famous locale, yet it has no concert series for its residence. Other boroughs like Brooklyn's Monday night summer Martin Luther king concert series at Wingate field. Thursday’s summer Coney Island concert series and Queens Roy Wilkins park concerts. Harlem has no concert series that truly represents its magnificence. Which means it does not currently benefit from the yearly influx of dollars that are brought into other boroughs of New York City. The (Supporting Sponsor) Let's Go Back Tour & Concert Series is just the vehicle needed to generate that much desired traffic to Harlem. The positive monetary affect to the community would be tremendous. 2
  3. 3. Budget Estimate The proposed The (Supporting Sponsor) Let's Go Back Tour & Concert Series would be a 10 week outdoor concert series, presented only on Wednesdays. The estimated budget cost is Three Million ($3,000,000.00) dollars. This estimate encompasses (but is not Premium Dressing Room Air Flights/ Entertainment/ trailers/ Hotels/ Concert Hospitality/ Ground Production/ Event Runners/ transportation/ Staging/ Stage Event Security/ Jumbo Video hands/ Organization Staffing/ Screens Concert Lighting/ Office, Telephone, Port-O-San Sound & Office supplies, Postal Rentals Monitors/ Expenses/ Prom Street Audio & Lighting Advertizing/ Print team technicians media/ Venue Clean Up limited to): The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Proposed Summer Schedule Duration: Concerts will run for 10 weeks Week day: Wednesdays Dates: June 30, 2010 thru September 1, 2010 Target Kick- Off Date Wednesday June 30, 2010 Proposed Concert Locations #1 Colonel Charles Young Playground / Baseball Field 145th street Malcolm x blvd. aka Lenox Ave Location capacity 5,000 Additional space for picnic blankets/ beach chairs #2 Marcus Garvey Park aka (Mount Morris Park) 120th to 124th street mount Morris park drive Location capacity 1,600 to 2,000 seats 3
  4. 4. Additional space for open seating #3 Harlem River Park aka (SOCCER FIELD) 127th to 128th street & 2nd avenue Location capacity 7,000 to 10,000 2,000 seats plus open field Additional space for picnic blankets/ beach chairs 4
  5. 5. (Supporting Sponsor) Presents The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Proposed Artists Program (Artists Line-up & final contract pending final negotiations) Cool Jams Wednesday July 7th 2010 Cool Jams Wednesday July 14th 2010 Patti Labelle Charlie Wilson Ashford & Simpson Chaka Kahn Freddie Jackson Gladys Knight GQ Emanuel Rahiem Kenny Latimore Hot Jams Wednesday July 21st 2010 Hot Jams Wednesday July 28th 2010 Ron Isley Keith Sweat Cameo Jagged Edge S.O.S Band Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Atlantic Star Johnny Gill Midnight Starr Boyz II Men Dru Hill feat. Cisco Rap It Out Wednesday August 4th 2010 Smooth Jazz Wed. Aug 11th 2010 LL Cool J / Grandmaster Melle Chris Botti. Mel Gerald Albright Kurtis Blow / Doug E. Fresh Rochelle Farrel Naughty By Nature / Qeen Najee' Latifa FourPlay Whodini / Salt & Pepa Caribbean Wednesday Aug 18th 2010 Latin Wednesday August 25th 2010 Beres Hammond Gilberto Santa Rosa Serani / Shaggy Ruiz Luis Sean Paul Tito Nieves Taurus Riley Latin All-Stars Classic Wednesday September 1st 2010 Gospel Wednesday September 1st 2010 Stephanie Mills Cee Cee & Bee Bee Winans Peabo Bryson Marvin Sapp Evelyn King Mary Mary Meli’sa Morgan Byron Cage Midnight Starr Smokie Norful Ole School Wednesday Harlem We Got The Funk Night The Manhattans Gerald/ Blue Kool & The Gang Ray Goodman & Brown Atlantic Starr Ted Wizard Mills (Blue Magic) The Barkays 5
  6. 6. Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes Dazz band Legendary Intruders Cameo The Persuaders feat Poindexter Average White Band Allison Williams S.O.S. Band Peaches & Herb Con Funk Shun 6
  7. 7. (Supporting Sponsor) Presents The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Food Court and Merchandise Vending Food & Beverage Vendors will have the opportunity to purchase vendor plots at a pre determined rate. All vendors will be required to a present insurance rider and A Food Protection Certificate. All Food vendors will be required to practice and maintain appropriate food safety standards. Merchandise & photography Vendors will have the opportunity to purchase vendor plots for at pre determined rate. All non-food vendors will not be required to present insurance rider. All Vendor rental fees collected will be donated via Wyclef Jean’s Yel Haiti Relief Fund via the: (Supporting Sponsor) Presents the Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Children’s Pre-Concert Activities Clowns, Cartoon and Movie Characters, Face Painting will be available for the entertainment of younger children. A one dollar donation will be requested for face painting and photography with characters. All fees collected from these services will be donated via Wyclef Jean’s Yelo Haiti Relief Fund Harlem Community Churches and Citizen Centers Seniors Special prime seating section will be reserved for senior citizens from local Harlem Churches. Special prime seating section will be reserved for senior citizens from local Harlem Senior Centers. HARLEM COMMUNITY CITIZENS WITH DIABILITES AND SPECIAL NEEDS Special prime seating sections will be reserved for Harlem citizens with disabilities and/ or special needs. A Wheel Chair accessible seating section will be made available. Folding chairs will be provided as well as bottled water free of charge to these special guests. 7
  8. 8. Economic benefit to Harlem Residents Harlem resident will be employed to work in the production aspects of the concert series and given fair monetary compensation for their participation. This includes, but is not limited to, sanitation duties prior to event setup and after event cleanup, Media distribution, light labor tasks, etc. 8
  9. 9. Harlem Community Youth Empowerment Initiative In honor of Percy Sutton This program is designed to offer economic support as well as social empowerment to High School students that reside in the Harlem community. This flagship program will initially offer, up to fifty students, ages 16yrs through 18yrs, the opportunity of part-time employment with the Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series. HCYE is dedicated to creating comprehensive long-term solutions that give young people in high-risk environments real alternatives to violence and delinquency while addressing the underlying conditions that influence this self-destructive life style. Many low-income, inner-city communities of color have experienced an insurgence of gangs and gang-related activities, and many young people have been misdirected into joining violent gangs. Like many other boroughs in New York City, this activity has resulted in Harlem becoming a harbor where youth violence and drug-related activities flourish. The purpose behind HCYE is to affect a direct response to this crisis, and to initially focus on the male and female youth of the he Harlem communities and to mentor them as to how they can avoid risky behavior and achieve positive life outcomes. The goal of HCYE is to establish a community-based organization in Harlem that can provide young people with alternatives to incarceration, the juvenile justice system, as well as those activities that would put them at high risk for truancy, delinquency, violence and gang activity. HCYE's mission is to foster programs that will take fill the idle time that many youth have during the summer academic break, and to offer those in the Harlem community a more progressive alternative and encourage these youth to focus their energy on more positive and life fulfilling aspirations. Programs to run for 10 weeks consecutively: ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: Fifty (50) Summer Employment placement opportunities with our annual Harlem summer Concert Series will be offered to deserving youth. WEEKLY YOUTH MENTORSHIP: 9
  10. 10. Ten, One day, seminars will be conducted by corporate professionals, social specialist, local politicians, Employment Agencies, and local community affairs representatives, and USA Military. Participation in all, one day, seminars would be a requisite. Meet & Greet opportunity: Youth to Meet and Greet with Top recording artists PREREQUISITES OF ELIGIBLE YOUTHS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM: High School students Ages 16yrs through 18yrs, college freshmen under 19yrs, Good academic record, referral letter from an educator at their academic institution, and a formal, in-person, interview including parent(s) or legal guardian. 10
  11. 11. (Supporting Sponsor) Presents The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Fundraising Efforts During the entire extent of this concert series, we will utilize traditional fundraising strategies, along with some unique and creative approaches to raise funds to support the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts in the earthquake devastated country of Haiti. We will utilize the concert stage to remind people of the great and traumatic plight that our neighbors overseas are enduring, and will encourage to donate to the cause to help the people of Haiti. We recognize the extraordinary new economic burden that has now been thrust upon the people of Haiti. Each and every year that the (Supporting Sponsor) Presents: The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series is presented it will be our commitment to implement creative fundraising strategies to directly support Haiti. In addition to monetary charity efforts, the collection of can goods, Bottled water, clothing, and other bare necessities are just a few of the way the concert series will help. Our ultimate goal is to show the world that Harlem is for Haiti! 11
  12. 12. (Supporting Sponsor) Presents The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series The “Lets’ Go Back” Harlem Community Agenda The community of Harlem is experiencing an amazing renaissance. New and newly revitalize real estate is popping up more rapidly than any of us could have ever have imagined. The diversity and makeup of the Harlem population is transforming. Corporate America is now embracing Harlem and putting their stores in the Harlem community. Harlem streets are being beautified and maintained better than ever. Policing has increased, and that has made Harlem a safer place for all. This is a wonderful factuality, but there are some social flaws that accompany these new changes that are not being effectively addressed. That is that stealthy and economically forced relocation of Harlem’s proud residents. The (Supporting Sponsor) Presents - The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series initial goal is to serve as a catalyst to boost the spirits of Harlem residents, increase the positive notability of the Harlem communities, and generate influx of new money through enhanced tourism. A Long-term target goal is to establish a number of not-for-profit programs that service Harlem’s residents.  Present free, high quality, professional concerts productions in the Harlem community.  Integrate programs that will serve to empower and educate the community’s youth.  Incorporate local Churches and Senior Centers and provide free transportation, premium reserved seating, & refreshments to the weekly concerts.  Establish fundraising initiatives to, initially, benefit the earthquake recovery efforts in the Republic of Haiti.  Create a youth foundation based in Harlem that will teach the grass roots of music production and recording.  Gang outreach and redirection 12
  13. 13. REQUEST FOR SPONSORSHIP The Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series will provide sponsors with the best possible marketing and branding solutions to enhance visibility by utilizing high-end professionals that draw incredible attention to your product or services. With no risk and unparalleled results, we can stand behind the scenes, knowing you are the scene. We would like to propose five (5) levels of sponsorship to invite partners for the 2010 Bill Perkins Presents Percy Sutton Memorial Summer “Let’s Go Back Tour & Concert Series”. TITLE SPONSOR - $100,000 - TWO (10) AVAILABLE  Media – Sponsor Presents The 2009 Let’s Go Back Tour & Concert Series on all Radio & Television commercials, advertising ten (10) weeks out, in six (6) different cities (exposure to over 5 million people)  Web – Large Banner on event Web-Site; Hyperlink to your company site (exposure to over 2 million people)  Billboard – Sponsor Presents The 2009 Let’s Go Back Tour & Concert Series on Billboard Display, Twelve (12) weeks out (exposure to over 1 million people)  Print – Sponsor Presents in all Newspapers, Magazines and 500,000 Posters & Fliers Distributed twelve (12) weeks out, in six different cities.  Merchandising – Sponsor Presents on Promotional Merchandise. (T-Shirts aka Walking Billboards)  Signage - Prominent banner and signage display covering stage; in view to 10,000 Plus in Attendance.  Vending – Six (6) 10x10 Vending Spaces  Tickets – 100 Complimentary General Admission Tickets & 2 Reserve VIP Tables to Accommodate 20 Guest.  Sponsor Tent - An exclusive 40x40 tent with Free Hors d'oeuvres  Back Stage Passes - 10 Back Stage Passes  Meet and Greet - An exclusive meet and greet with picture taking & autograph signing. PLATINUM SPONSOR - $50,000 - TWO (5) AVAILABLE  Media – Sponsor Presents The 2009 Let’s Go Back Tour & Concert Series on all Radio & Television commercials, advertising ten (10) weeks out, throughout the city and all surrounding counties (exposure to over 2 million people)  Web – Large Banner on event Web-Site; Hyperlink to your company site (exposure to over 2 million people)  Billboard – Sponsor Presents The 2009 Let’s Go Back Tour & Concert Series on Billboard Display, Twelve (12) weeks out (exposure to over 1 million people)  Print – Sponsor Presents in all Newspapers, Magazines and 500,000 Posters & Fliers Distributed twelve (12) weeks out, throughout the city and all surrounding counties  Merchandising – Sponsor Presents on Promotional Merchandise (T-Shirts aka Walking Billboards)  Signage - Prominent banner and signage display on side of stage  Vending – Four (4) 10x10 Vending Spaces  Tickets – 50 Complimentary General Admission Tickets & 2 Reserve VIP Tables to Accommodate 20 Guest. 13
  14. 14.  Sponsor Tent - An exclusive 20x20 tent with Free Hors d'oeuvres  Back Stage Passes - 10 Back Stage Passes  Meet and Greet - A meet and greet with picture taking & autograph signing. GOLD SPONSOR - $25,000 - FOUR (6) AVAILABLE  Media – Sponsor Mention on all Radio & Television commercials, advertising ten (10) weeks out, throughout the city and all surrounding counties ( exposure to over 2 million people)  Web – Banner on event Web-Site; Hyperlink to your company site (exposure to over 2 million people)  Billboard – Sponsor logo on Billboard Display, Twelve (12) weeks out (exposure to over 1 million people)  Print – Sponsor logo on all Newspapers, Magazines and 500,000 Posters & Fliers Distributed twelve (12) weeks out, throughout the city and all surrounding counties  Merchandising – Sponsor Logo on Promotional Merchandise. (T-Shirts aka Walking Billboards)  Signage - Prominent banner and signage display on festival site  Vending – Two (2) 10x10 Vending Spaces  Tickets – 25 Complimentary Tickets & Reserve VIP Ticket to Accommodate 10 Guests. Plus Buffet  Sponsor Tent - An exclusive 10x10 tent with Free Hors d'oeuvres  Back Stage Passes - 5 Back Stage Passes  Meet and Greet - A meet and greet with picture taking & autograph signing SILVER SPONSOR - $10,000 - FIVE (10) AVAILABLE  Media – Sponsor Mention on all Radio & Television commercials, advertising seven (7) weeks out, throughout the city and all surrounding counties  Web – Logo on event Web-Site; Hyperlink to your company site (exposure over 2 million people)  Billboard – Sponsor logo on Billboard Display, Twelve (12) weeks out (exposure over 1 million) p  Print – Sponsor logo on all Newspapers, Magazines and 500,000 Posters & Fliers Distributed twelve (12) weeks out, throughout the city and all surrounding counties  Merchandising – Sponsor Logo on Promotional Merchandise (T-Shirts aka Walking Billboards) Signage - Prominent banner and signage display on festival site  Vending – One (1) 10x10 Vending Space  Tickets – 25 Complimentary General Admission Tickets & Reserve VIP seats Accommodates 10 Back Stage Passes - 2 Back Stage Passes  Meet and Greet - A meet and greet with picture taking & autograph signing. BRONZE SPONSOR - $5,000 – SIX (10) AVAILABLE  General Admission Tickets & 6 VIP tickets  Back Stage Passes - 2 Back Stage Passes Media – Sponsor Mention on all Radio & Television commercials, advertising seven (3) weeks out, throughout the city and all surrounding counties  Web – Logo on event Web-Site; Hyperlink to your company site  Print – Sponsor logo on all Newspapers, Magazines and 500,000 Posters & Fliers Distributed twelve (10) weeks out, throughout the city and all surrounding counties  Signage - Prominent banner and signage display on festival site 14
  15. 15.  Tickets – 25 Complimentary For more information log on the “Let’s Go Back Tour & Concert Series” to www.newyorkfunkallstars.com or contact: Daniel Atherton at 347-405-7631 or (718) 431-4288. Your Sponsorship in this Promotion will be greatly appreciated. 15
  16. 16. Founder/ CEO “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Daniel Atherton Sr. Daniel Atherton Sr. was born on June 26 1957 at Harlem hospital. His parents, Daniel Atherton and Gloria Atherton raised him in Harlem on 117th street between Lenox & 7th Aves, known now as Malcolm X Blvd & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Daniel Atherton attended grade school in Harlem, just a few blocks from his home, at P.S.184 in 1969, which was later renamed to School P.S. 207. Daniel went on to attend I.S. 88, Wadleigh J.H. School, also in his home neighborhood. Daniel attended Louis D. Brandeis High School in 1973. Upon his graduation, Daniel received a prestigious Two year music scholarship to the Berkley School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied drum percussion, and music theory comprehension. After Berkley, Daniel began teaching percussion. He also started performing and drumming with various professional bands and performers such as; Chaka Kahn / O'jays / Atlantic Starr / Freddie Jackson / Keith Sweat / Guy / Najee / New Edition / Bobby Brown / Gerald Levert Blue Magic / Cameo, Just to name a few. To date, Daniel a proud father and is still teaching Private students the art and technique of the drums. He believes that, through his music, he is teaching young people that they are powerful and creative individuals that can do anything that they truly apply themselves to. Daniel is a highly respected force within the entertainment arena. He is still actively touring and performing with many of the greatest performing artists of our time. He is also now the Musical Director of the legendary R&B group, ATLANTIC STARR. Together they are currently touring in the cities in the USA and around the world. Daniel is still a resident Harlem, USA, living not very far from where he grew up. He is currently residing at 150 West 131st Street. He also has a property in Englewood, New Jersey where he owns a home. He is also the proud owner of a Brownstone in Harlem with his Uncle Harold Atherton, a retired MTA Transit Police Officer. Daniel founded the LET'S GO BACK TOUR & CONCERT SERIES in 2005, doing shows in and around the tri state area including various venues though out the New City Area. Daniel ultimate desire is to have the LET'S GO BACK TOUR & CONCERT SERIES to become a weekly concert series starting in Harlem and then other major cities around the country. 16
  17. 17. Daniel Atherton, Sr. A.k.a. “Da Slammin’ Drummer” 347-405-7631 or (718) 431-42880 www.newyorkfunkallstars.com daslammindrummer@yahoo.com rev. 01/2010 17
  18. 18. President /Promoters Bio Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Charles M. Leake Born in North Carolina, but raised in Harlem, NY on 215 West 116th Street. Charles attended grade school at P.S. 76 A. Phillip Randolph School on 220 West 121st Street in Harlem. Afterwards, he entered I.S. 88, Wadleigh J.H. School, also in Harlem, for a short while, until his parents transferred him downtown to I.S. 44 William J. O’shea J.H. in mid-Manhattan. In 1974, Charles entered Martin Luther King, Jr. High School and graduated in 1978 at the age 17. Charles began his career in music and promotions in 1978 as one of the original members of the rap group the “Harlem World Crew” going by the name of “MC CharlieRock”. The group was named after the world famous nightclub; Harlem World Cultural & Entertainment Complex, formally located on 116th street & Lenox Avenue in Harlem, USA. The club was considered the “Madison Square Garden” of the new Hip-Hop Rap movement until it’s closing in 1985. It played host to many of today’s current Hip Hop moguls like; Russell Simmons, Kurtis Blow, Force MD, Kool Moe Dee, New Edition, Yellow Man, Andre Harrell; Doug E. Fresh; Run DMC; Grandmaster Flash; Ice T, and many more long before their present notability. It was during his time there that Charles learned and began to hone his knowledge of concert promotion, production, and entertainment. By utilizing his natural analytical and organization skills, he developed promotional strategies that helped propel the club to great heights of popularity and fame in the streets. It was also there where he first met his current partner of many years, Mr. Ray Chandler, who had heard about Harlem World and came to rent the venue to present his rap crew, Grandmaster Flash & The furious Five. Ray hired Charles to help promote the event, and they developed an instant bond. For many years thereafter, Charles worked with Ray to produce and promote some of the most successful Rap concert/ dance events in the Tri-state area. As time went on, Ray Chandler recognized Charles’ work ethic and dedication and soon offered him an equal partnership. Now promoting to a more sophisticated clientele, Charles still showed the same gritty determination, and ability to handle events dealing with any genre of music. He has worked with many top recording artists of the 70s & 80s Classic Soul era, and has produced many sold out concerts. Most recently at world class venues like: Manhattan Center, NY; Roseland Ballroom, NY; Desoto Civic Center, in Tennessee with performers such as: The Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s 18
  19. 19. Blue Notes; Legendary Intruders; Persuaders; The Escorts; Delfonics; Blue Magic; Meli’sa Morgan; The Chilites; Ray Goodman & Brown; Alyson Williams, …and many more. Professionally, Charles received his Associates Degree in Computer Science, and has held positions as a Systems Analyst for several major corporations. Including; IBM, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of New York, Kaye Insurance Group, & New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem. But his true passion has always been concert promotions and entertainment. Now, more than 25 years later, Charles is President of his own concert production company, and continues to prove he is a true “Go-getter” who will not stop until the job is done. 19
  20. 20. Vice President/Promoter Bio Percy Sutton Memorial: “Let's Go Back” Concert Series Ray Chandler A native of the Bronx, NY, and one of the true visionaries in the concert promotion business, began as one of the original pioneers of the now multi-billion dollar hip Hop Rap music industry in the early 1970s. He was the first manager of the world famous rap crew Grandmaster Flash & The furious Five, and also one of the first to recognize that this then new underground style of music had the potential of mass appeal and profitability. For many years thereafter he produced and promoted some of the most successful Rap concert/ dance events in the Tri-state area. His events drew thousands into major club venues like: The Roxy; NY; Skate Key, BX; Fun House, NY; Capitol Theatre, MA; Westchester County Center, NY; and (the Mecca of Hip Hop) Harlem World Club in New York City. His legacy has been documented in several books and on the World Wide Web. As the tides of Hip Hop music began to change in the late 80s, Mr. Chandler now a family man chose to move into a more sophisticated genre of music promoting top recording artists of the 70s & 80s classic soul era. He has produced many sold out concerts. Most recently at world class venues like: Manhattan Center, NY; Roseland Ballroom, NY; Desoto Civic Center, in Tennessee with performers such as: The Whispers, Stephanie Mills, Temptations, Luciano, Third World, The Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes; Legendary Intruders; The Persuaders; Peaches & Herb; The Escorts; Delfonics; Ted Wizard Mills (Blue Magic); Meli’sa Morgan; The Chilites; Ray Goodman & Brown; Alyson Williams, …and many more. With more than 30 years in the concert promotion business, Ray Chandler has an impeccable reputation as a promoter, businessman, and as a gentleman. 20

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