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Celebrity Fight Night raises $7 million

On Saturday, March 28, 2015 stars and athletes from around the country converged at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali’s 21st Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night.  

GRAMMY® Award winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire returned for her tenth year as emcee and celebrated her 60th birthday last night. A resounding LED Drummers patriotic performance kicked off the night that was immediately followed by a stirring tribute to our country’s wounded veterans. Multi-Platinum recording artist Josh Groban, Seattle Seahawk’s quarterback Russell Wilson, and philanthropists Glenn and Mindy Stearns were honored with 2015 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. Reba was surprised with video of Happy Birthday wishes from friends including Carol King, Tom Hanks, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Carol Burnett, The Band Perry and President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush.

Following the awards guests were treated to a host of performances under the direction of the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster, who returned for his 16th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director.  Performances opened with Kelly Clarkson who sang hits “Since You’ve Been Gone,” “Walk Away,” and “Stronger,” followed by Ronnie Runn who sang “Red Dirt Road,” and “Boot Scootin Boogie.” Josh Groban then took the stage to perform “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “You Raise Me Up.” Additional performances included, Quinton Aaron singing “Let’s Stay Together,” Brenna Whitaker with “This Is A Man’s World,” and Frank Caliendo who performed a comedy set and impressions. Blake Shelton wished friend, Reba, a Happy Birthday, and sang “Drink On It,” “Home,” and his new single “Boys ‘Round Here.” The night concluded with birthday-girl Reba McEntire singing “Going Out Like That,” “Time On Her Hands,” and “Radio.” Finally Gloria Gaynor brought the crowd to their feet, closing out the evening with an incredible performance of “I Will Survive.”

The black tie event also featured a cocktail reception, a silent auction, an elegant dinner and an exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items.  The live auction featured a trip to the Himalayas with Robert Kennedy Jr. and Cheryl Hines, a VIP Seattle Seahawks game experience with Russell Wilson, a getaway vacation with Richard Branson on his private Caribbean Island and more. The two highest selling live auction items of the night were a dinner with Reba McEntire and a Valentine’s Day trip to Miami with Andrea Bocelli — going for $1 million (twice for a total of $2 million) and $500,000 respectively.  Celebrity Fight Night XXI raised a total of $7 million benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities. Each year dozens of celebrity guests attend the event that has raised $107 million in 21 years.

Additional celebrity guests included Bruce Arians, Calais Campbell, Michael Carbajal, Gennady Golovkin, Greg Jennings, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Cheryl Hines, Nancy Lieberman, Sam Moore, Carson Palmer, Bob and Renee Parsons, George Schlatter, Jane Seymour, Kevin Sorbo, Mayor Stanton, Mindy and Glenn Stearns, Dick and Stacy Stevens, Vern Troyer, and many more.

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton, ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ + more to do this weekend

9/5: Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Dan + Shay, and Neal McCoy

Country superstar Blake Shelton is stopping by Phoenix on his Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014 joined by The Band Perry, Dan + Shay, and Neal McCoy.

Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, Friday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., $50 to $353



9/6: 5th Annual Brazilian Day Festival 

Step out of Arizona and into Brazil for an afternoon of food, dancing and drinks to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day. The event will feature live Brazilian music, dance, performers and authentic food and drink as part of the 5th annual festival to celebrate the South American culture in Arizona.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, Saturday, Sept. 6, 12 to 6 p.m., $12 for adults, $5 for children age 10 and under



9/6: 9/11 Heroes Run Tempe

Heroes Run events take place all over the world on or near 9/11 to commemorate the tragedy and honor those who died and show support for their families and those who volunteered their help in the aftermath. The 5k is open to all ages for those who want to participate in the fun run/walk.

Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, Saturday, Sept. 6, 8 a.m., $30



9/6-9/7: Experience Italy at the Musical Instrument Museum

The MIM is celebrating all things Italian with a two-day event beginning Saturday. With everything from an Italian-inspired menu at Café Allegro to musical performances to learning about Italian artwork and crafting sessions, the MIM is offering the Italian experience included with general admission prices for this weekend only.

Musical Instrument Museum- MIM, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, $18 general, $14 for ages 13 to 19, $10 for ages 4 to 12



9/7: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The internationally ignored song stylist Neil Patrick Harris recently revived will get the local treatment this weekend. Legendary local drag phenoms such as Pandora DeStrange, Tracy Payne Black, Terre Steed and a merry band of local artists who will help bring this cult sensation of musical theater to life on the Crescent Ballroom stage.

Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, Sunday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., $10 to $12, 21+ 


Country Thunder USA Returns To Arizona

Country Thunder USA will be back in Arizona from April 12 to 15. The music festival will be held in Florence, Ariz. – just outside of the Phoenix metro area. Country Thunder will feature many popular artists, including Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Jake Owen, Neil McCoy, Eli Young Band, Alan Jackson, the Band Perry, and Kellie Pickler.

In addition to the main stage performances, Country Thunder USA will provide nightly entertainment at Moonshine Willy’s, where people will be able to enjoy live musical performances, bucking bulls and bronco riding. Visitors can also bring their glow sticks and check out the Electronic Thunder Tent where they can dance the night away with some of the best DJs from Phoenix and Tucson.

Country Thunder USA will provide six different campgrounds for attendees who wish to stay overnight at the music festival. Each campsite is 19’ by 40’, and prices range from $89 to $150 for a four-day pass. Campers will need to bring their own supplies. For those people who do not wish to camp, Country Thunder also provides hotel stay packages and shuttle routes.

A four -ay weekend pass costs $140; however, single-day tickets are on sale. Children 12-years-old and under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket. General admission tickets will allow concert goers access into the festival and lawn seating at the concert bowl. Those attendees wishing to camp at Country Thunder must purchase a four-day pass.

Visitors looking for a more thunderous music festival experience will be able to purchase a V.I.P. ticket at the cost of $500. The V.I.P. ticket will provide access to front row seating, the V.I.P. lounge, catered lunches/dinners, discounted beverages and premium parking.

For more information, visit countrythunderusa.com.