Spring 2013 Spring Season Event Highlights


Spring 2013 Spring Season Event Highlights
Spring 2013
Volume 21, Issue 39
Spring Season
Event Highlights
4-12uIona College
Mike Herman Band
4-16uCity Harvest
Cipriani 42nd Street
Bobby Attiko Band
4-25uCancer Support Community
Lighthouse @ Chelsea Piers
Michael Hart Band
4-27uProskauer Rose LLP
New York Public Library
Kenny Ford Band
5-4 uLaurel House
Country Club of Darien
Frank Michaels Band
uAtlanticare Borgata Hotel & Casino
uNYU Stern School of Business
New York University
Kevin Osborne Band
5-8 uMarymount Manhattan College
The Plaza
Pete Saunders Band
5-9 uSt. Lukes Hospital
Cathedral of St. John the Devine
Michael Hart Band
uAmerican Ireland Fund
Grand Hyatt New York
Paul Richards Band
5-11uNew York Methodist Hospital
Brooklyn Museum
Steve Delisi Band
A Newsletter from Hank Lane Music & Productions
Looking Towards The Big Game in 2014.
There is a countdown in the daily local newspapers reminding us. Next year’s Super Bowl is less than 300 days away with
the first cold weather game in history scheduled to be played at
Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February
2, 2014. From all indications, the impact on the New York/New
Jersey area event industry will be unprecedented.
In anticipation of a huge ripple effect of local area pre and
post game parties, the Hank Lane family of
companies has been preparing for months
for what will undoubtedly be an increased
demand for our organization’s core businesses of music, entertainment, audio/visual
services, lighting, décor and games. “The
New York area is used to big events,” says
Harris Lane, president of Hank Lane Music.
“But the Super Bowl is like no other. We believe that in addition to the pHarris Lane
usual influx of out of town
businesses that travel and entertain at the
Super Bowl each year, the sheer numbers of
Fortune 500 companies that are based in the
New York area will change the equation. We
will be ready.”
“We have already been fielding offers to
book name entertainment for pre-game parties,
pMarc Stevens
says Marc Stevens, managing partner of Hank
Lane Music. Our unique ability to provide any or all of these
services under one roof and to package them together we think is
a win-win for our clients.” We are dedicating a significant portion
of this newsletter to Super Bowl related events.
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5-13uAmerican Ballet Theatre
Lincoln Center
Hank Lane Orchestra - Marc Stevens
5-16uParkinsons Disease Foundation
The Plaza
Paul Richards Band
5-25uOld Oaks Country Club
Old Oaks Country Club
Bobby Attiko Band
5-29uWounded Warriors Project
Hank Lane Trio
6-1 uMet Life
Cipriani Wall Street
Mike Herman Band
6-2 uMaimonides Hospital
Tribeca 360
Mike Herman Band
6-4 uCalvary Hospital
The Pierre
Harris Lane Band
6-6 uAmericas Society
Cipriani Wall Street
Hank Lane Latin All Stars
uNew York Botanical Gardens
Orchid Dinner Dance
New York Botanical Gardens
Kevin Osborne Band
6-9 u2013 Tony Awards Gala
The Plaza
Hank Lane Orchestra
6-12uBig Brothers Big Sisters
Cipriani 42nd Street
Michael Hart Band
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Rhythm & News is published
Biannually by Hank Lane Music
Erik Marshall
Harlan M. Ellis
65 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
200 Frank Road
Hicksville, NY 11801
615 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Livingston, NJ 07039
[email protected]
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Memories of
Super Bowl XXV
by Harlan Ellis
For football fans it was one of the most thrilling games in Super Bowl history. The New York Giants vs.
the Buffalo Bills on January 27, 1991 at Tampa Stadium.
The game that will be forever known for the Bills’ Scott
Norwood’s field goal attempt sailing “wide right” in the
waning seconds of the game giving the Giants their second
Super Bowl championship. It was also known for the late
Whitney Houston’s stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled
Banner,” all the more so, because the game was held while
the U.S. was in the first Gulf War.
For Super Bowl XXV, I spearheaded a team representing Hank Lane Music in Tampa. We were hired to provide
music and entertainment for dozens of corporate pre and
post games parties set up in Super Bowl’s first Hospitality
Village. In addition, we provided three days of concert acts
and family entertainment for the three days prior to the Big
Game at what was called Super Bowl Town Square. Before
heading to Florida we spent months screening Florida based
bands and entertainers who we then presented to a list of
corporate clients that included, Coca-Cola, Ford, Nissan,
Pepsi-Cola, Phillip Morris, Sports Illustrated and many
more. We also lined up “oldies” groups for the concert main
stage all kinds of specialty talent from roving Dixieland and
Country bands, reggae bands, clowns, stilt walkers, magicians, caricaturists and more. With the outbreak of hostilities
in the Middle East security was exceptionally tight. All of
our talent had to arrive hours earlier to be inspected by law
With Super Bowl XLVIII coming here, I know the experience I had in Tampa
will prove to be
invaluable to our
present team. Being
on our home turf
all these years later,
corporate clients
may take advantage
of the vast resources available from
what has grown to
be one of the premier private event
music and entertainment companies in the Tri-State area.
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1.Exclusive Vendor Relationships - Hank Lane Music is the
exclusively recommended music vendor at a virtual who’s
who of the metropolitan area’s most prestigious hotels and
catering facilities.
2.Venue Compliance - Our familiarity with virtually every
The Top 5 Reasons Why the Hank Lane major event venue including their security and insurance
requirements is second to none.
Family of Companies Should Be Your
Choice for Super Bowl Parties or for Any 3.Turn Key Productions - Hank Lane’s team of event industry
Corporate, Social or Charitable Event: professionals have decades of expertise in all aspects of live
music and party entertainment including décor and design,
lighting, sound, video, staging, production and games. Every event is delivered “turn-key” to clients from site inspection to production to day of supervision and coordination.
4. One Umbrella - The New York area’s premier private event music and entertainment company that provides the
comprehensive services of live music, entertainment, DJ’s, games, activities, décor, and complete event production
all under one corporate umbrella providing clients with infinite choices and packages not available any where else.
5. Talent Resources - Our organization exclusively represents more than 25 of the metro area’s most sought after
dance bands & specialty entertainers, has an inventory of hundreds of the latest games, photo stations and activities, a first rate DJ department, state-of-the-art lighting equipment and more than 50 years of experience in booking
and producing name talent for private events.
Earth Wind & Fire
pThe Hank Lane organization incorporates the best in live music, name talent booking, DJ entertainment,
games and photo stations from More Than Music and décor and event lighting design from Fusion Lighting.
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Sweet Charity
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by Erik Marshall
City Harvest held its annual “Evening of Practical Magic” gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Chaired by Backal Hospitality Group president Arthur F. Backal the event honored Chef
Marc Murphy of Benchmarc Restaurants and was hosted by Ted Allen from the Food
Network’s hit show Chopped. With our Bobby Attiko Band on hand to play the dance
music, Grammy Award winner John Legend donated a private concert to a lucky live auction winner and actor Richard Gere donated a private dinner to another winning bidder.
The evening itself raised $2 million in support of the hungry
in New York. Additional celebrity guests included the newly
crowned Miss USA Nana Meriwether.
The American Ballet Theatre celebrated the opening of
the 2013 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House with
pBand leader Bobby
a one-time-only opening night gala performance on Monday,
May 13. Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy and Blaine Trump Attiko with new Miss
USA Nana Meriwether at
served as Honorary Chairs with a star-studded Honorary
Committee that included Kim Cattrall, Jennifer Love Hewitt, the City Harvest benefit.
pKevin Osborne was Stacy Keibler, Lea Michele, Kelly Rutherford, Zoë Saldaña,
a featured singer at the Ashlee Simpson, Aaron Sorkin and Uma Thurman. A Gala dinner under The Tent at
ABT gala.
Lincoln Center immediately followed the performance with a Hank Lane Orchestra
directed by Marc Stevens with special guests Erik Marshall and Kevin Osborne.
Corporate Events Report
by Lori Roth
New York’s iconic Essex House hotel was recently purchased by the Marriott Corporation as the latest addition
to the hotel company’s signature JW Marriott luxury brand. To commemorate the newly christened JW Marriott
Essex House, a
grand re-opening
celebration was
held on April 30.
With over 200
hundred corporate meeting
planners, party
planners and
pDG Gil, Jon Bon Jovi & Friends and a Hank Lane Jazz Trio performed at the grand
Marriott exRe-opening party for the newly branded JW Marriott Essex House. (Hechler Photography).
ecutives on hand,
Hank Lane Music provided a jazz trio in the hotel’s beautiful lobby. More Than Music DJ Gil spun cool tunes in the
Grand Ballroom along with “Art in Action” artist Brian Olson. The highlight of the
evening was a performance by Jon Bon Jovi and friends who played a 30 minute
acoustic set that included some of his biggest hits including, “You Can’t Go Home,”
“Saturday Night,” “Wanted Dead of Alive” and, of course,
“Livin’ on a Prayer.” DJ Gil kept the crowd in the party
mood well after the show.
Hank Lane Music prides itself on having diverse
talent resources. For a dinner at The Pierre on May 1 for
the international investment firm Xander Investment
pA sitar & tabla played classical Management, we provided three separate types of
Indian music during dinner for
musical entertainment starting with a string trio for the
Xander Investment Management.
cocktail reception in the hotel’s beautiful Rotunda. DurpJazz recording
ing dinner we booked a traditional Indian sitar and tabla. At the conclusion of dinner,
artist Paula Atherton.
saxophonist and Smooth Jazz recording artist Paula Atherton performed the ballroom
before leading guests to a late night after party in The Pierre’s trendy Two E Bar . There,
Ms. Atherton joined singer Kevin Osborne and a quartet playing Frank Sinatra classics and other Jazz standards.
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One of the goals that we established for
ourselves when Hank Lane Music decided to
open an office in New Jersey over a year ago,
was to sign bands that were already established in the local area. “When we planted
our flag in Livingston, we knew that it wold
take some time to open up some doors,” says
Ian Magid, a partner in Hank Lane’s New
Jersey operation. “We
wanted to shake things
for Super Bowl Parties, up in New Jersey and we
are succeeding at a faster
pRuss Bennett
Corporate, Charitable
pace than we thought was “Signing some great new bands has been key
Events & Weddings in NJ. possible.”
to our rapid growth in New Jersey.”
“Signing some great - Russ Bennett, Hank Lane Music band
new bands has been key to leader and partner in the Hank Lane Muour rapid growth in New
sic New Jersey office.
Jersey,” says Russ Bennett,
also a partner and band
leader. “My aim as a New Jersey native has been to network with
the musicians I have known for years and bring them into the Hank
Lane Music fold. With the signing of the Howard Taylor Band last
year and with the additions of Spotlight, the Frank Simmons Band
and the Billy Stone Bands this year we are well on the way. These
bands are now available exclusively from our New Jersey office.
pFrank Simmons Band
Lead by saxophonist Frank Simmons, The Frank Simmons
Band came together with a common goal of delivering high quality
dance music. From performing at Met Life Stadium for the New
York football Giants and The New York Jets to impressing crowds
at Atlantic City nightclubs and galas, this band has a wealth of experience with entertaining guests of all ages.
The Billy Stone Band has performed all over the tri-state area,
including Atlantic City’s most prestigious hotel resorts such as The
Revel, Bally’s Beach Bar, and the Borgata. Corporate events and
weddings are a speciality. Under the direction of keyboard/vocalist
Billy Stone, the band’s enthusiasm and energy never fail to keep the
party going all night long with a repertoire that is adaptable to any
pBilly Stone Band
age range and style preference.
Spotlight is a fresh, youthful, fast-paced and energetic powerhouse band. Delivering non-stop sets of Top 40, 1980’s, Motown,
Funk and Classic Rock anthems, Spotlight wows every party with
choreographed dance moves that keep people of all ages engaged
and captivated on the dance floor. Lead by the husband and wife
team of Jason Alexander & Monica, Spotlight features 5 dynamic
vocalists and a horn section that have performed world-wide. Together, Jason & Monica have led their band before crowds as diverse as thousand seat arenas in Morocco to intimate dinner parties
in Alpine, NJ. Spotlight has shared the stage and performed alongside many notable performers including Janet Jackson, the Roots,
Natalie Cole, Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick Jr., John Mayer,
Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock and Esperanza Spalding.
Band Leader
on New Jersey
New Band Signings
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As a member of the Board of
Governors of the famed New
York Friars Club, Hank Lane
Music CEO Hank Lane has
a front
row seat
at many
of the
club’s famous
roasts. On
April 5th, the
club roasted
actor Jack
Black at the
pHank Lane
New York
Hilton with Friar Hank Lane on the
block-long dais that included the
Beach Boys’ Mike Love, rockers
Gene Simmons and Dee Snider,
the Today Show’s Al Roker and
the legendary Jerry Lewis.
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With celebrity roast master
Bob Saget guiding the proceedings, a string of “roasters”
including actor Oliver Platt,
Dreamworks executive Jeffrey
Katzenberg and comedians
Sarah Silverman, Jeffrey
Ross, Artie Lange, Richard
Belzer and Jerry Lewis took their best
shots at the guest of honor.
pHank Lane Music
president Harris Lane &
KISS’ Gene Simmons
65 West 55th Street
Suite 302
New York, NY 10019
Here is your Spring 2013 Issue of
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In This Issue:
Super Bowl Special Edition
Sweet Charity
New Jersey Band Signing
Corporate Event Reports
pHank Lane managing partner
Marc Stevens and actor Jack Black