Tucson Urban League’s 42nd Annual Gala
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have chosen to postpone the gala, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 2. Tickets already purchased will still be honored, or ticketholders may choose to receive a refund.
*NEW DATE* Saturday, June 22, 2013
Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa - Grand Ballroom
Featuring Zo! of The Foreign Exchange Music & Sy Smith of The Tonight Show Band
6:30pm - Cocktail Reception & Registration
7:30pm – Doors Open
An evening of extraordinary entertainment awaits at the Tucson Urban League’s 42nd Annual Gala Event! We invite you to join us to eat, drink and dance the night away to the soulful tunes of celebrity musicians Zo! and Sy Smith! The 2013 Gala celebrates our community by giving the chance to reconnect with the League, network, mingle, and see-and-be-seen on one unforgettable night!
Special Room Rates:
Tucson Urban League has secured a special room rate of $149/night for gala attendees. To reserve a guest room for the night at La Paloma, call Dawn Glass at (520) 742-6000 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Menu ~ Served Buffet Style:
Medley of Fresh Fruits in Season
Romaine Salad, Caesar Dressing, Parmesan Croutons, Fresh
Caprese Salad with Italian Croutons. Kalamata Olives, Red
Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Oregano and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Freshly Baked Rolls and Butter
Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Marsala Cream
Roasted Garlic Rosemary Chicken Breast with Merlot Essence
Grilled Fiat Iron Steak, Stroganoff Sauce
Chef’s Seasonal Garden Vegetables
Boursin Mashed Potatoes
Chocolate Mint Cake
Cocktail attire is requested.
Listen to Zo! here:www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/zo
Multi-Instrumentalist/Producer Zo! is Detroit-area born and raised Lorenzo Ferguson.
Music was always present in and around the Ferguson house, which led to Zo! taking piano lessons at age 6… which he absolutely despised. The idea of working toward a Major League Baseball career served as the greatest inspiration through his teenage years much more so than the concept of practicing music. After his parents consistently pushed and encouraged him to stick with music, Zo! discovered a newfound passion by teaching himself how to play piano by ear by age 11. Zo! got his production start in 1992 when his parents brought home a Proteus MPS keyboard and a Brother PDC100 sequencer for him to figure out. Since then, he has emphasized the use of live instrumentation as the blueprint for his music while constantly looking to expand his sound with each album release.
Listen to Sy Smith here: www.sysmith.com
Sy Smith has long since solidified her place in underground soul music. This Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/producer helped cultivate the nu-soul scene in that city more than ten years ago. Many fans are aware of Sy’s previous work providing supporting vocals for the likes of Me’Shell N’degeocello, Usher, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, The Rickey Minor Band (as seen on American Idol for six seasons), and quite notable, Chris Botti (her performance of “Look Of Love” on his Grammy-nominated live DVD is a favorite among his listeners), but Sy continues to gain new fans in the trenches of the underground scene touring with acts like The Foreign Exchange and Orgone. And even more recently, she’s teamed up with Sheila E. and the Escovedo Family, providing them with her well-known supportive vocals and vibrant energy! Sy can currently be seen every night, singing with The Tonight Show Band.