BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MASSACHUSETTS BAY PRESENTS
BIG NIGHT 2.0 – THE NEW ERA
LOSE THE COSTUME, KEEP THE COOL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2012
THE HOUSE OF BLUES
Featuring Live Performances by Counting Crows and Special Guest Raphael Saadiq
Boston, MA (January 9, 2012) – On Saturday, February 11, 2012 there’s only one place in Boston where you can catch the Counting Crows up close and personal, enjoy dinner prepared by Boston’s top chefs and support the nation’s oldest mentoring program all at the same time. Big Night 2.0, the organization’
For the first time ever, the event will be at the legendary House of Blues with special musical performances by international recording artists the Counting Crows and Grammy Award winning soul artist Raphael Saadiq. This year’s Rock the Casbah theme will turn the venue into a Moroccan oasis complete with satins, silks and sundries while guests will be mesmerized by belly dancers and snake charmers. What remains the same; the traditional incredible Big Night food experience, with a one-of- a-kind menu prepared by a team of celebrity chefs led by Michael Schlow.
After 13 phenomenally successful years and more than $20MM raised, the Big Brothers Big Sisters event committee and co-chairs Joe Ayoub (Robinson & Cole, LLP) and Tim Dibble (Alta Equity Partners) considered the best way to take Big Night to the next level. “We think this will be the biggest Big Night ever,” said Joe Ayoub, “It was exciting to re-imagine an already terrific experience and hopefully, inspire new guests to join us in supporting transformative change in our community’s children.”
During Big Night’s 13 year history, thousands of guests have come out over the years to support children all over Massachusetts from Cape Ann to Cape Cod. “We love how the Greater Boston community has embraced this event – it’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” explained Wendy Foster, President and CEO, “The funds raised through Big Night help us support nearly 2,000 Little Brothers, Little Sisters and their Bigs throughout the year, and we couldn’t do it without our Big Night fans.”
The Counting Crows will perform their signature hits including “Mr. Jones,” “Round Here” and “Accidentally in Love,” which received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for the film Shrek 2. The band has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.
Raphael Saadiq, the breakout solo artist and former member of the 80's soul trio Tony! Toni! Tone will open the show. This seasoned performer is also a celebrated producer and collaborator, having worked with stars including John Legend, Joss Stone, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder and Mary J. Blige. His newest album “Stone Rollin” has already slated him for his 6th career Grammy nomination and earned him recognition as one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine.
Big Night 2.0, 6:00 pm at The House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston. For ticket information call (617)956-0237 or visit http://www.bignightboston.com.