Recently, WhiteLeaf Events presented Huey Lewis & The News to an insatiable private audience of 750 at The Hermitage Club, a private ski resort located in southern Vermont. With no shortage of hits, the band tore through a 90-minute set comprised mostly of their 19 Billboard Top 10 hits.
Huey Lewis & The News was one of the acts that rode the early ’80s wave of power pop. Songs like ‘Heart & Soul’, ‘I Want A New Drug’, and ‘The Heart of Rock & Roll’ established the band as a multi-platinum success, but it was the iconic ‘The Power of Love’, which was featured in the 1985 megablockbuster Back To The Future, that permanently cemented their status in pop culture.
Speaking with Huey after the show revealed him to be one of the most down to earth and appreciative musicians I’ve ever worked with, a rare trait in an artist who has almost 40 years of experience under their belt. I walked away from that night realizing that Huey had the heart & soul of an old bluesman. Recalling his 1984 sold-out arena tour with support from Stevie Ray Vaughan, for whom he was completely enamored of. That support slot was a huge help to the young guitar slinger from Austin, TX that few had ever heard of before. Heart of Rock & Roll? Well yes, that belongs to Huey Lewis.
Hot on the heels of the 40th anniversary release of one of the most iconic rock & roll songs, ‘Hotel California’, WhiteLeaf Events was called upon by The Hermitage Club to bring Don Felder and his band to the southern Vermont ski resort. Former lead guitarist of one of the most popular groups of all time, The Eagles, Felder has continued to ignite the stage for the past 43 years.
Guests were treated to over an hour of Eagles’ tunes, as well as selections from Felder’s solo repertoire, and a fiery rendition of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Pride & Joy’. The pinnacle moment of the night of course came when Felder donned his Gibson EDS-1275, a white doubleneck beauty of a guitar that signaled the band was about to launch into the epic ‘Hotel California’. The cascading solo-duel during the coda of the song was as dazzling and profound as when listeners first heard it in February of ’77. The song, which Felder composed in a Malibu Beach house using a 4-track recorder, won the band a Grammy for Record of the Year. Rolling Stone ranked it #49 on its list of ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’, and it has long since been a mainstay on numerous ‘Best Guitar Solo’ lists.
You can catch Don Felder on tour this summer along with Styx and REO Speedwagon! Or better yet, contact us today and book him for your next event! Barry@WhiteLeafEvents.com
WhiteLeaf Events is well known for producing headline musical talent, as well as some of the most acclaimed actors, keynote speakers and perhaps our favorite, comedians. We have produced such comedic greats as Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin & Martin Short, Billy Crystal, Louis CK, Jason Alexander, Lewis Black, Jimmy Fallon, David Spade, Jim Belushi, Kevin Nealon, Richard Lewis, Susie Essman, Robert Klein, Rita Rudner, Dennis Miller, Sinbad, Dana Carvey, Darrell Hammond, Frank Caliendo, and Wayne Brady. Whether our client wishes to host their favorite musician, or laugh the night away with a legend of comedy, WhiteLeaf Events is adept at providing the best of both talent and production to ensure a memorable affair, be it a 50th birthday celebration, wedding, private family gathering, or corporate event.
The U.S. Ski Team held their 50th Gold Medal Gala and Fundraiser last week at one of New York City’s most illustrious landmarks, Cipriani’s Wall Street. WhiteLeaf Events is extremely proud that for the past 15 years, we have been called upon by USSA to produce this amazing event. This year’s gala commemorated Olympic Gold Medal athletes, both past and present, dating as far back as 1948. The evening also served as an opportunity for the over 650 donors in attendance to support the USSA by bidding on some truly spectacular items. The auction concluded with an amazing, high-energy trampoline performance from the Flying Aces. This annual event has brought a great deal of funding to an incredible organization dedicated to helping athletes who are the ‘best of the best’ in snow sports. We are incredibly humbled to be involved with such a wonderful event.
From all of us at WhiteLeaf Events, thank you USSA!
I have been working with the world’s largest stars for almost 30 years now. Of all, the artists I have worked with, I am most proud of having worked with Sir Paul McCartney. The founding Fab-Four member was our star performer at The Metropolitan Opera House at a private event in 2014. An absolute consummate showman, Macca & Co. tore through selections from The Beatles, Wings, and his extensive solo catalog. It was immensely rewarding to be able to deliver such a high caliber talent for this event, and an even more pleasurable experience sitting backstage with him listening to his own description of the very humble beginnings of The Beatles, and his still utter astonishment of the incredible journey he has been fortunate enough to have experienced. Remarkably, this was one of only two occasions where Paul performed at a private event, and I am truly humbled and honored to have been able to work with this universal Icon.
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