Sunday, April 19, 2009
Elton to Give Private AMWAY Gig?
Grammy winners Sting, Wynton Marsalis and LeAnn Rimes are scheduled to perform in Grand Rapids in May. But unless you and your friends are selling a lot of cosmetics, vitamins or soap for Amway Global, you probably won't be able to get a ticket.
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Ada Township-based multilevel marketing giant is bringing the acts for private shows to entertain about 1,400 of its top-level executives and distributors beginning May 20.
Marsalis, a jazz trumpeter and composer, will perform a private concert May 21 at DeVos Performance Hall, followed by a fireworks display over the Grand River.
Rimes will headline "Country Evening" for celebration attendees May 22 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
A private May 24 show by Sting, lead singer of The Police, at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park amphitheater caps the events.
All three have performed during the past couple of years in Grand Rapids.
Last May, Rimes played two nights with Kenny Chesney in Van Andel Arena. The same month, Sting appeared as part of The Police tour. Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed in DeVos Hall in June 2007.
The action doesn't stop in Grand Rapids.
On May 28, an even larger group of Amway distributors and executives are invited to a private Elton John concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.