“I wanted to bring something new and different to the Southern sector of the Metroplex,” says PLUGG Management CEO, Marcus Jordan. “This event promises to be a fantastic evening of music and dancing with some of the hottest jazz artists in the country.” Headlining the event is jazz legend Mark Harper. The multi-platinum selling guitarist has toured and recorded with such artists as Dav Koz, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Kirk Franklin, Tower of Power and Wayman Tisdale. Harper and his Mark Harper Project & The Mark Harper Acoustic Band repertoire includes Jazz, Latin Jazz, CuBop and R&B. Also performing are Fort Worth's own Tatiana Mayfield, Dallas' favorite soulful son on saxophone, Don Diego, New Orleans native Vandell Andrews and San Francisco Bay Area native Dean James.
“We want to thank the City of Cedar Hill for really embracing this event,” continues Jordan. “We are certain this will be a terrific vehicle to drive visitors into the city and help further establish the Valley Ridge Amphitheatre as a burgeoning entertainment venue. Since Cedar Hill is centrally located, we hope folks from Ft. Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Grand Prairie and other areas around the Metroplex will be encouraged to come out and join in the fun!” The celebration is expected to draw approximately 2,000 persons into the city for the Labor Day Weekend.
A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to Operation FINALLY HOME. Founded in 2005, Operation FINALLY HOME is a non-partisan/non-profit organization with the mission to provide Americans the ability to honor and thank America’s wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed to defend our country in the global War on Terror. Severely wounded and disabled service members return home to confront extreme hardships, from physical and emotional disabilities to financial ruin, joblessness and homelessness. Dismayed by their plight, Operation FINALLY HOME addresses the most pressing need of our returning heroes, which is a home to call their own. "We are excited to be partnering with the Dallas Home Dealer Association, Southstar Communities and the NFL Players Association to help benefit Operation FINALLY HOME," explains Jordan. "While this event is about bringing individuals together to celebrate Labor Day and to enjoy a wonderful night of music, it is also very much so about reaching out and giving a hand up to the brave men and women who risked their lives for the freedoms that we all enjoy as Americans."
The Labor Day Jazz Explosion will be held at the Valley Ridge Amphitheater in Cedar Hill on Saturday, August 31st beginning at 6 PM. VIP tickets are $40 and include: hors' dourves, non-alcoholic beverages and VIP Tent with lounge seating. General Admission tickets are only $20 – Lawn Only. Jazz music fans are advised to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Tickets are available at Sandaga 813 located at 813 Exposition Avenue in Dallas, contact Tim Austin at 972-415-7491 or online at http://labordayjazz.eventbrite.com/. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME, log onto www.operationfinallyhome.org or www.lakeridge.net/veteran.