Happy Holidays from Manhattan Center!
VH1’s Divas Celebrates Soul
New Years Eve with Matt & Kim, Super Smash Bros and Body Language
Last weekend, the Hammerstein Ballroom was the extremely proud host of VH1’s Divas Celebrates Soul, which aired this past Monday, December 19 and featured performances from some of today’s biggest artists and a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse. The Roots served as the backup band, as the evening got underway with Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson andMary J. Blige performing “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by the Supremes. The evening included a tribute to Amy Winehouse, introduced by rapper Nas, one of the evening’s hosts. Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch did a version of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, along with Wanda Jackson, sand “You Know I’m No Good.” As part of the Memphis tribute, Jennifer Hudson teamed up with Jessie J for “Knock on Wood,” andErykah Badu, Chaka Kahn and Mavis Staples performed “I’ll Take You There.” Other noteworthy artists at VH1’s Divas Celebrates Soul included Estelle, Martha Reeves, Marsha Ambrosius, Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrance Howard and Travie McCoy.
New Years Eve is right around the corner, and the Hammerstein Ballroom is gearing up for a festive musical celebration featuring indie darlings Matt & Kim, Super Smash Bros and Body Language. Come ring in 2012 to the power-pop sounds of Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino, whose do-it-yourself attitude towards music, dance style rhythms and energetic performances have gained them a massive following all over the world. The Super Smash Bros will also be performing, and these DJs, computer musicians, video artists, don’t care what you call them as long as it makes you want to party. Nicolas, Dick, and Ethan have established a strong friendship and musical synergy that gives way to their ass shaking, foot stomping mixtapes and performances. Last but not least, Brooklyn’s Body Language has risen from the DIY venue basements armed with the kinetic dynamite you would expect from the name. Their original music was born from weekly dance party remixes crafted from Grant Wheeler and Matt Young, and graced by the soul stylings of Angelica Bess. Armed with synths, vocorder, glockenspiel, percussion and three graceful voices, Body Language have found themselves in high demand at all sorts of parties.
With the recent re-opening of TV1, its upgraded and redesigned HD television studio, Manhattan Center is entering a new and exciting era of development, taking its history of superior television and media production to new heights. The highly-acclaimed talk show host, Graham Norton, was the first to avail of the new TV1 when he produced 13 episodes of his new show entitled “Would You Rather…?” for BBC America this past October 2011.
“New York City finally has a brand new high definition television studio that is not only technologically superior, but is also quite beautiful. Clients absolutely love working here.” Obie O’Brien, Director of Audio & Television
Further, with the Hammerstein Ballroom no longer subject to any exclusive agreement for live concerts, all concert promoters, in addition to event producers, planners, production companies,and vendors are invited to make, and to continue to make, Manhattan Center their #1 New York City media and entertainment facility. Since it first opened its doors in 1906, Manhattan Center has hosted music concerts, charity events, corporate galas, celebrity events, political events, fashion shows, product launches, dance events, sports events, award shows and trade shows. Between the renowned Hammerstein Ballroom and the beautiful Grand Ballroom, the sky is the limit when it comes to the invaluable options available for a wide variety of events.
“Empire Entertainment has first had the pleasure of producing events at the Manhattan Center in 1997 with InStyle Magazine’s What’s Sexy Now Party. In the intervening years, Manhattan Center has played host to many successful Empire events including Keep A Child Alive Black Ball, The Webby Awards, Mary J. Blige FFAWN Honors Concert, Rhapsody Presents: Santana ‘All That I Am’ Live from New York, and many more. In our many years of working in this venue, we have consistently had positive experiences and delivered success for our clients. We have found the staff at Manhattan Center to be excellent partners in our productions and they have been consistently knowledgeable, flexible, cost effective, team-oriented and helpful in every way. We consider both the venue and the staff to be great partners.” J.B. Miller, Empire Entertainment