This year marks the NDIGO FOUNDATION’S 17TH annual gala. The gala has been rated as one of Chicago’s best events. I can’t believe here we are 17 years ago. The gala is a black tie evening full of celebration and honor. The NDIGO Foundation started in 1995 after receiving calls from students asking for assistance to attend college. Requests were made for tuition, books to travel. We started the party with a cause in 1995 and held the first event at the Tarra Museum on a nice February evening. We add to it each year, changing it to make it a memorable night and one of the best tickets you will every buy.
This year the gala is Saturday, June 30 at Arie Crown Theater. The theme is Legends de Soul, featuring Aretha Franklin and The Impressions. It is a show of soul with the cream of the crop. Aretha is the Soul Diva and has one of the best voices ever no matter the musical genre or the stage. Rolling Stone Magazine rates hers as one of the greats singers of all times. She has had 45 top hits and made history as being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her most acclaimed recording is “Respect.” It became a popular national anthem for Black America. Her career started in her father’s church choir. She packs the house and makes you groove with gospel, blues, jazz and rhythm and blues and soul. She is a magnificent entertainer and there is only one Aretha. If she doesn’t stir you there’s something drastically wrong with you. She will make you dance in the aisle and if haven’t seen her in person, don’t miss the opportunity. She is the best of the best.
The Impressions started with Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield in Chicago. Fred Cash, Sam Gooden and Reginald Torian are three stellar gents still going strong singing classic old school music that was the backdrop sounds and sentiment to the civil rights movement. They have been called the best male singing group. Their, hit “People Get Ready” is rated as one of the top 10 songs of all times and appears as the official music on President Obama’s playlist. Their message music resounds around the world and makes you groove to real rhythm and blues that became popularized as soul. They are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized as one of the best vocal groups. “Gypsy Woman” and “Keep on Pushing” are among their hits. They are a classy and classic act. They continue to play around the world as a crowd favorite. They have new music to be released early summer. They will perform their classics and introduce new tunes. They appear fresh from Spain where they introduced new music.
Gala tickets are $300 and include premium tickets to the full evening, the program of a Showcase of Students, the concert and the Blue Light after party. It is an old school night, for real. Gala tickets are available at ndigo.com. The program starts at 6:00 p.m. The after party is on terrace.
Concert tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or at the Arie Crown Box Office Theater. Tickets range from $145 on the first floor and $95 and $75 in the balcony. All credit cards are accepted.
For a soul night to remember, join us for a cause and a party. Call 312 822 0202 for further information.