February 19, 2014

Got To Get This Into Your Life

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By Kitty Merrill

She's always been involved with the community, and she grew up around music. So it makes sense that Bonnie Cannon's HomeGirl Entertainment would promote "events that matter."

Friday night, Cannon, a former member of the Southampton Village Board and current chair of the Southampton Town Housing Authority, launches HomeGirl with a presentation of The Earth Wind and Fire Tribute Band in a Black History Celebration in Song.

A portion of the proceeds from the event, which will be held at 230 Elm in Southampton from 9 PM to 1 AM, benefit the Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreation Center. "Since I grew up here," Cannon explained, "I want to make sure to give back to the right organizations that really need it."

During the annual Hamptons Benefit season each summer, myriad national charities use the area as a venue for gala fundraisers. By contrast, Cannon hopes HomeGirl Entertainment will continue to promote events that will benefit "the worthwhile little charities nobody really looks at."

Beyond helping smaller local charities, Cannon is focused on bringing quality music to the area. She went to school with the tribute band's founder Alvin Kellibrew, but even before that, she was exposed to music by her father, a musician who played locally under the stage name "King Charles."

"I grew up around music and I know good music when I hear it and that's what I want to promote."

Comprised of veteran musicians with a love of the old school stylings of EWF, The Earth Wind and Fire Tribute Band has it roots in gospel music. Members bring the jazz, R&B and funk sound of the original legends to life with the hope that audiences of all ages can experience the magical "elements" of EWF. Based in Maryland and D.C. they've recently performed at the venerated venue, BB King's Blues Club in the city.

This week, both the price of tickets and method for obtaining them are old school, too. Admission is just $15 in advance ($20 at the door). Call Cannon for tickets 631-204-8028.

"I'm watching the weather," she said during an interview Monday. "It's supposed to be 50 degrees on Friday."

Even if the weather doesn't warm, though, the EWF Tribute Band is sure to provide a hot night in Southampton.


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