Fandross Festival 2018

About Fandross Festival 2018

The Fandross Festival 2018 presented by the Vandross Family Estate and Divabetic is a series of NYC events celebrating the musical legacy of Luther Vandross and raising awareness for the prevention of diabetes health-related complications such as stroke. Fans can interact with Luther's former band members and vocalists, enjoy great music, see Luther's iconic performances on the big screen, and be inspired to learn more about diabetes.

Fandross Kick Off Party - Thursday, May 10, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

The ultimate Luther Vandross Fan experience! Our Fandross Kick Off Party benefiting Divabetic is followed by Open Mic Night at Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar NYC. Enjoy performances by several of Luther’s former band members, vocalists and friends. Featured guest artists: Alfa Anderson, Nat Adderley Jr., and Pat Lacy formerly of ‘Sounds of Blackness’. $10 Cover

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Performance - Friday, May 11, 8 PM & 10 PM

Luther Vandross’s former vocalist and Grammy Award winner, Lisa Fischer performs with her band, Grand Baton at the legendary Blue Note in New York. Her current tour is an exploration of uncharted territory through R&B and jazz. Join her and special guests as they give new life to tunes you love, but only thought you knew.

Fandross Fest - Saturday, May 12, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

See R & B legend Luther Vandross’s Memorabilia, play Luther Trivia games, meet Luther Fans and watch Luther's most iconic live performances, videos and rare clips on the Big Screen followed by a Panel Discussion with Luther's former band members and vocalists.

80's Fashion Brunch - Sunday, May 13, 11 AM - 4 PM

Luther's love of fashion inspires the liveliest brunch in town. The inclusive catwalk features innovative integration with all sizes, shapes, heights, genders, ages, ethnicities, nationalities, persuasions and orientations on the same runway.

Fandross - Are You At Risk Of Diabetes?

Mismanagement of type 2 diabetes may have silenced one of the greatest voices of all time but it doesn’t have to silence yours. Find out if you’re at risk of diabetes by taking this simple test. If you are, take action, seek support and learn how to avoid health complications such as stroke.

Fandross - Things To Do

Take a tour of the Apollo Theater where Luther Vandross performed as a member of the Apollo's musical ensemble 'Listen My Brother'. Explore the legendary history and gain behind-the-scenes access to this legendary venue.

Fandross - Things To Do

Tiffany Shade patterns from small geometric designs to large intricate florals also heavily influenced the set designs of many of Luther Vandross' World Tours. The NY Historical Society’ Museum & Library’s stunning Gallery of Tiffany Lamps features a collection of 132 Tiffany lamps and three Tiffany stained glass windows.

Fandross - Things To Do

Go behind the scenes of one of Luther's favorite concert venues to celebrate Valentine's Day! Take a guided tour of Radio City Music Hall, discover Art Deco masterpieces, learn the history and even meet a Rockette®*.

Fandross - Things To Do

David Bowie was a major early supporter of Luther Vandross' career, hiring him to sing backing vocals on the soul-influenced Young Americans album and arranging vocals for the title track. Check out the 'David Bowie Is' exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

Fandross - Where To Eat

Seasoned Vegan specializes in preparing a very unique type of cuisine: gourmet vegan soul food. Owners, mother and son, Brenda and Aaron Beener pride themselves on being loyal to vegan/vegetarian customers by maintaining an organic, 100% vegan menu while creating meals that are delicious enough to satisfy the most skeptical omnivore.

Annual Luther Vandross Tribute Podcast

Guests include 'Here & Now' Songwriter Terry Steele, Author of 'Eat 'What You Love, Love What You Eat' Dr. Michelle May, Divabetic Image & Style Advisor Catherine Schuller AICI, CPI, Luther Historian Leon Petrossian, and superfans. Enjoy selected songs from the album entitled ‘Busy Body’ courtesy of SONY Music.

Fandross Hotel Accommdations

Divabetic has secured a discounted room rate ($239.00) per night at the New York Marriott East Side located at 525 Lexington Avenue at 49th Street, New York, NY 10017. Call: (212) 755-4000 mentioned ‘Luther Vandross Fan Club’. Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes.

Fandross - Using Art to Tackle Diabetes

Tassiana Willis is a poet, singer, and actor from San Francisco whose family has been hit hard by diabetes. Tassiana describes growing up in a poor community where family trips to fast food outlets were a “tragic tradition” that ultimately led to obesity.

D-Verses & Flow

Sometimes I’m angry, sometimes I’m sad,
Sometimes I cry at the day that I’ve had.
Often I’m happy, but sometimes I’m not,
Sometimes I fear the disease that I’ve got.

Sometimes I need to eat, sometimes I don’t.
Sometimes my meds will work, sometimes they won’t.
Sometimes my mood is good, happy and gay,
Sometimes it’s hard just to get through the day.

Read ‘Live with Me, Love with Me’  in its entirety here

'Live with Me, Love with Me' by Poet Lorraine Brooks02/17/2018
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