Clive Davis to produce Aretha tribute concert in NYC

Sony Music CEO Clive Davis dined at Bella Piatti while he was in Detroit last week for Aretha Franklin’shomegoing ceremonies. Davis spoke at the funeral, reminiscing about the three-decades-plus relationship he had with the Queen of Soul. This week on a New York radio station, he announced that he’s producing an Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 14. He stayed at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham and came to Bella Piatti with two associates, where he chatted with owner Nino Cutraro. He wore a black suit with a black shirt and gold and black necktie and pocket square. He dined on grilled eggplant rolls, linguini with clams and the poached pear salad.


Ben Sharkey  ready for upcoming album release concert

Sexy Metro Detroit crooner Ben Sharkey is all geeked up about his upcoming album release concert called "Mercury Rising" at the Garden Theater on Sept. 13. “It’s going to be an amazing evening,” he assures. A reflection of his hip and sultry performance style, the evening will feature a colorful infusion of old-school cool and artful swag mixed with contemporary jazz, soul and pop. A premier performer throughout Michigan, Sharkey has amassed more than 5 million views on YouTube since posting his first raw home videos singing Michael Bubléand Frank Sinatra in 2007. At the concert, Sharkey will perform with an 11-piece band and dancers. Musician Sean Blackman will be the opening act, and awesome DJ Captn20 will spin the tunes at the afterglow. For tickets visit

Cirque de Beaute to benefit St. Jude's 

The ladies from the nonprofit Fashion X Philanthropy, Jennifer Granger and Amanda Fisher, are collaborating with Kelle Ilitch and Raghad Farah to host a fun and exquisite beauty event at Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy. Cirque de Beaute will be a fun, progressive beauty event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The evening will include light bites, custom cocktails, music and creative fun activities. The event takes place Sept. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $100. Visit

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