BENTON HARBOR, Mich., April 8, 2014 -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and funk legend George Clinton is coming to Benton Harbor, Mich., to headline a three-day Community Concert Series presented by Dow and Whirlpool Corporation during the week of the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 20-25. Also performing will be New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band, R&B stylist Will Downing and jazz musician Tim Cunningham.
Local artists, Charlene Jones and Bonita Mitchell, will be the featured opening acts, with Jones opening George Clinton and Mitchell opening for Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
The concerts will take place in advance of Memorial Day Weekend, from Wednesday, May 21 through Friday, May 23. All shows will be held at City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor and will be free to the public.
Admission to the Community Concert Series is free although a ticket is required. Beginning May 1, fans can obtain tickets by visiting the following local businesses: -- Pizza Hut, St. Joseph -- 2049 Niles Road -- Pizza Hut, Benton Harbor -- 1940 M-139 -- The Livery, Benton Harbor -- 190 5th Street -- Harbor Shores Clubhouse, Benton Harbor -- 201 Graham Avenue -- St. Joseph Today office, St. Joseph -- 301 State Street -- Purely Michigan, St Joseph -- 406 State St, (269) 983-3300
The Community Concert Series schedule is as follows (all shows begin at 8:30 p.m.): -- Wednesday, May 21 -- Charlene Jones (opening) -- George Clinton (headlining) -- Thursday, May 22 -- Gospel music by Bonita Mitchell, Charlene Jones, Gwen Norwood and Tara Sanders (opening) -- Dirty Dozen Brass Band (headlining) -- Friday, May 23 -- Tim Cunningham (opening) -- Will Downing (headlining)
"We're looking to build on the success and momentum of the 2012 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid here in Benton Harbor by offering more activities for the people of this community," said Greg Vaughn, vice chairman of the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and chair of the Assure Community Benefits Committee, which connects the Championship to the community. "This concert series and the Championship are wonderful opportunities to highlight our community and help create an atmosphere where visitors will want to come back during other times of the year. We look forward to welcoming such impressive musical acts to Benton Harbor in May."
Local business and community leaders worked together to develop the Community Concert Series presented by Dow and Whirlpool Corporation.
"Dow's commitment and contributions to community reach beyond science and technology in order to embrace the human spirit and to help provide sustainable communities," said Mike Kolleth, director of corporate brand and advertising for Dow. "We are pleased to be a part of bringing a community together, especially one right here in our home state."
This year represents the 75th edition of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, the oldest and most prestigious event in senior golf. It also returns to Benton Harbor in 2016 and 2018. Fans can learn more about the brand sponsorship and get updates at Twitter.com/KitchenAid_Golf and Facebook.com/SPGAKitchenAid.
Tickets to the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid may be purchased online at SPGA2014.com or by calling the Championship office at 269-487-3200.
About the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid Started in 1937, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is the most prestigious major championship in senior golf. It was born on the grounds of one of golf's greatest majors at the invitation of one of the game's greatest players. At the suggestion of renowned amateur Bobby Jones, the inaugural Championship was conducted at Augusta National Golf Club three years after the first Masters Tournament. Today, the Championship brings together both the legends of the game and newest members of senior professional golf to new audiences across the United States. Many of the game's greatest players have won the Championship's Alfred S. Bourne Trophy -- a roster that features Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson and Jay Haas.
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