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Mondo NYC Ignites in Hip Williamburg

Mondo NYC Ignites in Hip Williamsburg

Mondo NYC ignites in hip Williamsburg this week from October 15 thru 18. The Brooklyn conference brings emerging music and ‘frontier’ technology to the forefront along with music showcases — scattered around the big Apple.

Music mogul and philanthropist Michael Dorf (Citi Winery) and civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton are among the distinguished inspiring speakers.

Check out the full schedule at

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MOJO’s Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Mojo's Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Care

Six World Renowned Acts

with Face Off Unlimited, Clinard Dance, Addi & Jacq, Baritoned  and Face Vocal Band

WHAT:  MOJO’s Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology Care & Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

WHEN:  Saturday, January 13, 2018
7:00PM to 11:30PM

WHERE:  Connolly’s Klub 45 (Times Square)
121 West 45th St • New York, NY 10036
(Cash Bar & Food for Purchase)


TICKETS*: $25 (GA) – $100 (VIP)
See below for full Donation Levels for Tickets 

*100% of Donation/Ticket Price Benefits MSKCC




*Donation Levels for Tickets:
$25 Donation   = SRO
$50 Donation   = GA Seating
$100 Donation = VIP with Table Seating

$225 Online Donation = 10 SRO Admissions
$450 Online Donation = 10 Seated Admissions
$900 Online Donation = 10 VIP Admissions with Table Seating


9:00PM & 10:15PM
“When MOJO moves in… the place ROCKS!” Chicago Tribune

FACE OFF Unlimited @ 7:30PM
Laugh your face off! “Really funny!” The New York Times

“A contemporary dance company rooted in flamenco” MacArthur Award Grantees

Addi & Jacq @ 8:30PM
Recently crowned the “best emerging band in NYC”!

Baritoned @ 9:45PM
“A farcical concert trio that will dazzle your senses!”

FACE Vocal Band @ 10:45PM
“Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies,
brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing!”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is the largest privately operated non-profit cancer center in the world. MSKCC is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer, advanced research, and training healthcare professionals in the specialties and sub specialties of cancer care.

Sponsored by:
MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies
Abbe Sparks Media Group
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Why Women Roar for Equality

I Am Woman Hear Me Roar

Why do women roar for equality? It is incredulous that in 2017, this question still needs to be answered. But, after a recent personal encounter with a millennial young woman, I realized the importance of reiterating to the masses of men and women why women roar for equality. Our next generations of women fully need to comprehend why they are partaking in events as The Women’s March.

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“Joy” – the young millenial woman and the inspiration for this story. Photo credit: Abbe Sparks



A new Off-Broadway Musical called ‘This One’s For The Girls’ is the impetus behind the question. Written by Dorothy Marcic, the show takes the audience through the decades of a woman — from the 1900s to present day — portraying the roles of women through drama and song. Forty of the Top 40 Hit songs about women are thread throughout the production including “Stand By Your Man,” “I Want to be Loved by You,” “Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend,” “I Will Follow Him,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Respect,” ‘I Am Women” and “This Girl’s on Fire.”

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Traci Bair, Aneesa Folds, Haley Swindal in ‘This One’s For the Girls’. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

One of the scenes depicts the original American teenage girls from the 60s, waiting anxiously by the old-fashioned phone for a boy to call. We’re talking pre-cell phones, internet, Facebook, Snapchat and the like. It was at that point, that the young millennial women named Joy turned to me asking if that really happened?

Incredulous, right? It was at that point that I realized how uninformed our next generation — especially of women — are on the hows and whys of the women’s movement. I am guestimating that most of the young girls and women who advocated and walked during this year’s Women’s March were clueless on how long the female sex has been striving for equality and the long history of why women are roaring now.


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Left-Rt: The Stars Jana Robbins, Aneesa Folds, Haley Swindal, Traci Bair. photo credit: Carole Rosegg, Broadway World

Couple that with a backdrop of slides showing photographs of prominent women and men over the century who have helped to frame the woman’s role such as civil rights activist Rosa Parks, heart throbs Bobby Darrin and David Cassidy, women’s advocate Gloria Steinhem, Actresses Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda, musician Janice Joplin — the list is endless.

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss When It Comes To Women’s Equality

“Every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” — Abbe Sparks, Socially Sparked News

As a mother to a millennial, I speak the truth when I say, “every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” I repeat, “ignorance is not bliss” but an eye opener to the evolution of a women’s role in society and the women’s movement.

I leave you with a quote I heard from Together For Girls‘ Daniela Ligiero cited from an ancient Chinese proverb.

“When Sleeping Women Wake, Mountains Move.”

Abbe is Socially Sparked ! Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01

‘This One’s For The Girls’, written by Dorothy Marcic is playing open-ended at St. Luke’s Theatre Off-Broadway in New York City. Visit their website for ticket information.


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Project NextUp HEROES April 15

HER Original Empowering Stories


HEROES is April 15 in NYC
Project NextUp’s second edition of HEROES (HER original empowering stories) is April 15 in NYC

ProjectNextUp, in partnership with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, will present the second edition of HEROES (HER Original Empowering Stories) on April 15, 2017 in New York City. HEROES brings men and women of all ages into the conversation of reshaping the narrative of leadership and success in the music and entertainment industry. Themed Against All Odds, the day will highlight the stories often untold of groundbreaking women–with the intention to strengthen and create a bolder next generation.


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       WHEN:     SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017, 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT


TICKETS:   $35.00 (Last Minute Price)



HEROES will feature talks, panels and networking as well as one-one-one professional development. Ticket holding attendees will have the opportunity to apply for a morning 1-on-1 Power Session with a speaker (first-come, first-served). Attemdees will be paired with someone who matches their interests and goals providing them an opportunity to spend quality time discussing personal goals and growth. These are specific and targeted conversations for professional development.


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In Memoriam: Al Jarreau 1941 – 2017

In Memoriam: multi-Grammy award-winner Al Jarreau died today at the age of 76.  Just days after announcing his retirement and on the day of music’s biggest night, comes a blow to his many family, friends, colleagues and fans across the globe.

In his honor, we share one the all-time favorite love songs. Thank you Al Jarreau. RIP.


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Down to the Roots Deep in Muddy Waters

Blues Guitarist Bob Margolin, – a former bandmate of the legendary Muddy Waters, © Joseph A. Rosen

We’re getting down to the roots  deep in Muddy Waters with award-winning guitarist/vocalist Bob Margolin for a crystal clear picture of the man, his music and his vision. Coming off the heels of his new album “My Road,” and receiving two Blues Blast Magazine Awards in 2016 — Best Male Blues Artist and Best Traditional Blues Album for “My Road” – it’s all bright and sunny on this legend’s Blues Highway.

Born in Boston in 1949, Bob Margolin began playing guitar at the age of 15. Influenced by Chuck Berry, he straight away started playing in local rock and blues bands. The legendary Muddy Waters hired him to join his band in 1973, where he stayed put until 1980. Margolin’s incredible journey playing with the legendary bluesman introduced him to the Chicago Blues sound and led him around the world and back — all the while honing his craft and forging a path to his own musical footprint. To learn more you can visit

Recently, I sat down with the man himself during a break from the Muddy Waters Tribute — performed by The Nighthawks featuring Bob Margolin — at New York City’s Iridium Jazz Club. Here’s what he had to say:

All About Bob: an interview by Abbe Sparks

Bob Margolin playing his Telecaster

On his favorite guitar: It’s an old Telecaster. It owns me and demands fidelity. Muddy had one; a 1957 guitar that he painted red. Always wanted one and in 1992, I found one in North Carolina that became mine in 1993.


On Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters influenced a lot of musicians, including me. We do tributes to him, but nobody can really duplicate exactly that magic or – to use, the best word, really for it – that ‘mojo’ that Muddy Waters had.


On the Muddy Waters Tribute at Iridium: I knew him well enough from being in his band and from being around him that I know he would appreciate it that people were carrying on his music and that people love to listen to it more than ever!


On his newest album: ‘My Road’ is my ride through modern challenges, the ironies and lessons of aging, achieving true love, mourning, my band’s distinctive signature sound, a childhood epiphany, my seven years in Muddy Waters’ band, and exploring the darkest sides of life with friends who have been there.” – Bob Margolin from his website’s about page.

On the song Heaven Mississippi and Terry Abrahamson from ‘My Road’originally, my good friend Terry Abrahamson wrote this song and asked me to make a demo for B.B. King to record. We realized that B.B. wouldn’t be recording anymore. I loved Terry’s song  so I re-wrote it with Terry to make sense for me and it’s on my new album.   Sadly, we realized that B.B. might not record again.  I loved Terry’s song, so I changed his lyrics to reflect my life and experiences instead of B.B.’s…


“Bob Margolin is a major part of Blues history…and the generosity with which he shares that history has energized the spirit and legacy of Muddy Waters in ways that I know would make the old man proud and humbled. I’m lucky to have a friend like Bob to share my memories of so many magical times…and even luckier to have the chance to work with him on a few more.”  — Terry Abrahamson, lyricist, photographer, director and author of In The Belly of the Blues


Bob Margolin deserves the Sunday Spotlight as a musician and lyricist that has Socially Sparked our lives as well as a musician keeping the Blues alive.  Cannot wait to see what Mr. Margolin has in store for us next. – Abbe Sparks is Socially Sparked  @sosparkednews

**This story originally ran in Socially Sparked News on 12/25/16.

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The Dazz Band Readies to ‘Let it Whip’ at Red Carpet Grammy® Kick-Off Party

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Los Angeles, January 28 — The Dazz Band featuring Jerry Bell -multi-platinum two-time Grammy® Award-winning artists – will “Let it Whip” when they perform at the Red Hot Music – Red Carpet Grammy Awards Kick-Off Party on Throwback Thursday, February 5th at LA’s famed The Conga Room – LA LIVE venue, 800 Olympic Boulevard. The event doubles as the band’s CD Release party for their new album “The Return of The Dazz Band.” Joining the music line-up will be Quinto Sol (roots, reggae, rock), El Gavachillo (banda) with Grammy Award-winning artist Wil-Dog of Osamatli. Live music followed by dancing to the spinning of deejays Mano, Manulito and Lil Caesar will complete the party night. Special guests include music artists Bobby Brown, Sheila E. and Paris Escovedo. Tickets range from VIP price of $150 to General Admission for $40. For tickets:, Phone: 213.745.0162. VIP tickets are limited.

WHAT:   Red Hot Music – Red Carpet Grammy Kick-Off Party with Multi-Platinum Grammy Award–Winning Artists


WHO:    The Dazz Band featuring Jerry Bell, with Special and Surprise Guests

  • Wil-Dog (Ozomatli) Grammy® award-winning artist
  • El Gavachillo (Bando)
  • Quinto Sol (Roots,Reggae & Ska) -‘ LA Magazine’s’ Best Latin Artist of the Year (2x)
  • MC Double GG (Host) – DJ’S Mano & Manulito




WHEN:  Thursday, February 5, 8:00PM to 2:00AM; Doors Open @ 8:00PM

Red Carpet Starts @ 8:00PM
Dinner Served From 8PM-12AM
Concert 9:30PM-11PM | Dancing Until 2AM
21 & Over with ID | 1,000 Capacity | 4 Full Bars | Coat Check | Smoking Patio


WHERE: The Conga Room ~ LA Live, 800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA



  • Cd Release Party for new album by The Dazz Band featuring Jerry Bell: “The Return of the Dazz Band”
  • Tribute to Reggae Legend Bob Marley on the anniversary of his birthday
  • Art Show By Art!TheMagazine


TICKETS: Price range from VIP for $150 to General Admission for $40.

BUY TICKETS:, Phone: 213.745.0162. VIP tickets are limited.


LINKS: id=100008048538062&fref=ts (Dazz Band Jerry)

Twitter: @TheDazzBand


#LetitWhip #dazzband #grammyweek #redhotdazzmusic #redcarpetkickoffparty #RNB #soul #funk


MEDIA INQUIRIES:              Abbe Sparks,, 224.567.9166 or

   Lynn Orman Weiss,, 847.452.6469

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The Month That Binds

Sports and Music. Kareem Abdul Jabar and Curtis Mayfield. What do they have in common?


In Any Given Month…

Cause Marketing Awareness months offer marketers and PR practitioner’s a huge business opportunity to boost sales. They have become a powerful marketing tool. Here’s how it works. Cause marketers capitalize on a designated month for their organization, brand marketers align their client’s brands with the cause’s corresponding target audiences and marketing campaigns, and, together, the aligned organizations promote the cause..

Pick a Month, Any Month

In today’s marketplace, each month has been claimed by a cause(s) and, in some cases, several weeks in each month. January has Martin Luther King’s Birthday, pushing civil rights; February is Black History Month, Presidents Day and Valentine’s Day, March has Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day, April is Autism Awareness Month and Earth Day, May’s Arthritis Month, June has LGBT Pride Month, July is UV Safety Month, August is Medic Alert Awareness Month; September is Suicide Awareness Month; October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; November has Diabetes, Parkinson’s and TBI, and December is the month of holidays.

In any given month, thousands of corporations across the country focus their marketing initiatives around Cause-Related months. Companies will promote the cause, and diversity efforts, increase their ad spend among “segmented” media, host specific Month-themed special events, and donate millions of dollars to well-deserving nonprofit and community organizations.

Marketers, companies and entertainment entities capitalize on the annual observances as in February’s Black History Month with special marketing efforts for selling products and events

Adidas and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have teamed up to release a special collection of shoes to celebrate Black History Month. Limited editions of NBA stars Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard and John Wall’s shoes – coated with inspirational quotes – pay homage to Jabbar’s career. The three superstar guards each began playing in the shoes on Martin Luther King Day. They will also be worn in select games in the month of February. Add a cause to the mix and you’re golden. Some of the proceeds from the shoes will go to Jabbar’s Skyhook Foundation.

Reginald Torian is kicking off his new revue in conjunction with Black History Month

Entertainment entities use “awareness months” to boost ticket sales as with the world premiere of Reginald Torian, Sr.’s “All Things Mayfield Revue.” Premiering January31st, the company is billing the show as a kick-off to Black History Month — a fitting tie since the lyrics of Curtis Mayfield still strongly resonatetoday as in decades past.February is just the jumpstart to marketing the show, which plans to travel to New York, Atlanta and Detroit later this year. And, in June for Black Music Month, the musical revue will be broadcast on a public radio station.

Adidas and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have teamed up to release a special collection of shoes to celebrate Black History Month.

So, remember, when focusing your brand’s or company’s marketing around an awareness month to think longer term – yes, it’s about generating a greater market share among a consumer base that is extremely brand loyal, but overall — It’s about business and what makes sense year-round in the overall marketing plan.

Have a wonderful Wednesday. – AS


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Connect the Dots – Connections Mean ROI for Event Marketers

Originally posted September 30, 2014 by RFPalooza in ABBE’S SPARKS

'ABBE'S SPARKS' by Abbe Silverberg Sparks Principal, Abbe Sparks Media Group
‘ABBE’S SPARKS’ by Abbe Silverberg Sparks
Principal, Abbe Sparks Media Group

Connect the Dots…

Get top ROI by igniting personal and professional connections: an invaluable media tool for event marketers. It’s a given that as marketing communications professionals, we are all extremely connected – after all – we are the mouthpieces to the world for our clients. One of the tools of our trade for any good integrated communications campaign is to create a special event that supports the campaign strategy and puts the exclamation point on the message.

Utilizing personal and professional connections create dynamic opportunities for maximum media exposure and word of mouth. Here are two brilliant special events that demonstrate the importance connections play in enhancing the sparks and putting that fiery burst into the campaign finale.


Event #1 – The Rochester Music Hall of Fame Awards to celebrate the 40thAnniversary of WDKX radio, one of the first urban owned and operated radio stations in the country.



Reginald Torian, SR & Kathy Sledge at the Rochester Hall of Fame AwardsThe Mission: create an event to enhance existing publicity efforts surrounding the station’s 40th anniversary. Event producer Bruce Pilato’s concept — host a Soul Legends Reunion in Rochester, NY as a tribute to WDKX Radio’s 40th anniversary and induction into the Hall of Fame — bringing together Soul and Rhythm & Blues legends who’ve been significant in shaping the sound of the 70s on the airwaves. Pilato connected with longtime associate and Grammy (NARAS) member Lynn Orman who represents Soul and R&B clients in Chicago. She connected him with one of three legends of soul: Impressions lead singer ReginaldTorian Sr., who joined Sister Sledge’s Kathy Sledge and The Stylistics Russell Thompkin.

The Hook: An All Star show stopping musical finale with all three legends performing, Sledge’s famous song “We Are Family.”

The Result: Maximum ROI- publicity efforts in Rochester and Chicago alone included multiple radio and television interviews plus a stop at WDKX Radio.


Event #2Product Placement at Special Events for Soft National Launch of Natomy Professional HairCare Products 


Natomy achieved a successful soft launch via strategic product placement at upscale events

The Event Strategy: Use his publicist’s connections with upscale elegant events to capitalize on the event attendees, potential influencers for his product line.The Mission: create word of mouth buzz for Natomy Professional HairCare Products in anticipation of its product launch. Natomy inventor and stylist Theodore Perry publicist’s advice was to sponsor and provide give-away samples at nationally prominent charity and society events in NYC and Chicago to solidify the launch plan.

The Hook: sponsor a VIP reception at NYC’s Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for East Coast Regional Premiere of a classical trio’s performance; joining fellow internationally established sponsors in the retail and beauty arena and having Natomy samples included in VIP custom-made gift boxes – arranged by publicist’s connection to the folding carton consumer product packaging company, M C Packaging, LLC

The Result: heightened awareness of Natomy by event attendees and sponsors well in advance of its launch and maximum WOM and demand for newest must-have hair product.

Connect the dots! Use connections to gain top ROI for event marketing/pr campaigns. Have a wonderful Wednesday.



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Social Drama A Day for Grace to Kick-Off National Tour in August with Doug Vincent and Sam Llanas

A Day for Grace to kick-off multi-city national tour in August

Social drama A Day for Grace to kick-off multi-city national tour in August, starring playwright Doug Vincent and rock icon Sam Llanas (formerly of BoDeans). The heartwarming story of hope and triumph over adversity, the play recounts the emotional roller-coaster true journey of a father-to-be as he chases parental shadows from his tumultuous youth in small town Virginia to find the light for his unborn child.

Sam Llanas & Doug Vincent star in A Day for Grace
Sam Llanas & Doug Vincent star in A Day for Grace

Boulder StoryHealers has confirmed that A Day for Grace (ADFG), the social drama written and performed by Doug Vincent with music by rock icon Sam Llanas (formerly of BoDeans) will kick-off its National Tour in August 2013 with stops in Berryville, VA, August 18; Denver, CO, August 29; Milwaukee, WI, September 5-8, and Chicago, IL, September 11-13, before its return to New York City’s Stage Left Studio, September 19-22. Tickets can be purchased through each venue’s website or at

Infused with humor, A Day for Grace is a heartwarming story of hope and triumph over adversity. The play recounts the emotional roller-coaster true journey of playwright Doug Vincent — a father-to-be — as he chases parental shadows from his tumultuous youth in small town Virginia to find the light for his unborn child.

Llanas shares the stage with Vincent, performing his soulful music that underscores the 10 different characters Vincent portrays and serves as the drama’s emotional touchstones and enthralling Greek Chorus. “It’s almost impossible to watch the play without marveling at the obvious synchronicity inherent in this collaboration,” says director Gary Tanin. “The unique mechanism of interplay between the songs and monologue is mesmerizing.”

The synergistic collaboration between Vincent and Llanas came about when Vincent, who had already written the play, sought out Llanas to discuss writing music for the work. Serendipitously, the two discovered that nearly every song from Llanas’ 1998 solo album ‘A Good Day to Die’ perfectly mirrored each scene in the play. The haunting music was exactly what was needed for an intricately woven tale that shifts back and forth between present day events and ghosts of the past.

The play unfolds when unforeseen complications during his daughter’s birth propel Vincent’s emotions to pour out of him as he confronts the demons of his youth: from little league angst and campfire stories to the dysfunctional family dynamic and the relationship with his alcoholic and suicidal father.

Ten years in the making, Vincent was able to complete the play only after the birth of his daughter, Grace. The play served as a way for Vincent to find healing after his own father’s suicide. Llanas wrote the songs to ‘A Good Day to Die’ 14 years earlier after the suicide of his brother. Coincidentally, every person involved with the production has lost a family member to suicide.

Bravely and compassionately, A Day for Grace touches on many contemporary social issues –- bullying, alcoholism, addiction, dysfunctional families and mental illness — all proven risk factors that can lead to suicide.

“It is the hope that A Day for Grace and its message of hope, healing and triumph over adversity can continue to be shared with the widest audience possible,” Vincent says.

A Day for Grace had its initial limited engagement run in 2012, where it played to sold-out audiences in Boulder, Denver, Chicago and New York City with rave reviews.

This fall, with multiple performance weeks scheduled in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York plus a producers showcase, a re-tooled A Day for Grace is primed to take Vincent and Llanas’ message of hope to the national stage.

National Tour 2013

Berryville, VA – August 18th at The Barns of Rose Hill
Denver, CO – August 29th at Avenue Theatre
Milwaukee, WI – September 5-8th at Next Act Theatre
Chicago, IL – September 11-13th at Stage 773
New York City, NY – September 19-22 at Stage Left Studio


Produced by Boulder StoryHealers, a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, a nonprofit charity under Section 501(c)3, ‘A Day for Grace’ was developed at Stage Left Studio in New York City. Boulder StoryHealers conducts monologue workshops for people affected by trauma, illness, and adversity, and helps them write, perform and share their stories with live audiences.