Prepping for Gala2015 – Ms. Patti LaBelle

Here’s how we get excited to hear a legendary R&B singer at the Zoellner Arts Center.

Step 1 – set hair appointments (if needed)
Step 2 – consider a fancy wrap or shawl to prep for chilly temps between the valet parking and the receiving line. Once inside, you’ll be confortable.
Mac&CheeseStep 3 – consider making Patti LaBelle’s Mac & Cheese. (Did you know she has a cooking show?) You can read about how she “cooks her face off” in this Rolling Stone Magazine article. Even our local food blogger, Michelle Rittler says this one’s a winner!
Step 4 – learn interesting facts about Patti Labelle. She was born and raised in Philadelphia. She has her own line of BBQ sauce. She’s involved with charity work, too. On Monday, October 19, the Empire State Building will honor Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research by shining its world-famous tower lights in red and purple to celebrate Angel Ball 2015.  Patti LaBelle and Denise Rich will “flip the switch” for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and light the world-famous Empire State Building’s tower lights in red and purple in honor of Angel Ball 2015 at 12pm on Monday. (Benefits blood cancer research)

Step 5 – review Patti LaBelle’s greatest hits.

Lady Marmalade – check out the artistic vision in this vintage video:

need the lyrics?

Hey Sister, Go Sister, Soul Sister, Go Sister [x2]
He met Marmalade down in Old New Orleans
Struttin’ her stuff on the street
She said ‘Hello,
Hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?
‘Mmm Hmmm Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da [? ]
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya
Here [? ]
Mocca chocolata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
He savored her cool
While she freshed up
That boy drank all that magnolia wine
On the black satin sheets where
He started to freak
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Here
Mocca chocalata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Heh, Heh, Hehhhh
Seeing her skin feeling silky smooth
Colour of cafe au lait
Made the savage beast inside
Roaring till it cried More, More, More
Now he’s at home doing 9 to 5
Living his brave life of lies
But when he turns off to sleep
All memories keep More, More, More
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da Da
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya here
Mocca chocolata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous couchez avec moi ce soir?
Creole Lady Marmalade

Somebody Loves You Baby

If You Asked Me To (again, more vintage hair!)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Yo Mister

The Right Kinda Lover

On My Own (featuring Michael McDonald)

A New Attitude (1984 styling. OMG, that hair! Those nails! DIVA Delicious!)

Finally… Ms. Patti appeared on season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. What an entertainer!

WHY go through all this preparation? Because Ms. LaBelle (and any artist, for that matter) wants an audience to get into their show. Singing along (but not too loud to draw attention away from the performance) is OK. Delighting in how the artist stylizes her most popular tunes and showing facial appreciation is another way to draw out an even BETTER performance.

Live art is something truly special. Seeing a legend is an extraordinary experience – have as much fun prepping for this concert as we are!

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    • No worries. We found a cocktail called “Lady Marmalade” at The Social Still. How convenient!


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