It's hard to say whether anything could top last year's Glamorama double bill of Cyndi Lauper and MC Hammer (which was random, old school, and ultimately a spectacular show), but that won't stop this Macy's charity event from trying to outdo itself once again. At the very least, this year's lineup is more eclectic; classy R&B crooner Ne-Yo will headline, with American Juniors (an off-shoot of American Idol) finalist and Babyface collaborator Kristinia DeBarge opening. And to top things off, local jazz trio the New Standards (featuring the Suburbs' Chan Poling and Semisonic's John Munson), will warm up the crowd with their unique covers of contemporary songs, from Nirvana to OutKast to the Clash. The show will feature fashion from some of Macy's top designers (Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier), a glittery after-party, and a bevy of cocktails and appetizers for attendees. The ticket prices are steep, but the money goes toward a good cause—funds raised at the Minneapolis version of this event will benefit the Children's Cancer Research Fund.
Fri., Aug. 14, 8 p.m., 2009