By Erika F. Washington
After a week of record breaking temperatures, Saturday’s forecast calls for a cool breeze and sweet sounds of R&B, at least after 9:00 p.m. at Mandalay Bay’s Moorea Beach.
Uptown Magazine is presenting its second annual Uptown Vegas Weekend with neo-soul headliner Marsha Ambrosius and R&B songstress Tamia. This year, they have also teamed up with BlackVegas.com and Moore Global Group to kick off a whole weekend of events.
Last year, Ledisi, Melanie Fiona and Timothy Bloom rocked the stage to a sold out crowd on the very same beach.
“We have less than 100 tickets left. This is going to be a really great event… there are some exciting things going on in Las Vegas for us right now that people shouldn’t miss out on,” said Devin Moore of Moore Global Group.
The private and sophisticated venue is the perfect spot for an intimate R&B concert. And according to Uptown’s website, they’re expecting more than “1,000 tastemakers to this weekend’s events,” which include golf, lunch and a cocktail reception at Desert Pines Golf Course.
Once a part of the neo-soul duo Floetry, Ambrosius released her first solo project in 2011 entitled “Late Nights and Early Mornings.” The single “Far Away” reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard chart. She also wrote the hit “Butterflies” for the late “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson.
Ambrosius was most recently nominated for Best Female R&B Artist during the 2012 BET Awards held earlier this month.
Tamia spoke in an exclusive interview.
The four-time Grammy award winner has taken the last five or so years off to raise her family and concentrate on other things, including her husband of 13 years, Phoenix Suns player Grant Hill, and their charitable venture, The Grant and Tamia Hill Foundation.
“We started the foundation a year after we were married,” said Tamia. “We concentrate on charities involving children.” The foundation has helped numerous children with the basic necessities such as backpacks, food and clothing, as well as scholarships.
The couple also works jointly on the National Make-A-Wish advisory foundation serving children with terminal illnesses who want to live out their final dream.
Her new music video for her single “Beautiful Surprise” also co-stars her husband.
“After twelve years of marriage, he finally made it into one of my videos,” she chuckled. “I told him, ‘This is your chance, boo.’ I had a lot of fun writing and putting this album together,” she continued.
The album will be available August 28,” said Tamia. Finding time to write, perform and raise children while being a supportive wife can be a juggling act, but “the summer is great time for us.” She added, “The kids are out of school, so I can tour and really connect with my fans.”
Las Vegas is a relatively untapped market for her when it comes to live performances, but she has been here for pleasure and says she loves it.
“I love that Las Vegas never sleeps, she says. You can say let’s go do this or that and still have options at 4:00 a.m. to do something else,” she laughs.
A limited supply of tickets are still available on ticketmaster.com. Moorea Beach is located inside Mandalay Bay Resort at 3950 Las Vegas Blvd South on The Strip. Concert begins at 9:00 p.m.