Kevin Richardson, a former member of the Backstreet Boys, and Rob Gonzalez have teamed up to perform a spectacular holiday benefit concert for the Angeles Clinic Foundation. The upcoming benefit concert, “Home For The Holidays-A Concert to Benefit the Angeles Clinic” will take place at the Montage Beverly Hills on Sunday, December 18, 2011. Rob Gonzalez and Kevin Richardson took time out of their busy schedule today in order to talk to me a little bit more about this amazing event and the great work of the Angeles Clinic Foundation.
Cathy: How did you both become involved with the Angeles Clinic Foundation?
Rob: I am the house performer at the Montage Beverly Hills, and it was there that I met Farrah Fawcett’s doctor, Dr. Piro. He is the CEO of the Angeles Clinic. . . I had an idea about holding a benefit concert and emailed him. I had read about the Angeles Clinic Foundation and thought it was perfect.
Kevin and I were hanging out and singing. We discovered we had a similar style. I was impressed with Kevin’s voice and asked him to join my band and I at the Montage Beverly Hills.
Cathy: Is this the first time you and Kevin will be performing live in front of an audience?
Rob: No, we first performed together at the Montage Beverly Hills in front of about 50-60 people.
Cathy: So I hear that the concert will be a throwback to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra’s music from the 1960’s. Was it difficult to step back in time and learn that style of music?
Rob: We both have a diverse palette artistically and a common interest in the Rat Pack era. . .the great American era. The songs are very close to him. We were jamming together and Kevin did songs from that era.
Kevin: I am a huge fan of Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra . . . because of my Father. He played their music every year through the holiday season until New Years. The music feels good, feels authentic. I am looking forward to performing it.
When I was in “Chicago” the musical, I played Dean Martin’s music in my dressing room. It was my inspiration for playing Billy Flynn.
Cathy: Are you bringing in additional musicians for the benefit concert?
Rob: Yes, we are bringing in a lot of additional musicians. A jazz guitar, three horns, six strings, one keyboard, and two female vocalists. We also have Tara Hughes “Sexy Santa Helpers Dance Troop.” Kevin does a dance with them.
Cathy: Can fans expect any future collaboration from you both?
Rob: Yes, we plan to make this concert an annual event. We are both working on our albums too. Kevin has his first solo album coming out and I am working on my third.
Rob Gonzalez and Kevin Richardson will be performing live in their first annual “Home For The Holidays-A Concert to Benefit the Angeles Clinic” on Sunday, December 18, 2011. Tickets are on sale through showclix.com/event/homefortheholidays. VIP tickets are $245 and general admission is $95.
*Special THANK YOU to Rob Gonzalez and Kevin Richardson for taking time out of their busy schedule to speak with me about this amazing cause and event.
To learn more about The Angeles Clinic, please visit theangelesclinic.org [Source]