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In The Mix 11/07/2013

In The Mix 11/07/2013

Party with a Purpose …

One of the hottest events of the year was the sold out 26th Annual Steppin’ Out for The Dimock Center fundraiser held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel on Nov. 2. It was a magical evening filled with music, mingling and dancing, as the nearly 1,000 guests from the worlds of business, the arts and politics collided in support of The Dimock Center.

Ron Isley of The Isley Brothers on stage at the annual Steppin’ Out for The Dimock Center fundraiser on Nov. 2. (Marilyn Humphries photos)

The evening kicked off with a VIP reception, a silent auction, and jazz music by the David Ehle Trio. Guests were serenaded by rising stars, vocalist Marcela Cruz, R&B singer Ederson and singer/songwriter and poet Offiong Bassey, as they scouted the room for friends and placed bids on silent auction items. And, there were definitely some great items up for grabs from the Carmel leather handbag by Kooba and the John Hardy gold and silver oval bracelet to the Diane von Furstenberg Fig/Black Rabbit Fur Snood.

Two of the fashion trends of the night on the women were lace dresses (mostly in black), and jewel-toned evening wear in vibrant shades of red, purple, and blue. And, let’s not forget the men who looked debonair and very “GQ” in their tuxes and suits. Everyone shone so brightly both figuratively and literally as flashes of cameras and camera phones lit up the red carpet.

One of the best parts of the gala was the performance by headliners and R&B icons The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald & Ernie Isley. They rocked the house and got the roomful of guests up on their feet and dancing to some of their classic songs like “Voyage to Atlantis,” “Twist & Shout,” and “Between the Sheets.”

The 26th Anniversary of Steppin’ Out for The Dimock Center took place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel with almost 1,000 guests in attendance. The Dimock Center’s annual fundraiser featured live musical performances from The Isley Brothers, The Family Stone, Kid Capri, Manolo Mairena & Curubande along with a Community Artists Showcase featuring Marcela Cruz, Offiong Bassey and Ederson. Attendees in the American Ballroom “twist and shout” during The Isley Brothers performance.

Later that night, The Family Stone took to the stage and wowed the crowd with their performance and DJ Kid Capri capped off the evening spinning hip hop, reggae and R&B. As the evening gave way to morning, the crowd still showed they weren’t ready for the night to end when Kid Capri spun B.B.D.’s “Poison” and the crowd jammed on the dance floor. It was a night of “steppin’ out” indeed!

Coming Up in Boston….

“Mastermind Tour” starring hip hop artist Rick Ross lands at the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50 in advance.

The Sinclair presents the incomparable Macy Gray on Friday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. The event is 18 and over. Tickets: $40 in advance/$45 day of show.

Also on Friday, comedian George Lopez will perform two shows at The Wilbur at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Denis Leary presents his annual fundraiser Comics Come Home 19 at the Agganis Arena on Saturday, Nov. 16 featuring comedians Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Robert Kelly, Gary Gulman and more. Show time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40, $65 and $125.

On Sunday, Nov. 17 it’s “The Yeezus Tour” with headliner Kanye West and special guest Kendrick Lamar at the TD Garden. Show time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $39.50 to $199.50.

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