Thursday, October 6, 2011

Don’t Miss E. Clayton West at Tin Angel: Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 PM

This one goes out to the fans of Clayton West (watch for his new website at www.eclaytonwest.com) who will be headlining at Tin Angel Acoustic Cafe, on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 PM.

Each of us who know and love the music of Clayton West share two common passions: (1) We are all dedicated believers in the rare and unique talent that Clayton possesses as a songwriter and performer, and (2) We all desire to see him achieve the recognition and success that he so greatly deserves.

He makes us laugh, he makes us cry and, most importantly, he makes us FEEL. Every song performed is a renaissance of the emotion that goes into crafting a melodic sculpture. Happy or sad, poised or outrageous, fact or fiction, Clayton West is a consummate perfectionist who flawlessly delivers with truth and honesty.

The personal history between myself and Clayton West, Philadelphia’s home-grown musical jewel, goes back nearly 40 years to when we spent our days at Beefsteak Charlie’s and Steak & Ale. We have come a long way from teenagers merely contemplating our places in society to experiencing silenced crowds mesmerized by Clayton’s renditions of “All Because of You,” “Destiny” and “Starry Eyes.”

I remember Clayton’s early performances with an out-of-tune backline piano and collection of harmonicas when he surprised newcomers who didn’t expect a combination of gentle music with wild theatrics. His first impression presented a crazy-eyed, long-haired rocker, but he owned the stage with the presence of a passionate, talented musician.
About 35 years later, Clayton West still has unfinished business as a performer. I feel fortunate to be in position as President of Slate Entertainment Group to present Clayton West on stage for new audiences as well as fans who have come out to see him over the years. The voice, melodies, lyrics and antics of this entertainment giant are sweeter, fuller, more relevant and more entertaining than ever!

Come out and support Clayton! Bring your friends and loved ones and help us fill the small intimate room of Tin Angel with love. The evening will be memorialized in hi-definition video and digitally recorded for incorporation into Clayton's forthcoming studio CD for later distribution. 

Tin Angel has a warm ambiance and a unique, magical setting that welcomes countless rising stars, national touring acts and legendary performers. On Saturday, October 29, the stage belongs to E. Clayton West!
Joining Clayton on October 29 will be rising country star Mary Selvidge in a rare solo appearance. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this multi-award winner up close in Tin Angel’s intimate setting!

Check our website for upcoming performances presented by Slate Entertainment Group at http://www.slate-entertainment.com.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lee Babitt’s Renovations at the Count Basie Theatre Approach Three Year Anniversary

Three years ago, I was fortunate to serve as the Project Manager for an extensive historic restoration project at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. When I arrived at the theater for the first time after signing on to the project pro bono, I immediately felt how special the place was to the community.
It was a privilege to work on this project and to be a part of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation’s longtime and continued mission to provide cultural enrichment and education through the performing arts as was acknowledged by the New York Times and rewarded with the prestigious "NJ Historic Preservation Award".
Construction for the renovation project was completed in about 3 ½ months, which was 1 ½ months ahead of schedule.  Under a magnificent new, historically-appropriate chandelier and starburst dome ceiling that illuminates the room, we celebrated the Grand Reopening in 2008 with a reopening performance by Bobby Bandiera & the Jersey Shore Rock N Soul Revue and a ceremonial grand affair with Count Basie Theatre Foundation honorary chairperson, Tony Bennett.  Projects like the Count Basie Theatre Grand Reopening stand out above all others, however, my true passion in the construction industry is working with healthcare professionals to design and create dental offices and medical imaging facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Florida with Slate Medical & Dental Construction Services.
Over the years, the Count Basie Theatre has welcomed a variety of multicultural performers, including musicians Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Elvis Costello and ZZ Top, and comedians George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg and Ron White.
October 30, 2011 marks three years since the Grand Reopening of the Count Basie Theatre. Please join me for an anniversary event will be marked with a performance by the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra.
Visit http://www.countbasietheatre.org/ for updated events and information about the Count Basie Theatre.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lee Babitt’s Slate Entertainment Group Presents Sold Out Summer Show at Tin Angel

On Wednesday, August 17, Slate Entertainment Group presented three outstanding performers in a sold out show at Tin Angel Acoustic Café in Old City, Philadelphia. Slate Entertainment Group’s headliners included The Mary Selvidge Band, Clayton West and Matt Portella, who delivered wildly entertaining performances at the acoustic café in Philadelphia.
We were thrilled that both guests and musicians enjoyed their night. Rising country star Mary Selvidge and returning favorites Clayton West and Matt Portella received enthusiastic ovations from the crowd throughout the show.
Slate Entertainment Group regularly promotes shows in Philadelphia, as well as New York City and Fort Lauderdale. We’d love to see you at our next concert!
Visit http://www.slate-entertainment.com/ for Slate Entertainment Group contact information or to get in touch with Lee Babitt, President.