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Some fun info regarding the "Let The Sunshine In" Benefit in today's Leah Garchik column!!!!
Narada Michael Walden, the musician and music producer whose Memorial Day concert at Davies Symphony Hall will benefit his own foundation, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Christopher Rodriguez, the Oakland boy shot while he played the piano, doesn't ask for things by telephone or e-mail.

So he flew to Italy to see Sting in person to persuade him to lead the roster of entertainers, which would eventually include Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Mary Wilson, Earl Klugh, David Grisman, Bobby Weir, just-added Frederica von Stade and several surprises. Sting said yes and Walden flew back, simple as that.

Memorial Day was the only day most performers had free. But because it's a holiday, organizers have to pay union help twice their usual fees. Walden is hoping to sell out Davies, which has 2,800 seats; ticket prices range from $75 to $250, the high ones coming with the chance - think rock-show-like laminated passes at Davies Hall - to hobnob with the stars of the show in the Wattis Room during intermission and afterward.

The first half of the show - which will be a show, and not just a series of separately gigging artists - is black tie, but after intermission, the affair becomes '60s-oriented; think tie-dye and flowers in your hair. If you don't bring a change of clothing, you could at least bring a change of makeup. "I want all the women to feel like it's the Oscars, the Grammys, glamorous," Walden says.

To the guys: "Make sure your shoes are shined. I'll be checking." Michigan-born Walden's a spiritual sort of guy, but he's been a working musician for more than 35 years and his Rolodex bulges with big-time names. But he's never before produced a similar concert here, which has been his dream. Sting's yes was the first tipped domino. "People love Sting, and everything fell into place. You get a cat like that and it's all great."

Just Nine months away- Ratdog daze I was worth every cent!

Grand Lido, Negril Jamaica*
2nd Annual RatDog Daze
January 23 – February 1, 2010 - 2 FULL Weekends of Fun!!

3 Packages Available!!
Package 1 = Jan 23 – Jan 27, 2010
Package 2 = Jan 28 – Feb 1, 2010
Package 3 = Jan 23 – Feb 1, 2010 (all 9-nights!)

EACH Weekend Package Includes:
• Room
• Non-Motorized Water Sports
• Transfers to and from Montego Bay Airport
• Scuba Diving
• All beverages (including top shelf liquor)
• Welcome Cocktail Reception
• All Meals
• Various Activities
• Room Service (Suite categories only)
• Gratuities
• Taxes
• TWO 2 ½ - 3 hour RatDog Concerts!!
• Two CD's, one from each of the 2 full band concerts (mailed out after the event directly by the band)

Airfare is NOT included. Rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
(Single rate is 200% of the package price)

9-Nights from $3,328 per person
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For all rate categories, payment plan options, deadline dates, and cancellation penalties.

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