Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - September 21, 2012

Black & White Ball is back

Biennial benefit has a Vegas theme this year

It's Vegas, baby, for Palo Alto's Black & White Ball.

This year's benefit event will have a Vintage Las Vegas theme, which means the revelers dressed in black and white will have blackjack tables, a poker room and a roulette wheel to go with their live music and dancing. Singer and Dean Martin impersonator Matt Helm is scheduled to perform, along with Johnny Fab, who croons numbers from the Great American Songbook.

The party is planned from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Lucie Stern Community Center. It happens every other year and usually attracts about a thousand attendees, organizers said. Proceeds go to Palo Alto schools and community groups such as the Palo Alto Library Foundation, Partners in Education (PiE) and Youth Community Service (YCS).

Other musicians booked for the ball are: Foreverland, a 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band; the funk, soul and neo-hip hop group BASSment; party band The Fabulous Hummerz; and R&B/rock group God's Gravy. Various area restaurants, wineries and breweries including Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Pampas Palo Alto and Macarthur Park provide food and drink along with a no-host bar.

Tickets are $150 — or $100 for guests ages 35 and under. Groups of 10 or more can also get $100 tickets when buying at the same time.

For more information, go to thepaloaltoblackandwhiteball.org or call 650-463-4900.

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