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Norman Connors LIVE in Pittsburgh for New Year's Eve!

Event Details

Norman Connors LIVE in Pittsburgh for New Year's Eve!

Time: December 31, 2009 at 6pm to January 1, 2010 at 2am
Location: Four Wood Grill in Squirrel Hill
Street: 5840 Forward Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Phone: (412) 241-5619
Event Type: new, year's, eve, party
Organized By: Craig Dawson
Latest Activity: Jan 1, 2010

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Event Description

The term “classic” gets bandied about quite a bit, but certainly, in the case of multi-platinum producer/drummer/jazz artist Norman Connors, it is more than warranted. Connors, a talented musician in his own right, has knack for nurturing and producing phenomenally gifted singers like Michael Henderson, Jean Carne and the late Phyllis Hyman and creating a slew of “quiet storm” classics such as “Your Are My Starship,” “Valentine Love,” and “This Is Your Life.”

Connors will perform those timeless hits along with songs from his latest CD , “Star Power” and his jazz offerings when he hits the stage New Year’s Eve at the Four Wood Grill in Squirrel Hill. As usual, he will be bringing super talented vocalists, including Pittsburgh’s own, Antoinette, who sang on “Star Power” and Chicago native Danny Boy. Also on the bill, are Pittsburgh natives, Winston and Chaz Carter aka brother2brother.

Tickets are priced at $99 per couple and $75 per person and include a lavish buffet provided by Four Wood Grilles' Chef, a champagne toast and live entertainment. Doors open at 6pm with performances starting shortly after and the main show with Norman Connors starts immediately after the countdown and continues until 2am.

Four Wood Grill boasts American cuisine with an emphasis on hardwood grilling and seats 130 diners at cloth-covered tables and booths. Four Wood Grill is located at 5840 Forward Avenue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh.

For more information, please call (412) 241-5619 or (412) 422-5027.

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Comment by Mark Leonard on January 1, 2010 at 8:04am
Overall, the show was pretty good, it was great to see Norman Conners perform again. However, for $99 I was shocked to find out that I had to use PLASTIC FORKS! Secondly, the ad for the show specifically stated "lavish buffet with champagne toast, however I was to by the owner and some other dude connected with the function that there was no mention of champagne toast. Instead, the barmaids tried to tell me that I had to BUY a bottle of champagne for my toast....I could have spend my $99 somewhere else and wish I had! That will be my last time at the 4 Wood Grill.....

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