BURLINGAME, Calif. (Top40 Charts / CarWoo! Official Website)
CarWoo!, presenting sponsor for the Ferrari Owners Group Road Rally from San Francisco to Los Angeles announces that Dartanyan Brown, recently inducted into Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will perform at the Rally Launch Party on September
22. Jamie Davis, who Clint Eastwood
has described as his favorite jazz vocalist, will perform at the Rally Banquet on September
24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. All proceeds from the rally and its associated events are being donated to San Francisco based charity, Opportunity Impact.
Dartanyan's career in music defies boundaries. He is a recent inductee into the Central Iowa Blues Society's revered Hall of Fame, while jazz bible Downbeat Magazine, as early as 1974 noted him as "one of the few electric bassists in jazz exploring the melodic possibilities of his axe." While he has been a thrilling performer onstage, his work in the classroom has been inspirational to the hundreds of students he has worked with over the last 15 years.
Following Davis' outstanding performance in London with the BBC's sixty-four piece Orchestra and Big Band, Sir Michael Parkinson, the BBC's arbiter of important international jazz proclaimed, Jamie as the "chocolate voiced baritone". Clint Eastwood
is another fan of Jamie and inspired by his performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival, exclaimed "...Jamie Davis is one of my favorite singers." Sharing his passion for music with his audiences at venues around the Globe, Jamie performs at Yoshi's in San Francisco, Dizzy's and The Blue Note in New York, Milan, Tokyo, Istanbul and Ronnie Scott's in London and recently the Union of Composers Jazz Club, Moscow. Monterey, Sacramento, Aspen, Lake Tahoe, Dubai, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Annecy and Serbia Jazz festivals and not forgetting the popular Holland America Jazz cruises.
The rally festivities begin with a Launch Party at Ferrari of San Francisco on Thursday
22 at 6 PM. In addition to Dartanyan Brown, the 50 rally Ferraris will be on display and the drivers will be in attendance including Virginia Bamford, the only female driver in the rally. She is driving a very rare 2011 White 458 Italia with carbon fiber rocker panels and other custom accents rarely seen on Ferraris. Virginia has a personal straight line racing record at the Salt Flats of 196 miles per hour in her Lamborghini Super Vellacio.
Premier wineries including Hall, Rubicon, Boisset-Raymond, Viansa, Spring
Mountain and Penfolds will be serving their fine wines. Heavy appetizers will be served as well. Attendance is expected to be around 500 guests, including other local celebrities and luminaries. Tickets are still available for $100 each and may be obtained on the FOG Rally website (http://www.fogrally.com/register.)
The rally itself kicks off on Friday morning, September
23, precisely at 9:30 AM following a launch breakfast at Piazza D'Angelo Restaurant in Mill Valley. Drivers and their cars will be available from 7:30 AM. Emily LoSavio, Executive Director
for Opportunity Impact will also be present.
At 9:30 AM the California Highway Patrol will escort the Ferrari caravan across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Cars and drivers will arrive for the night at the Mar Monte Hotel in Santa
Barbarabetween 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
After making their way into Los Angeles, drivers, guests and friends will gather at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel at 6:00 PM for cocktails, a charity auction, fund raising awards, a banquet and live entertainment, including Jamie Davis. One "item" being auctioned is a dinner prepared in your home by for up to ten people by Chef Dominique Chen (also attending the Launch Party) who has been Michelin starred in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and is an Iron Chef Winner. Tickets for this event are $250 per person and can also be obtained on the FOG Rally website.
In preparation for the rally, there will be a logo "wrap party" taking place at T & R Automotive on California Street in San Francisco on Sunday, September
11. The cars will be arriving starting at 9:00 AM, in shifts, to have the sponsor logos strategically and identically applied to each one. There is a planned lunch break for the drivers, and the second "shift" begins at 1:00, with the day tentatively slated to end around 4:00 PM.
Additional details on the rally, including the route and driver information and on Opportunity Impact can be found on the Fog Rally website or on the CarWoo! Chronicle.