“Gary Racan & the studio-e Band are the hottest, danciest sound in town! They tear the place apart with a style and musicianship that’s all too rare in this town!”
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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Pointe in Time Ball
A rosy glow filled the Westin Convention Center ballroom Saturday, causing the nearly 400 guests to gush "c'est manifique" as they arrived for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Pointe in Time Ball. The theme was "A Parisian Cabaret," and the spectacular dinner would have made Julia Child proud. Everything was perfection and that was before the spirited crowd filled the dance floor with music from Gary Racan and the studio-e band...
Then it was dancing to the irresistible Gary Racan and the studio e band, as much a Vegas floorshow as a tip-top dance band...
JDRF's Rainbow Ball Brings Out The Crowd
Absolutely. Amazing. It was hard to tell which aspect of JDRF's Rainbow Ball could take the most credit for seeing to it that Saturday's black-tie blow-out brought every standard operating procedure down to its knees in favor of an unforgettable evening from start to finish.
Where to begin? Bonnie Walker of Bonnie Walker Events waved her creative wand across the ballroom of the Westin in collaboration with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to transform the space into a jaw-dropping ambiance befitting of JDRF's 20th anniversary.
And leave it to Gary Racan and the studio-e band to officially kick things into high gear, literally rocking the shoes off of a dozen or so revelers who were bare footed on the dance floor before dinner had even been served for the likes...
SEEN: 10 Best Parties of 2011
Point Park University "The Playhouse Rocks Starmakers"
The 75-year history of the Pittsburgh Playhouse was celebrated during the benefit for Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. More than 400 guests turned out for the gala at Stage AE, which featured Gary Racan and the studio e Band and terrific performances by the conservatory students. Honored were Richard Rauh and actress Shirley Jones, who called the Pittsburgh Playhouse "my alma mater of 60 years...
Marylynn Uricchio and Patricia Sheridan
Diamond Horseshoe Ball
One word from the Pittsburgh Opera's special events manager Samuel Badger and all of the last-minute behind-the-scenes mayhem in the grand ballroom of the Fairmont Pittsburgh came to an immediate halt as the curtain officially rose on the 57th annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball on Saturday evening. "I needed elegant but crazy," explained Bill Chisnell of his ooh-la-la centerpieces; tall, sterling-silver candelabra dripping with crystals and adorned with ridiculously lush roses, hydrangeas and a whimsical plume or two.
Meanwhile, not a chance that dinner was going to start on time with Gary Racan & the studio-e band taking the stage, whose only problem (if you would even call it that) was in no way, shape, or form being able to coax people off of the dance floor once they've been enticed onto it." I was very impressed with your dancing skills!" commented Music Director Antony Walker to the crowd.
“Gary Racan & the studio-e Band is the best dance band in town! Old, new, fast, slow – they play it all and span the decades seamlessly. They are 5 bands in one – hugely talented, highly energetic – they are the life of the party!”
SEEN column / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Opera hosts Auld Lang Syne III Celebration
Following cocktail hour, Gary Racan and the studio-e band instantly transformed the dance floor from empty to elbow-room only as 220 VIPs enjoyed a multi-course dinner was served to perfection...
Ball of the Wild
Maecenas XXIV With its "Wild About Opera" African theme, the jungle drums could even be heard outside the Benedum Center while guests dined and danced to Gary Racan and the studio e band.
The Cinderella Ball Introduces 21 Debs to Society
After a sumptuous dinner perfectly executed by the attentive wait staff, tables cleared out in a flash as Gary Racan and the studio-e band kept the dance floor at capacity until the stroke of midnight...
LHAS How Sweet It Is!
Oh what a night! With smashing philanthropist Athena Sarris (bedecked in enough bling-bling to light up the Cultural District) and her family as top honorees, it was a sure bet that the Ladies Hospital Aid Society’s luscious soiree would be dipped in chocolate!
A-list pied pipers, Gary Racan and his sizzling studio e band, blew open the ballroom doors and had the crowd dancing their slippers off all night long...
Ladies Hospital Aid Society
Ladies Hospital Aid Society Gala
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," Humphrey Bogart said in "Casablanca." Many of the 400 guests at the Ladies Hospital Aid Society Gala felt the same way.
"Here's Looking at You, Kid" took its Moroccan theme from the movie, but its heart came from recognizing the accomplishments of the pediatric plastic surgery department at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. A check for $150,000 was presented to its director, Dr. Joseph Losee, and longtime Children's board member Hoddy Hanna and his wife, Mary Anne, served as honorary chairs for the evening.
But the other business of the night was fun, and it began the moment the doors opened into the Westin Convention Center ballroom. Bonnie Walker Events had converted the cavernous space into a glowing confection, tenting the room in pink silk and filling it with birdcages, towering florals and Moroccan-style vases.
The fab Gary Racan and the studio e band played almost nonstop for a crowd that was clearly ready to party after a long hot summer. When dinner finally arrived, it was delicious, from the mango Stilton salad to the blue cheese-encrusted filet mignon and a vanilla creme brulee.
Ladies Aid Society
Pittsburgh Ballet Gala
By celebrating its 40th Anniversary, this event reached maturity...with party pro Bonnie Walker and Gary Racan and the studio-e band with its irristable music where the crowd refused to stay seated!
The Cinderella Ball held at the Omni William Penn
Fairy tales really do come true -- with hard work, much planning and a dose of good luck. A magical setting in the Omni William Penn ballroom created some enchanted evening on Saturday for the 21 debutantes. The ballroom has never looked prettier, and the excitement and energy were palpable as a vocal crowd cheered last year's Cinderella and Prince. When Gary Racan and the Studio-e Band took over after dinner with their irresistible repertoire, the dance floor swelled with all the guests who joined the debutantes...
Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation
"Bus money" took on a whole new meaning at the Jerome Bettis Caring for Kids Event. The former Pittsburgh Steelers great and 400 friends joined forces to raise $200,000 for The Bus Stops Here Foundation. Gary Racan and the Studio-e Band enticed this tony crowd to the dance floor."
The Maecenas Gala Honors Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife Susan
The Orient Express took off on time as Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife Susan were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pittsburgh Opera during the XXVIII Maecenas Gala, which took the Orient Express as its theme. After dinner it was time for Gary Racan and the studio-e Band, who know better than anyone how to pack a dance floor...
The Perfect Gift
The Fairmont saw its share of bold names making their way into the ballroom on Saturday as more than 300 guests were lured into position by the musical hypnosis of Gary Racan and the studio-e band. The Gifting Gala raised a record-breaking $150K. Proceeds will benefit the Family Assistance Program, which ensures that patients awaiting treatment, and their families, have a comfortable and affordable place to stay...
SEEN: Auld Lang Syne III
Luscious lace was the fashion statement of the night during Auld Lang Syne III: Vienna in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Opera's New Year's Eve Gala and Concert Saturday.
A lively cocktail party on the balcony quickly moved to the music hall foyer when Gary Racan and the studio e band kicked into high gear...
Pointe in Time Ball, Omni William Penn
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre took a Journey to Neverland Saturday for its 26th annual Pointe in Time ball. The gala at the Omni William Penn was one of its most elegant and profitable in years.
Gary Racan and the studio e band kept the dance floor packed with an energetic crowd that included PBT executive director Harris Ferris with Janet, artistic director Terrence Orr with his wife, ballet mistress Marianna Tcherkassky, board chair Shelley and Jim Taylor, Colleen and Denny Travis, Mary Anne and Hoddy Hanna, Colleen and David O'Brien, Cindy and Murry Gerber...
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