Sunday, May 19, 2024

Musical Chairs: Tim McGraw Coming to New York for Charity Concert & Gala, Record Industry’s TJ Martell Foundation Raises $1.3 Mil for Cancer Research


We don’t see country superstar Tim McGraw in New York that often.

But he’ll be here September 28th for concert and gala benefiting the City Parks Foundation. The evening is also honoring I Heart Media’s Tom Poleman and Devon Eisenberg, of the Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx.

Even if you don’t pay — and you should — you’ll be able to hear Tim all over the park if you stand in the right spot (but it won’t be as good as hearing him up close). He’s playing at SummerStage in Central Park. McGraw will perform an exclusive set following the dinner and awards ceremony, which will be held at the flagship Central Park venue.

Tables and tickets for the evening, including the dinner and concert, are now available for purchase. For more information, visit

Music is in the air in New York, especially for charity.

Recently, my old friend Tom Corson, head of Warner Bros, Records, was honored by the TJ Martell Foundation here in New York. The late great Tony Martell started this cancer research foundation after his son died many years ago. Tony is gone now, too, but I can heap praise on his memory. He turned a terrible loss into something very positive and productive.

The evening featured special performances by three very hot Warner Music acts: Omar Apollo, Coco Jones and Brandy Clark, which got the audience’s juices going. Presenters included “Sweeney Todd” star Josh Groban, iconic Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee and NAACP Image Award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler.

Total take for the night was a stunning $1.3 million!

Tom received the Lifetime Music Industry Award, Chief Creative Officer and EVP at Def Jam Recordings Archie Davis, whoreceived the Rising Music Superstar Award, and Grammy Award-winning and Tony-nominated songwriter/producer Shane McAnally, whoreceived the Spirit of Music Award.  The event was hosted by Gala Co-Chairs and Board Chairman John Esposito, Tunji Balogun, Aaron Bay-Schuck, Robert Carlton, Steve Gawley, Laura Swanson and Julie Swidler.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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