Throughout 2017, during the anniversary year of her 100th birthday, the City will honor the life and music of Newport News’ own, Ella Fitzgerald – “The First Lady of Song” with the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration. The opening of Ella’s Place is only one of many events that will take place during the year.
On Saturday, January 21st, join the celebration at Ella’s Place, pop-up jazz club, from 7:00 - 11:00 PM, visit Ella's Place at 711 Thimble Shoals Boulevard in City Center in Newport News and enjoy a performance by Tamara Wellons. She will perform Songs for Janie inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's literary novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Tamara's music serves as a 21st Century epilogue to the 1937 story of womanhood, independence, and self-worth. An inspired evening celebrating Zora Neale Hurston’s 125th birthday, 80th year of her famed novel.
Ella’s Place is sponsored by Greater24 Positive World Network, Binchmark, CCA Commercial Floors & Interiors, Go Green Electric, Marriott, Pomoco and PR Flight.
Tickets for Ella’s Place events are $10 and can be purchased at www.downinggross.org.