News Release

Verizon Wireless Presents An Evening With Erykah Badu

Benefit Concert Featuring Guest Performance by Jazz Great Roy Ayers to Support Badu's Dallas Based Non-Profit Foundation, Beautiful Love

April 11, 2004

Jimmy Duvall
817-258-1980Jannie Luong
Golin/Harris International for Verizon Wireless

DALLAS, TX — As part of a commitment to Dallas inner-city youth and the arts, Verizon Wireless presents an evening with Erykah Badu on Thursday, April 15 at 8 p.m. The benefit concert will support Badu's Dallas-based non-profit foundation, Beautiful Love Incorporated Nonprofit Development (B.L.I.N.D.). Hosted at Gilley's in Dallas, the event will also feature a guest performance by jazz great Roy Ayers.

"Recognizing how important the arts are to inner-city youth, Verizon Wireless is proud to support Badu's commitment to the community and to help raise awareness for her efforts," said Gary Riding, region president for Verizon Wireless.

Proceeds from the evening will go towards B.L.I.N.D's efforts to renovate the Black Forest Theater, a historic Dallas landmark in South Dallas that provides performing arts opportunities for inner-city youth of Dallas through music, dance, theater and visual arts.

Badu will perform Thursday, April 15 at 8 p.m. at Gilley's, located at 1135 South Lamar in Dallas. Tickets are available at Gilley's box office or by visiting  

Verizon Wireless and KKDA-FM (K104) will be giving away tickets at the following Verizon Wireless communication stores this week:

  • Tuesday, April 13
    11am — 1pm
    Verizon Wireless, 951 West I-20, Suite 103, Arlington

  • Wednesday, April 14
    3 — 5pm
    Verizon Wireless, Town East Mall, Mesquite

  • Thursday, April 15
    11am — 1pm
    Verizon Wireless, 7111 Marvin D. Love Freeway, Suite 105, Duncanville

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