Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band
"Lieutenant Dan" is the character Gary portrayed in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, a role for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. As Gary began visiting troops around the world, people (even little kids) who didn't know him as Gary Sinise, the actor, would recognize him as "Lt.Dan". Those in the miliary also seem to identify strongly with the character. And so the name for his group was an easy choice: Lt. Dan Band!
The Lt. Dan Band covers everything from Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix classics to contemporary songs by Kelly Clarkson, Evanescence, Beyonce, Lonestar, the Zac Brown Band and much much more. Even tunes from the 40's big band era. There's something for everyone and each show highlights the musical diversity of the band, as well as the passion and energy each member brings to the stage. Whether performing for troops overseas or a local club crowd, the goal is to have fun and rock the house!
No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando. One of America's most endearing and enduring stars. We are honored to have Tony headline at Sky Ball XIII as we welcome home our Vietnam Veterans!
Steve Amerson, also known as America's Tenor, will once again be performing at American Airlines Sky Ball XIII. Steve is recognized for his performances with symphony orchestras throughout the United States as well as his performances for the Medal of Honor Foundation as well SnowBall Express and other organizations supporting military families. Learn more about Steve at http://www.steveamerson.com
Pitbull - Friday night Here's to the Heroes Concert
International music sensation Pitbull has sold millions of digital singles (including his current hit "Hey Baby" featuring T-Pain, the double-platinum smash "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]," "Hotel Room Service," "Krazy," and "Culo"); scored two No. 1's on Billboard's Rap Albums charts (his gold 2004 debut M.I.A.M.I. and 2009's Rebelution, which also debuted at No. 8 on Billboard's Top 200 chart); and has been featured on tracks by such pop-chart mainstays as Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Janet Jackson. On the business side, Pitbull (whose given name is Armando Christian Pérez) launched his own Polo Grounds Music/J Records imprint (Mr. 305 Records), introduced his specialty vodka Voli, partnered with Sheets, the dissolvable energy strip, inked major sponsorship deals with blue-chip brands Kodak, Dr. Pepper, Bud Light and capitalized on his enormous popularity in the community by releasing his first Spanish-language album, Armando, which features the Top 5 Latin Billboard pop single "Bon Bon." To top it all off, the Miami native was awarded his hometown's Key to the City as a thank-you for the positive PR he has brought Florida's nightlife capitol.
Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment is a one-of-a-kind experience. Friday night Here's to the Heroes Concert
Las Vegas Strip headliner and "America's Got Talent" winner Terry Fator captures the audience's hearts and funny bones with Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment live at The Mirage. With singing, comedy and amazing celebrity impressions of musical superstars such as Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and more. We are honored to have Terry join us for our Here's to the Heroes concert for the troops and citizen heroes Friday evening!!
Special Guest Jim Karol Mentalist/Memory Extraordinaire
Jim Karol has appeared on the Tonight Show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Howard Stern Show, and NBC's Today Show. He also competed as one of the world's top 10 mentalists on a national LIVE broadcast on NBC called "Phenomenon", and made a cameo appearance in the movie Jackass Number Two.
Some of his astonishing feats include knowing more than 80,000 zip codes, every word in the Scrabble dictionary, Sports Almanacs, Science and Medical Journals, and thousands of digits of Pi. Karol can tell you the day of the week for EVERY date, all the way back to 1AD and can memorize a shuffled deck of cards in less than a minute!
The USO brings Karol to Bethesda and Fort Belvoir Medical center, monthly, where he uses his unique abilities to help veterans with PTSD and TBI.
Karol's new book "Beyond Emotional Intelligence," tells the story of how he transcended his brain into where he is today, while sharing the SECRETS to achieving higher emotional intelligence and brain wellness!
For additional information go to www.jimkarol.com
Recording Artist, Phil Vandel
Phil Vandel has entertained audiences all over the world with his amazing songwriting, singing, and musicianship. He has devoted countless hours to US Military charities and has traveled to Germany, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Iraq on 3 separate tours to perform for the Troops deployed there. In 2013, Phil co-wrote and performed a song titled, "Tears Of War" which found a place on The Hornet's Nest Official Movie Soundtrack in support of the critically-acclaimed film. Phil has shared the stage with a long list of entertainment superstars and has appeared on CMT, GAC, and Country Radio (Nationwide). His newest single, "America Salutes You", was written for Sky Ball XIII and is a powerful tribute to all Americans that served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.