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Blues Concert to Benefit African Student Programs

Blues Concert to Benefit African Student Programs at UCR

Blind blues woman Charlie Jene and friends raise money for activities, scholarships

(January 31, 2005)

Charle Jene

Charle Jene

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — A concert at the University of California, Riverside featuring blues and jazz vocalist Charlie Jene with J. J. Burton, Lady GG, Mickey Champion and Tequila Williams, will benefit African Student Programs(ASP). The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at the UC Riverside University Theatre. General admission is $20 and student tickets are $13 with I.D. Proceeds from the concert help fund African Student Programs’ events and scholarships. For ticket information, call the University Theatre Box Office at (951) 827-4331 or Ticket Master outlets.

In 1970 Charlie Jene began singing professionally in Ohio, becoming the first blind female blues singer in that area. She has performed at star-studded events such as the wedding of actress Holly Robinson and football star Rodney Pete, and at TV cast parties for Lisa Kudrow of “Friends.”

Jene has performed at birthday parties of former “Baywatch” star David Charvet, for actor James Coburn, at comedian Milton Berle's 85th birthday, for former Beverly Hills Mayor Murry Pepper, and for caterer-to-the-stars Colin Cowie. She also performed at a party for Gianni Versace at the launching of his new fragrance, “Blond.”

Charlie Jene currently performs throughout Southern California at clubs and community events accompanied by her band, the Champion All-Stars, at such renowned nightspots as Kevin Costner's Twin Palms Restaurants and the B.B. King Club. She and the band also travel to Scottsdale, Ariz. to perform at the Cajun House.

African Student Programs (ASP) at UC Riverside coordinates and oversees student activities and programs that honor African traditions. Programs and activities are designed to enhance academic excellence, leadership development and cultural awareness as well as to foster an appreciation of an ethnically diverse campus, community and world.

ASP's objective is to provide opportunities for students in their development as role models, leaders, professionals and scholars. Students are encouraged to assist faculty members in their research and network with fellow students to become involved in campus and community organizations. ASP assists students in seeking internships and fellowship programs as well as volunteer opportunities specifically designed to enhance their career goals.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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