Raheem DeVaughn Brings the Neo-Soul on his USO Tour in Europe

Celebrated R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn performs a USO show for troops and their families at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, September 19, 2010. Fresh off the Budweiser Superfest Tour with singers Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, Hal Linton and Kem, DeVaughn is on a mission to bring a touch of home to service members and their families stationed in Europe. (USO photo by Jackie Zettles)

“Whether you have served in America’s armed forces personally, or have a friend or family member who has served – virtually everyone has been touched by the sacrifice of today’s troops, including myself.  I am honored to have participated in an entertainment tour to Europe as well as to have been part of the USO’s longest-running and most celebrated tradition.  Joining the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr. in boosting troop morale and bringing military families a touch of home has truly been a life-changing experience.” -Raheem DeVaughn

Maryland-based R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn recently wrapped up his first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Europe.  DeVaughn brought neo-soul to hundreds of U.S. troops and their families stationed in Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

During his 8-day, 4-country tour, DeVaughn visited five military bases, including Royal Air Force Menwith Hill, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Joint Force Command Brunssum, Spangdahlem Air Base and Ramstein Air Base.  The star also signed autographs, posed for photos and shared personal stories of life behind the mic, in addition to visiting hospital staff and wounded warriors.

DeVaughn is one of modern soul’s most beloved artists.  Known for such hits as “Guess Who Knows You More,” “Woman” and “Customer,” he has earned two Grammy nods and two BET J Awards for “Best Male R&B Artist” and “Album of the Year.”

We hope he enjoyed his first tour as much as the Troops and their families in the audience did!  Check out more pictures below…

R&B singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn poses for a photo with a group of airmen stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base, September 19, 2010. (USO photo by Jackie Zettles)

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn flashes a smile as he performs a USO concert for troops and their families stationed at Joint Forces Command Headquarters in Brunssum, The Netherlands, September 18, 2010. (USO photo by Jackie Zettles)

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn smiles for a photo with Army 2nd Lieutenant Aminat Lawal from Plano, Texas, during a USO visit to Landstuhl Regional Army Medical Center, September 20, 2010. (USO photo by Jackie Zettles)

A painting by Demont Pinder celebrates a USO tour performance by R&B singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn at Royal Air Force Base Menwith Hill in England, September 15, 2010. Pinder created the artwork while DeVaughn performed onstage, then digitally projected the image on to a big screen for the audience to enjoy. (USO photo by Jackie Zettles)

Free Better Than Ezra Concert on Military Appreciation Day

Better Than Ezra (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Officials from the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and the USO of Metropolitan Washington recently announced that New Orleans rock band Better Than Ezra will help the tournament honor area military with a special musical appearance on Saturday, October 9, during Military Appreciation Day at the Champions Tour’s final major of the season.

The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is scheduled for Oct 5-10, 2010, at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, MD.  As previously announced, complimentary admission to the championship is being offered to all fans for the entire week and includes the Better Than Ezra performance at the Birdies for the Brave Military Appreciation Concert presented by the USO of Metropolitan Washington.

Better Than Ezra, best known for their chart-topping hits “Good” and “Desperately Wanting,” will perform at a ceremony during Military Appreciation Day to salute military families.  The program, scheduled to begin at approximately 3 p.m. after play concludes, will take place on the stage adjacent to the 18th fairway and will include a color guard, national anthem singer, and military leadership.  Better Than Ezra will close the program with a special musical performance dedicated to the military and their families.

“We are delighted to, in conjunction with the PGA TOUR, have Better Than Ezra perform for both military families and golf fans at this year’s Championship,” said Elaine Rogers, President of the USO of Metropolitan Washington.  “We look forward to hosting them at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm on October 9.”

For the third straight year, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship will offer hospitality to active, reserve and retired military and their dependents at the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost made possible through the generous efforts Booz Allen Hamilton, located overlooking the 18th fairway.  The Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost provides complimentary food provided by Chick-fil-A, beverages and interactive activities.

For more information, please visit USO of Metropolitan Washington!

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band Performs in USO shows in Alaska

Empty Stage in Hanger 20 at Elmendorf AFB. Sound check over. Show in 2 hours. (Photo courtesy of Gary Sinise's Facebook page)

Actor – and USO favorite – Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are performing three free, private USO concerts for troops and their families as part of a USO tour sponsored by TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

Last night they rocked the house at Elmendorf AFB.  It’s the first trip to Alaska for Sinise, who told KTUU.com, “We’re always thrilled to be able to you know, come and help — help support the troops, and entertain them and their families, and see places like this.  I mean, we’ve been in some not-so-great places too, but this is one of the more beautiful spots we’ve been in.”

Check out rehearsal footage from Elmendorf in the video below!  Tonight the 12-piece band will be at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak and Saturday they travel to Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks.

Hip Hop Hooray: It’s Part 2 of Naughty by Nature’s USO Tour Video Diary

Treach of the hip-hop group Naughty by Nature performs for and with U.S. Soldiers at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Nov. 8, 2009, during the last stop of their USO-sponsored Iraq and Kuwait tour. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven King/Released)

Enjoy Part 2 of Naughty by Nature‘s video diary of their USO Tour to Djibouti in May of 2010!  Click here to view Part 1…

Paul Wall Keep It Real on His Fourth USO Tour

Paul Wall poses with pilots of a C-130 aircraft at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, during his 2009 tour through the Persian Gulf. (USO photo by Erick Anderson)

“It’s an honor for me to visit our troops and to volunteer with the USO.  As an artist I feel like it’s my duty to give back to our soldiers at war and to let them know I appreciate their sacrifice.  I’m also excited to perform music from my new album for them.” – Paul Wall

Grammy nominated rapper Paul Wall recently set out to visit troops serving in the Persian Gulf on his fourth USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. Accompanying “The People’s Champ” in boosting troop morale were Power 106 radio personality Big Boy and DJ E-man.  The trio performed seven shows at three bases, signed autographs and spent some one-on-one time with troops.

Wall has participated in three USO tours since 2007, performing for over 10,400 service men and women stationed in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.   Big Boy and DJ E-man participated in their first USO tour in 2008, when the duo traveled to Kuwait and Iraq with Latin rapper Baby Bash, performing for more than 5,000 troops.

Didn’t catch the tour this time?  Pick up Wall’s fourth studio album, “Heart of a Champion,” which features collaborations with USO tour veteran Chamillionaire and a host of other diverse artists.

Big Boy had this to say about the trip: “I’ve been looking forward to doing another USO tour and to be able to have this experience with artists that share my enthusiasm for these great men and women makes it even more memorable.” DJ E-man echoed those sentiments:  “I can’t describe how humbling it is to hit the stage and perform for some of our nation’s bravest and finest heroes.  My first USO tour was a life-changing experience and this one was no different.”

Check out some concert footage below as Wall performs for Troops at Joint Base Balad, Iraq!

Check This: Naughty by Nature’s USO Tour Video Diary – Part 1

Check out Part 1 of Naughty by Nature‘s video diary of their USO Tour to Djibouti in May of 2010!

You can also click here to see footage of their concert at Camp Lemonier.

At right, Treach of the hip-hop group Naughty by Nature performs for and with U.S. Soldiers at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Nov. 8, 2009, during the last stop of their USO-sponsored Iraq and Kuwait tour. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven King/Released)