American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips to Perform at 555 California Street Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 2nd

Platinum selling, top Billboard artist and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will light the holiday tree and perform at 555 California Street on Tuesday, December 2nd.  The evening is open to the public and will benefit All Stars Helping Kids.  The annual 555 California Street tree lighting ceremony will see the return of NFL Legend and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and his wife, Karen, as the event’s honorary chairs, and community favorite Dick Bright as their fellow co-host.  The event will also include the Pacific-Boychoir Academy (PBA) and other local celebrities.  Festivities commence at 5:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

WHY:  The 8th annual tree lighting event and concert brings the San Francisco community together to ring in the holiday season.  Vornado Realty Trust, a New York-based real estate investments trust (REIT), reinstated the event in 2007 when it acquired the iconic building.

WHO:  Phillip Phillips is the eleventh season champion of American Idol.  Shortly thereafter he released his first feature album titled “Home” which marked the most successful coronation song of any Idol winner—as well as the highest-ever debut on the Billboard Digital songs chart, with 278,000 downloads sold.  “Home” served as the lead single from The World from the Side of the Moon (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records)—a platinum-selling album that shot to #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart upon its November 2012 release. Soon followed more hits such as “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Raging Fire.”

Ronnie Lott is an NFL superstar and San Francisco 49er football legend. His career spanned 14 seasons (1981-1995) in the NFL.  Lott was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

He remains one of the Bay Area’s most beloved celebrities of all time.

Dick Bright is an accomplished musician, bandleader, arranger, musical director, actor and emcee.  From solo piano to a 19-piece big band, Bright and his orchestra ensemble are one of the most successful and revered bands in the Bay Area and beyond.

Pacific-Boychoir Academy (PBA) was founded as an after school program in 1998 with six boys and today comprises over 170 boys and young men age 4-18. The Music Staff is selected for their expertise with boys’ voices and their passion for instilling a desire for achievement and a love of music in the choristers. Over the past 15 years, PBA has become known for its rich sound, musicianship, phrasing, and talented soloists. The Los Angeles Times described the PBA quality of sound and musicianship as “astonishing.”

555 California StreetWHEN: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

5:00 p.m. – Phillip Phillips Performance and Tree Lighting Ceremony

WHERE: 555 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94104

TICKETS: Festivities are free and open to the public.