Onree Gill, Sheila E. and Mayer Hawthorne to Perform at 2013 Green Inaugural Ball

Guest post by Shelley Cohen.

Just like the 2009 star-studded Green Inaugural Ball, this year’s event will bring together top leaders in the environment, energy, and green-technology communities to honor President Barack Obama. With such a broad and diverse audience, we knew our Green Ball lineup had to have a little bit of everything.

This year’s talent will be led by Onree Gill, Musical Director for Grammy Award-winning recording artist Alicia Keys; famed Latin percussionist Sheila E.; and singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne. Additional music talent will be announced in the upcoming days.

Onree Gill

Leading off the show will be Onree Gill, who has taken the music industry by surprise with his multi-talented abilities. His talent has led him to work with top artists such as Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z, Alicia Keyes, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake, and more.

Sheila E.

Aside from being one of the most talented percussionists in the world, Sheila E. is known for her collaborations with Prince and Ringo Star. We’re excited to have her on board and to see her in action at the Green Ball. Here’s a video of when she performed on Dancing with the Stars:


Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne, whose music has been used in the hit show Ugly Betty and Kanye West’s short film “We Were Once a Fairy Tale,” will bring his vintage sound to the Green Ball. Listen to one of our all-time Hawthorne favorites here:


We hope to see you there! Don’t have your tickets yet? Act now, before the event is sold out.

Already set to attend the Green Ball? Don’t forget to tweet using the #GreenBall2013 hash tag.

Shelley Cohen is Chair of the Greening Committee for the 2013 Green Inaugural Ball. Ms. Cohen is an urban eco-mom with eighteen years of experience in environment and energy-related fields. She currently serves as a Senior Project Developer for Ameresco where she specializes in developing renewable energy and energy conservation projects, and is responsible for developing over 15MWs of renewable energy. Prior employment included jobs with EPA, the White House, and the office of Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT). Ms. Cohen’s green home includes eco-friendly materials, 12kw of solar PV, a cool roof, rain barrel, organic garden, and has been featured in local and national media. Ms. Cohen serves on the board of the National Wildlife Federation, and in 2012 was trained as a Climate Leader through the Climate Reality Project.