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Sept. 22-24, 2011

LA Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015



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Every night at Life@50+ in Los Angeles, attendees had the opportunity to be a part of special concerts and entertainment from world class performers.

Wednesday Night
The Great AARP Meet & Greet

50+ couples meeting and greeting - Couples socializing together at night

2011 Life@50+ kicked off "LA style" with an evening celebrating California's food, wine and lifestyle. Attendees were invited to AARP's exclusive block party — on a working soundstage! — where they met with new friends and old before Life@50+ officially began on Thursday, Sept. 22.


The famous food trucks of LA served up a variety of exciting cuisine and our Wine Garden offered a variety of California's famous vinos.  Attendees could kick back and relax or dance the night away to live music under the Southern California stars.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday Night

Lionel Richie

Featured performer

Lionel Richie

  • Singer-songwriter, producer, humanitarian
  • 5-time Grammy Award Winner
  • Winner of 11 American Music Award
Patti Austin

Patti Austin

  • Acclaimed performer with 17 solo albums
  • Grammy: Best Jazz Vocal Performance
Ramsey Lewis, American Jazz composer, pianist, and radio personality.

Ramsey Lewis

  • 3-time Grammy winner with 7 gold records
  • Advocate for youth involvement in music

Thursday, Sept. 22

7:30 p.m.

Nokia Theatre

Friday Night
Film Premiere

Martin Sheen in the movie, The Way

Martin Sheen on the El Camino de Santiago in The Way. — Photo by: David Alexanian

The Way

Starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

Written and directed by Emilio Estevez

Life@50+ attendees had the exclusive opportunity to be a part of a real movie premiere. Attendees spent the evening up close with celebrities as they walked the red carpet outside of the Nokia Theatre. Then, they joined Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez inside where they introduced the L.A. Premiere of The Way.

Friday, Sept. 23

5:00 p.m. red carpet, 6:00 p.m. showtime

Nokia Theatre

Friday Night
The World's Greatest Ice Cream Social

Nokia plaza Los Angeles people gathering at night

Thousands of friends came together at the 40,000-square-foot open-air Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live where they enjoyed live bands from our main stage, a car show featuring classic California rides, an ice cream social and much more!

Performing at the World's Greatest Ice Cream Social

Cuban-American singer/songwriter Jon Secada, 2-time Grammy award winner.

Jon Secada

Jon Secada is a gifted Cuban-American singer, songwriter and performer who has won two Grammy Awards and sold 20 million albums.

Poncho Group

The Poncho Sanchez

Latin Jazz Band

Poncho Sanchez is a Latin jazz performer whose musical influences include the late Cuban conga master Mongo Santamaria.

American soul/R&B singer and songwriter Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd is a respected R&B singer/ songwriter whose sound helped inspire the Temptations and the Four Tops.

Friday, Sept. 23

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live

Saturday Night
Tony Bennett Live in Concert

Tony Bennett entertains at Davies Symphony Hall at the 2010 Black and White Ball

Life@50+ attendees had the opportunity to watch Tony perform his greatest hits with some of today's biggest stars in celebration of his 85th birthday. Appearing with Tony were:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Stevie Wonder


This concert benefited Drive to End Hunger, supporting the hunger solutions of AARP Foundation. Learn more about Tony and his album, Duets II, on his website.

Saturday, Sept. 24

7:00 p.m.

Staples Center

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