Monthly Archives: July 2011

KoL – Family Intervention?

Concert PhotographyThe Kings of Leon’s concert Friday night at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas was cut short due to heat exhaustion – nope, scratch that. It appears there may be a family riff within the Followill family.

Front man and lead singer Caleb Followill informed the crowd that he needed to take a break since he wasn’t feeling good and needed to go throw-up and have a beer. He actually told the audience, “For the record, I’m not drunk – I’m just fucking hot.” and walked off stage.

Ole Caleb never did make it back on stage, but thankfully a little brotherly love in the form of Jared Followill came to the rescue by letting the audience know how sorry they were about the situation. After the show Jared was kind enough to share more information about his brothers situation by tweeting, ” Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words,” he went on to tweet, “I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren’t stupid. I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”

Well thank you Jared for sharing. And this help how?

I have a feeling these two will need some major therapy in the near future. It’s too bad a stadium full of fans got caught in the middle of their little family dispute.

Guys! Grow up and get over yourselves. Unless you want to find yourselves disbanded, looking for the next gig, only to have to reunite 20 years from now and start playing at local fairs to make ends meet. It’s just not worth it.

As for Leon, patriarch of the Kings of Leon. Dude! For crying out loud get a handle on your kids!

All joking aside. I hope these very talented kids can get over their “issues” and just have some fun.

I’m just looking forward to seeing these guys at next years fair.

 

Dimple Records/Others Respond to Jay-Z and Kanye

Sacramento ConcertsAs I sit on my throne pondering life’s mysteries I marvel at how two rapping geniuses have joined forces, but have made so many bad decisions.

Strike one – Calling themselves The Throne. There’s only room for one throne in my life and I’m sitting on it.

Strike two – They’re hooking up exclusively with iTunes to sell downloads of their new LP “Watch the Throne”

Strike three – Want the physical LP? You’ll have to get it at Best Buy who will also have an exclusive deal.

Three strikes and the independent retailers are out!

Dimple Records, of Sacramento, California and other independent retailers across the country have written an open letter (see below) in response to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s decision to offer exclusive sales to iTunes and Best Buy. While I believe the ink has long since dried, let’s hope other artists take notice and don’t follow in their footsteps.

For anyone interested, The Throne Tour will be coming to Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion in October.

 

Dear Jay-Z and Kanye West,

Independent record stores serve our communities. Our passion is music, and we convey this to the millions of customers who come to our stores. That’s what we do.

Four years ago independent music stores across the country banded together to create Record Store Day. Our goal was to counter the negative media coverage about the supposed demise of record stores brought on by the closing of the Tower stores and to respond to the music business practices that fans deemed to be manipulative and onerous.

We reached out to the artist community to see if they would join us, and the response was overwhelming, with words of support coming in from Paul McCartney, Erykah Badu, Tom Waits, Chuck D, the Foo Fighters and countless others. Working with their label partners, many of these musicians created limited edition works of art, including vinyl and CDs made especially for music-specialty retail. Hundreds of these artists took the opportunity to perform, DJ, and interact with their fans in our record stores. Here in the U.S., Record Store Day lifted the entire music business by 8% and contributed to the growth in music sales. Record Store Day is now one of the biggest music events in history, with millions of people participating worldwide. We also continue to work throughout the year with labels, artists and managers and run regular promotions via physical independent retail and recordstoreday.com.

We are responding to the bad news that your new album will not be available to independent record stores until after iTunes gets a window of exclusivity. We also learned that the deluxe version (which is what the true music fans who shop our stores will want, by an overwhelming majority) will only be available at Best Buy exclusively for a period of time. We believe this is a short-sighted strategy, and that your decisions will be doing great damage to over 1,700 independent record stores — stores that have supported you and your music for years.

We know that you are busy, and that you put most of your energies into creating great music, but we are writing to you in the hope that you will hear us and take the time to rectify this matter. As representatives of the independent record store music community, we are asking you to allow record stores and music fans equal access to your new album.

With the utmost respect,

Dedry Jones, The Music Experience

Mike Dreese, Newbury Comics

Judy Negley, Independent Records

Rachelle Friedman, J&R Music World

Mike Batt, Silver Platters

John Kunz, Waterloo Records

Tobago Benito, DBS Sounds

Brian Faber, Zia Records

Karen Pearson, Amoeba Music

Bryan Burkert, The Sound Garden

Paul Epstein, Twist and Shout

Mike Wise, Monster

Rob Roth, Vintage Vinyl

Karl Groeger, Looney Tunes

Joe Nardone, Jr., Gallery of Sound

Jonathan Fernandez, Rasputin Music

Mike Fratt, Homers

Dilyn Radakovitz, Dimple Records

Lisa Teger-Zhen, Uncle Sam’s Music

Dustin Hansen, Graywhale Entertainment

Bill Kennedy, BK Music

Jim Bland and Bob Schick, Plan Nine

Steve Wilson, Kiefs

Tom King, Central Square Records

Alayna Hill Alderman, Richard Storms, Record Archive

Nancy Salzer, Salzer’s Records

Rick Ziegler, Indy CD

Laura, Finders Records

Deon Borchard, Nic Fritze, The Long Ear

Chuck Oken, Rhino /Mad Platter

Allan Miller, John Bevis, Disc Exchange

Charlotte Kubat, Magnolia Thunderpussy

Chris Avino, Rainbow Records

Rich Koch, Off the Record

Skip Hermans, Skip’s Record and CD World

Jason Patton, Oz Music

Quinn Bishop, Cactus Records

John Timmons, ear X tacy

Lou Russell, Lou’s Records

Roger Weiss, Streetlight Records

Terry Currier, Music Millenium

Andrew Chinnici, Lakeshore Record Exchange

Michael Bunnell, The Record Exchange

Mike White, Boo Boo Records

Steve Baron, CD Central

Eric Levin, Criminal Records

Pat O’connor, Culture Clash

Dan Plunkett, End Of An Ear

Paula Kret, Exile On Main St

Chris Penn, Good Records

Doyle Davis, Grimey’s

Travis Searle, Guestroom Records

Jim Mcguinn, Hot Poop

Isaac Slusarenko, Jackpot Records

Jason Nickey & Heath Byers, Landlocked Music

Todd Robinson, Luna Music

Darren & Jim Blase, Shake It

Anna & Chris Brozek, Slowtrain

Kimber Lanning, Stinkweeds

Tom “Papa” Ray, Vintage Vinyl

Jack Dennis and Christopher Ashely, Earshot

Lisa Tiger-Zhen, Uncle Sams

Dave Zero, Mad City Music Exchange

Sarah Hefte, Everyday Music

Mike Madrigale, Mr. Suit Records

Lance Price, CD Source

Bruce Carlock, Cats Music

Thomas “Toonz” Predovich, Vinyl Solution Records

Neal Becton, Som Records

Marc Lasky, Music Box

Ryan Shoemaker, Galaxy CDs

John Thominet, Rainbow Records

Rick Linie, Creative Leisure

Chris, Young Ones

Morrison Agen, Neat Neat Neat Records and Music

Peter Gianakopoulos, The Old School Records

Reid Robinson, Co-Op Records, Moline

Carol Copfer, Movie Trading Company, Vintage Stock

John Anderson, Reverberation Vinyl

Rob Kimple, Ramalama Records

Randy Wagner, Radio KAOS Records

Sam Lock, CD.Game Exchange

Rob Bourqu, Music Matters

Steve Hyland, Down In the Valley

Melanie Cade, Mojo Books and Music

Tony Cicalese, We Got The Beats

Andy Schneidkraut, Albums on the Hill

Robert Stapleton, Southwest Sound

Sharon & Shirley Bechor, Rock and Soul Records

Rich and Sue Graves, Budget Tapes & Records

Todd Fundaro, Flipside Records

Adam Hirzel, Saki Records

Kelly, Patrick and Robby, Back Door Records

Stacey Pepper, Vertigo Music

Josh Castleberry, Toxic Beauty Records

Lou Romanelli, Music Masters Worldwide

Bill Prue, Metro City Records

Jon Bauer, Budget Music and Video

Russell Reitz, Listen Up Music

Steve Kessler, CD City

Paul MacDougall, PMac Music

John Aleman, Piranha Records

Elle Quintana, Record Breakers

Mark Matarozzo, Spun Music

Gerry Stumbaugh, The Last Record Store

Heather Frarey, The Record Lounge

Scott Wishart, Lunchbox Records

Joe Smith, Joe’s Records

Patrick Bailey, Endangered Species

Mary Radakovits, Compact Disc Center

Anaii Lee-Ender & Norbert Ender, Speaking Volumes

Tim Williams, Any Frequency

Doug and Michelle Williams, Bananas Music

Gary Scotti, Scotti’s Records

Rick Sinkiewicz and Josh Carlson, Redscroll Records

Pete Majors, Vacation Vinyl

Tom Sampson, Karma

Scott Chase & Lacey Ritter, Renfield Record Exchange

Kurt Jellinek, Slackers Music, Movies, Games

Travis Searle & Justin Sowers, Guestroom Records

Terry and Deon Borchard, The Long Ear

Manny Alferez, Black Pancake Records

Steven Alejandro, Hogwild Records

Jeffrey Burke, The Record Connection

Kurt & Leigh Legler, Warbler Records

Anthony Tedeschi and Chip Heuisler, Tunes

Dal Basi, Phono Select Records

Brian and Sean Reisman, Hideaway Music

Dave Wilkins, Wax Trax

Billy and Melissa Yergensen, Rock Candy Music And More

Jack Dreznes, Beverly Records

Richard G Terzieff, A B CDs/Recorded Memories

Jim Paddock, Size Records

Carl Nordmeier, Tune Town

Dan Matheson, Repo Records

Greg Ellis, Sundance Records

Matt Mona, KA-CHUNK!! Records

Ken Kosta, Spin Records

Bobbie Lewis, Newtown Book & Record Exchange

Ernie Scholl, Everyday Music, Maine

Reed Lappin, In Your Ear

Chris and Bob Roets, Wooden Nickel Music

Warren Hudson, Decatur CD and Vinyl

Tim Cretsinger, Groovacious

Gary Holzenthal, Odyssey Records

Marvin Phillips, Heavenly Daze CDs and Records

Barry Lazarus, Red Devil Records

Scotty Hagan, UHF Music

Rick Tyner, M-Theory Music

Matt and Rock Cesario, Triple Play Records

Maria Armstrong, Lost and Found Records

Brendan Smith, Requests Music

Shirani Rea, Peaches Records

David Elliot, Replay Records

Michael and Denise Roumbanis, dig! Music

Rand Cabus, Mojo Vinyl

Pete Beaudoin, That’s Entertainment

Michael Schildgen, Moondog Music

Al Steele, Wyatt Earp Records

Mitch Kirsner, Fantasy

Eve Monsees, Antone’s Record Shop

Mik Davis, T-Bones Records & Café

Bernard Vasek, Musicmania

Pete Gulyas, Blue Arrow Records

Alicia Schultz, Sound Revolution

Tom Robbins, Eagle Valley Music & Comics

Brad Richman, Spazz Records

Leonard Silver, Record Theatre

Greg Larsen, Music to the Maxx

Lance Barresi & Liz Tooley, Permanent Records

Mark Kessler, Recycled Records

Aaron Marquez, 360 Vinyl

Jarrett Noel, DiHi Records

Glen Velger, Harmony Records

Ron Hill, Basement Mix

Sanders Henderson, Nikki’s Music

Tim Henderson, Joy Of Music

Bernard Vasek, MusicMania

Kelvin Anderson, VIP Records

Dennie Chong & Ward Yamashita, Hungry Ear Records

 

Wanderlust Starts Today!

Sacramento Area EventsWanderlust returned to Squaw Valley today, bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers and top-tier rock and roll performers in a legendary setting. With stunning views of Lake Tahoe and a mountain full of summer activities concert goers can enjoy yoga, some awesome music and all Squaw Valley has to offer. This epic four-day journey of yoga and music will destroy your defenses resulting in a more calmer self assured You. Toss your Android, iPhone, or whatever other techno paraphernalia you might have and immerse yourself in one of the beautiful and relaxing environments in Northern California.

Worst case, bring along some of that medicinal “stuff” you enjoy so much and just plain hangout for the weekend.

The days start off with yoga, and gradually, as people tire of all that stretching and physical abuse it transitions over to music. you know the stuff that soothes your soul. We’re talking about downward facing dog and all that crap. This is some serious fun in the sun with dancing all night long – unless your my age and then it’s nighty-night right after namaste.

The schedule for the next 3 days:

Friday Concerts July 29, 2011

  • 11:30am-12:30pm- Garth Stevenson (Casban Stage)
  • 1-2pm- Steve Gold (Casban Stage)
  • 2-6pm- Shaman’s Dreams & Friends (High Camp)
  • 2:30-3:30pm- Todd Boston with Ramesh Cannan (Casban Stage)
  • 4:30-7pm- Hot Club Wanderlust (Rue Boheme)
  • 7:30-8:30pm- MC Yogi (Main Stage)
  • 8:30-9pm- Shakti Fire (Main Stage)
  • 9:30-11pm- Michael Franti & Spearhead (Main Stage)
  • 11:30pm-1:30am- DJ Kaminanda (Olympic Plaza Bar)
  • 11:30pm-1:30am- Random Rab- $10 (Bar One)

Saturday Concerts July 30, 2011

  • 11:30am-12:30pm- Todd Boston with Ramesh Cannan (Casban Stage)
  • 1-2pm- Cornflower (Casban Stage)
  • 2:30-3:30pm- Steve Gold (Casban Stage)
  • 2-6pm- Shaman’s Dreams & Friends (High Camp)
  • 4:30-7pm- Hot Club Wanderlust (Rue Boheme)
  • 7:30-8:20pm- Marchfourth Marching Band (Main Stafge)
  • 8:30-9:15pm- Phoenix Fire Dancers (Main Stage)
  • 9:30-11pm- Girl Talk (Main Stage)
  • 11:30pm-1:30am- DJ Leif (Olympic Plaza Bar) (Sage, Seeker, & Pilgrim Sat. only)
  • 11:30pm-1:30am- Random Rab- $10 (Bar One)

Sunday Concerts

  • 11:30am-12:30pm- Todd Boston with Ramesh Cannan (Casban Stage)
  • 1-2pm- Cornflower (Casban Stage)
  • 2:30-3:30pm- Steve Gold (Casban Stage)
  • 2-6pm- Shaman’s Dreams & Friends (High Camp)
  • 4:30-6pm- The Marketplace Brothers (Gaiam Tent)

Tickets are on sale now: http://squaw.wanderlustfestival.com/tickets/yoga-music-tickets

Yoga Lineup: http://squaw.wanderlustfestival.com/yoga rel=”nofollow”

Music Lineup: http://squaw.wanderlustfestival.com/music

‘Electric Daisy’ Sparks Riot in Hollywood

Electronic Daisy CarnivalThe premier of Insomniac’s documentary “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” was marred by riots last night at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

It appears Ryan Raddon, better known as DJ Kaskade tweeted that he was going to perform live in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Starting around 5:00 p.m. attendees and fans started arriving in the thousands. Commuters and tourists alike were surprised to find themselves in the middle of a free for all riot.

Police arrived on the scene and shut down Hollywood Boulevard trying to disperse the crowd. People started throwing objects and it all went south from there. Police donned riot gear and then really started dispersing the crowd. Some idiot actually started a police car on fire. How smart was that? With all the video cameras out there, I’m certain that will end up on youtube shortly and the poor schmuck who started the fire will find him, or herself, facing charges. No concert for them.

For those of you who do not know, Electric Daisy Carnival is an annual electronic dance music festival. It’s always been held on the last weekend of June in Southern California up until this year, when it was moved to Las Vegas, NV. Satellite events have also been held in Dallas, Colorado and as far away at Puerto Rico. This year attendance was estimated to be 215,000 people.

And for those of you who know the dumb ass who started the fire, let him know it’s only a matter of time. I say him because let’s face it. Women tend to me more civilized and would never think of starting a police car on fire, unless the police officer was their significant other who just recently cheated on her – then all bets are off.

 

From our WTF Department

Nirvana Nevermind Album PhotographI’m sure everyone read WTF to mean What The F***, but what it really means is What The Facebook.

Corny I know, but read on .  .  .

Nirvana’s iconic album Nevermind is celebrating it’s twenty year anniversary. That’s quite a milestone, especially if anyone reading this remembers the release way back in September 1991.

You remember 1991 right? That was the year of Desert Storm and gas was just north of a dollar at $1.12 per gallon, and you could still afford to go to a concert. There was also the firestorm in the Oakland hills that burned thousands of homes and killed 25 people. Sadly that was also the year we lost Freddie Mercury lead singer of Queen due to the AIDS virus.

So to celebrate this monumental moment the bands label, Universal, is planning to sell a 4-CD/1-DVD reissue of the album. However, Facebook has taken issue with cover art of a naked baby boy floating in a pool just letting it all hang out. According to Facebook the image violates it Terms of Use policy.

This hit the news twenty years ago! It’s old news. Facebook – get over yourselves. You are not the internet police, Google is.

Just relax and take a hit of this wild ass weed I just scored with my medical card. After all, we have progressed as a society – at least I’d like to think we have.

Later dude .  .  . I have a concert to get to.

 

Train Hits Thunder Valley – News at 11

Pat Monahan - Click for more images

Grammy awarding winning Train,not to be confused with the series of connected railroad cars pulled or pushed by one or more locomotives, thundered into town on Sunday and performed to a sold out crowd (Get it thundered into town ““ Thunder Valley Casino and Resort). I know ““ I’m on a roll! OMG a roll, get it? Trains roll on wheels – On a roll – ok I’ll stop. BTW trains stop too! Seriously, they do. Otherwise they could end up hitting places like Thunder Valley.

Thunder Valley Casino and Resort really scored with signing on Train to perform at their outdoor amphitheater. Train just finished their Save Me San Francisco tour last month. Taking full advantage of their current success, they headed back out on the road with Maroon 5 and Gavin DeGraw for a summer tour. The band actually performed in Southern California Saturday with the others, drove by bus to Sacramento, then headed back down to Hollywood for a Monday night show with the rest of the group.

Train got off to a fashionably late start. Schedule to appear at 7:00 p.m., they didn’t take the stage until 7:35 p.m. which I’m sure had everything to do with the sun beating on the stage at that hour of the day. When they finally took the stage they were met with wild applause and deafening screams.

Guitarist Jimmy Stafford and drummer Scott Underwood took the stage to kick off the show. Already on stage were Bassist Hector Maldonado and keyboardist Jerry Becker. They were joined shortly after by lead singer/songwriter Pat Monahan singing, “Parachute”.

Monahan was nonstop throughout the concert. He was bouncing from one side of the stage to the other, the whole time delivering his uniquely expressive vocals. Monahan being a short and downright skinny dude – got a little assistance from a platform at the edge of the stage. He would walk up the platform where he stood taller while talking and performing.

As the evening progressed, I think Monahan may have changed his wardrobe more than Lady Gaga (if that’s even possible). He started out with a shirt and vest, then went down to the shirt, came back out with another vest, and at one point donned a red jacket similar to the one Michael Jackson wore for thriller.

Being the funny man that he is, Monahan started off joking about how women always show up to their concerts all dressed up, but the men simply wear t-shirts. After Monahan walked out among the crowd, he said every time he does there’s at least one ass grabber. 80 percent of the time it’s a dude, but today it was a 75 year old lady.

Fifteen lucky ladies who were dancing on the floor ended up dancing onstage. Monahan had them climb a makeshift ladder to get up on stage. One of the ladies actually started climbing with a drink in hand. She made it; the drink didn’t. Once they were all onstage, he instructed them to perform their most sexy dance as he sang “She’s on Fire”.

This was a high energy show with a lot of audience interaction. On top of being a great singer and songwriter, Monahan makes for a great front man, keeping the audience engaged the entire performance. When they ended their set with “Drops of Jupiter” it was obvious to me and everyone else that the concert had gone by way too quickly and we all wanted more.

Before the concert, I had an opportunity to talk with lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford about Train’s new venture Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. They recently released their first line of wine, Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah. According to Stafford, their Petite Sirah was featured as the wine of the month at Bonefish Grills across the US and is available at select stores and restaurants. The price tag ““ $9.99.

Stafford explained that the wine started out as a blend of various grapes from Livermore Valley’s Concannon Vineyards. Once they arrived at just the right blend it was determined that the wine had a high enough percentage to call it a Petite Sirah (75% of the varietal must be present in the wine).

Being the wino that he is, Stafford says there’s nothing like a good glass of red wine before a show. He also told me they would be coming out with a Chardonnay and Merlot in the near future, so keep an eye out for those.

After the concert, Caroline Logan approached the band asking if they could record a video for her girlfriend who was getting married to the song, “Marry Me.” She was visibly upset and crying, so Monahan grabbed the phone and started recording. He informed her friend that she was at the concert drunk and out of control. He was quite comical during the recording.

The song list for the show was:

Parachute
If It’s Love
Meet Virginia
She’s on Fire
Calling All Angels
Latin routine of their various hits
Ramble On
Drive By (off their upcoming album)
Save me San Francisco
Ordinary
Marry Me
Hey Soul Sister
Free
Drops of Jupiter

Go to Thunder Valley Casino and Resort for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Check out more Train concert photos

Thunder Valley Casino Truly Four Diamonds

Photograph of Thunder ValleyThis is great news for me. I have been going to Thunder Valley since they opened as a somewhat small casino. I have watched them grow into a wonderful resort complete with indoor and outdoor concerts. I’m sure I have funded a major portion of the construction, but it’s all worth it. Hey, I’ve won some too, but who’s counting (other than my wife).

Everyone working out at Thunder Valley has always treated me with the utmost respect. My wife and I bring her Grandmother, Pat Wagner, to Sunday brunch on a regular basis at their Feast Buffet. It includes free champagne and who doesn’t like free champagne?! We have had a number of people waiting on us, but one in particular, Kieu, is a gem and exemplifies what Thunder Valley is all about, and winning AAA’s coveted four diamond award is not a surprise.

Below is the official press release.

LINCOLN, Calif., July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Thunder Valley Casino Resort is honored to join the elite ranks of AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort destinations. After a thorough evaluation of the luxury hotel and resort, Thunder Valley is the only AAA Four Diamond casino resort in the Sacramento region.

“We are very pleased with the results of the AAA evaluation,” said C.J. Graham, General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort. “It’s a very rigorous process and achieving a Four Diamond rating is a testament to Thunder Valley’s status as a truly world-class resort.”

Establishments eligible for a Diamond rating undergo a meticulous evaluation including unscheduled evaluations by anonymous AAA professional inspectors. AAA is one of only two rating entities to conduct physical, on-site evaluations making it one of the most thorough rating systems in the United States. To achieve a Four Diamond rating an establishment must offer an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. Four Diamond properties are upscale and progressively more refined and stylish. Of the 59,000 properties that are AAA/CAA-approved and diamond rated, just 3.6 percent have attained a Four Diamond rating.

The 297-room, 17-story hotel provides Sacramento’s only Four Diamond casino accommodations. Thunder Valley’s luxury hotel features 4 Beaujolais suites offering every amenity from a dry/wet sauna and ceiling-filled jetted bathtub to pool table, personal exercise room, dining room, and massage suite options. Every room at Thunder Valley features wireless internet, VoIP phones, flat screen TVs, desktop work areas, 320-thread count sheets, down blankets and pillows, and European spa/showers.

Guests at Thunder Valley can also enjoy the 12,000 square-foot 24-hour health club and spa offering facials, massage therapy, pedicures, manicures and the signature 24-karat gold leaf facial. Just outside of the luxury hotel, guests can relax at the pool and hot tub surrounded by 10 private cabanas and the Coconut poolside bar.

“Receiving the Four Diamond rating is a tremendous honor,” said Kevin Thorstenson, Vice President of Hotel Operation at Thunder Valley. “It is a validation of our team members’ hard work and our efforts to provide each Thunder Valley guest with a VIP experience.”

Thunder Valley Casino Resort was opened by the United Auburn Indian Community in June 2003. The newly remodeled and expanded entertainment, dining and hotel resort is Northern California’s first casino offering all the elements of real Las Vegas-style gaming: service, cuisine and entertainment in an outstanding facility.

Located 30 miles east of Sacramento, Thunder Valley Casino Resort offers 200,000 square feet of gaming space including over 2,800 slot and video machines, 125 table games and a live poker room with space for 160 players. There are 14 restaurants and bars highlighted by the new High Steaks Steakhouse; Koi Palace; a 500-seat Feast Around The World Buffet and Thunder Cafe as well as Mingle Bar, Falls Bar, Thunder Bar and High Steaks Bar. Also on property is a new 3,700-space parking structure that leads directly into the casino and hotel.

The recent expansion of Thunder Valley Casino Resort includes a new luxury, 17-story hotel with 297 rooms including 40 suites. Inside the hotel is a 10,000 square-foot banquet and entertainment hall, meeting rooms, bars and a gift shop. The hotel has an expansive pool that includes private cabanas and Coconut, a poolside bar. The Spa at Thunder Valley features a wide variety of treatments including the exclusive 24-karat gold leaf facial. The expansion was completed in July 2010.

Amy Winehouse Dead at 27

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black the B side

Sadly Amy Winehousehas been found dead in her London home, according to multiple U.K. reports. She was 27 years old.

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Winehouse was discovered by officials at 3:54 p.m. A statement from Metropolitan police said, “Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased.”

Winehouse was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are calling her death unexplained and don’t believe it’s suspicious.

On her European Tour last month in Siberia, Winehouse broke down on stage. It was after that concert the “Rehab” singer canceled the remainder of her tour. A statement issued in June read, “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances. Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.”

Winehouse is famous for her song “Rehab” which was a reflection of her life. She had been in several rehab programs over the years and continued to fight both alcohol and drug addiction.

Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, was released in October 2003. Many of her songs were influenced by jazz and all but two songs were co-written by the star. Her follow-up album Back to Black spawned several hits including her most well known hit “Rehab”

I’m extremely upset to see an extremely talented young lady die at such a young age and at the beginning of, what I think, would have been a very long and successful career. She will be missed.

Google+ a Concert Venue?

Female Artist Connects With Fans in Live Virtual Concert

Facebook users are migrating to Google’s new social network, Google+, for innovative features like the Hangout technology, which allows 10 people to interact on live video simultaneously. The new technology has created a buzz in the social media world, with one of its most exciting uses being the first official virtual concert performed by singer/songwriter Daria Musk.

The New Concert Venue?

Pushing the limits of this new Google+ technology, Musk performed a 6.5 hour virtual concert that became a worldwide phenomenon, ultimately reaching thousands of viewers around the globe, from Norway to Australia to Argentina. Daria performed all night for fans who created an etiquette of staying for a few songs before leaving the Hangout so that fans-in-waiting could jump in.

The response from fans around the world caused the media to pick up the story, while Musk has landed on BusinessInder.com’s list of “The Most Interesting People to Circle on Google+.” Meanwhile, Google’s top engineers are collaborating with Musk to host a second concert this Saturday, July 23rd at 7 p.m. ET., creating a live streaming channel on www.HangoutParty.comthat will allow an unlimited number of viewers around the world to watch and listen.”While Facebook has created a platform that has changed the way people connect online through sharing pictures and updates, Google+ took it one step further by allowing people to interact in real time with video and voice capabilities, changing the very nature of how people socialize on these networks,” said Sean Wolfington, owner of Tier 10 Marketing, the agency which architected the digital marketing strategy for Grammy Award-winning musician Shakira and that now represents Musk. “Traditionally record labels dictated which artists get exposure. Now Google+ gives artists an opportunity to find fans, and gives fans the opportunity to find artists. This interactive video conferencing platform turns fans into friends by allowing them to collaborate directly with the artist, and it’s changing the music industry.”

“Google+ changed my life on Saturday night because I was able to connect with fans from all around the world,” said Musk. “My heart is bursting with joy and I’m forever changed.”

I think is a great tool for artists to get their names out there and meet new fans. As for me, I’m heading over to Google+ to check it out, but I think I’d rather be watching a concert at venues like Thunder Valley Casino and Resort. Especially their summer concert series, or even a larger venue like Power Balance Pavilion.

About Daria Musk

With a set list of powerfully catchy songs, crafted with artistry, spunk and modern flair, soulful indie pop/rock artist Daria Musk is quickly becoming a fan favorite online and in person, receiving rave reviews for her recordings and live shows. Raised in a musical family, with a rebellious heart, an honest innocence, and a passion for playing, Daria developed a distinctive guitar and songwriting style that catches fire on stage and in the studio. Together with producer/composer/bass player R.A.M., Daria has gone from playing cafes to showcasing at festivals and major music industry events like SXSW, CMJ and Gathering of the Vibes. Daria has played to sold-out crowds at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, New York City’s Mercury Lounge, and Connecticut’s beautiful Stage One. In just a few years, Daria’s songwriting and talent have been recognized and awarded by the We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards, the Starbucks Emerging Artist Competition, the International Songwriting Competition, the Gap’s Born-To-Play Competition (voted #9 over-all out of 800+ artists), the Musician’s Atlas Spotlight Artist, and she has been sponsored by the Taylor Guitars at SXSW 2009.

Train Rolls into Thunder Valley

Train will be rolling into Thunder Valley Casino and Resort and playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday July 23rd.

Train featuring lead singer and song writer Pat Monahan, guitarist Jimmy Stafford, and drummer Scott Underwood just recently completed their Save Me San Francisco tour in June. Taking full advantage of their current success they head out on July 22nd to kick off their summer tour with Maroon 5 and Gavin DeGraw.

Funny thing is, Train is taking a day in between Paso Robles and Los Angeles to head up to Thunder Valley Casino and Resort to play for Sacramento. Sacramentoans have gotta feel special! How cool is it to have Train, at Thunder Valley, for the only appearance of the summer by themselves. Thunder Valley Rocks!

Train’s Save Me San Fransisco tour celebrated their 5th studio album of the same name. Their single “Hey, Soul Sister” from the album was a major success, becoming their second top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It is the most played song in Australian radio history, the most downloaded iTunes song of 2010, the best selling single in Columbia Records history, and has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as quintuple platinum. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s probably a whole lotta of friggin copies. Actually it’s 5 (quintuple) x 2,000,000 copies sold, so that’s over 100,000,000 (million) copies!

I will be at Thunder Valley Resort and Casino in Lincoln, CA, just outside of Sacramento on Sunday to watch the big show. I will let you know how it all turns out. Who knows maybe Maroon 5 or Gavin DeGraw will make an appearance!

Come by Monday to take a look at the resulting concert photography and review! Looking forward to some great shots and listening to some great music.

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