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Thunder Valley announces Summer Concert Series

Thunder Valley Casino announces 2013 Summer Concert Series


Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame

C.J. Graham General Manager
Photo: Randy Miramontez

General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort, C.J. Graham, announced at a recent press conference the first acts of its much anticipated Summer Concert Series.

“We are thrilled to announce the first round of acts for our fourth annual summer concert series at Thunder Valley,” said Graham, “Our outdoor amphitheater is second to none in the region and as always, we will have a very well-rounded series of big name entertainers.”

Graham added that the amphitheater will be expanded to include 4,800 seats, taking two months to build. He also confirmed that their wildly popular H20 pool party on Sundays will be back and better than ever.

The Doobie Brothers Photo: Randy Miramontez Click for more images

The Doobie Brothers
Photo: Randy Miramontez
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UPDATED February 21, 2013 – in bold

The first acts announced are:

Frankie Vallie and The Four Season Saturday, June 1
Pat Benatar w/Neil Geraldo and Cheap Trick Friday, June 7
Super Summer Soul Jam click for full line up Saturday, June 8
Doobie Brothers Friday, June 14
Jeff Dunham Friday, June 21
Chicago Saturday, August 3
Bill Engvall Saturday, August 10


Thunder Valley Club Members will have the exclusive chance to purchase tickets on-site at Thunder Valley on Feb. 8. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 9.

This year Thunder Valley is introducing a “comprehensive” season pass, with Friday, or Saturday night concert passes, these will be available for purchase on Feb. 8.

You can visit Thunder Valley Casino’s website for a complete list of upcoming shows.

We will continually update this page, so check back for future shows coming to Thunder Valley this summer.


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Press conference: Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame

TC Martin founder and Executive Director of SSHOF

TC Martin founder and Executive Director of SSHOF

In a recent news conference held at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, TC Martin founder of the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame announced the first class of inductees into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.

Voting took place between November 20 and December 20, where Sacramento area sports fans were able to cast their votes online for their favorite sports legend.

Fans were allowed to vote for their top five sports figures from a list of 56 nominees that spanned generations of Sacramento superstars. Over 7,300 votes were cast with fans ultimately selecting the inductees.

Dusty Baker talks to reporters

Dusty Baker talks to reporters

The top five vote getters will be enshrined and honored on February 2, 2013 at the First Annual Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame Celebration to be held at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.

“The fans really embraced this” said founder and Executive Director, TC Martin.  “The fans were actively involved in the voting process and showed great support for the concept and their favorite athletes.  We have seen a tremendous response from Sacramento sports fans.”

Tony "Tiger" Lopez talks to reporters

Tony “Tiger” Lopez talks to reporters

Heading the first induction class of 2013 is current Cincinnati Reds Manager and former Giants skipper, Dusty Baker.  “It is an honor and privilege to be selected” said Baker, who was on hand for the press conference.  “I’m honored to be from Sacramento and this shows everyone around the country what great talent we have here.”

Also selected were former Elk Grove and NBA star Bill Cartwright, fellow NBA all-star and current Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, boxing legend Tony “Tiger” Lopez, and Olympic medalist Summer Sanders.


“This is truly an honor and I sincerely appreciate the recognition” said Cartwright.  “To be part of this group with these tremendous athletes is terrific.”

Tony Lopez signs autographs for fans at Thunder Valley Casino

Tony Lopez signs autographs for fans at Thunder Valley Casino

Also on hand at the press conference was local boxing legend Tony “Tiger” Lopez, who has won three world titles. “It’s a big honor” said Lopez.  “For people to show the appreciation of all the hard work it’s very special to be honored in my hometown.”

Four of the five inductees will be present to accept their induction at the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame Celebration event on February 2nd at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.  Cartwright will not be in attendance since he just accepted a head coaching jon in Japan. Fans will get and up close and personal look at these Sacramento legends.  Tickets are now on sale at Thunder Valley or at  VIP ticket packages are available which include a meet and greet with the inductees.

Lindsay Lohan makes court appearence

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

Only a day after requesting a delay in her court appearance due to the flu, actress Lindsay Lohan makes a brief appearance today in front of presiding Judge Stephanie Sautner.

E! News reported yesterday that Judge Stephanie Sautner had received notice that Lindsay Lohan would not be able to make her hearing today due to the flu. Obviously the troubled actor was well enough to board a flight from the east coast to make her hearing.

Earlier this month Lohan’s attorney Shawn Holley appeared in court to enter a not guilty plea to probation violations stemming from a June car crash. Just prior to her appearance Lohan, in an untimely move, fired Holley, ultimately having to beg her to stay on and help with these new charges.

Holley has been with Lindsay through all her trials and tribulations, as they have played out in the courtroom as well as the media over the years.

Lohan has been charged with three misdemeanors: obstruction, providing false information to an officer and driving with wanton disregard.

According to the Associate Press, Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner shook her head when she saw Lohan seated with her attorney. This after warning Lohan a few months ago to grow up and stay out of trouble.

The actress was required to attend today’s pretrial hearing involving three misdemeanor counts filed after a car crash last summer. Lohan pleaded not guilty to lying to police, reckless driving and obstructing officers from performing their duties.

Sautner was the original presiding judge who sent the star to jail, placed her under house arrest and forced her to perform morgue cleanup duty in another case.

Lohan was on probation at the time of the wreck and Sautner warned her that she may face jail time even if acquitted of the counts against her.

Sautner is headed for retirement and will not be presiding over the case when it’s scheduled to go to trial in March. Lohan will not be required to attend the hearing.

Mark Heller, Lohan’s new attorney was present at today’s hearing and said he wanted to resolve the matter as quickly as possible, to which the judge replied, “on this coast,” referencing Lohan’s arrest for allegedly assaulting a woman in New York.

In 2012 the native New Yorker moved to Tribecca along with her assistant Gavin Doyle.v

Last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters dead at 94

1307890689_folderABC News is reporting that the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews, died today at age 94.

Andrews died in her suburban Northridge home of natural causes, according to family spokesman Alan Eichler.

Andrews was one part of a trio of sisters who made up the most influential, all female, singing group of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

The group was responsible for hits such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” and “Don’t Fence Me In.”

Recording many songs with fellow singer Bing Crosby in the ‘40s, the Andrew Sisters became a household name.

After a brief breakup during the early ‘50s, the sisters reunited in 1956. In 1967 eldest sister LaVerne died of cancer, followed by Maxene’s death in 1995 from a heart attack.

The last appearance the trio made together was on The Dean Martin Show in 1966.

In 1972 Bette Midler released her debut album, The Divine Miss M, on Atlantic Records, which included her rendition of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” breathing new life into the career of surviving members Patty and Maxene.




Rihanna talks about her relationship with Chris Brown

20130129-rihanna-1176-306x-1359491519Rolling Stone Magazine today released an excerpt from an interview with Rihanna about her relationship with Chris Brown. Telling the magazine that, “Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake.”

In the latest issue due out Friday, Rihanna talks all things Chris Brown.

When talking about her reconciliation with Brown, who in 2009 was arrested for assaulting her on the eve of the Grammy Awards, she said, “I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” she tells Rolling Stone contributing editor Josh Eells, “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”

Brown plead guilty to assault for the 2009 incident, performing community service, he remains on probation. “When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world,” Rihanna says. “You see us walking somewhere, driving somewhere, in the studio, in the club, and you think you know. But it’s different now. We don’t have those types of arguments anymore. We talk about sh-t. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.”

According to Rihanna, if Brown were to display a hint of his past behavior towards her, she is ready to walk. “He doesn’t have the luxury of f–king up again,” she says. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”

However cozy their relationship has become, Browns anger management still remains in question after Sunday night’s brawl that took place outside a recording studio in North Hollywood with Frank Ocean. While the investigation continues Brown is adamant that he wasn’t involved in the altercation.

Posting a photo on Instagram of Jesus on the cross, Brown posted, “Painting the way I feel today. Focus on what matters!” Soon after posting the photo Brown made his Instagram account private posting, “Social media takes away the essence of why we are even special or icons. So with that, I’m detaching myself from that world”

Good luck Rihanna!


Chris Brown and Frank Ocean feud continues

Chris-Frank2The finger pointing continued a day after a brawl in the parking lot of a North Hollywood recording studio, between Frank Ocean and Chris Brown, when on Monday Chris Brown’s attorney reportedly told police that Brown was “ready, willing, and able” to give them his account on the fight that broke out Sunday night.

Initially TMZ reported that Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown and Grammy-nominated Frank Ocean were in an ‘all out brawl’ outside the Westlake Recording Studio in West Hollywood Sunday night.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said in a statement that Chris Brown is under investigation for an alleged assault in a West Hollywood parking lot.

Sources close to the incident insist that Ocean started the melee, as his crew blocked Brown and his entourage from leaving the studio. Ocean was quoted as saying, “This is my studio, this is my parking spot.”

Ocean has already provide his account to authorities and is “desirous of prosecution in this incident,”
 according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman.

Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, has been in touch with police. Geragos, who has represented some of the most sensational cases such as Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, and murderer Scott Peterson, reportedly told police that Brown was not involved in the melee.

TMZ reports that unnamed sources have confirmed that Geragos’ team is in possession of a surveillance tape proving that Chris Brown did not participate in the fight, but it also shows that Ocean did not throw any punches either.

The video comes up short since the fight started in the parking lot and ended in the recording studio lobby, so the tape only shows the end of the brawl.

TMZ said Brown’s account is radically different from that of an unnamed witness, who has stated that Brown threw the first punch after Ocean refused to shake hands, angering Brown to the point of punching Ocean.

According to sources, once in the lobby, the fight caused major damage and they “managed to break almost everything in the room and scare all of the staff members,” before the receptionist called 911.

Brown is currently on probation for his assault with on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna, which could have serious consequences for the singer if convicted.

Actor Jason London arrested – takes dump in squad car is reporting this afternoon that actor Jason London was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., bar.

It appears the 40 year-old actor sneezed on a patron and followed that up by slugging him.

According to the police report obtained by E! News, London started cursing at paramedics who were trying to assist him with the injuries he sustained during the altercation inside the Martini Ranch bar.

In London’s mug shot it looks like he probably should’ve refrained from sneezing on his fellow patrons.

The police report also states that London attempted to shove an officer, who responded by kneeing the actor in the outer right thigh, to which London replied, “F–k you! You won’t do s–t for me, you f–king hillbilly!”

The report continues to describe the ride to the station with London berating the officers saying, “Guess what, f—-t? I f–king love this! I f–king own you guys so hard. I’m rich and a motherf–king famous actor! F–king look me up, b–ch!”

That’s when London leaned to his left in the back seat of the squad car and proceeded to  defecated in his pants, telling the officer, “I told you that I’m happy as s–t!”

His wife Sophia confirmed he’s a jerk when he drinks, as the report quotes her during a phone call from the police station that her husband was in jail. She replied, “I know he’s an a–hole when he drinks.”

London has taken to Twitter with a number of tweets denying TMZ’s account of what happened:

“Guys, the TMZ report is a total f–king lie. I got jumped by three 250 pound bouncers. They knocked me out and beat me for several minutes.

“I would never say or do the crap they are reporting. Have faith in me. The truth will come out and you will see.

“Some guy thought I was hitting on his girl and had me jumped. My wife was in the next room, had no idea what even happened. I hate Arizona.

“Wait till you see the real pictures. I have a right orbital fracture and sinus fracture. The truth will win.”

Let’s hope this ‘motherf–king famous actor,’ understands that he needs a little help from his friends.

I hear Lindsay Lohan’s attorney is available.

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Chris Brown under investigation after brawl with Frank Ocean

Chris-Frank2TMZ is reporting that Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown and Grammy-nominated Frank Ocean were in an ‘all out brawl’ outside the Westlake Recording Studio in West Hollywood Sunday night.

Early this morning the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Chris Brown is under investigation for an alleged assault in a West Hollywood parking lot.

While the sheriff’s departments sorts out the events from last night, sources close to the incident insist that Ocean started the melee, as his crew blocked Brown and his entourage from leaving the studio. Ocean was quoted as saying, “This is my studio, this is my parking spot.”

Early reports were six men fighting, but the scene was clear by the time sheriff’s arrived. Witnesses told the officers there was a brief fight over a parking space.

“The altercation allegedly led to Chris Brown punching the victim,” the department said in a statement released early Monday morning.

Ocean is one of the top nominees at the Grammy Awards next month. He later tweeted, “cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.”

Brown is known for his temper, especially around Grammy time, when in 2009, on the eve of the Grammy Awards, he attacked his then girlfriend and singer Rhianna. The two have continued to have an on again, off again relationship.

As of early this morning investigators want to speak to Brown and are continuing to refer to Ocean as the victim in the case.

Concert Review: Madison Hudson

Madison Hudson - Click for more images

Madison Hudson – Click for more images

Madison Hudson is quickly becoming a local favorite in the country music world, as she’s starting to play larger venues such as Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill in Folsom, Calif.

I was first introduced to Hudson’s singing abilities at, of all places, a Doobie Brothers concert at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. Film star and singer, Branscombe Richmond brought Hudson up on stage to sing “Listen to the Music,” along with the Doobie Brothers.

The 15 year-old Hudson is country pop singer from the small town of Wheatland, located in rural Northern California. She’s been singing the national anthem at sporting events and from time to time has been making appearances with singer songwriter Rachel Steele and the band Road 88.

Rachel Steele - Click for more images

Rachel Steele – Click for more images

Opening at Toby Keith’s was a big move for the country singer as she was joined by Rachel Steele, and Road 88 band members Scott Prentice (guitar) and Billy Haggard (guitar). She also had a special guest singer Courtney Chapman, but more on that in a minute.

Kicking off their set, Hudson and Steele performed Pistol Annies’ “Hell on Heels” and Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue.” Hudson appeared nervous, but quickly overcame any nerves after “Stuck Like Glue.”

Hudson went on to perform solo, singing Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round” and Hudson’s original song “Tommy.” She hit her stride as she began “Tommy,” and never looked back, as she performed a number of songs, both solo and with Steele, sounding more like a veteran performer than a 15 year-old up and coming star.

Scott Prentice - Click for more images

Scott Prentice – Click for more images

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Courtney Chapman – Click for more images

Halfway through her performance Hudson brought her special guest, and close friend, Courtney Chapman onstage to provide vocals. The duo brought the house down with a wonderful rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Mean.” Chapman did a sterling job on vocals and I was looking forward to hearing more from her, but that was not meant to be, as Chapman exited the stage after performing “Mean.”

Hudson has been hinting on her Facebook page that bigger things were coming this summer as she is scheduling more appearance and bringing Chapman along.

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Billy Haggard – Click for more images

“Well I said 2013 would be crazy!” she wrote, “I will be working on stage with several artists working up to this summer. But I would like to introduce you all to Courtney! Courtney will be joining me starting this summer. We will be a new team and I am so lucky!! You will see us out and about together soon getting ready to rock it country style!!”

Looking forward to it!

Madison Hudson is someone to keep an eye on. You can find more information about her and Rachel Steele at the below links.

Visit Madison Hudson on:

Official Website
See Hudson perform “Tommy


Rachel Steele with Road 88 can be found at:

Official Website

Ohio Players frontman Sugarfoot dead at 70

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Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner – Click for more images

I am extremely sad to report that Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, the colorful and flamboyant lead singer for the Ohio Players, died yesterday at the age of 70.

UPDATE: In an official family statement released by Scott Hanover the family said, “Yesterday, Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, OH. While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music, and legacy.”

The statement continued, “Humble yet charismatic, soft spoken and of few words, the weight of his thoughts, lyrics, and music has influenced countless other artists, songs, and trends.  He will be missed but not forgotten as his legacy and music lives on.  More details and an official historical perspective of his career will soon be forthcoming.

His Facebook page is available to all to post comments, reflections, and testimonials of this wonderful and gifted man:”

The Ohio Players were originally formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1959, and were known as the Ohio Untouchables. After a brief breakup the band regrouped in 1963 adding Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner on lead guitar and eventually he went on to front the band.

The band’s first big hit single was “Funky Worm”, reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1973, selling over one million copies.

The band had seven Top 40 hits between 1973 and 1976 including, “Fire,” “Love Rollercoaster” and “Who’d She Coo?”

Recently the master of funk brought the Ohio Players to Thunder Valley Casino Resort (read review). Sugarfoot was helped onstage and appeared frail. However, backstage he was jovial and very friendly to the staff and fans as they lined up to meet the ‘70s icon.

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