‘Summer Soul Jam’ keeps the heat up at Thunder Valley



LINCOLN, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort continues their winning ways as their 2013 Summer Concert Series gets off to a hot start.

WorldOne Presents brought their Summer Soul Jam to Thunder Valley Casino featuring Cameo, Rose Royce, Evelyn Champagne King and Lakeside. WorldOne Presents has a reputation for bringing in sellout talent to Thunder Valley Casino and other venues in the area, including the wildly popular Legends of Motown Tribute Show.

Kicking off this epic night of nothing but soul was Lakeside as they stormed the stage dressed in all things pirate, mimicking their highly successful album “Fantastic Voyage.”

Evelyn Champagne King

Evelyn Champagne King

Lakeside consists of Stephen Shockley (lead guitar), Fred Alexander, Jr. (drums),  Thomas Shelby (vocals), Marvin Craig (bass guitar), Fred Lewis (percussion’s), Johnny Rogers, Will Shelby and Donald Tavie.

Lakeside played a number of their hits including “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and, their most recognizable hit, “Fantastic Voyage.”

Following Lakeside was the incomparable Evelyn Champagne King, opening her set with “Betcha She Don’t Love You,” telling all the men in the audience that the song was about them, the whole time strutting around the stage showing off her strong vocals and a classy attitude.

Rose Royce's Kenny Copeland

Rose Royce’s Kenny Copeland

King ended her set with “Shame,” as the entire amphitheater erupted into cheers and song, as fans sang along.

Rose Royce came out working the horns section, with all the guys wearing matching shiny sequin suits. They started their performance with “Ooh Boy” and “Wishing on a Star,” with some fans getting up to dance in the aisles, but with the heat, those brave souls were few and far between, with most people opting to sway in their seats.

Rounding out their performance, Rose Royce killed it with “I’m Going Down.” When the band struck the first chords of their hit “Car Wash,” the crowd jumped up en masse to dance and sing along with the band.



Finishing off the night was Cameo as they strutted out in their usual attire with front-man Larry Blackmon wearing his standard red jock strap. The remaining members were Thomas Jenkins, Charlie Singleton, Anthony Lockett, Aaron Mills, Kevin Kendricks, Jeff Nelson, Marvin Morris and Chris Milner.

Cameo started with “She’s Strange” and “Single Life,” as most fans remained in their seats, possibly due to the length of the show and the extreme heat they endured to get this far.

The band had complete command of the audience as they weaved their way through their hits including their finale, “Word Up.” Fans were torn between wanting more great music or leaving for a more comfortable air conditioned environment.

Despite the intense heat, fans had a great time listening and reminiscing to some good solid soul music with just the right amount of funk.

All photos taken by Randy Miramontez


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