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VH1’s ‘That Metal Show’ thrashes Thunder Valley Casino

Hosts of That Metal Show with Anthrax

Hosts of That Metal Show with Anthrax
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LINCOLN, CA – VH1’s ‘That Metal Show’ paid a visit to Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater on Friday with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine emceeing the most headbanging event in the history of Thunder Valley’s Summer Concert Series.

James Hart of Burn Halo

James Hart of Burn Halo
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Headlining the show was legendary heavy metal band Anthrax. They were joined by Living Colour, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and Sacramento’s own Burn Halo.

It was an epic beginning with Burn Halo taking front and center stage as the temperature hovered at the 110 degree mark.

Leading the charge were founding members James Hart (vocals) and Joey Roxx (guitar), with newest members Ryan Frost (guitar), Chris Bishop (bass), Johnny Badbones (drums).

Burn Halo tore it up for about 30 minutes as Hart flexed his guttural death growl and performed their latest single “Wolves of War.” For those that missed Burn Halo’s performance you’ll get a chance to see them as they perform at this year’s Monster Energy’s Aftershock in Sacramento’s Discovery Park in September.

Joey Roxx of Burn Halo

Joey Roxx of Burn Halo
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Following Burn Halo was the multi-talented Corey Taylor who has fronted not one, but two bands, written a couple of books and has a fantasy comic book series entitled “House of Gold & Bones,” titled after Stone Sour’s albums ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 1’ and ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 2.’

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
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Taylor was joined on stage by – nobody. Armed with a guitar and his smooth vocals Taylor showed fans what heavy metal was like unplugged, as he kicked off his acoustical set with Stone Sour’s “Bother.” He followed up with a haunting cover of Chris Isaaks “Wicked Games,” with many of the women cheering him on.

It was obvious at the onset why fans refer to Taylor as “The Great Big Mouth,” as he mesmerized the crowd with his guttural sound one minute, and his smokey smooth vocals the next.

Taylor ended his performance with a medley of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and the Misfits explaining to the audience, “Somebody told me you can’t go from Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley to the Misfits and I said, ‘F#ck you, I’ll make it work’.” He started off with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” followed by Elvis Presley’s “Mystery Train,” finishing off with the Misfit’s “American Nightmare,” leaving the audience on their feet. Talyor definitely garnered some new fans and, according to some, won the night with his performance – Just don’t let any Anthrax fans hear you say that!

Vernon Reid (L) and Dough Wimbish of Living Colour

Vernon Reid (L) and Dough Wimbish of Living Colour
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Living Colour followed with their fusion of jazz, funk, hip hop, hard rock, and heavy metal. Lead singer Corey Glover was joined by Vernon Reid (guitar), Will Calhoun (drums) and Doug Wimbish (bass).

Glover was exceptional as the group weaved through their various hits throughout the years including a few covers.

Joey Belladonna of Anthrax

Joey Belladonna of Anthrax
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Living Colour mixed it up as they performed everything from a funky tune like “Type,” to heavy metal with the likes of “Go Away,” and then on to a more traditional rock song with “Ignorance is bliss.” They ended their set with a blistering rendition of James Browns “Sex Machine.”

As the stage grew dark and the fog moved in on the stage, red lights flickered on, lighting the way for Anthrax to take the stage as the crowd roared in anticipation of the legendary band.

Lead singer Joey Belladonna was joined by Scott Ian (guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Charlie Benante (drums) and the newest addition Jonathan Donais (guitar).

Anthrax

Anthrax
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Anthrax, one of the pioneers of Thrash Metal, started their set appropriately with “Caught in a Mosh,” as head-bangers united, bobbing their heads and shaking their fists. They followed up with “Got the Time.”

Just prior to starting up “Indian,” Belladonna started telling the crowd to get up and dance, as he yelled, “Can we get a f#cking war dance in this sh*t.” Telling fans to move the chairs out of the way, which has got to be the first time Thunder Valley Casino has experienced a mosh pit at one of their outdoor concerts. I was expecting to see some crowd surfing, but the chairs prevented fans from getting close enough together to successfully pull it off – that was probably a good thing.

A few guards moved in to remove some discarded chairs and then stood at the ready to breakup any potential fights as fans started slamming into each other in the front row.

The 53-year-old Belladonna’s vocals were spot on as he thrashed about the stage with the entire group putting on a high-energy show for fans, ending their set with “I Am the Law” and “Antisocial.”

Many fans were disappointed with the short amount of time Anthrax spent onstage and would have like to have heard some of their early music. Regardless fans loved the show and left wanting more.

 


The Go Go’s take on Thunder Valley

The Go Go's Perform at Thunder Valley Casino

The Go Go’s Perform at Thunder Valley Casino

LINCOLN, CA – The 80s were back at Thunder Valley Casino Resort as the Replay America tour arrived featuring the Go Go’s, Patty Smyth of Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels and Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne.

Pete Byrne of Naked Eyes

Pete Byrne of Naked Eyes

The show kicked off at 6:30 p.m., a full half hour later than planned. Originally Cutting Crew was to be on the tour, but they had problems getting Visas issued in time to make the tour.

Opening the evening was Naked Eyes with founding member Pete Byrne. Fellow founding member Rob Fisher passed away in the late 90s.

Byrne started his three song set with “In the Name of Love,” followed by “Promises Promises.” When he announced that the next song would be his last, there were some boos from the crowd. Fans were rewarded with Naked Eyes biggest hit “Always Something There to Remind Me.”

Martha Davis of The Motels

Martha Davis of The Motels

During Byrne’s set there were times when you could hear the young voice belting out the lyrics, but for the most part, his vocals were spotty. The crowd didn’t seem to mind as Byrne’s onstage antics brought the crowd to life, despite the hot and humid weather.

Patty Smyth

Patty Smyth

Martha Davis and the Motels were up next, starting with “Suddenly Last Summer.” Sax man Marty Jourard joined Davis onstage for “Remember the Nights.” Davis and Jourard did a superb job, but the audience seemed to lose interest. It’s difficult to pull out the sax when the sun is still blazing in the sky. The song is better suited for those intimate, dimly lit, moments.

Davis turned it around as she continued with “Take the L” and finished off her set with “Only The Lonely.”

Patty Smyth (L) and Kieth Mack take a selfie

Patty Smyth (L) and Kieth Mack take a selfie

Patty Smyth took the stage and kicked her set off with “Hands Tied.” Smyth immediately introduced guitarist Keith Mack and then proceeded to take selfies with Mack and the audience as a backdrop.

Smyth continued interacting with fans throughout her set. After her finale “Goodbye to You,” Smyth thanked everyone for being there and said, “Lincoln, California! We love your asses!”

Belinda Carlisle of The Go Go's

Belinda Carlisle of The Go Go’s

The Go Go’s took the stage as Pink’s “Get the Party Started” was playing in the background. Leading the pack was Belinda Carlisle (vocals), followed by Charlotte Caffey (guitar), Jane Wiedlin (guitar) and Gina Schock (drums) and Abby Davis (bass). Davis replaced original member Kathy Valentine. Valentine recently split from the band after an argument over royalties.

Charlotte Caffey of The Go Go's

Charlotte Caffey of The Go Go’s

When the Go Go’s hit the stage singing “Vacation,” the audience came to their feet and most fans remained standing throughout their performance.

They followed up with several hits from their album “Beauty and the Beast,” with Wiedlin complaining about Taylor Swift having the market on songs about past boyfriends, when the Go Go’s have been doing it for decades.

Jane Wiedlin of The Go Go's

Jane Wiedlin of The Go Go’s

Carlisle was able to squeeze one of her solos into the mix singing her 1986 hit “Mad About You.”

The Go Go’s kept the audience fully engaged and at one point Schock left her post behind the drums to invite a number of audience members up onstage as the band performed their cover of the 1960’s hit “Cool Jerk.”

Gina Schock of The Go Go's

Gina Schock of The Go Go’s

Pandemonium broke out as the band started up “Our Lips are Sealed,” with many audience members believing this was their closing song.

For their encore the Go Go’s played “Johnny are You Queer” and “Head Over Heels.”

 

 

 

 

Audience members onstage with The Go Go's

Audience members onstage with The Go Go’s

 

 

Thunder Valley Casino’s Summer Concert Series is in full swing. This Friday That Metal Show, featuring Anthrax, thrashes its way to Thunder Valley and on Saturday George Benson and Chris Botti quiet things down a bit with little bit of jazz.

Urinetown reigns in Rocklin

Cast of Urinetown

Cast of Urinetown
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ROCKLIN, CA – On July 10 Urinetown, the edgy and oft-times hilarious award winning musical, opened at the Finnish Temperance Hall in Rocklin. Presented by the Rocklin Community Theatre the show continues through July 20.

You can still purchase tickets!

The Tony Award winning musical is a tale of love, greed, and revolution. The show is set in a town plagued by a 20-year drought, where water has become so scarce that private toilets have become unthinkable. At the mercy of a single dominating corporation who maintains a monopoly on the town’s public amenities, the destitute citizens must pay towering taxes and fines to carry out their most private and basic of needs. Out of the mass of the pitiable, a hero rises to lead his fellow citizens against the tyrannical regime.

Tanner Kane (R) and Olivia Freer

Tanner Kane (R) and Olivia Freer

The timing for the show couldn’t be better, as California faces an unprecedented drought. Lucky for the audience, cast member’s timing was perfect as they delivered punch lines, facial expressions, and an occasional “Gasp!” at just the right moment, causing quite a few guffaws to be issued from the crowd.

Director Ryan Adame and crew couldn’t have picked a more stellar cast with Tanner Kane and Olivia Freer leading the charge. Kane filled the role of the dashing Bobby Strong and Freer played the ravishingly beautiful Hope Cladwell.

Genevieve Schloesser (R) and Jordan Mata

Genevieve Schloesser (R) and Jordan Mata

Opening the show was Officer Lockstock, played by Jordan Mata, and street urchin Little Sally, played by Genevieve Schloesser. The two set the stage as they talk about Urinetown and the results of a 20-year drought. Both Mata and Schloesser added comical relief throughout the performance and the two played well off each other.

Jake Romero played the role of Caldwell B. Cladwell, the evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company and Hanna Hensley played Penelope Pennywise, warden of the poorest and filthiest urinal in town.

(LR) Emily Masnica, Jake Romero, Olivia Freer and Michaela Rappa

(LR) Emily Masnica, Jake Romero, Olivia Freer and Michaela Rappa

While the cast had perfect timing so did the orchestra with musical director Cynthia Cates leading the team. The orchestra consisted of Cynthia Cates (piano), Robbie Wanamaker (drums), Matt Kilbourne (bass), Tim Sanders (reed) and Matt Koutney (trombone).

What stood out for me is the musical talents of each and every cast member. Everyone’s vocals were spot on bringing this performance to a level not generally seen in a small community theater.

Hannah Hensley

Hannah Hensley

 

 

 

You don’t want to miss this show!! You can purchase tickets for their upcoming performances online at Rocklin Community Theatre. Shows are scheduled for this Thursday, July 17, through Sunday, July 20.

 

 

 

 

Tanner Kane

Tanner Kane

The cast of characters included:

Character Actor
Bobby Strong Tanner Kane
Hope Cladwell Olivia Freer
Caldwell B. Cladwell Jack Romero
Penelope Pennywise Hannah Hensley
Little Sally Genevieve Schloesser
Officer Lockstock Jordan Mata
Officer Barrel Brett Young
Senator Fipp Emily Masnica
Joseph “Old Man” Strong Aaron Cain
Josephine Strong Claire Quillen
Little Becky Two Shoes Lea Mano
Tiny Tom Tyler Schloesser
Soupy Sue Michaela Rappa
Robbie the Stockfish Cayley Harper
Mr. McQueen Sierra Nevin

 

 

RCT Presents UrinetownAbout Rocklin Community Theatre (from their website)

Rocklin Community Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company.

We produce a yearly season of at least six shows. Our shows feature children, high schoolers, and adults. We produce both musical theatre standards like South Pacific and Oklahoma!, and “new classics” like Jekyll and Hyde and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

In addition to producing a yearly season of shows that showcase local talent, RCT offers classes for children, teens, and adults. Classes focus on skills, like acting, singing, and dancing. Students develop performance abilities, make new friends, and build self-confidence.

Thanks to our partnership with the City of Rocklin, we are privileged to rehearse and perform at the historic Finnish Temperance Hall. Finn Hall has been the home of theatre programs in Rocklin since 1994.

RCT endeavors to help improve the quality of life in our surrounding community. We are actively involved with the Downtown Rocklin redevelopment program and we look for opportunities to create partnerships with downtown area businesses. RCT believes bringing vibrancy back to Downtown Rocklin is essential, and we are thrilled to be a part of the effort.

Although providing a community theatre program is the core of what we do, RCT has a vision for much more. We are always looking for new program opportunities, new sources of financial support, and new ways to partner with the community.

Songs of the South at Thunder Valley

Alabama performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Alabama performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Rachel Steele and Scott Prentice of Road 88

Rachel Steele and Scott Prentice of Road 88

LINCOLN, CA – The legendary country music band Alabama made its way to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday with special guest, Sacramento’s own, Rachel Steele and her band Road 88.

It was an evening of southern rock infused with a bit of bluegrass, sprinkled with a whole lotta of country as the award winning Alabama reminded fans why they have reigned over country music since the 80s.

Rachel Steele and Road 88 kicked off the concert in fine fashion with a cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Gun Powder & Lead” as temperatures hovered in the mid 90’s. Steele sang a number of original songs including “Drive a Little Faster,” “Nashville” and, my favorite, “The Shot Song.”

Randy Owen of Alabama

Randy Owen of Alabama

Steele was in complete command of the stage and the audience with her band Road 88, consisting of Scott Prentice (guitar/vocals), Charlie McGimsey (drums), Vinnie Panteleoni (bass), Bob Kinney (guitar), Gordon Graft (keys) and Sherry Eidhammer (backup vocals).

Sue and Katlin with Randy Owen of Alabama

Kaitlyn and Sue with Randy Owen of Alabama

Alabama has been together as a group for over 40 years and in 2004 the group decided to part ways and played their “final” concert in Bismark, North Dakota. In 2013 the band reformed for their 40th anniversary and set out on their Back to the Bowery tour, in reference to the Myrtle Beach club where they got their start.

During the bands time apart, Owen stayed active as a solo act and also successfully battled prostate cancer. Cook was  performing with his Allstar Goodtime Band, while Gentry was producer for his band Rockit City.

When Alabama took the stage everyone in the packed outdoor amphitheater was on their feet cheering as original band members Randy Owen (lead vocals/guitar), Jeff Cook (lead guitar,violin) and Teddy Gentry (bass), kicked off their 90+ minute set with “If You’re Going to Play in Texas,” with the audience singing along.

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Jeff Cook of Alabama

They continued on with “Tennessee River,” followed by “Dixieland Delight.” The mostly older crowd remained seated for the majority of their performance, with small clusters of fans standing. During some of their songs people would dash to the aisles to dance to their favorite song.

Teddy Gentry of Alabama

Teddy Gentry of Alabama

Two audience members were singled out by Owen when he invited them up onstage so he could sing them “Happy Birthday.” Sue and Kaitlyn made their way to the stage and after Owen finished singing “Happy Brithday,” he asked them if that was good enough. By the looks on their faces it was plenty good enough.

For their encore they performed “Mountain Music,” at which point the crowd exploded to their feet to sing and dance along.

 

Fans flock to Summer Jam 2014

Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat

LINCOLN, CA – WorldOne Presents brought their annual Summer Jam to Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor Summer Concert Series on Saturday, featuring Keith Sweat, Salt-N-Pepa and Tony! Toni! Toné!

The day started out overcast, keeping temperatures below the century mark. As show time approached, the clouds dissipated and fans moved in, with around 4,500 people packing the sold out show. For over 17 years WorldOne Presents has been bringing their popular Soul  Jam shows to the Sacramento region.

V101’s Big Al had the honors of emceeing the show, along with V101 newcomer Pacey Williams. Before the show Thunder Valley Casino personnel threw out an endless number of T-shirts into the crowd, with one T-shirt making a direct hit with a glass of beer – oops! They also tossed out a number of oversized beach balls for fans to hit back and forth during the show.

Summer Jam 2014

D’wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!

Kicking off the evening was Tony! Toni! Toné! with front man Amar Khalil leading the pack and original band member Dwayne Wiggins on guitar.

Armed with their high energy and number one hits, Khalil and Wiggins thoroughly entertained the mostly older crowd, with many still filing in to find their seats.

Summer Jam 2014

Amar Khali of Tony! Toni! Toné!

Both Khalil and Wiggins were in fine shape and knew it, as they both wore vests to better show off their guns.

Following Tony! Toni! Toné! was Grammy Award winning Salt-N-Pepa as they stormed the stage with a couple of high energy dancers – adding to their Diva status.

I found Salt-N-Pepa’s set the most entertaining of the night with their good looks, charm and down to earth sex appeal. Both founding members Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton left it all on the stage as their original DJ, Deidra “DJ Spinderella” Roper, cranked out the tunes.

Summer Jam 2014

Sandra “Pepa” Denton of Salt-N-Pepa
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The dynamic duo of Salt-N-Pepa had great chemistry as they worked the crowds and interacted between each other and the dancers while dancing around the stage.

The trio played a number of covers during their performance, but it really didn’t seem to faze fans since Salt-N-Pepa were continually yelling out to the crowd, keeping them engaged throughout their entire set.

Of course, Salt-N-Pepa couldn’t help but end their set with their wildly popular hits “Shoop” and “Push It,” but not before bringing up a couple of gentlemen from the audience to get their groove on with the ladies.

When Keith Sweat made his way out on stage it was pandemonium as all the women in the audience brought their screams up a couple of decibels.

Salt-N-Pepa dancers in the house! Photo: Ruth Perryman

Salt-N-Pepa dancers in the house!
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When Sweat started his set he appeared annoyed after his earpiece fell off. He continually was looking towards the side of the stage, making hand gestures and then turning back to the audience while singing.

During his set Sweat made the statement, “Somebody’s gonna get pregnant tonight,” several times, referring to the reputation his mostly romantic songs have among couples. Jen, a longtime fan, told me she consummated four kids while listening to Sweat’s music.

Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat

As Sweat was weaving through his hits, including, “Make It Last Forever” and “I’ll Give All My Love to You,” a male dancer was thoroughly entertaining the crowd with his dance moves. The dancer brought a level of energy to the performance that Sweat was lacking.

Sweat’s performance may have been lacking the energy of a Salt-N-Pepa, but the crowd sure didn’t seem to mind as couples were dancing and singing in the aisles.

WorldOne Presents will be bringing more soul and R&B to Thunder Valley Casino on September 13th with The Big Block Party featuring Morris Day and The Time, Sheila E, Guy, and Doug E Fresh.

 

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Thunder Valley’s Summer Concert Series kicks off

Thunder Valley's outdoor amphitheater

Thunder Valley’s outdoor amphitheater

LINCOLN, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s Summer Concert Series got off to a great start Saturday night as Rick Springfield stormed Thunder Valley Casino’s outdoor amphitheater with his hit song ‘Jessie’s Girl,’ along with Eddie Money, who was ‘Playing for Keeps,’ and Loverboy who was simply ‘Lovin Every Minute of It.’

As the Sacramento region saw temperatures heading north of 100 degrees for the first time in 2014, Thunder Valley Casino kicked off their Summer Concert Series in style with thousands of fans filling the outdoor amphitheater to capacity for a 6:30 p.m. start time.

George Bernhardt (L) and Rick Springfield

George Bernhardt (L) and Rick Springfield
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A number of fans heading to their seats were voicing their opinions on the lineup and the sequence of performances. Many people I spoke to thought Rick Springfield didn’t warrant being the headliner of the show and wanted to see Eddie Money as the closer. Those fans were sorely disappointed when Eddie Money opened the show, followed by Loverboy and then finally Rick Springfield.

All three bands brought their A-game with Eddie Money kicking off the season opener with “Baby Hold On” and “Walk on Water,” with the crowd cheering and singing along.

Money was joined by the Eddie Money band consisting of Tommy Girvin (guitar), Lee Beverly (bass), Glenn Symmonds (drums) and Chris Groves (keyboards).

Eddie Money

Eddie Money
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Mister Sox!

Mister Socks!

The 65-year-old Money gave a great performance with plenty of audience interaction as he tossed one lucky audience member his tambourine. At one point, Money grabbed Mr. Socks (a stuffed monkey) out of the director’s chair it was sitting in and Money sat down in its place, throwing the monkey to the ground. (Cody, the monitor technician, brings Mr. Socks to all the summer shows. The Thunder Valley crew has taken in Mr. Socks as their mascot.)

Money continued with a number of his hits ending his set with “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Shakin.”

I attempted to contact Money after the show to talk to him about his abuse of stuffed animals, but he couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Glenn Symmonds of the Eddie Money Band

Glenn Symmonds of the Eddie Money Band

Loverboy followed Money with original band members Mike Reno (lead vocals), Paul Dean (guitar/vocals), Doug Johnson (keyboards) and Matt Frenette (drums). They were joined by their newest member Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve (bass).

Loverboy began their set with “Notorious” and “Lucky Ones,” with Reno shouting out to the audience in between songs.

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Mike Reno of Loverboy
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The 59-year-old Reno sounded excellent and put on a higher energy show than Money, but his performance was lacking the crowd interaction that complements Money’s performance.

While I think Money would have been better suited following Loverboy, I believe Loverboy’s high energy performance proved that they could follow the likes of Money.

Loverboy finished their set with “Turn Me Loose” and “Working for The Weekend.”

Rick Springfield jumped on stage with all the women going wild as he started his set with “Living in Oz,” followed by “I’ve Done Everything for You.” He was joined by George Bernhardt (guitar), George Nastos (bass), Jorge Palacios (Drums) and Brett Tuggle (keys).

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Rick Springfield
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The 64-year-old Springfield was all over the stage, acting like he was still in his 20’s rather than his 60’s. He put on quite a show for the ladies in the audience including what appeared to be a group of women from the 1986 Springfield Panty Droppers – at least based on their sign. Most female fans refer to themselves as Ricks Chicks.

Fans were singing along with the majority of songs, including a cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

A number of female fans came prepared with roses. Each time a bouquet made it up on stage, Springfield would grab the roses and thrash his guitar with the buds, spraying petals all over the stage.

Panty Droppers in the house!

Panty Droppers in the house!

Springfield did a great job of audience participation when he jumped off the stage and headed into the arms of waiting fans – much to the delight of the Panty Droppers.

Springfield ended his set with “Jessie’s Girl,” and afterward apologized for cutting his set short due to a curfew.

I know some fans out there will continue to argue that Eddie Money should have headlined the show, but Springfield deserved the slot, especially with his popularity among women and his highly energized performance.

This was a great start to what promises to be a great Summer Concert Series at Thunder Valley Casino.

Next Friday comedian George Lopez performs and Saturday heats up again with V101’s Summer Jam featuring Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa. Just added to the lineup – Martina McBride and the incomparable Diana Ross! Check out the full schedule at http://thundervalleycasino.com/Entertainment.

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EndFest brings the heat to Placer County Fairgrounds

Ed Sheeran performs at 107.9's EndFest 2014

Ed Sheeran performs at 107.9′s EndFest 2014

ROSEVILLE, CA – On a hot and blustery Mother’s Day, Sacramento radio station 107.9 The End hosted their annual EndFest concert at Roseville’s Placer County Fairgrounds, with close to 4,000 fans flocking to the show.

This year’s EndFest featured English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who recently appeared on the competition show, The Voice, as Christina Aquilera’s mentor. Joining Sheeran was pop-singer Austin Mohone, The ChainSmokers, Hot Chelle Rae and the San Francisco Bay Area duo Kalin and Myles.

Gavin co-host of The Wake Up Call

Gavin co-host of The Wake Up Call

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The End’s morning crew from The Wake Up Call, consisting of Katie, Gavin and Jason, took the stage to introduce Kalin and Myles, but first handed out several upgraded seats allowing winning fans to sit inside the pit for Kalin and Myles set. Throughout the show, the team would announce a new set of winners and rotate them through the pit.

170.9's EndFest 2014

Kalin and Myles

Kalin White and Myles Parrish opened their set with “Go to Work” followed by a medley of songs, much to the excitement of the mostly young female crowd. DJ duties fell to Myles’ brother Jacob who goes by DJ JaykeeP.

Mid-way through their performance, the pair had fans cheering when Myles shot into the air and performed a flip in mid-air as Kalin helped propel him across the stage.

Gavin blessing the crowd

Gavin blessing the crowd

The duo cut their set short when some fans, who had been sitting in the wind and afternoon heat all afternoon, started having physical problems, mostly due to dehydration. Fans requiring medical attention were pulled into the pit by security and radio station personnel who handed them over to waiting medical staff provided by Rock Med. At least one person was taken out on a stretcher.

Orphan Andrew helping fans

Orphan Andrew helping fans

Organizers immediately jumped into action with crew members handing out free bottled water. Radio personalities Gavin and Jason were also handing out water to people in front. People in turn were passing the water bottles toward the center of the crowd, where they were needed most. Warning audience members to put their phones away, one staff member began hosing down the crowd with a garden hose.

Nash Overstreet (L) and Ryan Follese of Hot Chelle Rae

Nash Overstreet (L) and Ryan Follese of Hot Chelle Rae

Due to the number of problems, fans were asked a number of times during the show to back away from the stage and give each other some room.

Hot Chelle Rae was up next kicking off their show with “Never Have I Ever,” with the crowd joining in on the chorus. Brothers Ryan (lead vocals) and Jamie Follese (drums) were joined by Nash Overstreet.

In between sets, radio personality Christopher K. brought a couple of surprise guests. Clair Crawley from season 18 of the reality TV show ‘The Bachelor’ and YouTube sensation Dani Noe.

Dani Noe and Christopher K.

Dani Noe and Christopher K.

The Chainsmokers, a pair of singing, songwriting DJ’s consisting of Andrew Winter and Alex Pall brought cheers from the crowd as they hit the stage playing their unique style of music. During their set they tossed a number of extremely large donuts out into the crowd. The crowd cheered when the duo finished off with their hit “Selfie.”

Austin Mahone brought his A-game and a few of his friends in the form of dancers, as the crew stormed the stage and really worked the crowd into frenzy.

Andrew Taggart (L) and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers

Andrew Taggart (L) and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers

After performing “Shawty Shawty”, Malone yelled out to the crowd to step back and told officials to get an ailing concertgoer some help in the middle of the crowd, as he pointed to the fan.

Elevating his status to saint for some parents, Mahone went on to warn the crowd that he would not continue his performance until the crowd stepped back. Making good on his promise, a band member started playing a soft quiet piece on the keys in an effort to calm the crowd. After about 10 minutes Mahone came back on stage and performed John Legends “All of Me,” followed by a shout out to all the mothers in the audience, dedicating “Always be My Baby” in recognition of Mother’s Day.

Who wants a selfie!! Click for more crowd shots!

Who wants a selfie!!
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After completing the two slow songs, Mahone shouted “What do you say we pick it back up a little bit,” only to be followed by an announcement looking for several missing children. Once he got started back up, he continued with “MMM Yeah” and ended his set with “What About Love.”

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Austin Mahone

Austin Mahone

Ed Sheeran, armed with a guitar and no band, proceeded to play “”You Need Me” followed by “Lego House.” In between songs Sheeran explain he was using a new Loop Station, designed to repeat, in the form of a beat, anything it records.

During his performance Sheeran would strum a few chords, recording them on the Loop Station and then play those back while playing his guitar over the freshly recorded beats. Voila – no band required. Sheeran finished off his set with “The A Team” and “Sing.”

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Anyone attending an outdoor concert needs to stay hydrated at all times. Due to the many young fans at Sunday’s concert, dehydration was a problem. Many people were waiting hours for the gates to open and the show to begin. With the excitement of the day and the building anticipation leading up to the start of the concert, most fans stationed upfront, were reluctant to give up their coveted positions and sacrificed some much needed water.

Here are a few things you should know about dehydration

Everybody wants a selfie!

Everybody wants a selfie!

Dehydration is perhaps the most common health concern at any outdoor event. Because of this, anyone attending an outdoor event should always bring enough water with them as well as something to eat.

If you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or disoriented you should head over to medical tents, or other area designated for first aid.

There are two types of heat exhaustion:

Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.

Salt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, frequent muscle cramps, and dizziness.

Although heat exhaustion isn’t as serious as heat stroke, it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death.

Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water!

Tracy Morgan: Viewer Discretion Advised

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Tracy Morgan
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LINCOLN, CA -  Standup comedian and 30 Rock star,Tracy Morgan, didn’t pull any punches as he brought his politically charged and oft times raunchy comic routine to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday.

Morgan has starred in a number of movies and TV shows such as The Longest Yard, Saturday Night Live, How High and  G-Force as the voice of Blaster. He also hosted his own TV series,  “The Tracy Morgan Show”.

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Morgan started the show yelling at the stage-hands, “Where’s the music?! A n**ger needs to come on to some music!” The crowd roared with laughter as he continued to talk about his days as a crack dealer, telling the crowd he was a “sensitive” dealer.

The 45-year-old Morgan wasn’t shy and talked about what was on his mind, running the gambit from politics to sex and drugs. He even broke into song on a number of occasions, as he flexed his vocal muscles.

I observed at least one fan laughing so hard he started choking on his drink, as his wife continued laughing without skipping a beat.

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Morgan  didn’t hesitate to share his most intimate details with audience members, insisting “Everybody has a vice and mine is porn.”

Peppering his routine regularly with both the F-bomb and N-word. At one poine Morgan went on a rant about Paula Dean’s use of the N-word, saying he would never trust a white woman of her age if she didn’t use the N-word.

When Morgan noticed  his crew huddled in a corner, he yelled, “What? Is there a coke deal going on around here or something?? Why are you all huddled in the corner?”

Opening act: Daniel Dugar

Opening act: Daniel Dugar

Morgan even had the audience singing along with him when he started singing. His favorite song to sing on stage seemed to be “Who’s that lady?”, telling audience members that “Us black people get sensitive about our music.”

As Morgan turned the subject to sex, he made sure everyone knew how upset he was with actor Michael Douglas. If you recall, Douglas announced he had throat cancer last year, the actor blamed his cancer on “going down” on women.

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“If you get throat cancer from going down on a woman, I’m a dead man walking!” Morgan blared.

The audience was rolling with laughter throughout Morgan’s performance and there wasn’t a single dry eye in the house.

I could go into more detail, but viewer discretion is advised.

Thunder Valley’s Summer Concert Series is right around the corner! Check out what’s in store.

Thunder Valley Summer Concert Series heats up

LINCOLN, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort just announced three more shows to their Summer Concert Series, adding to the already stellar line-up.

Just added:

Saturday, June 19 at 6 p.m. – The Go-Go’s with; Patty Smyth and Scandal; Martha Davis and the Motels; Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes with Pete Byrne.

Friday, August 8 at 7 p.m. – Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult.

Eddie Money Photo: Randy Miramontez

Eddie Money
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and in an odd pairing . . .

Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m. Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad.

Previous shows already announced:

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money all on one stage.

Get your groove on with V101’s Summer Jam with Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa.

How about a little country? Country band Alabama is back on the road and will be stopping by Thunder Valley with Sacramento’s award winning Rachel Steele and Road 88.

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Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans
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Tired of music and just want a good laugh? There will be plenty of laughs with George Lopez on June 13 and Larry the Cable Guy on July 18.

Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight

Step back in time with Jack FM’s third annual Rewind Festival with the Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina ex Katrina and the Waves and The English Beat.

Get your romance on with Charlie Wilson and Brian McKnight, for what is bound to be a soulful night of love.

 

 

 

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money Saturday, June 7 – 6:30 pm
George Lopez Friday, June 13 – 8:00 pm
V101’s Summer Jam w/ Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa Saturday June 14 – 6:30 pm
Gregg Allman, Leon Russell and Blackwater Saturday, June 28 – 6:30 pm
Alabama with Road 88 Saturday, July 12 – 7:30 pm
Larry the Cable Guy Friday, July 18 – 8:00 pm
The Go Go’s and more Saturday, July 19 – 6:00 pm
That Metal Show w/Anthrax, Living Colour, Corey Taylor and more Friday, July 25 – 6:30 pm
George Benson and Chris Botti Saturday, July 26 – 7 pm
New Edition Friday, August 1 – 7:30 pm
Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult Friday, August 8 – 7:00 pm
Credence Clearwater Revisited w/38 Special Saturday, August 9 – 7:00 pm
Lynyrd Skynyrd Friday, August 15 – 7 pm
Yes Saturday, August 23, 7:00 pm
Charlie Wilson with Brian McKnight Friday, August 29 – 7:00 pm
Rewind Festival w/ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina, The English Beat Sunday, August 31 – 6:00 pm
Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad Friday, September 5 – 7:00 pm
Bill Cosby Saturday, September 6 – 7:30 pm
Big Block Part featuring Morris Day, Guy, Sheila E and more Saturday, September 13 – 6 pm
Martina McBride Friday, September 19 – 7:30 pm
Diana Ross Saturday, September 27 – 8:00 pm

 

Stand Out Talent’s Copacabana the Musical

Cast of Copacabana

Cast of Copacabana
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ROSEVILLE, CA – On Sunday, Stand Out Talent brought their Community Production of extremely talented actors to Roseville’s historic Tower Theatre, to perform “Barry Manilow’s – Copacabana the Musical.”

Olivia Lawrence (L) and Amber Hollingsworth

Olivia Lawrence (L) and Amber Hollingsworth

A little over three years ago, husband and wife team, Jason and Jennifer Bortz attempted to bring Copacabana to Roseville, but Jennifer quickly realized the production was simply too big for their first year, so she patiently waited for just the right season.

Lucky for audience members, the wait paid off, as a stellar cast put on a fantastic show that had the audience laughing and booing at just the right moments.

Olivia Lawrence (L) and Tyler Leung

Olivia Lawrence (L) and Tyler Leung

Olivia Lawrence was spectacular as Lola La Mar, as she went from a country bumpkin trying to make it as a Capana Girl, to a full fledge star at the Copacabana, all due to the efforts of Tony Forte, played by Tyler Leung, marking his first major role.

Kevin Kirtlan played villain Rico Castelli, who steals Lola away from the Copacabana and whisks her to a seedy club in Cuba. Kirtlan did such a fantastic job, he had everyone in the audience yelling and booing at him through most of the show. This was Kevin’s first musical role.

Kelly Andrews (L) as Conchita Alvarez and Kevin Kirtlan as Rico Castelli

Kelly Andrews (L) as Conchita Alvarez and Kevin Kirtlan as Rico Castelli

The “standout” of the show was Jason Bortz, president of Stand Out Talent, who had to fill in at the last minute for an ailing Michael Coleman, who was scheduled to play Sam Silver, but was rushed to the hospital at the last minute. Not knowing the lines, or the songs, Jason had five minutes to get into costume and prepare for the part. The entire crew pitched in to make it happen. Jason tackled it like a pro, as he grabbed a clipboard with the script and used it as a prop. The audience loved him and gave him a standing ovation at the end.

Jason Bortz (L) as Sam Silver, Tyler Leung and Kelly Andrews

Jason Bortz (L) as Sam Silver, Tyler Leung and Kelly Andrews

Wife Jennifer said Jason couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of everyone, saying, “It’s truly a testament to the heart, level headed thinking and talent of our cast and crew.”

Stand Out Talent is a training facility and production company geared towards training young and old alike to meet the challenges in all aspects of performing and media arts.

In 2011, Stand Out Talent took over Tower Theatre in Roseville and since then Stand Out Talent has brought a wide variety of entertainment to Roseville including plays, independent film premieres, film festivals and concerts. They have also hosted a number of events like birthdays, proms and they’ve even hosted a wedding.

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Ensemble Dancer Sierra Scholesser (L) and Branden Price
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Stand Out Talent produces three types of shows, children’s, community and professional productions. For the Copacabana production the majority of the performers were trained in their roles (singing, acting and dancing).

Their Professional shows utilize trained local non-union talent and past shows have been Next To Normal, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Unbeatable, Young Frankenstein and Agnes of God.

They will be holding auditions on June 10 and 11 for Footloose the musical.

Upcoming shows include Blacktop Comedy (May 2 – 4), The Little Mermaid (May 16 – 25) and in June they will be hosting a Musical Theater Boot Camp.  See their full schedule at http://standouttalent.org.

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