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Huey Lewis bares his “Heart and Soul”

Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis

LINCOLN, CA – Huey Lewis and the News performed before a packed house at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday.

Lewis is currently touring the country in celebration of the 30 year anniversary of their iconic ‘Sports’ album which included mega-hits such as “I Want New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and “Heart and Soul.”

Selling over 10 million records, ‘Sports’ went on to place second only to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ in 1984.

In their usual style, the band stormed the stage while a booming heartbeat played in the background. As the crowd cheered, Lewis arrived onstage singing “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” followed by “Heart and Soul.”

Johnny Colla

Johnny Colla

The 64-year-old Lewis weaved his way through the entire ‘Sports’ album as the older audience members sang along.

As he finished side one of the album, he explained to the younger members of the audience, that you had to actually flip the vinyl record over, referring to the original format of the album. However, fans can now get their hands on the ‘Sports 30th Anniversary Edition.‘ The anniversary edition includes re-mastered versions and a second disc with unreleased live versions of the songs.

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Huey Lewis and the horn section

Huey Lewis and the horn section

“We aimed every song on ‘Sports’ to be a hit, so in that sense it’s really a collection of singles,” Lewis told USA Today in an interview, “They were for commercial radio, because that was the only way to success in those days, just before the real boom of MTV. We made no apologies about that mission, and we’re very proud of it in retrospect.”

Original band members on the album were Sean Hopper (keyboards), Bill Gibson (drums), Johnny Colla (sax), Mario Cipollina (bass) and Chris Hayes (guitar).

Performing at Thunder Valley were original members Lewis, Colla, Gibson and Hopper along with John Pierce (bass), Stef Burns (guitar), Marvin McFadden (trumpet) and Rob Sudduth (tenor sax).

Cocktail waitress helps out Lewis

Cocktail waitress helps out Lewis

There were a few songs that were not familiar to some audience members, so when Lewis completed the album and started playing some of their more recent songs (26-year-old songs and newer), the crowd came to life.

Traditionally Lewis and The News perform a few songs a cappella, but they disappointed on this night as the ‘Sports’ album dominated the performance.

Lewis’ gravelly voice has gotten better with age. There were a couple of songs where he struggled to hit the higher registers, but it didn’t matter – it was Huey Lewis.

Photos: Randy Miramontez

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‘Fun Under the Sun’ with Smash Mouth and friends

Mark McGrath

Mark McGrath

LINCOLN, CA – The Fun under the Sun Tour featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball, came to Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater on Friday.

It was actually quite the journey for me – don’t worry I’ll get to the concert in a minute, but first . . .

Randy’s Ramblings:
A couple of months ago my wife, who we’ll call Ruth, insisted that we go to the Fun in the Sun concert at Thunder Valley Casino because Mark McGrath was going to be performing – ok whatever.

Not really listening, as she so often accuses me of, I thought she said we’d be going to a show to watch that police dog, you know the McGruff crime fighting dog that runs around warning kids about uncles that .  .  . Okay, I digress.

Vertical Horizon gets a new banner!

Vertical Horizon gets a new banner!

As we near the date, Ruth starts talking about Sugar Ray and some type of candy – I know, not listening again.

The day finally arrives and as we’re driving to Thunder Valley to watch the crime fighting dog eat candy, I hear that Shrek song come on Sacramento’s 96.9 The Eagle, and they mention that Smash Mouth was going to be performing with Sugar Ray that very same night at Thunder Valley, which is about the time I realized that Mark McGrath wasn’t a crime fighting dog after all, but some hot lead singer that Ruth was head over heels for. Crap!

Robin Wilson celebrates his 48th birthday with fans

Robin Wilson celebrates his 48th birthday with fans

I’m thinking to myself the whole time, “No worries, it’s been like a century since I’ve seen this guy. He’s probably gone all Burt Reynolds – gaining weight, losing hair and just looking plain old” (Sorry Burt Reynolds’ fans). And, if that’s not the case I’m certain he’s going to be the biggest jerk ever.

#wrong

We were back at the meet and greet when ole Mark McGrath (AKA McGruff) came out looking like he did back in the friggin ‘90s. Worse, he was a really, really nice guy – I hate when that happens!

Steve Harwell (L), Robin Wilson, a woman named Ruth and Mark McGrath

Steve Harwell (L), Robin Wilson, a woman named Ruth and Mark McGrath

It gets worse.

I actually started liking the guy – not in a gay way (not that being gay is a bad thing) – but McGrath was cordial and asking everyone their names and shaking their hands as they came up for a photo, then he would say goodbye using their name as if they had been pals forever. Ughhhh!

#whatwasithinking

Up comes Ruth for her photo-op with Mr. Forever Young, when they both notice they’re wearing matching colors, that’s about the time Mr. Charmer tells Ruth to call him – just shoot me now.

Fastball

Fastball

The Concert:
McGrath had emcee responsibilities for the night and in between sets he’d step out onstage to introduce the next group.

FastBall had the honors of kicking of the show at 6:30 p.m., which is early for a Friday show, so the seats were still filling up as the concert got underway.

Fastball founding members Tony Scalzo, Joey Shuffield and Miles Zuniga came out strong, playing their hits including, “The Way,” “Out of My Head,” and “Fire Escape.” Fastball’s performance, as everyone who played that night, was spot on.

Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon took the stage, after an extremely brief set-change, starting their set with “You’re a God” and “The Best I Ever Had.”

Band members included lead singer and founding member Matt Scannell, along with Steve Fekete (guitarist), Ron LaVella (drummer) and Cedric LeMoyne (bass).

Vertical Horizon’s Scannell sounded the same as he did back in the ‘90s as they performed their hits “Everything You Want,” “I’m Still here” and “Forever.”

Gin Blossoms jumped onstage as Bill Leen (bass), Jesse Valenzuela (guitar), Scott Johnson (guitar) and Soctt Hessel (drums), joined lead singer Robin Wilson, as they played their hits “Found Out About You,” “Follow You Down,” and “Hey Jealousy.”

Gin Blossoms Credit: Ruth Perryman

Gin Blossoms
Credit: Ruth Perryman

Thunder Valley presented Wilson with a birthday cake as he celebrated his 48th birthday with fans on Friday.

Sugar Ray cleaned house as they stormed the stage with “Someday,” “Every Morning” and “Fly,” with fans on their feet their entire set.

McGrath was joined by fellow founding member Rodney Sheppard and, as gracious as friggin’ ever, he continually praised Sheppard and their long-time relationship – is there such a thing as too nice?

McGrath was a ball of energy as he went from one side of the stage to the other, shouting out to the bleacher seats, and keeping the audience thoroughly engaged his entire set.

Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray

Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray strayed from their numerous hits and played a resounding rendition of Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun,” that had everyone dancing.

Smash Mouth busted open the stage with the final set of the night, singing all things Shrek and more, as founding members Steve Harwell (vocals) and Paul De Lisle were joined by Michael Klooster (keys), Randy Cooke (drums) and Sean Hurwitz (guitar).

Smash Mouth played a number of their hits including, “Walking on the Sun,” “I’m a Believer” and “Can’t Get Enough of You, Baby.”

Harwell’s vocals were spot on as everyone’s performances on Friday were.

Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth

Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth

All things being equal I have to give the night to Sugar Ray. They had a fantastic set and should have been headlining the show. Not to take anything away from Smash Mouth, because they did an equally fantastic job, but the fact that Sugar Ray strayed from their music, coupled with their high energy performance, I reluctantly give the night to Sugar Ray and McGruff.

I can’t tell you how painful that is for me to write, especially now that I have a poster-sized photo of McGrath and Ruth on my bedroom wall.

One last note: Mark McGrath was not feeling good the entire show and still put on the best performance of the night – leaving everything on the stage for fans. All joking aside, I can’t say enough about McGrath’s cordial manner and down-to-earth attitude.

Photo credit: Randy Miramontez/Ruth Perryman

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Summer concert fun starts next weekend

Blondie and Devoe

Sunrise Marketplace
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While it may not be officially summer yet, things start heating up next weekend as the Sacramento Music Festival kicks off in Old Town Sacramento.

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary it’s going to be one giant party with many styles of music. There will be dancing in the streets, with music blasting morning, noon, and night.

Read: Sacramento summer concerts – check for schedules

Some of the featured bands will be Los Lobos, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Ben Taylor, The Blasters, John Lee Hooker, Jr., The James Hunter Six, Wanda Jackson, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Jimmy Pailer, Johnny “Guitar” Knox and Beer Dawgs. Click here for a complete line-up.

Read: Ironstone Vineyards announces Summer Concert Series

On the heels of the Sacramento Music Festival, Thunder Valley Casino Resort kicks off their Summer Concert Series with Frankie Vallie on June 1. Vallie recently made an appearance on American Idol’s season finale.

Sleep Train Arena brings Pit Bull to Sacramento on June 15. Pit Bull also made an appearance on American Idol’s season finale.

Sacramento Summer Concerts 2013

With summer just around the corner, the Sacramento area has a lot to look forward to for Summer concerts. Here’s a brief rundown of what you can expect from a few of the larger venues.

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Peter Frampton Photo: Randy Miramontez

Peter Frampton
Photo: Randy Miramontez

About: Every summer Thunder Valley erects an outdoor amphitheater and this year they will be adding additional seating bringing the total capacity to 4,800 seats. They have numerous bars throughout the amphitheater for ease of access. After the show enjoy your choice of 14 restaurants and bars, including High Steaks Steakhouse, Red Lantern and a 500-seat Buffet as well as Mingle Bar, Falls Bar, Thunder Bar and High Steaks Bar. Thunder Valley Casino Resort is also home to a luxury, 17-story hotel with 297 rooms, including 40 suites and an expansive outdoor pool complete with private cabanas and Coconut, a poolside bar.

What to expect this summer: Thunder Valley brings your favorite bands from the ’50s, ’60′s, ’70s, ’80′s and today with the likes of Frankie Vallie, The Beach Boys, Heart, Chris Isaak and more. Need some laughs? Jeff Dunham and his suitcase possy will be entertaining the masses and American Comedy Award winner Bill Engvall will have you ROTFL.

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
Lynyrd Skynrd Saturday, June 22
Under the Sun w/Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and more Friday, July 12
Huey Lewis & the News Saturday, July 13
Larry Hernandez Saturday, July 20
ESPN Friday Night Fights Friday, July 26
Chicago Saturday, Aug 3
Gladys Knight and The O’Jays Friday, Aug 9
Bill Engvall Saturday, Aug 10
Chris Isaak Friday, Aug 16
Frankie Vallie Saturday, Aug 17
Andy Bell, Howard Jones, Terri Nunn, Men Without Hats Saturday, Aug 24
Frampton’s Guitar Circus w/ B.B. King Friday, Aug 30
Sammy Hagar Thursday, Sept 5
Beach Boys Friday, Sept 6
Funk Fest, featuring Sinbad Saturday, Sept 7
Kathy Griffin Friday, Sept 20
Heart Saturday, Sept 21
Bad Company Friday, Sept 27
Tesla Saturday, Sept 28

 

Sleep Train Arena – SacramentoDirections

Phil Phillips

American Idol Live 2012
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About: If you’re from the Sacramento area then there’s no need to tell you about Sleep Train Arena, also known as Arco Arena and more recently Power Balance Pavilion. One word of caution – Wheatland is home to Sleep Train Amphitheater, don’t get them confused when purchasing tickets or planning your summer concert fun.

What to expect this summer: Sleep Train Arena has a few big shows coming this summer starting with Pitbull in June, followed by Fleetwood Mac, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift’s ‘The Red Tour.’

Pitbull Thursday, June 15
Sesame Street Live Saturday/Sunday, June 22/23
Fleetwood Mac Saturday, July 6
American Idol Live Monday, June 22
Bruno Mars Wednesday, July 24
Taylor Swift Tuesday, August 27
 Josh Grobin  Sunday, October 6

 

Sleep Train Amphitheater – WheatlandDirections

Train

Train
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About: Not to be confused with Sleep Train Arena, Sleep Train Amphitheater is an outdoor venue with plenty of lawn seating. Located in Wheatland near Marysville it attracts fans from the more remote areas of Northern California and Sacramento.

What to expect this summer: Country. Live Nation is offering up a whole lotta country this season with their Country Megaticket. Essentially you are purchasing a season pass to some of the greatest country artists of today, including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Jason Aldean. Kid Rock is also scheduled to appear this summer.

Miranda Lambert Friday, May 10
John Mayer Wednesday, July 24
Kid Rock Wednesday, July 31
Train Saturday, August 10
Keith Urban Sunday, September 22
Maroon 5 Tuesday, October 1

 

Blondie and Devo

Sunrise at Night Amphitheater
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Sunrise at Night Concert Series – Sunrise Marketplace, Citrus Heights - Directions

About: What do you do with a competition tennis court built each summer for the Sacramento Capitals? You have some fun! Sunrise Marketplace is the host to the Sacramento Capitals and when the Capitals aren’t playing tennis Sunrise Marketplace brings you their Sunrise at Night Concert Series – and some great shopping.

What to expect this summer: Officials for Sunrise Marketplace are still putting together their lineup for the season. Check back often as we will keep all venues updated.

Dave Koz and Friends Sat. August 10
Boyz to Men with Bell Biv Devoe Thur., August 15
Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright and more  Sat., August 24
Trace Adkins Thurs., August 29
Amy Grant & Lincoln Brewster Thurs. Sept 5
 Bachman Turner Overdrive and Blue Oyster Cult  Sat., September 7
Friday Night Fever w/Sister Sledge, Tavares, The Tramps and Taste of Honey Fri., September 13
 Diamond Rio w/John Michael Montgomery  Sat., September 14

Ironstone Vineyards Summer Concert Series – Murphys - Directions

About: Nestled against the Sierra Foothills, in the heart of California’s scenic Gold Rush Country, Ironstone Vineyards provides an intimate setting in a beautifully done outdoor amphitheater with plenty of lawn seating. The best part – they have wine!

What to expect this summer: A little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Saturday, July 20
Mellissa Etheridge Live  Friday, August 2
 Big & Rich Party Like Cowboyz featuring Cowboy Troy/Whiskey Dawn  Saturday, August 10

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Mama comes to Thunder Valley Casino

Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence
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Saturday fans of the ‘Carol Burnett Show’ and ‘Mama’s Family,’ were treated to a performance by actor, comedian and singer, Vicki Lawrence at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.

Lawrence is best known for her co-starring role on the television show “The Carol Burnett Show,” as the quick-tempered and abrasive Thelma Harper, better known as Mama. Mama was the mother to Carol Burnett’s character Eunice Higgins. Lawrence eventually went on to  star in the spinoff “Mama’s Family.”

Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence as Mama
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As the show kicked off, Lawrence talked about how her relationship with Burnett began. As a teenager, Lawrence entered a fireman’s ball contest called ‘Miss Fireball.’ A local paper ran the story with Lawrence’s picture and mentioned the fact that she looked a lot like Burnett. A short time later, Burnett personally called Lawrence and asked if it was okay to show up at the ball. The two met and the rest is history.

Lawrence talked about how she ended up with a number one hit and a gold record with “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” Her ex-husband wrote the song, but wasn’t happy with it. She went to Sonny and Cher to see if they were interested. Sonny hated it, so Lawrence decided to record it herself.

vicki-lawrenceUp to this point the show was an historical look at Lawrence and her career, with a good laugh here and there. That all changed when she mention her character Mama from the “Carol Burnett Show.” The audience immediately started applauding.

As Lawrence left the stage to change, the screens lit up with past bloopers from “The Carol Burnett Show.”

When the cantankerous Mama came out on stage the audience came to life. Mama immediately complained that if she hears Lawrence talk about how she met Burnett one more time, she was “going to upchuck my complimentary buffet.”

Wondering why everyone was staring at her she said, “I know what you’re thinking dear. You’re thinking boy there’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ if I ever seen one.”

Lawrence, providing laughs along the way, gave fans an insight into her life, career and her ongoing relationship with Carol Burnett. For fans of Lawrence, they were able to get a little bit of Vicki Lawrence and a whole-lotta Mama.

Check out who’s performing at Thunder Valley’s Summer Concert Series

New acts added to TVCR’s 2013 Summer Concert Series

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In a press release today Thunder Valley Casino Resort announced several new acts for their upcoming Summer Concert Series for 2013 and it appears this is going to be a great series.

Thunder Valley will welcome back several popular artists like Huey Lewis and the News, Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

This Summer Concert Series will include the ‘Under the Sun’ tour featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon & Fastball. Look for tickets for this show to sell out early.

This year joining the legendary Peter Frampton in his ‘Guitar Circus’ tour will be the equally legendary B.B. King. Another show you won’t want to miss.

“We are thrilled to add these big name entertainers to our fourth annual Summer Concert Series lineup,” said Dawn Clayton, Acting General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort. “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.”

Check back here for the latest updates!

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
Lynyrd Skynrd Saturday, June 22
Under the Sun w/Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and more Friday, July 12
Huey Lewis & the News Saturday, July 13
Larry Hernandez Saturday, July 20
Chicago Saturday, Aug 3
Gladys Knight and The O’Jays Friday, Aug 9
Bill Engvall Saturday, Aug 10
Chris Isaak Friday, Aug 16
Frampton’s Guitar Circus w/ B.B. King Friday, Aug 30
Beach Boys Friday, Sept 6
Heart Saturday, Sept 22
Bad Company Friday, Sept 27

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Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15 for Thunder Club Members at the casino. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 16 and can be purchased online at http://thundervalleyresort.com/entertainment  or at the Thunder Valley Ticket Sales Office between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Hawaii comes to Thunder Valley Casino

Tia Carrere

Tia Carrere
Photo: Randy Miramontez

There was a whole lot of pupu’ing going on at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday as Hawaiian natives Tia Carrere, Daniel Ho, and the band Kapala entertained fans with some old-fashioned Hawaiian music.

Kicking off the show was Grammy Award winners Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho singing “He Aloha Melee” and “Pupu Hinuhinu.”

Carrere’s performance was flawless, as was Ho’s incredible guitar work. Carrere’s voice was smooth and silky as she continued on with “Me Ke Aloha Pumehana” and “He Nani,” from their award winning album ‘He Nani.’

You may recall Tia Carrere is a veteran actress who has starred in numerous movies and television shows, her most notable role was as rock singer Cassandra in the movie ‘Wayne’s World.’ She’s also the voice of Nani, in the movie and TV series of ‘Lilo and Stitch.’

Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho
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Carrere has come a long way since her start on the TV series ‘General Hospital,’ not only as an actor, but as a singer. Teaming up with childhood friend Daniel Ho, they have garnered a number of Grammy Awards including best album for ‘Ikena’ and ‘Huana Ke Aloha.’

Daniel Ho has released 18 solo albums and produced over 50 albums. Providing backup vocals for Tia on a number of songs, he played several instruments throughout the night including the piano, ukulele and guitar.

Kapala

Kapala
Photo: Randy Miramontez

When the band Kapala stormed the stage it was nothing but pure energy as band members Lance Kalanikai Artis, Ashley Kimo Artis, Richard Lanakila Heirakuji, Lopaka Ho’opi’i, Adriano Kawika Larioza and Zanuck Kapala Lindsey, put on a high energy and very entertaining show, kicking off their set with “96795” and “Chigasaki.”

The crowd really got into Kapala’s set as the band made their way through a number of their hits including “Come on Home” and “Palapalai.” Some fans headed to the back of Pano Hall to dance, while others danced at their seats.

It was a great night out, with Carrere and Ho putting on a spectacular show, and Kapala finishing up the night with some high energy tunes.

 

Thunder Valley announces Summer Concert Series

Thunder Valley Casino announces 2013 Summer Concert Series

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Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame

C.J. Graham General Manager
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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
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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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The Placer County 10-35 Foundation’s Thunder in November charity drive took over Thunder Valley Casino’s Pano Hall on Saturday as the Chris Gardner Band, Road 88 and special guest Jeff Keith performed to a charitable crowd.

Jim Hudson with Placer County 10-35 Foundation

The Placer County 10-35 Foundation was created in 2011 as a non-profit charity designed to assist the men & women of Placer County law enforcement. The Foundation is a fraternal & benevolent association chartered to assist Placer County peace officers in times of great personal and organizational tragedy.

10-35 is part of law enforcement’s 10-code which means officer needs assistance.

Road 88 opened the show with lead singer Rachel Steele belting out Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up” and Emmylou Harris’ “One More Bottle of Wine.”

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Joining founding members Rachel Steele (vocals) and Scott Prentice (guitar/vocals) were Billy Haggard (guitar), Charlie McGimsey (drums), Todd Prout (bass), Paul Southerland (lap/pedal steel, dobro) and Maggie Keith (backup vocals).

Road 88 was flawless in their delivery as one would expect from a band that was voted #1 in the Best Local Band category for the second year in a row on KCRA’s A-List.

Towards the end of their set Steele brought Tesla’s lead singer Jeff Keith on stage to sing a country song.

 

What!?

Jeff Keith goes to the dark side

Yes pardner you heard right! Jeff Keith comes strutting out looking cuter than a junebug in a jumpsuit, donning, of all things, a cowboy hat. Y’all wouldn’t have believe it.

After some wild applause and a collective gasp from the audience, Keith went on to explain that he was still with Tesla and all was good with the band, but he was pursuing a lifelong dream of singing country music. His new CD Jeff Keith and Country Music Friends, is due out on November 9th, featuring Kent Goodson and Pat Boone from The George Jones band.

With his best country voice, Keith went on to sing George Jones’ “Grand Tour,” as the crowd cheered him on.

As one would have expected, Keith’s chops were flawless and, surprisingly, he sounded like a genuine country star. Who’d have thunk it!

Scott Prentice and Jeff Keith – Click for more images

Stay tuned for a complete review of his new album.

In between sets Jim Hudson with the Placer County 10-35 foundation announced the winners of their silent auction for an autographed guitar signed by REO Speedwagon (Katie was the winner), and an autographed guitar signed by Road 88 and Jeff Keith(Diana was the winner). Katie insisted that she get a picture after the show with Chris Gardner and her newly acquired guitar.

The Chris Gardner Band kicked their set off with Alabama’s “Mountain Music” and Luke Bryan’s “Rain is a Good Thing,” as droves of people made their way to the dance floor.

Lead singer Chris Gardner was joined by Dwight Hogan (bass), Aaron Shively (lead guitar), Joey Gonzales (drums), Nikko Vargas (rhythm guitar), and Shawn Holiday (keyboard).

While Road 88 had a solid set, the Chris Gardner Band was able to pack the dance floor as they continued playing  “Something Like That” and “Dixieland Delight.”

This was a fun and successful event. Expect to see Thunder in November II next year!

For more information on Placer County 10-35 please visit them at http://www.placer1035foundation.org

Y’all don’t forget to checkout Jeff Keith’s alter ego at Jeff Keith Country!

 

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