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LINCOLN, CA – The Commodores brought their love song infused hits and driving dance beats to Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s Pano Hall Friday night – just in time for Valentine’s Day.
As Pano Hall’s light went down and the stage went dark, lights flashed to the pounding of a heartbeat as founding members Walter Orange, William King, and longtime member J.D. Nicholas stormed the stage.
The trio, dressed in black sequenced pants and jackets, kicked off their show with “Shake It Lady” and transitioned into a medley of songs.
The crowd of mostly older fans was on their feet for the first song, but quickly settled into their chairs and remained there for most of the show.
I found the sound lacking, whether it was the aging rockers vocals, or the sound system, it was difficult to tell since the instruments tended to drown out the groups vocals.
A number of fans wandered to the back of Pano Hall, with some spilling into the aisles to slow dance to “Easy” and “Three Times a Lady.”
The Commodores continually were engaging fans in the front section of the audience as they would wink and wave to fans.
They headed into their encore with “Brick House,” but deviated in the middle with a bit of audience participation as they were simply jamming and yelling out to the audience with phrases such as “Say Yo Yo,” leading back into, and finishing off the set with, “Brick House.”
As fans started filing into the Holiday Pavilion, Rachel Steele and Road 88 kicked off the evening with Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up” and The Band Perry’s “Done.”
Steele and Road 88 just recently won the coveted Sammie Award for Sacramento’s best Americana/Alternative Country band, as voted by fans.
Steele and the Road 88 crew, consisting of Scott Prentice (vocal/guitar), Charlie McGimsey (drums), Vinnie Panteleoni (bass), Bob Kinney (guitar) and Tony Windle (keys), played several original works including “Nashville” and “Mama’s Still Waiting.”
Steele belted out “The Shot Song,” as a number of audience members stood up and started dancing to this original tune. According to Steele, she and Prentice got their inspiration for the song after watching comedian Gabriel Iglesias shooting shots of Tequila after a performance. Steele ended the set with Miranda Lamberts “Fastest Girl in Town.”
The audience was charged up and obviously looking forward to seeing Confederate Railroad after Steele’s high energy performance, but fans were disappointed as Confederate Railroad put on a lackluster performance and would have been better suited starting the show with Steele leading the way to Mark Chesnutt.
Confederate Railroad’s lead singer, Danny Shirley, was difficult to understand during his monologues and was spotty on his vocals. Joining Shirley onstage was Bobby Randall (guitar, minus his steel string), Rusty Hendrix (guitar), Mark Dufresne (drums) and Wayne Secrest (bass).
Towards the end of Confederate Railroad’s set, fans did react to their closing song “Trashy Women.”
Considered one of the most reliable country artists in the industry, Mark Chesnutt didn’t disappoint as he came out with “Bubba Shot the Jukebox,” followed by “Old Flames Have New Names.”
It was refreshing to hear Chesnutt’s clean vocals, and experience firsthand his ability to weave a story into a musical melody for all to enjoy. The audience was into his set from the start. Continuing he sang “Brother Jukebox” and “I Just Wanted You to Know.”
For his encore Chesnutt performed “Goin Through the Big D” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” leaving fans on their feet cheering for more.
The Holiday Pavilion was almost to capacity when the legendary Sounds Of Success, better known as the S.O.S. band, jumped on stage to kick off the funk filled night. Starting off with “Just The Way You Like It” and “The Finest,” the band was in great form as the crowd came to their feet singing and dancing.
Founding member and lead singer Mary Davis was dressed to impress as she blasted through their hits including “Just Be Good to Me” and “No One’s Gonna Love You.”
Joining Davis was original member Abdul Ra’oof (vocals/trumpet). I was not able to confirm the other members, but believe they were Celia Georgie (background vocals), Sultan Muhammad (saxophone), Reginald Ward (guitar), Ben Smith (keyboards), Allen Smith (keyboards), and Crystal Martin (drums).
Davis and crew finished with a flourish cranked out the song that catapulted S.O.S. to stardom back in 1980, “Take Your Time (Do It Right).”
The Whispers kicked off their set with “Tonight,” “And the Beat Goes On” and “Is It Good to You.”
Founding members and twins Wallace “Scotty” Scott and Walter Scott were joined by fellow founding member Nicholas Caldwell and longtime member Leaveil Degree.
The Whispers began their career in 1963. Twin brothers Walter and Wallace were joined with friends Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon to form a local singing group. The group would play on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the San Francisco and Oakland area. In 1971 Degree joined the group to replace Gordy Harmon.
In 2006 The Whispers released their latest album under their own label Satin Tie Productions. Walter said of the new album entitled “For Your Ears Only” that this was their “way of saying to our fans that we appreciate everybody’s support that has been with us for many, many years.”
Once they started up “Rock Steady,” the crowd was on their feet as they continued with their more popular hits and finished with “Just Gets Better With Time” and “It’s a Love Thing.”
LINCOLN, CA – For all you holiday shoppers needing a break, Thunder Valley Casino Resort has just the ticket.
On Saturday December 21, Thunder Valley Casino brings you the “Winter Dance Party”, including the official tribute show of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & The Big Bopper.
So take off your shopping shoes and put on your dancing shoes!
The “Winter Dance Party” encompasses the energy and excitement of the ‘50s Rock and Roll era. Spirits will rise and your feet will come alive when you hear Buddy Holly’s rockabilly treasures: “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue” and “Oh Boy!”
This tribute show is the only one endorsed by the estate of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & The Big Bopper.
According to the LA Times, “This Musical Rocks.”
The Chicago Tribune says, “As flawless as a chord from a Fender Stratocaster…John Mueller is living proof that Buddy Holly’s legacy will live on.”
One fan who gave the show five stars said, “This is one show you shouldn’t miss! The cast that plays Buddy, Richie and Bopper are fantastic! They not only look like them, they sound like them!! They get the crown rockin and a rollin!!!”
While the three Knights of Rock and Roll fell before their time, they left an indelible impression, changing the future of music forever.
Don McLean’s “American Pie” pays homage to the threesome and reminisces on “the day the music died.” Groups such as The Beatles were openly influenced, as were The Rolling Stones who received their first major British hit with Holly’s “Not Fade Away.”
Valen’s “La Bamba” and Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” will transport you back to a simpler time when World War 2 came to an end and the Veterans were raising the next generation. Teens and parents alike got the bug as they “Bopped” to the sounds that would define an era of pop culture.
Holly’s only Sacramento performance was October 18, 1957 at the Memorial Auditorium. The show dubbed as “The Biggest Show of Stars” also included Fat’s Domino, The Everly Brothers and Chuck Berry just to name a few. Believe it or not, general admission tickets were $2.50 with reserved seats going for a whopping $3.50.
This critically acclaimed concert event lands on the Holiday Pavilion stage at Thunder Valley Casino/Resort Saturday, December 21st at 8:30 p.m. Get your tickets to the feel-good event of the season today!
Thunder Valley Casino Resort
1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln, CA 95648
Saturday, December 21, 2013 – 8:30 p.m.
$25, $30 and $40
You can pick up tickets at Thunder Valley’s box office, or online at TicketMaster
While there were no wheel chairs or walkers to be seen, there were plenty of gray hairs milling about as hundreds gathered to pay homage to the British rockers from across the pond.
Foghat hit the music scene back in 1971 with their mix of blues and boogie rock, which was dominated by electric and electric-slide guitars.
Over the years Foghat has accumulated seven gold records, one platinum record for “Fool For The City” (1975), and one Double-Platinum record for “Foghat Live” (1977). “Foghat Live” included their trademark hit “Slow Ride.”
The band consisted of original drummer Roger Earl, longtime band member Craig Macgregor (bass), Bryan Bassett (guitar) and Charlie Huhn (vocals/guitar). Huhn replaced original member Lonesome Dave Peverett who died in 1999.
There may have been some fans concerned about Foghat’s ability to put on a good show, since their original lead singer had passed away and their only original member was Earl. Those concerns were quickly put to bed as soon as the band struck up “Road Fever” followed by “Home in My Hand.”
Huhn did an awesome job on vocals and owned each and every song as the band continued with “My Babe” and “Drivin Wheel,” with Macgregor delivering a blistering riff, which resulted in Huhn bringing out a towel to help dry off Macgregor.
Of course, for their encore Foghat performed their mega-hit “Slow Ride,” bringing everyone to their feet as they ended the night on a stellar note.
Afterwards the band came out to meet their fans and sign autographs.
LINCOLN, CA – The GMA Network’s hit television show stormed into Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Sunday, as the cast from Kapuso’s “My Husband’s Lover” brought their colorful, yet controversial show to life in Pano Hall.
“My Husband’s Lover” is a bold new drama about gay relationships, bringing viewers a drama depicting a husband who is conflicted about his sexuality. The show has been so successful producers decided to take the show on the road to the US in the form of a musical tour.
The show stars Carla Abellana who plays Lally, the wife of Vincent, played by Tom Rodriguez.
Vincent strives to be a good husband and sincerely loves his wife, but he remains conflicted about his sexuality. He never had a girlfriend before getting married, and apparently his closest intimacy had been with his high school best friend Eric, played by Dennis Trillo.
Other performers for the night included pop diva Kuh Ledesma, resident hunks Victor Basa and Pancho Magno, and special guest Jonalyn Viray.
LINCOLN, CA – The Tubes, one of the most theatrical new wave rock bands of the 80′s, brought their sometimes offensive and oftentimes outrageous show to Thunder Valley Casino Resort Friday.
They are best known for their onstage presence and hits from the 80′s and 90′s including “She’s a Beauty,” “Talk to Ya Later,” and “The Monkey Time”.
An extravagant mix of theater, rock, and social criticism, The Tubes started out with an instrumental, “Get Overture.” Lead singer and front man, Fee Waybill jumped on stage and began singing, “This Town” followed by a rant about the sad state of the political landscape, throwing in the F-bomb on more than one occasion.
There were those that loved the show and others that seemed to want to bolt out of the room. However, the 63-year-old Waybill’s stage presence kept everyone clued to their seats for most of the concert.
As the concert rolled along, Waybill changed costumes faster than you can say Lady Gaga, as he strutted around in a jailhouse suit, straight jacket and at one point, almost nothing at all.
Known for his outrageous antics and outfits, Waybill did not disappoint, as he strutted out in what appeared to be an S and M’s dream come true. Waybill showed up onstage armed with a flashlight, wearing only a leather mask and thong. He would swing the flashlight around providing audience members the briefest of glimpses of his aging physique. We won’t get into what he ended up doing with the flashlight. If you really want to know, go check out his show the next time he’s in town.
It was apparent the audience was made up of mostly diehard fans, with barely anyone exiting Pano Hall before the end of the show.
One fan even had a license plate they were flashing at the band with the acronym WPOD for their hit song “White Punks On Dope.” Waybill acknowledged the license plate as he came out in his trademark outfit dressed as Quay Lewd, aptly named after the drug Quaalude.
Ending with “She’s a Beauty” and “Talk to Ya Later,” Waybill showed up in a costume reminiscent of a carnival hawker.
The last two songs had the crowd gathered at the front of the stage dancing and shouting. At the end of the set, the entire band made their way to the front of the stage, where they shook people’s hands and thanked them for coming out to the show.
If you haven’t taken in a Tubes concert it might be worth a peek.
LINCOLN, CA – The Beach Boys unleashed their surfin ways to a packed house at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday night.
The Beach Boys are regarded by many as the greatest American rock group. They were instrumental in taking popular music to a completely new level in the ‘60s with their barbershop music coupled with rhythm and blues.
Forming in 1961, the band has been through many changes over the years. In 1965, country singer Glen Campbell joined The Beach Boys for a brief stint, eventually he was replaced with Bruce Johnston. Yes! Glen Campbell was a Beach Boy.
Last year saw founding members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine team up with longstanding members Bruce Johnston and David Marks for their 50th anniversary.
For Friday’s show The Beach Boys consisted of Mike Love (vocals), Bruce Johnston (keys), Christian Love (guitar), Scott Totten (guitar), John Cowsill (drums) and Tim Bonhomme (keys). This incarnation of the group has been touring together for close to 15 years.
It was a special night as Elliot Kendall from EK Media an associate with Fender guitars presented Totten with a genuine Fender American Vintage Series Stratocaster guitar, complete with ‘The Beach Boys – Made In California‘ box set graphic design on the pick guard.
While this particular guitar is Totten’s, fans will have a chance to win one identical to his. Until September 20th, fans can enter the “Guitar Solo Project” to win their very own guitar. You can find out more about the contest at The Beach Boys Guitar Solo Project.
The Beach Boys kicked off their set with “Do it Again” and “Little Honda,” as fans jumped to their feet and started dancing. You could hear many of the fans singing to the music as Mike Love sounded excellent.
At 72-years-old, Love did a fantastic job with vocals and engaging fans. He’d point to someone in the audience and then wave and smile at them. He continued this throughout the show making everyone feel welcome.
So it went for the entire show, with fans singing along to all of the hits including “409,” “Little Deuce Coup” and “Help Me Rhonda.”
Totten didn’t get a chance to pull out his new Fender guitar until “Kokomo.” You could tell he was excited to play with his new toy too.
A really special moment was during “Surfer Girl,” Love told the audience that this song was about their cell phones, telling everyone to bring out their phones and light up the night. As the lights dimmed throughout the outdoor amphitheater the audience lit up with all the cells phones. It was quite a sight to see.
Talk about a complete concert!
The Beach Boys blew through almost forty songs in as little as two hours. For their encore they played “Going to the Beach” and “Surfin’ USA.”
It was obvious from the crowd that after all these years The Beach Boys can still entertain.
LINCOLN, CA – The Regeneration Tour came to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday, featuring ‘80s favorites Howard Jones, Erasure’s Andy Bell, Berlin with Terri Nunn and Men Without Hats. Local fans were provided an added treat as Sacramento’s own Larisa Bryski opened the show and joined Terri Nunn onstage to perform a duet – more on that later.
World One Presents billed this as their first annual Rewind Festival, promising to bring a similar formatted show next year. Attendance was less than stellar with the “cheap seats” filling about half-way up the back and sides. Fan’s made up for it in enthusiasm as they continued to scream, dance and sing along to all their favorite ‘80s hits.
Sacramento’s own singer/songwriter,Larisa Bryski, opened the show with “Butterflies” and “Let it Rain,” off of her ‘Violet’ album. The show was scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., but Bryski was up onstage a little after 6. Many fans started scrambling to get into the venue as she was tearing through her set.
The SAMMIE award (Sacramento Music Awards) winning Bryksi won over some new fans as audience members were trying to figure out who this edgy and powerful singer was. Bryski took command of the stage from the start, as she was joined by band members Willy Seltzer (guitar/vocals), Tommy Armstrong-Leavitt (guitar), Andrew Houston (bass), and Darrell Hale (drums/vocals). Bryski and crew ended their set with her latest song “Everything.”
Men without Hats followed Bryski, opening their set with “This War” and “Antartica.” The only original band member, Ivan Doroschuk looked good and sounded great. He was joined by Lou Dawson (keys), James Love (guitar) and Rachel Ashmore (keys).
The last time I saw the 51-year-old Doroschuck he didn’t sound nearly as good. I attributed his previous performance to the equipment, which it appears to have been a major contributor, since Doroschuk’s vocals were awesome on Saturday.
In his usual style, Doroschuk swayed back and forth dancing around the stage with his arms in the air and just having a good time. He ended his set with “The Safety Dance,” as everyone in the outdoor amphitheater jumped to their feet.
Berlin with Terri Nunn was up next as they kicked off their set with “No More Words” and “Masquerade.” Nunn was joined by Chris Olivas (percussion/drums), Carlton Bost (guitar) and Dave Schulz (keys).
As the award winning singer started playing her “Top Gun” song “Take My Breath Away,” she waded out into the sea of waiting fans. The 52-year-old was handing out hugs as if there was no tomorrow and it was quite obvious that Nunn loved this part of the show. Several times Nunn, who’s a tad short, jumped up on a chair so fans could get a glimpse of the star. She posed for photos too, all while singing “Take My Breath Away.”
In 2008 Nunn met Bryski and liked her music so much she asked Bryski to write a song with her. Nunn invited Bryski up onstage to sing their new song together for the first time. The song “Stand Up” will be featured in Berlin’s new album “Animals.”
It was a disappointing moment for Bryski fans since her microphone wasn’t working. Mid-way through the song Bryski’s vocals could be heard along with Nunn’s. Fans reacted as soon as her voice could be heard, as the two belted out the lyrics. Bryski’s vocals sparkled and it would have been great to hear her throughout the entire song.
Erasure’s Andy Bell stormed the stage as he arrived in a leopard print outfit, glittering pants and extremely high heel shoes. Bell kicked his set off with “When I Start To (Break It All Down)” and “Electric Blue,” as many fans were on their feet cheering.
Bell, who’s had both hips replaced, put on a high energy show as he played through his numerous hits including “Breath of Life” and “Ship of Fools.”
Bell brought out his two dancers, who he refers to as his ‘Fantastic Fembots.” The Fembots had many fans scratching their heads wondering if they were male or female. Bell ended his set with “DHDQ” and “A Little Respect.”
Howard Jones showed up center stage with his bank of keyboards singing “Pearl in the Shell” and “Like to Get to Know You Well,” with his signature synth-pop sound. The crowd was on their feet throughout his other hits such as “What is Love” and “No One is to Blame.”
The 58-year-old worked the keys and at one point strapped on a guitar style keyboard as he rocked out with the audience.
The Regeneration Tour was a high energy show with a number of top artists from the ‘80s. I’d rather have seen Andy Bell close out the show, but either way it was a great performance by all the performers. I was disappointed to see Thunder Valley’s outdoor amphitheater only three-quarters full with such a strong show. Everyone in attendance had a great time and very few people left early.
Let’s hope World One Present’s can put together another stellar cast for next year.
After the show I thought heard someone ask Bryski, “Now that you’ve played onstage with Berlin and Terri Nunn, what are you going to do next?”
Her reply, “I’m going to Disneyland!”
The 79-year-old Valli was originally scheduled to open Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s Summer Concert Series, but he became ill and had to reschedule for Saturday. From the number of fans in the audience, his rescheduling didn’t seem to affect attendance, as droves of fans filed into the outdoor amphitheater.
Valli brought along 16 others with him to fill out his horns section (from San Francisco), guitars, backup vocals, keyboards and drums. The percussionist for the night was Roland Garcia, who’s a regular on American Idol.
Kicking off the show with the theme song to “Grease,” Valli disappointed a few of the fans who thought the song belonged towards the end of the show, if not the encore.
Valli continued with “Dawn (go away)” and “Tell It To The Rain,” with the audience sitting in complete rapture. Fans remained in their seats for the entire performance, with the occasional bar and restroom run. The amphitheater remained packed all the way until the final song.
Introducing his new CD, Valli joked about today’s music and started up a rap song, stopping, he asked the audience “Do people really make love to this music?” His new CD is “Romancing the ‘60s,” which Valli claims are all the songs other artists stole from him.
Backup singers included Landon Beard, Todd Fournier, and brothers Brandon and Brian Brigham. Other performers included Frank Vinyl (drums), John Monsano (bass), Roberto Angelucci (guitar), John Schroeder (guitar), Rick Keller (sax, flute) and Robbie Robinson (keys).
Valli did say that Clint Eastwood is directing a new movie based on Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons called ‘Jersey Boys’. In 2005, the musical ‘Jersey Boys’ was a huge hit. The show chronicled The Four Seasons (Tommy DeVito, Frankie Valli, Nick Massi, and Bob Gaudio). The musical portrayed several real-life incidents from Valli’s life, including his estrangement from his daughter Francine, who died in 1980. The show was widely acclaimed, financially successful, and won six Tony Awards.
As a member of The Four Seasons, Valli’s number one hits included “Sherry” (1962), “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962), “Walk Like a Man” (1963), “Rag Doll” (1964) and “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” (1975). Valli’s recording of the song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” reached number two in 1967. As a solo artist, Valli scored number one hits with the songs “My Eyes Adored You” (1974) and “Grease” (1978).
Valli ended with a medley of hits finishing off with “Let’s Hang On.” Many fans lingered after the show hoping for more. The show ran close to two hours and for a 79-year-old that’s pretty damn good.