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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.
LINCOLN, CA – Stockton native, Chris Isaak entertained a stellar crowd at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday.
The 57-year-old Isaak took the stage armed with his guitar, boyish good looks and signature pink suit, as he kicked off the show with “Best I Ever Had,” followed by, “Speak of the Devil.” The audience was on their feet for the first couple of songs and settled into their seats as Isaak continued with “Two Hearts.” A number of couples headed to the aisles to dance along to the music.
Joking around with the audience on a number of occasions, Isaak picked on one fan who was using an iPad, telling him why would you pay for tickets only to watch the show through the iPad, which is about the time Isaak pointed out that the man may be watching porn, getting quite the laugh from the audience.
He did give a shout out to Stockton, letting everyone know that Stockton is like Fresno, but without the glitter.
During “We’ve Got Tomorrow” Isaak remained out in the crowd as he shook hands and hugged fans. Not wanting to leave anyone out, he headed up into the bleachers as he worked his way around the entire venue.
The crowd erupted in cheers as the band struck up the first notes to “Wicked Games,” which remains his biggest hit off of his ‘Heart Shaped World’ album.
The band consisted of Rowland Salley (bass), Hershel Yatovitz (guitar), pianist Scott Plunkett, Rafael Padilla (percussionist) and Terry Pascal (drums). Obviously missing from the line-up was drummer Kenney Dale Johnson who has been with Isaak for over 30 years.
Kenney is currently battling cancer and was unable to tour with the band.
According to Isaak, Kenney is the funniest guy in the band and makes traveling that much easier on everyone. In a recent email exchange with the Sacramento Bee, Isaak wrote, “I must have written five different sentences here and I keep erasing them …words can’t say how much we miss, need, love Kenney. I have spent more time with Kenney than any other person in my life,” continuing he wrote, “It’s going to be great to have him back making wisecracks on stage again. I think if all goes well he may even come sit in for some shows around the Bay Area. But the No. 1 thing now is he just gets healthy.”
Anybody who is a Chris Isaak fan certainly misses Kenney and his onstage antics and interaction with Isaak.
During “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing,” Isaak asked a number of fans up onto the stage. Several of them had bright pink shirts, each with a letter and when standing in the right order spelled out Chris.
Elisa Herzog was one of the lucky ones to get on stage with Isaak, along with her roommate Rena Garcia. Herzog said she’s, “been a huge fan of Chris’ for over 20 years & that was my first time on stage!” She only purchases VIP tickets whenever she goes to a Chris Isaak show. Herzog wanted to make certain that people knew that she was “in no way affiliated with those women and their pink shirts…”
Isaak had bass player Herschel running through the crowd playing his bass guitar, telling fans that Herschel loves to be touched.
When the Scotty took center stage and started playing “Great Balls of Fire” the piano appeared to catch fire as smoke came pouring out of the top of the piano.
Towards the end Isaak came out in his signature mirror suit. The suit weighs a whopping 35 pounds and is covered in small rectangle mirrors.
Ending the evening in style Isaak gave Kenney Dale Johnson a shout out saying he loved him.
Isaak is an all-around entertainer and if you ever get the chance to take in a Chris Isaak show I would urge you to do so. You won’t be disappointed.
LINCOLN, CA – Comedian and AARP member Bill Engvall brought his A-game to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday as he entertained a crowd of die-hard fans.
Engvall came out on stage to a standing ovation, jumping right into this routine. The nights fare – getting old.
Engvall came right out and let everyone know he was getting older as he just recently turned 56. Complaining he had to have knee surgery and how it would have been nice to be able to tell a really cool story, like how he came to an old ladies rescue tackling a purse snatcher, but alas he messed up his knee slipping on a wet patch of grass.
Continuing on aging, Engval said he was carded the other night – to see if he got the senior discount.
Engvall covered everything from his relationship with his wife to getting a colonoscopy – and still managed to give a very clean performance. He ended his show with a number of stories ending with the punch-line ‘Here’s your sign.’
Engvall was introduced to America back in 1992 when he was named Best Male Standup Comic at the American Comedy Awards. Soon after winning the award, he landed his first role as a series regular on the ABC series “Delta,” starring Delta Burke.
In 1996 Engvall joined fellow comic and best friend Jeff Foxworthy in the NBC version of The Jeff Foxworthy Show. That same year he signed on to Warner Bros. Records and released the first of a series of highly successful comedy albums called “Here’s Your Sign.”
“Here’s Your Sign” is Envall’s signature bit where he tells the audience that stupid people should have a sign letting them know their stupid. He goes on to tell stories of people who asks really dumb questions, with Engvall answering their question in a sarcastic way, but then telling them “Here’s Your Sign.”
One such story involved his childhood friend who he referred to as a genuine redneck. He was home to attend a funeral for Mr. Howard, when his friend drove up and asked Engvall what he was doing. Engvall replied, “We’re going to Mr. Howards funeral.” To which his friend responded, “Oh hell, did he die.” Engvall responded, “No we’re just practicing,” followed by, “Here’s your sign.”
Engvall puts on a great show with no foul language, making it one of the rarer comedians you can take your kids to see. The only problem is most of his material is geared toward the “older crowd.”
The nine member band stormed the stage and kicked off their show with “Questions 67 & 68” and “Dialogue.”
Chicago has been playing music for the masses for over 46 years with founding members Robert Lamm (keys), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), James Pankow (trombone), Walter Parazaider (sax). They were joined by Jason Scheff (bass/vocals) , Tris Imboden (drums), Keith Howland (guitar/vocals), Lou Pardini (keys), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (percussions).
Chicago has teamed up with the American Cancer Society, giving one lucky fan the opportunity to sing with the band onstage. The band auctions off the chance for a fan to perform onstage with Chicago and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Lamm introduced the winner, Ann Kubel, who was met with wild applause from fans. Kubel did a downright decent job with “If You Leave Me Now.” This was the second time Kubel has won the opportunity to perform with Chicago.
It was quite impressive to hear the horns from the likes of Pankow as he wore a sleeveless shirt taking command of the stage. He reminded me more of fitness guru Jack LaLanne than a legendary rock star.
Loughane also informed the audience that the band currently has a brand spanking new song out entitled “Somethin’ Comin’, I Know,” in fact it’s so new the band hasn’t been able to practice the song in order to play it live.
Scheff, who was brought in to replace Peter Cetera back in 1985, sounded eerily like Cetera at times. However, he had a habit of rocking back and forth bringing him closer to the microphone and then farther away, causing his vocals to sound off during certain songs.
Most of the band members were able to showcase their skills, including drummers Imboden and Reyes, who battled it out in the middle of “I’m A Man.”
For their encore they performed “Free” and “25 or 6 to 4,” ending a 2 hour set that left the audience wanting more.
The night before in Las Angeles, Chicago was playing at the Greek Theater, when halfway through their set cameras were rolled onto the stage to film part of Al Pacino’s new movie “Imagine,” in which he plays rock star Danny Collins.
Pacino also joined the band onstage for their encore “25 or 6 to 4.”
Based on the video I’d say Pacino may need to learn the words of the song.