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LINCOLN, CA – New Edition pulled out all the stops as they performed to a sellout crowd at Thunder Valley Casino’s Summer Concert Series on Friday in support of their 2014 Reunion Tour.
The boy band that, for good or bad, paved the way for other boy bands such as New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Backstreet Boys, came to Thunder Valley Casino armed with original band members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, and Ralph Tresvant. Longtime member, Johnny Gill joined the group as well. Gill was brought in to fill the void left after Brown decided to pursue a solo career back in 1985.
As the sun started to descend and the mercury level was still north of the century mark, all six members of New Edition made a dramatic entrance as they walked out to center stage. The color for the night was white as the stairs they descended were painted white along with a white flowing curtain in back and on both sides of the stage, making for some great lighting affects as the night took over.
New Edition started their set off with “Once in a Lifetime Groove” and “N.E. Heartbreak” with everyone in the audience on their feet.
After their first two songs, Bell, Bivins and Devoe took over the stage as their own successful group known as Bell Biv Devoe, singing their hits “B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?,” “When Will I See You Smile Again?” and “Do Me!”
Brown followed the energetic trio with his original hits “Don’t be Cruel,” “On Your Own” and “Good Enough.” Brown fell short with his vocals and it almost felt as if he was simply going through the motions, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind.
Brown, ex-husband of the late singer Whitney Houston, has had a troubled past and it appears he is continuing to battle his demons. He started out the tour earlier this year only to drop out to recover from an “undisclosed medical issue.”
In a statement, the 45-year-old Brown said, “I apologize to the fans of New Edition. I really wanted to be with my brothers, but presently I am unable to give fans what they typically expect from New Edition.”
The unexpected departure of Brown followed a show in Mississippi when Brown, who was visibly winded during a performance of “If It Isn’t Love,” abruptly left the stage before the end of the song.
He recently came back to the tour to play the final six shows of the Reunion tour.
Tresvant turned things around with the ladies as he took center stage with his shirt open and performed his hit “Sensitivity,” followed by “When I need Somebody” and “Money Can’t Buy You Love.” He finished his set with “Stone Cold Gentleman” and “Sex-O.” During his set Tresvant brought a couple of lucky ladies on stage to sing to.
Not to be left out, Johnny Gill popped up on stage and performed a number of his hits including, “Fairweather Friend,” “There U Go,” “My Body” and finishing up with “Transition.” Gill was tossing out roses during his solo performance.
The original five members followed Johnny and performed a number of songs including “Candy Girl” and “Telephone Man.”
They ended the show with Brown’s “My Prerogative,” Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison” and New Edition’s “If It isn’t Love.”
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.
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.
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.’
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!
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.
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, 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.
LINCOLN, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort brought fans a dichotomy of music over the weekend as That Metal Show brought the heavy metal sounds on Anthrax of Friday and then the smooth jazz sound of George Benson and Chris Botti on Saturday.
Grammy Award winning Chris Botti opened the show armed with his trumpet and a stellar crew consisting of Caroline Campbell (violin), Richie Goods (bass), Billy Kilson (drums), Sy Smith (vocals), George Komsky (vocals).
Botti’s set was a continual sea of melodic change as Campbell would jump in with her violin and vocals were changed up with Smith and Komsky.
Smith even played the finger buttons on the trumpet while the 51-year-old Botti was blasting away. Soon after, the pair made their way into the audience where Botti serenaded fans and took a few selfies.
Botti and crew were rewarded with a standing ovation after their performance. Botti could have easily have been the headliner for this show.
George Benson, another Grammy Award winner, was greeted with audience members jumping and cheering on the 71-year-old as he took center stage with his guitar firmly in hand.
The jazz guitarist then went on to perform many of his hits including “Turn Your Love Around,” “Give Me the Night” and “On Broadway.”
Benson’s vocals may not be as smooth as they were compared to his younger days, but the older, gravelly sound blended in nicely for most of his songs, but Benson really shined during his guitar solos.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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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.