Mike Epps, Billy Currington and Gipsy Kings highlight Station Casinos’ August 2017 headliners

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Station Casinos announces August 2017 headliners

 

PALMS CASINO RESORT

 

Mike Epps

Venue: The Pearl

Genre: Comedy

Date:  Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $39.50, $59.50, $69.50 and $89.50 plus applicable fees for reserved seating

Artist Info: Mike Epps is a stand-up comedian, actor, film producer and writer from Indianapolis, ID. Since 2000, Epps steadily climbed his way up the stand-up comedy ranks when he was recognized by a national audience in 1995 for appearing on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam (which, years later, he would go on to host).  During a performance at LA’s Comedy Store, Epps caught the attention of Ice Cube.  This led to the first of three feature films they would do together: the cult hits “Next Friday,” “Friday after Next” and “All About the Benjamins.”  Other features include the Hangover franchise, “Faster,” “Hancock,” “Lottery Ticket,” “Next Day Air,” “Roll Bounce,” “The Fighting Temptations” the Resident Evil franchise, “Bait,” “How High,” “Dr. Dolittle 2,” “Talk to Me” and “Guess Who?”  

This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Young the Giant – The Home of the Strange Tour

With special guests Cold War Kids

Venue: The Pearl

Genre: Rock

Date:  Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $25, $35, $45 and $55 plus applicable fees

Artist Info: Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winner Jeff Bhasker (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, fun.) and Alex Salibian (Elle King, The Band Perry), “HOME OF THE STRANGE” includes the exceptional tracks, “Amerika,” “Something To Believe In,” and the latest single “Silvertongue.” Along with its global popular success, the album has received widespread critical applause, highlighting how the SoCal-based band – all either first generation Americans or immigrants themselves – have masterfully dealt with themes of identity, tradition, and assimilation in the modern world. Frontman Sameer Gadhia touched on these topics in an interview on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” and penned a thoughtful essay for Salon.comRolling Stone raved, “Young the Giant's big-tent pop mirrors an openhearted optimism about the American dream. “While ‘HOME OF THE STRANGE’ doesn't focus on the finer points of policy or directly refute rhetorical points that have been ping-ponging around the media, it does use the band's roof-raising anthems to tackle ideas that are inherent in the immigrant and first-generation American experience.”  The New York Times has praised Gadhia as “one of the great contemporary rock voices.”

This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

 

RED ROCK RESORT

 

This Wild Life

Venue: Rocks Lounge

Genre: Acoustic Rock

Date:  Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $30 plus tax and applicable fees for general admission

Artist Info: This Wild Life is Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso from Long Beach, California. The two met while working at a musical instrument store and quickly bonded over their love for hardcore. Soon enough they began playing shows as pop-punk band This Wild Life. After countless shows, local success, and strong online reaction with YouTube views in the millions, they found new inspiration from Dashboard Confessional and they reinvented themselves as an acoustic duo. Clouded is their debut full-length and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. Clouded saw phenomenal first week success on the Billboard charts, debuting as the #1 Top New Artist, #1 Top Alternative New Artist, #49 Digital Album, and the #17 Independent Album. Clouded has garnered much critical acclaim. According to Alternative Press it is outrageously well-written songs, played well with much skill …everything about this one is a winner with a 4.5/5 star review. Absolute Punk calls it one of the most impressive debut albums this year giving it an 8.5/10. This Wild Life is the result of the hard work of the Long Beach friends. Their journey has been marked by small triumphs, big struggles and countless floor shows, bringing This Wild Life’s heartfelt, melodic and acoustic punk-rock to a bigger audience they’ve earned.

This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Gipsy Kings

Venue: Sandbar Poolside Stage

Genre: Jazz

Date:  Saturday, August 26, 2017. Doors at 7 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $65 and $85 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Standing room only tickets available for $40 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Over the years the Gipsy Kings—whose members hail from the gypsy settlements in Arles and Montpelier in the south of France—have included singers and guitarists from the Reyes (Canut, Nicolas, Pablo and Patchai) and Baliardo families (Diego, Paco and Tonino). Lead singer Nicolas Reyes is the son of famed Flamenco singer José Reyes, who, with Manitas de Plata, sold millions of records in the 1960s and 70s. The band’s vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals are the trademarks of an indigenous musical tradition known as “rumba flamenca.”

 

There are no other examples of a non-English speaking band (the group’s language is the Gypsy dialect of gitane) with such a consistent winning streak in the U.S., where the group is the biggest-selling French act ever. Since the 1987 release of the international hit single “Bamboleo,” from their platinum-selling eponymous debut album, the Gipsy Kings have dominated the World Music charts and sold more than fourteen million albums worldwide—more than four million in the United States alone. Their platinum compilation, The Best of the Gipsy Kings, was on the charts for more than a year. 

 

Albums such as the gold-certified Mosaique, Allegria, Este Mundo, Gipsy Kings Live, Love & Liberté, Tierra Gitana,Cantos de Amor, and Volare! The Very Best of the Gipsy Kings have provided a steady stream of hits to Billboard’s world music, Latin, and pop charts. The ensemble’s music has been used in numerous motion pictures, including Peter Weir’s “Fearless” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Big Lebowski.”

 

Two PBS-TV specials have contributed to the Gipsy Kings’ ongoing success story. A documentary, “Tierra Gitana,” which aired on hundreds of public television stations in 1996, explores the band’s roots in gypsy culture and the members’ rich family heritage in flamenco music. Filmed in concert and in the Gypsy camps of Arles, “Tierra Gitana” provides a glimpse at the vanishing lifestyle of a vibrant traditional people. The hour-long film was released as a home video in December 1996. A second program, filmed in performance at Washington, DC’s Wolf Trap, captures the excitement of the band’s live show in a 60-minute special; it was broadcast on many PBS stations.

 

For the group’s release, Roots, the core members of the Gipsy Kings settled into a stone villa in the small town of St-Andre-de-Bueges in the south of France, where they collaborated with producer Craig Street on the Grammy-nominated acoustic release, Roots. For the first time in years, the band recorded without a drum kit, synthesizer, or electric bass, bringing the music closer to its Flamenco origins. Billboard called the record a “treasure,” and People said, “Way beyond the strictures of language, these 16 songs will resonate with anyone who loves heartfelt, meticulously performed music.”

This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

 

GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT

 

Boz Scaggs

Venue: Grand Events Center

Genre: Blues Rock/Soft Rock

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $30, $40, $47.50 and $65 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating

Artist Info: “I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz Scaggs says about his spellbinding new album, A Fool to Care. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.” You can hear that sense of fun, as well as that ability and willingness to wander in any musical direction throughout the album’s twelve tracks. The inspirational heart of those songs lies in the sounds of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that played such a vital role in shaping Scaggs’ musical sensibility, but they venture forth boldly from there, ranging from the seductive New Orleans rumble of the title track to the wry social commentary of “Hell to Pay” and a heartbreakingly wistful interpretation of The Band’s “Whispering Pines.” As he did on his most recent previous album, Memphis (2013), Scaggs worked with producer Steve Jordan and a telepathic core band consisting of Jordan on drums, Willie Weeks on bass, Ray Parker, Jr. on rhythm guitar and Jim Cox on keyboards.

 

Fans who have followed Scaggs’ remarkable career dating back to the late Sixties with the Steve Miller Band; his solo triumphs with such classic albums as Silk Degrees (1976) and Middle Man (1980); and the splendid assurance of late-period high points like Some Change (1994) and Dig (2001), will instantly recognize Scaggs’ characteristically deft touch as a singer. He brings a sly drawl to a funky workout like Li’l Millet and the Creoles’ “Rich Woman,” a conversational intimacy to Bobby Charles’s “Small Town Talk,” and an elegant delicacy to the Impressions’ “I’m So Proud.” He easily negotiates the Latin flavoring of “Last Tango on 16th Street” and “I Want to See You,” both written by San Francisco bluesman (and longtime Scaggs compatriot) Jack Walroth. His soul is effortless and deeply felt, never making a show of itself, but unmistakably evident in every lyric he delivers.

This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

 

SUNSET STATION

 

Billy Currington

With special guest Walker Hayes

Venue: Sunset Amphitheater

Genre: Country

Date: Friday, August 4, 2017. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $35, $50 and $65 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Standing room only is available for $25 plus tax and applicable fees.

Artist Info: Billy Currington has come a long way from working construction and living in a tiny attic apartment during his early days in Nashville. In the decade since he made his debut with the top ten hit “Walk a Little Straighter,” the Georgia native has parlayed his rich, emotion-laden tenor and unerring song sense into some of the country format’s most memorable hits, including such No. 1s as “Good Directions,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” and “People Are Crazy.”

Currington’s songs have always been snapshots of life. His music is steeped in truth and possesses a relatability that makes his audience feel like they could drink a beer or catch a few fish with the curly-haired country boy. Currington has that heartfelt everyman quality that lends emotional weight to whatever he’s singing whether it’s a tender ballad or a rollicking party anthem. He demonstrates his ability to render both those scenarios and all points between on his fifth studio album We Are Tonight. Led by the fast-climbing single “Hey Girl,” We Are Tonight is filled with songs that evoke both wistful reflection and boisterous revelry with equal conviction. Throughout the collection, Currington exudes the easy going charm that has become his trademark yet also possesses a maturity and confidence that comes from a decade of churning out hits and earning accolades.

 

Inspired by music from all genres, Walker Hayes seamlessly blends elements of pop, rock, rap and country together, creating a fresh sound firmly rooted in his southern perspective. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Hayes grew up in a large blended family. Basketball, track and piano were his childhood passions, the latter being an interest that would turn from a hobby into his primary pursuit when he earned a music degree at Alabama’s Birmingham-Southern College. He finished his degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After discovering songwriting and penning a few songs himself, Hayes moved to Nashville eager to pursue a career in music. Within a year he had a record deal with a Nashville label and released music tailored for the popular tastes at the time. Shortly after a label merger he was released from his deal and was able to pursue his own unique sound. Hayes released his first batch of work tapes entitled 8Tracks (Vol I) in May 2016. 8Tracks (Vol II) is currently in development for a late summer release. Concurrently, Hayes is in the studio working on his first full studio album.

This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Collin Raye

Venue: Club Madrid

Genre: Country

Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $22, $32 and $42 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating.

Artist Info: Born Floyd Elliot Wray, country artist Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990s, with 24 top-10 records, 16 number one hits and having been a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM). He made his solo album debut with All I Can Be, which produced the number-one hit single “Love Me” and became the first of four consecutive albums to be certified platinum. Other singles include “In This Life,” “My Kind of Girl” and “I Can Still Feel You,” all of which were number-one hits.

This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

 

BOULDER STATION

 

Boulder Blues

Anthony Gomes

Venue: The Railhead

Genre: Blues

Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $5 cover at the door

Artist Info: Anthony Gomes has been creating virtuosic, burning blues since his recorded debut in 1998. Twelve releases and numerous awards later, Gomes shows no signs of slowing down with his latest musical offering, being his most successful to date. The aptly-named, riff-laden Electric Field Holler has received highly-acclaimed recognition, reaching number one on Roots Music’s Report’s Blues Rock Chart and ReverbNation’s Global Blues Chart, as well as earned several nominations for Blues Rock Album of the Year.

 

The Toronto singer/songwriter/guitarist is propelling blues rock into the contemporary music culture with his unapologetic approach to reinventing the genre in relevant and fresh ways. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today. And the facts speak for themselves. Gomes has performed in 17 countries and shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang, Sammy Hagar, 38 Special, Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and more. 

Guests must be 21 years or older

 

Boulder Blues

Les Dudek

Venue: The Railhead

Genre: Blues

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $5 cover at the door

Artist Info: Beginning his musical career at the age of 14, Les Dudek’s big break came after being invited to record with The Allman Brothers Band in the early 1970s. Dudek’s next stops were as guitarist for Boz Scaggs and The Steve Miller Band. After turning down an offer to play with the band Journey, Dudek released four solo albums Les Dudek, Say No More, Ghost Town Parade and Gypsy Ride. He later collaborated with Cher, Stevie Nicks, Mike Finnegan and Jim Krueger, forming the band DFK with the latter two. In addition to appearing and writing several songs for the hit movie “Mask,” Dudek has performed instrumental music for several television programs, including “Friends,” “Wild On,” “Search Party” and “Access Hollywood.”

Guests must be 21 years or older

 

Station Casinos’ concert and entertainment lounge venues include: The Railhead at Boulder Station, a 650-seat venue; Grand Events Center, a 2,000-seat venue, and The Backyard, a poolside venue accommodating up to 4,000 guests, at Green Valley Ranch; Club Tequila at Fiesta Rancho, a 380-seat venue; Rocks Lounge, a 350-seat venue, The Sandbar, a poolside venue accommodating 4,000 guests at Red Rock Resort; Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station, a 550-seat venue; Club Madrid, a 500-seat venue, and Sunset Amphitheater, an outdoor venue accommodating up to 5,000 guests, at Sunset Station; Dallas Events Center, a 1,800-seat venue and South Padre, a 300-seat venue, at Texas Station and Pearl Concert Theater, a premier concert theater accommodations for up to 2,500 ticket holders, and The Lounge, capacity of 200, at Palms Casino Resort. For up-to-the-minute news, connect with Station Casinos on Facebook or follow on twitter @stationcasinos.  

 

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