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August 21, 2009





GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT, SPA AND CASINO



Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song

Featuring Anthony Smith along with hosts Brian McComas and Aaron Benward

Venue: Ovation

Genre: Country

Date:  Friday, Sept. 18, 2009

Doors at 7:15 p.m. featuring “Songs from a Hat”

Show at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: FREE

Artist Info: Aptly called Nashville Unplugged, this show is based on the concept of getting to know what’s behind the song, similar to the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville. Each month features a songwriter who goes through the process of what went into writing a particular song and then performs it at the show. September’s songwriter is Anthony Smith. In addition to writing music, Smith is also a singer with several hits of his own, including “If That Ain’t Country” and “Half a Man.” He has also co-written several hit songs for famed country artists, such as George Strait’s “Run” and “Cowboys Like Us,” Montgomery Gentry’s “What Do Ya Think About That” and Trace Adkins’ “Chrome,” among others.   Each month is hosted by singer/songwriters Brian McComas who wrote and sang “99.9% Sure (I’ve Never Been Here Before)” and Aaron Benward of Blue County who wrote and sang “Good Little Girls.” Another fun aspect of Nashville Unplugged is “Songs from a Hat” where guests that arrive between 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. can make up a title to a song and put that in a hat. The songwriters will pick one title from that hat and then actually pen a song throughout the course of the evening, to be performed at the end.

Must be 21 years and older                                          



12th Annual A.C.T.S.: Advertising Community Talent Show

All proceeds benefit Safe Nest

Venue: Ovation

Genre: Charity talent show

Date:  Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $20 advance sales

$25 day of show

Artist Info: The Advertising Community Talent Show (A.C.T.S.) has been an annual tradition in Las Vegas for more than 10 years to raise money for the non-profit organization Safe Nest, which helps abused women and children. This year’s theme, I Love the ’80s, is aimed at bringing back the side pony-tail and the Michael Jackson moonwalk. All acts consist of the Southern Nevada advertising and media community, age 21 and older. The talent show is a way for members of the media to show off their fun side – comedic performances are encouraged but not required! The purpose of A.C.T.S. is to help give back to the women and children of Clark County who are affected daily by violence through the non-profit agency Safe Nest. This year, A.C.T.S. has set a fundraising goal of $25,000 to purchase items for Safe Nest. In past years, items such as computers and playgrounds for the children have been purchased with the money raised. For more information on A.C.T.S., please visit www.actslv.org.

Must be 21 years and older





SUNSET STATION HOTEL & CASINO



James Otto

Venue: Club Madrid

Genre: Country

Date: Saturday, Sept. 26 2009, at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $19.95, $27.50 and $37.50 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Country singer and songwriter James Otto grew up in a military family with a love of music. By age 13, he was singing and playing guitar, violin and saxophone. After living all over the U.S., Otto moved to Alabama with his mom during his teen years where he discovered his affinity towards country music and began writing his own songs. Following a two-year stint in the U.S. Navy, Otto moved to Nashville and began to play with the MuzikMafia, a group of singers and songwriters that included country singer Gretchen Wilson and country duo Big & Rich. In 2008, Otto released Sunset Man, his debut album on Warner Bros. Records and hit the country music scene by storm. The album features the song “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Music Chart, was named Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Country Song for 2008 and was nominated for a Grammy Award and Best Male Vocal Performance. Most recently, Otto release the single “Since You Brought It Up” from his forthcoming album, due out later this year.   

All age’s welcome- Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult





RED ROCK CASINO, RESORT & SPA



John Legend

Venue: Sandbar

Genre: R&B

Date: Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $59.95 plus tax and applicable fees (general admission)

$89.95 plus tax and applicable fees (Gold Circle seating)

Artist Info: Raised in Ohio as John Stephens, this child prodigy could sing gospel and play the piano by age 5. His skills on the piano were so great that by the age of 16, he moved to Philadelphia to attend college where he was then sought out to play piano on Lauryn Hill’s single “Everything Is Everything.” After graduating, he moved to New York to perform and sell his CDs in local clubs and become an in-demand musician, playing and writing for stars such as Alicia Keys, Twista, Janet Jackson and Kanye West. In 2004, Stephens signed to West’s label and changed his name to John Legend.  His first studio release, Get Lifted, was an immediate success, making its way to the Top Five of the Billboard 200 Albums of the Year chart and including the hit songs “Ordinary People” and “Used to Love U.” His debut album also earned him three Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance and Best New Artist. Legend has continued to release albums, with Evolver in 2008 and most recently provided backup vocals to Hip Hop artist Rick Ross’s song “Magnificent.”

Must be 21 years and older



Lynyrd Skynyrd

$1 of every ticket will be donated to one of the following charities: Habitat for Humanity, Crohn’s Disease or Autism Awareness

Venue: Sandbar

Genre: Southern Rock

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $59.95 plus tax and applicable fees (general admission)

$89.95 plus tax and applicable fees (Gold Circle seating)

Artist Info: Lynyrd Skynyrd defines Southern Rock. The band hit the music scene in the early ’70s with the release of their debut album Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd which earned gold status. Their follow up album, Second Helping featured the song “Sweet Home Alabama” that reached No. 8 on the charts and launched them into stardom. The band continued to release chart-topping albums with hit songs, including “Saturday Night Fever,” “That Smell” and the anthemic “Free Bird.” In 1976, the band released the live album One More for the Road which was their first to be certified platinum. Tragedy struck the band in 1977 when their plane crashed on the way to a gig, killing three members including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, which led to a separation of the band. In the early ’90s, the remaining members regrouped and signed with CMC International. The band has released multiple new albums and singles and continues to rock stages worldwide. In August, the band released the single “Simple Life” from the album God & Guns set for release on Sept. 29, 2009, just after their Vegas concert.

Must be 21 years and older





BOULDER STATION HOTEL AND CASINO



Hal Ketchum

Genre: Country

Venue: The Railhead

Date: Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $19, $25, $30 and $35 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Country singer and songwriter Hal Ketchum quickly rose to fame in the early ’90s with the release of his first single, “Small Town Saturday Night,” which soared to No. 1 on the country charts and caught the ear of Curb Records. After signing with Curb, Ketchum went on to release 15 top 10 hits and sell more than 5 million records. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and often hosts the TV show “Opry Live” that airs on the Great American Country Network on Saturday nights. Ketchum’s latest and ninth album, Father Time, which he hails as his “coming of age” album, was released in November 2008 to critical acclaim.

All ages welcome- Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult



Jazz Attack

Featuring Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Richard Elliot

Genre: Jazz

Venue: The Railhead

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at 8 p.m.

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

Artist Info: Smooth jazz trumpet player Rick Braun got his start playing with several bands including Avenue Blue and War. He embarked on a solo career in 1993 with the release of Intimate Secrets. In 1995, Beat Street topped the contemporary jazz charts for a record-breaking 13 weeks, eventually becoming the No. 1 smooth jazz record of the year. Saxophone player Richard Elliot first found fame as a member of the funk band Tower of Power. Later, his solo career spawned hits such as “In the Groove,” “Take Your Time,” “Crush” and “Sly.” With 24 solo albums between them, collaboration between Braun and Elliot was long overdue. In 2007, they joined together to release R n R and it became only a matter of time before South African wonder, Jonathan Butler jumped into the mix. Butler, a talented singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, learned at a young age what hardship was. Against all odds, he signed with Jive Records and became the first black artist to have a song on a white radio station in South Africa, won a Sarie Award, the South African equivalent of the Grammy, and eventually moved to England. Butler has produced multiple inspiring albums and is currently touring the U.S. playing in solo concerts and collaborating with Braun and Elliot in Jazz Attack.

All ages welcome- Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult





ALIANTE STATION CASINO + HOTEL



Chris Botti

Genre: Jazz

Venue: Access Showroom

Date: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $49, $59 and $69 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Trumpeter and composer Chris Botti released his first solo album in 1995 marking the beginning of a successful music career. Two of his albums, 2004’s When I Fall in Love and 2005’s To Love Again: The Duets earned Billboard’s No. 1 Top Jazz Album. Botti also earned himself a Grammy for the song, “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” with vocals performed by Sting. His 2007 release, Italia was inspired by the sounds and atmosphere of Italy and was nominated for a 2007 Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In Sept. 2008, Botti performed a two-night concert with famed singers, including Sting, Steven Tyler, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli and Sy Smith joining him on stage with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra for a pair of once-in-a-lifetime concerts. He recorded and filmed these shows and has since released Chris Botti in Boston on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and TV for a PBS special. Performing more than 250 concerts this past year, Botti’s 2008 concert itinerary included concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and New York’s Carnegie Hall, in addition to his already legendary shows at the Boston Symphony Hall.

All ages welcome- Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult





About Station Casinos

Station Casinos’ concert and entertainment lounge venues include: The Railhead at Boulder Station, a 650-seat venue; Ovation, a 500-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; Bonkerz Comedy Club at Palace Station, a 250-seat venue; Rocks Lounge, a 350-seat venue, and Sandbar, a poolside venue accommodating up to 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 its latest addition, Access Showroom at Aliante Station, seating more than 600 guests.



Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center, The Fiestas and The Galleria Mall or by calling (702) 547-5300 or log onto www.stationcasinos.com.

 

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