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Pop-R&B Stars Boyz II Men Play Two Nights at John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Boyz II MenWith a catalog of hits and chart-toppers rivaling The Beatles and Elvis, Boyz II Men has firmly cemented itself in the upper echelon of music history. Catch Boyz II Men in the intimate Celebrity Showroom, October 22-23, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Based on sales, Boyz II Men is the most successful R&B male vocal group of all time. It recorded five #1 R&B hits between 1992 and 1997 and has sold more than 60 million records. Three of its #1 hits, “End of the Road”, “I’ll Make Love to You”, and “One Sweet Day” (with Mariah Carey), set and broke records for the longest period of time a single remained at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; the last of them still holds the record. Although “On Bended Knee” did not break any records, it was still an immensely popular song that reached #1 and made Boyz II Men the third artists (behind Elvis and The Beatles) to replace themselves at the number one spot of the Billboard Hot 100. Their early music was indebted to new jack swing, but the group quickly found their forté in lush, soulful ballads, where their harmonies could be showcased to greatest effect.

Boyz II Men plays two nights, October 22-23 in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $50 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting janugget.com. Dinner and show packages are also available.

-Michael Traum

Sheryl Crow Reschedules Reno Concert

Sheryl CrowSinger Sheryl Crow has announced she will be returning to Reno for a concert at Silver Legacy Resort Casino this fall.  Fans will be able to see Crow live in the Grande Exposition Hall on Saturday, November 13 at 8 p.m. 

Crow had been scheduled to perform at the Reno Events Center on Sunday, September 12, but was forced to cancel due to an illness that affected her throat.  Tickets for her previous show may not be exchanged for tickets to the November 13 performance.  Seats for the September 12 show are being refunded at point of purchase.  Contact your individual ticket distributor for more information. 

Crow’s previous performance was also scheduled with Special Guest Brandi Carlile.  The new show on November 13 will be a more intimate production with Crow performing exclusively for guests.

To get your tickets for a night with Sheryl Crow in Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall, log on to www.silverlegacy.com or www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) or 775-325-7401.  

-Diana Rogers

Engelbert Humperdinck Brings his Legacy of Love to Reno

ehumperdinckNeed a night of romance?  Let Engelbert Humperdinck sweep you off your feet at Silver Legacy Resort Casino!  For more than four decades, this international recording icon has shared a legacy of love with fans of all ages.  Now see him live in the Grande Exposition Hall on Saturday, September 18 at 8 p.m. 

Engelbert revisits many of his timeless and beloved classics on his new tour, promoting his latest album “Legacy of Love.”  The album also includes two never-before-recorded songs, the classic “Over the Rainbow” and the incomparable “My Way.” This is the newest addition to his unmatched musical legacy that includes sales of a staggering 150 million albums worldwide, including 64 Gold and 24 Platinum. Engelbert’s music has withstood the test of time thanks to his sensitive interpretation of lyrics. 

From an early age, Arnold George Dorsey had a passion for music, but it wasn’t until his early manager suggested he devise a new, mysterious stage name that he gained popularity. Dorsey looked to the name of a German composer he enjoyed, thus was born the phenomenon known as Engelbert Humperdinck. 

By the time his first mega-hit “Release Me” went to #1 in 11 different countries, the London Times crowned him “The Premier Voice of the 20th Century.” His inimitable three-and-a–half octave range and ultra smooth onstage charisma won over fans of every generation, in every part of the globe.  He never limited himself to just one genre, recording everything from pop to disco, rock and gospel.  

His career in the ‘70s was punctuated by a steady stream of hits including the Grammy nominated “After the Lovin’.” In 1978 he received a “Georgie Award” from the American Guild of Variety Artists recognizing him as “Entertainer of the Year,” an honor shared by such exemplary artists as Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow and Johnny Carson.  In 1989 he was honored with a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2003 received his second Grammy nomination for the 2003 album, “Always Hear The Harmony.” 

When not on tour, Engelbert and his beloved wife of 44 years, Patricia, divide their time between their homes in England and California and spending time with their four grown children.  In 2004 his autobiography “Engelbert: What’s In A Name?” made it’s way onto the best-seller lists giving readers an intimate look at not only his career and family, but also the eventful life he has led.

One of the world’s most instantly recognized voices, Englebert Humperdinck is a true icon of entertainment.  Watch as he proves the best is yet to come in Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall on Saturday, September 18 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available from $50 with premium seating at $60 and $70.  Reserve your seats online at www.silverlegacy.com or www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) or 775-325-7401. 

-Diana Rogers

Country Legends Oak Ridge Boys Play Three Nights at John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Oak Ridge BoysThe Oak Ridge Boys possess one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. Their upbeat songs and four-part harmonies have delivered multiple country hits and a #1 pop smash, while earning Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards and garnering a host of other industry and fan accolades. Catch the venerable Oak Ridge Boys, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 12-14, in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Formed more than a half-decade ago as a country gospel group, the “Oaks” underwent many stylisic, label and lineup changes before scoring a breakout top-five hit in 1977 with “Y’all Come Back Saloon.” The follow-up, “You’re the One,” reached number two, and their next album, 1978’s Room Service, gave them their first number one hit in “I’ll Be True to You” as well as two more top-five hits in “Cryin’ Again” and “Come On In.”

Thus established as crossover country hitmakers, the Oaks embarked on a run of chart success that would last through the 1980s. They hit number one again in 1980 with “Trying to Love Two Women.” But it was the following year that would make them a genuine phenomenon. Their recording of “Elvira,” an obscure, doo-wop style novelty song from the 1960s, became a major, Grammy-winning smash. Not only did it hit number one on the country charts, but its infectious “oom-pop-a-mow-mow” bass vocal hook boosted it into the top five on the pop charts. Its accompanying album, Fancy Free, became their first to top the country charts, not to mention their biggest seller ever. The title cut of their chart-topping 1982 follow-up, Bobbie Sue, also went number one country and nearly made the pop top ten as well. American Made’s title track also topped the charts in 1983, as did its follow-up, Love Song. In early 1984 Deliver became their third number one country album, and they landed two more number one singles that year with “Everyday” and “I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes.” 1985 brought three number ones: “Little Things,” “Make My Life With You,” and “Touch a Hand, Make a Friend.”

The Oak Ridge Boys’ sales began to slow a bit in the latter half of the ’80s, but their popularity endured and they still produced big hits with regularity. They hit number one with 1987‘s “It Takes a Little Rain,” and “This Crazy Love”, 1988’s “Gonna Take a Lot of River”, and 1990’s “No Matter How High”, giving them a total of 16 career country chart-toppers and 29 top ten hits. To this day, every time they step before an audience, the Oak Ridge Boys bring 25 years of hits and 50-plus years of tradition to bear.

With their latest album, the evergreen Oak Ridge Boys prove that they are not only enduring, they are evolving. The Boys Are Back is a roots-music revelation wherein the veteran quartet explores blues, country, Gospel and rock textures. Producer David Cobb brought the group styles and songs it has never attempted before, from John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” to Neil Young’s “Beautiful Bluebird,” from Jamey Johnson’s stone-country “Mama’s Table” to the blues classic “Troubl’in Mind.” “Hold You in My Arms” comes from pop star Ray Lamontagne. Country rebel Shooter Jennings wrote the collection’s title tune especially for the Oaks. “Live with Jesus” and “You Ain’t Gonna Blow My House Down” are Nashville songs, while “Hold Me Closely” comes from Los Angeles. This album’s innovative repertoire is perhaps best illustrated by The Oak Ridge Boys’ striking version of The White Stripes’ song “Seven Nation Army.”

The Oak Ridge Boys play three nights, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 12-14, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $50 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300.

Only Three Concerts Left in the Lake Tahoe Music Festival!

Lake Tahoe Music FestivalCrisp mountain air, crystal blue waters, the laughter of friends and family and a concert under the stars – that’s the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. It’s a summer music destination and you truly have to be here to feel it. Combining Broadway and classical, classic rock, jazz, big band swing and even a little country, the festival’s six-concert summer series attracts more than 12,000 attendees annually to scenic venues throughout North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, California with tickets starting from $25.

In its 28th season, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival brings another spectacular lineup through August 7. In the remaining three concerts, enjoy the company and musical talents of Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald and Wynonna, the festival’s first foray into country music.

On Saturday July 31st, spend a night with Wynonna at Northstar-at-Tahoe – marking the first time in the festival’s history it has taken place at Northstar. In addition to being once named “Top Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music, Wynonna has also been referred as “the greatest country singer since Patsy Cline” by Rolling Stone Magazine.

“Adding a country star to our concert series is a first for us but we wanted to do it right and Wynonna fits the bill perfectly,” Lisa Krueger, chief executive officer of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, said. “In the past five years we’ve booked our concert lineup based on feedback from attendees and in our last annual survey a majority of respondents asked for country music and we listened. Wynonna’s a talented and industry-recognized sensation who goes beyond country, offering a diverse musical range that we’re certain our attendees will embrace.”

Ever since her record-breaking, quintuple platinum debut solo CD, 1992’s “Wynonna,” which reached No. 1 on the country chart and loomed in the top five of Billboard’s “Top Albums” chart, the singer has remained  a recognizable, yet unpredictable icon. Wynonna’s latest album, “Sing: Chapter 1” pays homage to country, rock, blues and soul-baring standards originated by legendary artists that have formed the unique soundtrack to her own life.

On Thursday August 5th, spend the evening with 9-time Grammy Award winner, Natalie Cole. Cole’s performance in Tahoe is just a mere five days after a show in Istanbul, Turkey. Daughter of crooner Nat King Cole and former Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Cole, Natalie Cole began performing at age 11. Her slew of hit songs includes “Pink Cadillac”, which was covered by Bruce Springsteen and made into a movie.

The Lake Tahoe Music Festival will wrap up the festivities with Michael McDonald on Saturday August 7th. Described as a “blue-eyed soul” singer, McDonald has a distinctive husky baritone voice. He is known for his work as a member of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.

Festival gates open at 5 p.m. and performances begin at 7 p.m.  The casual festival atmosphere is enhanced with gourmet food and wine for sale, and picnics are welcome.

The festival’s summer concert series supports an Educational Outreach Program (EOP) which introduces new audiences to classical music through education, exposure and programming for youth in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe communities and nationally through the new Orchestra Academy. Through its mentorship programs and other music education opportunities, the EOP aids young musical artists and emerging ensembles, offering training, guidance and concert presentation.

Founded in 1982 by Edgar Braun, conductor of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival is a summer music destination presenting an annual concert series at scenic venues throughout North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. The Lake Tahoe Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that presents quality, diverse musical experiences and creates educational and performance opportunities for aspiring young musicians including the new Orchestra Academy. Funds for the Festival are raised through individual donations, corporate sponsorships and grants.

***Reno Tahoe USA has TWO pairs of tickets to giveaway! Visit our Facebook page to enter!

Country Star Jo Dee Messina Performs in Reno Tahoe

Jo Dee MessinaMultiple No. 1 hits and a series of popular albums, including some pop cross-over success, has propelled Jo Dee Messina in to the music-scene forefront. This Friday, you can see Jo Dee Messina live in the Celebrity Showroom, July 30, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Part of country music’s late-’90s crop of female crossover stars, Messina’s appeal nonetheless remained more with country fans than pop audiences. It seems like it only took a few short years for Messina to rise to the elite ranks of female country artists who headline their own tours. The truth is, however, that Messina has been singing and plugging away since her early teens, determined to be nothing else but a country music star. She sang in musical plays starting at age eight but discovered country music at age 12 and got hooked on the likes of the Judds, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton. She soon started performing live, and by 16 she was playing local clubs with a rhythm section made up of her brother and sister. At age 19, she moved to Nashville in search of greater exposure and sang regularly for prize money in local talent competitions. One win led to a regular gig on the radio show Live at Libby’s, which in turn caught the interest of producer Byron Gallimore, who helped her assemble a demo tape. Gallimore was also working with the young Tim McGraw around the same time, and Messina befriended him. Backstage at one of his concerts, Messina met an executive from his label, Curb, and jokingly suggested that they needed a redhead. Producer James Stroud, who had just heard Messina’s demo, stepped up to vouch for her, and she soon wound up on Curb, with Gallimore and McGraw serving as her producers.

Messina’s self-titled debut album was released in 1996 and gave her two Top Ten hits in “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore.” The album sold well, setting the stage for Messina’s star-making sophomore effort, I’m Alright. Released in 1998, it made Messina the first female country artist to score three multiple-week number one hits from the same album: “Bye Bye,” “I’m Alright,” and “Stand Beside Her.” She nearly had a fourth, but “Lesson in Leavin’” stalled at number two. Honored by both the CMA and ACM in 1999, Messina staked out even pop-friendlier territory on her third album, 2000’s Burn. It became her first number one album, and the lead single, “That’s the Way,” her fourth number one single. Two more Top Tens followed in “Burn” and “Downtime,” and a fourth single, the Tim McGraw duet “Bring on the Rain,” also topped the charts, helping Burn sell over a million copies. Messina followed it with the holiday album A Joyful Noise in late 2002, and just months later, with only three albums to her credit, Curb released a Greatest Hits compilation. In 2005 she released her official follow-up to Burn, called Delicious Surprise, with Unmistakable coming in 2010.

Jo Dee Messina plays one night, July 30, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $50 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting janugget.com. Dinner and show packages are available.

Begging for Bieber: Another Chance to Win Tickets!

ROCK THE RAPIDS -BIEBER RUNIt seems hundreds of thousands of people (namely pre-teen and teenage girls – and admittedly some gals in their mid 20s) are suffering from Bieber Fever. If you are among the hundreds left ticketless for the sold-out concert in Reno on July 18, this is your lucky day.

Cricket Communications Inc. is partnering with Alice 96.5 FM to give away one of the last pair of tickets to one lucky winner who Begs for Bieber. Just head down to the Smithridge Shopping Center at 5009 S. McCarran Blvd on Saturday, June 12 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for your chance to win tickets to see Justin Bieber perform at the Reno Events Center. Contestants will beg for tickets and the audience will select the winner by texting in their favorite “Bieber Begger”.  Fans will also be able to design their own T-shirt and receive exclusive Bieber buttons, all while enjoying some free food.

Leave your shame at home and get your begging on!

For more information on the contest, please visit Alice 96.5’s Web site or call (775) 829-1964.

Meet Justin Bieber before his Reno Show!

BieberWe have a fever, and the only prescription is more Bieber.

There are only 43 days, 1051 hours and 63,106 minutes until the Justin Bieber show in Reno, Nevada, and the show is sold out! If your daughter is moping around the house because you failed to snag a pair of tickets for her and her bff, you’re in luck. Circus Circus Reno and Z93.7 are hooking you up big time with not only tickets to the show but a meet and greet with the 16-year-old babe. It’s the ultimate opportunity to be totally Bieberized!

On July 18, Bieber Fever will take over Reno Tahoe USA. High-pitched screams and tear-stained faces will fill up the Reno Events Center as the 16-year-old singing sensation performs his slew of  hit songs.

Justin Bieber appeared on NBC’s Today Show Friday, June 4, and spoke about his upcoming tour. “It starts in like a couple of weeks, so I’m really excited,” Bieber told the Today Show. “There’s going to be a lot of lights and a lot of, like, magic stuff, which is going to be cool.”

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Justin Bieber. Simply enter the Meet Justin Giveaway promotion. One entry ticket will be given out for each purchased meal in the Courtyard Buffet Fridays – Tuesdays from 4 – 9 p.m. through July 11 –come in with your family of four, enjoy a great meal at the buffet, and get four entries into the promotion!

There will be on Meet Justin Giveaway prize package awarded each Thursday nigh at 7:00 p.m. on the Midway stage from June 17 – July 15. Each prize package includes a meet and greet with Justin Bieber for two, two tickets to the concert on July 18, and dinner for up to four at the Courtyard Buffet. The winner must be present and have the matching entry half to claim the package. Full rules and details are posted at the Courtyard Buffett or at the Circus Circus Web site.

A free entry is available at Z93.7 on Matley Lane with no purchase necessary.

Renowned bassist Edgar Meyer to play University of Nevada

edgar_meyer_with_bassBassist Edgar Meyer, a winner of the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” grant who has been hailed by The New Yorker as “the most remarkable virtuoso” of his instrument, will perform his own Double Bass Concerto and a virtuoso work by Bottesini at the University of Nevada’s Nightingale Concert Hall. A March 14 concert will be held 8-10 p.m., while a March 15 concert will be held 2-4 p.m. The concerts are presented by the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

Also on the program, led by Chamber Music Director Theodore Kuchar, are the Concerto in D by Stravinsky and Mozart’s “Prague” symphony. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $35 for seniors and $15 for students, and free for everyone 18 years old and younger.

For tickets or more information, contact the Reno Chamber Orchestra at (775) 348-9413 or visit RenoChamberOrchestra.org.

Neil Young, Death Cab for Cutie, Everest on the bill at Reno Events Center

Musical legend Neil Young will be making his way to the Reno Events Center on Nov. 1 to play a show with Death Cab for Cutie and Everest. This is a great opportunity to see a rock and roll legend in a great venue in the Biggest Little City.

Even if you aren’t too familiar with Young, you’ve definitely heard his music – he is a prolific writer, and his work has been covered by bands in nearly every genre.

Raised in Canada, he first became well known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band’s breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has spent more than 30 years performing with the super-group Crosby Stills Nash & Young, as well as with the band Crazy Horse. He recorded an album with the Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam in 1995.

Besides his work as a musician, he has also been active in film. Young has produced and/or performed in such concert films as Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Year of the Horse (1997) and many more. He has also been involved with non-musical films, including Neil Young: Human Highway (1982) and Made in Heaven (1987).

Death Cab for Cutie is an American indie rock band formed in Bellingham, Wash. in 1997. It began as a solo project of Ben Gibbard, now the band’s vocalist. The band has five studio albums, with several singles on the Billboard charts.

Book your tickets here and make it a getaway to Reno-Tahoe.

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