Station Casinos announces March 2017 headliners
Featuring performances by OneRepublic, Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer
By Mike Kermani
Las Vegas Tribune
Venue: Sandbar Poolside Stage
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $43 plus tax and applicable fees. A portion of all tickets sold will be donated to a charity of the artists’ choice.
Artist Info: Unabashed emotion and indelible melody have always propelled the music of OneRepublic, who released their first full-length Dreaming Out Loud in 2007. That album included the Colorado Springs-bred band’s debut single “Apologize” — a Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum-selling track that long held the distinction of being the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart. OneRepublic next followed Dreaming Out Loud with Waking Up, a 2009 album that produced three singles: “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets” and “Good Life.” The release of Native followed in 2013 and featured the hit singles “If I Lose Myself,” “Love Runs Out,” “I Lived,” and “Counting Stars.” With more than 10 million units of “Counting Stars” sold, the song’s video has racked up more than 1.4 billion hits on YouTube and now stands as one of the site’s top 20 most viewed videos of all time. As Oh My My makes its debut, OneRepublic are now setting their sights on another journey across the globe. With extensive touring set for the New Year, the band looks forward to bringing their new music back to the very places where it first came to life.
Gavin DeGraw is a multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold more than one million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. His third studio album, Sweeter, was released in September 2011 and produced the smash single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.
The track reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. In 2013, DeGraw released his fourth studio album, Make A Move, which included the hit song “Best I Ever Had” and garnered rave reviews from such publications as Billboard, People and Entertainment Weekly amongst many others. In addition, Gavin was nominated for his first Grammy for “We Both Know,” the song he co-wrote with Colbie Calliat for the 2013 film, “Safe Haven.” Since then he has been consistently touring around the world, including sold out dates with the legendary Billy Joel.
This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening
Venue: Pearl Concert Theater
Date: Friday, March 24, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $29, $69, $89 and $99 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating
Artist Info: She’s always been a rule-breaker and a trail-blazer, she remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on record, and now, after more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a bonafide living legend. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour kicks off with “Shadows Of The Night,” which was a top ten hit for the couple on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1982. Other chart entries on the package include her chart-topping classic “Love Is A Battlefield,” in addition to “All Fired Up,” “Invincible,” “Sex As A Weapon,” and perhaps the song for which the couple is best known — “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” which was a Top-10 hit on the Hot 100 in 1980.
A four-time Grammy winner, Benatar is a classically trained mezzo-soprano. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Invincible.” During the early days of MTV Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists on the popular music channel. Her hits continue to be as unforgettable now as they were at the dawn of MTV, when Pat emerged, fearless, fighting and forging a path for other female rock stars around the world.
Neil “Spyder” James Giraldo, has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for over four decades now, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s with his collaborator, muse and wife, Pat Benatar. More than just an explosive steel bending guitar player, Giraldo’s innovative vision helped him create the signature Benatar sound, from its inception.
GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT
Mark O’Toole: A Night at the Copacabana
Venue: Grand Events Center
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $15 plus tax and applicable fees
Artist Info: Part velvet, part grave, and all taut emotion, Mark O Toole’s voice seems ideally suited to perform the songs of Barry Manilow. His love of performing began early in life, with leading roles at The Boston Children’s Theatre. His first exposure to the national limelight came from his dead-on impression of a matronly grandmother. As a favor, he would call his friend, a DJ on WVBF-FM in Boston, and pretend to be his friend’s grandmother. As fate would have it, Jay Thomas, a regular on “Cheers” and “Murphy Brown,” heard Mark while in Boston and asked him to be a regular on his radio show in Hollywood. Following three years on the radio, O Toole moved to Las Vegas and soon appeared on “Star Search,” where his rendition of Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe” beat out a five-time winner. A 20-year veteran in Las Vegas, O Toole released his album The Crooner in 2011.
This is an all-ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
Lone Star Revue with Mark Hummel, Little Charlie & Anson Funderburgh
Venue: The Railhead
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $5 cover at the door
Artist Info: Born in 1954, Anson Funderburgh hails from Plano, Texas, where the youngster first picked up guitar. In high school, he got bit by the blues bug through Jimmy Reed and Lightning Hopkins. By 1978, he started Anson & The Rockets with vocalist/harp player Darrell Nulisch, and the group was signed by Black Top Records. In 1986, Nulisch was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed until his death in 2006. After Myer’s death, Funderburgh took a seven-year hiatus from performing to devote to his new family. In 2011, Funderburgh resumed performing with both The Rockets and the Eric Lindell Band.
He’s performed alongside many musical greats, including Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King and Jimmy Buffett. Funderburgh was also the inspiration for the character Beavis from “Beavis & Butthead,” as former bassist and creator of the characters, Mike Judge, performed alongside Funderburgh for three years.
Grammy nominee, Blues Award winner and author Mark Hummel began playing harmonica in 1970 and has gone on to become one of the premier blues players of his generation. With more than 30 recordings released, including the Grammy-nominated single “Remembering Little Walter,” has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound — a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack, combined with a strong sense of swing. Mark started the Blues Survivors in 1977 with Mississippi Johnny Waters and by 1984 began a life of non- stop touring. Hummel has toured or recorded with blues legends Charles Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, Lowell Fulson, Billy Boy Arnold, Carey Bell, Lazy Lester, Brownie McGhee, Eddie Taylor, Luther Tucker and Jimmy Rogers, among others.
Guests must be 21 years or older.
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Mike Kermani is an entertainment writer for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper. He writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Mike Kermani, email mkermani@ lasvegas tribune.com