Friday, November 5, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – It’s a tale that sounds straight out of the script pages of a feature film. In the waning years of the 1980s, a burgeoning singing group sneaks backstage during a performance by New Edition spin-off group Bell Biv DeVoe. The boys perform an a cappella rendition of New Edition's "Can You Stand the Rain" for New Edition/BBD member Michael Bivins. He’s so impressed by the group that he signs them to a production deal with his own Biv Ten Records company – and the rest is history.
For those interested in “the rest of the story” the group being described is the sensational Boyz II Men, the four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singers, who return to Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. to perform from their roster of well-known hits.
Based on sales, Boyz II Men is the most successful R&B male vocal group of all time, recording five #1 R&B hits between 1992 and 1997 and selling more than 60 million records. Three of their #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 holding that record. Although their song "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.
Tickets are available for $65, $55, and $45 through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.
Monday, August 2, 2010
You recently were able to broker deals with both Pavelski and Marleau. Many thought that the organization would only be able to hold on to one or the other. How did you manage to make that work and how important are these deals moving forward?
“We have always tried to make San Jose a place that players want to come and play but at the same time, much of the credit goes to Patty and Pavs. I think they recognized what we have going here as a team and as an organization. History has shown that had these players gone to free agency, the marketplace would have been very friendly and kind to them. I can't say enough how much we truly appreciate them making this statement. This is where they want to be, and they believe in where we're going.
“Under a salary cap system, you can’t always keep everyone so with these players agreeing to deals that are not only fair to them but stay within the ‘team’ system we have built, it provides us a much better chance to keep the core of our team intact.”
How do you feel about the results of the recent draft?
“First off, I think we have the best scouting department in the game. These guys work their tails off year-round, watching players all over the world and it all comes down to those two days at the draft. We entered the draft this year with only four selections but by the end of it, we left with eight players. We think many of these kids have a real chance to be NHL players so we’re pretty happy with it. It’s always challenging when you’re drafting 18-year old kids and trying to project where they will be in three to four years but I have a lot of faith in the work our scouts do.”
What are you looking for out of this year's training camp? Which players should fans be watching as future stars or big contributors?
“Although our season ended a little too early last season, we still feel that our team and players took a huge step forward last season. And none of that will matter if we don’t build on that success this season. As always, our training camp will be competitive from Day 1. There are a few roster spots available and those will be earned on merit, not just handed to anyone.
“We are also excited about some of the young players that are coming through our system and may be ready to make an impact at the NHL level. Last year, we saw a good example of that with players like Logan Couture, Jamie McGinn, Jason Demers, Thomas Griess, Benn Ferriero, Frazer McLaren and John McCarthy helping the team at the NHL level. Those players are in the mix but you also have another layer of players fighting for those spots, like Alex Stalock, Cam MacIntyre, Tommy Wingels, Nick Petrecki, James Marcou, to name just a few. It should be an exciting camp.
“We also, for the first time in 10 seasons, will have a new goalie in camp in Antero Niittymaki. We think his style will fit well with our team and we like his history of playing big in big games, like playing for Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympics.”
What is your philosophy or set of goals for the team this season?
“Again, we want to build on the team’s successes from last season. We want to be able to go into any building play any style of hockey we need to in order to win games.”
How important is it for a team like the Sharks to open the season in Europe? How important is it for the NHL as a whole to schedule games in countries such as Sweden?
“Our trip to Sweden will be exciting for the organization. Hockey is the greatest game in the world and it truly is a global game. Many of the players in the NHL come from Europe so it’s important for the NHL to not only increase its global footprint but also to allow the great fans in Europe the opportunity to see their native players compete at the game’s highest level. We are really looking forward to it.”
Describe Sharks fans for me.
“Anyone who has ever been to a game at HP Pavilion knows that we have the greatest fans in the country. Within the past year, our building was selected as the having the “Ultimate Seat” of any sport franchise in the country by ESPN and NHL players voted HP Pavilion the toughest opponent building to play in. There can be no bigger tribute to our fans than that and it is because of the passion, noise and energy that they bring every single night. Our fans know and respect the game and our players. We’re very lucky to get to play for people who care so much about the franchise.”
The Oakland Raiders began play in 1960 as the eighth charter member of the American Football League (AFL), where they won one championship and three division titles before joining the NFL in 1970 as part of the AFL–NFL merger. Since joining the NFL, the Raiders have won twelve division titles, three Super Bowls (XI, XV, XVIII), and have appeared in two other Super Bowls. Nineteen Raiders have been selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Owner Al Davis. Jerry Rice, who wore the Silver and Black from 2001-04 and played in Super Bowl XXXVII, is the latest.
Raider fans, affectionately dubbed “The Raider Nation” are arguably one of the most fervent, energetic and notable groups of fans in the entire NFL. Many of Cache Creek’s players are also fans of the team and have enjoyed the privilege of receiving tickets to home games as part of our rewards program for the last several years. The program will continue this fall. We’ll purchase 250 pairs of tickets for three home games to pass on to our guests. Qualified players can expect to see a postcard with more details as the season draws closer.
“The Raider tickets are offered as a thank you to some of our best players,” said Kent Donithan, Cache Creek’s VP of Casino Marketing. “They are one of the most sought after player rewards and go quickly when we offer them every year.”
Due to recent trades and acquisitions there will be a few new faces to watch on the field. “With some of the young players and the changes they’re making, this will be an exciting season,” said David Humm, former Raiders player and co-host of the Raider pre and post game radio show. “This season will have a completely different look and feel for fans. It’s as talented a pool of players as we’ve had in a long time.” And Humm would know, having played seven seasons with the Raiders in addition to stints with the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Colts in the 70s and 80s as quarterback, and earning two Super Bowl rings with the Raiders (Super bowls XI and XVIII).
“When you look at this year’s team, we’re strong at quarterback,” said Humm. “We have a quarterback with solid experience in Jason Campbell, and solid back-ups with Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye. We’re also strong at running back, with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush being backed up by Michael Bennett. This offense is really going to click.” Other players to watch, says Humm, are the solid draft pick Lemarr Houston and John Henderson on defense, as well as receivers Chaz Schilens and Darius Heyward-Bey, who are backing up Louis Murphy. Rolando McClain, Kamerion Wimbley and Quentin Groves round out the team as stand-outs at linebacker. “All in all we’ve got some solid players, and we’re moving in the right direction with this group.”
The Raiders regular season begins Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. on the road against the Tennessee Titans, with the Raider Nation fired up from pre-season play already in progress. “There are no other fans like Raider fans,” says Humm. “They have a loyalty to the team, an emotion, and a passion you just don’t see with other teams.”
David Humm can be heard on the Oakland Raiders radio broadcast on 105.3 KITS FM and simulcast on KFRC-AM 1550.
Monday, July 12, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – A show by the funky group Con Funk Shun is always packed with electrifying choreography, glistening six-part vocal harmonies, and a dash of humor. Even after 35-years in the music industry, these veterans never fail to wow their audiences. With their library of dance party hits and romantic ballads, the 70s and 80s superstars who got their start in Vallejo will return to Northern California with a stop at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 stage on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.
Through their memorable melodies, inventive horn arrangements and guitar woven grooves, Con Funk Shun has at times been identified as the group absolutely essential to the evolution of funk. They charted four consecutive Gold and one Platinum album, and their 20 hit singles included eight Top Ten R&B Hits and one #1 R&B smash between 1977-1986. This is a resume any band would be proud of.
With finesse and consistency, they legitimized those who followed them, and countless rap and hip-hop samples exposed them to a new generation. In response to this new exposure, albums like the” Best of Con Funk Shun" have been re-released multiple times. It’s this type of fan enthusiasm that encouraged the band to return to the stage.
Their recognizable stable of hits includes "Sho Feels Good To Me," "Confunkshunizeya," "Ffun," "Shake And Dance With Me," “Chase Me," "Got To Be Enough," "Bad Lady," "Too Tight," "Baby I'm Hooked (Right into Your Love)," "Ms. Got-The-Body,” "Electric Lady," "I'm Leaving Baby," "Burnin' Love," and "Throw It Up, Throw It Up." Guests of the show will be sure to hear some of these chart topping hits on the Club 88 stage just as they sounded when they originally climbed the charts.
“My sound has stayed essential because the guys and I still actively tour,” says Con Funk Shun’s Michael Cooper. “My musical inspiration comes from my audience, my family and from life. My sound has fueled a generation and that same generation fuels my sound.”
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $45, $35, and $25.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – Blues man Jonny Lang started playing guitar at the age of twelve after his father took him to see the Bad Medicine Blues Band, one of the few blues bands that could be found in his home town of Fargo, North Dakota. Inspired, Lang started taking lessons from Ted Larsen, the band's guitar player. Most stories would end right there. After a few months of lessons many pre-teens would move on to other hobbies or lose interest. One of two might start their own band as a teen, playing birthday parties and family functions. Lang took another path altogether -- after several months of playing, he was dubbed a guitar prodigy and eventually joined the very same band that inspired his love for the blues and hit the road.
Things began to heat up as the group moved to Minneapolis and independently released the album Smokin' when Lang was only fourteen-years-old. At the tender age of 15, he released another album, the critically acclaimed multi-platinum Lie to Me. Things continued to get better as his next release, Wander this World, earned him a Grammy nomination. A few years and albums later, Lang's newest album, the gospel-influenced Turn Around, won him his first Grammy Award in 2006. He will perform selections from these albums in front of a Club 88 crowd at Cache Creek on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.
The career of this guitar virtuoso has been meteoric to say the least. While kids his age were still playing high school gigs and performing in garages, he was touring with music industry giants like the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, trading licks for more than ten years with mentors like B. B. King and Buddy Guy, played for a White House audience including President and Mrs. Clinton, and even made a cameo appearance in the film Blues Brothers 2000 as a janitor.
He’s also shared the stage with other greats such as Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck, and Sting. Eric Clapton asked Lang to play at the Crossroads Guitar Festival. Currently, he’s promoting his collaborative work on Cyndi Lauper’s new album, Memphis Blues. Through it all, he has continued to mature and improve his craft, silencing critics who dismissed him as too young with displays of his God given talent. U.S. News and World Report perhaps summed Lang up best when they lauded him for having “the voice of a grizzled blues veteran … and guitar skills to match.” There can be no better compliment for a blues man who has yet to reach the age of 30 and still has a long successful career still ahead of him.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $59 and $45.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – Best known for his driving themes to several 80s blockbuster films such as “Caddyshack,” “Footloose,” and “Top Gun,” rocker Kenny Loggins has entertained audiences for decades as a songwriter, solo artist, and collaborator with many of the industry’s most talented performers. Known by audiences of all ages, he will perform from his stable of hits at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on Aug. 21 at 8 p.m.
Loggins has been many things to many people over the course of his career – “a moving target” as he’s put it. In his time, he’s been a guitar-slinger with a psychedelic rock band, a hot young songwriter with a publishing deal, half of a legendary country-rock duo, a massively successful and accomplished solo artist, a sonic pioneer in the smooth jazz genre, a reigning soundtrack superstar, a rocker, as well as an enduring recording artist and live performer whose most recent works have spoken deeply to both young and adult audiences. At the heart of it all, there remains a brilliant singer-songwriter and guitarist with a lifelong passion for exploring the endless power of the song to communicate.
By any standard, Loggins’ commercial impact has been extraordinary – twelve of his albums have gone platinum and beyond. In a world of one hit wonders and fifteen minute sensations, Loggins has enjoyed hit songs in four straight decades – a remarkable testament to his exceptional craftsmanship and stamina. Through it all, he’s earned the faith of those who’ve followed him along the way.
Loggins first achieved solo stardom with million-selling albums such as Celebrate Me Home, Nightwatch (which included the hit "Whenever I Call You Friend" with Stevie Nicks), Keep the Fire (“This Is It,”) and 1982’s High Adventure (“Don’t Fight It” with Steve Perry and “Heart To Heart”). Loggins’ reputation as one of music’s outstanding vocalists became well established, and in 1980 he won the Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy for “This Is It.” As a songwriter Loggins was also known for inspired collaborations such as co-writing the 1979 Grammy-winning Song of The Year “What a Fool Believes” with his long-time friend Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers.
In the 80s, Loggins became even more famous than ever as the king of movie theme songs, thanks to massive smashes like "I'm Alright" (from Caddyshack), "Footloose" (from Footloose), "Danger Zone" (from Top Gun), and "Nobody's Fool" (from Caddyshack II). Loggins also continued to record albums that were introspective and deeply personal, including 1985’s Vox Humana, 1988’s Back to Avalon, 1991’s Leap of Faith, The Unimaginable Life (1997) and 2003’s It’s About Time. During this same period, Loggins continued to take on new challenges, like recording a Christmas album (1998’s December) and two successful and acclaimed CDs for children: 1994’s radiant Return to Pooh Corner and its worthy follow-up, More Songs from Pooh Corner.
Tickets are available for $75, $65, and $55 through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.
Contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; email@example.com
Thursday, May 13, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – Anyone who’s a fan of comedy knows Rob Schneider. Most of us were introduced to him as a member of one of the classic casts of SNL, where he first teamed up with Adam Sandler. This relationship led to hilarious cameos in a number of Sandler projects in addition to features which Schneider carried on his own such as the “Duece Bigelow” films and off the wall premised projects such as “The Animal” and “The Hot Chick.”
Schneider is well known for his longtime relationship with Adam Sandler and Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison, which led him to star in several projects, including “Bedtime Stories,” “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan,” “The Benchwarmers,” “50 First Dates,” “The Longest Yard,” “Eight Crazy Nights,” “Little Nicky” and “Mr. Deeds.” Also for Happy Madison, Schneider co-wrote and starred in “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,” “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “The Hot Chick” and “The Animal.” Other film credits include “Shark Bait,” “The Waterboy” and “Big Daddy.”
Born in San Francisco, Schneider grew up in the nearby suburb of Pacifica, the son of a secular Jewish Father and Catholic mother. Schneider's maternal grandmother was a Filipina who met and married Schneider's maternal grandfather, a Caucasian American army private, while he was stationed in the Philippines. Schneider graduated from Terra Nova High School in 1982, where he began writing jokes as a teenager, appearing at local venues.
After opening for comedians such as Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, he made his major network television debut in 1987 on “The David Letterman Show.” A few years later, Lorne Michaels saw Schneider’s appearance on HBO’s “13th Annual Young Comedians Special” and hired him to be a regular on “Saturday Night Live.” During his four seasons at “SNL,” Schneider was nominated for three Emmys and a Peabody Award.
Schneider never stopped working since leaving SNL. Fans can next seen him in the soon to be released film “Grown Ups,” a comedy about five old friends (played by comedy superstars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Schneider and Adam Sandler) reuniting 30 years after their high school graduation. He also made his directorial debut last year in the prison comedy “Big Stan,” which was filmed at a closed women’s penitentiary in Stockton. Although he lives in Los Angeles, Schneider is still a Northern California native at heart who looks forward to performing for his fans at Cache Creek.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $35 reserved.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – With sales of over 75 million records, nine Grammy nominations, three Grammy Awards and The American Music Award, KC & the Sunshine Band are one of the seminal forces in pop. Still going strong since their inception in the early 70s, the group pioneered an original funk style that continues to delight old fans and attract new ones well into the millennium. Some of those long time fans and new ones alike can enjoy the group’s funky stylings when they appear at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on June 19 at 8 p.m.
Hits like "Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way (I Like It)" and "Shake Your Booty" established KC as a mover and shaker in the music business. Along with the Beatles, KC is the only artist to have four number one singles in the span of a year: "Boogie Shoes," "Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way I Like It," and "Rock Your Baby." Their songs continue to show up in television and movies, as well as several stations along the radio dial nation-wide. Just about everyone recognizes one of their signature hit songs.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $69, $59, and $49.
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Friday, April 16, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – Boz Scaggs gained fame in the 70s with several Top 20 Hits in the US along with the hit album "Silk Degrees," which was recorded with the famous session group which later became the band “Toto.” The album spawned three hit singles: "Lowdown", "Lido Shuffle", and "What Can I Say", as well as the critically acclaimed "We're all Alone."
A childhood friend of Steve Miller, Scaggs appeared on the Steve Miller Band's first two albums, Children of the Future and Sailor, which received good reviews from music critics. Scaggs went solo after the success of those efforts, and continued to record and tour throughout the 80s and 90s, charting with songs such as "Breakdown Dead Ahead," "JoJo," "Look What You've Done To Me," "Miss Sun" and "Heart Of Mine." He continues to tour today, including a stop at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on June 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $75, $65, and $55.
BROOKS, Calif. – Scottish Funk and R&B group Average White Band is widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit “Pick Up the Pieces,” the band's strength actually lies in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi-Grammy nominations.
In fact, more than a few of their singles charted well, including “Cut The Cake” and “Let's Go Round Again.” Several other popular album tracks like “Schoolboy Crush” and “Stop The Rain” even went on to become much sampled and turn tabled “rare” grooves. Other notable singles by the group include “Cloudy”, “A Love Of Your Own” and “Nothing You Can Do,” by many considered some of the finest soul album tracks ever recorded.
Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece band took the influences of their R&B heroes – people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others – and developed their own “authentic” sound which has been eagerly enjoyed by audiences in the US and abroad. The current line-up of the band (this time with noted US recruits augmenting founder members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre) continue to record and tour around the world to ongoing critical and audience acclaim. Northern California fans will be able to catch them on May 30 at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $39, $29, and $19.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – Music lovers who are tired of the same old rock, hip hop, R&B or country concerts can enjoy an evening of Hawaiian surf, rock, funk, jazz and slack key guitar with Kalapana & Willie K., who have played sold out shows in their native Hawaii, the Philippines, and several Asian countries as well as here on the mainland, including an upcoming tour date at Cache Creek's Club 88 on May 22 at 8 p.m.
The music of Hawaii includes an array of traditional and popular styles, ranging from native Hawaiian folk music to modern rock and hip hop. Styles such as the slack-key guitar are well-known worldwide and Hawaiian-tinged music is a frequent and well recognized part of many Hollywood soundtracks and television programs. Hawaiians also made a major contribution to country music with the introduction of the steel guitar. The flair and flavor that are trademarks of traditional Hawaiian folk music is a major part of the state's heritage and identity, and is cherished by audiences the world over.
Kalapana’s special guest, guitar virtuoso Willie K. has played with and opened for such musical giants as B.B. King, Santana, Al DiMeola, Willie Nelson, Prince, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Browne, Mick Fleetwood, George Benson and Jimmy Buffett. For fans of the tranquil sounds of island music this is a fantastic opportunity to see a great Hawaiian group perform in an intimate setting.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $65, $49, and $39.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – the celebrated rock group Jefferson Starship sprung from a lineage of their legendary forefathers Jefferson Airplane and prevail as one of the most critically acclaimed touring acts today. The current incarnation of Jefferson Starship (appearing at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on May 1 at 8 p.m.) features a stellar cast of old and new players, including songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Paul Kantner, vocalist David Freiberg both of whom founded the original Jefferson Starship and were crucial in developing the renowned "San Francisco Sound" that changed the course of pop music forever.
It all started in 1965 when Kantner formed Jefferson Airplane, a mainstay at the San Francisco nightclub The Matrix. Airplane became the first San Francisco rock group to sign a recording contract with a major label with their first album in 1966 “Jefferson Airplane Takes Off.” Vocalist Grace Slick joined the Airplane in 1967, bringing with her the hits "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," anthems that announced the "Summer of Love" and permanently altered the perspective of an entire generation.
Both songs hit the Top 10 that year, making Jefferson Airplane the most successful rock band in America. Born of the decade marked by civil rights activism, the war in Vietnam and the
Counter-culture Mecca of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, the group defined the psychedelic nation with their appearances at the Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Altamont music festivals. Airplane disbanded in 1972, leaving in its wake a canon of work that includes "It's No Secret," "My Best Friend," "Comin' Back To Me," "Plastic Fantasic Lover," "We Can Be Together," "Today," "Wooden Ships" (with David Crosby and Steven Stills) and "Volunteers."
The follow up group, Jefferson Starship, was formed by Kantner in 1974. Joined by Balin, Slick, lead guitarist Craig Chaquico, bassist Pete Sears and drummer John Barbata, this original incarnation of the band reigned as one of the most artistically and commercially successful
rock groups for a decade. The band's initial release, “Dragonfly,” spawned the rock radio staples "Ride the Tiger" and "Caroline." The band's breakthrough album came a year later with “Red
Octopus,” which featured the hit single "Miracles" and catapulted the group to the top of Billboard's album chart four separate times in 1975. The band's subsequent record releases generated the hits "With Your Love," "St. Charles," "Count on Me," "Runaway" and "Jane."
Since reforming in 1992, Jefferson Starship has performed over 1,000 concerts in 21 countries. They not only perform all the timeless hits of the original Jefferson Starship, but also the entire repertoire of Jefferson Airplane. In 2010 the band celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a special tour and a stop at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on May 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $55, $45, and $35.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – One memorable sign of spring’s arrival is the brilliant, colorful display of almond blossoms which dot the landscape across the Capay Valley each year, lining the highways and country roads that wind through the region’s fertile green hills. The Capay Valley Almond Festival has celebrated this special time of year by entertaining visitors to the Valley for over 90 years.
This year the festival takes place on Sunday, March 14. The Capay Valley towns of Esparto, Capay, Brooks, Guinda, Madison and Rumsey all take part in the celebration, which is once again being sponsored in part by Cache Creek Casino Resort and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.
Napa Valley may have their wine tours, but festival organizers encourage lovers of good food to take a culinary tour of the Capay Valley by visiting all of the participating locations and sampling a unique food or wine at each stop along the way. Tour takers can make their way down Highway 16 along the tour route and enjoy favorites like barbequed ribs, steak, tri-tip sandwiches, barbequed oysters, local organic produce and baked goods like the valley’s famous Almond Roca, or participate in wine tasting and tours at Capay Valley Vineyards. The Esparto Regional Chamber is also providing visitors with an Almond Blossom Trail Map for those who want to take a scenic tour of the valley and view all the varieties of colorful blossoms (available at www.blossomtrail.org).
Once culinary tourists have filled their stomachs they can enjoy free activities for the kids, a classic car show, and plenty of vendor booths filled with locally crafted items and fresh valley-grown produce. The day long festival kicks off on Sunday morning with a community pancake breakfast at Esparto High School. Later, there’s a parade reigned over by the newly crowned Almond Queen. Other attractions include a petting zoo in Guinda and interesting sights such as the old engine demonstration. Rock, R&B, Blues, Country or Jazz music greets guests in several of the locations.
For more information on any of the Almond Festival events surf to the Esparto Regional Chamber website at: www.espartoregionalchamber.com or call: (530) 787-3242.
Contacts: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – Gladys Knight, whose name is forever synonymous with “the Pips,” is an icon of the golden Motown era of the 1960s, charting several hit singles, including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1967), "The Nitty Gritty" (1969),"Friendship Train" (1969), "If I Were Your Woman" (1970), "I Don't Want To Do Wrong" (1971), the Grammy winner "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" (1972), and "Daddy Could Swear (I Declare)" (1973). Now singing on her own, Knight can be seen performing for her fans at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on March 13 at 8 p.m.
The success of Gladys Knight and the Pips continued even after they left Motown in 1973 with hits such as the Grammy-winning "Midnight Train to Georgia", "I've Got to Use My Imagination", and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me." This famous union eventually ended however, and Knight toured and recorded as a solo artist after the Pips retired in 1988. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Working without her longtime backup singers, Knight went on to record two duets with her friend Johnny Mathis in the 1980s, "When a Child Is Born" and "The Lord's Prayer," which have become yearly Christmas staples on radio and in record stores. They also charted with the #1 R&B hits "Save the Overtime (For Me)" (1983) and another Grammy winner--"Love Overboard" (1987).
Gladys has joined forces with other artists as well, including Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John on the 1986 AIDS benefit single, "That's What Friends Are For" which won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. In 1989, Knight recorded the title track for the James Bond movie License to Kill, a top 10 hit both in the UK and Germany. Now a legend in the music industry after four decades, she continues to tour and record, playing to sold out crowds across the U.S.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $89, $79, and $65.
Will perform at Cache Creek April 24
BROOKS, Calif. – Any discussion of blues and rock guitarist Buddy Guy invariably involves a recitation of his colossal musical resume and hard-earned accolades. He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Vaughan and a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound -- and a living link to that city's halcyon days of electric blues.
Buddy has received five Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Guy’s credentials and following are well established, and his musical relevance continues to this day. Fans can see him perform at Cache Creek on Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m.
Just this past year, Buddy appeared on the big screen nationwide with a show-stopping performance in Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones concert film, “Shine a Light” and at the age of 72, he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time as part of the magazine's "100 Greatest Guitar Songs" package.
During his long and successful career, Guy, the purveyor of a stinging, attacking electric guitar style and wild, impassioned vocals, has captured the minds of a growing number of rock musicians. "He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people," Eric Clapton recalled Guy's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. "My course was set, and he was my pilot."
There were no fewer than 20 releases under Guy's name during the 1970s and '80s and his 1991 comeback smash “Damn Right, I've Got the Blues” 1993's Feels Like Rain, and 1994's Slipping' In” all earned Grammy Awards. His last album, “Bring 'Me In,” found Guy trading licks with the likes of Carlos Santana and John Mayer (a huge Buddy Guy fan, who has done much to spotlight the older artist in recent years) on a set of songs featuring covers of classic soul songs.
"I just try to get the best players and hope I can pop the top off this can and show that the blues are back," he says. "I learn from them, bring them in and see what they can do. And these guys got me feeling like when I was 22 years old and went into the studio with Muddy Waters."
Buddy Guy says he's excited about the new ground he’s broken and about continuing to find new challenges to set for himself. "If you get too old to learn, you might as well go out of this world backwards," he says. "It's like being a prizefighter. If you lay down, you never have a chance to win. But if you keep punching, you might hit 'em with the one that lies 'em down.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $65, $55, and $45.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Group will perform at Cache Creek April 3
BROOKS, Calif. – Fans of 1990s R&B will fondly remember Bell Biv DeVoe. a splinter group of New Edition that consisted of three of that band’s previous members: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe. The group’s debut album, “Poison” has been described as the first to successfully combine hip-hop with R&B and pop music. Released in 1990, its title track became a #1 hit on the R&B chart, and was followed by singles "Do Me!", "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?", "When Will I See You Smile Again", and "She’s Dope!" The album “Poison” went on to sell over three million copies with a subsequent remix released the next year which was eventually certified gold.
In all, Bell Biv Devoe sold in excess of 4 million albums, prompting performances on the 1990 American Music Awards and other prestigious musical ceremonies. BBD’s second album, “Hootie Mack,” was released in 1993 and spawned the memorable singles "Gangsta," "Above The Rim," "Something In Your Eyes" and "Show Me the Way." Their music kept with the times and changed to a more hardcore rap style of R&B with the 1996 release of their third album “Home Again.”
Still actively involved in the R&B and hip-hop scene, they performed with Ne-Yo at the 2009 BET Awards and dropped two new tracks on iTunes last year, "Welcome to My Heart" and "You.” Much to the delight of their Northern California fans, the members of BBD are back on tour with a stop at Cache Creek’s Club 88 on April 3 at 8 p.m. to sing their classic hits as well as some of their new songs.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $75, $59, and $49.
Friday, January 8, 2010
David Hasselhoff launching his new tour in Brooks
BROOKS, Calif. – After the amazing response to his rendition of “Feeling Good” on “America’s Got Talent,” David Hasselhoff is bringing his live musical talents (which have sold out shows across Europe for years) to America with a “Retro Rockin’ with The Hoff” Valentine’s Day performance at Cache Creek’s Club 88. It will be a sexy evening of romantic songs delivered as only The Hoff can in a performance you’ll never forget. Don’t miss the American debut of David’s new world tour at Cache Creek. It’ll be Hofftastic!
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $65, $55, and $45.
BROOKS, Calif. – Stephen Stills is one of the most influential and enduring figures in rock and roll, and the only artist ever to be inducted twice in the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – for both The Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Stills' work spans four iconic groups (Manassas and Crosby Stills Nash &Young in addition to the two already mentioned) two era-defining anthems – "For What It's Worth" and "Love The One You're With" – and a rich canon of solo material. Fans of the artist can hear him perform some of these rock classics on Feb. 13 at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 at 8 p.m.
Stills launched his illustrious solo career with 1970's “Stephen Stills,” of which allmusic.com's Bruce Eder wrote, "listening to this album three decades on, it's still a jaw-dropping experience.” Featuring all-star musical friends Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Rita Coolidge and others, the disc delivered the stone-cold Stills classic "Love The One You're With," one of the most important solo hits from any CSN&Y member. Solo highlights also include 1971's “Stephen Stills 2,” adding the classics "Change Partners," "Marianne" and "Know You Got to Run" to Stills' catalogue. Billboard Magazine wrote, "His spectacular vocal style coupled with outstanding lyrics and music make this a must for every pop music fan."
In 1975 Stills introduced "As I Come of Age," a poetic mid-tempo groove boasting harmonies from David Crosby and Graham Nash and Ringo Starr on drums, and '78's “Thoroughfare Gap” added another fan favorite with its title track. 1991's exquisitely spare “Stills Alone” prompted allmusic.com to write, "Stills has put out a spectacular solo effort in the true sense of the word."
Ranked #28 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Stills also has a trio of album masterpieces on their compendium of The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: “Buffalo Springfield Again,” “Crosby, Stills & Nash” and “Déjà Vu.” Still recording and touring as a solo artist 40 years later, Stephen Stills has become a Rock icon and his timeless music is remembered and enjoyed by a legion of fans spanning four decades.
Tickets are available now through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $75, $59, and $49.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
BROOKS, Calif. – The Yocha Dehe Golf Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Kyle Jones, Course Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Yocha Dehe Golf Club is the 51st course in California and the 796thin the world to receive the honor.
"Yocha Dehe Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.
"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Sluiter. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
“This has truly been a team effort. All of us at Cache Creek Casino Resort, in one way or another strive towards the goal of sustainability. I want to thank everyone that has helped throughout this certification process and look forward to many opportunities ahead in educating and promoting a healthier eco system,” said Jones.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.
For more information on golf and the environment, visit www.golfandenvironment.org. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments. For additional information contact Audubon International, (518) 767-9051; email@example.com; or visit their website at www.auduboninternational.org.