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Dec 04
SmartyPants Sat, Dec 04, 2021 | 10:00PM
Kankakee Grille
SmartyPants

SmartyPants is a high-energy party band playing the top dance hits of today.

Dec 04
DJ Jesse Sat, Dec 04, 2021 | 10:00PM
C Bar

Your favorite hits at The C Bar! 

Dec 05
Mike Talbot Sun, Dec 05, 2021 | 5:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Mike Talbot

Mike has played over 1,000 live shows, including opening for “Styx” and “Kansas”. Mike is known for having one of the most extensive "covers" repertoires spanning over six decades of some of the best loved classics. From Louis Armstrong to Coldplay, Johnny Cash to Pearl Jam, Mike's energy and love of music transcends style or genre. Mike is a finely seasoned performer who delivers an unforgettable performance each and every time he takes the stage.

Dec 06
Live Trivia Mon, Dec 06, 2021 | 7:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Trivia Night

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Dec 09
Live Band Karaoke Thu, Dec 09, 2021 | 6:00PM
Kankakee Grille
The Cheap Dates

Our Live Band Karaoke night is a bit different than a regular karaoke night. We stray away from the cheesy traditional karaoke songs and focus on more of a rocking high energy show. We have a growing list of songs that you can choose from. All you need to bring to the gig is your talent and good vibes. We have everything else covered. If you are nervous and forget the words we've got our lyrics monitor that rolls along as the song is performed.

We play many different genres of music from current radio hits as well as 80’s, 90’s, Rock, Reggae, Country, Hip Hop and some old standards.

We encourage you to sign up a for a few songs, and bring your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and entire crew down for support. It’s going to be a blast.  You’re going to rock it!

Dec 10
DJ Jelliefish Fri, Dec 10, 2021 | 10:00PM
C Bar
DJ JellieFish

Former On Air Radio Personality, current voice over and production specialist. "From Hip Hop, Rock to Pop and everything else in between. He'll sting ya with the hits! Mixing and blending the songs you know and love best for a good vibes only night.

Dec 10
The 1985 Fri, Dec 10, 2021 | 10:00PM
Kankakee Grille
the 1985

The 1985 is a five-member band from South Bend, IN. Featuring the best of retro rock, pop, new wave and metal from the 1980’s, these guys bring an immersive TOTALLY 80’s experience!

Dec 11
Michael Bolton Sat, Dec 11, 2021 | 9:00PM
Silver Creek Event Center

Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Humanitarian, who has sold more than 65 million records globally and continues to tour the world.  Bolton remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through the Michael Bolton Charities.

Recently announced, Michael is Executive Producer and host, along with Zooey Deschanel, of The Celebrity Dating Game, which premiered primetime on ABC June 14, 2021.  The reboot of the beloved gameshow is a wry wink at modern dating featuring three contestants hoping to win a date with a celebrity guest.  Michael will offer musical clues to help the contestants guess the mystery celebrity’s identity.

Celebrating 50 years of contributions to the entertainment industry, Bolton’s most recent release A SYMPHONY OF HITS, a #1 album on the Billboard Classical Chart, is a collection of his favorite Greatest Hits newly arranged and recorded with a full symphony orchestra.  To date, Bolton has seen nine studio albums rank in the Top 10, with nine No. 1 singles.

In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, 3 Emmy nominations and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

Bolton has written with some of the greatest and most diverse talent of our time, including Bob Dylan, Paul Stanley, Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, and David Foster. Bolton's songs have been recorded by the likes of KISS, Kanye West, Jay Z, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Kenny Rogers and Marc Anthony.  Michael has performed with legacies such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Renee Fleming and BB King.

Michael became a viral sensation in The Lonely Island’s Emmy nominated video, “Captain Jack Sparrow” that launched on Saturday Night Live and has racked up more than 220 million views on YouTube.  He earned another Emmy nod for his collaborations with the Screen Junkies popular channel “Honest Trailers.”  He executive produced and starred in the Netflix show Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Special which has become a seasonal cult classic. 

Michael’s songs and performances have been featured in numerous television and film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated theme song “Go the Distance” from Walt Disney’s blockbuster animated film Hercules and the recent Russell Crowe film Fathers & Daughters which has become a favored wedding song and part of several viral videos.  He also executive produced the documentary Terror at Home addressing Domestic Violence in America, and was Emmy-nominated for writing the title song “Tears of The Angels.”  Michael also produced a feature-length documentary, American Dream: Detroit, which is his love letter to the Motorcity.

More information about Michael Bolton is available at:  www.michaelbolton.com.

Dec 11
DJ H2 Sat, Dec 11, 2021 | 10:00PM
C Bar
DJ H2

DJ H2 is one of Michiana’s most creative and inventive DJs. His high energy sound instantly transports you to your happy place. DJ H2 has entertained all across Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan. With his special styles of mixing his career has let him entertain for dignitaries, politicians and artists from all walks of life. His music expertise covers all styles, but he specializes in dance music.

Dec 11
One Night Band Sat, Dec 11, 2021 | 10:00PM
Kankakee Grille
one night band

One Night Band creates a high energy evening to remember.  With a diverse repertoire of Top 40's hits spanning over six decades, the band truly has something for everyone.  You’ll find yourself shaking it to decades of Rock, cutting a rug to Motown's finest, busting a move to some Hip Hop, gettin’ down with a lil' Country, and singing your heart out to a Pop Rock guilty pleasure.  From Sinatra to Snoop Dogg, One Night Band has you covered.

Dec 12
Mike Struwin Sun, Dec 12, 2021 | 5:00PM
Kankakee Grille
mike struwin

Incorporating myriad genres, including Alt-country/Americana/Roots/Rock/Memphis Soul and even Reggae, this Michigan born artist has forged a truly unique style all his own.

With eight self-produced all original CD’s under his belt, Mike Struwin proves to be a gifted and prolific songwriter. Struwin’s music has received national acclaim, with soundtrack placement in two independent features.

Dec 13
Live Trivia Mon, Dec 13, 2021 | 7:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Trivia Night

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Dec 16
Tim Velez Thu, Dec 16, 2021 | 6:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Tim Velez

Tim was born and raised in SW Michigan. As a young boy he was greatly influenced by two of his uncles who played flamenco guitar. He would listen for hours as they played the old Spanish ballads from Puerto Rico. His uncle gave him a guitar at 13 years old and Tim was hooked.


From age 15 on, Tim played solo and with various rock bands. He has attended the Front Porch Music school in Valparaiso, Indiana as well as a number of classes ranging from piano and theory to vocal studies and master guitar.


Tim plays different shows from festivals, concerts, supper clubs, pubs and cafes. He is known for his 70's & 80's style and features the music of various artists, like: Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, America, Poco, Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Cat Stevens, CSNY, Van Morrison, Jim Croce, John Denver, Paul Simon, John Fogerty, etc.

Dec 17
Poison'd Crue Fri, Dec 17, 2021 | 10:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Poison'd Crue

Poison'd Crue is an 80's Hair Cover Band that covers the best of Poison, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, plus many more!

Dec 17
DJ Jelliefish Fri, Dec 17, 2021 | 10:00PM
C Bar
DJ JellieFish

Former On Air Radio Personality, current voice over and production specialist. "From Hip Hop, Rock to Pop and everything else in between. He'll sting ya with the hits! Mixing and blending the songs you know and love best for a good vibes only night.

Dec 18
Holiday Dreams, A Spectacular Holiday Cirque! Sat, Dec 18, 2021 | 8:00PM
Silver Creek Event Center

This unique holiday show is unlike any other.  With projection mapping and hologram technology, coupled with talented acrobats and cirque performers, musical comedians and daredevils, each scene has eye-catching effects that make this modern holiday show one to remember.  Acrobats deliver jaw-dropping tricks that will amaze you.  The actors will keep you amused, while the contemporary music creates a fun, high-energy environment for people of all ages. 

The story focuses on a Grinch-like character, who with the help of Christmas Carol, a whimsical character of beaming lights filled with the “Spirit of Christmas,” is taken on a beautiful journey where he begins to see and experience the glory and true wonders of the holiday season.  The magical nature and comedic tone of the production keep things interesting as the two characters banter back and forth as they meander through a magical theater.  The two lead characters are comedic actors that will keep the audience rolling on the floor in laughter.  Start off the Christmas season with Holiday Dreams, cirque-style!  More information on Holiday Dreams, A Spectacular Holiday Cirque! can be found at www.holidaydreamsshow.com.           

Dec 18
Nawty Sat, Dec 18, 2021 | 10:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Nawty

NAWTY is a Band that will rock your socks off while you dance the night away. With a continually changing setlist of over 150 songs ranging from Motown on up to current chart toppers and everything in between,  Nawty can Easily accommodate your night out with a Fun Energetic Vibe!

Dec 18
DJ Fury Sat, Dec 18, 2021 | 10:00PM
C Bar
DJ Fury

Mixing it up since he was 19, DJ Fury started working local house parties and then transitioned to the bar scene in the Michiana area shortly after. He has been in the DJ game for 20 years and brings fun and an exciting atmosphere to wherever he is at.

Dec 19
Imphormal Sun, Dec 19, 2021 | 5:00PM
Kankakee Grille
imphormal

Mike DeHays is Imphormal, playing electric cello covers of pop and classic rock hits and more.

Dec 19
Holiday Dreams, A Spectacular Holiday Cirque! Sun, Dec 19, 2021 | 5:00PM
Silver Creek Event Center

This unique holiday show is unlike any other.  With projection mapping and hologram technology, coupled with talented acrobats and cirque performers, musical comedians and daredevils, each scene has eye-catching effects that make this modern holiday show one to remember.  Acrobats deliver jaw-dropping tricks that will amaze you.  The actors will keep you amused, while the contemporary music creates a fun, high-energy environment for people of all ages. 

The story focuses on a Grinch-like character, who with the help of Christmas Carol, a whimsical character of beaming lights filled with the “Spirit of Christmas,” is taken on a beautiful journey where he begins to see and experience the glory and true wonders of the holiday season.  The magical nature and comedic tone of the production keep things interesting as the two characters banter back and forth as they meander through a magical theater.  The two lead characters are comedic actors that will keep the audience rolling on the floor in laughter.  Start off the Christmas season with Holiday Dreams, cirque-style!  More information on Holiday Dreams, A Spectacular Holiday Cirque! can be found at www.holidaydreamsshow.com.           

Dec 20
Live Trivia Mon, Dec 20, 2021 | 7:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Trivia Night

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Dec 23
Mark Ficks Thu, Dec 23, 2021 | 6:00PM
Kankakee Live
mark ficks

This diverse artist brings rock, blues, country, and christian influences to the stage with him each time he performs, as well as an energy and lyrical style that engages his audience.

Dec 24
Imphormal Fri, Dec 24, 2021 | 6:00PM
Copper Rock Steakhouse
imphormal

Mike DeHays is Imphormal, playing electric cello covers of pop and classic rock hits and more.

Dec 24
Mike Talbot Fri, Dec 24, 2021 | 6:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Mike Talbot

Mike has played over 1,000 live shows, including opening for “Styx” and “Kansas”. Mike is known for having one of the most extensive "covers" repertoires spanning over six decades of some of the best loved classics. From Louis Armstrong to Coldplay, Johnny Cash to Pearl Jam, Mike's energy and love of music transcends style or genre. Mike is a finely seasoned performer who delivers an unforgettable performance each and every time he takes the stage.

Dec 25
Jason Murphy Sat, Dec 25, 2021 | 6:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Jason Murphy

Covering a wide range of musical genres including rock, classic rock, pop rock, country, and soul, Jason Murphy blends his talent and passion into each performance.  

Dec 25
Imphormal Sat, Dec 25, 2021 | 6:00PM
Copper Rock Steakhouse
imphormal

Mike DeHays is Imphormal, playing electric cello covers of pop and classic rock hits and more.

Dec 26
Jimmy Fastiggi Sun, Dec 26, 2021 | 5:00PM
Kankakee Live
Jimmy Fastiggi

“Americana rock and roots” is the way Jimmy describes the music that he plays.
He started playing guitar at age 19 and immediately fell in love with the instrument. He began by teaching himself songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan and acoustic music of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Over the next several years, he played in various types of bands including folk, bluegrass, country and rock and roll. As he began to listen to swing and jazz, he developed more interest in songwriting, especially the music from the American Songbook by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and the Gershwins.


In recent years, Jimmy has fallen back in love with the blues and plays songs by many of the great blues legends such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton. From simple folk, to Beatles-influenced rock, delta blues, Motown-flavored R&B, country or Swing Jazz, his music reflects elements from all these styles of music. Jimmy now lives in St. Joseph Michigan where he performs at various venues throughout Southwest Michigan and the Michiana area.

Dec 27
Live Trivia Mon, Dec 27, 2021 | 7:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Trivia Night

Each Monday will feature Live Trivia night at Kankakee Grille New Buffalo, where guests have a chance to win gift cards ranging from $20-$50 in Four Winds Gift cards.  Teams are currently limited to eight persons.  Free admission to all guests.  Cheating is prohibited. This includes utilizing cell phones or smart phones to come up with team answers.  If a phone call or a text must be made, please respect the game and wait until all answers have been submitted. Teams will be disqualified if caught cheating.

 

1st Place - $50 Four Winds Gift Card

2nd Place - $30 Four Winds Gift Card

3rd Place - $20 Four Winds Gift Card

Dec 30
Darryl Buchanan Thu, Dec 30, 2021 | 6:00PM
Kankakee Grille
Darryl Buchanan

Darryl Buchanan toured the globe for over 20 years as a musician. While growing up in South Bend, IN, at age 17 he was discovered by the legendary Motown recording artist Jr. “Shotgun” Walker and started doing world tours in the early 1980’s. Throughout his musical career he toured with many legendary groups including, The Temptations, Grammy Award winner Richard Street, former legendary James Brown band director Trombonist Fred Wesley of the JB’s, and the Motown Revue. In 1993 while a member of the Jr. Walker's band, Darryl had the honor to perform at President Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball.

Darryl has also performed on numerous TV shows including NBC’s Saturday Night Live and has performed at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY. Growing up in a family of talented singers and musicians, Darryl first started playing the bass and guitar at age 12. Years later Darryl also advanced his musical skills to the keyboards. Influenced by musician legends like George Benson, James Jamerson and Carlos Santana, Darryl’s explosive bass and guitar solos are always a crowd pleaser! His musical gifts and stage persona has earned him popularity with diverse crowds.

His smooth vocal style fits the legendary sounds of artist like Smokey Robinson and Al Green. Darryl Buchanan is currently producing R&B, Pop and Gospel music with various artist. On August 29, 2009 Darryl was awarded the certificate of recognition by then city of South Bend, IN, Mayor Stephen J Lueke, for his 30 years in music and his accomplishments. Darryl Buchanan also continues to perform with his talented music group "Darryl Buchanan's Soul Motown Allstars”.

Dec 31
Dan Reisen Fri, Dec 31, 2021 | 6:00PM
C Bar
Dan Reisen

Dan Reisen is a local acoustic and vocal artist from Valparaiso, Indiana. Focusing on genres such as classic rock/easy listening, blues and indie folk, Reisen has advanced his music career over the past 10 years exponentially. Playing all over Northwest Indiana, parts of Michigan and reaching into Illinois, Dan Reisen has made his mark as a local musician and is passionate about performing.

Dec 31
Imphormal Fri, Dec 31, 2021 | 7:00PM
Copper Rock Steakhouse
imphormal

Mike DeHays is Imphormal, playing electric cello covers of pop and classic rock hits and more.

Dec 31
DJ Jelliefish Fri, Dec 31, 2021 | 10:00PM
C Bar
DJ JellieFish

Former On Air Radio Personality, current voice over and production specialist. "From Hip Hop, Rock to Pop and everything else in between. He'll sting ya with the hits! Mixing and blending the songs you know and love best for a good vibes only night.

Dec 31
Shock Roxy Fri, Dec 31, 2021 | 10:00PM
Kankakee Grille
shock roxy

The perfect blend of pop, rock, and funk, Shock Roxy has a sound that is turning heads and capturing listeners everywhere. Anyone that has seen Shock Roxy can attest to their amazing live show. Superb musicianship, explosive stage presence, and concert style performance are securing Shock Roxy a place in the music scene. Thoughtful guitar riffs, irresistible melodies, and a tight rhythm section contribute to this bands broad appeal.

Feb 18
Damon Wayans Fri, Feb 18, 2022 | 9:00PM
Silver Creek Event Center

Damon Wayans is known throughout the world for his comedic genius and is most fondly remembered for the Emmy Award winning series “In Living Color” where he created sketch characters like Homey the Clown, Handiman, and Blaine from Men on Film.  His writing for the series earned him personally two Emmy nominations in addition to the show’s nominations.  Damon also co-created, starred and executive produced the hit series, “My Wife and Kids” which is currently in syndication worldwide and received numerous awards, including the People's Choice for Favorite New Television Series, and Favorite Male Performer.  Most recently he starred on the hit TV show “Lethal Weapon.”

On the big screen, Damon starred in Spike Lee's critically acclaimed film “Bamboozled, “Major Payne,” “Blankman,” and “Mo Money,” which he also wrote and executive produced.  Damon has always enjoyed tremendous success in stand-up comedy.  After making his start touring the comedy club circuit, he landed a role on “Saturday Night Live.”  He then went on to star in his own critically acclaimed HBO specials, “One Night Stand,” “The Last Stand,” “Still Standing,” and “Way Out.”  He is also a New York Times bestselling author of “Bootleg,” a humorous compilation of his observations on family, children, marriage, and politics.

Feb 19
Aaron Lewis Sat, Feb 19, 2022 | 9:00PM
Silver Creek Event Center

Earlier this month Aaron dropped a new single, “Am I The Only One” from his forthcoming album, to be released later this year.  The single debuted #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, #2 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales and #14 on the Hot 100.  The track also drew 4 million U.S. streams in the tracking week.  You can buy/stream “Am I The Only One” by clicking on the following link: https://aaronlewis.lnk.to/AmITheOnlyOneWE.       

Throughout his more than two-decade career, whether topping the charts as front man of hard rock band Staind, or as No.1 artist on the Country charts as a solo artist, Aaron Lewis has always been painfully honest in his music.   

“That’s all I’ve ever done,” says Aaron.  “My songs have always been me wearing my heart, emotions, misfortunes and sins on my sleeve.  I don’t feel like it would be genuine or worthy if it wasn’t.”   

Known for his outspokenness, impassioned live show and Outlaw Country tunes, Aaron Lewis’ latest album, “State I’m In” debuted #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and is the follow-up to “Sinner,” which went number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums, Top 200 Albums, and Top Digital Albums Charts upon release.  Lewis, who also fronts the wildly successful rock band, Staind, has sold 15 million albums worldwide and four consecutive top three debuts on Billboard’s Top 200, including the single “It’s Been Awhile,” which remains one of the most-played rock songs of the decade.  More information on Aaron Lewis can be found at www.AaronLewisMusic.com.

Feb 26
Gin Blossoms Sat, Feb 26, 2022 | 9:00PM
Silver Creek Event Center

Gin Blossoms formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona by guitarist Jesse Valenzuela and bassist Bill Leen, and developed further with the addition of drummer Phillip Rhoades, vocalist and guitarist Robin Wilson, and guitarist Doug Hopkins.  The Gin Blossom band member bench is quite impressive as four of the five are songwriters who all create a unique musical experience.  In 1989 the band debuted their first album, Dusted and became known for its high-energy, loose, and informal shows full of lively stage banter and audience interaction.

In 1990, the group signed a contract with A&M Records where they cut a five-song album and then ten months later the New Miserable Experience (NME) twelve-song album was released.  Then a year later, the third single, Hey Jealousy was released and took off, increasing band awareness, and re-establishing NME which went on to earn Platinum status selling more than four million copies.  As NME experienced a breakthrough, the band experienced profound change when guitarist, founding member and stellar songwriter Doug Hopkins was replaced with Scotty Johnson. 

Three and a half years later, the band worked to stay afloat when Congratulations I’m Sorry  showed up to prove that the Gin Blossoms had the ability to continue to turn out lyrically, compelling songs.  The band then delivered, Follow You Down as Congratulations went Platinum, reaching #10 on the U.S. album charts and As Long as it Matters, a third single from the album earned a Grammy nomination.

Due to a non-stop touring schedule, the band took a hiatus in 1997 and band members pursued outside projects. In 2017, Gin Blossoms celebrated the 25-year anniversary of the landmark NME and were inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.  Gin Blossoms then worked on a new album with Don Dixon, producer of the Smithereens and R.E.M.’s veteran engineer, Mitch Easter.  The two well-known individuals helped define a fresh style for Gin Blossoms to reconnect the band to its original foundation, creating Mixed Reality, which became a timeless label.

ore information on Gin Blossoms can be found at https://www.ginblossoms.net/.  

Mar 04
Great White and Slaughter Fri, Mar 04, 2022 | 9:00PM
Silver Creek Event Center

Great White is an American hard rock band that formed in Los Angeles in 1977.  The band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, has six Top 100 Billboard hits, nine Top 200 Billboard albums, and two platinum albums.  Great White is best known for their Grammy® nominated Best Hard Rock Performance hit, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”  Other hit singles include “Rock Me,” “Save Your Love,” “The Angel Song,” “Mistabone,” “I've Got Something For You,” “Feeling So Much Better,” and “Complicated.”  The current lineup includes original members Mark Kendall (guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums) and are joined by Mitch Malloy (lead singer), and Scott Snyder (bass).  More information about Great White is available at www.officialgreatwhite.com.

Slaughter is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 1988.  The band reached stardom in 1990 with their first album, “Stick It To Ya,” which reached double platinum in the United States.  The album included several hit singles including “Up All Night,” “Spend My Life,” “Mad About You,” and “Fly to the Angels.”  Slaughter has played for close to three decades rocking stadiums around the globe.  They have shown that with perseverance and sheer talent, a band can survive and win over the support of fans.  The band includes Mark Slaughter (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Dana Strum (bass), Jeff Blando (lead guitar and backup vocals), and Blas Elias (drums).  More information about Slaughter is available at www.slaughterusa.com.

 

Apr 09
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Sat, Apr 09, 2022 | 9:00PM
Silver Creek Event Center

For the last quarter-century, riding shotgun with Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been the greatest road-trip in rock ‘n’ roll.  Gone is the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early-’90s scene with his burn-it-down guitar solos and gut-punch songcraft.  The man he’s become is even more magnetic, still pushing his Fender Strat where others fear to fret, while diving deep into human truths and personal evolution with an honesty that only comes with miles on the clock.  If that quarter-century journey has taught Shepherd anything, it’s that there’s no such thing as mission accomplished.  A restless creativity has driven Shepherd ever since he taught himself to play guitar at the age of seven.  A musician in constant motion, Shepherd has spent his career burning up the highways and crossing continents, bringing his unique style of rock/blues to the world.

Like all the great songwriters, Shepherd’s studio catalogue has always been the best way to get to know the reserved musician.  His path was set from childhood, as he copped the licks from the records brought home by his radio DJ/Program Director father and was sent reeling from a “life-changing” meeting with Stevie Ray Vaughan to make his own stage debut at the age of 13.  With early albums like his Platinum selling “Ledbetter Heights,” his Platinum selling “Trouble Is…,” his Gold selling “Live On” and “The Place You’re In,” the blues-rock scene hailed its most honest new songwriter and guitar hero with a plethora of awards including two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards and two Grammy nominations.  Shepherd continued writing, recording and touring, chronicling the highs and hard times, while dousing his shows with guitar pyrotechnics. “The first five years of my career,” he remembers, “I was on tour non-stop. I’d probably go home for two weeks a year.” 

The year 2007 brought the ambitious Platinum selling DVD/CD project “10 Days Out:  Blues from the Backroads,” for which Shepherd received two more Grammy nominations.  In the documentary, he and his band traveled throughout the American South to record with such blues icons as B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.  2010 saw the release of Shepherd’s long-awaited first live album, “Live! In Chicago,” recorded at Chicago’s House of Blues during the all-star Legends tour supporting “10 Days Out.”  The live disc debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues chart, marking the 5th time he had a #1 debut as well as receiving yet another Grammy nomination.

In 2011, the now seasoned performer and songwriter stopped off to release the acclaimed “How I Go” and in 2013, Shepherd became one-third of blues-rock supergroup The Rides, with legendary veterans Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) and Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag).  The Rides toured extensively, and have released two acclaimed albums, “Can't Get Enough” and “Pierced Arrow,” that further illuminate Shepherd’s depth and proficiency as a songwriter, guitar player and now vocalist.

In 2014, the rocket-fueled collaboration covers album, “Goin’ Home” was introduced and 2017 saw the release of “Lay It On Down,” which was followed by 2019’s “The Traveler,” which reaches across the battle lines of a planet that has never been so divided and showcases Shepherd’s ever-evolving songwriting.  “The Traveler” also marked the 8th time Shepherd had a release debut at #1 on the Billboard Blues charts.

In an industry that's changed drastically over the years, Shepherd’s versatility and drive has served him well.  He plans to keep making music and to keep touring, “I don’t have any intention of sitting idly.  We're a live band, and when people listen to our records, I want them to hear what we sound like when we play live.  I just want to keep moving and keep creating and keep doing what I love – for as long as I possibly can…”  More information on the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is available at www.kennywayneshepherd.net.

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