BONNIE RAITT | SEP 30 and Upcoming Shows At Arena Theatre
 
 

BONNIE RAITT | SEP 30 and
Upcoming Shows At

Arena Theatre

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BONNIE RAITT
With Special Guest
The Randall Bramblett Band

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 8:00 PM

More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American music. Born to a musical family, the nine-time Grammy winner, who Rolling Stone named one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," is the daughter of celebrated Broadway singer John Raitt and accomplished pianist/singer Marge Goddard. At Harvard/Radcliffe in the late '60s she immersed herself in the city's turbulent cultural and political activities. The album "Blues at Newport 1963" had kindled her interest in blues and slide guitar, and between classes she explored these and other styles in local coffeehouse gigs. Leaving college to commit herself full-time to music, Bonnie soon found herself opening for surviving giants of the blues. From Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sippie Wallace, Son House, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker she learned first-hand lessons of life as well as invaluable techniques of performance. Word spread quickly of the young red-haired blueswoman, her soulful, unaffected way of singing, and her uncanny insights into blues guitar. Warner Bros. tracked her down, signed her up, and in 1971 released her debut album, "Bonnie Raitt." Her interpretations of classic blues by Robert Johnson and Sippie Wallace made a powerful critical impression, but the presence of intriguing tunes by contemporary songwriters, as well as several examples of her own writing, indicated that this artist would not be restricted to any one pigeonhole or style. Her 1977 album, "Sweet Forgiveness," featured her first hit single, a gritty Memphis/R&B arrangement of Del Shannon's "Runaway." With Capitol Records, Bonnie achieved new levels of popular and critical acclaim, winning four Grammy Awards — three for her "Nick of Time" album and one for her duet with John Lee Hooker. "Luck of the Draw" (1991, seven-times platinum) provided two hit singles— "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me" and added three more Grammys. In between sessions, when not burning highways on tour with her band, she devoted herself to playing benefits and speaking out in support of an array of worthy causes, and guesting on numerous friends' records, appearing on over 100 album projects. In March of 2000, Bonnie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; followed by the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, along with her father.

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Kenny Rogers

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KENNY ROGERS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 | 8:00 PM

It took several tries before Kenny Rogers became a star. As a member of the First Edition (and the New Christy Minstrels before that), he shared in some million-sellers, among them "Reuben James" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," an excellent Mel Tillis song about a disabled veteran. But superstardom lay ahead for this Texan, and it arrived in the late '70s. His experience with the two previous pop groups had prepared him well: he knew the easy listening audience was out there, and he supplied them with well done middle-of-the-road songs with a country flavor. Having gone solo, in 1976 Rogers charted with "Love Lifted Me." But it was with an outstanding song by writers Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, "Lucille," that his star shot upward. The rest (as they say) is history: award-winning duets with Dottie West and Dolly Parton, 12 TV specials, another song of the year with "The Gambler," "Lady" (his first pop number one), etc., and that's just the musical side of Rogers. In 1980, the made-for-TV movie The Gambler blasted the competition, followed quickly by Coward of the County, then numerous sequels. Like many country superstars, Rogers came from humble roots. Born in Houston, TX, Rogers and his seven siblings were raised in one of the poorest sections of town. Nevertheless, he progressed through high school, all the while learning how to play guitar and fiddle. Following graduation, he released two singles on a local independent label. The B-side of the first single, "That Crazy Feeling," was popular enough to earn him a slot on American Bandstand. Years of ups and downs followed, and Rogers was severely in debt. In order to jump-start his career, he signed to United Artists in 1975, and with the help of producer Larry Butler, he devised an accessible, radio-ready, and immaculately crafted take on country-pop that leaned toward adult contemporary pop, not country. His crossover success is important -- his lush, easy listening productions and smooth croons showed that country stars could conquer the pop audience.

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 8:00 PM

Whose music has been featured at EVERY major sporting event in the world from the Super Bowl, World Series, and the NASCAR racing Circuit to The Kentucky Derby; EVERY Holiday Parade including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade; Political Conventions and Presidential Campaigns; more than 200 motion picture film soundtracks, and nearly EVERY wedding, confirmation, and bar mitzvah in the world? Called the "Founder of the Dance Revolution," he is Harry Wayne "KC" Casey, better known as the founder and leader of KC and The Sunshine Band. The music that got people out of their seats and onto the dance floor originated with humble beginnings in Hialeah, Florida, and KC's legendary "Sunshine Sound" has flourished continuously for over 37 years. "I remember that I always wanted to do something that would make people forget about their problems and be happy," recalls KC. "I always loved music and I was fortunate enough to grow up in a multi-ethnic area that exposed me to a lot of different cultures and music...from Pop to Reggae to Latin. I experimented at trying to put all three types of music together and the Sunshine Sound was born." Back in 1973,Henry Stone, owner of Tone Distributors and TK Recording Studios took a liking to the energetic and optimistic Harry Casey and decided to give him a chance to make his dream come true with recording deal. That dream would not only bring the world legendary music, but influence a whole generation. From clothing to hairstyles to dance styles. Four Number one Records in a row, Grammy Awards, Peoples Choice Awards, American Music Awards, and the focus of the music world became Miami, Florida. KC & The Sunshine Band became the first act to score four #1 pop singles in one 12-month period since the Beatles in 1964.The group racked up an impressive run of disco hits: "Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty)," "I'm Your Boogieman," "Keep It Comin' Love," "Boogie Shoes" (the latter included on the monster-selling soundtrack to the hit John Travolta film, "Saturday Night Fever"), "Do You Wanna Go Party," and "Please Don't Go." Things have changed drastically since 1973, but the infectious, feel good, happy music of KC and the Sunshine Band is still entertaining audiences around the world after 37 years and in excess of 100 million records, and "That's The Way They Like It" uh-huh uh-huh!

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra

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THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA
CHRISTMAS ROCKS! EXTRAVAGANZA

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 | 8:00 PM

Brian is bringing his orchestra out on the road this year to help your holidays rock!!! Brian Setzer is one of those wild geniuses who keeps the Earth properly spinning on its axis – a consistent institution who you can count on while pretty much everything else comes and goes. He burst on the scene in the early '80s at the forefront of the punk-driven Rockabilly revival with the "Stray Cats." After the group separated, Setzer played lead guitar for the touring version of Robert Plant's ensemble group, "The Honeydrippers." Setzer had grown up playing the baritone horn in school, and often envisioned a rock guitar fronting a big band.[citation needed] In 1990, Setzer organized the orchestra, styled as a big band which included full sections of trumpet, trombone and saxophone players, and a rhythm section with Setzer on guitar and vocals, plus piano, string bass and drums. The orchestra began playing clubs in and around Los Angeles, and was eventually signed to Hollywood Records. After the release of its first two albums in 1994 and 1996, the group achieved national acclaim during the Swing Revival of the mid-1990s, which saw other similar acts such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Squirrel Nut Zippers come to prominence. Setzer's cover of "Jump Jive an' Wail" was often mistaken for the original Louis Prima version which was featured in a commercial for The Gap, after which the band soon found unprecedented demand. The orchestra then embarked on several U.S. and world tours.

DWIGHT YOAKAM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 | 8:00 PM

With his stripped-down approach to traditional honky tonk and Bakersfield country, Dwight Yoakam helped return country music to its roots in the late '80s. Like his idols Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams, Yoakam never played by Nashville's rules; consequently, he never dominated the charts like his contemporary Randy Travis. Then again, Travis never played around with the sound and style of country music like Yoakam. On each of his records, he twists around the form enough to make it seem like he doesn't respect all of country's traditions. Appropriately, his core audience was composed mainly of roots rock and rock & roll fans, not the mainstream country audience. Nevertheless, he was frequently able to chart in the country Top Ten, and he remained one of the most respected and adventurous recording country artists. Born in Kentucky but raised in Ohio, Yoakam learned how to play guitar at the age of six. As a child, he listened to his mother's record collection, honing in on the traditional country of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, as well as the Bakersfield honky tonk of Buck Owens. When he was in high school, Yoakam played with a variety of bands, playing everything from country to rock & roll. After completing high school, Yoakam briefly attended Ohio State University, but he dropped out and moved to Nashville in the late '70s with the intent of becoming a recording artist. At the time he moved to Nashville, the town was in the throes of the pop-oriented urban cowboy movement and had no interest in his updated honky tonk. While in Nashville, he met guitarist Pete Anderson, who shared a similar taste in music. The pair moved out to Los Angeles, where they found a more appreciative audience than they did in Nashville. In L.A., Yoakam and Anderson didn't just play country clubs, they played the same nightclubs that punk and post-punk rock bands did. What Yoakam had in common with rock bands was similar musical influences; they all drew from '50s rock & roll and country. In comparison to the polished music coming out of Nashville, Yoakam's stripped-down, direct revivalism seemed radical.

Dwight Yoakam

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