Attention Las Vegas Concertgoers: Station Casinos Announces July 2009 Headliners

If you’re in the Las Vegas area next month and are looking for some great summer concerts, check out Station Casinos for some musical entertainment.


Tears for Fears
Venue: Backyard
Genre: ’80s Pop/Rock
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $49 plus tax and applicable fees (general admission)
Artist Info: Artists Ronald Orzabal and Curt Smith make up the English-born pop/rock duo Tears for Fears. The band’s debut album The Hurting was released in 1983 to much acclaim throughout the UK. It was followed shortly thereafter by Songs from the Big Chair that made a name for them in the U.S. and featured two number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout.” Tears for Fears released its third album in 1989, The Seeds of Love, which featured the modern rock hit “Sowing the Seeds of Love” and “Woman in Chains” featuring singer Oleta Adams. Smith left the band in the early ’90s to go solo, leaving Orzabal to release two albums under the Tears for Fears name. Orzabal and Smith reunited in 2004 and released the album Everybody Loves a Happy Ending and have toured since.
Must be 21 years and older

Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song
Featuring Bobby Pinson along with hosts Brian McComas and Aaron Benward
Venue: Ovation
Genre: Country
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009
Doors at 7:15 p.m. featuring “Songs from a Hat”
Show at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: FREE
Artist Info: Aptly called Nashville Unplugged, this show is based on the concept of getting to know what’s behind the song, similar to the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville. Each month will feature a songwriter who will go through the process of what went into writing about a particular song and perform it at the show. July’s songwriter is Bobby Pinson, who co-wrote Toby Keith’s “She Never Cried in Front of Me,” and Sugarland’s “All I Wanna Do” and “Already Gone,” among others. Each month is hosted by singer/songwriters Brian McComas who wrote and sang “99.9% Sure (I’ve Never Been Here Before)” and Aaron Benward of Blue County who wrote and sang “Good Little Girls.” Another fun aspect of Nashville Unplugged is “Songs from a Hat” where guests that arrive between 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. can make up a title to a song and put that in a hat. The songwriters will pick one title from that hat and then actually pen a song throughout the course of the evening, to be performed at the end.
Must be 21 years and older


Venue: Club Madrid
Genre: Rock
Date: Friday, July 24, 2009, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $15 plus tax and applicable fees (Advance Sales)
$25 plus tax and applicable fees (Day of Show)
Artist Info: Hard rock band Slaughter was founded in Las Vegas by guitarist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum. The band first hit the music scene in 1990 with the release of the multi-platinum debut album Stick it to Ya that featured the hit songs “Up All Night” and “Fly to the Angels,” among others. Later that year the band released the live album Stick It Live that quickly reached gold certification. Slaughter was then contacted by Orion Pictures to write and record “Shout It Out,” the theme song for the film “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.” In 1992, the band released its second studio album WildLife, which reached platinum status and featured the hit songs “Real Love,” “WildLife” and “Days Gone By.” For the remainder of the ’90s, Slaughter would release four more albums in addition to touring the U.S. and Japan. In 2001, Slaughter was a part of the “Voices of Metal” tour featuring Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Ratt and Vixen. In summer 2003, Capital records re-released the first two Slaughter albums Stick it to Ya and the Wildlife featuring 24-bit digital re-mastering, additional photos, bonus tracks and liner notes written by Slaughter and Strum. In April 2004, the band released a DVD-Audio entitled “Then and Now” that features 12 songs and 50 rare photos of the band over the years. Slaughter currently consists of Slaughter on guitar and lead vocals, Strum on bass, Blas Elias on drums and Jeff Blando on lead guitar.
Must be 21 years and older


Counting Crows
Special guests Michael Franti & Spearhead and Augustana
Venue: Sandbar
Genre: Rock/Reggae/Pop
Date: Friday, July 24, 2009, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $65 plus tax and applicable fees (general admission)
Artist Info: Counting Crows hail from the San Francisco Bay area and consist of Adam Duritz on vocals, David Bryson on guitar, Charles Gillingham on keyboards, Dan Vickrey on guitar, Jim Bogios on drums, David Immergluck on guitar and touring bassist Millard Powers. Counting Crows success dates back to its 1993 debut release August and Everything After that featured the hit single “Mr. Jones.” Since then, the band sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, released eight top five singles and four records that debuted in the top five of the Billboard 200 chart. In 2004, the band released its first “best of” set; Films About Ghosts featured songs from every phase of the Counting Crows recording career and released the live album, New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall 2003 in 2006. The band’s most recent record, the double album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings was released to critical and popular acclaim in March 2008.

Michael Franti & Spearhead debuted in 1990 with the album Home and has since released a total of 16 albums. In 2008, All Rebel Rockers was released which featured the hit song “Say Hey (I Love You)” that broke through the Billboard Pop 100 chart. Members of the band include Michael Franti on lead vocals and guitar, Carl Young on bass, Dave Shul on guitar, Manas Itiene on drums and Releigh J. Neil, II on keyboard.

California-based punk/rock band Augustana originated in southern Illinois in 2002 releasing a set of self-debuted albums. After moving to Los Angeles a few years later, the band signed with Epic Records and released the album All the Stars and Boulevards. Featured on the album is the Billboard Hot 100 hit song “Boston” that also aired on an episode of “Scrubs” in early 2006. Augustana released Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt in April 2008 featuring the Pop 100 chart hit “Sweet and Low.” Current band members, include Don Layus on vocals, piano and guitar; Jared Palomar on vocals and bass; Chris Sachtleben on guitar and mandolin; Justin South on drums; and John Vincent on keyboard and vocals.
Must be 21 years and older


Ottmar LiebertGenre: Jazz
Venue: The Railhead
Date: Friday, July 17, 2009, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $24.50, $34.50, $39.50 and $45.50 plus tax and applicable fees
Artist Info: Composer and guitarist Ottmar Liebert heads the band Luna Negra which he formed in 1988. The style of music is described as Nouveau Flamenco, a blend of flamenco with jazz and bossa nova, among other genres. Nouveau Flamenco is also the name of Liebert’s debut album released in 1990, which was certified two times platinum in the U.S. Liebert has released more than 20 albums throughout his career including Up Close and The Scent of Light that were released a month apart in 2008.
All ages welcome- Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult


Genre: Country/Rock
Venue: Access Showroom
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $49, $59 and $69 plus tax and applicable fees
Artist Info: Singer/songwriter Jewel debuted with her first album Pieces of You in 1995. The album sold more than 12 million copies and featured three major hits, “Who Will Save Your Soul,” “You Were Meant for Me” and “Foolish Games.” To date, Jewel has released eight albums, selling more than 27 million copies worldwide. Jewel recently served as host of “Nashville Star” on the CMT network and is an Ambassador for Richard Branson’s charity Virgin Unite and its Re*generation initiative to fight against youth homelessness. Making the move from pop to country, Jewel worked closely with John Rich of the famed country duo Big & Rich and released Perfectly Clear in June 2008 that featured country hits “I Do” and “Stronger Woman.” In May 2009, Jewel released Lullaby, her first children’s album on the Fisher Price label that is a medley of her own songs, nursery rhymes and lullabies.
All ages welcome- Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

About Station Casinos
Station Casinos’ concert and entertainment lounge venues include: The Railhead at Boulder Station, a 650-seat venue; Ovation, a 500-seat venue, Grand Events Center, a 2,000-seat venue, and The Backyard, a poolside venue accommodating up to 4,000 guests, at Green Valley Ranch; Club Tequila at Fiesta Rancho, a 380-seat venue; Bonkerz Comedy Club at Palace Station, a 250-seat venue; Rocks Lounge, a 350-seat venue, and Sandbar, a poolside venue accommodating up to 4,000 guests, at Red Rock Resort; Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station, a 550-seat venue; Club Madrid, a 500-seat venue, and Sunset Amphitheater, an outdoor venue accommodating up to 5,000 guests, at Sunset Station; Dallas Events Center, a 1,800-seat venue, and South Padre, a 300-seat venue, at Texas Station; and its latest addition, Access Showroom at Aliante Station, seating more than 600 guests.

Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center, The Fiestas and The Galleria Mall or by calling (702) 547-5300 or log onto

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