Station Casinos announces February 2010 headliners


Smokey Robinson

Venue: Grand Events Center

Genre: Motown

Date: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $39, $49, $69 and $89 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: As the number one purveyor of mainstream romantic soul and R&B, Smokey Robinson set the pace for Motown Records in the ’60s and urban contemporary music in the ’70s. Part of the gospel-influenced Motown group The Miracles, Robinson scored a number of hits with songs like “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Ooo Baby Baby” and “Baby, Baby Don’t Cry.” Going solo in the early ’70s and scoring hits with songs like “Cruisin” and “Being With You,” Robinson went on to become a vice president at Motown Records. Not only has the artist proven himself to be a remarkable musician and savvy businessman, Robinson is also one of pop’s best and most prolific songwriters, penning the Mary Wells classic “My Guy” and The Temptations “My Girl.” In August 2009, Robinson released the album Time Flies When You’re Having Fun featuring several solos as well as collaborations with Joss Stone, Carlos Santana and India Arie.

This is an all ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song

Featuring Keith Anderson and Marc Beeson

Venue: Ovation

Genre: Country

Date: Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at 8 p.m.

Doors at 7:15 p.m. featuring “Songs from a Hat”

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 features two songwriters who go through the process of what went into writing a particular song and then performs it at the show.

February’s featured songwriters are Keith Anderson and Marc Beeson. Grammy-nominated songwriter Anderson is a famed country singer who got his industry start songwriting. Notable songs he penned for others, include the No. 1 hit “Lost In This Moment” recorded by Big & Rich, Grammy-nominated “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In)” recorded by Garth Brooks and George Jones and “The Bed” recorded by Gretchen Wilson. His own hits include “Pickin’ Wildflowers” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name,” among others. Beeson has had more than 100 songs cut throughout his career, which includes writing for the likes of Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride and LeeAnn Rimes, among several others. He also has won 10 ASCAP awards, including both Country Song and Pop Song of the Year for his hit “When She Cries” recorded by Restless Heart. His most recent single, “Let Me,” reached the Top 10 for singer Pat Green.

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. and 7:30 p.m. can make up a title to a song and place the suggestion in a hat. The songwriters will pick one title from that hat and then pen a song throughout the course of the evening, to be performed at the end.

Must be 21 years or older

Al Di Meola

Venue: Ovation

Genre: Jazz

Date: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $22, $32 and $42 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Bridging the genres of jazz and rock, Al Di Meola came to fame in 1974 as part of pianist Chick Corea’s landmark fusion band Return To Forever. Since going solo in 1976, he has become known throughout the world as one of the most prominent virtuosos in the contemporary instrumental jazz field. He switches between his two electric and electric-acoustic guitars and plays in a trademark slashing, frenetic style. With three gold albums and more than 24 recordings, Di Meola has performed with a wide variety of well-known artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Phil Collins, Santana, Steve Winwood, Herbie Hancock, Les Paul, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder and many more. In 2008, Di Meola reunited with Return To Forever after 25 years for a tour; the band also released the two-disc live album Returns in 2009 from that tour.

This is an all ages show; those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult



Genre: Hard Rock

Venue: Chrome Showroom

Date: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $24.95 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Dokken rose to fame with the release of its sophomore album Tooth and Nail, which featured the hit songs “Just Got Lucky,” “Alone Again” and “Into the Fire.” In 1987, the band released its fourth studio album Back for the Attack, earning platinum status and including the hit songs “Burning Like a Flame” and “Heaven Sent.” Currently, the band consists of original members Don Dokken on vocals, Jon Levin on guitar and “Wild” Mick Brown on drums as well as Barry Sparks on bass.

Must be 21 years or older

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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