Station Casinos announces May 2011 headliners!

Station Casinos have announced their May 2011 headliners!

GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT
Green Valley Ranch was named the 2009 Casino of the Year by the Academy of Country Music
Nashville Unplugged
Featuring Chas Sandford and Greg Barnhill
Venue: Ovation
Genre: Country
Date: Friday, May 6, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $5 cover at the door

Artist Info: Now appearing twice a month, hosts and singer/songwriters Brian McComas, who wrote and sang “I Could Never Love You Enough,” and Aaron Benward of Blue County, who wrote and sang “That’s Cool,” present “Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song.” In addition to these two talented musicians, they host well-known songwriters to create a fun and unique experience, akin to Nashville’s Bluebird Café.

Chas Sandford is a man of many talents – singing, songwriting, engineering and more. Hit songs he’s written include John Waits’ No. 1 song “Missing You,” as well as Top 5 hits, such as Stevie Nicks’ “Talk to Me” and Chicago’s “What Kind of Man Would I Be,” among others. Greg Barnhill is a noted singer, songwriter and producer, with songs in a variety of genres from country to pop to R&B. Some of his songwriting hits include Tricia Yearwood’s “Walkaway Joe,” Jessica Simpson’s “I Have Loved You” and Tim McGraw’s “You Don’t Love Me Anymore.”

Must be 21 years or older

more show info after the jump!

Loretta Lynn – CANCELLED
Venue: Grand Events Center
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Refunds will be available at the original point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or over the phone will be automatically refunded.

Artist Info: Due to complications from knee surgery, Loretta Lynn has had to cancel her concert date at Green Valley Ranch scheduled for May 7, 2011. A new date will likely be rescheduled in 2012.

Michael Grimm
Epic Records Release Concert
Venue: Ovation
Genre: Rock, R&B and Soul
Date: Monday, May 9, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $24.95, $32.50 and $42.50 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Green Valley Ranch favorite Michael Grimm is returning to his former showroom for the release of his new self-titled album on Epic Records. Since winning season five of “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) in 2010, Grimm has managed to stay just as he was before – humble and full of soul – only now with a worldwide fan base. The southern crooner goes back to his roots for his major label debut, working with Grammy-award winning producer Don Was, (The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Bonnie Raitt, among others) staying true to his Americana meets blue-eyed soul sound, creating carefully crafted rock songs with a mature, soulful delivery. The album features original music written by Grimm as well as classic covers and sounds that earned him the title of fan favorite on AGT. Lending their legendary talents to Grimm’s record are Ann Wilson of Heart and Ian McLagan of Faces, among others. Also, having played on more 30 Grammy-nominated albums, Kenny Aronoff provides drums on the album and the famous Waddy Wachtel, best known for his work with Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks and James Taylor, on guitar.

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

Nashville Unplugged
Featuring Gary Burr and Victoria Shaw
Venue: Ovation
Genre: Country
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $5 cover at the door

Artist Info: Now appearing twice a month, hosts and singer/songwriters Brian McComas, who wrote and sang “I Could Never Love You Enough,” and Aaron Benward of Blue County, who wrote and sang “That’s Cool,” present “Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song.” In addition to these two talented musicians, they host well-known songwriters to create a fun and unique experience, akin to Nashville’s Bluebird Café.

American songwriter and musician Gary Burr has an enormous resume of songwriting hits as well as the distinction of being named “Songwriter of the Year” by ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI. Top 5 songs he’s written, include Lee Ann Rimes’ “On the Side of Angels” and “Nothin’ Bout Love Makes Sense,” Ty Herndon’s “What Mattered Most” and Hal Ketchum’s “Sure Love,” to name a few. Victoria Shaw has released four of her own albums, charted five singles and written numerous No. 1 hits for her fellow country artists. Some of her own hits include “Break My Heart,” “Cry Wolf” and “Forgiveness.” No. 1 singles she’s written for others, include Garth Brooks’ “The River” and “She’s Every Woman” as well as John Michael Montgomery’s “I Love the Way You Love Me,” which won the award for “Song of the Year” from the Academy of Country Music.

Must be 21 years or older

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine
Venue: Ovation
Genre: Lounge
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $35, $49 and $99 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: America’s loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin’ Vegas versions of rock, rap and Top 40 hits, “swankifying” contemporary songs into traditional pop vocal standards. Cheese has sold more than 175,000 CDs since 2000; his albums include Lounge Against The Machine, Tuxicity, I’d Like A Virgin, Aperitif For Destruction, The Sunny Side Of The Moon, his Christmas album Silent Nightclub, his TV Themes album Dick At Nite and his live album Viva La Vodka. He most recently released OK Bartender and Johnny Aloha: Lavapalooza, tiki-Hawaiian style versions of rap and rock music. Cheese’s songs have been featured in the movie “Dawn of the Dead” and the NBC-TV shows “Las Vegas” and “Passions.” He’s appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “CNN with Anderson Cooper,” KROQ’s “Kevin & Bean Show,” “Opie & Anthony” and Howard Stern as well as served as the house band 20 times on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly.” With his snappy jazz trio, his tiger-striped tuxedo and his enormous microphone, Cheese presents the perfect mix of music, martinis and madcap.

Must be 21 years or older

SUNSET STATION HOTEL & CASINO
Merle Haggard
Genre: Classic Country
Venue: Sunset Amphitheater
Date: Friday, May 13, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $22, $37.50, $44.95 and $49 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Merle Haggard grew up admiring performers such as Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams. In 1964, Haggard’s first single, “Sing A Sad Song” made it into the Top 20 on the country charts. After several more top singles, he got his own recording deal and has remained a leading country star since, bringing his troubled past into his songs and standing as a symbol of freedom and rebellion. Haggard’s popularity grew in 1969 when he released three singles, “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Hungry Eyes” and “Okie from Muskogee,” which all reached No. 1. In the decades since, Haggard has continued to record and perform and has joined forces with such artists as George Jones and Willie Nelson. Haggard returned to the stage in 2009 after beating lung cancer and he hasn’t stopped since. In 2010, he released the album I Am What I Am to rave reviews and was honored at the 2010 Kennedy Centers. Just this January, Haggard was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

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

FREE LISTENER APPRECIATION CONCERT
Dokken and Quiet Riot
Genre: Rock
Venue: Sunset Amphitheater
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Listen to 97.1 KXPT and 92.3 KOMP to win tickets

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.

Quiet Riot was formed in 1980 by lead singer Kevin DuBrow, who formed the band in his own name, and they took on the Quiet Riot moniker two years later upon signing with Pasha/CBS Records. The band’s 1983 album Metal Health soared through the charts to No. 1. Its title track was a Top 40 hit and its rendition of “Cum on Feel the Noize” reached No. 5, helping the album to reach platinum status. The band’s follow up album, Condition Critical, reached No. 15 on the charts and included the hits “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” and “Party All Night.” Quiet Riot went through several changes within the band throughout the following years. In 1991, DuBrow rejoined the band and continued with Quiet Riot until his unfortunate passing in 1997. The band currently consists of Frankie Banali on drums, Chuck Wright on bass, Alex Gross on guitar and Mark Huff on vocals.

Must be 21 years or older

RED ROCK RESORT
Party on the Rocks leads to Revolution Friday Nights at Red Rock

Red Rock Resort’s indoor concert series “Party on the Rocks” concludes with its final concerts in May.

Taking advantage of the spring and summer weather, Red Rock ushers in Revolution Friday Nights at Red Rock at the Sandbar outdoor poolside venue. Station Casinos now brings you a party scene starting at 7 p.m. with DJ AL3 spinning tunes until the headliner takes the stage. From today’s hottest acts to those of the ’80s and ’90s, this concert series is set to offer a fun and inexpensive night out once the sun has gone down. Tickets for all shows are $30 plus tax and applicable fees and all shows are open to those 16 years or older.

PARTY ON THE ROCKS
Robert Cray
Genre: Blues
Venue: Rocks Lounge
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 9 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $20 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: For 30-plus years, Robert Cray has laid down track after track of good-time, uptown, low-down blues. He’s won five Grammys and been nominated for 11 more, inspired critics to praise his soulful vocal and instrumental artistry, earned respect from his peers and sent young guitarists running back to the woodshed. In 2006, Cray released his first-ever live album, The Robert Cray Band: Live From Across The Pond, on his own label Nozzle Records, distributed by Vanguard Records. He has toured extensively with guitar legend Eric Clapton as well as performed with the likes of John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and numerous others. In 2009, Cray released the album This Time, which reached No. 2 on Billboard’s U.S. Top Blues Album chart and in 2010 he released his third album, Cookin’ In Mobile, which was recorded at a single show in Mobile, Ala.

Must be 18 years or older

Sean Kingston
Genre: R&B / Hip Hop
Venue: Rocks Lounge
Date: Friday, May 13, 2011, at 9 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $30 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Born in the U.S. but raised in Jamaica gives Sean Kingston the background for his mix of hip hop and dancehall reggae. Kingston’s second single, “Beautiful Girls,” soared through the charts to No. 1 at only 16 years old. He’s also had Top 10 hits with the songs “Take You There” and “Fire Burning.”

Must be 18 years or older

Echo & The Bunnymen
Genre: Alternative Rock
Venue: Location TBD
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, at 9 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $30 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: British post-punk legends Echo & The Bunnymen have numerous hit songs to their name, including “Lips Like Sugar,” “The Killing Moon” and the single “Bring on the Dancing Horses” from the soundtrack for the feature film “Pretty In Pink.”

Must be 18 years or older

REVOLUTION FRIDAY NIGHTS AT RED ROCK
Barenaked Ladies
Genre: Alternative Rock
Venue: Sandbar outdoor poolside venue
Date: Friday, May 27, 2011, at 9 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $30 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: The Barenaked Ladies had risen in popularity and throughout the music charts in Canada before making the move to the U.S. Once they did, the band soared up the mainstream charts with several Top 5 hits, including “It’s All Been Done,” “One Week” and “Pinch Me,” among others.

Must be 16 years or older

SANTA FE STATION HOTEL & CASINO
Summer Jam
Starring Norman Brown and Richard Elliot
Genre: Jazz
Venue: Chrome Showroom
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $27, $37 and $47 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Contemporary jazz great Norman Brown, most well-known for his 2002 Grammy award-winning album Just Chillin’, has consistently put out great jazz hits. He continues to play the guitar to critical acclaim with his 2010 album Sending My Love, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and its title track peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart.

Saxophone player Richard Elliot first found fame as a member of the funk band Tower of Power. Later, his solo career spawned hits such as “In the Groove,” “Take Your Time,” “Crush” and “Sly.”

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

Crowfield
Genre: Rock
Venue: Chrome Showroom
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: FREE CONCERT!

Artist Info: South Carolina rockers Crowfield formed in 2008 by two Indiana boys, Tyler Mechem and Joe Giant. By 2008, they released their first album Goodbye, Goodnight, So Long Midwestern on Ten Star Records. The band has gained a national following by constant touring and performing with acclaimed bands such as Rusted Root, Vertical Horizon and Cracker, among others. Crowfield’s current single, “Movin’ On,” is available on iTunes and is hitting the radio airwaves across the country to much fanfare.

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

ALIANTE STATION CASINO + HOTEL
Johnny Rivers
Genre: Rock ‘n’ Roll
Venue: Access Showroom
Date: Friday, May 6, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $25, $35 and $45 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: The legendary Johnny Rivers has sold more than 30 million records throughout the course of his career, had 29 chart hits and 17 gold-certified albums. Hit songs include, “Secret Agent Man,” “Memphis,” “Tracks of My Tears,” “Baby, I Need your Lovin’” and “Poor Side of Town,” among numerous others. In addition to singing, Rivers is also an accomplished songwriter and producer.

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

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Stairway to Heaven”
Genre: Rock
Venue: Access Showroom
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $29, $39 and $49 plus tax and

Artist Info: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience celebrates the life and music of his father – the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. After performing with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at Led Zeppelin’s “final” show at London’s O2 Arena in 2007, he felt compelled to keep that magical and memorable night alive. To do this, Bonham has partnered with Annerin Productions, the critically acclaimed producers of “The Pink Floyd Experience” and “Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles,” to create a once-in-a-lifetime concert. As Bonham and his band rock through Led Zeppelin’s hallowed catalog, a state-of-the-art sound system and light show enhances their live performance onstage. Behind them, giant screens display futuristic art and mood-setting home movies and photos, transporting audiences though a personal journey into Bonham’s past as the son of the great drummer. In this show, Bonham has put himself in his father’s coveted seat behind the kit. Adding to this amazing night of rock ‘n’ roll is the celebration of one of the band’s most acclaimed songs “Stairway to Heaven,” which was released 40 years ago this year.

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

BOULDER STATION HOTEL & CASINO
Dan Hill
Genre: Pop
Venue: The Railhead
Date: Friday, May 6, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $25 and $30 plus tax and applicable fees

Artist Info: Dan Hill wrote his first song by age 14 and was performing in cafes by 17. He has numerous accolades to his name, including five Juno awards, one Grammy award and six ASCAP awards. Hill has several hit songs to his name, including “Sometimes When We Touch,” “Can’t We Try” and “Unborn Heart,” among others. The song “Sometimes When We Touch” is an international hit, and in November of last year, Hill recorded a version of the song with one of the world’s greatest fighters, Manny Pacquiao, receiving much acclaim in the boxer’s home country of The Philippines.

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

Los Felinos, Los Freddy’s de Arturo Cisneros and Los Angeles Negros
Genre: Latin
Venue: The Railhead
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011, with doors at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $29 plus tax and applicable fees – in advance

$35 plus tax and applicable fees – day of show

Artist Info: Three of Latin music’s top bands come to Boulder Station as Los Felinos, Los Freddy’s de Arturo Cisneros and Los Angeles Negros take the stage.

Must be 21 years or older

PALACE STATION HOTEL & CASINO
Louie LOL
Genre: Comedy
Venue: Louie Anderson Theater
Dates: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.
Show will be dark on May 19 – 21 and May 29
Ticket Prices: $49.95 plus tax and applicable fees
$99.95 plus tax and applicable fees for VIP package
Locals and Station Casinos hotel guests receive a $15 discount

Artist Info: Presented by Bonkerz Comedy Productions, Louie LOL at the Louie Anderson Theater is family-friendly show where guests can catch the esteemed headliner in his intimate showroom. A two-time Emmy award winner, Anderson is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics. The comic’s material relates stories about growing up in the Midwest, being one of 11 children and dealing with an alcoholic father.

Anderson was named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” His TV and film work includes starring in his own CBS sitcom “The Louie Show” and his own comedy specials for both HBO and Showtime, as well as several films including “Coming to America” opposite Eddie Murphy. Anderson has hosted the syndicated hit series, “Family Feud” and was executive producer and creator of the two-time Emmy Award-winning animated series on FOX, “Life with Louie.” In addition to his TV and film credits, Anderson is also a best-selling author and has written three books, including the best-seller book “Dear Dad-Letters from an Adult Child” in 1989.

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

Michael Kosta
Genre: Comedy
Venue: Louie Anderson Theater
Dates: Thursday through Saturday, May 19 – 21
Ticket Prices: $49.95 plus tax and applicable fees
$99.95 plus tax and applicable fees for VIP package
Locals and Station Casinos hotel guests receive a $15 discount

Artist Info: Michael Kosta has had a busy year. Recently, he made his late night debut on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” just months after he shot his very own “Comedy Central Presents…” half-hour special that will air later this year. And just last year, he was invited to perform at the gala for the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Additionally, Kosta has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” Showtime’s “Live Nude Comedy” and at the prestigious HBO/ U.S. Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colo. His sarcastic banter is may be easily recognized from his appearances on “Chelsea Lately” on the E! Channel, TruTV’s “Smoking Gun Presents” and Yahoo!’s “OMG-411.”Not just a pretty face, Kosta can also be heard on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show and on The Playboy Comedy Channel on XM/ Sirius Satellite radio. For two seasons, he hosted “CCHA All Access” on the Fox Sports Network, where he won an Emmy as a performer/host.

Must be 18 years or older

Doug Benson
Genre: Comedy
Venue: Louie Anderson Theater
Dates: Sunday, May 29, 2011
Ticket Prices: $20 plus tax and fees

Artist Info: Comedian Doug Benson has numerous television credits to his name, including “Comedy Central Presents,” “Best Week Ever” and “Last Comic Standing” where he finished in sixth place on the series fifth season. He hosts the popular podcast “Doug Loves Movies,” which is recorded at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and in 2010 starred in his own Comedy Central series, “The Benson Interruption.”

Must be 18 years or older

About Station Casinos entertainment

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; Louie Anderson Theater at Palace Station, a 200-seat venue; Rocks Lounge, a 350-seat venue, The Sandbar, a poolside venue accommodating 4,000 guests, and Red Rock Amphitheater, accommodating up to 7500 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 Access Showroom, a 600-plus seat venue at Aliante Station. For up-to-the-minute news, connect with Station Casinos on Facebook or follow on twitter @stationcasinos.

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