Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 30-year musical career.
Reveling in the soul, rock and funk influences of the '60s and '70s, this writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive Grammy Awards, as well as set a record for the most wins in the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category.
Known for his undeniable, energetic gigs, this run of shows promises to uphold his live legacy yet again. Bringing all the classic hits along with the new music from his most recent album, Raise Vibration, where Kravitz elevates the union of rock n roll, funk, blues, and soul.
Receptive to youthful inspiration, but enlightened by three decades of wisdom, Kravitz represents a powerful creative rebirth and a bold, bright, and brilliant body of work befitting of his legacy and boundless spirit.
In addition to his eleven studio albums, which have sold in excess of 40 million worldwide, this multidimensional artist has segued into film, appearing as Cinna in the box-office hits, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Kravitz can also be seen in the critically-acclaimed films Precious and The Butler.
Gilley and Lee have earned an outstanding 38 chart singles with 20 No. 1 hits including Gilley’s “Room Full of Roses,” “Don’t the Girls all Get Prettier at Closing Time,” and Lee’s “Cherokee Fiddle” and “Lookin’ for Love.”
Mickey Gilley first scored his first string of consecutive No. 1 hits in the 1970s that included “I Overlooked an Orchid,” “City Lights” and “Window Up Above.” In 1976, he swept the ACM Awards, winning Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. In the 80s, he became a smooth crooner of country love songs like “That’s All That Matters to Me,” “Headache Tomorrow, Heartache Tonight,” “I’m Just a Fool for Your Love” and “Paradise Tonight.”
Johnny Lee’s career kick started in 1968 when he paired up with Gilley both on the road and in the nightclub in Pasadena, Texas. He was later asked to perform in “Urban Cowboy” and record several songs for the soundtrack. “Lookin’ for Love,” from that same soundtrack, became Lee’s first Gold record. The song spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Music Singles Charts as No. 1, and No. 2 on the Pop Music Singles Charts. His other hits include “One in a Million,” “Bet Your Heart on Me,” “You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break,” and “Pickin’ Up Strangers.”
As one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and the 21st century, Tony Bennett has achieved legendary status and introduced a multitude of songs that have since become standards for pop music, including “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “I Wanna Be Around,” “Stranger in Paradise,” “Rags to Riches” and “Because of You.”
The 93-year-old’s popularity has soared in the new millennium with more than 10 million albums sold in the last 11 years. In 2011, “Duets II” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album charts, making Bennett the only artist at the age of 85 to achieve this. His collaborative jazz album with Lady Gaga, released in 2014, “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts making then-88-year-old Bennett the oldest artist to reach that accomplishment once again.
Bennett has received 19 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 2 Emmy Awards and is a Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master. In 2017, he became the first interpretive singer to be honored by the Library of Congress receiving The Gershwin Prize.
Bennett is a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the liberation of a concentration camp, marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma and has performed for 11 U.S. Presidents. His love for his country earned him the distinction of national treasure and United Nations has named him a Citizen of the World as one of their foremost ambassadors. In 1999, Bennett, along with his wife Susan Benedetto, founded Exploring the Arts to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, Little River Band enjoyed huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and chart-topping hits like “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy on Me,” “Help is on Its Way,” “Happy Anniversary,” “We Two,” “Man on Your Mind,” “The Other Guy” and “It’s a Long Way There.”
The band’s worldwide album sales top $30 million. In 1982, they set a record for being the first band to have Top 10 hits for six consecutive years. “Reminiscing” has achieved more than five million air plays on American radio, while “Lady” has had over four million.
In 2004, Little River Band was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards. In September 2015, the band was awarded Casino Entertainer of the Year at the G2E Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.
In 2020, lead singer and bass player Wayne Nelson will celebrate a personal milestone of being a member of Little River Band for 40 years. He’s joined by Chris Marion on keyboards and vocals, Rich Herring on lead guitar and vocals, Ryan Ricks on percussion and vocals and Colin Whinnery on guitar and lead vocals. They have more than 80 dates scheduled for their 2020 tour.
Watson’s independent Texas spirit and strong work ethic have kept him in the country scene for 20 years. With more than a dozen albums under his belt, Watson is exceeding major label-sized metrics while maintaining his independence.
His 2015 album, “The Underdog,” was the first independent album in the history of country music to top the Billboard Country Albums chart. Watson followed up that success in 2017 with “Vaquero,” with the Top 10 hit “Outta Style” earning a BMI Millionaire award. His latest album, “Red Bandana,” was released last year and received critical acclaim from several media outlets.
Walker hit the country music scene in 1993 with the hit singles “What’s It to You” and “Live Until I Die.” Since then, he’s added 29 more to his resume, including the No. 1 songs “Dreaming With My Eyes Open,” “If I Could Make A Living,” “This Woman and This Man” and “Rumor Has It,” and he’s kept a strong touring schedule. Throughout his career, Walker has recorded four platinum-selling albums and two gold albums.
Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the midst of his career, but he has overcome the significate struggle and been working to fight the disease. Walker founded Band Against MS (BAMS) and has raised more than $5 million for the cause. He also co-founded Military Warriors Support Foundation, which awards mortgage-free homes and family mentoring to wounded heroes injured in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Martina McBride’s big break came when her friend, Garth Brooks, gave her an opening slot on his 1990 concert tour. From there, McBride became one of the most successful country stars throughout the 1990s and 2000s. More than 18 million McBride albums have been sold to date, thanks to her 20 Top 10 singles and six No. 1 hits like “Concrete Angel,” “A Broken Wing,” “This One’s for the Girls,” “My Valentine” and “Independence Day,” to name a few.
McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and three for Top Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music. She’s also been awarded 14 gold records, nine platinum honors, three double platinum records, and two triple platinum awards.
Her philanthropic efforts have been recognized with the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her work with domestic violence. McBride also partners with nonprofits to help many of the towns she’s performing in through her “Team Music is Love” charity initiative.
In 2014, McBride released her first book, “Around the Table,” a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice and themed décor inspiration. She released her second book, “Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life,” in October 2018.
Uncle Kracker, also known as Matthew Shafer, kicked off a solo career of his own after vaulting to stardom as chief collaborator in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band. The Michigan native’s 2000 major label debut, “Double Wide,” went double-platinum and yielded the No. 1 smash “Follow Me.” Its 2002 follow-up, “No Stranger To Shame,” reached gold status and spawned cross-format hits like “In A Little While” and the powerful cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away,” which set a Billboard record for most weeks at No. 1 on any chart by topping out on the Adult Contemporary radio charts for a staggering 28 weeks.
Uncle Kracker’s first step into the world of country music came with his No. 1 hit, “When the Sun Goes Down,” a duet with good friend Kenny Chesney. After a few summer tours with Chesney, Uncle Kracker reached country’s Top 10 with his double-platinum crossover hit “Smile.” He fully embraced his country side with his critically acclaimed fifth album, “Midnight Special.”
Uncle Kracker continues to play sold-out shows across the country and has appeared everywhere from the American Country Music Awards to “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”
Hee Haw is one of only a handful of TV shows that have had a lasting influence on American culture. Original members of the legendary series have reunited with Oklahoma native and fiddle virtuoso Jana Jae and beloved comedian Lulu Roman. The “Kornfield Friends” pay tribute to Tulsa-native and Hee Haw host, Roy Clark, along with special guests. See country stars T. Graham Brown and Irlene Mandrell of the Mandrell Sisters, pop up for some “Pickin’ and A-Grinnin’”, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hee Haw.
With two #1 singles, 7 Top 10’s and multiple awards, Easton Corbin continues to make a lasting impression on country music. The Florida native is lauded for his unapologetic traditional country sound, with hits like “A Little More Country Than That”, “Roll With It” and “Baby Be My Love Song.”
Due to an unforeseen TV production schedule conflict, the Jim Jefferies show is being rescheduled to Saturday, August 15. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date.
Jim Jefferies is one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, entertaining audiences across the globe with his provocative, belief-challenging, and thought-provoking comedy. He was recently named one of the top 5 touring comedians in the world. He has 3 Netflix comedy specials. His series on Comedy Central, The Jim Jefferies Show, just entered its 3rd season.
After 30 years of ‘killin’ time,’ Clint Black is celebrating with an anniversary tour. This multi-platinum country all but altered the landscape of country music in the 90’s. Three decades later, Clint remains humble as ever about the massive influence he has had on the genre. Listing his hits takes too much room. His concert will speak for itself.
Leading the charge for 21st century rock, multi-platinum, record-breaking band Shinedown has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. They’ve earned 11 platinum and gold singles, along with 4 platinum and gold albums. Each of Shinedown’s singles released throughout their career have reached the Top 5 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart – an unparalleled feat. With #1 rock radio hits like “Get Up” and “Devil”, Shinedown continues to engender diehard love from millions of global fans and racked up countless sold-out tours.
Whiskey Myers has been steadily building a devoted following, with its gritty authenticity. The band’s roots stretch back decades into the red dirt of East Texas, where they first began playing together. Esquire Magazine called them "the real damn deal," while USA Today wrote that their music has “shades of Led Zeppelin and David Allen Coe.” Whiskey Myers took their blistering live show across the U.S. and U.K. non-stop, sharing stages with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr. and Jamey Johnson and racking up more than 300 million streams of their songs.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa opening new live music dance hall
Track 5. pays tribute to Oklahoma’s rich honky-tonk roots
TULSA, Okla. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is celebrating the highly anticipated opening of Track 5., Tulsa’s newest live music dance hall.
“The design of Track 5. pays tribute to Oklahoma’s rich honky-tonk roots,” said Martin Madewell, senior director of marketing for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. “Our guests love music, and many are loyal country fans. We are confident Track 5. will become the new local favorite. The national artist lineup and the production caliber of the venue will put Track 5. on the map regionally.”
The new venue is home to a stage designed for live entertainment that accommodates an array of national, regional and local artists. Guests can enjoy a little two-stepping on the 1,200-square-foot, wooden dance floor or pull up to the full-service bar, which features three dozen taps and a vast selection of bourbon. The venue includes a second-floor VIP mezzanine, great for taking in the sounds of country legends or today’s up-and-comers performing on stage.
The lineup through February, a month of free and open-to-the-public shows, includes performances from multiplatinum artist Sammy Kershaw on Feb. 15, followed by three shows from Oklahoma’s own Restless Heart on Feb. 21, Jason Boland and the Stragglers on Feb. 22, and The Swon Brothers on Feb. 23.
“As Hard Rock, it was essential that we designed a venue to deliver an authentic experience that’s all about the music,” said Madewell. “The idea started as an ode to ‘Tulsa Time,’ the fifth track on legend Don Williams’ album ‘Expressions.’ Through this phase, we stumbled upon the bizarre coincidence of an Oklahoma tie embedded on the fifth track on the albums of four other iconic artists. With that discovery, there was no doubt we had the name, Track 5.”
Along with Williams’ “Expressions” album, the four other artists to release albums with a fifth track about Oklahoma or Tulsa include Waylon Jennings’ “The Ramblin’ Man,” Leon Russell’s “Leon Russell and the Shelter People,” George Strait’s “Honkytonkville” and Kenny Rogers’ “Kenny.”
Eric Clapton also recorded “Tulsa Time” for his 1978 album, “Backless.” The following year, Clapton donated one of his guitars to the Hard Rock Cafe in London to hang above his favorite seat at the cafe. That gift launched Hard Rock’s legendary memorabilia collection, which has propelled the brand to worldwide fame.
Track 5. is part of a 65,000-square-foot expansion that started in April 2018. The new, two-level casino features 450 new electronic and table games, Tulsa’s newest poker room and a 7,000-square-foot multipurpose event center. The casino and poker room opened alongside Track 5. on Feb. 1.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off Interstate 44 at exit 240. From signature restaurants and gaming to world-class music venues, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa offers award-winning entertainment amenities in Oklahoma. For more information about Track 5. or to see the upcoming music lineup, visit https://www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com/