Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cache Creek hosts ‘Dyn-o-mite’ Jimmie “J.J.” Walker

BROOKS, Calif. – The term "maximizing one's potential" could have been coined to describe the life of Jimmie Walker, who strode out of the New York ghetto to become one of the best-known television personalities and comedians in the United States. Instantly recognizable by fans even today, Walker brings his unique blend of comedic talent to Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 in a free show on Sunday, May 25 at 8 p.m.

After paying his dues in radio during his early career, Jimmie began working regularly in comedy clubs in the early 1970’s. It was there he was spotted by famed television producer Norman Lear's casting director, which led to Jimmie accepting a part in the popular comedy series, "Good Times," which ran from 1974-1979. Walker was already well known at the time from his appearances on “Rowan and Martin's Laugh In” and the “Jack Paar Show.”

"Dyn-o-mite!" – the “Good Times” catch-phrase Walker is remembered for – made him famous nationwide, prompting Time Magazine to name him “Comedian of the Decade.” Walker also appeared on ”The Tonight Show,” “Match Game” and a variety of other game shows during his “Good Times” run. His status as a beloved TV character later led to guest appearances on “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Son of the Beach,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “In the House,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “The Fall Guy,” “Scrubs,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The George Lopez Show,” and “Lincoln Heights.” He also appeared in the films “Airplane!” and “Plump Fiction.”
Returning to his roots, Walker currently tours the country 25-30 weeks a year doing stand-up comedy, performing on late night T.V. and game shows. In his spare time he writes scripts for T.V. and movies.

Tickets to the show are $20 at the door or free with a Cache Club Card. Cache Club membership doesn’t cost a thing – check with the Cache Club for details on how to join.

Press contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; cburgeson@cachecreek.com

The search is on for ‘Miss Hawaiian Tropic’ at Cache Creek

BROOKS, Calif. – Summer means pristine sandy beaches, vacation, and plenty of fun in the sun. Hawaiian Tropic, a name synonymous with fun in the sun, is bringing the beach to Brooks on Sept. 13 where a group of beautiful contestants will compete for a shot at the title of Miss Hawaiian Tropic at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88. This event – one of approximately 300 preliminary model searches nationwide – is the last chance for women in this region to qualify for the U.S. Finals.

The Miss Hawaiian Tropic Endless Summer Invitational Model Search will culminate with regional and state finals across the country where winners will be sent directly to the United States Finals. In that event, over 100 young ladies from across the United States will compete for the title of Miss Hawaiian Tropic U.S. That winner will then represent the United States in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic International Pageant next spring.

Who knows? One of the contestants at Cache Creek could advance to the U.S. Finals or even become the winner of the title Miss Hawaiian Tropic U.S. Email Vanessa at: hawaiiantropicmodels@gmail.com to be considered as a contestant. Must be 21 or older to compete. For images of the contestants, surf to: www.hawaiiantropicmodels.com/promo/index.html

Tickets are available now for $49, $39, and $29 through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Press contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; cburgeson@cachecreek.com

Oh-Oh, we got the Hammer!

BROOKS, Calif. – Tracy, California native Stanley Kirk Burrell – better known by his stage name MC Hammer – is perhaps the most recognizable hip hop and rap artist of the 1980s. A multi-platinum selling MC and dancer, he is also well-known for his dramatic rise and fall from fame and fortune and his trademark Hammer Pants, both of which he has been more than willing to parody in television ads for companies such as Pepsi, KFC, Taco Bell, Lays, Nationwide Insurance, and most famously in this year’s hilarious super bowl ad with Ed McMahon for cash4gold.com.

Born in Oakland, the longtime Northern California native once served as a batboy for the Oakland A’s, where then A’s player Reggie Jackson claimed to have given him his famous moniker because he says Burrell looked like another baseball legend, “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron. Although Hammer was beloved by the franchise, serving as a batboy from 1972-1980, a career in baseball never happened for him as he had hoped. That would work out for the best, as his music career began to blossom on his own Oaktown Records label after he was discharged from the Navy, prompting him to add the MC to his name, which originally stood for “Master of Ceremonies.”

What followed was a rise to stardom on the back of anthematic hits like “Let’s Get it Started,” “Pump it Up,” Turn this Mutha Out,” “Here Comes the Hammer,” “2 Legit 2 Quit,” and his most notable smash “U Can’t Touch This,” which reached #8 on the U.S. charts. In all, Hammer turned out 11 albums in the 80s, 90s, and continuing through 2006 when his last album, “Look, Look, Look” was released.

He’s also remembered for showcasing his dancing prowess (which has been often imitated over the years) in a number of hit videos, became a preacher in the late 1990s, works as co-founder of a dance website, and has appeared on television and in film, including a stint on the first season of reality favorite “The Surreal Life.”

Continuing to tour with his stable of well-known hits, MC Hammer brings his exciting and nostalgic show to Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $75, $59, and $49 through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Press contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; cburgeson@cachecreek.com

George Wallace will insult your mother and still get laughs

BROOKS, Calif. – Comedian George Wallace, most recognized for his "yo mama" and "I be thinkin" jokes, incorporates his own special brand of audience participation in his act. At every show, George selects a few people out of the crowd to go one on one with him in the legendary art of mother insults – and like the true professional entertainer that he is – always manages to end up the victor in these verbal exchanges. Audiences don’t mind losing too much, though, as Wallace shows his gratitude to them for playing along by signing autographs and taking photos after every show.

The cerebral everyman stand up will bring his audience friendly act to Cache Creek Casino Resort on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m., and fans are sure to hear a few of his famous “yo mamas” when he takes the stage in the intimate Club 88.

Wallace’s appeal has been wide in the entertainment industry, garnering him an American Comedy Award for "Best Stand Up Comedian" after being continually nominated four years in a row. Wallace’s television credits include HBO’s “One Night Stand,” the Hallmark movie “Santa Jr.,” as well as appearances on shows such as “Seinfeld,” “Moesha,” “The Tonight Show,” “Oprah,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Rosie O'Donnell,” “Live with Regis,” and “Politically Incorrect.”

Other acting credits include “In The Heat of the Night,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and “Arliss.” Wallace also appeared in numerous films including “Comedian,” “Little Nicky,” “A Rage in Harlem,” “Punchline,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “Batman Forever” and “Ladykillers.”

No stranger to casino performances, Las Vegas loves their resident comedic headliner. In 2004, George appeared as the headlining star of his own show at The Flamingo Hotel in Vegas for a 30 day run. Sin City showed its admiration by extending George's contract indefinitely.

Unlike any other comedy show in Las Vegas, George gives away a number of prizes every night including CD's, DVD's, diamond necklaces, dinners at prestigious restaurants, tropical cruises and even a new car. One of Wallace ongoing jokes is calling past audience members in the middle of the night to let them know they haven't won the car.

You never know what will happen at the George Wallace Show. He is ever the evolving comedian, which is why you will never see the same show twice – because in his words, he always “be thinkin'.”

Tickets are available now for $69, $49, and $39 through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Press contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; cburgeson@cachecreek.com

Four Tops make a return trip to Cache Creek

BROOKS, CA – No story about Motown music would be complete without mentioning legends the Four Tops – who return to Cache Creek Casino Resort on July 31 at 9 p.m. to perform in the intimate Club 88. Fans of the super group will have their chance this summer to come and hear the golden sound of the 60’s and let the Four Tops take them back to the days when music was just a little “smoother.”

One of Motown's most consistent hit-makers and its longest-lived lineup (40 years), the Four Tops were one of the most stable and consistent vocal groups to emerge from Motown Records in the '60s, rising to the top of the charts with scores of upbeat love songs. The number of top hits produced by the group is staggering.

Their first release as a soul group in 1964, “Baby I Need Your Loving,” reached the Top 20 in the States, followed up by 1965’s release “I Can't Help Myself,” which went straight to the top of the charts. Success continued for the group with “Reach out I'll Be There” making the top spot in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic in 1966. The Four Tops also scored a hit that year with the songs “Bernadette” and “It's The Same Old Song.” By 1967, their sound had diversified, but they still earned hits with '”Walk Away Renee” and “If I Were a Carpenter.”

In 1970 they added chart-toppers “It's All in the Game,” and the ballad “Still Waters (Run Deep),” then teamed up with The Supremes for the first of three albums together. In 1971 they hit again with “MacArthur Park” and the group’s Renaldo 'Obie' Benson co-wrote Marvin Gaye's classic song “What's Going On” that same year. One final album was released for the legendary Motown label entitled “Nature Planned it” in 1972, and several excellent albums followed, including “Main Street People” in 1973 and “Meeting of the Minds” in 1974.

To hear some of these memorable, chart-topping hits, all it takes is the purchase of a seat at Cache Creek’s Club 88. Tickets for The Four Tops are available for $69, $59, and $49 at www.tickets.com; (800) 225-2277, or Cache Creek Casino Resort Guest Services; (800) 452-8181. For more information, go to: www.cachecreek.com.

Contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; cburgeson@cachecreek.com

MTV pioneer Eddie Money ‘shakes’ his way on over to Cache Creek

BROOKS, Calif. – "Everything I do, I do it for you". Eddie Money says it at least once every show –- and he means it. This straight up rock and roll icon has been making music and delivering it to his fans since the mid 70's and wouldn't have it any other way. With hits like "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Baby Hold On," "Walk On Water," "Think I'm In Love" and "Shakin," Money continues to be one of the hardest working men in rock and roll.
Performing a compact 150 or so shows every year, Eddie is always touring somewhere. On Nov. 1 he brings his tour to Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 at 8 p.m. to perform for his Northern California fan base. "My fans are the best, most loyal fans a guy could ask for. They keep coming back for more and I'm not gonna stop until they make me stop," says Money.
Having come from a long line of police officers, a very young Eddie joined the police force back home in Long Island, New York, and sang in his first band "Grapes Of Wrath." But California called and he moved out west to be a rock and roll star – and it worked. "I just knew I wanted to sing and be in a band. California seemed like the place to be, so I was Berkeley-bound".
A student of legendary vocal coach Judy Davis and prodigy of manager Bill Graham, Money began belting out hit after hit. The early days of MTV and music videos launched Eddie Money into stardom. An accomplished musician, he sings, writes, and plays the saxophone, harmonica and piano, and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.
"Touring and writing is my life. It's who I am and what I do. And I don't see it changing any time in the near future,” Eddie says. "Hey, I get to get up every day and do what I love. Why change that?”
Tickets are available for $55, $45, and $35 through Tickets.com on the web: www.Tickets.com, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: www.CacheCreek.com and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Press contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; cburgeson@cachecreek.com

Hit-maker Dionne Warwick coming to Cache Creek Casino Resort

BROOKS, Calif. -- An artist with a long legacy of accomplishments and achievements, Grammy winner Dionne Warwick has had chart-topping hits in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, with familiar songs "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Déjà Vu," "I'll Never Love This Way Again," and "That's What Friends Are For." On Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., Warwick will bring her soulful blend of pop, gospel and R&B music to Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 stage for one special performance.
Dionne Warwick has, over an illustrious four-decade career, established herself as an international musical legend. Her reputation as a hit-maker has been firmly etched into public consciousness, thanks to nearly sixty charted hits since "Don't Make Me Over" began its climb up the charts in December 1962. As a performer, she has charmed and entertained audiences on every continent, amassing a worldwide audience.

Dionne Warwick received her first Grammy Award in 1968 (for the classic "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"), and in so doing became the first African-American solo female artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance. This award has only been awarded to one other female African-American legend, Ella Fitzgerald.

Hits like "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "Walk on By" brought successively larger visibility and success around the world. Her recordings of songs like "A House Is Not A home," "Alfie," "(Theme From) The Valley Of The Dolls," and "The April Fools" made Dionne Warwick a pioneer as one of the first female artists to popularize classic movie themes.

Dionne's pioneering efforts have focused on leading the music industry in the fight against AIDS. Her Grammy-winning, chart topping, single "That's What Friends Are For," led the way by raising, literally, millions of dollars for AIDS research. She was also one of the key participants in the all-star charity single "We Are The World" and, in 1984 she performed at "Live Aid".

Warwick’s impressive body of work still has a following today. She enjoyed one of her largest audiences ever when she appeared on the May 24, 2006 fifth-season finale of “American Idol,” where 36 million U.S. viewers watched Warwick sing a medley of her hits with Burt Bacharach accompanying her on the piano.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com; (866) 448-7849, or Cache Creek Casino Resort Guest Services; (800) 452-8181, for $69 or $59.

Contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; cburgeson@cachecreek.com