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

Cache Creek welcomes R&B powerhouse the Commodores

BROOKS, Calif. – From their humble beginnings as freshmen at the Tuskegee Institute in 1968 where they met, the Commodores were known as “smart guys,” but they were funky, too – smart and funky enough to open for the Jackson 5, be discovered by famed record producer Berry Gordy, and eventually sell more than 60 million records for Motown.

As Motown’s largest selling act for the decades of the 70s and 80s, the Commodores racked up a string of hits, including “Machine Gun”, “Brick House”, “Easy”, “Three Times A Lady”, “Sail On”, “Oh No”, “Slippery When Wet”, and “Too Hot Ta Trot.” In 1986 they were recognized for their talents when they won a Grammy for their single “Night Shift.”

Audiences will have the chance to see these legends of Motown perform from their stable of highly recognizable songs when they make a stop at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on Saturday, August 9 at 8 p.m.
As they continue to tour, bringing the talent and experience of three decades of writing, producing, and performing hit music to a whole new generation of fans, the Commodores have definitely proven their staying power. They are themselves a “Brick House.”

Tickets are available June 27 for $85, $75, and $65 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

Bret Michaels appearance at Cache Creek should be ‘Nothin’ but a Good Time’

BROOKS, Calif. – Bret Michaels is, if nothing else, a true survivor. He’s survived a life-long battle as an insulin dependent diabetic, a well publicized near fatal car crash in 1994, and the countless musical trends and fads of the last two decades. Appearing for the second time at Cache Creek’s Club 88 on Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m., the charismatic singer vows to keep rockin’ til he can’t rock anymore.

“As soon as I ever start to just go through the motions I’ll quit,” confesses the 45-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, director and actor. But there’s little chance he’ll even slow down let alone quit anytime soon. In fact, after more than 20 years in the business, this award winning, multi-platinum superstar’s career continues to move at warp speed.

As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels sold 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 chartbusting Top-40 singles including “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” “Nothin’ But a Good Time” and the timeless number one smash “Every Rose Has its Thorn.” And in the new millennium, Poison’s music has been featured in such big screen features as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Grandma’s Boy” and “Deuce Bigelow European Gigolo.” Poison continues to be one of the industry’s top grossing concert attractions, and their 2006 “20 Years of Rock” CD was a bona fide Top 20 gold smash.

As an actor, Michaels has made regular appearances on such hit television shows as “Yes Dear,” “Martial Law,” and “The Chris Isaak Show.” He has also co-hosted “Access Hollywood” and been a judge on the wildly popular “Nashville Star” program. But most reality TV fans know him best as the front man for VH1’s top rated show of all time “Rock of Love,” and its third season incarnation titled “Rock of Love Bus.”
Despite his TV fame, Michaels continues to tour, releasing two post-Poison albums: “Songs of Life” in 2003 followed by his rootsy, Americana flavored sophomore record “Freedom of Sound” in 2005. Not to worry, though. Fans of Poison will still hear the most popular hits from his time with that band when he makes a “bus stop” at Cache Creek in June.

Be sure to pick up your tickets as soon as you can as this show sold out last summer. Tickets are available for $79 and $65 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.

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

Boyz II Men’s discovery is a ‘True Hollywood story’

BROOKS, Calif. – It’s a tale that sounds straight out of the script pages of a feature film. In the waning years of the 1980s, a burgeoning singing group sneaks backstage during a performance by New Edition spin-off group Bell Biv DeVoe. The boys perform an a cappella rendition of New Edition's "Can You Stand the Rain" for New Edition/BBD member Michael Bivins. He’s so impressed by the group that he signs them to a production deal with his own Biv Ten Records company – and the rest is history.

For those interested in “the rest of the story” the group being described is the sensational Boyz II Men, the four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singers, who return to Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. to perform from their roster of well-known hits.

Based on sales, Boyz II Men is the most successful R&B male vocal group of all time, recording five #1 R&B hits between 1992 and 1997 and selling more than 60 million records. Three of their #1 hits, "End of the Road," "I'll Make Love to You," and "One Sweet Day" with Mariah Carey set and broke records for the longest period of time a single remained at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 – the last of them still holding that record. Although their song "On Bended Knee" did not break any records, it was still an immensely popular song that reached #1 and made Boyz II Men the third artists behind Elvis and The Beatles to replace themselves at the number one spot of the Billboard Hot 100.

Tickets are available for $65, $55, and $45 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

Billy Ray Cyrus is definitely a “Busy Man”

BROOKS, Calif. – Billy Ray Cyrus is a man who’s been at the top of the mountain, the bottom of the valley and is back on top with an unbridled enthusiasm for his craft, his career, and his life. "I'm more excited now than when I got my first record deal," said Cyrus. "Only now I'm older, more focused; I'm having more fun."

"Music is not a job, it's what I love to do." He says. "My goal is for my music to touch people's lives. I want them to feel they were moved inside." Cyrus will bring this unique connection with his fans to his performance at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 stage on Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.

Judging by the legions of fans that buzz on web chats, travel to concerts and have purchased millions upon millions of his albums, he has certainly accomplished that goal. In 1992, his debut album Some Gave All sold over nine million copies and spawned the monster international hit "Achy Breaky Heart". One three-minute song expanded the boundaries of country and brought the music to an entirely new audience.

"I'm proud of that song," Cyrus says. "It touched people around the world."

His impressive career resume also includes the million-selling It Won’t Be the Last, three number-one and many top-ten singles including 1999s "Busy Man" which still receives strong recurrent airplay.

Over the years Cyrus has maintained his worldwide success, earning multi-platinum certifications in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand and Norway and gold in the UK and South Africa as well as a Diamond Award in Canada.

Every few years, Cyrus takes his career in a new and interesting direction. He starred in a PAX-TV series, "Doc," playing a Montana doctor who moves to New York City. In addition, he was the music advisor and has a cameo in the New Line Cinema feature film, "Wish You Were Dead," starring Christopher Lloyd and Carey Elwes. Cyrus's songs "Where'm I Gonna Live" and "Good as Gone" are featured in the film. Plus he appeared in "Mulholland Drive," a TV movie directed by David Lynch, and he also starred in the action film, "Radical Jack."

But his most celebrated acting role to date is on the original television series “Hannah Montana,” in which he plays dad to his real life daughter Miley Cyrus, whose fame has grown to astronomical heights since the show first appeared on the Disney Channel in 2006. In addition to the high ratings of the TV series, concerts for Hannah Montana have also been exceedingly popular. Tickets for every concert sell out, with some being scalped for thousands of dollars. “She’s got a busy future – she’s like me, she loves acting and she loves singing,” Cyrus says. “Her whole heart’s into it.”

His most recent album, released in July 2006, is Wanna Be Your Joe. It is the latest installment in a career which has included three #1 singles and six Top Ten singles, including "Could've Been Me" and "In the Heart of a Woman." Cyrus also holds the record for the longest time at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart for a debut record at 17 weeks.

When asked how he has the time to fit in touring and acting on a popular Disney channel show, he replies, “I just stay busy, and I’m lucky because I love what I do. I love making music, and I love acting.” In a career that has seen its ups and downs, right now, Cyrus is definitely at the top of his game – and doing what he loves.

Tickets are available through www.tickets.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort Guest Services: (800) 452-8181, for $75, $65, or $55. For more information, go to: www.cachecreek.com.

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