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Brian Mcknight Brings Love And Soul To San Manuel June 14

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Platinum Artist Musiq Soulchild, Joins McKnight in the Inland Empire San Manuel Indian Nation

San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes the return of Brian McKnight with Musiq Soulchild for their Love and Soul tour. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $40, $50 and $60.

Brian McKnight has released 13 albums to date, with several going two and three times platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. His musical career began in childhood when he became a member of his church NY choir and a bandleader for his high school.

By the age of 19, he signed his first recording deal with Mercury Records. In 1992, his self-titled album “Brian McKnight” was released followed by “I Remember You” (1995) and “Anytime” (1997). “Anytime” sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy® Award. Along with several Grammy nominations, Brian McKnight has been the recipient of American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year. 2011 saw the release of McKnight’s 14th album, entitled “Just Me”, along with a worldwide tour and live DVD. With over a decade on the scene, the multiplatinum singer/songwriter, Musiq Soulchild brings a new depth to his meditations on life and love with his sixth studio album, “Musiqinthemagiq”. He’s gone platinum not once, but twice, and has performed with everyone from Mary J. Blige and Carlos Santana to Estelle and The Roots. He is a soul star who has developed a sound uniquely his own by fusing together the essence of soul music with funk rules and hip-hop, all while making his mark on the charts with his first hit single entitled "Just Friends" from his platinum Def Soul release "Aijuswanaseing” (I just want to sing). Following up with his sophomore album "Juslisen," also platinum, and debuting at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.

Hank Williams, Jr. Makes Tour Stop At San Manuel Casino The Inland Empire Takes Back the Country June 28

San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes Hank Williams Jr. Taking Back the Country Tour to the San Manuel stage. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $70, $80 and $90. Hank Williams Jr. has done more than honor his father’s legacy; he has extended it, enriched it, enhanced it, and elevated it. He learned music from the finest teachers: Earl Scruggs gave him banjo lessons and Jerry Lee Lewis did likewise with the piano. At age eight, Hank made his music debut, dressed in a black suit for a Georgia show, singing his father’s songs to wild applause. At nine, he was touring in earnest with his mother’s Caravan of Stars. At age 11, he made his Opry debut, walking across the same wooden boards his father had walked on and singing the same song “Lovesick Blues.” After a nearly tragic footnote in his life, he began recording his first truly original work, an album titled “Hank Williams Jr and Friends”, which featured untraditional country types like Jennings and the Tucker Band’s Toy Caldwell. Next came the release of his first million-selling album, “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound”, and captured superstar status with major hits like “Texas Women,” “Dixie On My Mind,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” and his 1984, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.”

In 1987, Hank, Jr. won his first of five country music entertainer of the year awards, and the two albums released that year – “Hank Live” and “Born to Boogie” – were platinum sellers. His star rose when ABC’s “Monday Night Football” arranged a deal to have him rework “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” into a theme song to be played before each Monday’s game. Two years later, the “Monday Night” theme won the first of four straight Emmy® Awards, and Hank, Jr. would be the singing voice of “Monday Night Football” for 22 years. Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

NOTE: Doors open at 6:30pm. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.

Almost Like Nostalgia

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The University of California, Riverside, Department of Dance presents almost like nostalgia by choreographer Kendall Loyer, an evening-length work that explores the fixity and blurring of memory. This movement exploration looks at memories, not as fixed points in history, but as experiences that can be re-embodied and made present in this current moment through the process of remembering.

The work is performed by Edgard Areas, Alyssa Burton, Jessica Finkelstein, Kendall Loyer, Jes Mulette, Cydney Watson, Mynesha Whyte and Hannah Zisman. Kendall Loyer created almost like nostalgia in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Choreography.

Photo by Aliya Jafar

Patti Labelle And The Pointer Sisters At San Manuel Casino

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Two Legendary Acts Perform Classic Pop Hits for the Inland Empire in May

San Manuel Indian Nation – Thursday, May 10, 2012, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes soulful songbird, Patti LaBelle and The Pointer Sisters to the San Manuel stage. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $50, $60 and $70.

Patti LaBelle

Known for belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets, Patti LaBelle brings her grace, style and elegance to the Inland Empire. The same motivation that had Patricia Louise Holte blossom from a choir member to lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, and later, Labelle, and then to a solo artist, is the same energy that keeps her fire burning. With Billboard hits and Grammy® Awards, she still has time for other ventures. LaBelle has her own wig line, The Patti LaBelle Collection, and in 2008, released her fifth book and third cookbook, “Recipes for The Good Life”, and an instructional cooking DVD, “In The Kitchen with Miss Patti”. The cookbook features recipes and anecdotes that reflect her philosophy that good cooking and the love of entertaining come from the heart. More recently, Patti introduced a line of signature sauces and marinates called Lady Marmalade and launched a designer bedding collection, Patti LaBelle Home. This follows suit with her work as a humanitarian and advocate for adoption, foster care, Big Sisters and the United Negro College Fund, among others.

The Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters began their formal vocal training in their father’s church in California. They went on to achieve worldwide fame and have secured a place in pop music history as a dynamic female group. Their first performance in Los Angeles at the Troubadour club was hailed by critics for its versatility and range. Their 1973 debut album produced “Yes We Can, Can,” which reached #11 on Billboard pop singles chart. In 1975, “Fairytale” off the “That’s A Plenty” album, earned them a Grammy Award, for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Elvis Presley. Among their many successful hits, “I’m So Excited” became an instant hit as a Top 10, and remains a classic to this day. In 1994, the ladies received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an event proclaimed “Pointer Sisters Day” in Hollywood. Two years later they performed at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta, and released “Fire—The Very Best of the Pointer Sisters”, a 36-song anthology that chronicled the sisters’ career.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

Note: Doors open at 6:30pm. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.

Kendrick Lamar, Musiq Headline 2012 Spring Splash Festival at UCR

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Food trucks, rides and activities highlight April 28th event, which is free for UCR undergraduates. A limited number of tickets are available to the general public

RIVERSIDE - Rapper Kendrick Lamar and R&B artist Musiq Soulchild will be co-headliners at the 2012 Spring Splash Music Festival at the University of California, Riverside. Sponsored by the Associated Students Program Board (ASPB), the concert is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday April 28, 2012.

With pop duo Capital Cities and local up-and-comers The Season Finale rounding out the bill, the festival promises something for almost every musical taste.

“Having a variety of acts is really important,” Campus Activities Coordinator Danielle Espino said. “Every year, the ASPB team is working to put on a show that our students will really enjoy.” Rapper Kendrick Lamar, a native of Compton who will also be playing the Coachella Music Festival, recently released his new single “The Recipe” which was produced by Scoop DeVille and features Dr. Dre. he is set to go on at 6:00 p.m.

Musiq Soulchild is an R&B/soul singer from Philadelphia who has released six albums, three of which reached No. 1 on the U.S. R&B chart. His most recent album is MusiqInTheMagiq, released in 2011. He also appears on Robert Glasper’s new album “Black Radio,” singing “Ah Yeah” with Chrisette Michelle. He is scheduled appear at 4:30 p.m. Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian make up the electro-pop duo Capital Cities. Having found each other on Craigslist, they began working together as composers in 2008, and then began producing material as Capital Cities in 2010. Their debut EP, Safe and Sound, was released in June 2011. They played at SXSW in March. They are scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. Hailing from nearby Rancho Cucamonga, The Season Finale was the winner of ASPB’s Battle of the Bands competition last fall. The unsigned five-piece group plays an edgy, upbeat pop-punk. They open the festival at 3:15 p.m.

In addition to the music, Spring Splash will feature several activities including a Ferris wheel, rock climbing walls, human hamster balls. Food will be available from a quartet of gourmet food trucks: Brats Berlin, Calbi Tacos, Rajun Cajun and Crepes Bonaparte. There will also be a beer garden.

“Spring Splash is a student-coordinated event,” Espino said. “Maninder Gill and Lacey Bruins have been working hard in leading the ASPB team to make this event the best it can be for their fellow students. Their ideas, initiative and follow-through have been incredible.” UCR undergraduate students can pick up their free Spring Splash ticket beginning Monday, April 16 by presenting their student ID at the HUB Welcome Desk. Tickets will be distributed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., or until tickets run out.

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase by non-UCR undergraduate students beginning Wednesday, April 18. Tickets cost $16 and may be bought in person at the University Box Office or ordered over the phone by calling (951) 827-4403. Sponsors of Spring Splash include Sterling Highlander and Grand Marc. For more information about the concert, please call (951) 827-ASPB or visit their website at http:// springsplash.ucr.edu.


Rise Up, ReNew, Rejoice! BET’s Celebration of Gospel

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By Stanton Allen Weeks

BET often falls victim to critics who argue about the appropriateness of the networks subject matter and the content of programming. That being said, BET’s Annual Gospel Celebration is arguably the networks crowning glory of validation and one of its most popular and widely viewed programs. This years Celebration didn’t disappoint, it was taped again at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and the capacity crowd filled with Gospel Royalty, Christians and Saints alike, packed the house to enjoy some inspirational, spiritual and rousing performances from some of the world most renowned gospel and secular artists, (Ledisi, Faith Evans and Johnny Gill). The program highlights are too numerous to count but include not-to-miss musical tributes to Whitney Houston (Kelly Price) and Mahalia Jackson (Moses Tyson Jr., Amber Riley, Jennifer Holliday, Yolanda Adams and Pastor Shirley Caesar) and spoken word performances by Dr. Bobby Jones and Wendy Raquel Robinson Steve Harvey, a self proclaimed “new christian”, returned as host for the evening (his 12th time) and injected his signature blend of edgy comedy and motivational speaking, kept the audience engaged between performances and leaning over and into the aisles with laughter.

Each rousing performance raised the bar higher and higher and the audience was compelled to their feet and throwing arms and hands in the air in praise and worship. The Celebration producers continue to be successful at designing a show that highlights both traditional and old school gospel, contemporary and new age music, as well as alternative and hip hop infused church music with a varied array of spectacular artists including; Rick Dillard and New G, Isaac Carree, Fred Hammond, Sunday Best Alum, Le’Andria Johnson and Jessica Reedy, Kirk Franklin and Mali Music, James Fortune and Rance Allen Group, Ernest Pugh and Maurette Brown-Clark.

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