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Funk, Motown And R&B Unite At San Manuel

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Thursday, March 4, 2010, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino is pleased to welcome funk and R&B legends Charlie Wilson, the Commodores, and Kool & The Gang to the San Manuel stage. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $40, $50 and $60.

Charlie Wilson has one of the most distinguished voices in R&B music. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native and former lead singer of the funkadelic brotherly trio, the GAP Band, is now going two for two with his second solo album on Jive Records, entitled “Uncle Charlie”. The album was released February 2009 debuting #1 on Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart and #2 on the Billboard Pop Chart. The albums hit single “There Goes My Baby” spent 10 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Adult R&B Chart. He has four Grammy nominations.

Wilson has collaborated with artists such as Aaron Hall, R. Kelly, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim, and T-Pain.

The Commodores, Walter “Clyde” Orange, William “WAK” King, and James Dean “J.D.” Nicholas, have remained a force in the music industry for over three decades. Just like their hit song “Brick House,” the trio has created a foundation that will not budge. In 1968 the group was formed while all the members were in college at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. After being discovered by Berry Gordy, the Commodores went on to sell over 60 million records for Motown. Their first Grammy Award win came for the multi-platinum smash single and LP “Night Shift” in 1986.

The successful Commodores of the present have not only produced six new albums, and embarked upon a world-wide tour, but have created their own record label, Commodores Records and Entertainment.

Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations.

Thanks to songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness,” and “Open Sesame,” they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. The group has performed continuously for the past 35 years. Their bulletproof funk and tough, jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.

In 1964 Khalis Bayyan (AKA Ronald Bell) and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined Jersey City neighborhood friends Robert “Spike” Mickens, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, Rickey Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul, and funk releasing their selftitled album only five years later. Recently the band received the NARM, National Association of Recording Merchandisers Chairman Award for lifetime achievement in record sales. 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 6:30. A 21-and-older age requirement to enter the Casino is strictly enforced.

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