Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino announces 2017 Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series


Kenny Rogers is one of the headlining acts for Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino’s 2017 Sounds of Summer concert series. Rogers will hit the stage Thursday, July 27. (Photo by Piper Ferguson)

Kenny Rogers, Montgomery Gentry, Huey Lewis & The News, KC and the Sunshine Band are set to headline at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino as part of the 2017 Sounds of Summer concert series.

The lineup includes Montgomery Gentry (June 16), Lee Ann Womack (July 15), Kenny Rogers (July 27), Huey Lewis & The News (Aug. 10), Scotty McCreery (Aug. 26), KC and the Sunshine Band (Sept. 2), George Thorogood (Sept. 22) and more. The summer concert series is exclusively for the 21 and over.

Artist info, event dates, times, ticket prices:

Montgomery Gentry
When the two Kentucky boys Eddie and Troy first burst onto the national scene in 1999 with the defiant “Hillbilly Shoes,” notice was served; country music had never seen a hard-driving duo like this. Montgomery Gentry has secured a place in musical history with unique blend of country, southern rock and Everly Brothers-like harmonies combined with relatable lyrics. The duo now has 14 Top 10 singles, including five No. 1s: “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.”

“We grew up on Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Merle Haggard,” Eddie said in a news release. “That’s who we are. We cut our teeth in the honky tonks and no matter what you try to do, we have to be us or it just doesn’t sound right.”

Date: Friday, June 16
Time: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Price: Reserved tickets $30/$40. Receive a $5 discount on tickets at the Chukchansi Gift Basket

Lee Ann Womack
Womack, a progressive traditionalist, has sung for presidents, the Concert for the Nobel Prize and Maya Angelou’s Celebration of Joy Rising. The Grammy winner built a career singing songs that slice life wide open to let the pain, emptiness, rage and desire pour out.

A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, she’s also won the prestigious Album of the Year for “There’s More Where That Came From,” plus a pair of Single of the Years for “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” and “I Hope You Dance.” The latter sold more than six million albums; the title track topped multiple charts in multiple formats around the globe.

The East Texan is a duet partner of choice for Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Dr. John, Ralph Stanley, Buddy Miller, George Strait, Jim Lauderdale and Willie Nelson. Womack’s soprano has a purity that rivals Dolly Parton and an ache that suggests Emmylou Harris at her most haunted.

Date: Saturday, July 15
Time: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Price: Reserved tickets $25/$35. Receive a $5 discount on tickets at the Chukchansi Gift Basket

Kenny Rogers
Rogers, a Grammy Award-winning country superstar and music icon, has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades. The enduring Country Music Hall of Fame member and pop superstar has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances, distinctive voice, gift for storytelling and universal appeal. Rogers has played to millions of fans around the world, performing songs from his catalog of 24 No. 1 hits including “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Coward of the County,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” “She Believes In Me,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Daytime Friends,” “Through The Years,” “You Decorated My Life,” and “Buy Me A Rose.” The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, making him one of the Top 10 best-selling male solo artists of all time, according to the RIAA.

Date: Thursday, July 27
Time: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Price: Reserved tickets $55/$65. Receive a $5 discount on tickets at the Chukchansi Gift Basket

Huey Lewis & The News
Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s great Rock ‘n’ Roll bands. As they enter their 38th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map. These Grammy Award winners have written and performed such classic Top 10 hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin.” The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back to the Future. “The Power of Love,” nominated for an Academy Award, went to No. 1 on Billboard’s singles chart, and was a smash hit worldwide. The band incorporates a variety of musical influences including R&B and soul to create its own unique sound.

Date: Thursday, August 10
Time: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Price: Reserved tickets $50/$60. Receive a $5 discount on tickets at the Chukchansi Gift Basket

Scotty McCreery
McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now just a few years later, the talented singer/songwriter has album sales approaching three million; earned both Platinum and Gold album certifications; debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart; achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles as well as two Top 10 hits; won ACM, BMI and CMT Awards; and authored his first book. After winning season 10 of “American Idol” and capturing the hearts of millions of television viewers across the globe, McCreery released his debut album, which became the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. He became the youngest man and first country music artist in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart. He won New Artist of the Year at both the 2011 American Country Awards and the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards. He also won the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble with Girls” at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. McCreery recently performed at the Grand Ole Opry, earning him the Rare Country Award for Opry Moment of the Year in December 2016.

Date: Saturday, August 26
Time: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Price: Reserved tickets $25/$35. Receive a $5 discount on tickets at the Chukchansi Gift Basket

KC and The Sunshine Band
KC and The Sunshine Band has celebrated over 40 years of making booties shake. They gave a voice to a generation, helped define an entire culture and continue to make an impact today. With over four decades of success, the group, led by Harry Wayne “KC” Casey, has been in a state of constant renewal in their niche of cultural relevancy – thanks in part to its music being featured in numerous motion-picture soundtracks, TV shows and national advertising campaigns. KC and The Sunshine Band formed in 1973 with one single purpose: to create instant happiness through music – and the group has done just that, topping the charts with singles including “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” tallying worldwide sales of over 100 million, and receiving numerous awards.

Date: Saturday, September 2
Time: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Price: Reserved tickets $35/$45. Receive a $5 discount on tickets at the Chukchansi Gift Basket

George Thorogood
It’s that moment when the house lights go down and the audience erupts: a drumbeat punches through the darkness, and the stage lights reveal a killer band ready to unleash a catalog of classic hits like none other. That familiar snarl of a slide guitar rips open the room, and you know you’re about to experience a bad-to-the-bone icon at his very best. George Thorogood and The Destroyers are throwing a Rock Party for 2017, and you’re invited. Over the course of 16 studio albums – including six Gold and two Platinum discs on Rounder, EMI and Capitol – Thorogood has amassed an unmatched catalog of hits that includes “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Get A Haircut” and the ultimate badass anthem, “Bad To The Bone.”

From coast to coast, the critics agree: “I’m happy to say, after all these years, that George is still ‘Bad To The Bone’ and he’s never let go of the true spirit of McCreery!” says the L.A. Daily News; “Thorogood is a guitar-blazing revivalist whose enthusiasm and showmanship make the music fresh,” says the Baltimore Sun. Even as Thorogood prepares for the release of his first solo album (to be released on Rounder), the new tour promises to raise the bar, rock the house and tear off the roof like never before.

Date: Friday, September 22
Time: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Price: Reserved tickets $25/$35. Receive a $5 discount on tickets at the Chukchansi Gift Basket

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