Free concert series continues
By Grant Scharton, Director of Communications
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino announced Monday the addition of six concerts to their free ‘Legends of Entertainment’ concert series. The monthly free concerts will take place at the casino’s Center Bar stage through November. All concerts are open to the public ages 21 years or older.
In early 1965 as the “British invasion” dominated the American music scene, two rockers from Long Island, Steve Boone and Joe Butler, teamed up with two folk singers from Greenwich Village, John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky, to form The Lovin’ Spoonful and go on to record and perform some of the songs that would dominate the charts throughout the mid-60s era. Combining the best of folk music and rock and roll, with a touch of country thrown in, The Lovin’ Spoonful is best known for such hits as “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Daydream,” “You Didn’t Have to be So Nice,” and the summer anthem, “Summer in the City.” On March 6, 2000 after more than three decades performing and touring, The Lovin’ Spoonful reached a milestone as they were officially inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
California-based quartet, All-4-One, marked their place in the music industry in the mid-90s as premier balladeers. Their hit single, “I Swear,” claimed the billboard “Hot 100” #1 spot for 11 consecutive weeks, while sales sky rocketed to hold the #1 selling single status in 1994 and third most successful single of the rock era. “I Swear” still holds a spot on the Billboard’s “Hot 100” as one of the most successful singles of all time and has been named by ASCAP as one of the greatest love songs of the 20th Century. Additionally, All-4-One’s landmark album produced the hit “I Can Love You Like That,” a mid-tempo ballad that also hit the Top 5 on the Billboard “Hot 100.” To date the band has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, won a series of awards including a Grammy, an American Music Award, a Blockbuster Award, countless international awards, and completed multiple major world tours. All-4-One continues to tour around the world with the same four original members and a collection of hit songs under their belt.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, The Coasters released a string of classic singles that reflected the life of the American teenager with keen wit and rocking harmonies. The Coasters placed 14 songs on the rhythm and blues charts, eight of which crossed over to the pop Top 40. From 1957 to 1959 the Rock And Roll Hall of Famers unleashed a series of singles that dominated the charts in one of the most formidable runs of the era with hits such as “Searchin,” “Young Blood,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” and “Poison Ivy.” In 1987, The Coasters became the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, crediting the members of the 1958-era configuration.
The complete concert series lineup is as follows. Two times indicates two shows:
- Saturday, June 27: The Lovin’ Spoonful – 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, July 11: All-4-One – 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 22: The Coasters – 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 26: Little Texas – 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 24: Molly Hatchet – 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 7: Micky Dolenz – 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile oval race course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino as well as an off-track betting facility located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.IndianaGrand.com.