KEWADIN CASINOS, Featuring Up & Coming Stars

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MATT WILLIAMS – JUNE 7th & 8th

10:00 PM

Matt Williams is a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Joining the U.S. Army at age 18 , Williams was deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. While patrolling with his squad in Afghanistan in 2010, an IED (improvised explosive device) detonated, killing two of his best friends, Mark Noziska and Casey Grochowiak. It also left Williams seriously injured with a broken back. After returning from his third and final deployment in 2010, Matt Williams discovered another battle waiting for him here at home. PTSD and depression loomed. Things only seemed to intensify when Matt’s father passed just three weeks after he had returned home from the Army. Matt desperately sought an outlet where he could direct his emotion, and he turned back to his roots: MUSIC.

Matt has gained hundreds of thousands of fans across the world through his captivating songs that he wrote. He quickly became an internet sensation with his hits “Simple Southern Life” and “You’ll Make Her Cry.” Matt’s love of music stretches back as far as he can remember. His mother bought him a drum set at 18 months and he never looked back, learning piano by ear, singing in the choir at church, even becoming one of the top marching snare drummers in the country while in high school. Matt found a solace in music that he couldn’t find elsewhere, and it became the perfect emotional outlet. “I began writing the story of my life in the form of songs that I hope other people can relate to in many different ways. I want to tell the world about my life to show that I’m not ashamed of who I am and that no one is perfect. Music, along with God, really can save the soul, and it can influence and impact people in ways that they cannot do for themselves. Music saved my life in more ways than one and I believe that it can help others as well.”

 

 

 

LEVON – JULY 12th & 13th

10:00 PM

“You have no idea who we are, but we’re about to be great friends.” And with that inviting proclamation, Levon’s Michael David Hall has opened many a performance. Making friends through the music is part of what it’s all about for this soulful country/rock trio, whose cross-generational sonic appeal draws from past and present, with a harmony-driven style built around compelling lyrics and memorable melodies: music with a timeless quality.

And, they are impacting country radio now with their debut single, “Ms. Marianne,” from their recently-release debut self-titled EP. “Ms. Marianne” was co-written by lead singer Hall, James Dean Hicks and Jamie Houston.

Levon consists of three best friends: Northbrook, Illinois, native Michael David Hall (on guitar and lead vocals, with a soaring five-octave range); Sumter, South Carolina’s Jake Singleton (on harmonies, bass, and percussion); and Camden, Tennessee, native Ryan Holladay (on guitar, mandolin and harmonies).

A few of the trio’s musical roots are suggested by their name, an homage to the talents of The Band’s Levon Helm, as well as Elton John and his song, “Levon.” All in their twenties, Levon’s members nonetheless share a collective musical passion for the 1970s and the artist/songwriter generation whose lyrics and melodies have remained relevant long after their time on the charts. “We wanted people to hear our name and kind of know where we were coming from,” Hall says.

http://www.levonthemusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/levonthemusic/

 

 

 

CJ SOLAR – AUGUST 9th & 10th

10:00 PM

With the fuel of both Southern rock and country music influences pumping through his veins, it’s no surprise that CJ Solar is a natural at fusing the two worlds. Combine that with Delta blues, compliments of a childhood spent in Cajun country, and you’ve got one badass up-and-comer, with a pure musical talent and vocal chops to back him up. Already turning heads throughout Nashville, Baton Rouge and beyond, having been named one of the “New Artists You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone Country, Solar says the driving force behind his untimely success isn’t fame nor fortune – it’s just a diehard infatuation with the music he grew up on.

Solar’s five-song Get Away With It was released in April on Sea Gayle Records. He co-produced the EP with Brent Anderson and co-wrote all of the songs with the likes of Bob DiPiero, Rick Huckaby, Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell, Travis Denning, Chris Stevens, Westin Davis, Derek Sutherland and Andrew DeRoberts. The first single, “Airplane,” hit #15 and was one of the highest charting singles from an independent artist. The hard driving “American Girls” is his latest single hitting radio now.

Get Away With It follows Solar’s critically-acclaimed debut 2016 EP, Hard One to Turn Down. Critics at The Daily Country wrote, “Solar injects a hefty (and welcome) does of Southern rock into his country, which melds perfectly with his gravelly vocals.” Country Music Rocks was “immediately captivated by all five songs and hoped that [the EP] obtains the recognition it deserves.” The Rowdy found it “exactly what country fans are looking to savor.” And The Shotgun Seat welcomed Hard One to Turn Down as “the perfect pairing of country storytelling and rocking rhythms, married by his dynamic vocals” and named him one of their “17 to Watch in 17.”

The EP’s debut single, “Tallboy,” has garnered over two million streams on Spotify and the music video hit #1 on the fan-voted CMT 12 Pack Countdown after spending 13 weeks in the countdown. The followup single, “Just Another Day in the Country,” was one of the fastest rising and highest charting debut singles for a independent artist.

June 2018 was an epic month for CJ, as he celebrated his first #1 country single as a songwriter with Morgan Wallen’s “Up Down” smash hit featuring Florida Georgia Line. CJ co-wrote Jerrod Niemann’s Top 30 single “Blue Bandana” and “The Regulars” on Niemann’s latest album as well as “Between You & Me” on Justin Moore’s current album. He also had writing credits on two Texas artists, “Damn Good Goodbye” on Mike Ryan’s new album and Kyle Park’s single, “What the Heaven,” which hit #1 on the Texas chart in February.

When not out touring the country headlining his own shows and opening for such artists as The Cadillac Three, Old Dominion and others, he continues to write and record. A road warrior at heart, CJ recently received news that Lynyrd Skynyrd asked him to open select dates on their “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” with 38 Special and Hank Williams, Jr.

“I just want to write songs that say something that really means something. I want to ride around in a van, tour the country, and play songs with my buds. Everything I do in music, I want to do it for the love of the music and the sake of the song,” he adds.

www.CJSolar.com

https://www.facebook.com/cjsolarband/

 

 

 

TOMMY STEELE BAND – SEPTEMBER 13th & 14th

10:00 PM

With a distinctive and immediately identifiable sound, the Tommy Steele Band is a blend of influence that brings together the edgy musicianship and rocked-out passion from Garth Brooks, Eric Church, early Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the raw, sparse, lyrical sense of Springsteen.
Steele, The Michigan native has performed at 3 CMA Music Festival’s in Nashville. He’s toured the country and shared stages with megastars Leann Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Little Big Town, Big & Rich, Blackberry Smoke, Dwight Yoakam, and more. He has hosted the nationally syndicated TV Show “The Country Fix,” worked on projects with Kevin Costner and his band Modern West and has released 8 music videos of his own to date.
Reigning in 6 successful radio singles that have charted on the Country, Inspirations Country, Adult Contemporary and Rock charts, The Tommy Steele Band is comprised of “A” list musicians that have been a part of other Chart topping successful touring groups and like Tommy hail from the Great Lakes state of Michigan. Rick Brainer, Dennis Mitchell and Bruce Mechan. To learn more visit: www.tommysteeleband.com.
Catch the Tommy Steele Band on tour in support of their new music available on all music digital outlets.

www.tommysteeleband.com

facebook.com/thetommysteeleband

TOMMY STEELE BAND: “What I Gotta Do

 

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