Evans takes stage at Har­rah’s fest

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Music - By Mark Jor­dan

Spe­cial to The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal

Har­rah’s Casino will hold a three-day Fall Fes­ti­val this week­end with rides, food and a car­ni­val mid­way in its park­ing lot open­ing daily at noon.

Also on tap is live mu­sic. Mis­sis­sippi na­tives and Nashville up-and-com­ers Crossin’ Dixon will per­form on Fri­day. On Satur­day, coun­try out­fit the Michael Stacy Band and the dance band Party Planet, fea­tur­ing for­mer Kool & the Gang vo­cal­ist Al Paris, take the stage. And Sun­day is ladies night with all-fe­male casino regulars Broad­BAND and a fes­ti­val-clos­ing ap­pear­ance by best-sell­ing coun­try artist Sara Evans fol­lowed by a gi­ant fire­works dis­play.

Evans, known for hits like “Born To Fly” and “A Real Fine Place To Start” as well as for a stint on the tele­vi­sion show “Danc­ing With the Stars,” re­cently signed on as na­tional spokesper­son for St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal’s “Dream Home Give­away” fundraiser and is work­ing on a new EP of Christ­mas songs due soon.

Tick­ets are $10 for adults, $5 for chil­dren 10 and younger on Fri­day and Satur­day. Sun­day tick­ets cost $18 for adults, $10 for chil­dren. Three-day passes are $30 for adults and $20 for chil­dren. Tick­ets are avail­able at the gift shop and Tick­et­mas­ter. Call 800-946-4946 or visit har­rah­stu­nica.com.

Kenny G hits Gold

Though loved (and, in some cir­cles, re­viled) to­day for his dis­tinc­tive take on light jazz, Grammy-winning, best-sell­ing sax­o­phon­ist Kenny G was once a soul man. Lo­cal film lovers re­cently saw Kenny G, born Kenneth Bruce Gore­lick, as a talk­ing head in “Whee­dle’s Groove,” a doc­u­men­tary about Seat­tle’s ’60s and ’70s soul and funk scene that showed at last week’s In­die Mem­phis Film Fes­ti­val.

How­ever, it will be the soft lips be­hind such dul­cet num­bers as the 1987 hit “Song Bird” that will be on dis­play when Kenny G takes the stage Satur­day at Gold Strike Casino’s Mil­len­nium The­ater.

Tick­ets are $69.95 and are avail­able at Gold Strike gift shop or by call­ing 888-245-7529. Visit gold­strike­mis­sis­sippi.

Cur­ring­ton’s back

Singer Billy Cur­ring­ton has be­come some­thing akin to coun­try mu­sic’s hard-luck kid. A ca­reer al­ready in­ter­rupted by laryn­gi­tis and a 2007 stint in a trauma re­cov­ery pro­gram hit an­other snag in Au­gust when a stage Cur­ring­ton was per­form­ing on at the Big Val­ley Jam­boree in Cam­rose, Al­berta, gave way giv­ing him a con­cus­sion and killing a by­stander.

Cur­ring­ton is back, how­ever, and brings his tour to Fitzger­ald Casino’s Great Hall tonight. The tour fol­lows the re­cent suc­cess of “Peo­ple Are Crazy,” the Ge­or­gia na­tive’s third No. 1 sin­gle, a nom­i­nee for two awards at next month’s Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards.

Tick­ets are $30 and $35 and avail­able at the Fitzger­ald’s Gift Shop and Tick­et­mas­ter. Call 800-766-5825 or visit fitzger­ald­stu­nica.com.

Jon B at Sam’s Town

A Baby­face pro­tégé who has writ­ten songs for Af­ter 7, Toni Brax­ton, and Color Me Badd, R&B singer Jon B per­forms Satur­day at Sam’s Town Casino’s River Palace En­ter­tain­ment Cen­ter.

Af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered by Baby­face’s then-wife, Tracey Ed­monds, Jon B made his de­but in 1995 with Bonafide, fea­tur­ing the Top 5 duet “Some­one To Love,” which was also fea­tured on the Bad Boys sound­track. His sixth and most re­cent al­bum was last year’s Help­less Ro­man­tic, though this year he also re­leases a live great­est hits col­lec­tion. Chicago comic Da­mon Wil­liams joins him.

Tick­ets are $22.50 and $28.50 and are avail­able at the box of­fice and through Tick­et­mas­ter. Call 800-456-0711 or visit sam­stown­tu­nica.com.

Best-sell­ing coun­try artist Sara Evans per­forms at Har­rah’s Fall Fes­ti­val.

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