Jingle Jam serves holiday with some seasoned pros
For the past three years, the annual Jingle Jam at Sam’s Town Casino, sponsored by Memphis radio station Q 107.5, has brought the newest, freshest young pop rock talent to town. For its fourth iteration tonight, however, the tour adds a little old school to the mix.
Collective Soul, best known for such ’90s hits as “Shine” and “The World I Know,” recently signed on to headline the show, a benefit for Variety: The Children’s Charity. The group, which recently released its eighth studio album, joins fellow throwback Uncle Kracker, the Kid Rock sidekick who has reached the charts with songs like his cover of the Dobie Gray gem “Drift Away” and “Smile” off of his just issued fourth long player, Happy Hour.
Together, Collective and Kracker lend a bit of maturity to an otherwise youthful bill. Chief among the other acts is Cobra Starship, a New York quintet that specializes in a form of dance-infused pop-punk as heard on their August release Hot Mess. Also performing are:
Florida power pop quintet Hey Monday, recent tourmates of Cobra Starship who released their debut disc, Hold On Tight, last year.
Sean Kingston protégé Iyaz, a British Virgin Islands native whose grammatically challenged debut single “Replay” was one of summer radio’s highlights.
Kristinia DeBarge, the 19-year-old daughter of James DeBarge, whose debut album Exposed represents the coming of a new generation of the celebrated R&B family
And Allison Iraheta, the red-haired diva from this past season of “American Idol” who was able to parlay her fourth-place finish into a record deal with Jive Record.
Tickets to the Jingle Jam are $12.75 and are available at the Sam’s Town box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 800-456-0711 or visit samstowntunica.com.
‘Collins’ heir’ arrives
Singer-songwriter Rob Thomas brings his tour into Harrah’s Casino tonight.
Best known as the longtime frontman for Matchbox Twenty as well as his Grammy-winning collaboration with Carlos Santana, Thomas released his second solo album, Cradlesong, in June. The New York Times called the effort “persistently polite, numbingly polished” while Rolling Stone praised Thomas as “Phil Collins’ heir: a talented, big-time pro with a fine voice and a finer way with hooks.” are $56 and $66 and are available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 800-946-4946 or visit harrahstunica.com.
Judd at Sam’s Town
Wynonna Judd plays Sam’s Town’s River Palace Entertainment Center Saturday night.
The country star caused a minor stir last month when she expressed concerns about the teenaged Taylor Swift’s meteoric rise to the top of the country music heap. Judd apologized for her remarks, but she knows of which she speaks. Judd was only 19 years old when she and her mother signed with Curb Records.
Now, after several years of lying low, Wynonna Judd has jumped back in the spotlight. Earlier this year she released her first new studio recording in six years, Sing: Chapter 1, which reunited her with the Judds production team of Brent Maher and Don Potter.
The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and $55 and are available at the Sam’s Town box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 800-456-0711 or visit samstowntunica.com.
Collective Soul, a ’90s hitmaker, joins Uncle Kracker for the annual Jingle Jam, a Variety benefit at Sam’s Town.