Jin­gle Jam serves hol­i­day with some sea­soned pros

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

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.

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