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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Classic rock, comedy, outstanding singers and more come to Western New York; lineup features John Legend, Jeff Dunham, the Moody Blues, Steely Dan


NIAGARA FALLS and SALAMANCA, N.Y. – Officials with Seneca Gaming Corporation have announced a blockbuster summer entertainment lineup that will delight tens of thousands of music and comedy lovers.

The “Summer Rush 2014” schedule was unveiled on a 20- by 40-foot high-definition screen in the heart of the gaming floor at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel – a fitting display for a larger-than-life entertainment series that will provide a summer to remember.

June Entertainment
#SummerRush begins with the international male singing quartet Il Divo with special guest Lea Salonga at Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Friday, June 6. Coming the following weekend on Friday, June 13 to Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, N.Y., is R&B and soul singer-songwriter John Legend as part of his intimate and acoustic “All of Me Tour.”
That same night at Seneca Niagara, country superstar baritone Trace Adkins will perform a rescheduled show from March 22. To close out June, one of the most popular comedians from last year’s summer lineup returns for performances in both Salamanca and Niagara Falls. Jeff Dunham will bring his world-famous ventriloquism routine with a hilarious cast of characters to Seneca Allegany on Friday, June 27 and Seneca Niagara on Saturday, June 28.

July Entertainment
One day before U.S. Independence Day, Seneca Niagara will welcome John Mellencamp for an evening of timeless rock on Thursday, July 3. The following weekend at Seneca Allegany, disco and funk lovers will “shake, shake, shake” the night away as KC and the Sunshine Band perform on Saturday, July 12. On Friday, July 18 at Seneca Allegany, An Evening with YES will fill the Events Center with a boisterous night of classic rock. The following week on Friday, July 25 in Niagara Falls, Motown legend Smokey Robinson returns nearly one year after earning a standing ovation in the same venue. Closing out July is comedian Jim Gaffigan, who had a sold-out Niagara Falls crowd in stitches back in April 2013, coming this time to Seneca Allegany on Saturday, July 26. 

August Entertainment
Summer Rush 2014 at Seneca Casinos continues in a big way this August, as English progressive rock band The Moody Blues takes the stage at Seneca Niagara on Saturday, Aug. 2. Just six days later, the legendary jazz, funk and rock fusion sounds from Steely Dan will fill the same venue on Friday, Aug. 8. The fun continues at Seneca Niagara on Saturday, Aug. 16 as renowned Blue Collar Comedy Tour comedian Larry the Cable Guy takes the stage for two shows. Coming Friday, Aug. 22 to Seneca Allegany is one of the leading ladies of country music, Martina McBride, just off a 12th studio album “Everlasting” that features her covers of some of the greatest soul and R&B songs in history. Summer Rush 2014 closes the following weekend on Saturday, Aug. 30, as renowned actor and comedian George Lopez provides a hilarious take on Mexican-American culture.

Most Summer Rush 2014 shows will go on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon, and more great acts will be announced soon. Tickets for all shows will be available at Seneca Casino box offices, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000. A list of confirmed entertainment this summer at Seneca Casinos is as follows:

Event / Date / Time / Venue / Starting Ticket Price
  • Il Divo, Friday, June 6, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $65 (on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon)
  • John Legend, Friday, June 13, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $51 (on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon)
  • Trace Adkins, Friday, June 13, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $45 (on sale now – rescheduled from March 22)
  • Jeff Dunham, Friday, June 27, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $55 (on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon)
  • Jeff Dunham, Saturday, June 28, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $55 (on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon)
  • John Mellencamp, Thursday, July 3, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $95 (on sale now)
  • KC and the Sunshine Band, Saturday, July 12, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $25 (on sale TBD)
  • An Evening with YES, Friday, July 18, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $40 (on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon)
  • Smokey Robinson, Friday, July 25, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $45 (on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon)
  • Jim Gaffigan, Saturday, July 26, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $45 (on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon)
  • The Moody Blues, Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $75 (on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon)
  • Steely Dan, Friday, August 8, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $85 (on sale Friday, Apr. 25 at noon)
  • Larry the Cable Guy, Saturday, August 16, 7 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $30 (on sale TBD)
  • Larry the Cable Guy, Saturday, August 16, 10 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $30 (on sale TBD)
  • Martina McBride, Friday, August 22, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $60 (on sale Monday, Apr. 14 at noon)
  • George Lopez, Saturday, August 30, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $45 (on sale Thursday, Apr. 3 at noon)

About Seneca Gaming Corporation  
Seneca Gaming Corporation operates Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, N.Y., Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, N.Y. and Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston, N.Y. on behalf of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Since opening Seneca Niagara Casino in 2002, Seneca Gaming Corporation has grown to employ more than 3,900 people. Seneca Gaming Corporation operates world-class facilities offering more than 6,800 slot machines, 150 table games, 1,000 hotel rooms, a championship golf course and other related amenities. More information is available by calling 1-877-8-SENECA (1-877-873-6322) or visiting www.SenecaCasinos.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, download our mobile app and view us on YouTube.

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Entertainment Fast Facts

George Lopez
·         Known best from his six years on ABC’s “The George Lopez Show”
·         Currently an actor and producer of the new show “Saint George” on FX
·         Named as one of the 25 “Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Time magazine

Il Divo
·         Four male singers, each of different nationalities, brought together by renowned music manager Simon Cowell
·         Songs sung in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin
·         Tour is called “A Musical Affair” and features special guest, Tony Award–winning singer and actress Lea Salonga

Jeff Dunham
·         Named “the most successful comedian working in America” by New York Times Magazine
·         #1 Comedy Tour in North America for three years in a row and #1 Top Worldwide Tour for two years in a row by Pollstar
·         “Disorderly Conduct Tour” includes the lovable ventriloquist characters such as Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Jose Jalapeño on a Stick and Little Jeff

Jim Gaffigan
·         One of America’s most successful modern-day comedians
·         Has a trademark high-pitched “inner voice” persona that asks hilarious questions throughout his standup routine
·         Recently published a best-selling memoir called Dad Is Fat, chronicling situations with his wife and five children

John Legend
·         R&B singer-songwriter, winner of nine Grammy Awards
·         “All of Me Tour” features intimate, acoustic and stripped down sets
·         Has collaborated with virtually every big name in R&B, soul and hip-hop

John Mellencamp
·         Twenty-two Top 40 hits since debuting in 1976, including “Jack & Diane,” “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “Small Town,” “Hurts So Good,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” and more
·         Founding member of the successful of Farm Aid concert series
·         Honors include 13 Grammy nominations and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

KC and the Sunshine Band
·         Disco legends with a unique fusion of R&B and funk
·         Hits include “Get Down Tonight,” “Shake Your Booty,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Boogie Shoes” and more
·         One hundred million records sold worldwide throughout 40-year career

Larry the Cable Guy
·         One of the world’s top comedians and a member of the famous Blue Collar Comedy Tour
·         Voice of Mater in the animated movie series “Cars”; host of “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy” on the History Channel
·         Multiple records have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart

Martina McBride
·         Twenty-four Top 10 singles, such as “A Broken Wing,” “Wild Angels,” “Blessed” and “This One’s for the Girls”
·         Twelfth studio album “Everlasting” debuts April 8 and includes her covers of some of the best soul and R&B songs in history
·         Winner of Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” award four times and the Academy of Country Music’s “Top Female Vocalist” award three times

Smokey Robinson
·         Grammy Living Legend Award winner
·         Writer of hit songs from the Motown era, such as “Get Ready” for The Temptations, “My Guy” by Mary Wells and “Ain’t That Peculiar” by Marvin Gaye
·         Countless hits with The Miracles and throughout solo career, such as “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Tears of a Clown,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Cruisin’” and “Just to See Her”

Steely Dan
·         Founding members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are touring with a host of musicians to provide the group’s signature fusion of jazz, funk and rock
·         Hits include “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Peg,” “Do It Again,” “Deacon Blues,” “Hey Nineteen” and “Reelin’ in the Years”
·         Sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Moody Blues
·         Sensational English progressive rock band continues to perform worldwide to sold-out crowds after nearly 50 years
·         More than 70 million albums sold worldwide; 14 platinum and gold records
·         Biggest hits include “Nights in White Satin,” “The Voice,” “Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”

Trace Adkins
·         Unmistakable country baritone voice behind hits such as “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “This Ain’t No Love Song” and “You’re Gonna Miss This”
·         Dozens of television appearances, including a first-place finish in the 2013 season of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice”
·         Spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Program and American Red Cross; performed seven USO Tours

·         English progressive rock band originally formed in 1968
·         Hits include “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Roundabout,” “Love Will Find a Way” and “Lift Me Up”
·         The band is known for its expansive songs, esoteric lyrics, elaborate album art and live stage sets

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