Smokey Robinson launched the Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair with a performance on December 13, 2014. (PRNewsFoto/Valley Forge Casino Resort)
The Motown legend kicked off a series that revives the 40-year tradition of bringing national headliners to the Main Line.
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Launching the revival of a local music tradition, Motown legend Smokey Robinson kicked off the Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair with a sold-out performance on December 13.
Robinson performed in front of more than 1,000 fans in the casino’s newly-renovated convention center, offering up hits from his expansive catalog including “Second that Emotion,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” and “Tears of a Clown.”
“Smokey Robinson’s performance, and the launch of our Music Fair series, has created tremendous buzz in the Philadelphia area,” said Valley Forge Casino Resort (VFCR) Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Galle. “He was the perfect iconic performer to launch this signature series that brings national headliners to Valley Forge.”
The Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair continues with an eclectic group of renowned acts including KC and the Sunshine Band in January, two Comedy Underground shows with Dave Attell in February, and a stop on country star Josh Turner’s Roughstock and Rambler Tour in March. Additional acts will be announced in January.
“VFCR is not a typical music venue – a night out includes upscale dining options from famed Philadelphia chef Tony Clark, a tavern and country-western inspired nightclub, a safe, exclusive gaming environment, and hotel amenities” said Galle. “By bringing national headliners to our resort, we are offering an unparalleled guest experience.”
To learn more about the Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair, click here.
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Legendary Motown icon and Grammy® award-winning singer-songwriter, Smokey Robinson is set to release his highly anticipated duets album, Smokey & Friends this September 2014 on Verve Records. Produced by American Idol star and record producer Randy Jackson, Robinson will be joined by an all-star roster of acclaimed artists.
Smokey & Friends will feature Robinson alongside a celebrated roster of contemporary and classic artists who will sing the best loved songs from Robinson's unmatched catalog of hits including those he has written for his solo career, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Miracles, as well as hits he wrote for others, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.
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Release date August 19, 2014.
James William Guercio, owner of Caribou Ranch, with Michael Jackson who visited the ranch during The Jacksons Victory Tour in 1984. Similar branded clothing will be available in the auction including a blue hooded parka worn by Jackson while on the ranch. (PRNewsFoto/Leslie Hindman Auctioneers)
On January 24, 2015 Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will conduct the sale of studio memorabilia and ranch furnishings from the storied Caribou Ranch.
DENVER, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Caribou Ranch was a recording studio built in the Rocky Mountains by Grammy award-winning musician and producer James William Guercio. During its tenure, the studio hosted over 178 musicians and produced 45 top ten albums, 18 Grammys and 20 number-one Billboard Hits.
Caribou Ranch is being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2015 along with Joe Walsh & Barnstorm and Dan Fogelberg. Featuring over 400 lots, the auction and public exhibition will be held at the Denver Design Center and includes studio instruments, memorabilia and ranch furnishings.
Highlights include a Steinway & Sons grand piano, circa 1910, used while recording “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” from Elton John’s 1974 Caribou album. This album was recorded at and named after the studio where his next two albums would also be recorded. A Burton acoustic left on the ranch by a visiting Willie Nelson is available. Another highlight is the Wm. Knabe & Co. baby grand piano, which was played by Elton John, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa and countless others. This is the primary piano on which Elton John wrote Rock of the Westies. It was pictured with Michael Jackson in a 2014 Rolling Stone special edition.
An auction highlight, the Steinway & Sons grand piano, circa 1910, used in the Caribou Ranch recording studio to record songs such as Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” (PRNewsFoto/Leslie Hindman Auctioneers)
Included is a Hammond B3 organ with the sound of rare and unique Leslie cabinet speakers, used by nearly every artist who recorded at Caribou; a Gibson Thunderbird bass played by Terry Kath of Chicago; and the sleek black Bosendorfer grand piano heard on many of the jazz albums recorded by artists such as Chick Corea and Al Di Meola. From Mr. Guercio’s private collection is a 1985 Black Chevrolet Corvette with personalized Caribou plates.
“Rocky Mountain Way” was the first hit recorded on the ranch, and soon after word got out that Mr. Guercio had created a state of the art recording studio away from big city distractions. As the first destination recording studio, music history was made by illustrious artists and groups such as Elton John, Stephen Stills, Billy Joel, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Frank Zappa, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, U2 and many more.
“Our life on Caribou Ranch was wonderful and memorable, but the ranch has new owners now, and we have moved on to our next Caribou adventure,” said James W. Guercio. “We felt it was time to share with the fans some of the memories and stories that remain from that magical time.”
A portion of the proceeds will go to The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization (EIN 27-2529106) founded in 2011 to honor those individuals who have come to define the state’s amazing and diverse musical legacy.
Additional information and video available at www.lesliehindman.com/caribou-ranch
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About Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
For over three decades, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has been recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent fine art auction houses having earned an international reputation for achieving the highest prices while setting standards for integrity and quality customer service. Leslie Hindman has remained a constant force behind a global reach of buyers and a team of professionals committed to conducting high profile auctions. The firm was founded in Chicago in 1982, sold to Sotheby’s in 1997 and reopened in 2003. www.lesliehindman.com.
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The Bitch Is Back kicks off this 1974 #1, followed later on the LP by another classic Elton John hit of the era, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me . Guests: Dusty Springfield, Carl Wilson, Tower of Power and Toni Tenille!
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