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Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana Adds Alice In Chains and John Legend

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 28, 2014

At Horseshoe Southern Indiana

The Showroom

Thursday, MAY 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM


General on sale begins Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:00 am


Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster at or (800)745-3000.  Tickets are also available at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Box Office. 





Alice in Chains formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded out by drummer Sean Kinney, and bassist Mike Starr (who was replaced in 1993 by Mike Inez).


Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s sound incorporates heavy metal and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released five studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs. The band is known for its distinct vocal style which often included the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell.


Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 25 million albums worldwide, and over 14 million in the US alone.  In 1992, the band released their album Dirt, which was critically acclaimed and has been certified quadruple platinum. The band also achieved two No. 1 Billboard 200 releases (The Jar of Flies EP and the self-titled album), 14 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and eight Grammy Award nominations.


Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onwards due to Staley’s substance abuse, which resulted in his death in 2002. The band reunited in 2005 with new lead vocalist William DuVall, and released their fourth studio album, Black Gives Way to Blue, in 2009. The album was a success, being certified gold by the RIAA in 2010. Alice in Chains released their fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, on May 28, 2013.


At Horseshoe Southern Indiana

The Showroom

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM


General on sale begins Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:00 am


Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster at or (800)745-3000.  Tickets are also available at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Box Office. 



John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling

singer-songwriter. He’s sold an impressive seven million albums worldwide. His work has

garnered him nine Grammy Awards, three Soul Train Awards, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania, Legend participated in a wide range of musical activities while in college. During the same period, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill, who hired him to play piano on her track “Everything Is Everything,” and shortly thereafter he began to play shows around the Philadelphia area, After college, Legend was introduced to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West, who quickly signed Legend to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and hired him to sing vocal hooks on some of his music. Legend started gaining momentum through a series of similar collaborations with established artists, adding vocals to an impressive list of chart-topping hits including West’s “All of the Lights,” Jay-Z’s “Encore” and back-up vocals on Alicia Keys’ 2003 song, “You Don’t Know My Name.”


Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted, was released in December of 2004 through Columbia Records. The critically acclaimed album spawned the artist’s first hit single, “Ordinary People,” and scored Legend multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The follow up was 2006’s platinum-selling Once Again, which brought Legend another Grammy, Best Male R&B Performance, for his single “Heaven,” and included collaborations with Kanye West, and Raphael Saadiq. Legend’s next release was 2008’s Evolver, led by the hit single “Green Light” featuring Andre 3000. Legend’s most recent effort was his 2010 collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up, which won the Grammy for Best R&B Album a year later.


His current tour comes in support of Legend’s highly acclaimed fourth studio album Love In the

Future which continues to gain momentum on the Billboard 200 Chart and currently sits in the

top 10 on the R&B Album Chart. Produced by Legend and longtime collaborators Kanye West

and Dave Tozer, the albums smash single “All of Me,” was recently certified Gold sales status.


Throughout his career, John has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, he

launched the Show Me Campaign (, an initiative that focuses on

education as a key to break the cycle of poverty. The 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recognize Legend’s efforts and leadership in this arena. John sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board.

(bio courtesy of artist management / 42West press release)


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 12, 2013

Legenday Comedian and actor Sinbad will be the feature entertainer on February 23rd at 7pm in the Showroom at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.  He will be joined by local funny woman Teri Moore.  


Sinbad became well known in the 1990s from being featured on his own HBO specials, appearing on several television series such as A Different World and The Sinbad Show, and starring in the films Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid, Jingle All the Way and Good Burger.



Teri Moore – Life has always been my platform to make people feel happy and laugh no matter WHERE I’m at. Sitting in a hair salon joking about life was where I got my start. The “LEGENDARY SINBAD” WAS sitting in a hair salon while I was waiting for my service appt. He would laugh when I would say stuff, and finally he stood up to leave and said come down to the Improv and open for me…the rest is history!! …

Comedian and opening act for the “LEGENDARY SINBAD”…YEP IT’S TRUE!! I’ve opened for Sinbad to sold out crowds in Atlantic City on Boardwalk, three city tours and a host of other shows.

Guests can access Ticketmaster through to purchase tickets.


Hosts will have a limited number of tickets available for complimentary booking.


Retail Will Call tickets will be available at the day of show box office at Ticketmaster Will Call after 4:00 pm. Customers must present the actual credit card, a picture ID and the confirmation number.  

Offer tickets obtained through a Casino Host or VIP Services will be available the day of the show at Casino Guest Will Call between 4:00 pm and show start time.


The day of show Box Office and Casino Guest Will Call are located in The Pavilion across from The Paula Deen Buffet.


Hours of operation: Open at 4:00pm on days of shows.

George Jones at Horseshoe Casino

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 4, 2012
George Jones At Horseshoe Casino

George Jones At Horseshoe Casino


George Jones did show up at Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana on Saturday as part of his “Grand Tour”, his final tour of his 50 year road career.

It was a bittersweet night for the sold out audience.  Jone’s the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles in every decade since the ’50s. The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award this year and holds a National Medal of Arts. At 80, Jones continues to be an active country music superstar, headlining dozens of concerts each year.

The night began with  four songs by the Jones Boys, the country legend was introduced ” George is not feeling so well but he is here to give you his all”.

A weak 81 one year old, Jones took the stage to loud cheers and sang his greatest hits with great effort. His voice was very weak but there were short periods of strength during a few of his songs. This was a night that the man famous for not showing up at shows over the years, gave it his all. He labored to keep his breath at times, and had to work hard to provide his fans with this show. There were times that the audience encouragement was louder than Jones himself.

His solid backing band kept the pace going while an appreciative Jones did his best to smile thank his fans and make the best of his condition.

It did not seem to faze the loyal audience who cheered him on throughout the night. It was clear the love they had for a legend who provide some many memories through the years.

For the most part the show was very good if you could overlook the struggles the legend had to deal with his health.



George Jones at Horseshoe Casino

George Jones at Horseshoe Casino

Charlie Pride Plays Horseshoe Casino

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 2, 2012



Charlie Pride

Country Music Hall of Fame member, Charlie Pride performed at Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana to a full house on Saturday. The 74 year old still has an excellent voice and overcame a brief sound problem at the start of his set to show he is still a viable entertainer. Pride moved effortlessly around the stage and joked about the location. as well as staring and checking his watch when two latecomers walked in during his third song. Pride covered his collection of hit songs during the show.

Since his signing with RCA records in 1965. His first two releases in 1966 did not chart.  Management did not release his photo for two years to avoid  the fact country music was considered a white medium. The success of “Just Between You and Me”  his third single ( #9 on the country charts) was enormous. He won a Grammy Award for the song the next year.In 1967, he became the first black performer to appear at the Grand Ole Opry since harmonica player DeFord Bailey. Bailey was a regular cast member of the Opry from 1925 through 1941, and made a final appearance in 1974.[14] Pride also appeared in 1967 on the American Broadcasting Company’s “The Lawrence Welk Show


Between 1969 and 1971, Pride had eight single records that simultaneously reached #1 on the US Country Hit Parade and also charted on the Billboard Hot 100: “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)“, “(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again“, “I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Loving Me“, “I’d Rather Love You“, “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone“, “Wonder Could I Live There Anymore?”, “I’m Just Me“, and “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’“. The pop success of these songs reflected the country/pop crossover sound that was reaching Country music in the 1960s and early 1970s, known as “Countrypolitan“. In 1969 his compilation albumThe Best of Charley Pride sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

Pride sang the Paul Newman directed film Sometimes a Great Notions main soundtrack song “All His Children” in 1970.The film starred Newman and Henry Fonda and received two Oscar nominations in 1972, one being for the song that Pride sang.

In 1971, he would release what would become his biggest hit “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'”, a million-selling crossover single that helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s prestigious Entertainer of the Year award, as well as Top Male Vocalist. He won CMA’s Top Male Vocalist award again in 1972.

“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” became Pride’s signature tune. Besides being a five-week country #1 in late 1971 and early 1972, the song was also his only pop Top 40 hit, hitting #21, and reaching the Top Ten of the Adult Contemporary charts as well.

During the rest of the 1970s and into the 1980s, Pride continued to rack up country music hits. Other Pride standards of the 1970s and 1980s include “Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town,” “Someone Loves You, Honey,” “When I Stop Leavin’ (I’ll Be Gone),” “Burgers and Fries“, “I Don’t Think She’s in Love Anymore“, “Roll On Mississippi”, “Never Been So Loved (In All My Life)” and “You’re So Good When You’re Bad.” Like many other country performers, he has paid tribute to Hank Williams, with an album of songs that were all written by Hank entitled There’s a Little Bit of Hank in Me, which included top-sellers of Williams’ classics “Kaw-Liga,” “Honky Tonk Blues” and “You Win Again“.

Pride has sold over 70 million records (singles, albums, compilation included).

He stayed with RCA Records until 1986. At that point, he grew angry over the fact that RCA began to promote newer country artists and didn’t renew contracts with many older artists who had been with the label for years.He moved on to 16th Avenue Records, where Pride bounced back with the #5 hit, “Shouldn’t it be Easier Than This.” He had a few minor hits with 16th Avenue, as well.

Pride’s lifelong passion for baseball continues; he has an annual tradition of joining the Texas Rangers for workouts during Spring Training. A big Rangers fan (Dallas has been his home for many years), Pride is often seen at their games.

In 2008, Pride received the Mississippi Arts Commission’s lifetime achievement award during the organization’s Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

On October 4, 2000, He was honored with the highest country music award, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Charley wept when his name was announced by Hall of Famer, Brenda Lee.

Charlie Pride

Charlie Pride

The OJays Bring Their “Love Train” to Horseshoe

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on March 31, 2012

The OJays at Horseshoe Casino


Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana hosted a sold out performance by The OJays on Friday evening. The class of 2005  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, including founders , Eddie Levert Sr. and lifelong friend Walter Williams Sr. along with Eric Nolan Grant who joined in 1995, sang and danced for ninety minutes covering songs from their fifty year history.  The energetic group was backed by a twelve piece band and tapped many of their 24 top ten hits including “Backstabbers, “I Love Music” and “For The Love of Money”.

The biggest ovation came when sixty-nine year old, Eddie Levert Sr. spoke to the audience about getting the country back on track, telling them to”Pray to God to put down our differences and save the USA”. As many in the audience  shouted in agreement, the group broke into an acapella version of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” that flowed perfectly into “Love Train”.

There were times that age stole parts from their range of vocals, however the trio’s solid harmonies, energetic delivery  and love of performing showed throughout the night.

The music was fresh and enjoyable.  It was a tribute to the success of a legendary group who has mastered the art of entertainment.

This band doesn’t rest on their past history. It’s very evident they can still deliver a first class show.


The Ojay's , Eddie Levert Sr and Eric Nolan Grant

Walter Williams Sr

The OJays


Horseshoe Welcomes back Robert Cray

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 7, 2011



Robert Cray is an American blues guitarist and singer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he has led his own band, as well as an acclaimed solo career. Cray continues to record and tour. He appeared at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, and supported Eric Clapton on his 2006-2007 world tour. In Fargo, North Dakota, he joined Clapton on backup guitar for the Cream song “Crossroads“. Cray has generally played Fender guitars (Telecasters and Stratocasters) and there are two signature Robert Cray Stratocasters models available from Fender. In 2011, Cray was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame.

Don’t miss this chance to see Robert Cray at Horseshoe Southern Indiana on February 10th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Showroom.  Tickets go on sale Friday December 9th, 2011 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Horseshoe Box office.

Rick Springfield at Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 26, 2011

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield’s latest visit to Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana Friday evening was very similar to his previous shows. The mostly female audience screamed with excitement with every move of the aging heartthrob,

The night began with his video history with filled early music clips, award ceremonies and scenes from his soup opera character on “General Hospital.”

When Springfield appeared on stage to a frenzy of crazed women, he appeared very thin but fit. He later commented he has began a vegan diet and had lost fifteen pounds. “ Eliminate dairy products from your diet”, was his message and he added “this will be my only political statement of the night”.

The show relies heavily on his stardom as a teen idol. He realizes that many of the women in his audience grew up worshiping him as a sex symbol. He happily plays to this during his show by smashing roses into his guitar, walking into the crowd, and singing with his fans. For his two song encore, he was shirtless to the joy of his audience.

The set included his big hits, “Don’t Talk To Stranger”, “Jessie’s Girl” and a cover of Paul McCartney’s “Jet”. Springfield show still has plenty of energy and his musicianship has improved over the years. His guitar play during JimI Hendrix’s , “Red House” was surprisingly good.

At the age of sixty two, Rick Springfield still delivers a quality show and for a few brief hours allows his fans to return to the dreams of their youth. For many  this show provides the perfect setting for fun shared with old friends and without children, husbands, or worries of the world.

Rick Springfield

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Jamey Johnson @ Horseshoe Photos

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 17, 2011

Jamey Johnson performed at Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana Friday evening. Here are photos from the event.

Jamey Johnson


Jamey Johnson @ Horseshoe


Jamey Johnson @ Horseshoe

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Dwight Yoakam plays Horseshoe Casino

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 3, 2011

Dwight Yoakam

Review by Jess Terrell

Someplace between Classic Country and the Rockabilly roots of Rock n Roll is the guitar infused upbeat Honky Tonk sound popularized in the fifties by the young George Jones and the late Johnny Horton.    In later years Honky Tonk was carried west to California where it evolved to the Bakersfield sound of Merle Haggard and the late Buck Owens.

Last night at Horseshoe, Dwight Yoakam proved that Bakersfield Honky Tonk is alive and well.  Rockin guitar and rapid fire nasal vocals punctuated an upbeat country sound that had the sell-out crowd dancing and singing for the entire 90 minute show.  Yoakam delivered his vast catalog of hits in rapid fire succession pausing only to comment that he had family in Louisville and to let the crowd lead on “I sang Dixie”.  The show was marred only by a distorted sound system and a 30 minute late start.  Otherwise the party boogied on.

Yoakam payed homage to his influences with Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man” that featured an audience sing-a-long.  Yoakam’s tribute album to Buck Owens found life in “My Heart Skips a Beat” as well as an impromptu take on the “Buckaroo” instrumental that used to feature Owen’s late guitarist Don Rich.     Owens’ work was revisited in both ballad “Close up the Honky Tonks” and fun “Act Naturally”.  The “Streets of Bakersfield” that  Yoakam recorded with Owens shortly before his death  was particularly moving.

The performance moved quickly from one tune to another mostly mirroring the studio versions with superb musicianship the only deviation was a more laid back version of Elvis’s “Little Sister” that was at first unrecognizable.  Otherwise one toe-tapper after another kept the audience on their feet.  Steam continued to build with “Little Ways”, “Ring of Fire”, and “1000 Miles” culminating with “Long white cadillac”.

The audience left reluctantly after the encore to scan the dial for Yoakam hits on the radio and dig the Buck Owens albums out of the closet.

Dwight Yoakam

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Melissa Etheridge Horseshoe Casino In photos

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 23, 2011








Melissa Etheridge at Horseshoe  Southern IN

Melissa Etheridge at Horseshoe Southern IN

Melissa Etheridge  rocked Horseshoe Casino Southern IN Friday thrilling a sold out showroom full of her fans. The show began with the title song from her latest recording”Fearless Love” Etheridge’s strong voice and excellent band ripped through versions of he biggest hits. The two time Grammy winner, was in top form.  She spent her evening smiling and interacting with her adoring audience as the danced and sang throughout the show.  The  highlights of the performance were songs “I Want to Come Over” and ” Come To My Window”. Melissa Etheridge has fought through her share of obstacles in her career .  When watching her onstage performance  filled with  grit ,raw energy and  beautiful music, it is easy to see how she overcame each one of them. Etheridge continues to be a top tier entertainer.

Melissa Etheridge at Horseshoe  Southern IN

Melissa Etheridge at Horseshoe Southern IN

Melissa Etheridge at Horseshoe Southern IN set list

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