Choctaw Casino enters Autumn with a heady roster of artists set to appear. In addition to their regular presentation of local and regional talent each weekend, the casino has an awesome schedule of national and internationally famous artists on the bill.
Appearing on September 16 will be Sir Mix-A-Lot, bringing his superbly developed rap to Pocola, Oklahoma.
Mix-A-Lot co-founded his own record label, promoted his music himself, produced all his own tracks, and essentially pulled himself up by the proverbial American bootstraps. Mix-A-Lot was a platinum-selling album artist with a strong following in the hip-hop community, known for bouncy, danceable, bass-heavy tracks indebted to old-school electro.
Sir Mix-A-Lot was born Anthony Ray in Seattle on August 12, 1963. An eclectic music fan but a rabid hip-hop devotee, he was already actively rapping in the early ’80s, and co-founded the Nastymix record label in 1983 with his DJ, Nasty Nes, who also hosted Seattle’s first hip-hop radio show.
Uncle Kracker will appear October 8th. An American musician, singer, lyricist, rapper and guitarist, he is the turntablist for Kid Rock's backing group Twisted Brown Trucker and since 2000 has recorded as a solo artist.
His singles "Follow Me" and "Drift Away" were top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
Collective Soul will appear live on October 29 at Choctaw.
Born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-platinum quintet has been making music for two decades since then and has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts. Collective Soul helped shape and define alternative rock with lots of guitars and attitude.
Collective Soul was formed in the small town of Stockbridge, Ga., in the early 1990’s. The group consists of principal songwriter and frontman Ed Roland (lead vocals/keyboards/guitars), Dean Roland (rhythm guitarist), Will Turpin (bassist), Johnny Rabb (drummer) and Jesse Triplett (lead guitarist).
The band’s debut album Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid was originally released in 1993 on Atlanta indie label Rising Storm. The album was a collection of Ed Roland’s demos that spread like fire through the college circuit and the popularity of the album locally spurred Atlantic to pick it up for a major-label release. “Shine” quickly became the rock anthem played across the country on radio and on MTV and set the band up for an arena tour with Aerosmith.
Their self-titled second album was a triple platinum production and would define their sound with guitar-driven songs and passionate vocals. The album produced five Top Ten hits and two of the singles: “December” and “The World I Know”– charted on the Top 40, which spoke to the band’s crossover appeal.
In 1997, the band went back into the studio to produce their third album Disciplined Breakdown. The album earned Collective Soul a spot on the charts at #16, and produced hit singles “Precious Declaration,” which was #1 four weeks; and “Listen,” #1 for five weeks), which also charted on the Billboard Hot 100, at #65 and #72, respectively.
Critically acclaimed Dosage was released in 1999 and produced the hit singles “Run” and “Heavy,” which would take Billboard’s top spot for a record 15 weeks.
Collective Soul’s fifth album, Blender, was released in 2000 and, according to Rolling Stone, “simply shreds with unapologetic classic-rock energy.” The album went gold and produced smash hits including “Why, Part 2,” “Vent,” and duet with Elton John “Perfect Day.”
The band released a greatest hits collection in 2001 entitled 7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994-2001.
Following that album, Collective Soul recognized the music industry was evolving and was one of the first bands to create their own label to have more independence and control over their sound.
And, in 2004, that label El Music Group released the dynamic album Youth. From the Ground Up (2005) and Home (2006) were also released under the El Music Group label, along with a DVD featuring their live concert with the Atlanta City Youth Orchestra.
In 2007, the band teamed with Target to be the exclusive retailer for the band’s next album Afterwords, from Roadrunner Records. This arrangement was one of the first such exclusive album release deals to be made by a band with a sole retailer.
In 2008, Collective Soul found themselves on the soundtrack for the film Twilight with “Tremble for My Beloved” from Dosage. Following the film’s success, the song’s exposure earned Collective Soul new popularity and connected with a younger audience.
Collective Soul released their self-titled eighth studio album in 2009. The single “Staring Down” charted at #18 on Billboard‘s Adult Top 40. The album debuted at #24 on the Billboard 200 and the single “You” also charted on the Billboard Adult Top 40.
In 2001, Dolly Parton won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance with her cover version of “Shine”. In further recognition of their artistic achievement, Collective Soul was inducted into The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Additionally, as the principal songwriter for the group, Roland was individually inducted as a songwriter in 2014.
See What You Started by Continuing, followed by a tour to celebrate the band’s 21st birthday. Ed Roland says the band took some time off, came back energized about what they are and always have been: a rock band.
“This is the best and most rocking album we’ve done. It’s one of those, ‘just sit back and rock’ records.”
Lee Ann Womack
Moving on into the fall, superstar Lee Ann Womack will appear at the casino on Saturday, November 19.
Womack is an American country music singer and songwriter. Her 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance" was a major crossover music hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song.
When Womack emerged as a contemporary country artist in 1997, her material resembled that of Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton, only Womack's music mixed an old fashioned style with contemporary elements.
Her 2000 album I Hope You Dance had an entirely different sound, using pop music elements instead of traditional country. With the release of There's More Where That Came From in 2005, Womack returned to recording traditional country music.
As of 2016, Womack has released a total of six studio albums and two compilations. Four of her studio albums have received a Gold certification or higher.
She has received five Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards, and a Grammy Award.
She has sold over 6 million albums worldwide.
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