On Oct. 28, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will headline at the Flamingo Outdoor Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $35; call 800-435-8469.
Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford may not have intended it, but their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited has taken on a startling life of its own. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (bass and drums respectively) from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits. Though the pair initially only planned to play private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and has released the album "Recollection."
The Smothers Brothers will headline at the Riverside, Nov. 7-12. Tickets are $26 and $32, call 702-298-2535 ext 616 or 1-800-227-3849, ext 616.
The Smothers Brothers' first professional appearance was at The Purple Onion in San Francisco in 1958 and their first national television appearance was on the Jack Paar show on Jan. 28, 1961. Over four decades, the duo has had their own primetime comedy series, made guest appearances on numerous television programs, done countless engagements as headliners, had a hot-selling video, made 12 top-selling albums, and performed with some symphony orchestras.
On the personal side, both Tom and Dick pursue other interests. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, Dick enjoys cycling, yoga and cooking. Tom's pastime passion is golf and he participates in pro-am tournaments. He's also known for his skill with a yo-yo, which is featured in the act, and he enjoys tending to his vineyard and award-winning winery, Remick Ridge.
Tom and Dick were born in New York City, graduated from Redondo Union High School, and attended San Jose State University. Tom was a gymnast and Dick was on the track team.
Pat O'Brien, who puts on free performances in the Caboose Lounge at Ramada Express Tuesday-Saturday from 4:30-8:30 p.m., not only belts out Irish favorites, he does impressions, voices and all types of music... country, blues, rock 'n' roll, etc. O'Brien splits his time between Ireland and five months out of the year in Laughlin, which he had done for the past five years. His fall run will continue through Dec. 2.
O'Brien's distinctive musical style is developed hand-in-hand with technology. His guitar is hooked up to a computer.
"It's called a midi system," O'Brien explains. "I have been using it for 20 years. I can play notes on my guitar and it comes out sounding like the keys of a piano, or a saxophone, or accordion. I can also pre-program instrumental sequences and my own voice and then play along with them. The possibilities are endless."
Born in Ireland, O'Brien studied music in Manchester, England, and performed in "Jesus Christ Superstar." Over the years, he's been a member of a soul and blues band, a 23-piece big band, and a horn- and jazz-infused rock band.
His solo performing began accidentally in Newfoundland when a fire burned all the band's instruments. O'Brien bought a guitar and started performing in coffee bars. It's now been more than 30 years.
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