Legends in Concert to kick off Hollywood Concert Series with free shows June 6-8Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Three free Legends in Concerts shows June 6-8 will kick off Hollywood Casino Toledo’s outdoor summer concert series, which organizers say will be more extensive and more diverse than last year.
Last year’s inaugural series was called the Spotlight Summer Concert Series. This year’s will be called the Hollywood Concert Series.
“The feedback we received from our customers and the community was overwhelmingly positive,” said Anika Gaskins, the casino’s vice president of marketing. “We gleaned a lot of learning from last year and we set our sights even higher from an entertainment perspective this year.”
Many people asked for more diverse shows, a request the casino was “happy to oblige,” Gaskins said. This year’s lineup will feature genres such as classic rock, country, alternative rock, R&B and soul.
The casino also increased the number of seats from 2,500 to 3,000 and added an option to purchase VIP tickets. The VIP section, which last year was open only to guests invited by the casino, will open a segment of available tickets for public purchase. The VIP area will have “close access to the stage” as well as VIP-only food and drink stands and VIP-only restrooms, Gaskins said.
Legends in Concert
Legends in Concert will kick off the series with a free show at 10 p.m. June 6, followed by shows at 10 p.m. June 7 and 6 p.m. June 8. The internationally acclaimed act is the original and largest live celebrity tribute show in the world and a staple performance in Las Vegas, Gaskins said. More than 30 million people worldwide have seen the show live.
“We decided to partner with Legends in Concert for our kickoff weekend because we wanted to give people an opportunity to experience our outdoor venue free of charge while providing them the flash and excitement of a Las Vegas production,” Gaskins said.
Legends In Concert shows are known for their elaborate theatrical sets, magnificent costumes and full array of incredible special effects, including three dimensional multimedia and multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art lighting, laser and sound systems, according to a news release.
Among the celebrities impersonated at the show will be Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Madonna.
Jazmine, who portrays Houston, is an international recording artist from Long Island, N.Y., who draws from her Cuban heritage while singing in both Spanish and English, according to the release. Her original song “Love Like Never Before” topped France’s dance charts in 1996, surpassing superstars like Madonna.
Corey Melton, who portrays Jackson, started singing and dancing when he was 3. He aims to provide fans with what he calls “an alternative reality,” giving them a chance to see the late Jackson live in concert.
Coty Alexander, who portrays Madonna, comes from a family of performers in Los Angeles and started her impersonation career as Shirley Temple at age 5. She has also performed as Marilyn Monroe, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and more.
The series is a fulfillment of a dream of Hollywood Casino Toledo’s General Manager Richard St. Jean, who knew from the start he wanted to offer a summer concert series along the banks of the Maumee River.
“We had a vision three years ago,” St. Jean said. “It was a dirt lot out front and I said, ‘Wouldn’t this be a great opportunity for entertainment?’ Kind of just a vision. Last year we kind of muddled our way through it. We booked some acts, many of them last minute as we pulled this together. So when Anika came to us over a year ago, she saw the last concert and she said, ‘Now I have vision.’ She said, ‘Let’s do this right,’ so she started working on this last fall.
“It’s going to be a great series. I’m really proud of what you’ve done,” St. Jean told event organizers during a June 6 media preview of the upcoming shows.
Another free show will be Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen on June 19. Krieger is the original guitarist for The Doors and wrote hits including “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” and “Light My Fire,” Gaskins said.
Admission to the rest of the performances vary in cost from $25 to $45.
Country singer Travis Tritt will make a return appearance after his popular performance at last year’s summer concert series, Gaskins said. He will perform on Aug. 22. Chevelle is also a return act. Hollywood Casino Toledo will be the first stop on the group’s U.S. tour, kicking off June 20.
The full summer lineup includes:
- June 6-8: Legends in Concert. 10 p.m. June 6-7 and 6 p.m. June 8. Free.
- June 14: Jamey Johnson, 9:30 p.m., $40.
- June 19: Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen. Free.
- June 20: Chevelle, 9 p.m., $30.
- July 3: Maxwell, 8 p.m., $45.
- July 9: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo plus Rick Springfield, 7:30 p.m., $45.
- July 10: George Thorogood & the Destroyers, 8 p.m., $35.
- July 19: Wilson Phillips, 9:30 p.m., $30.
- Aug. 8: Smokey Robinson, 8 p.m., $40-$50.
- Aug. 9: Summerland Tour (Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog), 7 p.m., $25.
- Aug. 22: Travis Tritt, 9 p.m., $35-$50.
- Sept. 13: 38 Special with Night Ranger, 9 p.m., $35.
Tickets are available at www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com/HCS. Attendees must be 21 or older.
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