Viejas Casino recently announced additional concerts for the first part of next year. The venue habitually features older artists who can still can sell tickets.
Dennis DeYoung of Styxx will appear Jan. 28, performing songs he wrote while in the group. A DeYoung PBS special, “Dennis DeYoung and Friends,” resulted in performance requests and renewed interest in Styxx's music. He's likely to play such hits as “Mr. Roboto” and other fan favorites, including “Lady” and “Show Me the Way.” Tickets are $41 for general admission and $46 for reserved seating.
Uncle Kracker’s (born Matthew Shaffer) country-rock/hip-hop fused sound will come to Viejas March 4. His catchy, pop-friendly track “Follow Me,” from his 2001 Double Wide album, was that summer’s hit song. Showing his soulful side, Shaffer performed a cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away,” receiving accolades from critics. Tickets are $26 and $31.
George Thorogood will show us how “Bad to the Bone” he is on April 11. The blues and rock singer/songwriter is a prolific guitarist and has recorded more than 16 albums. Touring behind his latest, The Dirty Dozen, Thorogood will win over the crowd with his originals covers of fellow such bluesmen as John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley. Tickets are $43.50 and $48.
On April 15, 10,000 Maniacs will bring its 30th reunion tour to Alpine with its current lineup, featuring Jerry Augustyniak (drums/vocals), Dennis Drew (keyboards/vocals), Jeff Erickson (lead guitar), Steve Gustafson (bass/vocals) and Mary Ramsey (vocals). Although the band members lineup has been a bit of a revolving door, the Maniacs’ music depicts a timeless era of rock, with classic hits like “Because the Night.” Tickets are $31 and $36 reserved.
All shows went on sale on Friday, Dec. 17, through Viejas.com.