Taylor Hicks, winner of American Idol Season Five, will have a one-week, engagement headlining at Harrah’s Reno beginning Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Hicks will perform inside the legendary Sammy’s Showroom through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Taylor's show in Reno is dark on Thursday, August 30. Show time is 7 p.m. each evening.
Ticket prices are $25 for general admission, $35 for VIP, and $50 for a special VIP ticket that includes a meet and greet with Hicks immediately following each performance. Additional service fees apply. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 10 at 10 a.m. Pacific and are available by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com or are available in person at the Harrah’s Reno Box Office.
“It’s not every day that a casino in Reno can announce that an ‘American Idol’ winner will be a headlining act. We are very excited to welcome Taylor Hicks to Harrah’s Reno,” said Tim Tretton, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Harrah’s Reno. “Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved ‘American Idol’ winners of all-time. It’s certainly a thrill for us to have Taylor performing in our showroom.”
From the start, Taylor’s material on “American Idol” set him apart, with a unique take on southern soul, R & B, country and blues. More than 63 million votes were cast and nearly 37 million viewers tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of “American Idol,” making it one of the most watched television events of the decade. The applause hasn’t stopped since he stepped off that stage. Less than three weeks after Hicks’ Idol win, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales charts. Coinciding with the single release, a cover story named Hicks as People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelor of the Year.”
His self-titled album, “Taylor Hicks” (Arista), debuted #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA platinum.
Since winning Idol, Hicks has performed with the likes of Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind and Fire, and The Allman Brothers, has appeared in concerts worldwide and penned a brisk-selling Random House autobiography, “Heart Full of Soul.”
On Broadway, Hicks starred in the hit musical, “Grease” as Teen Angel, and when asked to join the national tour, happily agreed. The 18-month tour connected him with fans across the United States and Canada.
Hicks, who hails from Birmingham, Ala., was destined for the musical stage from an early childhood. Focusing on music full-time, he then became a fixture around the southeast, playing concerts and club dates with visiting stars like James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’ and Widespread Panic among others, and released two independent albums “In Your Time” and “Under The Radar.” These albums were compiled and released by Vanguard Records as “Early Works.”
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