Leon Russell, Moonshine Bandits at Cave Big Bear May 2016

Music legend Leon Russell at the Cave Big BearCasino-quality entertainment lineup in your own backyard. And you don’t have to lose money on the slots or tables at The Cave Big Bear!

Yet even casino showrooms will envy the lineup coming to Big Bear’s entertainment hot spot in the next several weeks. Leon Russell over Memorial Day weekend, Berlin featuring Terri Nunn and Wynonna Judd in June, Dick Dale, The Tubes, Suzy Bogguss and Sinbad in July…some huge names will be performing just feet from the dance floor.

Tiered seating creates a real club feel at The Cave where’s there’s top shows each weekend and every seat is front row center.  Enjoy state-of-the-art sound system, laser lights and fog machines—even manmade “snow” that periodically falls on the dance floor—along with gourmet concessions including full cocktail service and local craft beers and wine.

LEON RUSSELL of course is one of music’s biggest names and his May 28 show at The Cave is a rare opportunity to see a living legend upclose and personal. “The Master of Space and Time” is perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician ever—during his 50 year career he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of music’s best records.

The list of artists he has worked with, either on stage or in the studio, is like a Who’s Who of rock and roll: George Harrison, John Lennon, B.B. King, Barbra Streisand, Ricky Nelson are but a few. Want more? Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and groups like the Beach Boys, Monkees, Rolling Stones, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Righteous Brothers and many more are also on the list. No surprise then that he was inducted into the Rock `N Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011, the Songwriters Hall three months later in June.

Pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel, even surf music, Russell has played it. And written it; Ray Charles recorded his “A Song for You” and B.B. King had a hit with “Hummingbird.” “Superstar” made famous by the Carpenters, written by Russell along with Bonnie Bramlett, hit #2 on the pop charts while George Benson won “Record of the Year’ Grammy in 1976 for his cover of Leon’s “This Masquerade.”

Songs like  “Tight Rope,” “A Song for You,” “Delta Lady,” “Crystal Closet Queen” and so many more have marked his multi-gold record career. In 2010 he collaborated with Elton John that became the album “The Union” featuring the song “If it Wasn’t for Bad” and led to a worldwide tour that never really ends.

And talk about a tight band behind him! Bass player Jack Wessel has been with Russell for well over 30 years and sometimes son Teddy Jack and daughters Sugaree and Tina Rose play as well. Tickets start at $25!

May is full of great shows at The Cave, starting with an awesome tribute to legendary band U2. HOLLYWOOD U2, the only U2 tribute endorsed by Ryan Seacrest, has been on AXS.tv’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” and was nominated as Best Tribute Artist 2014 by Los Angeles Music Awards. The band has performed U2’s many hits in front of audiences of 10,000 or more around the world, from the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Panama to Mexico, Honduras and Singapore. Tickets  for the May 7 show start at just $15.Moonshine Bandits at The Cave

A week later catch MOONSHINE BANDITS on Saturday, May 14.  The band’s music reflects its Central California hard-driving roots, ranging from country rap on songs like “For the Outlawz” to the hit song “Get Loose.” It’s unique to be sure, a blend of West Coast beat and country twang, West Coast hip/hop and rap.

The band’s live show features originals like “My Kind of Country,” “Whiskey River” and “We All Country” plus unique versions of other songs. Like Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” backed by a hip-hop driven beat. “Calicountry,” the debut disc for Moonshine Bandits on Average Joes Entertainment/Suburban Noize Records released earlier this year, features more of the band’s driving, good-time music sound, on songs like “California Country” and the party anthem “Throwdown.”

It’s no coincidence that moonshine and whiskey are themes; Tex’s great-grandfather was a bootlegger in the Bay area who used his barbershop as a front. “My great-aunt was actually pedaling it in baby carriages to politicians during prohibition,” Tex said. He is continuing the family tradition, albeit legally, by endorsing moonshine distilled in Modesto by Valley Spirits Distillery, 99 proof, un-aged whiskey available in original, apple pie and peach.

Yet Moonshine Bandits are all about the music and their live shows have created legions of loyal fans. The band has over 15 million YouTube views, with a fan favorite video on CMT.com that hit #1 and on CMT’s High Five countdown that reached #2. Tickets just $15!

BONFIRE presents its awesome tribute to AC/DC on May 21. The band has also been featured on ACS-TV’s “World’s Great Tribute Bands” and has toured all over including gigs at Universal City Walk. Count among Bonfire’s fans Jane Wiedlin of the Go Go’s and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, for whom the band opened at Paladinos in Los Angeles. Tickets $15.

Another top tribute to Billy Joel is on May 29 with THE STRANGER. Frontman Mike Santoro captures the piano chops, vocal prowess and stage presence of Joel that has helped the “Piano Man” sell  over 150 million records in his nearly 50-year career. Tickets start at $20 and the event is a Mountains Foundation fundraiser. Doors for all shows open at 6:30 p.m. with music at 7:30.

The Cave Big Bear; 40789 Village Dr.  (909) 878-0204 or www.thecavebigbear.com

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