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DEADWOOD, S.D. (03/12/18) – One of the hottest bands touring today will make a stop at Deadwood Mountain Grand on Sunday, July 1st when the Plain White T’s make a stop for a one night only performance.
Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, the punk-pop outfit Plain White T's began taking shape in 1997, a full ten years before the acoustic ballad "Hey There Delilah" made them Grammy-nominated stars. Lead singer Tom Higgenson was originally fascinated with the drums, having served as the percussionist for various rock bands during high school. One such band was Harvey's Daughter, whose lineup also featured bass player Ken Fletcher. Although the group disbanded, the two remained friends and quickly launched a different band, with Higgenson taking over lead duties as songwriter and singer. Drummer Dave Tirio also joined the new lineup, bringing Plain White T's to fruition during the fall of 1997.
Performances in various Chicago clubs earned the band a small but devout following. In the summer of 1999, Higgenson was nearly killed in a car accident; the crash resulted in a ruptured kidney and lacerated lung. However, the event also left him with a newfound dedication to songwriting, and the band began making quick progress as a result, self-releasing Come on Over in 2001 and signing with Fearless Records for the release of Stop in 2002.
Although plagued by lineup shifts during the supporting tour, Plain White T's still found time to record “All That We Needed”, which hit shelves in early 2005. By that point, the band's roster had solidified with a lineup comprised of vocalist Higgenson, guitarists Tirio and Tim Lopez, drummer De'Mar Hamilton, and bassist Mike Retondo.
The band's work ethic and promising songcraft earned Plain White T's a new contract with Hollywood Records, and “Every Second Counts”, their hook-laden debut for the label, appeared in September 2006. The band returned to the road soon after, but fortunes improved as "Hey There Delilah" gathered steam on radio stations across the U.S.
In 2008, The band found new success with the hit single “1, 2, 3, 4” and in 2010, they released the song "The Rhythm of Love," featuring lead vocals from guitarist Tim Lopez. Built upon a laid-back acoustic sound, it was the first single from the band's sixth studio album, “The Wonders of the Younger”, which was released that December. The band continues to see radio and touring success today and are launching a full-scale tour throughout 2018.
Tickets for the Plain White T’s at Deadwood Mountain Grand go on sale for Deadwood Mountain Grand Rewards members at 10am on Tuesday, March 13th and to the general public on Friday March 16th.
Tickets are available at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office -- The Company Store -- or at ticketmaster.com. Beware of third party websites, ticketmaster.com is the only online ticket distributor for Deadwood Mountain Grand. Both hotel reservations and ticket arrangements can be made by calling 877-907-GRAND. For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605.559.0386.