DEADWOOD, S.D. (04/11/16) – Alabama. A band that is projected to sell out 10,000 and 15,000 seat arenas each night on their current tour, is about to make a stop in Deadwood, South Dakota to play in front of 1,850 lucky guests at Deadwood Mountain Grand on Friday, July 8th.
It’s the kind of story you read about in books and watch on the big screen at the movies. For the band Alabama, it’s not just a story; it’s their life. From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields to international stars that went on to sell 73 million albums while changing the face and sound of country music. And on Friday, July 8th the legendary band will take the Deadwood Mountain Grand stage for a once in a lifetime performance.
It's been over 40 years since Randy, Jeff and Teddy, left the cotton farms of Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar called The Bowery. Having grown up working in the fields, the cousins were no strangers to hard work. They didn’t flinch when it took six long years of working for tips and living hand to mouth playing in bars.
“I don’t think we thought too far ahead,” said Jeff Cook of their humble beginnings. “We were more concerned with paying our bills at the end of the week and playing music.” Finally word of mouth earned the major label deal they’d been dreaming of. In 1980 the band broke through with their first Top 20 hit “My Home’s In Alabama”.
Alabama is the band that changed everything. They brought country music to the mainstream and from side stage to the main stage. Alabama introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience. “This is the biggest show we’ve ever hosted,” said Susan Kightlinger, Resort Manager. “To host a band of this magnitude in tiny Deadwood, South Dakota is not only an honor but a privilege.”
Alabama have charted an astonishing 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row, a record that will never be surpassed in any genre. They have won over 178 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards, ACM Awards and counting. They’ve earned 21 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums and were named the RIAA’s Country Group of the Century. They are also world-class philanthropists who have raised over 250 million dollars for charity.
The band recently announced their 2016 Southern Drawl tour where the band will perform to legions of loyal fans, selling out 10,000 to 15,000 seats night after night. “This band will play in front of tens of thousands of fans each night,” said Kightlinger. “You won’t find a more intimate venue in the entire United States for a band of this magnitude. We are beyond excited!”
Tickets go on sale for Deadwood Mountain Grand Reward Members at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 12 and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday April 15. They will be available at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office – The Company Store – or at ticketmaster.com. Both hotel reservations and ticket arrangements may be made by calling 877-907-GRAND. Ticket buyers should note that TICKETMASTER is the only official ticket broker for Deadwood Mountain Grand. Beware of third party websites and offers.
For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605-559-0386. To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort Casino.
Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, a Holiday Inn Resort is the newly restored 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant that overlooks Historic Deadwood, which features a 98-room luxury hotel, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, high stakes gaming action, a 2,500 seat entertainment and event center and a multi-level parking garage.