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Johnny Rivers live at the Diamond Center

The renowned singer/songwriter/producer Johnny Rivers is performing live at the Diamond Center on Sat., Dec. 19. Tickets start at $15 and go on sale Nov. 7 through Star Tickets; they are also available at Desert Diamond’s Rewards Center. Doors open 5 pm; show starts 6 pm.

Born in New York City and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Johnny Rivers began playing professionally at age 14. In the early 1960’s, Rivers hooked up with Jimmy Bowens and Capitol Records Producer Nick Venet. While under Bowen’s wing, Rivers recorded his first album, “The Sensational Johnny Rivers,” for Capitol, produced by Venet.

In January of 1964, Rivers opened the now world-famous Whisky à Go Go, where he recorded “Johnny Rivers Live at the Whisky à Go Go” and released his first #1 single “Memphis.” By 1966, with numerous hit albums and singles on Imperial Records, Rivers founded Soul City Records and Rivers Music Publishing. That same year, after writing and recording his #1 hit, “Poor Side of Town,” Rivers produced “Up, Up and Way,” which won 2 Grammys for Record and Song of the Year (1967).

In 1967 Rivers, along with Lou Adler, John Phillips and Paul Simon, founded The Monterey Pop Festival, where Rivers also performed. In 1968, Rivers produced one of his finest albums, “Realization,” which featured the hit “Summer Rain.”

In the 1970’s, he returned with “Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Help Me, Rhonda” (which featured Brian Wilson on vocals) and his classic “Slow Dancin’ (Swayin’ to the Music). “Secret Agent Man” was featured in the popular hit films Austin Powers andBowfinger (starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy)

With 17 Gold records, 29 chart hits, two Grammy Awards, and more than 30 million records sold, Johnny Rivers continues to perform before sellout crowds worldwide.

Treena Parvello, Director of Public Relations and Communications for the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, said “We are thrilled to bring the legendary Johnny Rivers to the Diamond Center this December! Rock ‘n’ roll fans, get your tickets early because this show is sure to fill up fast!”

Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment with three locations in Southern Arizona (Tucson, Sahuarita, and Why), is owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, an enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Additional information can be found at www.ddcaz.com or by calling 866-DDC-WINS. Follow Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment on Twitter (@DiamondCasinos) and on Facebook (/DDCAZ).

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