Taylor Hicks on Tour: “If you think of Taylor Hicks as just ‘that American Idol guy’, think again.”
This preview of Taylor’s upcoming tour is contributed by Louise/4Tay.
Nearly five years after he was crowned the winner of that popular show, Taylor Hicks remains the energetic and charismatic performer who charmed millions of American Idol television viewers. However, when Hicks takes his live show on the road this month to venues in both Florida and Mississippi, he expects to surprise some concertgoers.
While most are familiar with his soulful voice, many are unaware that Hicks is also a talented musician who plays both harmonica and guitar during the live show. Since arriving on the national stage, Taylor has appeared with artists including the Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, Willie Nelson, Robert Randolph, and Snoop Dogg, among others.
Backed by a stellar band, Hicks plans a diverse set that will feature tunes from his debut album, his more recent record “The Distance”, as well as fan favorites from the show that made him famous.
This first leg of the winter/spring tour takes the Taylor Hicks band first to Pensacola, Florida, and then to Tunica followed by Biloxi, Mississippi.
Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, Florida, February 24, 2011
Vinyl Music Hall will host the first of the late February shows. The Hall is a nearly brand new, general admission venue with standing room only; limited VIP seating is available in the bar. For those hoping to capture a digital souvenir of the show, non flash photography is permitted at the discretion of the artist; no video recording is permitted.
On Facebook the venue describes Hicks’ many post Idol accomplishments, including two well received music albums and a starring role in the Broadway and national touring productions of GREASE. “If you think of Taylor Hicks as just ‘that American Idol guy’, think again.”
Venue website: http://www.vinylmusichall.com/
Event ticket sales for Taylor Hicks show 2/24/11: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/28543
Why you should go: Vinyl Music Hall offers the intimacy and opportunity of a smaller venue with a capacity of about 500. Arrive early for a spot close to the stage.
Gold Strike Casino – Tunica, Mississippi, February 25, 2011
Venue website: http://www.goldstrikemississippi.com/
Event ticket sales for Taylor Hicks show 2/25/11: http://www.goldstrikemississippi.com/entertainment/millenniumtheatre.aspx
Why you should go: Make it a weekend. Enjoy both the show and the city. The venue is located just minutes from historic Memphis and the region’s best barbeque. For information on visiting Graceland, Beale Street, The Palace Theater, and Historic Downtown Tunica: http://www.goldstrikemississippi.com/thingstodo/
Tickets for this show have been popular; early purchase recommended to avoid disappointment.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino – Biloxi, Mississippi, February 26, 2011
The venue offers stadium seating with a capacity of 1500; there is a state of the art sound and lighting system. No cameras or recording devices are permitted inside the theatre. Taylor Hicks last performed to a sold out crowd at Beau Rivage on September 11, 2009.