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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.”

Vinyl Music Hall opened on Aug. 28, 2010

Robert Randolph Performs at Vinyl Music Hall (Vinyl photo)

Good view of the front of stage (GoPensacola photo)

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

Taylor Hicks

The Millenium Theater is an intimate venue with rows that rise like stadium seating.  Each of the 800 seats affords an outstanding view and the sound and lighting are second to none in the area.  Whether in the first or ninth row, the sound and light wash over the audience as if they were on the stage.

Gold Strike Resort and Casino - Tunica, Mississippi - Entertainment - Millennium Theatre

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.

 
Venue Websitehttp://www.beaurivage.com/
 
Event ticket sales for Taylor Hicks show 2/26/11:
http://www.beaurivage.com/entertainment/entertainment_headliners_detail.aspx?id=1860
 
Why you should go: The 2009 show at this venue brought down the house.  Ticket sales have been brisk, but good seats remain.  Early purchase recommended.
As the next announced show is scheduled for April 28 in Washington state, we recommend that y’all get your Hicks fix now!   Listen for the soulful country vibe that has led Taylor to Nashville, where he is now planning and writing a new album.
 
 
17 Comments Post a comment
  1. tishtx #

    This is wonderful!!

    February 15, 2011
  2. I can’t wait for this new phase to start! Dare I hope for a new song or two? More show dates before the April 28th show?? I’m happy with these 3 but Taylor always leaves us wanting more.

    February 15, 2011
  3. hdey #

    Hope you’re going, Louise; sure hope you’re taking your camera; really hope you’ll be sharing the goods upon your return!

    Thanks for this nice preview of Taylor’s upcoming shows.

    February 15, 2011
  4. Louise #

    Thanks Holley. I’m very lucky to be able to go and yes, the camera is going. Hoping I get to use it. Please, Taylor, no ban on photos, ‘k??

    February 15, 2011
  5. juliegr #

    Wonderful preview of the upcoming tour Louise. I’m happy for Taylor’s fans in the South that he is keeping his promise to bring some good music and heart-stopping performances to them again.

    I’ve been impressed with Taylor’s ability to reinvent himself and grow both his mixture of dynamic music and impress new fans at the same time. I hope to be able to catch a show or two during this new tour.

    Thanks again — good job!

    February 15, 2011
  6. Louise #

    Thanks Julie. Loved your comments about Taylor and his ability to reinvent himself. We shall see what he has in store for us soon. Hope to see you on the road and soon!

    February 15, 2011
  7. Judy #

    Louise, Great article. I love your writing style and you gave us some wonderful information. Since I am in WA state…I will have to wait for my “fix” in Snoqualmie..but I am very anxious for the pictures and recaps from these three shows. The venues look awesome!! Thank you.

    February 15, 2011
  8. Louise #

    Thanks Judy. There will be a preview here for the WA and OR shows so check back here for those.
    With these 3 shows, I think we are in for a feast of images, sounds and stories. And, we’re ready to boogie all night long!

    February 15, 2011
  9. NolaMar #

    Great preview of the upcoming shows! I’m going to both Pensacola and Biloxi. Would love to make the Tunica show too but that’s a bit too much driving in too short a time.

    February 15, 2011
  10. luvhicks #

    I am so excited about the coming year. Glad to see some shows are planned for Oregon and Washington. Taylor has fascinated me for years now, starting with IA5. He’s like a hurricane that can’t be fenced in and explodes with all his explosive talents and abilities. He is constantly growing as an entertainer with unbeleivable quality performances which he continues to develop. He even explores other types of entertainment and each choice he worked to perfection. My thanks to all who have shared their most enjoyable videos, photos, and recaps of their experiences in Taylorland. My life has been made more fun as I follow the passion, the joy, and anticipation of my status as a humble lurker.

    February 15, 2011
  11. Louise #

    Thanks luvhicks. Very nice comments about how Taylor makes every career choice his own. I’m looking forward to hearing new music. Hope he’s written some.
    Nola, we’ll see you in the south. Can’t wait for warmer weather. It will be warm, right??

    February 15, 2011
  12. chill #

    I’m getting excited!!! Thank you for this post! Taylor, if you’re reading — Chicagoland area, please. LOL

    February 15, 2011
  13. hicksfan7 #

    Ah, one more time I find myself wishing I lived in the South…lol. But enjoying the week-long thaw in MN! Sounds like for this tour Tay is pulling some songs from his Idol performances (fan favorites from the show that made him famous.)
    Oh what I wouldn’t give to see him perform You Send Me in person! Wooooooooooooo!

    February 15, 2011
  14. Debbie Troxell #

    Louise, you did a fabulous job with the writeup-up about Taylor. We know that you have to see Taylor live. He really is so talented. We knew this from Idol, but he does do much more. I hope you get to use your camera.

    February 15, 2011
  15. Louise #

    Thanks Deb. I had some help with the preview and I am glad to help get the word out about the venues, especially Vinyl b/c it’s new. Hope you can make it.

    February 15, 2011
  16. taylorfan06 #

    I’m jealous of all the lucky fans attending these shows. Way too far away for me this time. I look forward to reading about the shows and hopefully some news about West coast dates in the near future. I’l be there (be there!) for those. …yes, indeed.

    It’s a given that Taylor will be introducing some new material. Look what he created with “Bulletproof”, as an example. It sounds like he’ll be doing some “idol” songs. I always wanted to hear full versions of those songs he performed so well. Everyone is definitely in for a treat for sure with these shows!!!

    February 22, 2011

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