TJ’s Corral concert season kicked off May 12
TJ’s Corral, at Minden’s Carson Valley Inn, has a diverse slate of entertainment booked this summer, running the gamut from country to pop and from soul to stomping southern rock. TJ’s concert season kicked off May 12 with a free show from Turtle’s Last Dance with The Davisson Brothers.
Country hit maker Lee Brice makes his way to TJ’s at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Brice has had four No. 1 songs on the Billboard country charts: “A Woman Like You,” “Hard to Love,” “I Drive Your Truck” and “I Don’t Dance.” His 2009 hit, “Love Like Crazy,” set a record for the most durable country single in the magazine’s history, ultimately spending more than a year in the charts. Tickets are $65-$75 and are on sale now.
Tickets are also on sale for two-time Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins’ 8 p.m. show Friday, June 9. Loggins’ career has spanned more than 50 years. He has had hits with Loggins and Messina, as a solo artist, and as a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Loggins and Michael McDonald (who is appearing at TJ’s Friday, Aug. 18) co-wrote the 1980 smash, “What a Fool Believes.” Both Loggins and McDonald recorded the pop confection, with the latter’s Doobie Brothers version — he was fronting the band at the time — hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s pop charts, ultimately earning both writers a Song of the Year Grammy Award. The pair also teamed up to write “This Is It,” which earned Loggins another Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1979. Loggins’ other hits include “I’m Alright,” from the beloved comedy “Caddyshack,” and “Footloose” from the 1984 film of the same name. Tickets are $65-$75 and are available now.
Trailblazing independent country artist Aaron Watson, along with support act Clare Dunn, will be in town at 8 p.m. Friday, June 16. Watson made history in 2015 when he became the first independent solo male artist to debut at number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Tickets for this double-bill are $39-$45 and are on sale now.
Legendary smooth soul artists The Spinners come to TJ’s July 8. The group formed in 1954, and remain pop and soul radio staples with hits like “Could it Be I’m Falling in Love?” “Then Came You” and “Working My Way Back to You,” among others. Tickets are not yet on sale for this show.
Southern rock royalty comes to TJ’s Friday, July 28 when the Marshall Tucker Band brings its Dixie-fried juggernaut to Minden. MTB’s biggest hit, “Heard it in a Love Song,” climbed to No. 14 on the Billboard charts in 1977, propelling The Spartanburg, South Carolina band to sales of more than a million copies of the album “Carolina Dreams.” Another durable rock radio staple, “Can’t You See,” was included on the band’s 1973 debut, “The Marshall Tucker Band,” but reached only No. 108 on the Billboard charts upon its initial release. The song has since enjoyed a long life, with near constant airplay since the mid-1970s. Tickets for this show are not yet on sale.
Fans should mark their calendars now for TJ’s season closing concert with five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald Friday, Aug. 18. McDonald has toured and recorded both as a successful solo artist and with Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins (see Loggins Friday June 9 at TJ’s), Toto, and of course the Doobie Brothers, with whom he sang “Takin’ it to the Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” and “Minute By Minute,” and other classics. Tickets are not yet on sale.
Tickets for all shows are available at carsonvalleyinn.com or by calling the box office at 775-783-7766. TJ’s is located at the Carson Valley Inn, 1627 U.S. 395 North in Minden.