America Staying On The Road Through November
Thursday, August 1, 2013
America Staying On The Road Through November
America, led by co-founders Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, has extended its North American dates through November. The band kicks off its next set of shows on August 9th in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Hard Rock Live Biloxi, and winds things down for the year on November 23rd at Miami's Casino Miami Jai Alai.
Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell say that although America is now a perfect fit for the many casino dates they play each year, it took their audience growing up and having more expendable incomes for the shows to become profitable for the casinos: "(Gerry Beckley): We did them very early on, but maybe once every couple of years we were in Vegas. So it's not like it was never a part, but it kicked in around 1980 and it has just gone through the roof." (Dewey Bunnell): "The odd thing about the casinos in the early days was that we had a younger audience, and we could fill that room, and the casino would be full of a bunch of long-hairs, but they wouldn't leave a dime on the tables or the machines. So the house would say, 'Well, you're great at selling tickets in to your show, but you're not helping us.'"
Dewey Bunnell says that over the years on the road, the band has learned to run a tight ship both on and off the stage: "We've grown up on the road and we know what we're supposed to be doing. The live show's matured. You take your responsibility a little more seriously. You have to take care of your voice. We wanna be able to do those songs justice every night. You don't wanna let down the team, I think we all appreciate that." 
America North American tour dates (subject to change):
August 9 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live Biloxi 
August 10 - Stafford, TX - Stafford Centre 
August 17 - Manistee, MI - Little River Casino Resort 
August 22 - Toronto, ON - Woodbine Casino & Raceway 
August 23 - Wolfeboro, NH - Kingswood Arts Center 
August 24 - Ridgefield, CT- Ridgefield Playhouse 
August 25 - Oneonta, NY - Damaschke Field 
August 31 - Gateway, CO - Gateway Canyons Resort 
September 2 - Denver, CO - Taste Of Colorado at Civic Center Park 
September 6 - Coquitlam, BC - Red Robinson Show Theatre 
September 7 - Tulalip, WA - Tulalip Amphitheatre (with The Doobie Brothers) 
September 13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun 
September 14 - Ocean City, MD - Inlet Beach 
September 21 - Oklahoma City, OK - Fairgrounds Grandstand 
October 11 - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 
October 12 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House 
October 17 - San Angelo, TX - McNease Convention Center 
October 25, 26 - Steelville, MO - Wildwood Springs Lodge 
October 30 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere 
November 1 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury 
November 2 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak 
November 8 - West Wendover, NV- Peppermill Concert Hall 
November 9 - Chandler, AZ - Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 
November 15 - Saint Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre 
November 16 - Florence, IN - Belterra Casino Resort 
November 20 - Naples, FL - Philharmonic Center For The Arts 
November 21 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 
November 22 - Fort Pierce, FL - Sunrise Theatre 
November 23 - Miami, FL - Casino Miami Jai Alai

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