Mercedes in the Morning’s Spring Fling presented by Centennial Toyota!
OneRepublic, Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer
WHEN: Friday, March 17th | Doors at 6 p.m./ show at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Sandbar Pool at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
TICKETS: Onsale Saturday, February 11th | ALL AGES
A portion of proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada
About the Artists
It is a tale now well told about a street performer on the Santa Monica Promenade who has gone on to reach tens of millions of people worldwide. It was on that California street corner that New York-raised Andy Grammer earned his stripes as a pop star – truly shaping the rare and unique dimensions of the artist he is today. The crowds that gathered to hear him perform on the street are now millions of fans who attend his sold-out tours around the country. Signed by S-Curve Records, Grammer released his 2011 self-titled debut album and became the first male pop star in a decade, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles. Those songs, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me” are both certified Platinum.
For his second album in 2014, Magazines or Novels, Andy Grammer solidified his role in the pop music landscape as a premiere songwriter and hit-maker. During this time, the world came to know and love Andy in many new ways; the songs, still full of ‘good guy’ spirits and hope, became more personal and the hits got even bigger. Andy’s music permeated radio and TV networks for nearly two years straight. He even showed the world a hidden talent as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. As a result, the infectious monogamy anthem “Honey, I’m Good” became a triple platinum smash and one of the ten best-selling songs of the year. It topped the iTunes pop chart and spent thirteen consecutive weeks in the top ten. “Honey, I’m Good” was also #1 on Billboard’s Adult and Dance charts. The euphoric follow up, “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah),” was certified gold.
In 2016, we met a new Andy Grammer. This Andy could safely look back at the last five years and know that his uphill struggle was behind him and blue skies were ahead. His latest single “Fresh Eyes” has become a streaming phenomenon with over 150 million streams. “Fresh Eyes” is also certified gold and is on the Top 10 Adult Pop Radio. Lyrically, “Fresh Eyes” paints a snapshot of those special moments when you realize you’ve fallen even more in love with your significant other. “It can be the littlest things,” says Grammer, “but the world stops for a moment and you’re like ‘oh my God, I love this person so much!”
What does 2017 have in store? Andy is finishing up his writing for his next album.
Gavin DeGraw is a multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over 1 million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. His third studio album, Sweeter, was released in September 2011 and produced the smash single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. The track reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. In 2013, DeGraw released his fourth studio album, Make A Move, which included the hit song “Best I Ever Had” and garnered rave reviews from such publications as Billboard, People and Entertainment Weekly amongst many others. In addition, Gavin was nominated for his first Grammy for “We Both Know,” the song he co-wrote with Colbie Calliat for the 2013 film, “Safe Haven.” Since then he has been consistently touring around the world, including sold out dates with the legendary Billy Joel.
For all its worldly sensibilities, Oh My My delivers decidedly timeless songs that connect on a deeply personal level. On “Let’s Hurt Tonight,” OneRepublic open with an excursion into earthy folk that soon unfolds into an epic love song powered by Tedder’s soulful vocals and tenderly piercing lyrics (“They say love is pain/Well, darling, let’s hurt tonight”). A more lighthearted but no less irresistible ode to romance, Oh My My’s title track has OneRepublic joining forces with Cassius for a joyfully lovesick dance number complete with glossed-up synth and bass-heavy grooves. And on “Kids,” Tedder turns his affection to a beloved childhood friend and fellow “perfect disaster,” merging synth-pop textures with coming-of-age storytelling in a bittersweet meditation on the great adventure of growing older (“I refuse to look back thinking days were better/Just because they’re younger days”).With Tedder again proving himself a warmly insightful songwriter closely attuned to modern-day tensions, OneRepublic also confront certain of-the-moment matters throughout Oh My My. On “A.I.”, with its heady beats and dizzying synth, Peter Gabriel lends his strikingly ethereal vocals to an unnerving but infectiously up-tempo reflection on relationships in a social-media-crazed era (“I just want my love automatic”). One of the album’s most darkly charged moments, the elegantly frenetic “Better” finds Tedder perfectly conveying the crushing pressure of trying to thrive in a 24/7 culture. Ultimately infused with a profoundly hopeful spirit, Oh My My also offers tracks like “Future Looks Good”: a piano-laced message of gratitude from Tedder to his children (“You are the future, and the future looks good”), wrapped up in crystalline guitar tones and hypnotic beats provided by one of Brazil’s most famed percussionists.
Further revealing OneRepublic’s sonic and emotional range, Oh My My expands into moody, otherworldly alt-rock on “Fingertips” (a track co-written by The xx’s Romy Madley Croft and featuring her delicately haunting guitar work). On “NbHD,” Tedder teams up with Santigold for a gloriously anthemic duet that feels both futuristic and instantly classic. And with the sublimely hymnlike piano ballad “Choke,” OneRepublic weave graceful gospel harmonies into a soul-stirring portrait of sudden loss and its aftermath.
Unabashed emotion and indelible melody have always propelled the music of OneRepublic, who released their first full-length Dreaming Out Loud in 2007. That album included the Colorado Springs-bred band’s debut single “Apologize”—a Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum-selling track that long held the distinction of being the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart. OneRepublic next followed Dreaming Out Loud with Waking Up, a 2009 album that produced three singles: “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets,” and “Good Life.”
The release of Native followed in 2013 and featured the hit singles “If I Lose Myself,” “Love Runs Out,” “I Lived,” and “Counting Stars.” With more than 10 million units of “Counting Stars” sold, the song’s video has racked up more than 1.4 billion hits on YouTube and now stands as one of the site’s top 20 most viewed videos of all time.
The latest offering from OneRepublic’s spirited foray into video-making, “Kids” was shot in Mexico City in the midst of the band’s global travels. Sweetly romantic and undeniably feel-good, the video captures such sites as the Angel of Independence and the Monument to the Revolution all in a stunning single take.
As Oh My My makes its debut, OneRepublic are now setting their sights on another journey across the globe. With extensive touring set for the new year, the band looks forward to bringing their new music back to the very places where it first came to life.