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Jackie Greene returns to Jackson Rancheria for July 23 concert

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POSTED June 2, 2011 12:26 a.m.

JACKSON — Sacramento’s own Jackie Greene, dubbed by the New York Times as an Americana phenom, will return to Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel on Saturday, July 23, in the event area next to the Hotel.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.      

Tickets are $40 general admission, $20 for members of the Casino’s Dreamcatcher’s Club, and are only available in the Casino or by phone at 800-822-WINN, ext. 8731.

The Jackson Rancheria Box Office is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and accepts cash, credit cards, and Dreamcatcher’s Club points. Must be 18 to purchase tickets. Anyone under 18 attending the show must be accompanied by an adult.

Jackie Greene is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player, acoustic solo artist, and electrifying band leader who just doesn’t fit in any particular genre of music. His music is steeped in country, blues, jazz, rock and folk traditions, defying easy categorization.

Even his live shows differ from his recordings.

“The recording is the recording, and the live show is the live show, and in my mind that’s different, it sounds way different, and that’s good,” he saaid.

“Live is still the best way to experience music, because it’s pretty pure. If you want to hear something the same way over and over, you can listen to the record, but if you want to hear the song, you go hear it live. You might get a screwed-up version of the song, I might play it on the piano instead, and it might not work, but that’s just how it goes.”

Greene has toured with some of the biggest names around, including Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

In addition to performing with his touring band and a crack studio band, he sometimes performs with Phil Lesh & Friends. When the surviving members of the Grateful Dead reunited to play for then presidential candidate Barack Obama, Greene was playing with the band.

His latest album, “Till the Light Comes,” is further proof of a talented young performer looking to move outward, to explore new textures and surprising chord changes.

Adept at acoustic finger-picking and ripping it up on the electric, coloring a song on the electric piano or firing up a jam with a swirl of notes from the Hammond B-3, Greene is above all a working musician, who gives himself permission to do things musically that he hasn’t dared before.

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Opening for Jackie Greene will be Honyock (pronounced hon-yock), an exciting young rock, folk rock, new wave group also out of Sacramento. Members of the group are Mason Hoffman, Spencer Hoffman, Tyler Wolter and George Rios.

The name Honyock, although a derogatory term for Polish people, was a word the Hoffman brothers’ Grandpa used to call them meaning “mischievous young one.”

For more on Honyock visit

Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information, call 800-822-WINN or visit

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