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Dan Hicks & Hot Licks at Black Oak Casino

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Dan Hicks & Hot Licks at Black Oak Casino

Dan Hicks


POSTED February 11, 2012 12:35 a.m.

TUOLUMNE – Try out to be an international karaoke star at Black Oak Casino in March.  Qualifying nights for the World Karaoke Championships will be held every other Thursday, starting in March at Black Oak Casino’s Willow Creek Lounge. 

The top male and female winners from each qualifying night will also receive dinner for two at Black Oak Café or Mill Sports Bar and $25 in Free Play. 

Other highlights include Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, who combines jazz, country, bluegrass, and swing in his songs. Hicks is known for his songs “I Scare Myself” and “Hot Music” as well for putting humor in his songs like “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?”

Beginning as a drummer in the seminal ‘60s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans, and continuing with his unique and legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Dan Hicks is widely acknowledged as one of the defining figures in American roots music. Having earned a reputation as a true original with his signature eclecticism and humor, Hicks continues to carve his way through a number of genres from proto-psychedelia to western swing and jazz, from tin pan alley to country blues -- all the while cultivating his own unique sound.

The original Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks recorded five ground-breaking and Billboard-charting records for the Columbia, Blue Thumb and Warner Bros. labels. They toured worldwide, and Dan appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine three times.

Throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s there was no one who sounded at all like Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, and remarkably, nearly 40 years later, there still isn’t. We now find ourselves again in an age of introspective sensitive singer-songwriters.  Luckily for us, throughout the past decade and amidst the new wave of freak folk that prides itself on its eclecticism, Dan has re-assembled the Hot Licks.  Getting back into the swing of regularly recording and touring, he has proven once again that the king of hipster-chic will always be Dan Hicks.

This newest incarnation of Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks released the wildly successful Beatin’ the Heat in 2000, featuring collaborations with Bette Midler, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones and Brian Setzer. USA Today called it “one of the blessings of the new millennium.” That release was followed by the live CD Alive & Lickin’ in 2001.

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