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September 23, 2014

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Blues fans alert: Free series moves to Green Valley Ranch as Railhead closes temporarily

Blues fans headed to Boulder Station tonight — or any Thursday for the next several months — need to reset their GPS for Green Valley Ranch.

In case you missed my blog last week, here’s the story:

Boulder Station is turning the Railhead into a buffet — temporarily. While the Railhead is a popular lounge to hear some of the best live music in town, the Feast Buffet apparently is an even more popular place to dine. So when the resort closed the restaurant for remodeling and expansion officials decided to move the plates into the bar.

Stations spokeswoman Lori Nelson assures music fans the change is only temporary, probably until mid- or late October. “This is nothing traumatic,” Nelson says.

The Boulder Blues series of free Thursday night concerts moved to the Ovation Lounge at Green Valley Ranch. Tonight, you can see the Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Band. Payne used to be the lead singer for the Johnny Otis Show.

The schedule for the rest of the month is Eddie Turner, July 10; Teresa James, July 17; Tinsley Ellis, July 24; and Guitar Shorty, July 31.

Yellow Brick Road has moved its late night weekend slots at the Railhead to Club Madrid at Sunset Station on Fridays and the Ovation at Green Valley Ranch on Saturdays. The classic rock tribute band already was playing Wednesdays at the Ovation.

All concerts and shows that would have been at the Railhead have been moved to other venues in the Station Casinos family, where they will perform on the date of their original schedule.

For example, comedian Jim Breuer, who was to perform July 11 at Boulder Station instead will be that day at Green Valley Ranch’s Ovation Lounge, Diamond Rio will perform July 12 at Santa Fe Station, and Freddie Jackson will perform July 26 at Sunset Station.

Lori says some acts, such as Jerry Tiffe, will be on hold until the renovation is complete – although Tiffe does perform at other venues around town, including Arizona Charlie’s.

Go to Boulder Station's Web site to check the new locations of all the scheduled events.

“We understand the popularity of the music and we have relocated 100 percent of the shows,” she says. “By late October, everything should be back to normal.”

One of the groups whose engagement was suddenly yanked was local legend Lon Bronson Band.

Bronson says Station Casinos is looking for another venue for him, but so far nothing has been scheduled. Their July 1 and Aug. 5 days were canceled.

He was disappointed that the Railhead was being closed, even temporarily.

“It’s the heart of the casino,” Bronson says.

But if he has to move, he’s hoping for the Ovation Lounge.

“It’s the best room in town,” he says.

Meanwhile, he’s staying busy. Over the weekend Drew Carey Bronson and his group flew to Hollywood, Calif., to perform at “The Price is Right” wrap party. Bronson used to perform at the wrap parties for Carey’s sitcom in the ‘90s.

“It’s been awhile since he’s been on TV,” Bronson says. “So he called us up and invited us to perform.”

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