Friday August 5th
The Five Strings (Opener) – 6:30pm
The Five Strings are a performing violin group made up of five siblings from St. George Utah. Their audiences are amazed at the variety of music they play at such a young age, ranging from 6 to 16 years old. In addition to violin, the group features mandolin, guitar, piano, ukulele, as well as singing and dancing. The group has recently returned to Utah from Nashville Tennessee, where they were under instruction of some of the top music and dance teachers. The Five Strings have performed for a variety of audiences from all over the world. A few of their favorite venues they have made appearances at include; Branson Missouri, Tuacahn Amphitheater, Nashville Tennessee, and performing for the top resorts throughout the islands of Hawaii. Along with performing, The Five Strings’ have teamed up with some of the creators of The Piano Guys, and are working hard to release a new, high quality music video every week on YouTube. The Five Strings’ love and dedication of music shows from the second they raise their bows. They wish to thank all of those that have had an impact in their lives so far. They are very thankful for their talents and hope to see their many friends, family and new acquaintances at an upcoming show!
Alex Boye’ (Headliner) – 8:00pm
“Pop Music with an African Twist”
Embracing his rich heritage after years of successful recordings as a gospel artist, the charismatic, London born, U.S. based vocal powerhouse is having a breakthrough year as a mainstream pop artist, scoring over 72 million views for “Let It Go” and another 40 million views for “Peponi,” the “Africanized” version of Coldplay’s “Paradise” with The Piano Guys. In addition to that, Alex recently made his debut at the world-renowned Royal Albert Hall, opening for Olivia Newton John, and realizing a childhood dream.
He launched his professional career in 1995 as the lead singer of the European boy band Awesome. The band performed at local dances and other small venues until 1996 when they won a vocal competition on Capitol Radio, London’s largest radio station. Awesome signed to Universal Records Europe and released three singles from their debut album Rumors which made the Top Ten on various pop charts throughout Europe. Selling over half a million CDs, they performed shows alongside numerous superstars, including Bryan Adams, The Backstreet Boys, George Michael, Simon and Garfunkel and MC Hammer.
“I’ve done everything else—jazz, pop, hip hop, gospel, heavy metal, even emo—and then I got a phone call from The Piano Guys wanting me to be in their video singing Swahili,” Alex is gratified by the response to his Africanized versions of pop songs and the commercial opportunities they are opening for his career. “I think above all, people respond to an artist’s honesty and integrity, and I feel like I am being true to myself in a way I have never been,” he says.
Saturday August 6th
Quick Wits (Opener) – 6:00pm
Quick Wits is an improvisational comedy troupe that takes audience suggestions to create comedy sketches on the spot. Most nights the Wits will battle against each other in teams of three for points (and laughs) from the audience. Be ready to yell out fun suggestions and then sit back and watch Utah’s Best Improvisers turn it into big laughs.
Quick Wits performs mostly PG to PG-13 humor with innuendo being the worst offense (though things do happen from time to time, but it’s rare). If you’ve seen a show like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, you’ve got a good idea of what to expect from a Quick Wits show.
Here’s something to think about with a Quick Wits show. Think about a good comedy movie you watched and how many big laughs you got out of that. We can promise more, and bigger, laughs at our show – and we just made it up right before we said it!
Taylor Hicks (Headliner) – 7:30pm
Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular AMERICAN IDOL winners of all time. From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R & B, country and blues. Sixty-four million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of AMERICAN IDOL, making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade.
Hicks’ star continued to rise after he stepped off the IDOL stage. Less than three weeks after his IDOL victory, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Charts. Coinciding with the single’s release, a cover story named him People magazine’s “Hottest Bachelor of the Year.” His self-titled album (Arista), debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum. In 2007, Hicks penned a brisk-selling autobiography “Heart Full of Soul” (Random House). Hicks is the first male IDOL winner to be featured on a Grammy Award-winning album, Jimmy Fallon’s “Blow Your Pants Off,” which took home the 2013 Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
Hicks, who hails from Birmingham, Ala., had music on his mind from childhood. As a young adult, he became a fixture around the Southeast, playing concerts and club dates with visiting stars like James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’ and Widespread Panic, among others. Hicks also released the independent albums “In Your Time” and “Under the Radar.” Later, these albums were compiled and released by Vanguard Records as “Early Works.”
Hicks has also performed with artists like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind and Fire and The Allman Brothers, appearing in concerts worldwide.
In addition to headlining at Paris Las Vegas and other Caesars Entertainment properties all over the United States, he is currently in studio working on his first country album.