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    7:30 p.m. April 20, 2012
    Cal U Convocation Center

    Cal U celebrates the Grand Opening of the Convocation Center with a special performance by American music icon Kenny Rogers, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the legendary voice behind hits such as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille” and “Islands in the Stream.”

    The show opens with performances by Grammy Award-winning contemporary country music star Billy Dean and singer/songwriter Andy Gibson, one of Nashville’s brightest young stars.

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price includes parking. Tickets will be available soon through Ticketmaster.

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    About Kenny Rogers

    Portrait of Kenny Rogers.With 1 diamond, 19 platinum and 31 gold albums to his credit, country music legend Kenny Rogers’ voice is recognizable worldwide. In more than 50 years in show business, he has recorded more than 65 albums and sold over 120 million records.

    An impressive 24 songs have been No. 1 hits, including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “We’ve Got Tonight.”

    Two of Rogers’ albums, “The Gambler” and “Kenny,” are featured in the poll of The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever.

    Rogers has received hundreds of awards for his music and charity work, including three Grammys, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards and five Country Music Association awards.

    His most recent album, the inspirational For the Love of God, features gospel classics such as “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Amazing Grace” and “In The Sweet By And By,” along with contemporary gospel hits including “The Rock Of Your Love,” written by Vince Gill, Al Anderson and Leslie Satcher. 

    “I really, really love what I’m doing,” Rogers says. “People survive longer if they love what they’re doing. Because you just don’t quit.”

    Visit Kenny Rogers’ official website

    Kenny Rogers: Fast facts

    Kenny Rogers: Music awards

    Community Celebration of Music

    Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Convocation Center with a FREE Community Celebration of Music from 4-7 p.m. in the Convocation Center Courtyard. The public is invited to attend.

    The lineup includes two performers with close ties to Cal U:

    • Country music singer Amber McDonald, a Cal U graduate, returns to her alma mater from Nashville, Tenn. Her set-list includes “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which she recently recorded with the California University Choir at the Ocean Way studio in Nashville.
    • Brother Jeep & the Old Shoes Band features George “Jeep” Kyle, an officer with the California University Police Department. The band gets the crowd moving with a selection of oldies, classic rock and country hits.
    • Cal U student Seamus Hutchens and his band cross genres with their feel-good blend of original tunes and covers. From acoustic pop, to rap, to classic rock — they play it all!

    The Community Celebration of Music opens with a song by the 2012 Froggy Idol, winner of the radio station’s on-air, American Idol-style singing competition.

    Froggy Radio’s Danger Frog personality broadcasts live from the Convocation Center Courtyard, and various students groups also are slated to perform.

    Schedule of Events

    3 p.m. — Ribbon cutting and Convocation Center dedication.
    Located in the Convocation Center Courtyard

    3:30 p.m. — ‘Froggy Idol’ contest winner
    Hear the winner of Froggy Radio’s ‘American Idol’-style competition
    4 p.m. — Ambie Mac, with the California University Choir
    Alumna Amber McDonald returns after recording in Nashville
    5 p.m. — Seamus Hutchens and his band
    Acoustic pop/rock from Cal U’s Commercial Music Technology students
    6 p.m. — Brother Jeep and the Old Shoes Band
    Classic rock and country hits with Cal U police officer George ‘Jeep’ Kyle

    6:30 p.m. — Doors open to ticketholders for the Kenny Rogers concert in the Convocation Center.

    7:30 p.m. — Kenny Rogers, live onstage in the Convocation Center, with opening acts Billy Dean and Andy Gibson. 
    Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, or at the Convocation Center Box office, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.


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    Pay by cash or check at the Convocation Center Box Office, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call 724-938-4600. 

    To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000, or order online at Ticketmaster.

    See what people are saying about Kenny Rogers. 

    About Billy Dean

    Portrait of Billy Dean.Country music artist Billy Dean has recorded 13 Top 10 hits. With four gold albums, he’s best known for hits such as “Only Here For A Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “Billy The Kid” and “Let Them Be Little.” Dean also sang harmony (along with Alison Krauss) on Kenny Rogers’ No. 1 hit, “Buy Me A Rose.”

    Visit Billy Dean’s official website

    Hear Billy Dean

    About Andy Gibson

    Portrait of Andy Gibson.Andy Gibson moved to Nashville just five years ago, and he’s already making a name for himself as a singer and songwriter. He co-wrote “Don’t You Want to Stay,” the No. 1 country hit for Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson that won a standing ovation at last year’s Country Music Association Awards. He’s in the studio now, finishing up his own debut album of songs, including the single “Wanna Make You Love Me.”

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