We’re now more than halfway through the year, but the live entertainment in Southern California casinos is just heating up.
There are some big names coming through in August and we thought we’d have a little fun and offer some trivia about the artists coming to town. Can you guess the answers?
Good luck taking our little music quiz.
Which triple platinum R&B star played a child extra in the biopic “Malcolm X?”
Singer Ashanti was a child extra in the film based on civil rights leader Malcolm X. Her grandfather, James Davis, was also a civil rights leader and head of the Long Island chapter of the NAACP.
Ashanti has a few film credits under her belt, including “Coach Carter,” “John Tucker Must Die” and “Resident Evil: Extinction.” However, she’s better known for her chart-topping hits like “What’s Luv,” “Foolish” and “Rock Wit U (Awww Baby).”
The award-winning singer will perform at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Tickets start at $39. 951-849-3080. morongocasinoresort.com.
Which funk band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Prince?
Prince gave a speech inducting George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In the speech, Prince praised the band for their unique style of blending funk and psychedelic rock with a Afrofuturist aesthetic that he found influential in his work.
The funk collective is best known for the hits “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off That Sucker),” “Atomic Dog” and “Bring the Funk.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will perform at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Highway 76, Pala, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Tickets are $35-$65; 21-and-older only. 877-946-7252. palacasino.com.
Which Myspace artist got their first chart-topping single with the help of producer Timbaland?
Before the days of Spotify and SoundCloud, Myspace, a now dwindled social network, hosted a variety of musicians on its platform. One of the most successful unsigned acts was OneRepublic. The band eventually signed to a label and released an album, but it wasn’t until Timbaland remixed their song “Apologize” that they began to garner attention.
The band is also known for hits such as “Counting Stars,” “I Lived” and “If I Lose Myself.” OneRepublic will perform at Yaamava Resort & Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd, Highland., at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Tickets are $75-$350; 21-and-older only. 909-864-5050. yaamava.com.
Which Mexican band has a song with Snoop Dogg?
In 2016, after the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Chicago Cubs and were taken out of the running for the World Series, Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg posted a video featuring the Banda MS song, “Tengo Que Colgar.” The song centers on heartbreak, something Snoop and other Dodgers fans undoubtedly felt that day.
Banda MS said in interviews that they first thought it was fake, but confirmed the video of Snoop Dogg listening to their music was real. In 2020, Banda MS and Snoop Dogg teamed up for a track and released “Que Maldicion.” Last year, Banda MS won an American Music Award for favorite Latin duo or group.
Banda MS is also known for hits like “No Me Pidas Perdón,” “El Color de Tus Ojos” and “La Casita.” They’ll perform at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Tickets start at $59. 800-827-2946. fantasyspringsresort.com.
Which country star has a 1960s Corvette-themed tour bus?
Brad Paisley told People Magazine that one of his favorite things about his tour bus was its customization. He said the inside looks like a high-end garage with a checkerboard theme. It also has red utility cabinets, the Corvette logo and a 1960 Pennzoil gas pump mounted behind the slide-out.
The Grammy Award-winning country star is known for hits such as “Whiskey Lullaby,” “Remind Me” and “She’s Everything.” Paisley will perform at Pechanga Resort Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Tickets start at $79. 888-810-9971. pechanga.com.
What glam-rock band did guitarist Slash audition for before Guns N’ Roses?
Before his days in Guns ‘N Roses, Slash auditioned to be in Poison. He would replace Matt Smith, who left the band in 1985. The gig ultimately went to C.C. DeVille, the band’s current guitarist, due to his willingness to wear makeup, which was popular in the Los Angeles glam scene, but not with Slash.
Poison is known for hits such as “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Nothin’ But a Good Time” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” The band will perform at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Tickets are $75-$125. 800-514-3849. aguacalientecasinos.com.