Tickets are $65, $55 and $35 plus tax and an online/phone ticketing fee (this fee is waived when tickets are purchased in the Gift Shop). Tickets in the ADA section are for patrons with mobility disabilities and up to three companions. If companion seating is not available because the ADA section is sold out, RCGR will offer other seats as close as possible to the accessible seat, if available, at the purchase price of the other section. Tickets are on sale in the Gift Shop, by calling 877-677-3456 or online at http://tickets.riversidecasinoandresort.com/. Ticket limit is eight per person.
Doors open at 7pm for the 8pm show.
With his signature beard and African headgear, Billy F Gibbons is instantly recognizable. He's best known as the centerpiece and one third of ZZ Top, the band that came together in 1969 and has stayed part of the American musical landscape ever since - the longest running major rock band still composed of its original members. Billy and band mates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, most appropriately by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, a longtime friend of Billy's.
His singular look notwithstanding, Billy's even more notable for having been recognized as one of the most inventive and dexterous guitarists of the rock era. Gibbons is widely regarded as one of the world's finest guitarists working in the blues-rock idiom. ZZ Top's sound owes much to his uncanny knack to squeeze unheard of sounds out of the electric guitar that resonate with the blues, pop, R&B, country, gospel, western, hillbilly and West African influences that coalesced when rock 'n roll was born. His almost subconscious awareness of this heritage makes his an approach that is, at once, innovative and authentic. As a vocalist, his down 'n dirty growl is unmistakable; he sounds ominous and mirthful at the same time, as listeners to such hits as "La Grange," "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Cheap Sunglasses" can attest.
Before ZZ Top, who would go on to become a living symbol of the State of Texas, Billy fronted several bands during his formative years growing up in Houston, and soon became a local phenomenon. The Moving Sidewalks was his psychedelic pre-ZZ Top group and had occasion to open for Jimi Hendrix, who was so taken with young Gibbons' fretwork that he called it to the attention of Dick Cavett on national TV.
Now, as then, Billy Gibbons is much more than an iconic guitar slinger with a monumental length of chin whiskers. He's an internationally recognized collector of guitars and cars, a fact chronicled in the best-selling book he wrote about his collecting obsessions, Rock + Roll Gearhead (MBI Publishing).
In 2015, Concord Records released Billy's debut solo album, the Afro-Cuban flavored Perfectamundo. Now, its follow-up comes The Big Bad Blues, out in the fall of 2018. Co-produced by Gibbons and Joe Hardy, it is just as the title suggests - a return to Gibbons' blues roots. The Big Bad Blues contains BFG-ified renditions of songs associated with some of his heroes - "Standing Around Crying" and "Rollin' & Tumblin'" by Muddy Waters, and "Crackin' Up" and "Bring It To Jerome" from the Bo Diddley canon. These are joined by nine originals, including one written by Gilligan Gibbons, a/k/a Mrs. Billy Gibbons. Recorded in his hometown of Houston at Foam Box Recordings, the album features Hardy on bass, drums by Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver/The Cult veteran Matt Sorum as well as Nashville session great Greg Morrow, and Austin stalwart Mike 'The Drifter' Flanigin on keyboards. Blues harp (harmonica) duties were handled by James Harmon as well as Billy who, of course, is the album's vocalist and guitar slinger nonpareil.
A musician's musician, Billy F Gibbons is a wellspring of what he likes to refer to as the "three T's": tone, taste and tenacity. His transcendent creativity in a broad variety of artistic and intellectual endeavors has stood him in good stead over the years underscoring his undisputed status as music's most highly regarded Renaissance man.
Here's some of Billy Gibbons "Live From Daryl's House"...