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America staying on the road through November


America, led by co-founders Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, has extended its North American dates through November. The band kicks off its next set of shows on August 9th in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Hard Rock Live Biloxi, and winds things down for the year on November 23rd at Miami's Casino Miami Jai Alai.

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell say that although America is now a perfect fit for the many casino dates they play each year, it took their audience growing up and having more expendable incomes for the shows to become profitable for the casinos: "(Gerry Beckley): We did them very early on, but maybe once every couple of years we were in Vegas. So it's not like it was never a part, but it kicked in around 1980 and it has just gone through the roof." (Dewey Bunnell): "The odd thing about the casinos in the early days was that we had a younger audience, and we could fill that room, and the casino would be full of a bunch of long-hairs, but they wouldn't leave a dime on the tables or the machines. So the house would say, 'Well, you're great at selling tickets in to your show, but you're not helping us.'"

Dewey Bunnell says that over the years on the road, the band has learned to run a tight ship both on and off the stage: "We've grown up on the road and we know what we're supposed to be doing. The live show's matured. You take your responsibility a little more seriously. You have to take care of your voice. We wanna be able to do those songs justice every night. You don't wanna let down the team, I think we all appreciate that."

America North American tour dates (subject to change):

August 9 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live Biloxi
August 10 - Stafford, TX - Stafford Centre
August 17 - Manistee, MI - Little River Casino Resort
August 22 - Toronto, ON - Woodbine Casino & Raceway
August 23 - Wolfeboro, NH - Kingswood Arts Center
August 24 - Ridgefield, CT- Ridgefield Playhouse
August 25 - Oneonta, NY - Damaschke Field
August 31 - Gateway, CO - Gateway Canyons Resort
September 2 - Denver, CO - Taste Of Colorado at Civic Center Park
September 6 - Coquitlam, BC - Red Robinson Show Theatre
September 7 - Tulalip, WA - Tulalip Amphitheatre (with The Doobie Brothers)
September 13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
September 14 - Ocean City, MD - Inlet Beach
September 21 - Oklahoma City, OK - Fairgrounds Grandstand
October 11 - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
October 12 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
October 17 - San Angelo, TX - McNease Convention Center
October 25, 26 - Steelville, MO - Wildwood Springs Lodge
October 30 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
November 1 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
November 2 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
November 8 - West Wendover, NV- Peppermill Concert Hall
November 9 - Chandler, AZ - Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
November 15 - Saint Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
November 16 - Florence, IN - Belterra Casino Resort
November 20 - Naples, FL - Philharmonic Center For The Arts
November 21 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
November 22 - Fort Pierce, FL - Sunrise Theatre
November 23 - Miami, FL - Casino Miami Jai Alai

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