Western Herald – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Currington on their way to Firekeepers Casino

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Currington on their way to Firekeepers Casino

Craig Manning
A&E Editor

At nearly every live show, whether the band onstage is filling a stadium, lighting up an arena or raising the roof in an intimate club, you’re almost guaranteed to run into a few stereotypical characters. You know the types: there’s the guy who goes back to the bar or concession stand after every other song to get another drink; the guy who decides to crowd-surf and gets thrown out; the girl who screams in your ear for the entirety of the performance; the dude who thinks it’s a bright idea to light up a joint in the middle of the crowd; and of course, most legendary of all, there’s the person who, during a momentary lull in the show, shouts, as loudly and belligerently as possible, “PLAY FREE BIRD!!!”

On Saturday March 16, Kalamazoo fans will have a chance to shout those legendary words for real, as Lyrnyrd Skynyrd, the southern rock veterans of “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” fame, descend upon Battle Creek’s Firekeepers Casino for a sure-to-be-sold-out concert experience.

According to a recent press release, the concert will be an “up close and personal performance for 2,000 fans” in the casino’s event center. The band,  currently touring in support of their 2012 album, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed,” dropped their first record in 1973 and released four other albums in the 1970s before a 1977 plane crash killed founding member and frontman, Ronnie Van Zant. The band reunited a decade later, with Ronnie’s brother Johnny joining the band and taking over lead vocal duties. They’ve stayed together ever since, scoring an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and remaining jukebox staples for every new generation of music listeners along the way.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 19) at 10 a.m., with reserved seating costs ranging from $61 to $71.

Also coming to Firekeepers is country star Billy Currington, the man behind hits like “Don’t,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll” and “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right.” With 11 million record sales worldwide, a pair of Grammy nominations and seven no. 1 hits on the country charts, Currington is quickly becoming one of Nashville’s biggest stars. He will appear at Firekeepers on Saturday, March 2.

Currington’s tickets will also go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning, though prices are slightly lower, ranging from $55 to $65.

Tickets for both shows are only available for audience members 21 year old and up. Purchases can be made online (at firekeeperscasino.com or startickets.com) or in person at the Firekeepers Lobby Box Office. To learn more, call Firekeepers Casino at 877-352-8777.

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