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Labor Day: “CSI NY” Star Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band to Perform Military Appreciation Concert

August 25, 2009 by  

Award-winning television and movie star Gary Sinise shows off his hard rockin’ musical side as he and his group, the Lt. Dan Band, pay tribute to the men and women of our nation’s armed services this Labor Day-weekend. The special one-night engagement will be held at The Club at the Cannery Casino & Hotel on Sunday, September 6 at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $19.95 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at the Cannery Casino & Hotel’s ticket sales counter located at the front desk. Tickets are also available for purchase by calling (702) 507-5757 or (866) 999-4899 (toll free), or online at www.cannerycasinos.com. Discounts will be available for active duty and retired members of the military.

Sinise is an internationally acclaimed actor, director and producer. A founding member of the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Sinise has starred in numerous movies such as “Apollo 13,” “Of Mice and Men” and “Mission to Mars.” The role of Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump” garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Harry S. Truman in the TV movie “Truman,” and won an Emmy for his starring role in the TV movie “George Wallace.” He is currently the star and producer of the CBS hit series “CSI:NY.”

The Lt. Dan Band was formed as a collaboration between Gary Sinise and Chicago composer Kimo Williams. Impressed by Sinise’s bass playing, Williams encouraged him to pursue his talent and the two began jamming and performing together. With Sinise’s extraordinary commitment to the USO, these gigs eventually led to performances for troops and their families. Following one of his many trips overseas to visit those serving our country, he decided it was time to bring the band with him. With William’s help, a talented group of musicians came together to form “The Lt. Dan Band.” The name comes from the character Sinise portrayed in the 1994 film “Forrest Gump.” As Sinise began visiting troops around the world, fans who didn’t know him by name would recognize him as “Lt. Dan.” Members of the military also seem to identify strongly with the character, thus the name for Sinise’s band became an easy choice.

The Lt. Dan Band covers everything from Springsteen to Linkin Park, from Aretha to Hendrix. There’s something for everyone, and each show highlights the musical diversity of the band, as well as the passion and energy each member brings to the stage. Whether they are performing for troops overseas or a local club crowd, the goal is to have fun and rock the house.

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