Soundwaves Poolside Concert Series Debuts at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

May 5, 2011 by  

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino unveils SOUNDWAVES, a summer poolside concert series, with a performance by Stephen Marley at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10.

Located in the Hard Rock Beach Club, SOUNDWAVES highlights some of today’s hottest bands and artists in a unique and intimate setting. Guests can enjoy the acts as well as the party scene from in front of the stage or chill to the sounds of the performers from a VIP cabana. For cabana reservations and information, call 702.693.5555.

The initial launch of SOUNDWAVES poolside concert series consists of Stephen Marley (June 10), Toots and the Maytals (June 15), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (July 30), Matisyahu (Aug. 6) and Collective Soul (Sept. 10). Additional bands and artists will be announced at a later date. The current lineup of shows at SOUNDWAVES is on sale Friday, May 6 at noon.

Tickets for SOUNDWAVES can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, or charge by phone at 800.745.3000. Dates and times are subject to change. For more information, visit


Stephen Marley – Friday, June 10 at 9 p.m.

Tickets – $28.50 – On sale Friday, May 6 at noon

Son of Bob Marley, Reggae’s most transcendent and iconic figure, Stephen Marley helps kick off the debut of SOUNDWAVES at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, June 10. The son of the music legend began performing when he was only six years old. In his early career, Stephen played guitar, sang and occasionally wrote songs for Melody Makers, his brother Ziggy’s band. To satisfy his creative interests, Stephen became familiar behind the scenes of the music industry, doing production for his brothers Damian and Julian. His production work with Damian’s Halfway Tree helped him win a Grammy Award for “Best Reggae” album. Stephen debuted Mind Control in March 2007, an acoustic online version was released in 2008 with the album hitting stores in 2009. Stephen has worked with The Fugees, Eve, Krayzie Bone, Erykah Badu and may others. His latest album was released in early 2011.

Toots and the Maytals – Wednesday, June 15 at 8 p.m.

Tickets – $21 in advance, $26 day of show – On sale Friday, May 6 at noon

Best known for their ska and reggae vocal talents, Jamaican musical group Toots and the Maytals takes over the SOUNDWAVES stage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday, June 15. Formed in the early 1960s, Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism, setting new standards of excellence and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica’s groups. The band has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for albums Skafather, Toots in Memphis, and Toots Live. Other notable achievements include a Guinness World Record for shortest time between the recording and release of a live album, only Jamaican group to have both sides of an album become No. 1 on the charts and numerous No. 1 hits.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Saturday, July 30 at 9 p.m.

Tickets – $30 – On sale Friday, May 6 at noon

Blues rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd performs poolside at SOUNDWAVES at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, July 30. Shepherd exploded on the music scene in the mid-‘90s and garnered huge amounts of radio play. He released his first album Ledbetter Heights in 1995 which sold more than 500,000 copies by early 1996. Ledbetter Heights impressed the music industry with its range of styles including acoustic blues, rock blues, Texas blues and Louisiana blues. He released Trouble is… in 1998, earning a Grammy Award nomination, released Live On a year later and The Play You’re In in 2004. Shepherd has since filmed a documentary, a story about his trip across the South with a portable recording studio. In 2010, he released his latest album Live! In Chicago.

Matisyahu – Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets – $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show – On sale Friday, May 6 at noon

Groundbreaking artist Matisyahu performs at SOUNDWAVES at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Aug. 6. In 2004, Matisyahu emerged with his debut album Shake Off The Dust…Arise. The unconventional artist raps about the glories of traditional Judaism over reggae beats. Throughout his career, Matisyahu has garnered Grammy Award nominations including “Best Reggae Album,” numerous gold records and a broad and faithful fanbase.

Collective Soul – Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets – $34.50 – On sale Friday, May 6 at noon

Collective Soul rocks the SOUNDSWAVES poolside stage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Sept. 10. Collective Soul gained a special place in the hearts of music lovers when they burst onto the scene in 1993 with the rock anthem Shine. The self-titled Collective Soul, released in March 1995, became the album that would help define their catchy melodies and guitar driven songs. In 2007, the band released Afterwords, sold exclusively through Target, which opened at No.25 on the Billboard “Comprehensive Albums” chart and No. 5 on the Billboard “Top Internet Albums” chart. “Tremble For My Beloved” found Collective Soul on the soundtrack to Twilight – one of the hottest movies of 2008. Now with new fans, a new label and new momentum, Collective Soul is excited by their latest studio effort and is back to having fun.

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