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R&B/HIP-HOP FAVORITES COLOR ME BADD AND ALL-4-ONE COMING TO CACHE CREEK CASINO RESORT JUNE 8

Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

With multiple memorable and award-winning hits, Color Me Badd--"I Wanna Sex You Up" and All-4-One ("I Swear") have secured a place in mainstream pop music culture.

You can catch both of these dynamic groups on the same bill June 8 in Club 88 at Cache Creek Casino Resort on June 8.

Formed by Sam Watters--who is no longer with the band--and discovered by Robert "Kool" Bell of Kool and the Gang fame, Color Me Badd (pictured) had five U.S. hit singles from their debut album C.M.B. throughout 1991 and 1992.

They included the aforemention "I Wanna Sex You Up" (U.S. #2), "I Adore Mi Amor" (U.S. #1), "All 4 Love" (U.S. #1), "Thinkin' Back" (U.S. #16) and "Slow Motion" (U.S. #18).

"I Wanna Sex You Up" was also on the New Jack City soundtrack and hit number one in the United Kingdom. In January 1992, they were awarded the Favorite Single R&B/Soul trophy at the 19th annual American Music Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In March 1992, Color Me Badd won the Best R&B/Soul Single and Song of the Year categories at the sixth annual Soul Train Music Awards.

Since leaving Color Me Badd when the group disbanded in 2000, Watters enjoyed a career as a record producer, achieving success with artists such as Jessica Simpson, Celine Dion, Fantasia, Anastacia, Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson, 98 Degrees, Blake Lewis, and The Runaways. Watters also married R&B singer and former "American Idol" contestant Tamyra Gray in 2006.

Color Me Badd, who hail from Oklahoma City, Okla.--wonder who they're rooting for in the NBA Finals--is a trio now and consists of Mark Calderon (top left), Bryan Abrams (middle) and Kevin Thornton (dark shades). The guys can still belt out those sweet, seductive harmonies too.

All-4-One's hit "I Swear" won a Grammy Award in 1995 for "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" and enjoyed an eleven-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a seven-week run at #2 in the UK. It has been named by ASCAP as one of the greatest love songs of the 20th Century.

It was also nominated for "Song Of The Year," as was the single Top 5 smash hit "I Can Love You Like That." The group was popular before the #1 success of "I Swear," as their previous single "So Much in Love" (originally a #1 US hit for The Tymes in 1963) had reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier in the year.

Other hits include "She's Got Skillz", "These Arms", "Beautiful as U", "I Will Be Right Here" and "Someday" (the title single from the Disney animated feature "The Hunchback of Notre Dame").

This will be an incredible show. Be sure and get your tickets for Color Me Badd And All-4-One who will play Cache Creek Casino Resort's Club 88 on June 8 at 9 p.m.

Tickets are just $49/$39/$25. For tickets, contact Tickets.com online at tickets.com or by phone (800) 225-2277; or cachecreek.com and Cache Creek Casino Resort's guest services desk and party on!

Editor's Note: Some information in this report obtained from publicity department at Cache Creek Casino Resort.

OTHER MUSIC NEWS

NEW EDITION REUNITING FOR TOUR

Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Rickey Bell, Michael Bivens and Ralph Tresvant—collectively known as New Edition-- are all reuniting and going on tour to celebrate the group's 30th anniversary.

This is the first time in more than five years that all original members will take the stage. Check out New Edition's tour dates below.

New Edition was formed in the Roxbury section of Boston by Bell, Bivins, and Brown, who began singing together in 1978 while still in elementary school with hopes of earning a few bucks along the way.

They eventually recruited friend Ralph Tresvant as a fourth member, and after winning a talent show in 1980, also added Ronnie DeVoe. More talent show victories followed, including a prestigious gig at the local Strand Theater, where they performed the Jackson 5's "The Love You Save."
New Edition's innocent, R&B and teen pop songs like "Candy Girl," Mr. Telephone Man" and Cool it Now" were inspired by the Jackson Five. Their sound made them a force to be reckoned with during the 1980s thanks largely to the guidance of writer/producer/impresario Maurice Starr, who signed the group to his small Streetwise label in hopes of launching a Jackson 5 phenomenon.

"Candy Girl," a song Starr co-wrote for the group, was released as their first single in 1983, when the members ranged in age from 13 to 15. Despite a lack of major-label interest in the group, "Candy Girl" was a smash, topping the R&B charts. Their debut album, also titled Candy Girl, spawned two more R&B hits in "Popcorn Love" and "Is This the End?," and MCA offered the group a deal. Their musical style would later progress to the New Jack Swing sound.

Starr, however, wanted the group to remain with Streetwise; New Edition summarily fired him as their manager and signed with MCA. Starr attempted to sue the group for their name, unsuccessfully claiming that "New Edition" actually referred to a whole new style of pop music he'd created. Starr, of course, would go on to strike it rich with a similar concept; assembling a quintet of white teenagers he dubbed New Kids on the Block.

New Edition, meanwhile, released their eponymous MCA debut in 1984 and scored their biggest pop hit with the Top Five smash "Cool It Now," which ended with a short rap section. The Ray Parker, Jr.-penned "Mr. Telephone Man" soon became their third R&B chart-topper, and the group had reached full-fledged teen idol status.

Yet they were growing up fast, as demonstrated on their next album, 1985's All for Love. Not only were their voices changing, but their material was becoming more adult, with harder-edged funk and more mature romantic ballads. Later that year, they also released a holiday album, Christmas All Over the World, and struck an endorsement deal with Coke.

However, rumors of Brown's growing dissatisfaction proved true and he left for a solo career in 1986. Temporarily down to a quartet, the rest of the group recorded the covers album Under the Blue Moon, a set of vintage doo wop and R&B numbers from the '50s and '60s; it produced a hit revival of the Penguins' "Earth Angel."

Brown's replacement came in the form of Johnny Gill, a deep-voiced friend of the group who'd been recording as a solo artist without much luck. Gill made his debut on the 1989 album Heart Break, which found New Edition working with star producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The move paid immediate dividends, as they scored several R&B hits from the album, including the number one "Can You Stand the Rain."

Meanwhile, Brown had become a superstar with his second album, the new jack swing landmark "Don't Be Cruel."Feeling vindicated by Heart Break, New Edition split up to work on other projects. Gill returned to his solo career, with considerably more success this time around, and Tresvant also went solo. The remainder of the group teamed as Bell Biv DeVoe and wound up having greater success than anyone save Brown; their debut album, Poison, was another new jack style-setter and Bivins' interest in developing new talent gave Boyz II Men their big break.

Now things are coming full circle for the boy band as the music industry continues to capitalize on the "what's old is new again" trend.

Be sure to mark your calendar for New Edition's upcoming tour dates listed below as the group is likely headed to a city near you.

Here are some of the upcomig tour dates. For more information about tickets and the tour, log on to New Edition's page at ticketmaster.com.

June 5 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theater
June 8 - Milwaukee, WI - US Arena
June 9 – Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
June 10 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
June 14 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Civic Theatre
June 15 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
June 16 - Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood Theater for the Performing Arts
June 17 - Honolulu, HI - Blaisdale Arena
June 21 - Vancouver, BC - River Rock Casino
June 22 - Seattle, WA - Showare Center
June 23 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
June 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
June 29 - Dallas, TX - Verizon theater
June 30 - Jackson, MS - Coliseum
July 1 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Center
Aug 2 - Rockford, IL - BMO Harris Bank Center
Aug 3 - Detroit, MI – Chene Park Amphitheater
Aug 4 - Las Vegas, NV - Steve Harvey's Hoodie Awards - Mandalay Bay Events Center
Aug 5 - Philadelphia, PA - Dell Music Center.

Editor's Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.