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THE NEW STYLISTICS PERFORMING AT CACHE CREEK CASINO RESORT ON AUG. 4.

By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

For fans of classic R&B, the soul train will stop at the Club 88 showroom inside Cache Creek Casino Resort on Aug. 4 when Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics come to town.

The Stylistics were one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. They formed in 1968, and consisted of lead singer Russell Thompkins, Jr., Herbie Murrell, Airrion Love, James Smith, and James Dunn.

Under the production of music mogul Thom Bell, the Stylistics released some of the smoothest and sweetest soul and R&B music around thanks to the soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr.

During the early 1970s, The Stylistics had 12 straight Top Ten R&B hits, including "You Are Everything," "Betcha by Golly, Wow," "I'm Stone in Love With You," "Break Up to Make Up" and "You Make Me Feel Brand New."

Other Stylistics hits and fan favorites include: "You're A Big Girl Now," "Rockin' Roll Baby," "Let's Put it All Together, "You'll Never Get to Heaven" and "People Make the World Go 'Round," among others.

Their music yielded seven gold albums, five gold singles two double gold singles, eight platinum albums, one double platinum album, four platinum singles along with a Grammy nomination in 1974 for "You make Me Feel Brand New." The Stylistics were also honored with a plaque on the Walk of Fame in 1994, in Philadelphia.

The new Stylistics (pictured from left) include: Russell Thompkins Jr., Raymond Johnson, Jonathan Buckson and James Ranton. Johnson also joined the group in 1980-1986 as a guitar player.

In a recent television interview, Thompkins stated that the new Stylistics are dedicated to bringing fans the same exceptional musical quality and style they have come to love over the past 40 years.

Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics are sure to take audiences back down memory lane when they perform their greatest hits at Club 88 inside Cache Creek Casino Resort on Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are just $45/$29. 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.

Cache Creek Casino Resort is one of Northern California's largest casino-resort destinations. Located 40 miles northwest of Sacramento and 80 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area in Brooks, Ca., it features 2,400 slot machines, 120 table games, poker room, four-diamond hotel, nine restaurants, full-service spa, world-class entertainment in a 700-seat indoor concert venue and seasonal 3000-seat outdoor amphitheater, and an 18-hole championship golf course/facility.

For more information, please visit cachecreek.com or call (800) 452-8181.

OTHER MUSIC NEWS:

Carrying on Robert Mondavi's tradition of coupling fine wine with the arts, Robert Mondavi Winery is partnering with multi-platinum musician Josh Groban on a series of collaborations in the coming year.

Groban's performance at the Napa Valley winery on July 21 closed the 43rd annual Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Concert Series and marked the beginning of this new collaboration. A portion of the proceeds from Groban's closing performance were donated to his foundation, Find Your Light, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness.

"Margrit Mondavi started this tradition of inviting visitors to the Napa Valley to slow down the rush of their daily lives and enjoy great wine, great food and great music," noted Carl Jaeger, Estate Director at Robert Mondavi Winery. "An artist with such immense talent as Josh, who shares this vision of an enriched life, helps us to communicate that message around the globe."

As Josh begins writing and recording his next album next month, he will work closely with Robert Mondavi Winery's Director of Winemaking, Genevieve Janssens, and Winery Chef, Jeff Mosher, to further unite the Winery's values of wine, food, and the arts. They will collaborate on a yet-to-be-named Napa Valley wine, made at Robert Mondavi Winery and scheduled for release next year.

In addition, the winery intends to create promotional programs and materials such as special in-store displays featuring Robert Mondavi wines and a new Groban album, to be released early next year. Downloads of Groban's newest singles will be made available through in-store Robert Mondavi Winery displays, online and through mobile applications.

"I am honored to be partnering with the Robert Mondavi Winery," Groban says. "Fine wine and the arts are a natural pairing, so collaborating with the people at Mondavi to promote their wines and my upcoming album feels like an organic and inspired endeavor."

ABOUT JOSH GROBAN:

Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (25 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances.

The 31-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. Last year, he appeared in the feature film "Crazy, Stupid, Love" as well as on NBC's "The Office," and completed a sold-out world tour.

During the tour, Groban partnered with Americans for the Arts to raise money to support his newly created Find Your Light Foundation, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through quality arts education. www.joshgroban.com.

ABOUT ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY:

Founded in 1966, Robert Mondavi Winery is the shining symbol of California's Napa Valley. The first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades since the repeal of Prohibition, Robert Mondavi Winery went on to establish the foundation for the modern-day California wine industry. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of Napa Valley.

For additional information about Robert Mondavi Winery visit www.robertmondaviwinery.com.

ABOUT CONSTELLATION BRANDS:

Constellation Brands is the world's leading premium wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and talented employees worldwide. With a broad portfolio of widely admired premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, Constellation's brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Ruffino, Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka.

ABOUT WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS:

Warner Bros. Records is one of the most successful recording companies in music history and home to some of the most influential and innovative artists of our time.

The label was founded in 1958 by Jack Warner, the last of the original pioneering Warner brothers, as an offshoot of Warner Bros. Studios. In 1996, the company acquired Frank Sinatra's legendary Reprise label to form Warner/Reprise.

With a visionary approach toward discovering and nurturing musical talent, the Warner Bros. family of labels is currently home to an impressive generation of major artists including Avenged Sevenfold, Birdy, The Black Keys, Cher, Green Day, The Flaming Lips, Gary Clark Jr., Goo Goo Dolls, Gucci Mane, Jason Derulo, Josh Groban, Kimbra, Linkin Park, LP, Maybach Music Group (MMG), Meek Mill, Michael Buble, Muse, Neil Young, Neon Hitch, Outasight, Muse, Regina Spektor, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Seal, Waka Flocka Flame, Wale and many others. The rich and diversified catalog includes recordings by Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, Dire Straits, The Grateful Dead, The Kinks, Madonna, Randy Newman, Prince, The Ramones, R.E.M, Talking Heads, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, The White Stripes, Van Morrison, Van Halen and others.

Now in its sixth decade, Warner Bros. Records is committed to presenting the world's best music and attracting the most exciting and original artists. www.wbr.com.

Editor's Note: Some information used in this report provided by entertainment publicisty Michael Traum at Cache Creek Casino Resort and other publicity department press releases.