Pat Benatar, John Tesh to perform at Mississippi Moon Bar

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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 9:16 am

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will return to the Mississippi Moon Bar, along with two new acts — John Tesh Big Band Christmas and Vic Ferrari Band.

• Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo — Friday, Nov. 1. Songs like “Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Heartbreaker,” “Promises in the Dark” and “We Belong” put Benatar on the musical map. Her album, “Crimes of Passion,” was a Grammy Award-winning, No. 2 smash, reaching quadruple platinum and giving Benatar her first Top 10 hit, the gold-certified “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” It also spawned “You Better Run,” the second video to air on MTV. Benatar is acknowledged as the leading female rock vocalist of the ’80s, a feat marked by her unprecedented winning of four consecutive Grammy Awards, as well as three American Music Awards.

Giraldo has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for more than four decades, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s with his collaborator, muse and wife, Benatar. More than just an explosive steel-bending guitar player, Giraldo’s innovative vision helped him create the signature Benatar sound, from its inception. He has more than 100 songs written, produced, arranged and recorded for Benatar, as well as many hits he helped create for John Waite, Rick Springfield, Kenny Loggins and others.

Ticket prices range from $40 to $95.

• John Tesh Big Band Christmas — 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. With a consistent cast of notable musicians on stage, this 12-piece big band takes audiences on a journey through holiday classics and Tesh signature songs for an evening of entertainment. Tesh’s larger-than-life personality comes through on stage with his stories, humor and occasional life enhancing tips from his “Intelligence for Your Life” radio show, syndicated on more than 370 radio stations in North America. Tesh has won four Emmy Awards, been a two-time Grammy nominee, was an anchor on “Entertainment Tonight” for 10 years, had six hit public television specials and a string of No. 1 radio hits. His breakthrough success in music came about when NBC hosted a contest to find a new NBA theme song with a requirement that all entries be submitted anonymously. Tesh won the contest, and his theme song was eventually played on every NBC broadcast of the NBA and also won an Emmy Award.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $35.

• The Vic Ferrari Band — Saturday, Oct. 26. With no more than a name originating from Andy Kaufman’s character in the hit television show, “Taxi,” and a big dream, the Vic Ferrari Band was founded. It has been entertaining audiences for 23 years. Playing a mix of classic rock from the ’60s to today and even tossing in a little country, the band is known for sounding as good as the original artist and sometimes even better. The band has played at Rockfest, Octoberfest and Summerfest.

Ticket prices range from $10 to $15.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at www.diamondjo.com, the Diamond Jo Casino’s Diamond Club or by calling 563-690-4800.

The Mississippi Moon Bar is age restricted. Patrons must be 21 or older.

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