American Music Icon at the Murat: Kenny Rogers Croons

Iconic soft-rock musician, Kenny Rogers, plays the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis downtown Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm. Rogers is famous for his success across various genres of the music industry from country and gospel to pop and rock. This Indianapolis music event promises to be a buffet of Rogers’ greatest hits with a focus on his newly released gospel album “The Love of God.” Tickets to the Indianapolis event range from $68 to $116 and are going fast.

Kenny Rogers began his musical career in the mid-1950s as part of the doo-wop group The Scholars. The band experienced lukewarm success before disbanding. After that, Rogers went solo, grabbing his first minor solo hit in 1958 with “That Crazy Feeling.” He bounced from one group to the next taking part in jazz songs with The Bobby Doyle Trio, country music with The New Christy Minstrels and pop and country hits with The First Edition (later renamed Kenny Rogers and the First Edition).
In 1976, Rogers struck out on his own for good. One year later, he produced his first major hit “Lucille,” which reached number one in 12 countries and sold more than five million copies. Since then, Rogers has known no bounds to his success. His mantle is decorated with countless awards including Grammy Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, American Music Awards, Music City News Country Awards and more from 1977 to 2010.

His welcoming raspy voice and ability to fully inhabit every song he sings makes Rogers a beloved icon in American music. Over the course of his career he has sold more than 120 million records across the globe, recorded more than 65 albums and produced a string of number one hits. He even holds the title of the Record Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) 8th Best Selling Male Artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 platinum albums and 31 Gold albums.
His latest record, “The Love of God,” was released on March 7, 2011 and sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The album offers 12 uplifting songs from classic hymns and gospel to contemporary Christian compositions. A tour through his own spiritual connection to music, Rogers’ shares with his fans a sense of peace, family and community through his music.

“What an incredible album that has turned out to be,” says Rogers of his latest release. “It seems I have a personal relationship with every song on it. ‘In the Sweet By and By’ was my mom’s favorite song. What I was a kid, as I was leaving to go to school, I remember hearing her sing along with that song on the radio as she did her morning ironing. Music is by far the best ‘memory creator’ I know, and that memory is very special to me.”

And while the album is technically considered “Christian music,” Rogers stays true to his reputation as a boundary crosser, giving different flare to each track. From the soulful “The Rock of Your Love” to the relaxed “In the Sweet By and By” and even his Ray Charles-esque gospel/ R&B tinged “He Showed Me Love,” Rogers seems to hit every genre he loves in the album.

Head to the Murat Theatre Saturday evening to enjoy more than five decades of experience and song. With hits in jazz, folk, rock country and pop, Rogers is sure to offer something to please everyone. Before the show, enjoy the sights and sounds of the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Mass Ave. Grab dinner at any of the eclectic Indianapolis restaurants that line the avenue. Afterward, recount the concert over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.

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Kenny Rogers Live in Concert
Saturday, June 25, 2011
8 pm

Murat Theatre
502 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202