Maddie & Tae, Joan Jett at Choctaw

| July 5, 2016 | Reply
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

In just a two-day period, June 29 and July 1, Choctaw Casino’s Grand Theater hosted two spirited musical groups – Maddie & Tae on Wednesday nights and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts on Friday nights.

One would expect that these talented females and their equally-talented bands would perform well beyond expectations — if that’s possible, and sometimes it is — and neither disappointed.

Maddie & Tae are Madison Marlow of Sugar Land, Texas, and Taylor Dye of Ada/Silo, Okla. Both seemed completely blown away from their vantage view-point (on stage) of the entire audience and at least four times exclaimed that it was, by far, the largest crowd they had ever drawn. And the smiles on those two ladies’ faces could have put a lighting technician out of work!

Since the release of their first CD in August 2015, Maddie & Tae have already chalked up three hits.

Joan Jett, tho a few years older not only in years, but in experience, also brought the Grand Theater crowd to its feet more than once. This Pennsylvanian soprano and vegetarian has been dubbed not only the queen of rock and roll, but also listed as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. (Rolling Stone).  And she’s chalked up numerous award-winning and best-selling records over the years. She and the Blackhearts traveled to Choctaw’s Event Center in Pocola for the next night’s concert.

So, what do they have in common? Both (or all three, maybe it should be said)

Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae’s fans ranged from about 8 to 80 years of ago. And they talked with, especially, the younger fans with vigor. Some of those fans had waited for hours to get their photo made with Maddie & Tae.  They also autographed items for people for about two hours after the show.

Joan Jett took time to talk with her fans as well. She asked each his or her name and repeated it back, as if to memory.

Both also seemed to thoroughly appreciate each member of their respective bands, introducing and showcasing them through their concerts.

Maddie & Tae photos (click here)

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts photos (click here)

Next up at The Grand Theater in Durant’s Choctaw Casino is Peter Frampton and also Lynyrd Skynyrd on Aug. 7; Lady Antebellum on Aug. 19; and John Anderson and Pam Tillis on Aug. 20. Go Online to for information on these and other shows, plus concerts at the Event Center at Choctaw’s Grant, Okla. facility. Next up there is Vanilla Ice on July 22.


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