CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. - If it's New Year's, Jackie Greene must be at the Crystal Bay Casino.
This New Year's Eve marks the third consecutive holiday run of shows for Jackie and friends in the Crown Room. On Saturday, Greene, his band and the Mother Hips open the run with sets and collaborations throughout the evening. This is always one of the most fun shows of the year and sells out in advance.
On Sunday, Greene is featured solo and duo in a more intimate environment with just 250 tickets available, along with a limited number of VIP tickets for the show, which will include special seating, early entry and a private meet and greet with Jackie.
Finally, Green and his band bring in the New Year on Monday with a show that will carry over to 2013 with confetti, party favors and a free champagne toast at midnight.
The Black Crowes on Dec. 26 announced Greene has joined the band and will play on the "Lay Down with Number 13" tour which starts in the United Kingdom on March 24.
At 32, Greene has accomplished what many artists strive decades for. He has recorded seven albums of original work, an EP, DVD, and a recently released book of lyrics. Greene has been involved in many high-profile side projects. Included in his endeavors are performing with Levon Helm at Levon's famous "Ramble" and featured performer at Warren Haynes annual Christmas Jam.
Green has a reputation for putting on an energetic live show and has earned the respect of critics and musicians across the country. He tours 100 to 125 dates per year, playing to a devoted and growing fan base, and has been featured at many high-profile venues and festivals.
While difficult to categorize his music (frequent comparisons are to Bob Dylan and the Band), there is a consistent influence of Americana Roots Music that runs through the themes in his large musical catalog. At times, his songs are playful - other times they are sorrowful. But always, they are soulful.
Greene's most recent release isn't an album, its a book. Written and self-published, "Gone Wanderin' -The Songs Of Jackie Greene," is a comprehensive collection of Green's works from 2001 through 2011.