Oaklawn News




HOT SPRINGS, AR (Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016) – Gladys Knight, the “Empress of Soul,” iconic Classic rockers John Kay & Steppenwolf and The Monkees, making a stop on their 50th Anniversary Tour, are all a part of Oaklawn’s Finish Line Theater Series this coming year. Ticket prices for each concert will vary.


A seven-time Grammy Award-winner, Glady Knight, who kicks off the Finish Line Theater Series May 27, is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which also included her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight and her cousins Edward Patten and William Guest. While still with the Pips, Gladys joined with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John on the 1986 AIDS benefit single, “That's What Friends Are For,” a triple #1 mega-hit, which won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Her other chart toppers include “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” Most recently, she released “Where My Heart Belongs” in 2014, her 30th top 40 R&B album.


With such enduring hits as “Born to be Wild,” “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Rock Me” and “Monster,” John Kay & Steppenwolf are sure to wow fans when they hit the stage June 17. The band has stood the test of time and is among rock’s most beloved bands with over 25 million records sold worldwide. Its songs remain fixtures on classic-rock radio, and have been licensed for use in approximately 50 motion pictures and an even greater number of television programs. And, in addition to being the first band to use the term “heavy metal” in a song (in "Born to Be Wild"), Steppenwolf's punchy style helped to establish the fundamentals of the hard-rock sound that would flourish in the 1970s.


Among the highlights of Oaklawn’s concert series will be when The Monkees take the stage July 22 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of their hit TV show and debut single “Last Train to Clarksville.” The band, with members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, are touring in support of “Good Times,” the band’s first original album since 1997. During the group’s time together, The Monkees amassed a dozen Top 40 hits, including a trio of tunes that soared to #1. Between September 1966 and December 1967, “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer,” and “Daydream Believer” collectively occupied the top position for 12 weeks. Sales of their LPs were more phenomenal still: The Monkees occupied the #1 position for 13 consecutive weeks, and More Of The Monkees for 18 weeks. Both Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. went to the top as well, for a four-in-a-row feat in the incomprehensible space of 13 months.


“This is one of the most exciting lineups the Finish Line Theater has ever had,” said Director of Marketing Kim Baron. “Ever since the dates were posted on the bands’ websites, our phone lines have been lighting up. There are a lot of people looking forward to reliving some great memories that these legendary musicians are sure to invoke when they hit our stage.”


Oaklawn expects to announce several other acts in the coming months.

2016 Finish Line Theater Schedule


Friday, May 27:            Gladys Knight


Friday, June 17:            Steppenwolf


Friday, July 22:             Monkees