America to perform at Little River Casino

MANISTEE — The 1970s rock group America will perform its chart topping hits at the Little River Casino Resort at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Perhaps a more appropriate name for the trio would have been “Americans,” since they were sons of U.S. Air Force personnel serving Great Britain.

Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley started playing mostly Crosby, Stills and Nash covers as students at their London high school. They formed America shortly after graduation – choosing the name because they didn’t want people to think they were Brits trying to sound like Americans.

America will be performing at the Little River Casino Resort at 8 p.m. on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Two of their biggest hits were on their first album, “A Horse with No Name” and “I Need You.” The trio moved to Los Angeles to record their second album, “Homecoming,” that included “Ventura Highway.” Other hits that followed included “Tin Man,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “You Can Do Magic.”

In 1973 America won the Grammy Award as best new artist and was also nominated as best vocal group. Among other honors was their induction into of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Bunnell and Beckley have continued to perform and record new music through the years. Peek left in 1977 and pursued a career in Christian rock music until his death in 2011.

America’s popularity continues 50 years later with millions of Spotify listeners. In a recent month, “A Horse with No Name” had 42 million streams, “Sister Golden Hair” 11 million and “Ventura Highway” 10 million.

The group maintains a busy tour schedule. The current tour has run through New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Indiana before the local concert. After their Little River Casino Resort show they will travel to Pittsburgh; Marion, Ohio; Greeneville, Tenn.; Marysville and Toppenish, Wash.; Massachusetts; Maine; New Jersey and California by the end of March.

Other upcoming Little River Casino concerts include Lonestar on March 9, Randy Houser March 23, Aaron Lewes April 6 and Head East May 4.

Tickets are available at the casino, by calling (800) 585-3737 and at


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