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Country legend and actor Dwight Yoakam plays at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 3

Country legend and actor Dwight Yoakam plays at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 3
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From a press release:

It was announced today that country music legend Dwight Yoakam will be performing in the Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

Ticket prices start at $29 and will go on sale this Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. through, Ticketmaster’s national toll-free charge-by-phone number at 1-800-745-3000, and any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available, free of service fees, at the Mohegan Sun Pocono box office (1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre).

Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. He received the “Artist of the Year” award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors and Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization.

On Sept. 23, Yoakam released his first-ever bluegrass album, “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars,” on Sugar Hill Records. Featuring a band of bluegrass luminaries, this album boasts a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalog, as well as a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Produced by nine-time Grammy winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of “Whiskey Lullaby”), and Yoakam himself, and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, this album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky that has inspired him for many years thereafter. In 2015, Yoakam released “Second Hand Heart” on Warner/Reprise records, the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed album “3 Pears.”

In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor, capable of seamlessly melting into his roles (most famously in “Sling Blade”) and impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians over the course of his storied and successful acting career, including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Matthew McConaughey.

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive entertainment, gaming, shopping, and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Wilkes-Barre/Plains, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square foot convention center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space, including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment, and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware.