'Three Dog Night' to perform at Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 10:01pm

American rock band "Three Dog Night" will perform for the 2013 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.

“We are delighted to have Three Dog Night perform at this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta” said Oscar Leeser of Hyundai of El Paso. “This Grammy-nominated group transcends music generations and that is why we decided to have them perform an hour-long concert at the Fan Fiesta.”

The appearance will mark the first time Hyundai of El Paso sponsors an artistic performance at the event. Hyundai of El Paso had previously sponsored the halftime act for the Hyundai Sun Bowl game. The Fan Fiesta is free and open to the public.

With Three Dog Night performing on the eve of the 80th Hyundai Sun Bowl game, a high school band will be given the opportunity to perform a routine during halftime on Dec. 31.

“A high school band performing during the Hyundai Sun Bowl game pays homage to the history of the game,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “The first Sun Bowl game in El Paso featured the city’s top high school players, the El Paso All-Stars, against Ranger High School. Bringing in a high school band to march on the field during the 80th edition of the game is a special way to recognize the beginning of this football tradition in El Paso.”

The high school band will be selected from the participating bands at the 77th annual Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

Three Dog Night will perform a full set beginning at 7:15 p.m. at the 17th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta that begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. with the largest fireworks display in the Sun City.

The Grammy-nominated band had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three No. 1 singles, 11 Top 10’s, 18 straight Top 20’s, seven million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs.

Initially brought together by Danny Hutton and Cory Wells, Three Dog Night recorded the music of songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others.

The band, which is made up of Wells and Hutton on lead vocals, original band mates Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards) and Michael Allsup (guitar) and completed by Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums), performs over 75 shows a year, re-creating their larger than life songs, including “Joy to the World”, “Shambala”, “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”, “One”, “Liar”, “Black and White” and “Celebrate”.

Their now-famous name came from a story about Australian hunters who, on cold nights in the outback, sleep with their dogs for warmth; the coldest evening is a "three dog night".

For more information, visit  http://www.sunbowl.org/events/fan_fiesta

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