Texas rock outfit ZZ Top will perform at the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, La. on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Tickets are $65-$80 at all Ticketmaster outlets. Several others shows have recently been added to the Golden Nugget 2016 lineup. Photo courtesy of LocalMusicGuide.net

By Tommy Mann Jr. – The Record

That “Little Ol’ Band from Texas” is headed across the border for a showcase in Southwest Louisiana.

The Texas rock trio known as ZZ Top will perform Saturday, April 23, 2016, inside the Grand Event Center of the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, La. Tickets are $65-$80 for ages 21 and older and are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, including charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Originally from Houston, the band formed in 1969 and performed its first ever concert as a group in Beaumont, Texas, on Feb. 10, 1970 with a showcase at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The band, which features Billy Gibbons on vocals and guitar, Dusty Hill on vocals and bass, and drummer Frank Beard, is best known for hit songs such as “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “Got Me Under Pressure,” “Sleeping Bag,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Tush,” “La Grange” and many others.

During its multi-decade long career, ZZ Top has released 15 studio albums and three live albums amassing more than 25 million albums sales in the United States alone.

The band’s most recent studio album, “La Futura,” was released in July 2012 and peaked at number six on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. In July 2014, ZZ Top released “Live at Montreux 2013” on CD and DVD and features 17 songs, as well as live interviews with bandmembers.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the Hollywood RockWalk in 1994 and, most importantly, have even been declared “Official Heroes for the State of Texas” by the Texas House of Representatives.

Visit www.zztop.com for more information on the band.

Another rock show on tap for the Golden Nugget will feature the rock group, Night Ranger.

Night Ranger will perform Friday, March 11, at the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles. Tickets are $15-$30 and on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Night Ranger last performed in Southwest Louisiana in the summer of 2014 and will be making its first ever appearance inside the Grand Event Center of the Golden Nugget.

The band, which still features core members Jack Blades, bass and vocals; Kelly Keagy, drums and vocals, and Brad Gillis on guitar, along with Keri Kelli on lead and rhythm guitar, and Eric Levy on keyboards, are best known for their highly popular hits “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” “Four in the Morning,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sentimental Street” and others.

Night Ranger is touring in support of its most recent studio album, “High Road,” which was released in June 2013 through Frontier Records and peaked at number 105 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. This is the band’s 11th studio release, and its first since the June 2011 album, “Somewhere in California.”

Visit www.nightranger.com for updated tour information and band news.

The Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles is looking to have a big concert year in 2016 with nearly 20 shows already scheduled. Along with ZZ Top and Night Ranger, recent additions to the lineup include Don Williams, March 18; Leon Russell, April 2; Aaron Neville, April 16; Air Supply, May 21; and Kansas, July 8.

Other shows already on tap include Three Dog Night, Jan. 1; Pitbull, Feb. 6; Eddie Money, Feb. 12; Lou Gramm, Feb. 13; and Belinda Carlisle, April 22.

Visit www.goldennugget.com/lakecharles/ for the full schedule of events inside the Grand Event Center.