The sax man wasn’t keeping it a secret. Nevertheless, the audience appeared pleasantly surprised when Kenny G entered through an aisle at TJ’s Corral in the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday, June 8.
“It gets everybody in a good mood,” he said. “They can see me up close and see my fingers move and how the sax is played.”
It was an intimate stop on a major tour that include some of the most storied concert halls in the Unites States, such as, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the Louisville Palace Theatre, the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit and a four-night run at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.
It also was a rare jazz performance for the venue in Minden, Nevada, which mostly features country and rock and roll shows.
Kenny G’s 1992 release “Breathless” is the best-selling instrumental album of all time. With album sales dwindling like phone booths and polar ice caps, his record should last forever.
Kenny G, 62, flew himself in a private plane to the Minden-Tahoe Airport. It was his first appearance at the Carson Valley Inn.
Also coming to TJ’s Corral are Uncle Kracker on Saturday, June 29; Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on Thursday, July 4; Dwight Yoakam on Friday, July 26; Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo on Wednesday, July 31; Martina McBride on Sunday, Aug. 4, and Loverboy on Friday, Aug. 9.