Jay Leno visits Lincoln to end Thunder Valley’s summer concert series

By: Daniel Wetter, The Press Tribune
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Thunder Valley Casino Resort welcomed Jay Leno to conclude the summer concert series bringing out close to 3,000 people to Lincoln on Friday. The show was held in an outdoor amphitheater, much to Leno’s surprise. “You know outside is kind of odd, I usually play inside, but it’s a nice venue and some nice folks,” Leno said after the show. According to casino staff, the 70 degree weather was just right for the show. “We couldn’t have had better weather tonight,” said Thunder Valley’s Vice President of Marketing, Kari Smith, “And an outdoor amphitheater in this climate, I think is ideal.” Smith also attributed the outdoor environment to an” intimate” feeling. “We removed some of the seating to make sure there were no bad seats in the house, whatsoever, and everybody had a great seat to see Jay Leno and enjoy the show,” Smith said. A couple from Grass Valley, Kim and Jeff Train, said they had a great time. “He was incredible, he was very funny, I was pleasantly surprised,” Kim Train said. Jeff also had a few jokes of his own. “It was much better than the Tonight Show, he must write these [jokes],” Jeff Train said. Leno says he continues to like the Sacramento area. “I’ve been up here a lot actually, you know years ago when I was starting out, I used to play the comedy clubs in Old Sac and all that stuff so it’s a nice area,” Leno said. The comedian ended the summer concert series for Thunder Valley this season, but they promised some big acts next year. “Were already in plans to bring it back next year, and we’ll have some great acts,” Thunder Valley’s Smith said. Leno’s topics included politics, terrorism, pets, TV remotes, and even obesity. “We’re getting fatter, our TV’s are getting skinner,” Leno joked.