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Pink Martini featuring China Forbes kicks off Artown’s Encore Series at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Thursday, December 9

RENO, Nev. (Aug. 2, 2021) – Pink Martini featuring China Forbes will perform at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Presented by Artown, a nonprofit Nevada corporation whose mission is to strengthen Reno’s arts industry, enhance our civic identity and national image, thereby creating a climate for the cultural and economic rebirth of our region, Pink Martini will take the stage with a dozen musicians with songs in 25 languages and will perform its multilingual repertoire at Reno’s acclaimed Grand Theatre at 8 p.m.

Tickets for Pink Martini featuring China Forbes at GSR go on sale Monday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. PST and start at $20, plus additional taxes and fees. Friends of Artown presale tickets will be available beginning Monday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. PST Infinity Rewards members will have access to presale beginning Thursday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. PST through 10 p.m. PST. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-800-648-3568.

In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, with the intention of eventually running for office. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, cleaning up the Willamette River, funding for libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.

One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song – “Sympathique” (Je ne veus pas travailler)- became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don’t want to work”) for striking French workers.  Says Lauderdale, “We’re very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America… the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world… composed of people of every country, every language, every religion. Except for Native Americans, all of us are immigrants from every country, of every language, of every religion.”

Pink Martini has sold over 3 million albums worldwide on their own independent label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog). The band’s debut album Sympathique was released in 1997, and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Pink Martini released Hang On Little Tomato in 2004, Hey Eugene! in 2007 and Splendor In The Grass in 2009. In November 2010 the band released Joy To The World—a festive, multi-denominational holiday album featuring songs from around the globe. Joy To The World received glowing reviews and was carried in Starbucks stores during the 2010 and 2011 holiday seasons. All five albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey.

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