Matt Applin and the Midnite Band to Provide Bay Area Entertainment at Twin Pine Casino & Hotel

Who’s coming soon to the Grapevine Bar & Lounge in the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel? That’s always a good question because there is never a lack of world-class talent on display. On Friday, December 9 from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Matt Applin and the Midnite Band will be rocking the house, proving once again that when it comes to Bay Area entertainment, you really should come to Twin Pine.


Meet Matt Applin and the Midnite Band

Matt Applin is a man of many careers, but music has always played a role in his life. The Springfield, Ohio native started as a member of the armed forces, serving in the U.S. Navy for 12 years. After visiting an enlisted men’s club to listen to some music, he was struck by the fact that the selection didn’t include any R&B. Feeling he could help correct that omission, he approached the club manager and was offered a job singing there.

After leaving the Navy he was an ultrasound engineer for Kaiser Permanente for many years. He recently retired, which has given him more time to focus on his music, which he describes as “funky dance music.” But he’s also no stranger to the R&B classics, which he has sung in many places under many different circumstances.

While on a ship in the Bay Area with his wife, be promised that he’d spend time with her and not do any singing. But, she wasn’t enjoying the music being played and before long he was on stage singing “My Girl” by The Temptations. And the impromptu “audition” led to a long-time commitment as an entertainer on the boat. He also tells the story of being in Mexico and singing “Happy Birthday” at a busy jazz establishment. The owner liked what he heard so much he hired Matt to sing at a grand opening and get him accommodations at a mansion and got the Applins first class tickets for the flight home.

A favorite in Solano and Napa counties, Applin once considered recording and touring, but after being on the go with the Navy, he felt that he wanted to be at home. At 65, he shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he recently recorded a solo CD titled “After All This Time.” When playing live, he’s a true entertainer, often heading into the crowd with his wireless mic to connect with fans. He loves for people who attend his shows to dance, and says “If you don’t know how to dance, fake the funk.”

Make Plans Today

You don’t want to miss Matt Applin and the Midnite Band, some of the best entertainment at our casino in the Bay Area. Mark December 9 on your calendar. And should you decide to make a night of it, call Twin Pine Casino and Hotel for reservations.