Lee Greenwood to Star at 60th Anniversary Neewollah Concert with Added Attraction Kyle Dillingham, October 27 at Memorial Hall

 

Lee Greenwood to Star at 60th Anniversary Neewollah Concert with Added Attraction Kyle Dillingham, October 27 at Memorial Hall

The nine day Halloween themed festival will also feature the festival’s co-founder, Jim Halsey, as Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade on October 27

The Neewollah Festival will celebrate its 60th Anniversary from October 19-27, in downtown Independence, Kansas. The famous nine day Halloween themed festival will feature live theatrical productions, concerts, three different parades, 5K/10K fun runs, pageants, a carnival, a chili cook off, vendors, food and more.

Neewollah was revived into a multi-day celebration in 1958 by legendary music impresario and Independence, Kansas native, Jim Halsey, along with Jerry Webb, Bob Wohltman, and Don Dancer. The first Neewollah celebration actually dates all the way back to 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community. In the beginning the events centered on parades of decorated cars and carriages during the morning, afternoon, and night on October 31.

In 1981 HBO produced a music special from Neewollah – also organized by Jim Halsey, Sherman Halsey, and directed by award winner Marty Calliner – starring Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Lee, Charlie Rich and Lacy J Dalton. Other stars that have headlined the festival over the years have been Don Williams, Mel Tillis, BJ Thomas, Roy Clark, Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Ray Price, and The Bellamy Brothers.

Today, Neewollah is the largest annual celebration in Kansas. The city of Independence will grow from a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants to 75,000 in the final days of the now 10-day celebration. Today’s celebration now includes 3 parades, a Doo Dah Parade (adult Kiddie Parade), a Kiddies Parade and a Grand Parade. Other activities include a chili cook-off, a hometown musical, and a queen’s pageant also adds to the festival activities. The main downtown is filled with a variety of food vendors, a large carnival and bandstand for nightly entertainment. The arts and craft show, the band competition, and the fun run provide activities for everyone.

The Neewollah Festival will conclude on Saturday, October 27 with the Grand Parade, featuring the festival’s co-founder Jim Halsey as the Grand Marshal, followed by a concert that evening with iconic Country music star, Lee Greenwood, along with Americana performer Kyle Dillingham at Memorial Hall. This will mark Lee Greenwood’s third appearance at the Neewollah Festival.

Grammy award winner Lee Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit, seven #1 songs, 25 charted singles, and a CMA Song of the Year award in 1985 for his most recognizable, and patriotic song, “God Bless the USA.” Other hits from him include “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “ Ring on her Finger Time on her Hands,” “She’s Lying,” “ I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going, Going Gone,” “You Got a Good Love Comin,” “Fools Gold,” and “ Mornin’ Ride.”

Also joining on the stage that evening will be Oklahoma’s official musical ambassador and fiddle extraordinaire, Kyle Dillingham and his band, Horseshoe Road. Dillingham is a classically trained fiddle player who first picked up a violin when he was just nine years old. Eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Together, Dillingham and his band have represented America internationally in 37 countries. More recently, Dillingham was nominated by the National Endowment for the Arts to officially represent the United States in the NEA’s American Music Abroad program, and performed at the NEA’s awards banquet in Washington D.C. on September 28. This rare opportunity was a huge honor as Kyle Dillingham also paid homage to famed clothing designer, Manuel Cuevas at the ceremony. Kyle, who often wears suits designed by Manuel on stage has formed a friendship and deep respect for Manuel since their first visit together. On stage, Dillingham performs a mix of his band’s original songs, along with classic covers and fiddlin’ favorites that are sure to have audiences on their feet.

For more information, and to buy advance online tickets for the Neewollah Festival, visit www.neewollah.com or the festival’s Facebook Event Page. Help lines for online ticket sales is 620-330-6834 or 620-330-0675, and will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm CT, Monday thru Friday.

About Neewollah Festival:
The Neewollah (“Halloween” spelled backwards) celebration began in 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community of Independence, Kansas. In the beginning the events centered on parades, morning, afternoon, and night on October 31. The parades consisted mainly of decorated cars and carriages. Queens and princesses from area festivals rode in the parades, along with their own Queen Neelah who was selected based on votes bought at a penny each. The Great Depression and World War II interrupted the Neewollah celebration but in 1958 four businessmen revived and elaborated on the Neewollah theme bringing it back as a 3-day celebration featuring big-name music and recording stars.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas August 2017 Entertainment, Tournaments, and Gaming Promotions

 

Golden Nugget Las Vegas August 2017 Special Events, Entertainment, Tournaments, and Gaming Promotions

 

 

AUGUST 2017 FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT
52 Fridays Concert Series in the Golden Nugget Showroom
Golden Nugget Las Vegas has raised the standard for entertainment in downtown Las Vegas with its acclaimed 52 Fridays Concert Series. The resort presents a diverse lineup of weekly acts, from GRAMMY award-winning pop artists to rock and roll royalty. To purchase tickets, call 866-946-5336 or click here.

FireHouse – August 4, 2017 at 8 p.m.
FireHouse is an American glam metal band formed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1989. The band reached stardom during the early 1990s with hit singles like “Don’t Treat Me Bad” and “All She Wrote,” as well as their signature ballads “I Live My Life for You,” “Love of a Lifetime,” and “When I Look into Your Eyes.”

Rare Earth – August 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Originally signed Motown band from the 1960s, Rare Earth, is making a first-time stop at the Golden Nugget Showroom. Their first big song, “Get Ready,” was a huge hit selling millions of records and remaining on the charts for almost three years. Some of Rare Earth’s other hits from 1969 to 1974 were songs such as “Big Brother,” “Born to Wander,” “Tobacco Road,” “Losin You,” and “I Just Want to Celebrate.”

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap – August 18, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Gary Puckett and The Union Gap had six consecutive Gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording artist, including the Beatles. Their first big hit, “Young Girl,” topped the charts in both the US and the UK. Other big hits include “Woman Woman,” “Lady Willpower,” and “Over You.” Gary and the UG perform to sold out crowds doing over 150 performances a year.


BJ Thomas – August 25, 2017 at 8 p.m.
With hits transcending pop, country, and Christian music, BJ Thomas has a repertoire that is sure to impress. Some of his greatest hits include “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

ONGOING ENTERTAINMENT, GAMING PROMOTIONS, AND TOURNAMENTS



Clint Holmes – Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Returning to his roots at Golden Nugget Las Vegas, singer-songwriter Clint Holmes kicked off his limited engagement residency May 9. Holmes will dazzle audiences with his vast repertoire of all genres of music, including some of his originals, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. inside The Showroom through August.



Frankie Moreno – Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Singer, Showman, Songwriter, Musician… Frankie Moreno is all of these things and more. Making his first debut into music on CBS’ “Star Search” as a gifted multi-instrumentalist, Moreno has been dazzling audiences with his mix of Rat Pack glamour and vintage Vegas swagger. Named “Las Vegas Headliner of the Year” two years running, Moreno has collaborated with such big names at Joshua Bell, Sting, Josh Groban, Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, and Regina Spektor. Moreno continues to command audiences with his highly contagious music and playful stage antics. An all-around talent, he puts his heart and soul into his music.

Daily Poker Tournaments
Play a hand in No Limit Texas Hold’em in the Poker Room’s daily poker tournaments. Daily Tournaments include two $65 Buy-ins at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and two $50 Buy-ins at 3 and 10 p.m.

Compete in a special Sunday tournament at 11 a.m. featuring a $125 Buy-in and $5,000 guaranteed prize pool. Visit the Poker Room or click here for more information.
New Member Rewards Program

The 24K Select Club is offering new members who earn 20 points a chance to spin and win up to $1,000 in free slot play and a $10 match play. Visit the 24K Select Club for more information.

AUGUST 2017 FEATURED TOURNAMENTS

Last Man Standing Blackjack Event – August 17
See who is the last one standing. For $100 entry, guests can participate in the Last Man Standing Blackjack Event from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Pebble Beach Ballroom.

$100,000 Honeymoon in Vegas Blackjack Tournament – August 17 – 20
Guests can try their hand in the $100,000 Honeymoon in Vegas Blackjack Tournament. Guests participating can participate in the registration reception on Friday, August 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in The Grand. Late registration starts Saturday, August 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Rush Tower Baccarat Pit. Entry fee is $500.

$30,000 Camping for Cash Slot Tournament – August 28 – 30
Pitch the tent this August and win a share of $30,000. Guests participating in the $30,000 Camping for Cash Slot Tournament can win a share of $10,000 in daily prizes! Registration from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. daily and tournament play anytime from 10 a.m. to noon.

A 24K Select Club card is required for entry to all gaming tournaments. For reservations, call (800) 777-5687 or email mycasinores@goldennugget.com Click here for more information.


AUGUST 2017 FEATURED GAMING PROMOTIONS

BBQ Cooler Picnic Set Giveaway – August 7 – 9
Perfect for camping or hanging by the pool, guests can pick up their BBQ cooler picnic set at the 24K Select Club Monday – Wednesday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Champagne Flute Giveaway – August 18 – 20
Cheers to long summer nights! Guests can receive a set of 4 champagne flutes Friday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. available at the 24K Select Club.
Cuisinart Portable Grill Giveaway – August 21 – 23
Just in time for end of the summer barbeques, 24K Select Club guests can receive a portable grill Monday – Wednesday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. to enjoy.

GAMING LESSONS

Learn to play a new game or perfect skills with Golden Nugget’s free daily gaming lessons. Lessons are held on the casino floor. Ask a dealer or floor supervisor for directions.

Three Card Poker, Crazy 4 Poker, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em and Mississippi Stud Poker
Daily – 10:00 a.m.
Craps Lessons
Monday-Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.; Thursday-Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Blackjack Lessons
Daily – 11:00 a.m.
Roulette Lessons
Daily – 11:30 a.m.

ABOUT GOLDEN NUGGET LAS VEGAS
The Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. The Golden Nugget now offers more than 2,400 deluxe guestrooms and suites; a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, race and sports book, and poker room; world-class restaurants such as Grotto Italian Ristorante, Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, Claim Jumper and Cadillac Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar; a luxury spa and salon; and The Tank, a year-round outdoor swimming pool complete with a 200,000 gallon, live shark aquarium and the new H20 poolside lounge. Since 2005, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas has made more than $300 million in upgrades, renovations and expansions under Landry’s, Inc, introducing first-class accommodations, exquisite dining options and fun-filled entertainment venues. Throughout the upgrades, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas unveiled the Rush Tower in 2009, brought Las Vegas its first Chart House Restaurant and introduced a beautiful new pool, The Hideout, as well as expanded the gaming, entertainment and retail options at the luxury resort. In 2014, the Golden Nugget invested $15 million in renovating the Gold Tower adding modern designs consistent with the upscale Rush Tower and invested $6.5 million transforming the Conference Center into a modern business space. Hotel reservations and additional information are available by calling 800-634-3454 or by visiting online at www.goldennugget.com.