ERIC CLAPTON’S CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL WATCH PARTY AT HARD ROCK CAFE ON STRIP

HARD ROCK CAFE® TO HOST HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ERIC CLAPTON’S CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL WATCH PARTIES ON SEPTEMBER 20-21

JOE HAND PROMOTIONS TO DISTRIBUTE COMMERCIAL RIGHTS OF CROSSROADS FESTIVAL TO ESTABLISHMENTS LOOKING TO ATTRACT MUSIC FANS

Hard Rock Cafe® locations nationwide will show the highly-anticipated Crossroads Guitar Festival on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 through a partnership with Joe Hand Promotions in association with RRE, LLC.

Widely considered one of the world’s all-time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as a great collaborator, Eric Clapton will perform the fifth installment of his Crossroads Guitar Festival, on Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21 from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. Performances are available at 5 p.m. PDT on Friday September 20th and 4 p.m. PDT on Saturday, September 21st for a live simulcast at Hard Rock Cafe and other music venues, bars, restaurants and performing arts centers across North America through Joe Hand Promotions.  It will be shown free of charge to the public on the 3rd floor of the Hard Rock Cafe and on the Cafe’s new 20ft 4k digital screen.

The festival promises two nights of “performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players” with a different line up each night that includes Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Vince Gill, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, among others. Both nights are expected to be at least a four-hour performance.

All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Eric Clapton for chemically dependent persons.

Live music venue owners and promoters, and bar owners and operators are encouraged to contact Joe Hand Promotions at 1-800-557-4263 or visit joehandpromotions.com to arrange for a showing of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at their establishment. Participating locations will be included on Joe Hand Promotions’ Bar Finder search on the company’s website.

To find a Hard Rock Cafe or other participating bar or restaurant showing Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, visit www.joehandpromotions.com/venue-search.

“The highly-anticipated Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival brings together many of the world’s top musicians for two fantastic nights of live music,” said Joe Hand, Jr., President, Joe Hand Promotions. “Music fans from across North America can experience the sights and sounds of the Crossroads Festival with their friends and other music fans at their favorite dining establishment or live music venue. We’re excited to work with RRE in bringing the live simulcast to millions of music fans across the country.”

“Hard Rock Cafe is an iconic, internationally recognized dining and entertainment brand, known for its deep connection to music,” added Hand. “With Hard Rock Cafe, the highest-profile group within this segment, we expect other bars and restaurants to want to jam with Clapton and his guests and show Crossroads at their establishment.”

The Crossroads Guitar Festival features two different nights of live music with Clapton performing on both nights with special guests on different nights. The line-up of confirmed guests includes:

John Mayer, Alan Darby, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather Low, Billy Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Bradley Walker, Buddy Guy Band, Daniel Santiago, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Gustavo Santaolalla, James Bay, Jeff Beck, Jerry Douglas, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Walsh, Jonny Lang, Keb Mo, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Los Lobos, Pedro Martins, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Sheryl Crow, Sonny Landreth, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Misch, and Vince Gill.

Joe Hand Promotions, the leading provider of live content to bars, restaurants, and dining establishments, in partnership with RRE, is making Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival available at Hard Rock Cafe, and other bars, restaurants and live music venues. Joe Hand Promotions has been bringing fan communities together to watch sporting events since 1971. Joe Hand Promotions has presented more than 25,000 events to establishments while boosting their food and beverage sales, expanding their customer base, and increasing their late-night revenues. Joe Hand Promotions provided live music venues with the Grateful Dead’s three-show Fare Thee Well from Chicago in 2015.

About Hard Rock®:

With venues in 74 countries spanning 248 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

Greg Bonham Returns to the Smith Center with his sizzling trumpet skills

Greg Bonham Returns to The Smith Center With G’Day Las Vegas

 

Australian entertainer Greg Bonham returns to Las Vegas and the stage at the Cabaret Jazz room inside The Smith Center on Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m. with “G’Day Las Vegas.” As his third return to the entertainment capital of the world, Bonham will capture audiences with his soulful voice and sizzling trumpet skills, performing songs from Maynard Ferguson to U2 and Eric Clapton, with classic hits including “Hallelujah” alongside Bonham’s emotionally charged original songs.

Accompanied by his eight-piece superstar band, and award-winning pianist, Ryan Ahern who will open the show and perform renditions of famous tunes by Jerry Lee Lewis, Boogie-Woogie, Queen and Ray Charles.

Before America came calling, Bonham was a farm boy from Australia who rose to fame from Australian and UK television appearances and selling more than 14 million records in Russia. He now performs all across the United States and is excited to return to The Smith Center in Las Vegas.

“This year’s show will have a new format and will feature many styles of music,” said Bonham. “Get ready for the ride of your life Las Vegas, Ryan and I are ready to leave it all on the stage.”

Tickets range from $30-$40 and are on sale now at The Smith Center Box Office, located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, by phone at 702.749.2000 or online at TheSmithCenter.com.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Brings Blues Back to The Orleans March 10-11

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Brings Blues Back to The Orleans March 10-11

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will bring their chart-topping, blues-infused hits to The Orleans Showroom March 10 and 11.

Band namesake Kenny Wayne Shepherd began his career at a young age, sharing the stage with New Orleans legend Bryan Lee at just 13 years old. He has been recognized as one of the top blues guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine, along with legends B.B. King and Eric Clapton.

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band made its debut with “Ledbetter Heights” in 1995, which quickly rose to the top of the Billboard blues chart. The band followed up with “Trouble Is…”, which also reached the top of the blues charts and featured “Blue on Black,” a single that spent 17 consecutive weeks at #1 on the rock charts.

In total, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has released eight albums, including the 2014 release “Goin’ Home,” which hit #1 on the Billboard Blues charts.

During his career, Shepherd has received five Grammy nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He has released six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles. His acclaimed CD/documentary project “10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads” was the top-selling blues album of 2007.

Completing The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band are: Noah Hunt, lead vocals; Chris Layton, drums; Tony Franklin, bass guitar; and Riley Osbourn, B-3 and keyboards.


Showtime is 8 p.m. each night. Tickets start at $29.95 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; online at www.orleanscasino.com; or in-person at The Orleans box office or gift shops at Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located just minutes from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a Boyd Gaming casino resort featuring more than 1,800 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, a diverse selection of remarkable dining experiences, and chart-topping entertainers performing weekly. With more than $30 million in renovations and enhancements now underway, The Orleans offers a rich resort experience with exceptional dining experiences, like Alder & Birch Cocktails and Dining, Ondori Asian Kitchen and Bailiwick. The casino floor features all the hottest new slot machines and 60 table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and more. Additional amenities include a 70-lane bowling alley, an 18-screen movie theater, a spa, a poker room, a keno lounge, and a race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at http://www.orleanscasino.com, on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/orleanscasino), and Twitter (@orleanscasino). The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 24 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at http://www.boydgaming.com.

HARD ROCK CAFE LAS VEGAS CELEBRATES ITS BIRTHDAY WITH SPECIAL OFFER FOR GUESTS THIS FRIDAY

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HARD ROCK CAFE LAS VEGAS CELEBRATES ITS BIRTHDAY WITH
SPECIAL OFFER FOR GUESTS
Anyone donning a classic Hard Rock T-shirt will receive half off any food purchase on June 12

 

Hard Rock Cafe is ready to party like it’s 1971! On June 14, 1971, Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton opened the first-ever Hard Rock Cafe in London and an iconic brand was born. To kick off the birthday celebration a little early, on Friday, June 12, 2015, Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas will offer all guests donning the classic Hard Rock T-shirt half off any food purchase throughout the day. Locals and visitors should also be on the lookout for Hard Rock street team members popping up all over the city, who will be passing out hundreds of branded T-shirts to help everyone get in the celebratory spirit.

 

Two music-loving Americans founded the first Hard Rock Cafe in an old Rolls Royce showroom in London. After Eric Clapton asked to hang his guitar in that location, Tigrett and Morton had a vision to combine music, memorabilia and food for a one-of-a-kind guest experience. Since opening its doors in 1971, Hard Rock has evolved into one of the most globally recognized entertainment brands, with 154 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos across 64 countries. Hard Rock International has also become a leader in live music, hosting more than 28,000 live music events in 2014 and two major global music festivals in 2015 – Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach and Hard Rock Rising Barcelona.

 

More than four decades later, Hard Rock celebrates its birthday by staying true to the brand’s core mantra “Love All – Serve All” and offering discounted prices to guests wearing the cafe’s iconic T-shirt.

 

What:
Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Offers Special Discounts to Celebrate its Birthday

 

When:
Friday, June 12, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

 

Where:
Hard Rock Cafe on Paradise
4475 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV

 

Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip
3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Ste 120
Las Vegas, NV

 

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com.

 

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 200 venues in 64 countries, including 154 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Lagos and Busan, South Korea. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Grammy-Winning Bluesmen Robert Cray Band Return to The Orleans Showroom February 28-March 1

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Grammy-Winning Bluesmen Robert Cray Band Return to The Orleans Showroom February 28-March 1

Renowned rhythm and blues musician Robert Cray and his band will perform at The Orleans Showroom February 28 and March 1.

Originally formed in 1974, the Northwest-based Robert Cray Band played gigs in Portland and Eugene, Ore.,  before branching out to Seattle and the San Francisco area. Early on, the band toured with guitar great Albert Collins, and by 1983, they were sharing the stage at Carnegie Hall with the likes of John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon.

Credited by Rolling Stone with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor-sharp guitar playing,” rock blues icon Robert Cray “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the blues” with his album “Strong Persuader” in 1986.

Since then, Cray has recorded sixteen Billboard-charting studio albums and received 15 Grammy Award nominations, of which he won five. His most recent album, “In My Soul,” was released in 2014 and spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Blues Albums chart, peaking at #1.

Not only known for his guitar skills, this multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer has played with a cross-section of legendary musicians, including Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.

Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. At 57, he was one of the youngest living recipients of the prestigious honor.

The members of The Robert Cray Band include Les Falconver on percussion, Dover Weinberg on keyboards and Richard Cousins on bass guitar.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans offers more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has more than 1,800 guest rooms and a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a poker room, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleanscasino), and Twitter (@orleanscasino). The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.

Acclaimed Songstress Rita Coolidge to Perform Valentine’s Special at the Suncoast Showroom February 14-15

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Acclaimed Songstress Rita Coolidge to Perform Valentine’s Special at the Suncoast Showroom February 14-15

Recording artist, songwriter and two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge will set a romantic tone at her Valentine’s show, “Rita Coolidge: A Special Valentine Evening,” at the Suncoast Showroom February 14 and 15.

Coolidge began her career as a backing vocalist in Memphis in the 1960’s. Shortly thereafter, she relocated to Los Angeles and became the first-call backup singer for performers like Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson and The Temptations.

After establishing her dominance as a backing vocalist, Coolidge was asked to join the ensemble band Delaney and Bonnie, and toured with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell on the “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in 1970. Coolidge would go on to work with high profile rock artists including tours and recordings with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell and Stephen Stills.

Coolidge began her solo career with her self-titled debut album in 1971. Since then, she has released 15 albums and charted several hit songs, including  “Fever,” “We’re All Alone,” “One Fine Day,” “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “All Time High” and “Superstar.”

Coolidge has appeared in numerous movies, including “A Star Is Born” alongside Barbara Streisand, “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid,” “Vanishing Point” and “Christmas in the Clouds.”

Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office, by calling 702.636.7075, or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.

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About Suncoast Hotel and Casino
Located at the corner of Alta Drive and South Rampart Boulevard, Suncoast Hotel and Casino features eight restaurants, a 16-screen movie theater, a 600-seat bingo room, a 500-seat state-of-the-art showroom and an 80,000-square foot casino. For further information, visit www.suncoastcasino.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/suncoastcasino), and Twitter (@suncoastcasino). Suncoast Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com. Boyd Gaming and Suncoast press releases are available at boydgaming.mediaroom.com.

Blues-infused Rock n’ Roll Group Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Returns to The Orleans Showroom February 7-8

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Blues-infused Rock n’ Roll Group Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Returns to The Orleans Showroom February 7-8

Award-winning blues musicians Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will bring their chart-topping hits to The Orleans Showroom February 7 and 8.

Bandleader Kenny Wayne Shepherd began his career at a young age, sharing the stage with New Orleans legend Bryan Lee at 13 years old. Shepherd has since been listed among the top blues guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine, along with legends B.B. King and Eric Clapton.

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band debuted in 1995 with “Ledbetter Heights” and the album quickly rose to the top of the Billboard blues chart. The band followed up with “Trouble Is…”, which also reached the top of the blues charts and featured “Blue on Black,” a single that spent 17 consecutive weeks at #1 on the rock charts.

In total, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has released eight albums, including the 2014 release “Goin’ Home,” which was just nominated for “Blues Rock Album of the Year” for this year’s Blues Music Awards.

During his career, Shepherd has received five Grammy nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He’s had released six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles. His acclaimed CD/documentary project “10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads” was the top-selling blues album of 2007.

Completing The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band are: Noah Hunt, lead vocals; Chris Layton, drums; Tony Franklin, bass guitar; and Riley Osbourn, B-3 and keyboards.

Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

 

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About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans offers more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has more than 1,800 guest rooms and a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a poker room, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleanscasino), and Twitter (@orleanscasino). The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.

Award-winning Songstress Rita Coolidge to Perform at the Suncoast Showroom June 21-22

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Award-winning Songstress Rita Coolidge to Perform at the Suncoast Showroom June 21-22

Two-time Grammy® Award winner Rita Coolidge will perform many of her top hits at the Suncoast Showroom June 21 and 22.

Coolidge began her career as a backing vocalist in Memphis in the 1960s. Shortly thereafter, she relocated to Los Angeles and became the first call background singer for performers like Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson and The Temptations. After establishing her dominance as a backing vocalist, Coolidge was asked to join the ensemble band Delaney and Bonnie, and toured with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell on the “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in 1970. Following, Coolidge worked with high profile rock artists, including tours and recordings with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell and Stephen Stills.

Later, Coolidge began her solo career with her self-titled debut album in 1971. Since then, she has released 15 albums and charted several hit songs, including  “Fever,” “We’re All Alone,” “One Fine Day,” “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “All Time High” and “Superstar.”

Coolidge has appeared in numerous movies, including “A Star Is Born,” “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid,” “Vanishing Point” and “Christmas in the Clouds.”

Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Coast Casinos box office, by calling 702.636.7075, or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.

 

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About Suncoast Hotel and Casino
Suncoast Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Located at the corner of Alta Drive and South Rampart Boulevard, Suncoast Hotel and Casino features eight restaurants, a 16-screen movie theater, a 600-seat bingo room, a 500-seat state-of-the-art showroom and a newly renovated 80,000-square foot casino. For further information, visit www.suncoastcasino.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/suncoastcasino), and Twitter (@suncoastcasino). Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.

THOMAS & MACK CENTER CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

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THOMAS & MACK CENTER CELEBRATES
30th ANNIVERSARY

 

Today, the Thomas & Mack Center officially celebrates 30 years of award-winning entertainment, guest service and renowned fan experience in Las Vegas as it begins a yearlong celebration of its 30th Anniversary.

“We are excited to share this great Thomas & Mack Center milestone with the Las Vegas community,” said Mike Newcomb, Executive Director of the Thomas & Mack Center. “By catering to both locals and out of town visitor’s, we have provided the city with unprecedented economic impact over our 30 years of hosting special events.”

Thomas & Mack Center kicked off the celebration November 1st, announcing local Las Vegan Ron Mullins as “The Big Ticket Giveaway” winner. Mullins was awarded two tickets to every ticketed event at the Thomas & Mack Center from November 1, 2013 – October 31, 2014. More than 30 confirmed ticketed events were included in “The Big Ticket Giveaway.”

The Thomas & Mack Center continually ranks highly as one of the top grossing venues in the country; ranking #1 as the top grossing University venue for 15,001-30,000 capacity (Jan. 1, 2012 – Dec. 31, 2012). Additionally, Thomas & Mack Center ranked #2 for highest grossing Las Vegas venues (Sept. 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013), as reported by leading event industry publication Venues Today.

The continual success of the venue is attributed to both past employees and the current 82 full time and 1,200 part time employees. Many of these employees have been a part of the Thomas & Mack Center team for over 20 years. The arena is widely recognized for its many “best practices” throughout the sports and entertainment industry.

“Being such a viable venue for 30 years is a testament to all the very talented people who have dedicated their professional lives to the Thomas & Mack Center,” said Newcomb.

In 1983 the Thomas & Mack Center was designed and expanded to become Las Vegas’ first multipurpose arena to bring in revenue to the city. Once built, the facility had two major goals to reach: 100 event days per year and one million guests. Today, the Thomas & Mack Center hosts more than 250 diverse and distinct events annually, with over 22 million guests having passed through its doors. The venue contributes significantly to the overall economic impact of Southern Nevada by providing jobs, generating sales tax, and providing a facility for tourists and locals alike.

“Throughout our 30 years the Thomas & Mack Center has established itself as one of the premier venues in the country. We have always prided ourselves on being a leader in the venue business and not being afraid to step outside the box,” said Newcomb. “Creating our own ticketing company, UNLVtickets, was a big step that not many venues have taken and it has been a great revenue generator for our venue. Operating our own food and beverage also gives us the control and flexibility to generate revenue in concessions and catering.”

On Nov. 21, 1983, the Thomas & Mack Center opened its doors to the public for its very first event when the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Men’s Basketball team took on Victoria, Canada for the first game on their new home court. The Gala Grand Opening was held on December 16, 1983 and featured Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Diana Ross. Over the past 30 years, the Thomas & Mack Center has hosted some of the most exciting live events in the world such as the National Finals Rodeo, Championship Boxing, PBR World Finals, Disney On Ice, NBA Summer League, USA Basketball, WWE, Mountain West Basketball Tournament, the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus, and numerous others. Additionally some of the biggest superstars and super groups have performed at the facility, including Elton John, U2, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, N’SYNC, Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Phish, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Green Day to name a few.

“The wide array of events we get to be involved with is key to our success and keeps the team motivated. We have had many great highlights but a couple really come to mind,” said Newcomb. “In 2007 we were the first non NBA venue to host the NBA All Star Game, and we were the first US venue to host the PRIDE Fighting Championship group from Japan and held two great events with them in 2006 and 2007.”

The Thomas & Mack Center underwent renovations in 1992 and 2000 with a few recent updates last year. A new rigging grid was put in which increased surface area for the attachment of rigging points adding flexibility for different types of shows and events that Thomas & Mack Center hosts. Additionally, the venue has upgraded its control room to full HD production. This system is primarily for in-house video scoreboard presentations as well as projects that are produced for live and on-demand streaming.

Recently the Nevada state legislature approved $47 million in renovations and upgrades to the arena scheduled to begin in Fall of 2014. It will be a 24 month project working around the venues event schedule. Almost half of the renovation dollars will go to mechanical upgrades to bring the facility up to code and replace the 30-year-old infrastructure. Other updates and additions include ADA improvements, concourse restroom improvements, fire and life safety improvements, replacement of retractable seating, new seats in the plaza, concourse circulation improvements, concourse refurbishment, new escalators at the main entrance, and additional escalators at other entrances.

“We’re continuing to evolve and develop new offerings for our content partners that allow them to create new revenues and build new touch points with consumers,” said Newcomb. “We’ve always focused on improving. In a city like Las Vegas, you’ve got to keep getting better. The team members who came before us set the groundwork, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that the Thomas & Mack Center is a success going forward for another 30 years.”

Blues-Rock Group Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Returns to The Orleans Showroom November 9 and 10

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Blues-Rock Group Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Returns to The Orleans Showroom November 9 and 10

After a successful engagement last year, blues-infused rock n’roll group Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will bring their chart-topping sound to The Orleans Showroom November 9 and 10.

Bandleader Kenny Wayne Shepherd began his career at a young age, sharing the stage with New Orleans legend Bryan Lee at 13 years old. Shepherd has since been listed among the top blues guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine, along with legends B.B. King and Eric Clapton.

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band debuted in 1995 with “Ledbetter Heights” and the album quickly rose to the top of the Billboard blues chart. The band followed up with “Trouble Is…”, which also reached the top of the blues charts and featured “Blue on Black,” a single that spent 17 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the rock charts.

In total, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has released seven albums, including the most recent “How I Go,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard blues chart after its release in August 2011.

Completing The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band are: Noah Hunt, lead vocals; Chris Layton, drums; Tony Franklin, bass guitar; and Riley Osbourn, B-3 and keyboards.

Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a bingo parlor, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleanscasino), and Twitter (@orleanscasino). The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming.  Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.

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