British Sensation ILONA Rocks Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand with Four-Night Residency Beginning Jan 5 at 8 p.m.


Surging English Talent ILONA Descends on Downtown Las Vegas
for a Four-Day Residency at Freedom Beat
January 5th – 8th Inside Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino’s Restaurant & Rock Venue
“She has a voice that sounds like a blend of some the greatest singers of the last 30 years in one person.” 
(Graham Robertson, BBC Producer)
 The British invasion gets its Las Vegas encore in the turn of the new year. London-based talent ILONA is laying siege to the stage and speakers of Freedom Beat in 2017 over four nights – January 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th at 8 p.m. This residency at Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino’s flagship venue for rock anthems and eats will set an emphatic tone for 2017 as ILONA prepares to embark on a worldwide tour. With her celebrated blend of influences to draw on, a strong lyrical presence, and a unique voice best likened to the Sheryl Crows and Shania Twains of the songwriting universe, ILONA’s early bid for best new artist begins with the crowds of Freedom Beat.
Land a table at Las Vegas’ best new restaurant for live music and Americana-inspired dishes and witness the rise of a phenom. Since beginning her musical career only a few short years ago, London-based artist ILONA has already achieved a wild amount of success – she’s won awards, jammed with Ed Sheeran, rocked sets at SXSW, and owned the airwaves of radio stations in Great Britain and abroad. She’s has been invited to perform in Malta, Bulgaria, Norway and France as well as all around the UK – and now has her sights on lighting up Downtown Las Vegas. Along with her own headline shows, ILONA has supported artists as diverse as Passenger, Adam Ant, Paul Rodgers, Willy Mason and Daniel Bedingfield.
ILONA got her start through a serendipitous encounter with Iron Maiden and Cutting Crew alum Tony Moore, who was  bewitched by her voice. A creative relationship quickly flourished as more and more material was written, shows were played and music recorded. Moore, who has played a role in the early careers of many acts including Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini and KT Tunstall, said “I saw such great potential in ILONA, not only because of her powerful voice, but also her passionate attitude and work ethic, so I made a commitment to help her achieve as much as she could as an artist.”
The collaboration will take the stage at Freedom Beat as Moore joins ILONA as a special guest, playing guitar and piano in the band as well as performing music from his critically acclaimed past including, of course, the worldwide smash hit “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight.”
Freedom Beat is the restaurant and music venue where tastes and tunes collide. For upcoming performances, please visit:
Conceptualized by 34th Floor Hospitality Group and designed by Bunnyfish Studio with space features tiered levels where each table and booth instantly transform into the best seats in the house. Sound, lighting and staging was developed for the artist with the same precision and expertise as the kitchen was for the chef. Freedom Beat’s goal is to provide artists with the freedom to showcase hits and introduce new material; a no-holds-barred approach ensuring the stage at Freedom Beat will be the site of many “had to be there” moments; always with the goal to be the ultimate musicians joint.
With 160 seats and a generous bar, Freedom Beat will be open 24/7 and is located on the main casino floor of the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. For more information, visit:
Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is a unique hospitality and entertainment destination in the heart of revitalized downtown Las Vegas. Located on 3rd Street between Ogden and Stewart, Downtown Grand is situated on nearly seven acres that encompasses an entire urban block of hotel, casino and dining amenities. The property features two 18-story and 25-story towers adjoined by a walking bridge elevated over 3rd Street, with 629 guest rooms and suites offering luxury accommodations that set a new standard for sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas.
Downtown Grand’s casino offerings include 25,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 500 new slot machines, table games and a fully featured sports book powered by William Hill. Restaurants, bars and entertainment options include Freedom Beat, Furnace, Citrus, The Commissary and Sidebar. Partnering venues include the award-winning Las Vegas steakhouse Triple George Grill, world famous Hogs & Heifers saloon and Pizza Rock, renowned as one of the best pizza restaurants in the city.
Downtown Grand features a rooftop pool experience with more than 35,000 square feet of entertainment and special event space, an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, semi-private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area.
Downtown Grand has been recognized with a number of prominent accolades including “Best Downtown Hotel” and “Best Hotel Room Value” by theLas Vegas Review-Journal, as well as the 2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award. Most recently, Downtown Grand was recognized byStrictly Slots magazine’s “Best of Slots 2015” awards in multiple categories including Best Overall Casino, Best Slot Club and Best Casino for Reel Slots, and was also named Best in Downtown Las Vegas for Hotel, Suites, Staff and Pool by Casino Player magazine’s “Best of Gaming 2015”.

For more information, call (702) 719-5100 or go to Find on Facebook or Twitter @DowntownGrandLV

“The Voice,” Paul Rodgers, To Perform at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, October 3



Tickets on sale September 4


Award-winning vocalist and musician Paul Rodgers will perform at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Saturday, October 3.


Local pre-sale tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 3 from10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are available to the general public Friday, September 4 and can be purchased at


Voted as one of the 100 Greatest Singers by Rolling Stone, Paul Rodgers has become a true and influential voice in music history. He has led three bands to worldwide successes that include Free, Bad Company and The Firm and has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide. Achieving a Grammy-nominated solo career, Rogers has worked with many notable artists such as The Four Tops, Queen, Buddy Guy and Bryan Adams.


Rodgers is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist that has mastered the guitar, keyboard, bass guitar and drums. In 2013 he recorded his first album in 13 years, “The Royal Sessions” that went on to top the US Rock Radio charts with the hit “With Our Love.” Described as “The Voice” due to his bold and unforgettable sound, Rodgers has continued to perform internationally to audiences of all ages.

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About Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Located at the corner of Third St. and Carson Ave. across from the D Las Vegas, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center can accommodate up to 11,000 guests and features state-of-the-art stage, sound and lighting. The open-air design is inviting to both tourists and locals and offers the perfect spot for concerts, conventions and other large-scale events. Embracing the uninhibited spirit of Downtown Las Vegas, the new venue plays host to a line-up of curated events including premier concerts, food festivals and more. The venue is also the first entertainment arena in Las Vegas to accept Bitcoin as currency. For more information, visit or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @DLVEC.

PRS Guitarist NEAL SCHÖN to Release New Fusion and Blues-Inspired Hard Rock Album

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PRS Guitarist NEAL SCHÖN to Release New Fusion and Blues-Inspired Hard Rock Album

Legendary guitarist Neal Schön has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled SO U.  The new album features Schön, Mendoza and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades. Schön commented, “This is a great new record that features all three of us – Deen, Marco and myself – sharing lead vocals.  Enjoy!”

Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schön has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time.  Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana.  Schön moved on in 1973 to form Journey.  With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013.   As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schön continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.

In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects.  His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring “THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schön still has it going on – and then some…The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.”  In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schön uses custom-built PRS Private Stock Neal Schon guitars, made especially for Neal by world-acclaimed Maryland guitar manufacturer Paul Reed Smith Guitars.

SO U track listing:

  1. Take A Ride
  2. So U
  3. Exotica
  4. What You Want
  5. Love Finds A Way
  6. On My Way
  7. Serenity
  8. Shelter
  9. Big OceanThe album can be pre-ordered now via iTunes,Amazon and via the Journey online store; fans who buy SO U now via iTunes will receive “Exotica” as an instant-gratification track.

Schon fans and guitar aficionados might want to take note that as an endorsee of Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Neal has had the opportunity to collaborate with PRS to design his own signature model guitar, the PRS NS-14 guitar which is available through authorized PRS dealers and distributors.


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About PRS Guitars: Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric and acoustic guitars and guitar amplifiers. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Opeth, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers. 

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