Comedian Benji Brown Takes the Stage at Access Showroom Feb. 25


Comedian Benji Brown Takes the Stage at Access Showroom Feb. 25

Stand-up comic Benji Brown will bring the laughs to Access Showroom on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Brown began performing stand-up in 1999 after being approached by an agent. Using his childhood growing up in Miami as comedic fodder, Brown has been making classmates laugh with his prankster antics from an early age, making stand-up comedy a natural talent. Brown has worked with huge names in comedy like Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, Monique and Rickey Smiley, who made Brown a regular on-air contributor to the syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

Brown’s credits include appearances on BET’s “Comic View,” Jamie Foxx’s “Laffapalooza,” and STARZ’s “Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment Stand-Up.” Brown has also contributed his voice as on albums for Trick Daddy and Flo-Rida.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30.50 plus tax and fees, and luxury booths are also available. Guests 21 or older may purchase tickets by calling 702.692.7777 or visiting

About Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa is situated on more than 40 pristine acres within the Aliante master-planned community at Aliante Parkway and Interstate 215. The AAA Four Diamond resort was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016 and features more than 200 hotel rooms and suites; five signature restaurants; a 650-seat showroom; banquet facilities that can accommodate up to 1,100 people for weddings, conventions and other special events; more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space, a resort-style pool and a 3,500-square-foot spa. More information and reservation details can be found by calling 702.692.7777 or visiting Follow Aliante on Facebook and Twitter @AlianteCasino and on Instagram @AlianteCasinoHotel. Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa 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

2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards Makes Its Las Vegas Debut at Orleans Arena on March 27-28



2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards Makes Its Las Vegas Debut at Orleans Arena on March 27-28

The first and oldest televised awards show honoring gospel music artists, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards, is heading to Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28 with additional events held on Friday, March 27.

The annual Stellar Awards recognizes the accomplishments of gospel music icons and individuals instrumental in advocating for gospel music. This year’s show will be co-hosted by gospel singer Tamela Mann, comedian Rickey Smiley and comedian David Mann.

WEtv personality Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard and New G share the top spot as the most-nominated artists with ten nominations each. In her first solo project effort, Mary Mary’s Campbell earns ten nominations for “Help,” including “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year,” “CD of the Year,” “Contemporary Female vocalist of the Year,” “Contemporary CD of the Year” and “Urban /Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year.”

Ricky Dillard and New G’s “Amazing” also received ten nominations, including “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “CD of the Year” and “Producer of the Year.”

Another artist to receive multiple nominations is The Walls Group, with eight nominations. Gospel music luminary Kirk Franklin goes head-to-head against himself in the “Producer of the Year” category for the projects of both his protégés, Tasha Page-Lockhart and The Walls Group. Gospel chart-topper and reality television star and producer Deitrick Haddon earned seven nominations for his project Deitrick Haddon’s LXW, including “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Choir of the Year,” “Contemporary CD of the Year,” and “Urban /Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year.”  Other artists earning multiple nominations include Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir, Smokie Norful and Michelle Williams.

Hailed as “gospel music’s biggest night,” this year’s show features live performances by The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Mali Music, Deitrick Haddon’s LXW and Beverly Crawford, among others.

Prior to the Stellar Awards taping, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show will be held on Friday, March 27, beginning at 7 p.m. to announce winners of the non-televised awards categories. Additionally, The Stellar Awards Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held the morning of Saturday, March 28, beginning at 11 a.m. to honor the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences

Showtime for the evening is 7 p.m. Tickets to attend the taping as well as ancillary events are available ranging from $50-$200, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777, or by visiting


About Orleans Arena
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events. For more information, call 702-365-7469 or visit Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@orleansarena). Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at

Prank-Calling Comedian Rickey Smiley Makes His Debut At The Orleans Showroom August 23-24


Prank-Calling Comedian Rickey Smiley Makes His Debut At The Orleans Showroom August 23-24

Best known for his prank calls and many film and TV appearances, standup comedy veteran Rickey Smiley will perform at the Orleans Showroom August 23 and 24.

A notable “clean” comic, Smiley finds comedy in everyday observations.  He brings his cast of beloved original characters with him to Las Vegas, including church lady “Mrs. Bernice Jenkins,” “Lil’ Daryl,” “Joe Willie” and redneck “Beauford.”  The show also features a live band, which Smiley accompanies playing several instruments and singing.

Smiley is perhaps most famous for his prank calls, in which he presents absurd situations and cases of mistaken identity in the voices of one or more of his original characters.  His six comedy albums of prank calls have garnered favorable reviews.

Star of his own top-rated, nationally syndicated radio show, “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” is heard on urban radio stations across the country. It features Smiley’s signature prank phone calls, news and music, as well as interviews with entertainers including Kevin Hart, Ne-Yo, Ice Cube and Nicki Minaj.

Taking his comedy talents to the silver screen, Smiley has appeared in films such as “Friday After Next,” “First Sunday,” and “Baggage Claim.”  He has also hosted and appeared on “BET’s Comic View” and appeared on “Comedy Central Presents,” as well as HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and “Def Comedy Jam: All Stars.”  The third season of Smiley’s sitcom “The Rickey Smiley Show” recently aired on TV One.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting


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 keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at 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 16 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at