Dierks Bentley Launches THE MOUNTAIN w/ Television & Fan Events

This Week’s National TV Performances Include CMT Music Awards,
and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Tune-In to Sirius XM to Hear Bentley Play Front to Back the Album
Critics Have Already Dubbed “The Best Representation of All His Skills” (Associated Press)
Live From The Ryman Auditorium

Ahead of the release of THE MOUNTAIN this Friday (6/08), award-winning entertainer Dierks Bentley will continue to unveil new music with performances off the album on national television and first-listen fan events. Tonight, Bentley will debut “Burning Man” (featuring Brothers Osborne) that critics have called a “hard-charging rocker” and his “most affecting song” (Rolling Stone) on the CMT Music Awards (6/06 at 7P CT on CMT). For the eve of his ninth studio album’s release, Bentley will host a rare one-night-only show (6/07) at the historic Ryman Auditorium showcasing all thirteen tracks, while fans across the country will be able to tune-in on SiriusXM The Highway (Channel 56).

This weekend, Bentley will continue on his 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR with an extra stop to meet fans at Vinyl Renaissance (7932 Santa Fe Dr Overland Park, KS 66204) before his stadium set on Sunday for CMA Music Festival. Bentley will also perform on TODAY’s Summer Concert Series (6/12 at 7:00A ET/CT on NBC) and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (6/13 at 10:35P CT on NBC). Exclusive fan performances also continue with an iHeartCountry Album Release Party  (6/12 at 9P CT via iHeartCountry’s YouTube) and at Pandora’s Up Close concert experience, both in NYC.

As THE MOUNTAIN “demonstrates his prowess and melds Bentley’s inviting voice with elements of bluegrass” (Kansas City Star), early reviews have critics clinging to the “earthen and majestic” (Entertainment Weekly) album and its “textures of mandolin, banjo, fiddle and flatpicked guitar,” (NPR).

“The best representation of all his skills, from being a true fan of acoustic instruments like the mandolin and banjo, to raising a glass to his partying crowds and delivering arena-sized anthems.” – Associated Press

“Firm footed reflection on home, self and purpose in middle adulthood. Bentley has crafted a Country gem here.” – Asbury Park Press

“The result is a project informed by the weight of 2017 but filled with gratitude for life and what lies ahead. Sonically, it’s a compelling marriage of contemporary and bluegrass sounds.” – The Tennessean

“Putting together 13 relentlessly happy, hopeful songs runs the risk of coming across as pollyannish. But in Bentley’s songwriting and voice, it is an outlook that is born of self awareness, contentment and connection.” – Lexington Herald Leader

Bentley has built a reputation as both a forever-young drifter and a dedicated family man, put in millions of miles on headlining tours and taken the fearless stylistic detours of a truly authentic artist. He continues that journey with his highly anticipated ninth studio album, THE MOUNTAIN (Capitol Records Nashville). Reaching a new creative high, Bentley co-wrote 10 of the 13 new tracks that are unified by themes of presence and positivity, and range in style from textured rock to acoustic folk, feeling both rooted and expansive at the same time. The Arizona native has scored 17 No. Ones and 13 GRAMMY nominations – including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. Bentley has amassed more than one billion digital streams, countless additional nominations from the ACM, CMA and Billboard Music Awards. Bentley continues to bring an “energy-packed atmosphere” (Washington Post) to venues and amphitheaters throughout the country on his 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR. For more information and a list of upcoming tour dates visit www.dierks.com



Tune-In to Performances on the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards,
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and TODAY

Known For “Delivering Consistency on Virtually Every Front” (NPR) Aldean’s REARVIEW TOWN
Receives Critical Praise for “Pushing the Boundaries of Country Music” (USA Today)

Multi-PLATINUM entertainer Jason Aldean has announced street week plans consisting of multiple national television appearances and fan opportunities in support of his new album REARVIEW TOWN, available tomorrow (4/13). To celebrate his eighth studio album, Aldean will host an intimate iHeartCountry Album Release Party tonight (4/12 at 10P ET via iHeartCountry’s YouTube), prior to co-hosting CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown on Saturday and Sunday mornings (4/14 and 4/15 at 9A ET on CMT). The two-time reigning and current ACM “Entertainer of the Year” nominee will return to Vegas for his performance at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards (4/15 at 8P ET on CBS) before continuing the momentum next week. Aldean will perform the Top 5 and climbing single “You Make It Easy” from his “muscular” (Rolling Stone) new record on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday (4/16, check local listings) he’ll take over the Big Apple for additional performances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (4/17 on CBS at 11:35P ET) and will play a multi-performance set on TODAY (4/18 at 7:00A ET/CT on NBC). He will wrap the week with the SiriusXM Private REARVIEW TOWN Album Release Show (4/18 at 6P ET on The Highway; Ch. 56) from the new Opry City Stage in New York City.

As he “flaunts his rich, robust vocals” (The Musical Hype) throughout REARVIEW TOWN, the “seasoned superstar’s” (Entertainment Weekly) hard-charging and ferociously confident album has already received critical attention ahead of release.

“Surprising fans for almost a decade after his genre-bending breakthrough smash ‘She’s Country,’ Aldean still revels in surprising fans and pushing the boundaries of Country music.” – USA Today

“Twelve years after Aldean helped recenter the genre, these sounds aren’t novel in country music. This is Aldean’s world; he inhabits it more convincingly than most.” – Paste

“With its programmed beats and high-octane guitars, the blustery production matches Aldean’s angst-filled vocal delivery.” – Rolling Stone

“What sets Aldean apart from the pack is that he’s still the guy from Macon, GA, who remembers the folks who have supported him from the beginning. That’s why he’s connected with audiences representing rearview towns all over the world.” – CMT

Aldean’s sure-footedness has helped define the genre’s 21st century, which plays into his 19 No. One hits, more than 15 million total album sales and dozens of sold-out stadium shows. Continuing with that momentum, the new music follows Aldean’s last three albums that each bowed at No. One on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart and all seven of his previous LPs have achieved PLATINUM certification or better. Aldean’s wide-open approach has made him a perennial live-show favorite for the format as he has headlined the biggest stadiums in the United States where “Aldean and his band rock hard and precise” (Houston Chronicle) and this year, his HIGH NOON NEON TOUR will launch on May 10th. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, www.jasonaldean.com.

Thomas Rhett Catapults Into 2017 Headliner Status


The CMA, ACM, Billboard Music and CMT Award-Winner Earns Praise from Critics while Dominating
Billboard, Mediabase, Spotify and Pandora Year-End Charts

Thomas Rhett to Cap-Off Monumental Year with Performance Slated for
“Dick Clark’s New Year Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” Live from Time Square on ABC

While Multi-PLATINUM artist Thomas Rhett garnered his first-ever GRAMMY nomination this week for Best Country Song with his record-breaking “Die A Happy Man,” he closes out an unparalleled year topping year-end radio, digital sales and streaming charts after earning continued commercial success and critical acclaim for his sophomore release TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.). With more than a dozen major award show nominations and trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, Broadcast Music Inc. and CMT Music Awards, his current single “Star Of The Show” off TANGLED UP DELUXE shoots up the Country radio charts as his fastest rising single to date. Thomas Rhett prepares to officially step into headliner status in 2017 on his HOME TEAM TOUR and at some of Country music’s biggest festivals alongside superstars including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert.

Kicking off the year with his record-breaking 2X PLATINUM smash “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett became the first artist since Taylor Swift in 2008 to hold the No. one position on the Billboard Country Airplay charts for six weeks, additionally topping Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for 17 weeks. He dominated the Nielsen “2016 Mid-Year List” as the most streamed song overall with more than 80 million streams and ultimately closed out the year as Billboard’s “Top Country Streaming Song of 2016.” Additionally, he is Billboard’s “2016 Top Country Digital Songs Artist,” Country Aircheck/Mediabase‘s No. One “Overall Artist of 2016,” Spotify’s “2016 Top 5 Most-Streamed Country Artists” and is the highest ranking of only two Country artist to make the Top 100 most “Thumbed-Up” songs on Pandora.

Thomas Rhett proved to push “the genre into exciting new territory” (New York Times) this year with national television performances on The Voice, TODAY, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, CBS This Morning, CMT Crossroads: Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett, The 50th Annual CMA Awards, The 51st Annual ACM Awards and hosted this year’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock. Thomas Rhett will celebrate the year with over one million people in Times Square as he performs live on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017 (ABC 12/31 at 8:00P CT).

On the road, Thomas Rhett brought his “retro, soul-inspired danceable mix of arena-sized tunes and hooky melodies” (Associated Press) as direct support for Jason Aldean’s 2016 WE WERE HERE TOUR while simultaneously tallying sold-out headlining shows throughout the country, including a historical stop at Atlanta’s Wild Bills where he was the first artist ever sell-out two nights. The undeniable fan connection also proved to be a “force to be reckoned with” (Daily Star) overseas with sold-out crowds in Belfast, London, Manchester, Glasgow and Amsterdam, earning the title as “Country music’s brightest new star” (BBC). On the horizon, Thomas Rhett’s first-ever headlining 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR with special guest Kelsea Ballerini and up-and-comers Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd will launch on Feb. 23 and has already seen sellouts in multiple markets including Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.

As Thomas Rhett continues “his journey to stardom” (TODAY), this year his inaugural “Thomas Rhett & Friends” charity concert raised over $250,000 to benefit 147 Million Orphans. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.thomasrhett.com.

RM Seafood To Celebrate Its Greatest Menu Hits In Honor Of 10th Anniversary This Februaury




Celebrate a decade of unforgettable culinary hits as Chef Rick Moonen honors the 10th anniversary of Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place with a special menu created for the occasion. This February, in addition to the regular menu, guests can indulge in 10 of Moonen’s most celebrated dishes that reflect the spirit of the restaurant, as well as the last 10 years of his culinary career, all month-long.


“I can’t believe that it’s already been 10 years since we first opened rm seafood here on the Las Vegas Strip,” shared Moonen. “It’s been an incredible experience to have served and held a role in this fantastic community that I have called home for a decade. I’m looking forward to celebrating the restaurant with the return of my favorite dishes, as well as seeing what the future holds for rm seafood.”


The 10 dishes selected for the menu will be available throughout the month of February as daily specials. The specials vary from lasting menu offerings that have been served since day one with the Catfish Sloppy Joe to dishes that showcase Moonen’s passion for sustainable seafood such as the Brandade of Scallops and Shrimp with a black truffle vinaigrette, shaved fennel and frisee salad. Playful dishes representing Moonen’s role in popular culture also make an appearance on the anniversary menu, including dishes from his time as a contestant on the second season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. This menu will allow diners to get a taste of rm seafood’s history and what elements have made the restaurant a staple for finding pristine seafood in Las Vegas.


The distinguished rm seafood opened its doors in February 2005 and has since received a number of accolades for its culinary offerings, conscious ingredient sourcing practices, and the welcoming demeanor of its hands-on owner and chef. Throughout the past decade, Moonen has created an array of memorable dishes, as well as explored the many facets associated with the experience of being involved in the culinary world.


For more information about rm seafood and to make reservations, visit www.rmseafood.com or call (702) 369-6300.


About Chef Rick Moonen
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement for more than 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike.  In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more.  Find him on Twitter @RickMoonen, Facebook.com/ChefRickMoonen, on Instagram @ChefMoonen or www.rickmoonen.com.

Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim Kicks Off Vodka Distilled Book Tour at Lobby Bar at Caesars Palace on October 3



In early celebration of National Vodka Day, renowned innovator and curator of cocktails, Tony Abou-Ganim will be kicking off his book tour for Vodka Distilled at Lobby Bar at Caesars Palace.  Guests will be able to connect with the master of modern mixology himself and enjoy cocktails from the bar’s signature vodka-infused menu in honor of the nation’s most popular spirit. Highlights include “Flame of Love” with Absolut Elyx and “Monkey Shine” with Absolut Mandarin, plus Lobby Bar’s award-winning cocktail from the Cocktail Gladiator competition, “The Philosopher’s Stone” with Absolute Elyx created by Caesars Palace bartender Angelo Larocchia. In addition, Abou-Ganim will sign copies of Vodka Distilled that will be available for purchase.


Throughout the month of October, the Vodka Distilled book tour will make stops throughout a selection of the top food and beverage markets in the United States, including Seattle (Oct. 5-6), Portland (Oct. 7-9), Sacramento (Oct. 10-13), San Francisco (Oct. 14-16), Los Angeles (Oct. 18-20), Orange County (Oct. 21-22), San Diego (Oct. 23), Scottsdale (Oct. 26-28).


For additional information on The Tour, please visit the Tony Abou-Ganim BevMo! Tour.


Tony Abou-Ganim, known as The Modern Mixologist and author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails and Vodka Distilled: The Modern Mixologist on Vodka and Vodka Cocktails.


Friday, October 3 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Lobby Bar at Caesars Palace
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109



About Tony Abou-Ganim
Tony Abou-Ganim is widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world.  He has made dozens of national TV appearances on shows including TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News and more.  Abou-Ganim is the author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails (Agate, 2010), which offers readers an in-depth look into spirits and ingredients available to today’s mixologist, both professional and amateur alike.  This entertaining and informative journey will take readers from the early stages of the cocktail to what Abou-Ganim has come to deem “Modern Mixology.”  Abou-Ganim also has a DVD to his credit, Modern Mixology: Making Great Cocktails at Home, and hosted the Fine Living program Raising the Bar: America’s Best Bar Chefs. Abou-Ganim has also won two Iron Chef America competitions; his first pairing cocktails with Iron Chef Mario Batali in “Battle Mango,” and most recently pairing cocktails in  “Battle Tequila and Tortillas” with Iron Chef Jose Garces.  His signature branded line of Modern Mixologist bar tools was released in early 2013, along with his second book, Vodka Distilled (Agate, 2013). Abou-Gamin is also a partner at Inoteca Liquori in New York City. www.themodernmixologist.com.


About Caesars Palace
World-renowned Las Vegas hotel and casino, Caesars Palace features 3,960 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the brand new 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy, the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis and the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcases more than 160 boutiques and restaurants and the 4,300-seat Colosseum spotlights world-class entertainers. For more information, please visit www.caesarspalace.com. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Las Vegas Chef Rick Moonen Goes Steampunk: Announces His New Concept – Rx Boiler Room



Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Rick Moonen is thrilled to announce his new concept, Rx Boiler Room inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Slated to debut in late June 2013, the restaurant that previously housed his fine-dining concept (often referred to as rm upstairs) will be transformed into a steampunk-inspired restaurant and lounge, with décor reminiscent of industrialism during the 19th century Victorian era, that promises to serve re-defined comfort food classics and hand-crafted cocktails.

“Las Vegas is one of the top travel destinations in the world, and with the food scene being turned on its ear the past few years, we wanted to create a truly unique and exciting eating and drinking experience for our guests,” said Moonen. “Rx Boiler Room will feature a cool and funky mix of old and new elements found throughout the space, and the menu is being created to excite and surprise palates of all levels, with cranked-up comfort and deliciously imaginative cocktails created by some of the best bar professionals in Las Vegas.”

Combining the alchemy of food and drink, Moonen will showcase his spin on classic comfort food, offering guests a variety of playful creations in small and large plate portions, ideal for a shared dining experience. Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, the drink menu will feature an emporium of the finest spirits and innovative libations, capably crafted by lead barman Nathan Greene.
Showcasing a playful interior design that defies its new age, Rx Boiler Room will offer a modern reflection of the Victorian era, celebrating the steampunk sub-genre often associated with science-fiction and inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. The overall eclectic feel of the room will be punctuated with warm colors, opulent leather seating, chalkboard walls, and a hammered metallic ceiling. Seating options will include comfortable pub-style tables within the apothecary-style lounge; or intimate booth dining, where guests will find themselves surrounded by a variety of glass art, sculptures and rich velvet drapes.

Rx Boiler Room will be open for dinner seven nights a week. For additional details, please visit www.rickmoonen.com or www.rxboilerroom.com. Like Rx Boiler Room on Facebook and follow along on Twitter for updates and special event information.

About Chef Rick Moonen
Restaurateur, chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement his entire 30-year career. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press since opening its doors. His cookbook, Fish Without a Doubt, featured as part of the Gourmet Book Club, is a practical, hands-on guide to buying, preparing and cooking a wide array of fish. Rick has been featured in Food & Wine, SAVEUR, Bon Appetit, Food Arts, USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and seen on Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dan Rather Reports, and CNN. Rick has received numerous awards including being named Chef of the Year by Monterey Bay Aquarium for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. Find him @RickMoonen, Facebook.com/ChefRickMoonen or www.rickmoonen.com.