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SIZZLING SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT HARRAH’S RENO

Plaza imageWe know good music and Harrah’s Reno is bringing it to you, free. We’re not talking about the stuff that’s tweaked on computers to the point where anything can sound good. We’re talking about bold music, live music, rock and roll that takes real musical talent and powerful vocal chords to rock a stage.

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Centered on Bill Harrah’s Centennial Birthday Celebration, Harrah’s Reno is offering a special summer concert series with performances every Saturday night. With a lineup of talented bands, go-go dancers and raffle prizes, Saturday nights at Harrah’s Plaza will heat up fast.

A list of highlighted performers, to name a few:

July 16 – XFEST 2011 featuring ROY ROGERS AND THE DELTA RHYTHM KINGS, 4-11p, $10*
Four bands take the stage for this alternative rock weekend.

*All other shows are FREE.

July 23 – THE JACKS, 9p-11pCrowd
AC/DC music at its best from this rockin’ tribute.

July 30 – HOT FOR TEACHER, 9p-11p
A salute to the music of Van Halen will keep the plaza rockin’ all night.

August 13 – 60s SUMMER OF LOVE, 9p-11p
Enjoy the best music from the decade of love.

August 20 – MOTOWN SOUL FEATURING NATHAN OWENS, 9p-11p
Incredible R&B and Motown performances from this experienced big band.

August 27 – WEIRD SCIENCE, 9p-11p
Always popular, this band performs the best in 80s danceable classic tunes.

September 3 & 4 – BIG CITY REVUE, 9p-11p
This massive band takes the stage two nights over the holiday weekend. Not to be missed, this band will have the joint jumping with party songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

September 10 – DEPARTMENT OF ROCK, 9p-11p
Myriad rock and roll tribute bands mixed into one spectacular performance. You’ll hear the most popular classic rock tunes from 80s and 90s on this not to be missed special night.

September 17 – POP VINYL, 9p-11p
The L.A. dance band performs party favorites from the 80s and 90s.

September 22 – BUDDY EMMER BAND, 12p-3p
Special shows to celebrate Street Vibrations.

September 22 & 23 – UNAUTHORIZED ROLLING STONES
A rock and roll salute to the stones. Classic.

September 23 & 24 – CREAM OF CLAPTON
Hear a rock and blues tribute to Eric Clapton in this special daytime show.

September 24 – BUDDY EMMER BAND, 12p-3p
Special shows to celebrate Street Vibrations.

September 24 – SYYNNYN LYNNYRD, 9p-11p
The perfect finale, this tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd will blow your hair back.

For a complete list of FREE Plaza Concerts at Harrah’s Reno click here.

BuBinga is Back! A Whole New Shade of Cool at the Eldorado

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BuBinga Lounge at the Eldorado has reopened with a whole new shade of cool!  Located on the mezzanine level across from La Strada Italian Restaurant, this all new venue features state of the art lights and cutting edge digital music technology that produces premium sound for live music and DJ tracks. 

A re-designed stage, surrounded by the dance floor, is the center-focus in the new BuBinga, with elite theatrical lighting, including fifteen moving lights and one colossal multi-movement light that pulses color throughout the room.  This sleek new hotspot features plush surroundings with all new faux black crocodile and snake leather seating modules with lighted table tops that omit rhythmic bands of color across the venue. 

Elevated VIP areas are available for bottle service as well as an elevated party booth capable accommodating up to 20 people for celebrating that special occasion.  As an added bonus, the Eldorado now offers “Plan a Party,” the ultimate get-together planning service.  Want to throw the ultimate birthday party or the best Bachelor or Bachelorette event?  Email our professionals at planaparty@eldoradoreno.com for details.

The ultra hip atmosphere inside BuBinga is also enhanced with twelve large, 42 and 50-inch, video screens wrapping the room.  Liquid assets abound, two sexy bars heat up the atmosphere while the best mixologists pour your favorite libation. Each bar is back lit with geometrical hues of blue color and a serpentine-shaped bar die wall that projects soft color waves. 

With an open design throughout, the new BuBinga Lounge allows guests to see the entire venue from almost every point in the room.  Entertainment includes live DJ performances and bands every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m. and Wednesdays starting April 16.  For more information and entertainment schedules call 775-786-5700 or visit the Eldorado online at www.eldoradoreno.com.

- Diana Rogers

New Aura Lounge Drink Specials + Free Lessons in Mambo, Cha Cha and More

Aura Lounge exteriorSilver Legacy Resort Casino is spicing up Sunday night with Salsa Etc. at Aura Lounge.  Enjoy great drink specials, free dance lessons and party all night long with DJ R Boogie every Sunday night!

The fun begins with the hottest happy hour in town; ladies drink free from 5 to 7 p.m. every Sunday night.  At 6 p.m. professional instructors and choreographers from Dancin! Performing Arts Center will give guests free dance lessons—from the mambo to cha cha, tango and more. Free lessons last until 7 p.m.

DJ R Boogie keeps everyone dancing all night long and Aura’s skilled flair bartenders pour delicious, south-of-the-border inspired drink specials including $4.50 Margaritas, $2 12 oz. Coronas and $2 tequila shooters all night long. 

VIP and Bottle Service are also available by request; learn more at www.silverlegacy.com or by calling 775-325-7401. Grab a dance partner and hit the floor at Aura every Sunday for Salsa Etc!

- Diana Rogers

Harrah’s Reno offers 80’s night and Ladies’ Specials

Experience Harrah’s Reno the first Saturday of each month and enjoy a trip back in time, all the way back to the 1980’s!  The Sapphire Lounge inside Harrah’s Reno will host an 80’s retro night featuring all of your favorite dance Harrah_'s_Sapphire_Loungehits from the vintage decade on the first Saturday of every month, starting February 5.  Prizes will be given out to folks in the most spectacular 80’s attire, and classic 80’s music videos will play on screens throughout the bar.  The fun starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. with no cover charge. 

If that’s not enough, the Sapphire lounge will also host a ladies’ night on the first Friday of every month.  The night starts and ends with 2-for-1 drink specials all night long for the ladies, and DJs playing today’s hottest hits.  Grab the gals and enjoy Sapphire’s signature martinis, classic mixed drinks, or beer.    The action starts February 4 inside the Sapphire Lounge at Harrah’s Reno.  No cover.      

Don’t miss out on the fun!  The next Friday ladies night and 80’s retro Saturday weekend won’t happen again until March 4 and 5. 

-Tom Crist

Hot New Theme Nights at Aura Ultra Lounge

Aura Lounge exteriorThe heat is on at Silver Legacy Resort Casino as Aura Ultra Lounge presents all new theme nights!  From salsa dancing to country swing, Aura is the best place to bring friends to party all week long!

Aura Lounge is the best place to be for intimate parties and more!  Service industry workers, spend your “weekend” with Aura!  Monday is The Biggest Little Locals Night with specials for service industry friends—fellow bartenders, waitresses, dealers and everyone else who spent Friday and Saturday night working can come down and enjoy an evening of fun!  

Come back for Ty Ku Tuesdays, a special tribute to the premium Asian Liqueur and Sake line.  Wednesdays Aura Aura Loung Interiorgets down for Country Night, just bring your cowboy hats and belt buckles and line dance the night away!  Thursdays it’s the ladies turn to take the mic with Ladies Karaoke all night long!

Not ready for the weekend to end?  Aura keeps the party going on Sundays with the spiciest Salsa Night in town!  VIP and Bottle Service are available by request; learn more at www.silverlegacy.com or by calling 775-325-7401. 

- Diana Rogers

Latest Technology Offers Unique Access to Eldorado Hotel Casino

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Imagine having the power to book a hotel stay, make dinner reservations, take a virtual tour of your room, find the best place to park and the best slot machines to play all in the palm of your hand.  Now anyone with an Apple iPhone, iPad or iTouch has that capability, thanks to a new Application from the Eldorado Hotel Casino.

The Eldorado launched the new App this morning, which can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store.  iPhone users will be impressed by the usability, functionality and interactivity of the Downtown Reno Hotel Casino’s new tech feature.  Built and developed in partnership with a San Francisco based technology company, this iPhone App is the first of its kind to hit the Reno business scene. 

“This App goes leaps and bounds beyond what other Reno companies are doing with multimedia technology,“ says Chad Hallert, Director of Internet Marketing and E-Commerce at the Eldorado.  “Say you’re standing in front of The Brew Brothers restaurant.  Your iPhone will use GPS to detect your location and our App will show you the current specials we’re running inside.”  Even without internet access, the Eldorado iPhone App will still be more than 80% functional in “offline” mode.

Business guests will find the Eldorado iPhone App especially user-friendly.  Corporations, businesses and groups can access their own private meeting section to view group itineraries, speaker presentations, conference catering menus and more directly through a login page within the Eldorado App. 

Other features include restaurant menus and event calendars with the option to make reservations or purchase tickets to concerts and shows at your fingertips.   Club Eldorado players can even look up their comps and points instantly without visiting a kiosk.  Watch for the “Slot Finder” coming in November, which will tell guests where their favorite games are located on the casino floor.  An Android version of the Eldorado App is already in the works and is set to launch in early December.

So order room service in the elevator on the way to your room and pinpoint exactly where you parked with the new Eldorado iPhone Application, which is now available for free at the Apple App Store.  A special offer will be given to the first 1,000 people to download.  For more information check out our iPhone App information in the Apple Store, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or call 775-786-5700.

- Diana Rogers

Comedian Dave Attell Set For Laughs at the Nugget: No Pressure, Dave.

Attell PosterNamed one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Attell’s caustic wit, rapid-fire delivery and “very adult” choice of material have earned him the reputation as a “comic’s comic.” But if you ask Attell, he’d say, “I’m just trying to get some laughs and sell some drinks.”

Catch funnyman Dave Attell, Saturday, June 12, in the intimate Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Attell got into stand-up comedy in the late eighties after graduating from New York University with a degree in Film and Television. Attell used this prestigious degree to land an amazing job in the food service industry – as a waiter. At night he would hit the “open mic” circuit in Manhattan. After many years, Attell worked his way up through the club scene onto the road, touring across America as a national headliner and developing a huge following among fans and the industry alike.

In 2001, Attell used this love of booze and laughter to create and host the hit series, “Insomniac with Dave Attell” for Comedy Central. A travelogue show in which Attell goes from city to city looking for late-night fun, The New York Times called the show, “a doubly rare beast, a comedy without rancor and a travel show about the virtues of the American underdog.” To Attell, the Insomniac show is more of a cross between “Girls Gone Wild” and “Cops”.

After four seasons of “Insomniac,” Attell taped several hour-long “Insomniac” specials overseas in Japan, Germany, England and Brazil. Once back in the states, he headed out on a thirty-five city theatre tour ending in Vegas, where he hosted a two-hour special for Comedy Central featuring Sean Rouse, Greg Geraldo and Dane Cook.

Attell has made numerous appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “Later with Carson Daly” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. He also appeared in Chris Rock’s cult film “Pootie Tang”. Other television credits include FOX’s “Arrested Development,” NBC’s “Ed,” HBO, Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and his own half-hour stand-up special “Comedy Central Presents Dave Attell”.

Dave Attell plays one night only, Saturday, June 12, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40, and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting www.janugget.com.

Raise Your Own Chickens and Bees and Drink Some Green Beer!

Earth Day RenoSure, you’re sopped in on Earth Day 2010, but it is after all HER day and Mother Earth can do as she pleases. Plus, you can let your sprinklers take a break and let her do all of the work.

People across the Reno Tahoe area are getting creative on ways to give back to the planet on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations. Below you’ll find a list of events in Reno Tahoe starting tonight and lasting through your weekend. (We’re expecting some sunshine by Friday!)

Tonight, April 22, take your little ones on a kid-friendly sunset stroll guided by Galena naturalists from the Great Basin Institute. The evening walk through the forest at Galena Creek Regional Park is from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Enter the park through the north entrance and meet near the restrooms. The stroll is subject to weather conditions, so please call (775) 674-5475, ext. 4, on the day of the program to confirm and RSVP. All ages are welcome and the suggested donation is $2 per person. Galena Creek Regional Park is at 18350 Mt. Rose Highway.

The Siena in downtown Reno is saluting Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 with 99-cent green beer, mixers, live music, a special fashion show and unique Earth Day Spin to Win which could net players $500. The Siena will match every dollar won in free play with the purchase of Emission Reduction Credits.  The fashion show kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Loft, featuring styles from Night Kind Burner Gear, Prism Magic’s Lucious Ladies, Vicki Lowell McGuiness, Junkee Recycled Clothing, Kalifornia Jean Bar, Veronica Coleman and others.  A live D.J. will spin the tunes and drink specials. To learn more visit the Siena’s Web site.

Saturday, April 24 check out the Bourgeouis Gypsies as they perform at the Alpine Meadows Spring Music Series. Straight from Sierraville, the Bourgeouis Gypsies have wandered across the country sharing their “hillbilly” mix of country, blues, swamp ballads, and homespun hillbilly heartbreaks. This five-member band shows exactly how much heart they have through the depth of their music. For more information visit their Web site.

Learn how to raise your own poultry and other animals, including ducks, rabbit s and bees, in the garden on Saturday, April 24 at the River School in Reno. Visit their Web site for more information.

People of all ages are invited to attend the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24 at Squaw Valley USA. Families can learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health. The festival will feature numerous vendors, speakers and live music! Visit their Web site for more information.

Sunday, April 25 take the whole gang (minus your pet – sorry, City of Reno policy) down to Idlewild Park for Reno’s 21st Annual Earth Day celebration. (The forecasted high that day is 71°!) The day will feature music on a biofuel-powered stage, sustainability workshops, children’s activities, a sustainable farmers’ market, free recycling for stuff like cell phones, booths with earth-friendly food, goods, and services. Over 200 vendors will be there and you’ll enjoy a variety of live entertainment all day.

Earth Day Reno 2Earth Day is organized by Nevada EcoNet. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Free parking and a free shuttle service to Idlewild Park will be available at nearby Reno High School, 395 Booth Street. If you ride a bike, roller blades, or skateboard, free valet service at Idlewild Park will be offered by the Reno Bike Project. For more information, call Nevada EcoNet at (775) 323-3433.

Men’s Journal Names Reno among Top 25 Places to Live

Mens Journal.jpgIf you live in Reno or have been lucky enough to visit, you know it’s a no-brainer. It’s a great getaway, let alone a fantastic place to reside. There’s never a dull moment in the Biggest Little City, from year-round entertainment, recreational options galore and all at an affordable cost. Men’s Journal Magazine recognizes Reno’s AAA Aces ballpark, the Riverwalk District, Artown and the city’s proximity to abundant outdoor recreations as several reasons why Reno had to be among the top 25 cities for “Best Places to Live 2010”, according to the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

The top 25 cities were included in various categories and determined by three variables including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the United States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for “Ski and Climb Without the Crowds” listing Reno’s median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and boasting 252 sunny days per year.

“Having Reno named one of the best places to live is a huge honor for our city and residents,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.  “We all know why we love this place, but the national recognition helps build credibility for our city as a top place to live, work and raise a family.  It also gets the word out about what makes our city so special including our downtown baseball park, Artown and burgeoning downtown.”

“Reno making a top places to live list helps increase awareness nationwide that Reno Tahoe is a happening place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy all this area offers, from downtown fun to high altitude adventure.” said Ellen Oppenheim, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) President and CEO.  “The recent investment in area hotel-casino properties, spas and restaurants are additional outstanding amenities locals and visitors can take advantage of.”

The April issue of Men’s Journal featuring the “Best Places to Live 2010” is on newsstands now or visit www.mensjournal.com.

Men’s Journal has previously ranked Reno’s historic Old Southwest as one of ‘The Best Neighborhoods in America’ in their June 2009 issue.

We’ve been tooting our own horn for a while. It’s nice to get some validation, though, dontcha think?

Calling all Leprechauns, Limericks and Irish Lads ‘n Lasses

Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day in Reno Tahoe USA

st patricks day reno

Here are some ways to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day in and around Reno Tahoe.   The green beer will be flowing, but family friendly events exist as well. Those who enjoy the Irish pub scene will find a wide selection of establishments from which to choose.

Reno Tahoe Irish Pubs
Irish pubs and bars in Reno Tahoe provide locals and visitors alike, real authentic Irish food, music, dance, and other entertainment.

  • Ceol Irish Pub – 538 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501 775-329-5558
  • Corrigan’s Bit O’Ireland – 1526 S. Wells Ave., Reno, NV 89502 775-322-1977
  • Donely’s – 2174 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, NV 89436  775-356-0299
  • Filthy McNastys Irish Pub – 1718 Holcomb Ave., Reno, NV 89502  775-622-3208
  • Foley’s Irish Pub – 3655 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502 775-829-8500
  • Lucke’s Saloon – 1455 S. Wells Ave., Reno, NV 89502 775-324-9432
  • Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub – 541 E. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89502 775-826-1950
  • O’Skis Pub & Grille – 840 Victorian Ave., Sparks, NV 89431 775-359-7547
  • Paddy and Irene’s Irish Pub – 906A Victorian Ave., Sparks, NV 89431 775-358-5484
  • Ryan’s Saloon – 924 S. Wells Ave., Reno, NV 89502 775-323-4142
  • Shea’s Tavern – 715 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501 775- 86-4774
  • Shenanigan’s Olde English Pub – 77 W. Plumb Ln, Reno, NV 89509 775-324-1177

St Patrick’s Day Events

st patricks day reno partyAmendment 21 St. Patrick’s Day Parking Lot Party
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Amendment! Doors open at 11am with specials on Irish coffee & Corned Beef & Cabbage. Irish food & drink specials continue all evening. They will have plenty of space with bars set up inside and out. The Celtic Band “317″ performs at 6pm. DJ JDUB continues the party well into the evening. Amendment 21 is in downtown Reno at 425 S. Virginia Street at California Avenue. For more information, visit their Facebook page or call (775) 786-0808.

3rd Annual Ceol Irish Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

If you were here last year, well then you know. If you were not here, then you need to be part of the best St. Pat’s Hooley of all!
Music performed by the Twelve Strings Band from Ireland.
Returning for our 3rd St. Patrick’s Day Hooley are our friends Kieth and Dan of the Blarney Band.
Food will be available from 11am to 11pm prepared by Reno’s own Men Wielding Fire.
The beer will be flowing the music will be jamming and a good time will be had by all!
ceolirishpub.com

Rapscallion St. Patrick’s Day Event
The annual all-day event features live music, green beer and Irish stew under the canopy in their parking lot. The Rapscallion Seafood House and Bar is at 1555 S. Wells Avenue in Reno. For more information, call (775) 323-1211 or visit them online.

party like the irishSt. Patty’s day at the Cadillac Ranch & Rack & Pinz

Come celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Coors Light, KRZQ, Cadillac Ranch & Rack & Pinz.
March 17th starting at 4pm – Live bands, Green beer, yummy food, beer garden and finish the night with live band in Cadillac Ranch @ 10pm.
Make a $1 donation to start the Spring Forward Pay It forward Campaign raising money for the Children’s Cabinet, SPCA and Keep Truckee Meadows Blue.  For more information, visit their Facebook page or call 775-331-2000

Cue And Cushion’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Party
Buy a $13 wristband and receive all you can drink Guinness, Harp, Murphey’s, and Green Beer till the kegs run dry, $4 Irish Car Bomb’s or any other Irish Shot, $8.95 Cornbeef And Cabbage, And last but not least free rides to and from the Wells Pub Crawl on their famous Cue And Cushion Fire Truck!!!!!
For more information visit their Facebook page or call 775-322-0116

Club Cal Neva St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl
A $10 cover gets you libations from assorted casino bars, and enter the costume contest for $100 prizes for most traditional, sexiest, and more outrageous. Winners chosen at at cabaret bar at 9 p.m.  Crawl includes: Front bar: Shot of whiskey and a domestic beer, Keno bar: Killian’s Red, Cabaret bar: Car bomb, Sports bar: 16 oz. Harp Lager and well shot and the Skyway bar: Irish Thunder cocktail.  For more information, visit http://blog.clubcalneva.com or call 775-323-1046

st patricks day party 2Donely’s St. Patty’s Day Specials
2174 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, (775)356-0299. Owner Priscilla Preciado will be offering free Bangers and Mash, to their St Patty’s Day revelers.

3rd Annual St. Patrick’s  -  Along the Riverwalk

This unofficial bar hopping event takes place in downtown Reno’s Riverwalk District and is officially sponsored by the Riverwalk Merchant’s Association. From noon till closing on Saturday, March 20, look for drink specials, entertainment, and giveaways at these establishments – Imperial, SE7EN, SE7EN on West, Jungle Vino, Pizza Reno,Wild River Grille, Sierra Taphouse, and 5 Star Saloon.

Virginia City St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry  Saturday, March 13th
Virginia City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is at noon, featuring marching leprechauns and other green attractions. In conjunction with the parade, participants in the 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry will be serving up these treats (yes, they are sheep testicles) cooked in a variety of ways. If you’ve never tried one, you should, as they taste a lot like clams, mussels and real oysters. For more information, contact the Virginia City Visitor’s Center at (775) 847-4386.