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Celebrating 19 Years of Amazing BBQ, Brews and Blues!

New Beer and Food Pairing Event to Kick-Off Festival This Year

Equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and rock and blues festival, the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues festival has become synonymous with summer. The unofficial kick-off to summer happens a little earlier this year with a newly added Samuel Adams beer and food pairing event held at the BuBinga Lounge inside the Eldorado Resort Casino on Thursday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will kick-off the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival, which is set for June 20-21.

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Street side on Friday and Saturday, the Eldorado will have the perfect complement to the festival’s variety of microbrews. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving a variety of tasty options from traditional barbecue fare such as slow smoked brisket, St. Louis style ribs and whole hog pulled pork served with creamy coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. All American favorites like Geno’s smoked New York steak sandwich, buffalo style chicken wings, hotdogs and grilled hamburgers can also be found. More eclectic offerings like BBQ Asian Ribs with Pho Mein Special BBQ Sauce and fire roasted corn with roasted poblano-cilantro crema and ground cotija cheese will also be available. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in fruit cobbler and ice cream.

Attendees can wash it all down with a selection of the Eldorado’s own custom microbrews from The Brew Brothers or the more than 50 microbreweries from around the world. The $30 daily or $50 weekend tasting package includes an eight ounce souvenir cup and unlimited tastings. VIP packages are also available for one-day at $100 or two-day for $120. The packages include a commemorative tasting mug with unlimited beer tasting wrist band (for one or two days), a 64-ounce Growler filled once with choice of The Brew Brothers beer and a BBQ platter from main food booth.

Northern Nevada breweries pouring samples at this year’s event include; The Brew Brothers, Battle Born, BJ’s Brewery, Brewer’s Cabinet, High Sierra Brewing Co., Stoneyhead Brewery, Brasserie Saint James, Great Basin Brewing Co. and Ruby Mountain Brewing Co. Additional stateside breweries include; Alaskan Brewing Co., Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Anheuser Busch, Bison Brewing Co., Boulder Beer Co., Brooklyn Brewing, Big Sky Brewing Co., Black Diamond Brewing Co, Boston Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Drakes Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Grand Teton Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Joseph James Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Mammoth Brewing CO., Miller Coors Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ninkasi Brewing Co., North Coast Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pyramid Brewery, Rogue Brewing Co., Rubicon Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Speakeasy Brewery, Tenaya Creek Brewery and more.

And in the midst of it all are two outdoor stages featuring non-stop rock and blues. Headlining this year’s event are Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends, including Alex Ligertwood of Santana and Wally Palmar of The Romantics. Additionally attendees can see the U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility; American roots music artist, Shane Dwight; critically acclaimed rock and blues guitar groover, Eric Sardinas; soulful South Bay guitarist and vocalist Maxx Cabello Jr.; high-energy harmonica and horns blues band Delta Wires; plus festival favorites the Jason King Band, Carolyn Dolan Blues Band, Rick Hammond Blues Band and Buddy Emmer Blues Band.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 20 from 2 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.eldoradoreno.com for more information or call 1-800-648-5966 to book your stay.

Full Schedule for the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival


Third Street Stage

Friday, June 20

4 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility

6 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Saturday, June 21

11:30 a.m. – Rick Hammond Blues Band

1:30 p.m. – Carolyn Dolan Blues Band

3:30 p.m. – Delta Wires

5:30 p.m. – Eric Sardinas

Fourth Street Stage

Friday, June 21

3 p.m. – Jason King Band

5 p.m. – Buddy Emmer Band

7 p.m. – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Saturday, June 21

11 a.m. – Buddy Emmer Blues Band

1 p.m. – Maxx Cabello Jr.

3 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility

5 p.m. – John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends

Alex Ligertwood, lead singer of Santana

Wally Palmer, lead singer of The Romantics

7 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off 2013

“If you like ribs, there’s no better place to be than this great gastronomic feast that competes to win over your taste buds. Music, meats, and crafts (of the art and beer variety) make for a family-friendly way to cap off the summer.” – Salon.com

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This summer, 24 of the nation’s top competitive rib cookers will vie for the coveted first place trophy, cash prizes and the People’s Choice Award as 500,000 hungry BBQ-lovers consume more than 233,400 pounds of ribs over an extended Labor Day weekend. The crowd also loves the annual Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, featuring pros from Major League Eating, including the #1-ranked competitive eater, Joey Chestnut.

Entertainment lineup:

Free Main Stage Entertainment:

Diego’s Umbrella
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 28

A mix of soul, punk and gypsy rock, this band from the Bay area will wow audiences on the first night of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.  Diego’s Umbrella is sure to get people dancing with their high-energy, funky music.

Keller Williams
7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 29
This musician really is a jack-of-all-trades. Keller Williams plays music reminiscent of jazz, funk, reggae, bluegrass, folk and more. He creates his own evocative sound and is often described as a ‘one-man jam-band’ due to his frequent use of live phrase looping with multiple instruments.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds
7:00 p.m., Friday, August 30

This blues rock group started in 1974, and will be sure to get people up on their feet dancing. They’re best known for their hit “Tuff Enuff.” Sure to be a crowd-favorite!

Mark Chesnutt
7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31

Country-favorite Mark Chesnutt propelled into the spotlight with his late-1980’s album, Doing My Country Thing. Since then, he’s charted more than 30 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs, including eight #1 singles.

Bad Company with Brian Howe
7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 1

This popular English rock band formed in 1973 and the group has included many popular rockers throughout the years. The band is best known for their hit songs “Can’t Get Enough,” “Bad Company,” and “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad.”


Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
3:00 p.m. Monday, September 2

Mixed styles of country, rock and bluegrass music will entertain rib-eaters on the last day of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. The band is known as a pioneer in incorporating Western Swing into its music, and became known for marathon live shows.

Sparks Farmers’ Market Sweetens Summer

Lemons, tomatoes and pears… o my! The 2013 Sparks Farmers’ Market is back, every Thursday, on Victorian Avenue, directly in front of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Each week of the Farmer’s Market offers new themes, community group involvement, exciting stage music and street performers. The event takes place every Thursday evening, June 6 – August 22, 2013 (except July 7 and August 8) from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

Shoppers will be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from local and regional farmers, along with items from various vendors, and try out food from some of our local food trucks.

There will also be a Kids’ Area, complete with fun and educational activities for children, on the plaza near the movie theater. The Sparks Farmers’ Market is a family-friendly event.

Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer’s Market

BURNING MAN 101

If you’re heading to the playa for Burning Man and need to know what to bring and where to get it we have you covered. Here is a list of tips and shops in the Reno-Sparks area where you will find the essentials to make your visit to Black Rock City smooth and memorable.

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Weather

For those of you who don’t know desert weather, the days are hot and the nights are cold.

Daytime temperatures routinely exceed 100º F. Sunscreen, lip balm and skin lotion are your three best friends on the playa. Drinking up to one gallon of water per person per day is the rule of thumb. Remember to eat proper salty foods to prevent electrolyte imbalance.

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  • You don’t carry a water bottle with you at all times.
  • You swill instead of drinking deeply.
  • You wait to drink until you’re thirsty – too late!
  • Your urine is anything but clear and abundant.
  • You become cranky.

Overnight lows in the 40’s can seem exceptionally cold after extensive daytime sun, so you’ll want to bring warm clothing and a good sleeping bag.

High recommendation: bring goggles. Dust storms can prowl the playa in packs or sweep in a broadened front across the plain at any moment.

Clothing

Outfits are crucial on the playa. Burners are encouraged to express themselves and wear what may not normally be accepted around town and at the office – so get creative.  By visiting these clothing stores and costume shops, you will find everything you’ll need from EL-wire kits to exotic fabrics to create the perfect ensemble:

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PolyEsther’s Costume Boutique

Junkee Clothing Exchange

Chocolate Walrus

Prism Magic Clothing & Imports

Bikes

A bicycle (with a bike light) is vital for enjoying the vast and burgeoning metropolis. Remember, Black Rock City turns into a decent size “town” with over 50,000 people. Here are a few shops where you can pick up your playa transportation:

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Bicycle Bananas

Reno Bike Project

Great Basin Bicycles

Food

It is crucial to bring plenty of food and water with you on your Burning Man journey so stop by these great retailers to stock up before you head out:

Save Mart Supermarket – 525 Keystone Ave.

Trader Joe’s – 5035 South McCarran Blvd.

Whole Foods Market – 6139 South Virginia St.

Simply Water- 1070 Gentry Way

Gear

The only thing sold on the playa is ice and coffee, so don’t forget any camping necessities such as tents, flashlights, batteries, shade, and water containers. Check out:

Cabelas

Scheels

Twin City Surplus

Sierra Trading Post

For more tips, check out the Survival Guide.

Check out our pictures from last year on Flickr.