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Ring in 2015 with Reno Tahoe!

Reno Tahoe is wrapping up 2014 and beginning 2015 with a bang. Various locations around town are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the new year in a big way!

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The Nugget will be offering New Year’s meals at all of their restaurants, and the Celebrity Showroom will feature dinner and a show with live entertainment. In the casino there will be a free champagne toast and a countdown to midnight, complete with party favors.

Peppermill has a number of events going on the ring in the New Year. The Capri Ballroom Party starts at 9:30 pm on December 31. Come dance to the sounds of Maxxt Outt, who will be performing live. At midnight there will be party favors, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast. In The Terrace the Inciters, an 11-piece Northern Soul band, will be performing live. On the casino floor, the party keeps going with free champagne and festive party favors from 8 pm to 12:30 am. EDGE nightspot will host their Tick Tock NYE party with DJ Four Color Zack. Many Peppermill eateries will be serving special New Year’s menus to make your night of celebration complete.

Circus Circus Reno is planning a night of free live music with Escalade, free party favors, and fireworks at midnight. Some Circus Circus eateries, such as The Steakhouse at Circus, Courtyard Buffet, and Americana Café, will be offering New Year’s menus throughout the day. Visit their website for all the information!

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s LEX Nightclub will be partying the night away at The Black Tie Affair. This “exquisite night of celebration” will feature sounds by Enfo and Nick Ferrer. Ticket options include general admission entry at 10 pm or early admission, which grants you access to an open bar from 8 pm to 10 pm.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno will be hosting their New Year’s Even Rockin’ the Dome Dance Party starting at 10 pm on December 31. The night will include a drinks, party favors, live performance by DJ Kentot, champagne toast at midnight, fireworks, and one big party in the Silver Baron Ballroom all night long.

Cargo will be playing host to Apple Z on December 31. This “shiny new band” is composed of multiple music veterans from a wide range of genres. Their collective experience in all types of performance arenas has allowed them to rethink and remake timeless popular music. Tickets for this Cargo event can be purchased at the front desk of Whitney Peak Hotel or by calling (775) 398-5400. Whitney Peak Hotel will have a special New Year’s package for all guests. The package, which is priced at $250, features a Deluxe Room, full-course Chef’s Table dinner and champagne at Heritage Restaurant, two tickets to the Apple Z show in Cargo, and a bottle of champagne in your room.

Reno’s Knitting Factory and Amplified Entertainment present Amplified DJ’s for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Starting at 10:00 pm, party the night away to great music at one of Reno’s most popular concert houses. The Knitting Factory is 18 and over and has a full bar for visitors 21 and older.

Heavenly Lake Tahoe is also throwing a New Years bash. Head to the Village at 6:00 pm for a night of fun and celebration. The event will include games, a performance by The Fire Groove dancers, a photo booth, face painting, live music by Wes Quave, ice sculpting by “Fear-No-Ice”, and a fireworks show and a Gondola Ball Drop at 9:00 pm (in unison with the Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square). Guests are then encouraged to spend the rest of the night and ring in 2015 at some of Lake Tahoe’s many casinos, bars, and clubs.

The Bounce Festival and Bass Heavy are teaming up for another New Year’s Eve event at Tahoe Biltmore. Starting at 8pm head up to the lake for music and entertainment from acts such as LNR, Smasheltooth, and Andrew the Pirate. Get ready to dance the night (and 2014) away and celebrate the New Year with such a unique show. Check out their event page on Facebook for more information.

Snowglobe Music Festival will be held at the Lake Tahoe Community College Campus Deember 29 – 31. Spend a few days up at the Lake listening and dancing along to some of the best DJs and artists around. The lineup includes major acts like Disclosure, Skrillex, Phantogram, Cherub, and many more. 3-day tickets have already sold out, but single-day tickets and shuttle passes are still available.

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At VEX Nightclub at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe you can celebrate New Years Eve at a party featuring DJ Rockwell. Hats and party favors will be provided, along with complimentary champagne for all VIPs. Doors open at 9 pm and dance acts will perform throughout the night until 1 am. Andreotti’s at Harrah’s will be hosting a New Year’s Eve drinks and four-course dinner (view the menu here), along with live performances by local musicians Pier Perotti and Corky Bennett.

If you’re looking for a place in Reno to watch the firework display and countdown to midnight, head to the streets of downtown for a 15 minute show taking place from multiple casino rooftops. The main crowd of party-goers will join under and around the Reno Arch to watch the display, so be sure to watch the display put on by Circus Circus Hotel Casino, Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, and the City of Reno! Countdown to 2015 and send 2014 out with a bang! After the main event, keep the party going and head out to the plethora of local bars that are within walking distance from the Reno Arch and Downtown.

26th Annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Set For August 27th through September 1st

The 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off will run Wednesday, August 27, through Monday, September 1, 2014. This must-attend culinary, barbecue, music and craft festival is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free!

More than 500,000 visitors and 230,000 pounds of ribs were served in 2013. The wide variety of activities within the event, including the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, a carnival area with rides and activities, and top-notch entertainment – not to mention the best BBQ in the country  – all come together to draw thousands of people to Victorian Square every extended Labor Day weekend.

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Rib Cookers

Twenty-three of the world’s most decorated and talented rib cookers will feed event goers, while competing for a total cash purse of $14,500 and the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume competitive BBQ.  In 2013, Famous Dave’s BBQ took home the title of “Best in the West,” their third time following wins in 2006 & 2007 at the event. Another top honor – the 2013 People’s Choice Award was given to Chicago Barbecue Co. See the full list of rib cookers here: http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/About-The-Event/Cookers.html

2014’s winners will be announced on Monday, September 1, 2014 at the West End Stage at 2 p.m.

Rib Eating Competition

Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, will host the 9th annual Nugget World Rib Eating Championship at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Main Stage area. The country’s best competitive eaters, including Joey Chestnut will vie for $5,000 and the title of World Champion.  It’s estimated the top competitors will consume eight-plus pounds of meat during the 12-minute competition.

Entertainment

As always, the Nugget will welcome many talented musicians to be a big part of the celebration. Free headline concerts include: Lit on Wednesday, Eric Hutchinson on Thursday, Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue on Friday, Joe Diffie on Saturday, Jefferson Starship on Sunday and Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Monday. All headline concerts will be at 7:00 p.m. except Monday, which will be at 3:00 p.m. In all, more than 40 bands will play on multiple stages throughout the six-day Victorian Square event.

Shuttle Service

Daily shuttle service from the Legends at Sparks Marina will run Wednesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  There is no shuttle service on Monday. The pickup location will be in the unpaved lot between Fuddruckers and Popeye’s, and the drop-off location is the Sparks RTC Centennial Plaza.

Kids’ Area

There will be a children’s area located on the west end of Victorian Plaza. Children will delight in an array of rides and activities including:  an obstacle course, bounce house, slide and mechanical swing. Ride tickets will be available for purchase just outside the kids’ area.

New Cookers

New to the event this year are Hole In the Wall BBQ from Oregon and Yazoo’s BBQ from Mississippi. Four of the 23 rib cookers will be locate on Victorian Plaza near the movie theater. You will be able to find Desperado’s BBQ Rib Co., Yazoo’s BBQ, Butch’s “Smack Your Lips” BBQ and Hole In The Wall BBQ at this location.  Crafters and vendors will also be located at the East end of Victorian Avenue during the cook-off. See map: http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/Maps-Directions/Event_Maps.html

Guit’ With It! Legendary Junior Brown Plays on October 2

Junior BrownA singer and demon guitarist whose raucous blend of country and rock & roll helped make him a successful crossover act, Junior Brown is the real deal in the music world. Catch Brown Saturday, October 2, in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

After honing his guitar skills in relative anonymity throughout the ’70s, Brown became an instructor at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music, an affiliate of Rogers State College in Oklahoma. There, while teaching under the auspices of steel guitar legend Leon McAuliffe, a onetime member of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Brown met “the lovely Miss Tanya Rae,” a student whom he would later marry in 1988 and who eventually joined his band as a rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist. At the same time, a dream prompted him to set about creating an instrument fusing a six-string guitar with its steel counterpart. Contacting guitar maker Michael Stevens in 1985, he developed the “guit-steel,” a double-necked guitar combining the standard instrument with the steel. (A decade later, the two men reunited to update the “guit-steel,” and Brown’s cherry axe, “Big Red,” was born.)

After moving to Austin, TX, Brown and his group became the house band at the city’s Continental Club, where strong word-of-mouth eventually earned them a record deal. He made his long-awaited album debut in 1993 with 12 Shades of Brown, which featured a tribute to his biggest influence, “My Baby Don’t Dance to Nothing but Ernest Tubb.” It also showcased his often-stunning instrumental work, and blended Western swing, honky tonk, and electrified Bakersfield country. Guit With It followed later in the year, and like its predecessor, was met with considerable critical acclaim. After a five-song stopgap EP, 1995’s Junior High, Brown returned in 1996 with Semi-Crazy, which continued in the vein established on his previous recordings. The Long Walk Back followed two years later, and displayed a bit more rockabilly flavor. Brown issued his fifth album, Mixed Bag, in 2001. His next record, 2004’s Down Home Chrome, found him on a new label (Telarc) but with the same tried and true sound. Curb released a twelve-song Greatest Hits collection in June of 2005, followed by Telarc’s Live at the Continental Club: The Austin Experience later that September.

Junior Brown performs Saturday, October 2, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $22. Tickets are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting janugget.com.

-Michael Traum

Country Legends Oak Ridge Boys Play Three Nights at John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Oak Ridge BoysThe Oak Ridge Boys possess one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. Their upbeat songs and four-part harmonies have delivered multiple country hits and a #1 pop smash, while earning Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards and garnering a host of other industry and fan accolades. Catch the venerable Oak Ridge Boys, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 12-14, in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Formed more than a half-decade ago as a country gospel group, the “Oaks” underwent many stylisic, label and lineup changes before scoring a breakout top-five hit in 1977 with “Y’all Come Back Saloon.” The follow-up, “You’re the One,” reached number two, and their next album, 1978’s Room Service, gave them their first number one hit in “I’ll Be True to You” as well as two more top-five hits in “Cryin’ Again” and “Come On In.”

Thus established as crossover country hitmakers, the Oaks embarked on a run of chart success that would last through the 1980s. They hit number one again in 1980 with “Trying to Love Two Women.” But it was the following year that would make them a genuine phenomenon. Their recording of “Elvira,” an obscure, doo-wop style novelty song from the 1960s, became a major, Grammy-winning smash. Not only did it hit number one on the country charts, but its infectious “oom-pop-a-mow-mow” bass vocal hook boosted it into the top five on the pop charts. Its accompanying album, Fancy Free, became their first to top the country charts, not to mention their biggest seller ever. The title cut of their chart-topping 1982 follow-up, Bobbie Sue, also went number one country and nearly made the pop top ten as well. American Made’s title track also topped the charts in 1983, as did its follow-up, Love Song. In early 1984 Deliver became their third number one country album, and they landed two more number one singles that year with “Everyday” and “I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes.” 1985 brought three number ones: “Little Things,” “Make My Life With You,” and “Touch a Hand, Make a Friend.”

The Oak Ridge Boys’ sales began to slow a bit in the latter half of the ’80s, but their popularity endured and they still produced big hits with regularity. They hit number one with 1987‘s “It Takes a Little Rain,” and “This Crazy Love”, 1988’s “Gonna Take a Lot of River”, and 1990’s “No Matter How High”, giving them a total of 16 career country chart-toppers and 29 top ten hits. To this day, every time they step before an audience, the Oak Ridge Boys bring 25 years of hits and 50-plus years of tradition to bear.

With their latest album, the evergreen Oak Ridge Boys prove that they are not only enduring, they are evolving. The Boys Are Back is a roots-music revelation wherein the veteran quartet explores blues, country, Gospel and rock textures. Producer David Cobb brought the group styles and songs it has never attempted before, from John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” to Neil Young’s “Beautiful Bluebird,” from Jamey Johnson’s stone-country “Mama’s Table” to the blues classic “Troubl’in Mind.” “Hold You in My Arms” comes from pop star Ray Lamontagne. Country rebel Shooter Jennings wrote the collection’s title tune especially for the Oaks. “Live with Jesus” and “You Ain’t Gonna Blow My House Down” are Nashville songs, while “Hold Me Closely” comes from Los Angeles. This album’s innovative repertoire is perhaps best illustrated by The Oak Ridge Boys’ striking version of The White Stripes’ song “Seven Nation Army.”

The Oak Ridge Boys play three nights, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 12-14, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $50 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300.

Country Star Jo Dee Messina Performs in Reno Tahoe

Jo Dee MessinaMultiple No. 1 hits and a series of popular albums, including some pop cross-over success, has propelled Jo Dee Messina in to the music-scene forefront. This Friday, you can see Jo Dee Messina live in the Celebrity Showroom, July 30, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Part of country music’s late-’90s crop of female crossover stars, Messina’s appeal nonetheless remained more with country fans than pop audiences. It seems like it only took a few short years for Messina to rise to the elite ranks of female country artists who headline their own tours. The truth is, however, that Messina has been singing and plugging away since her early teens, determined to be nothing else but a country music star. She sang in musical plays starting at age eight but discovered country music at age 12 and got hooked on the likes of the Judds, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton. She soon started performing live, and by 16 she was playing local clubs with a rhythm section made up of her brother and sister. At age 19, she moved to Nashville in search of greater exposure and sang regularly for prize money in local talent competitions. One win led to a regular gig on the radio show Live at Libby’s, which in turn caught the interest of producer Byron Gallimore, who helped her assemble a demo tape. Gallimore was also working with the young Tim McGraw around the same time, and Messina befriended him. Backstage at one of his concerts, Messina met an executive from his label, Curb, and jokingly suggested that they needed a redhead. Producer James Stroud, who had just heard Messina’s demo, stepped up to vouch for her, and she soon wound up on Curb, with Gallimore and McGraw serving as her producers.

Messina’s self-titled debut album was released in 1996 and gave her two Top Ten hits in “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore.” The album sold well, setting the stage for Messina’s star-making sophomore effort, I’m Alright. Released in 1998, it made Messina the first female country artist to score three multiple-week number one hits from the same album: “Bye Bye,” “I’m Alright,” and “Stand Beside Her.” She nearly had a fourth, but “Lesson in Leavin’” stalled at number two. Honored by both the CMA and ACM in 1999, Messina staked out even pop-friendlier territory on her third album, 2000’s Burn. It became her first number one album, and the lead single, “That’s the Way,” her fourth number one single. Two more Top Tens followed in “Burn” and “Downtime,” and a fourth single, the Tim McGraw duet “Bring on the Rain,” also topped the charts, helping Burn sell over a million copies. Messina followed it with the holiday album A Joyful Noise in late 2002, and just months later, with only three albums to her credit, Curb released a Greatest Hits compilation. In 2005 she released her official follow-up to Burn, called Delicious Surprise, with Unmistakable coming in 2010.

Jo Dee Messina plays one night, July 30, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $50 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting janugget.com. Dinner and show packages are available.

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.