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Big Names, Big Excitement: Summer Entertainment at Michigan Casinos8 June 2005
Another summer brings a long list of top-name entertainment to several Michigan casinos. Three of Michigan's tribal casinos have had great success in bringing customers in through the use of big-name entertainment such as Jessica Simpson, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, Reba McIntire, the Beach Boys, ZZ Top and Mickey Gilley. Each year, it seems the list of names gets bigger and better, providing Michigan residents with a wealth of entertainment options in their own backyard.
Here is a quick rundown of the upcoming events at three casinos:
Soaring Eagle, Mt. Pleasant
Wynonna - 9th
Damon Wayans - 16th
Jimmy Sturr/Boots Randolph - 28th
Reba McEntire - 1st
John Mellencamp & John Fogerty - 4th
Keith Urban - 8th
Brad Paisley & Sarah Evans - 19th
The Killers with Louis XIV - 23rd
Tim McGraw with special guests The Warren Brothers - 29th
Loggins & Messina - 3rd
Velvet Revolver - 11th
Alan Jackson with special guests The Wrights - 18th
Jessica Simpson - 25th
Summer Dance Party: Paul Revere & The Raiders with Felix Caveliere's Rascals - 28th
Martina McBride - 3rd
Kewadin Sault, Sault Ste. Marie
Lee Ann Womack - 2nd
IFC - 16th
Eddie Money & Loverboy - 27th
Diamond Rio - 12th
ZZ Top with George Thorogood - 23rd
The Beach Boys - 17th
Lonestar - 1st
Leelanau Sands, Traverse City
Edgar Winter - 25th
The Glenn Miller Orchestra - 15th
Mickey Gilley - 29th
The Bellamy Brothers - 6th
Darryl Worley - 27th
In addition to big-name performances, two local casinos (Greektown Casino and Casino Windsor) have also hosted exciting celebrity parties this past year during which some invited guests got the opportunity to meet sports legends who played for the Dallas Cowboys and NBA Superstar Shaquille O'Neal through Vertical Sports Group (verticalsportsgroup.com), a VIP casino event planner, and top-athlete management and marketing group.
Fundamentally, casinos are entertainment facilities designed to provide their guests with a wide variety of enjoyable ways to spend their time. Whether you enjoy first-class dining, gambling, spas, golf courses, shopping, celebrity parties or big name pop and country star performances, it is clear that Michigan's casinos have given more options to Michigan residents than ever before.
Summer is here and it is time to get out and enjoy all our state has to offer. The Michigan economy can use a lift, and with the struggles of the auto industry, Michigan's tourism industry needs to lead the way. With all their diverse offerings, Michigan's 17 casinos are contributing a lot to this effort, which should not go unnoticed or underappreciated in any state that wants to diversify its economy and become "cool."