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Big Names, Big Excitement: Summer Entertainment at Michigan Casinos

8 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

June

Wynonna - 9th

Damon Wayans - 16th

Jimmy Sturr/Boots Randolph - 28th

July

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

August

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

September

Martina McBride - 3rd

Kewadin Sault, Sault Ste. Marie

June

Lee Ann Womack - 2nd

IFC - 16th

Eddie Money & Loverboy - 27th

July

Diamond Rio - 12th

ZZ Top with George Thorogood - 23rd

August

The Beach Boys - 17th

September

Lonestar - 1st

Leelanau Sands, Traverse City

June

Edgar Winter - 25th

July

The Glenn Miller Orchestra - 15th

Mickey Gilley - 29th

August

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."

David Waddell
David Waddell is an attorney for Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. (RMC), which assists businesses in navigating the legislative, regulatory and licensing systems governing Michigan’s commercial and tribal casino industries. He is the co-author of The State of Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book and one of the founders of The Michigan Gaming Newsletter.

David Waddell Websites:

www.michigangaming.com
David Waddell
David Waddell is an attorney for Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. (RMC), which assists businesses in navigating the legislative, regulatory and licensing systems governing Michigan’s commercial and tribal casino industries. He is the co-author of The State of Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book and one of the founders of The Michigan Gaming Newsletter.

David Waddell Websites:

www.michigangaming.com