Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort is proud to announce the musical acts that will take the Main Stage each night at the 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off! This year’s lineup features performers all music lovers will enjoy.
“This is one of the best entertainment lineups in Nugget Rib Cook-Off history,” said Lisa Jansen, Director of Special Events and Entertainment with the Nugget Casino Resort. “We are ecstatic to feature so many different genres of music that will add to the great festival vibe found at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.“
Wednesday, August 31 - The Rocket Man Show – Elton John Tribute:
Rus Anderson performs as a young Elton John in the tribute show ‘Rocket Man,’ which is a fun night of Elton's greatest hits. With Anderson’s spot on vocals, fierce piano playing and gorgeous costumes (actually owned by Elton), the show has earned an endorsement by the official Elton John Fan Club and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Rus gives the audience an energetic and memorable night – filled with nostalgia, singing, laughing and participation! Together, they walk down the Yellow Brick Road and relive the highs and lows of Elton's long career. Remember when rock was young? You will after the show!
Thursday, September 1 – The Garage Boys:
Only a few miles from the Las Vegas strip in June of 2007, four guys that had never met rehearsed for the first time in a beat up old studio. Little did they know that seven years later, they would be hailed as one of the most exciting and sought after rock bands in Nevada. The Garage Boys are a high energy, 100 percent organic rock band. Their unique sound reflects their influences, which include The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stone Temple Pilots, Weezer, Bob Marley, Sublime, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, Radiohead, Bon Jovi and Steely Dan.
Friday, September 2 – Vertical Horizon:
Founded in the early 1990s as a duo, Vertical Horizon released three albums independently and toured extensively. In 1999, Vertical Horizon signed with RCA and experienced meteoric success with “Everything You Want,” selling over two million copies. The title song captured the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts, and went on the become the most played single of 2000. Having carved out a page in the annals of music history, the band also garnered further radio attention with "You're a God" (#4 on Billboard's Adult Chart) and "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)" which became a 2005 top 20 country hit for country star, Gary Allan.
Saturday, September 3 – Jessie James Decker:
In 2009, Jessie released her debut album featuring the hit single "Wanted." The same year, Jessie traveled to the Middle East with Kid Rock to perform for troops stationed overseas. In 2013, Jessie married NFL wide receiver Eric Decker. Their life as a couple was chronicled on the hit E! reality show Eric and Jessie: Game On. The show exposed an entirely new audience to Jessie's unfiltered personality, flirty style and relatable music. Her Comin Home EP hit number one on iTunes upon its release in April 2014 and debuted in the top 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
Sunday, September 4 – Eddie Money:
After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with Money's sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured hits like "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise." Money followed the success of his debut with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era's most creative videos for songs like "Think I'm in Love" and "Shakin." In 1986, Money released Can't Hold Back, which featured the classic Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, "Take Me Home Tonight." The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit "I Wanna Go Back."
Monday, September 5 – The Original Wailers:
In 1974 when Bob Marley went solo, on the brink of international stardom, he surprised the music community by choosing as his lead guitarist the soft spoken, American-born Al Anderson. It was Anderson's stunning lead work on such classics as "No Woman, No Cry," "Dem Belly Full" and "Curfew (Three O' Clock Road Block)" that first alerted rock fans to the Wailers' music. Over a billion dollars worth of Marley's music featuring Al Anderson's evocative guitar work has been sold worldwide. Al has also played with Peter Tosh, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Inner Circle, Traffic and Ben Harper.
The 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort from August 31 – September 5. The six-day event attracts more than 500,000 people as 23 of the world’s best cookers will serve up more than 241,000 pounds of ribs.
For more information, please visit the Official Nugget Rib Cook-Off website.