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Nugget Casino Resort Hosting 2016 Hot August Nights in Sparks

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort is honored to be a host property for 2016 Hot August Nights! Classic car enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of events and entertainment offered at the Nugget this year.

Official Hot August Nights Classic Car Drag Races & Burnouts
This always-popular event combines the smell of burning rubber and gasoline, paired with classic eye candy and high-adrenaline levels caused by risky racing to draw some of the best competitors in the country!

The event will take place at “Nugget Speedway,” a special drag racing track that is about one-sixteenth of a mile long in the Nugget’s West Parking Lot. Drag races and burnouts are held Wednesday through Saturday during Hot August Nights from 6 p.m. until midnight.

To enter your car, pickup-size truck or emergency vehicle in a race, vehicles must be 1976 and older. The cost to race is free for Hot August Nights participants and $75 for non-registrants, per day. Tires must be D.O.T. approved (no slicks), and no nitrous oxide or racing fuels are allowed.

The cost to attend is $10 for general admission and free for children 6 and under and Hot August Nights registrants.

Ultimate Car Competition and Cruise Down Victorian Avenue
Sit back and relax as you watch the impressive line-up of classic cars make their way down Victorian Avenue each night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.!

Free Concerts
Watching the cars of yesteryear just wouldn’t be right without the perfect, era-appropriate soundtrack. Enjoy free, nightly concerts on Victorian Plaza starting at 8:15 p.m. The lineup includes Rich West's "Rock 'n' Roll Radio Show,” Lady An The Tramps, Ronny & The Classics, Satisfaction The international Rolling Stones Show, 60’s Summer of Love, and Abbacadabra - The Ultimate Abba Tribute.

More Music
The Nugget Celebrity Showroom brings you even more music with Orbison and the Everly Brothers Reimagined starting Wednesday, August 3 to Friday, August 5 beginning at 8 p.m. The two acts crossed paths more than a few times in their prolific careers, but not much is documented. Orbison and The Everly Brothers Reimagined” combines this unique vision for an unforgettable night of career-spanning hits! Tickets are $20, plus tax and fees.

‘50s Costume Contest
All dressed up and no place to go when the classic car cruise ends? Wednesday through Saturday, each night after the cruise, Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que inside the Nugget will host a ‘50s Costume Contest where you could win $100!

Nugget Classic Car Parking
The 5th floor in the parking garage is designated for classic car parking only. There will be a security guard present 24 hours a day during the event.  Remember, Classic cars are defined as 1976 or older. Meanwhile, trailers are not allowed to be parked at the Nugget, and will need to be parked at the official Hot August Nights trailer location at Baldini’s Casino.

Street Closures
Victorian Avenue will close  for the event beginning Monday, August 1.

For more information, please visit NuggetCasinoResort.com and HotAugustNights.net.

Last Chance to Vote For Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off to Win USA Today Award

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The weekend of June 18 and 19 will be the final chance to vote The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off event as one of the best barbecue festivals in the nation. The Rib Cook-Off has made its way into the hearts, and stomachs, of meat lovers for the last 28 years. USA Today has recognized the Sparks event as one of the best in the nation as nominated by experts in a quest to find the “10Best BBQ Festivals”. The event has fluctuated between first and second place and voters are urged to help make the final push for the top spot.

“We want to put Reno-Sparks on the map as the home of the best bar-b-que festival in the country. We want to be number one, but Rib Cook-Off can’t win unless the community rallies behind us,” said Lisa Jansen, Director of Special Events and Entertainment with the Nugget Casino Resort. “Vote daily, or several times a day if you have access to more than one computer.”

Voting is super easy! Head to http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-bbq-festival/ to cast your vote for the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. You can cast your ballot once a day until Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. PT.

“We all know Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is the biggest and best BBQ festival in the country,” Jansen said. “This is great recognition for the event and we can win this contest because we live in such a supportive community. We appreciate everyone’s vote.”

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.

2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Main Stage Lineup Announced

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.

Vote Now For Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off to Win USA Today Award

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off has made its way into the hearts, and stomachs, of meat lovers for the last 28 years. Now, USA Today has recognized the Sparks event as one of the best barbecue festivals in the nation. The Nugget Rib Cook-Off was one of the top 20 events nominated by BBQ experts in a quest to find USA Today’s “10Best BBQ Festivals”. Now, they need your votes to narrow the choices down!

“We want to put Reno-Sparks on the map as the home of the best bar-b-que festival in the country. We want to be number one, but Rib Cook-Off can’t win unless the community rallies behind us,” said Lisa Jansen, Director of Special Events and Entertainment with the Nugget Casino Resort. “Vote daily, or several times a day if you have access to more than one computer.”

Voting is super easy! CLICK HERE  to cast your vote for the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. You can cast your ballot once a day until Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. PT.

“We all know Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is the biggest and best BBQ festival in the country,” Jansen said. “This is great recognition for the event and we can win this contest because we live in such a supportive community. We appreciate everyone’s vote.”

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.

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