Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Michael McDonald Friday, Christmas Parties, Another Cocktail Creation from Erin, More

As of the time we are publishing this blog,there are still tickets available for the Michael McDonald Concert this Friday night starting at 8 PM in TJ's Corral. Join us for an amazing night of hits like "Takin' It to the Streets," "Minute by Minute," "What a Fool Believes," "I Keep Forgettin'," "Yah Mo B There" and many more.  From his start with Steely Dan, through his stint as lead singer of the Doobie Brothers and into a stellar solo career, Michael McDonald offers something for everyone!


And next Saturday, August 26 we invite you to join us for An Evening With Country Music Legend Ronnie Milsap to benefit The Children's Cabinet. He'll be performing his classic songs like "Smoky Mountain Rain," "I Wouldn't Have Missed it for the World," "No Getting Over Me," "Any Day Now," and so many more of his classic country hits. If you were or still are a fan, you'll reminisce to the video above. If you fall into the "don't think I remember him" category, you'll certainly react with "oh, he sang that song" more than once as you watch the video which highlights Ronnie's hits, awards and other career milestones. Purchase your tickets (starting at $39) and help benefit The Children's Cabinet!


Christmas Party??
Hey, we know what you’re thinking, “school starts four weeks earlier than when we were kids, the stores have been pushing Halloween stuff since the end of July . . .  and you’re bringing up Christmas parties!?” Okay, we get all that. However,  we just have to remind our readers that now is the time to be thinking about booking your Christmas party at the Carson Valley Inn. Since we know you’ve got a short attention span on this one right now, we’ll simply plant the seed to make your plans by calling Carrie at 775-783-6673. Now, back to more current stuff!

Follow Along With Us . . .
A Selection oi Pinot Noirs in CV Steak

  • Today is Rum Day. We cornered Erin in the Cabaret Bar and she gave us a quick cocktail creation demonstration (above) on making her special kind of Rum Punch!
  • Thursday is Vanilla Custard Day. We asked our bakers what we serve with vanilla custard and it turns out they use vanilla custard to make banana cream pie but then add banana flavoring. So, just order the banana cream pie Thursday and claim that you semi-officially celebrated Vanilla Custard Day!
  • Friday is Pinot Noir Day.  We asked Jean-Michel in CV Steak about Pinot Noir and he indicated that “flavors and aromas include roses, fruits, black cherry, berry and currant. Other Pinot Noir characteristics include high acidity and low tannins. Pinot Noir's flavor depends heavily on where it is grown and how the wine maker treats it, so a good winery can produce exceptional wines. In CV Steak we carry a few wonderful Pinot Noirs that will complement your meal perfectly: Great value with Meiomi from California or wonderful lighter style with Buena Vista or Greg Norman. My favorites are the Belle Glos and we do carry their Clark and Telephone as well as Alturas.”
  • Saturday is Aviation Day. And we can think of no better way to mark the day than by buying your tickets to the Aviation Roundup on October 7 and 8 at the Minden Tahoe Airport. Check this Performer’s Lineup for information on U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Tac Demo Team and all the other performers Carson Valley Inn is proud to be a major sponsor and we look forward to seeing you on the tarmac!
  • Saturday is Potato Day. We tried to get a picture of one of the giant baked potatoes we serve in CV steak and we didn’t have a camera lens that would capture the full width!
  • Tuesday is Eat a Peach Day.  Go ahead and eat one if you would like. Or, you can wait a couple of days as we will have a better suggestion for peach consumption in next week’s blog!

We Know You Have At Least One Off-The-Wall T-Shirt!
So get it out, make sure it’s clean (both meanings!) and wear it this Thursday at Sharkey’s Casino. You’ll fit right in when the August Third-Thursday Wine Walkers are strolling around between 4:30 and 7:30 PM for what the Main Street Gardnerville folks are exhaustively labeling the Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk-Fun T’s Night & Wine Down Desserts! Whatever you decide to call it, and whatever you decide to wear, just be sure to jump in the middle of the fun in and around Sharkey's as it promises to be an interesting evening!

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  
Patrick Major tonight, the Buddy Emmer Band makes their Cabaret Lounge debut Thursday thru Saturday, Jamie Rollins Sunday and Monday and Roem Baur Tuesday and Wednesday. Patrick Major performs his own mix of original guitar and vocals combined with rock classics from the last four decades.  A longtime favorite on the West Coast and Northern Nevada circuit the Buddy Emmer Band’s versatile style includes everything from blues to jazz, rock to reggae and top 40. Whatever your taste in tunes they will be sure to please! An upbeat and experienced entertainer, Jamie Rollins performs a variety of music from country to rock, to classic oldies and R&B – plus a few his own songs. Roem Baur is a classically trained opera singer who ultimately answered the call of rock n' roll.

In the Casino
Free to First 150 Ladies Tonight!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Logo'd Hand Sanitizer & Lip Balm on a Carabiner (the big clasp in the picture) for the first 150 ladies and Wine and Country Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also on the docket: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and chances to earn entries for the August 30 drawings for $500 Cash.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through August!
  • 4X Points Friday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day every Friday in August!
  • Friday Cash and Free Play Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Friday night!
  • Saturday All Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for cash on the spot. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Saturday night!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all of our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: We are taking action on Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, Preseason NFL Football, WNBA and the NASCAR BASS Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Football Championship and the 2018 NBA Championship.  
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Stuffed Quail with Prosciutto, Wild Rice Pilaf and Plum Port glaze for $28. Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Free Country Concert Saturday, A Video Invite from Michael McDonald, More

A Message from Michael McDonald
Some entertainers become a little jaded or reclusive after many years in the entertainment business – especially when some of those years included one or more stints “at the top.” We found out earlier this year that Kenny Loggins was definitely not one of those types. And now we are convinced that Michael McDonald isn't either. It started when we read this brief comment Mimi M. made on one of our Facebook postings about the upcoming Michael McDonald Concert on Friday, August 18: “Mike is one of THE nicest people. His show is incredible from musicians to interaction with the audience. To be able to see him in this venue will be a treat for all! ♡” Mimi's comment about Michael being such a nice guy got us thinking – suppose he, like sometimes happens with some of the younger country artists, would send a short “selfie” type video invitation for his Northern Nevada fans? We sent the polite and obligatory request to his booking agency – usually an armor shield around some of the bigger name entertainers. No immediate response. A few days later, the above video arrived. They made no requests for further information, no "we’ll have to get a couple of approvals" sidesteps,  no “blah, blah, blah” red tape . . . just this warm video. How nice a guy is Michael? Why not come see for yourself by latching on to some of the remaining tickets for his concert and joining us to take an incredible walk down memory lane!

Justin Lee Presents a Free Country Concert this Saturday in TJ's Corral
She Got Pulled on Stage at a Music Video Shoot and Became Famous . . .
. . . But we'll get back to that further below. What started as a concept to shoot a music video by Justin Lee has turned into a full-fledged country concert this Saturday night in TJ's Corral and it's all free courtesy of Justin Lee! The beat starts at 7 PM when Colt Ainsworth, the same DJ featured at Night in the Country starts spinning tunes. At 7:45 PM, The Whiskey Heroes - who have also appeared twice at Night in the Country - jump on stage for a 30 minute set of their most energetic tunes. After a 10 minute equipment change, Justin Lee and his band crank up a full set of his most popular songs. The director and crew then take over to segue into shooting the concert scenes for the video for Justin's new song "Like I've Fallen" which debuts on iTunes this Friday.  The additional scenes will be shot in Smith Valley over the coming weeks and they revolve around a character played by Ashley Espin, Miss Reno Rodeo 2014 and Miss Rodeo Nevada 2015.  Now, back to the barely twenty-something girl who got pulled on stage in the shooting of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark video back in 1984: It was Courteney Cox and this video scene launched her on a career that never looked back. We're not saying this will happen to you on Saturday night . . . But, who knows!

And don’t forget - the Ronnie Milsap Concert is coming up on Saturday, August 26 - another trip down memory lane as Ronnie performs his many, many top-10 Country hits from the 70s and 80s. This fundraiser for The Children's Cabinet wraps up our “official” concert year so please join us!

The CVI is a Middle Child
Follow Along With Us . . .
  • Are you a middle child? Well so is the Carson Valley Inn! Let's band together and celebrate Middle Child Day this Saturday! The three area casinos owned by Mike Pegram and his partners are Bodines Casino in Carson City, the Carson Valley Inn, and Sharkey's Casino. If you take them in the order they were built: Sharkey's opened in 1971 in the location of the previous Golden Bubble, the Carson Valley Inn opened in 1984 and Bodines opened in 2008. Mike's involvement started with Bodines in 2008, the purchase of the CVI in early 2010, and the opening of the totally remodeled Sharkey's in 2015. Either way, the CVI is the “middle child!” We’re not sure how all this plays out when a fourth “child” comes on the scene later in 2017 - guess we’ll all see!
  • On a simpler note, Saturday is also Filet Mignon Day. We offer a 9-oz cut in CV Steak with or without Béarnaise sauce or demi-glace and with your choice of toppings such as Marsala Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Roasted Garlic or Blue Cheese.
  • Tuesday is Lemon Meringue Pie Day. We make ‘em nearly daily in our bakery and you can enjoy a slice for dessert or as an afternoon treat in Katie’s or grab a whole one (not so fast, that’ll be $12) at Katie’s Bakery Counter!
Alastair Greene (l) and Dave Clark (r)
in TJ's Corral Last Saturday
Shocking Turn of Events at Carson Valley Inn
Our friend Tim Parsons at Tahoe Onstage wrote that headline for the story he posted the morning after our Blues, Brews and BBQ’s 33 Birthday event last Saturday night. In our opinion, those words perfectly connect the look on Alastair Greene’s face in the photo above with the “electricity” provided by Mother Nature. We offer our sincere appreciation to the many hundreds of you who took shelter when the storm came upon us and then returned in seemingly more numbers when the weather danger cleared.  What a night!

A Few Tidbits:
  • $1,500 in prize money was paid out in our monthly blackjack tournament last night. Don't miss next month's tournament on Tuesday, September 12,
  • The Hot August Nights Poker Run stops in Minden Park this Thursday with the bulk of the fun peaking around lunch time. Plenty of classic cars, food, music and fun!
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge  
Tyler Stafford tonight, Greg Austin and his band make their CVI Cabaret Lounge debut Thursday thru Saturday, John Palmore Sunday and Monday and Patrick Major Tuesday and Wednesday. Tyler Stafford has quickly become a staple in the Northern Nevada music scene.  Greg Austin is a down home, straightforward and to-the-point-of-the-heart singer, songwriter and musician.  His first CD of original songs, aptly titled “Greg Austin,” features 10 of his best originals to date. Greg entered his song “On Her Mind Again” in the TouchTunes Breakout Band 2014 Contest.  His song was chosen along with almost 500 others to be included on 60,000 TouchTunes jukeboxes Nationwide.  Greg is preparing to enter the studio in Nashville to start work on his 2nd CD project, entitled “Southern Breeze” which he plans to release later this year.  With a commanding stage presence, a great country voice and top-notch songwriting to back it up, Greg Austin is sure to have a winning formula for success in the Country Music Industry. Musical director for the late "Louis Armstrong," John Palmore is an accomplished singer and keyboardist who has worked with Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, ZZ Hill, Wilson Pickett, Joe Simon, Percy Sledge, The Platters and other "name" artists. Patrick Major performs his own mix of original guitar and vocals combined with rock classics from the last four decades.

In the Casino
CVI Marketing's Charlotte Wilson
 Shows Two of the Hot August Night Themed
Ladies' Night Prizes for Tonight
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Chocolate Swirl Fudge from the Chocolate Shoppe for the first 150 ladies and Chocolate Shoppe Hot August Nights Theme Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also on the docket: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and chances to earn entries for the August 30 drawings for $500 Cash.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through August!
  • 4X Points Friday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day every Friday in August!
  • Friday Cash and Free Play Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Friday night!
  • Saturday All Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for cash on the spot. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Saturday night!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: We are taking action on the Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, Preseason NFL Football, the PGA Championships,  WNBA and the NASCAR Pure Michigan 400 at The Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Football Championship and the 2018 NBA Championship.  
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Grilled Elk Medallions: two 3 oz. elk tenderloin medallions grilled and finished with the demi and sundried cherries for $30.  Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Blues, Brews & BBQs Saturday; Beer and Chocolate Chip Cookies, More

Alastair Green Cranking Up for Saturday's Free Blues Concert
in TJ's Corral.
Photo Credit: Roy Gilbert
Our 33rd Birthday Celebration: Blues, Brews & BBQ’s this Saturday, August 5:
  • Blues: The evening’s Free entertainment has been assembled by Buddy Emmer who has been producing a Blues Night at the Center Stage Lounge in Harrah’s Tahoe for the last few years and also co-hosting “What It’s Like to Wake up a Blues Musician Before Noon” on KRLT 93.9 The Lake radio for over three years. The leader of The Buddy Emmer Blues Band, Buddy is calling on his many years of west coast blues experience and contacts to bring in Alastair Greene and Maxx Cabello, Jr.  Greene is fresh off a seven-year run with the Alan Parsons Project and he is featured in this article on the Tahoe Onstage website. Maxx Cabello, Jr. has built a solid reputation in the bay area blues community and he is profiled in another article on the Tahoe Onstage website.
  • Brews: $2 Beer and $3 Wine.
  • BBQs: $1 Hot Dogs, $2 Pulled Pork Sandwiches with slaw,
  • Free For the Kids: Ice Cream, Velcro Wall, Bounce House and Critter Riders.
  • What Time: The food, drink and kids fun starts at 5:30 PM ('til about 8) and the free Blues rumble in at 6 PM.
And don’t forget these two upcoming concerts:
  • Michael McDonald Concert on Friday, August 18:  Think Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and an artist with one incredible solo career that is continuing with a 2017 sold-out national tour!
  • Ronnie Milsap Concert on Saturday, August 26:   Think "Smoky Mountain Rain", "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World","(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" and over 40 other top-10 Country hits from the 70s and 80s. This one is a fundraiser for The Children's Cabinet.

Love This Picture Taken By
Brad Comen of The Record Courier
We don’t usually look back, but … today we do for these few items:
  • Last Saturday’s sold-out Marshall Tucker Band concert provided some spectacular views. Sure, the sunset over the Sierra range was  exceptional, but this picture taken by Brad Coman of The Record Courier was truly a classic when posted as the cover photo on The Record Courier’s Facebook page with the caption “The sky exploded as The Marshall Tucker band entertained the crowd at the CVI.
  • We’ve mentioned the Mike Tice Invitational Golf Tournament in this blog before.  Even though the event was in June, the amount raised this year was announced, ironically, about the same time NFL training camps started last week.  The total was just over $300,000 and you can read about how this impacts the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada Carson Valley Branch in this article. 
  • Yesterday, August 1, Sharkey Begovich would have celebrated his 91st birthday. Good cause to tip our hats to this Carson Valley legend and namesake of Sharkey’s Casino. Also, yesterday would have been Stew Stewart’s birthday. Thank you again, Stew, for all you did to put entertainment “on the map” at the Carson Valley Inn!

Popular New Cash Locomotive Progressive Added
Chugging Along the Casino Wall
Every once in a while our blog office phone rings and the “Big Boss’” extension shows as the calling number. Happened again a few days ago and he again “reminded” us to walk through the casino once in a while to see what’s new so we can mention it in the blog. Sure enough, we crawled out of our hole, went upstairs, and this bank of new Cash Locomotive Slots was being installed.  Turns out it’s a $10,000 Progressive and it is already quite popular. Only problem: darn near impossible to get a decent picture with the black frames, black chairs, mirror in the background and bright lights on the machines themselves! 

Tracy Miller and a Tray
of Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Let’s Talk Beer and Cookies
  • Thursday is India Pale Ale (IPA) Day. We will leave the meaning of the name IPA to a dreary winter day for discussion. For now, we’ve got you very well covered with a full spectrum of IPA offerings as we serve a different selection at each of our three locations:  CVI, Sharkey’s Casino and Bodines Casino.
  • Friday is International Beer Day. If you survive Thursday’s IPA Day, come back on Friday and start on the many different draft and bottled beers we serve at our three locations. Hint: for the widest selection of draft beers, belly up to the Silver Dollar Bar at Sharkey’s and start trying all the different beers on tap. Better bring a driver because you’ll probably find the inlaid silver dollars too fuzzy to count by the time you get to the last offering.
  • Friday is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. We bake them daily and offer them for sale in both Job’s Perk and at the Katie’s Bakery Counter. We got our Chief Baker Tracy Miller to actually smile for this picture . . . Something she doesn’t always have   time to do while churning out well over 3500 large cookies each month – plus many more thousands of cakes, pies, desserts, pastries and more.
We’ve Moved Reno 10 Minutes Closer to the CVI!
Work with us on this one ‘cause we’re kinda exaggerating but this is great news: We really didn’t physically move Reno closer to the CVI per se . . . but it can now be as much as 10 minute shorter of a commute depending on the time of the day thanks to today’s opening of the last 3 miles of the I580 Carson City bypass. We’re not advocating you leave 10 minutes later to get here - just suggesting it will be a little less frustrating and more leisurely drive.

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  
Bill Wharton tonight, the Voodoo Cowboys Thursday thru Saturday, Steve Lord Sunday and Monday and Tyler Stafford Tuesday and Wednesday. Bill Wharton’s smooth, melodic tone comes out in his vast repertoire from old classic country thru modern country, pop to classic rock, blues and jazz. Voodoo Cowboys are the life of the party with their dance-inducing, hard drivin' style whether playing country music (and not the cryin' in your beer stuff) or an impressive selection of classic rock ‘n’ roll. Steve Lord presents an evening of oldies, country, pop, blues, jazz, soul and rock 'n' roll. Tyler Stafford has quickly become a staple in the Northern Nevada music scene.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Chocolate Shoppe Goodie for the first 150 ladies, Wine and Country Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and chances to earn entries for the August 30 drawings for $500 Cash.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through August!
  • 4X Points Friday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day every Friday in August!
  • Friday Cash and Free Play Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play, up to $500!
  • Saturday All Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for cash on the spot.
  • Sunday Ladies-Only Poker Tournament:  Our Monthly Ladies-Only Poker Tournament starts at 4 PM with refresher lessons open to all the ladies at 3 PM..
  • Monday Blackjack Tournament:  Sign-ups (just $25) start at 5 PM for our Monthly Blackjack Tournament with all the buy-in and re-buy money going out as prizes (often over $1,000 total. The cards start flying at 6 PM and play continues ‘til we have the top three finishers figured out!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: 
    • NFL Preseason Football starts this Thursday with the Cowboys vs. Cardinals in the NFL Hall of Fame Game. Start getting ready for Fantasy Football and parlay cards at our sports book!
    • This week we're also taking action on Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, Canadian Football, WNBA and the NASCAR I Love New York 355 at The Glen on Sunday
    • Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, NASCAR Championship, 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Football Championship and the 2018 NBA Championship. 
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Grilled Duck Breast – a Maple Leaf Farms duck breast marinated with fresh herbs, grilled to medium rare-medium doneness with natural duck jus, and served with mushroom risotto and vegetable for $28. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Marshall Tucker Band Friday, $25,000 Guaranteed this Saturday

Notice we didn’t say “as much as $25,000” or “up to $25,000.” We’re talking a guaranteed $25,000 in cash and free play going out this Saturday between the Carson Valley Inn, Sharkey’s Casino, and Bodines Casino. It’s the wrap up of our Independence Cash Giveaways Promotion and here’s the breakout: $15,000 will be given away at CVI in drawings at 6 and 8 PM, another $5,000 goes out at Sharkey’s (drawings at 5 & 7 PM) and yet another $5,000 at Bodines (7 & 9 PM). If you’ve been using your player card during the month, and/or use it through the time of drawings, you are accumulating a drawing entry for every five points earned. What are the chances of you winning? Depends how many people show up and how many drawing tickets you have earned . . . but we'll keep drawing until all $25,000 of the cash and free play is distributed! 

Upcoming TJ's Corral Events



  • Marshall Tucker Band Concert this Friday, July 28: One of their biggest hits “Heard It in a Love Song" (above video) was also recorded in the mid-2000s by another artist who has appeared here at the CVI in our Valley Ballroom. Can you name him? We’re predicting there will be a few general admission (standing or sit on the grass) tickets available at the door. However, just to be sure we suggest you buy your tickets in advance either online or at our hotel desk. As a reminder, gates open at 7:15 PM and the concert starts at 8 PM. Please leave folding chairs at home and same with the pets.  
  • 33rd Birthday Celebration Blues, Brews & BBQ’s on Saturday, August 5: Admission is free for the Blues entertainment by Maxx Cabello, Jr., Alastair Greene and the Buddy Emmer Blues Band starting at 6 PM. We kick off the festivities at 5:30 PM with Free ice cream and fun for the kids, $1 Water and Soda, $1 Hot Dogs, $2 Pulled Pork Sandwiches with slaw, $2 Beer and $3 Wine. No tickets or reservations needed – just show up and enjoy!
  • Michael McDonald Concert on Friday, August 18: It was "months away" when we first announced this concert and each week we have watched the supply of available tickets dwindle. It was the same pattern with the Kenny Loggins concert which sold out and left a few people grumbling about waiting too long and not getting tickets. We’re not crying wolf, just suggesting the same pattern seems to be developing for Michael McDonald. Check it out and buy tickets here.
  • Ronnie Milsap Concert on Saturday, August 26: Yea we know that many of the younger country fans who've enjoyed concerts at TJ's Corral don't immediately "sync" with Ronnie Milsap. However, his music has inspired young country artists like multi-time Grammy award nominee Hunter Hayes as described in this Rolling Stone Article.  Milsap was the iconic country star from the mid-70s through the mid-80s and anyone who followed country back then will not want to miss this opportunity to enjoy dozens of Ronnie's hits . . .  and support the The Children's Cabinet to boot!  
Why Do so Many Golf Groups Make CVI Their Headquarters? Consider this another chapter of “Sometimes Our Customers Tell it Better Than We Could Ever Write It.” Every golf group has someone in charge who gathers the participants, collects their money, figures out the format for their competition and generally “herds the cats.”  Many of our golf groups have been coming to the CVI for a number of years and, as life conditions dictate, sometimes the person in charge turns the duties over to successor. Here’s a verbatim note we received from Jim M. who is “retiring” after bringing a group to us every June for quite a long time and passing it on to someone new:
“Seventeen years leading an army on an attack on CVI and I can count the problems we faced on one hand not using my thumb! From management to housekeeping, the staff was friendly, helpful, competent, especially for our needs . . . Bill, Jacki, front desk staff, Katie’s breakfast staff and the catering staff that provided us with such great service each night, not only this year but every year. We could not ask for a better experience. Our job was easier because of the work you all did. We will not miss not doing what we had to do but we will miss working with you. A simple “thank you” does not adequately express our feelings.”
Jim paints the story of how we keep our golf groups coming back year after year by working with the person in charge to provide a memorable experience for the entire group – whether you're a cozy group of 8 people or a larger gathering of 150!  Are you part of a group of golfers who travel or would consider traveling? If so, contact Greg in our Sales Department at 775-783-6615 and he’ll walk you through how we can help make it happen for your group! 


Rye Brothers and More Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge  
RYE Brothers tonight thru Saturday, Jonathon “JB” Barton Sunday and Monday and Bill Wharton Tuesday and Wednesday. The Rye Brothers are a “power-pop” country act, mixing contemporary country music and rock n’ roll guitar driven songs. Jonathon “JB” Barton’s love for a variety of musical styles is apparent in his selection of favorites from Van Morrison, CCR, Hank Williams, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Eagles and many more. Bill Wharton’s smooth, melodic tone comes out in his vast repertoire from old classic country thru modern country, pop to classic rock, blues and jazz.

In the Casino
Power Out? No Problem - This Will Keep Your Lit!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Hand Crank Powered Light for the first 150 ladies, World Market Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and the last chance to earn entries for tonight’s drawings for $500 Cash.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through August!
  • 5X Points Friday: That’s 5 times the benefits for your play all day Friday!
  • Friday Independence Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play, up to $500!
  • Saturday Independence Cash Grand Prize Giveaways: Drawings at 6 & 8 PM.
  • Sunday Scratcher Drawings:  Join us for drawings at 6 & 8 PM and win up to $5,000!! This one is for those who received the July monthly mailer . . . if you’re not receiving our monthly mailer, be sure to use you INN Club card every time you play in the casino ‘cause that’s how we determine who gets ‘em!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: We are taking action on the Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, Canadian Football and the NASCAR Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway. Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Football Championship and the 2018 NBA Championship.  
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Rack of Venison with Cherry Brandy Demi – a 4-bone venison rack seasoned with fresh herbs and roasted for $32. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Marshall Tucker Band Pulls in VERY Soon, More in CVI Blog

Remember When We Announced the First Few TJ’s Corral 2017 Concerts?
To us it seems like it wasn’t that long ago and now we only have four events remaining this year (actually five if you’re a sponsor for the Aviation Roundup in October.)


  • Next Up is the Marshall Tucker Band Concert on Friday, July 28 and that’s only about a week away. Thanks to some added capacity we mentioned last week, we still have tickets available . . . But not very many so we suggest you get them prior to the concert to ensure you get in on this one.
  • Brews, Blues & BBQ are in the TJ’s Corral spotlight on Saturday, August 5 for our 33rd Birthday Celebration.  Don’t be looking for ticket information on this one: the Blues entertainment by Maxx Cabello, Jr., Alastair Greene and the Buddy Emmer Blues Band is free! The fun starts at 5:30 PM with $2 Beer, $3 Wine, $1 Water and Soda plus $1 Hot Dogs and $2 Pulled Pork Sandwiches with slaw. The Blues start at 6 PM.
  • Remember Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers? So do we – and we can’t wait to re-live some of their hits at the Michael McDonald Concert on Friday, August 18. Michael followed his stints with these two iconic bands with a solo career equally as impressive. And for those of you who pondered our questions in last Wednesday’s blog: McDonald appeared at Morman Station in Genoa as part of the Sierra Starlight concert series in 2002.
  • Could TJ’s Corral’s Have a Grandfather? We admit that this one is a stretch, but follow along: while Ronnie Milsap hit his big breakthrough in the mid-1970s, he became a popular weekly attraction at the Memphis nightclub T.J.'s in the late 1960s after moving to Memphis, Tennessee. Seems somewhat ironic to us and perhaps he’ll talk about the “tie” while performing many of his #1 Hits at the Ronnie Milsap Concert on Saturday, August 26.
  • Back to the Hint at an October Event:  It’s true, there will be a special Sponsors and Performers Party for the Aviation Roundup in TJ’s Corral on Friday evening, October 8. Want to attend and get a chance to meet and mingle with members of the various acts including the US Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, The US Navy Tac Demo Team and others? Then become an Aviation Roundup sponsor! For more information call Bobbi at 775-782-9871.  And whatever you do, don’t miss the airshow itself . . . Click here for information on the various ticket programs and Flightline Lounge Packages. 

Celebrating Food and Drink at the CVI:
  • Today is National Hot Dog DayGrab one in Job’s Perk – with or without chili, cheese or onions!
  • Saturday is National Crème Brûlée Day: and boy do we serve a spectacular crème brûlée in CV Steak. Our bakers whip up a combination of milk, sugar and egg yolks and cook it “low and slow” in a Bain Marie (think hot water bath) until it’s smooth and creamy. Your server in CV Steak adds a caramelized sugar topping just before you are served providing a special crunch.
  • Sunday is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day: we covered the ice cream topic head-on in our blog last week when we detailed how the Hoch Family Creamery makes our ice cream fresh each week.
  • Monday is National Tequila Day: We checked with Erin at our Cabaret Bar and, other than straight up, she recommends enjoying tequila in a Cadillac Margarita which she makes for us in the video above. 
Patriotic Wine Walkers Will Be
Near and In Sharkey's Casino Thursday
Wine Walk Wobbles on Nomenclature:  While “Patriotic” is the theme for tomorrow’s Gardnerville Wine Walk that goes right by (and often through) Sharkey’s Casino, we don’t think what’s happening to this event’s name is very patriotic. Seems the name has to change next year because someone, somewhere, lays claim to the moniker they’ve used for almost 10 years. So, the folks at Main Street Gardnerville are looking for your opinion on what might make a good name for this ongoing oenophile onslaught (hey, there’s an idea!) that happens the third Thursday of the month May through September. Voice your opinion through this survey. And let’s not forget the most important part: whatever you call it, don’t miss tomorrow’s Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk (ha, we said it anyway!)

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge  
Denver Saunders tonight and Thursday, The John Dawson Band Friday and Saturday and Jamie Rollins Sunday thru Tuesday.  Denver Saunders will have you dancing, laughing and singing along to a variety of tunes! The John Dawson Band entertains with a variety of modern country and classic rock. An upbeat and experienced entertainer, Jamie Rollins performs a variety of music from country to rock, to classic oldies and R&B – plus a few his own songs.

In the Casino
Free Cinnamon Crumb Cake Scented Candle
to the First 150 Ladies Tonight
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Entenmann’s Cinnamon Crumb Cake Scented Candle for the first 150 ladies, Shelly Camp Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and a chance to earn entries for the July 26th drawings for $500 Cash.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through July!
  • 5X Points Friday: That’s 5 times the benefits for your play every Friday through July.
  • Friday Independence Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play, up to $500!
  • Saturday Independence Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM with the chance to win up to $10,000!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: We are taking action on the British Open, Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, Canadian Football and the NASCAR Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, 2018 Super Bowl and 2018 NCAA Football Championship. 
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Beer Braised Wild Boar Shanks, two boar shanks braised and slow cooked in beer, tomato, mustard and fresh herbs for $27. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!