Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kenny Loggins this Friday, Tickets Now Available for (who?), More in CVI Blog

Tickets Sale Date Announced for . . . He’s been part of The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and The Dukes of September. He’s been nominated for 13 Grammy awards and won five of these prestigious Gramophone trophies. His name is Michael McDonald and he’ll be appearing live in TJ’s Corral on Friday, August 18. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 7 AM!  Grab yours online at this page after or stop by our hotel desk - but not until after 7 AM this Friday! Grab yours online at this page or stop by our hotel desk - but not until after 7 AM this Friday! 

Our Segue to this Friday’s Kenny Loggins Concert: Turns out Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins co-wrote a few songs including the 1979 Record of the Year and Song of the Year, "What a Fool Believes."  They also appeared together a couple of nights ago with Thundercat on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon singing “Show You the Way.” Quite a display of the smooth sounds and high range for all three of the singers! Wish we could tell you that there are some front row seats available, but we can’t. However, there are still a few Standing Room tickets available for this Friday’s Kenny Loggins Concert and remember that doesn’t mean you have to stand – you’re welcome to bring a blanket and sit on the elevated grass area. Want another Kenny Loggins tidbit? He appeared as himself and sang "Danny's Song" in the 2014 series finale "The Father/Daughter Dance" of Raising Hope on Fox.

And a week from this Friday it’s another live concert in TJ’s with Aaron Watson featuring special guest Clare Dunn.  So just how did Aaron Watson's album Vaquero  debut three months ago at No. 2 on Country Billboard’s chart, and No. 1 on iTunes' All-Genre chart?  Why does he think of himself as not being in the country music business; but rather as a small business owner (his “small business” supports 22 employees and their 43 children)?  Answers to these questions and more about his fascinating and up-and-coming method of approaching music business are covered in this article in  We know you're more interested in Aaron’s music than his business acumen, so be sure to catch Aaron Watson featuring special guest Clare Dunn next Friday, June 16 in TJ’s Corral. While our area has grown considerably over the past few years, the lyrics to his “Song Big Love in a Small Town” reminded us of the old days in Minden and Gardnerville.

And Still to Come in TJ’s with tickets available on our web site:
Welcome to Gardnerville Sharkey’s Style
On both sides of the outside of Sharkey’s Casino there is a large Welcome to Gardnerville mural, each created by Larry Henry, the creative and imaginative architect whose talent is behind all the design work at Sharkey’s Casino, Bodines Casino and the Carson Valley Inn. This week, with input from Larry, we walk you through the graphics on each letter on the south side of Sharkey’s Casino, also duplicated on the wall at the back of the Jackpot Café restaurant. Check it out next time you are in Sharkey’s: The G depicts old time Gardnerville. The A has a picture of Harvey Gross, founder of Harvey’s Casino and former major ranch owner in Carson Valley. The R is a Mule Deer, the D shows California Chrome and the N is Emerald Bay. The E pictures old-time Sharkey’s visitors Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson and the R features Sharkey Begovich himself. The V is a family riding bicycles (no local tie we could establish) and the old fashioned lady in the I may just be Mashelle or Connie Begovich!? The first L is a golfer enjoying the Carson Valley and the second L is Casey Tibbs whose saddles were on display in Sharkey’s many, many years ago. As for the final E, we speculate the snowboarder may be Larry Henry (the artist) himself, we just can’t get him to admit it! (Full disclosure, we snuck across the hall and stole this article from the editor of the Carson & Valley Voice - the same article appeared in the June/July issue just mailed locally.)

Free - This Thursday and Saturday in the Cabaret Lounge
The Novelists Acoustic Duo tonight, The Whiskey Heroes Thursday and Saturday, Rock On Friday, Rock River Sunday and Monday and Chris Twomey next Tuesday and Wednesday. The Novelists Acoustic Duo provides cliffhanger storytelling, dual lead singing personalities and their signature harmonies.The Whiskey Heroes began in 2014 with rock roots surrounded by a country locale Their first single (Night in the Country) was mixed by Grammy award winning mixer Mark Needham. Since then, the band has added Matt Bailey on rhythm guitar, Dillon Secklin on drums, and Max Landis on bass and backup vocals. With the momentum from their recordings, and the addition of the other members, The Whiskey Heroes earned a spot to open for the Night in the Country music festival in 2015 and they have been invited back for 2017.  Their debut album was released in 2016. Rock On is a party band and a PARTY is what they’ll be leading in the Cabaret Lounge this Friday after the Kenny Loggins concert. Rock River is the duo of Buddy and Kim from the Buddy Emmer Blues Band presenting an evening of blues and other music! Chris Twomey has been writing and playing music around the country since 2003.  Born and raised in the Sacramento valley, his roots are deep into a genre of folk-rock.  From 2Me to The Diva Kings to Dad's LPs to whatever is next.

Stuff Ya Just Gotta Know:
  • Today is Chocolate Ice Cream Day and there’s really no other explanation or excuse needed!
  • Saturday is World Gin Day which we bring up for two reasons: first, we have plenty of different kinds of gins in our Cabaret Lounge and CV Steak  bars . . . And second, we're really exciting about the progress at the Bentley Heritage distillery project just a few hundred yards from our front Casino entrance. Gin is just one of the many spirits they’ll be making but much more on that will be coming as the early-2018 opening gets closer.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM for a Free Picnic Blanket for the first 150 ladies, Wine Country Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and chances to earn entries for the June 28 drawings for a Coach Handbag and Wallet Set.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM
  • 5X Points Friday: That’s 5 times the benefits for your play!
  • Friday Cash Blast Giveaways of cash, free play, food and free concert tickets – drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM.
  • Saturday Cash Blast Giveaways at 6, 8 & 10 PM with the chance to win up to $10,000!
  • Blackjack Tournament Tuesday: Just a $25 entry fee gives you a chance at winning cash by landing in one of the top three places . . . And all the entry fees and rebuys are distributed in prize money. Sign-up start at 5 PM in the pit area and the tournament starts at 6 PM.
  • Poker Room: All of our Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions are listed on our website, click here for the full story.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all of our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: We are taking action on the NBA Championship Finals, NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Major League Baseball, Horse Racing and the NASCAR Axalta Presents the Pocono 400 at the Pocono Raceway. Futures include winners for the World Series and 2018 Super Bowl. 
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 Braised Buffalo Short Ribs, American Bison short ribs braised and slow cooked in natural pan sauce for $30.  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’s, CV 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!

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