Dropping $20 at the roulette table can be an exciting proposition, but there are other options at Rivers Casino & Resort that offer a much better chance of success.
“There are a lot of people who don’t like to gamble, and we need to make sure we continue to let them know that we’re a major entertainment venue with lots of different ways to spend your entertainment money,” Rick Richards said. , who became general manager at Rivers Casino in June 2021. “We will continue to provide a variety of entertainment for a variety of different people. You don’t have to play.
Professional boxing was the occasion last weekend to draw large crowds to the Rivers Casino Event Center, and this weekend country music star Aaron Lewis will perform sold-out shows there Friday and Saturday.
“We had a really good turnout for boxing last week, and Aaron Lewis is pretty hot right now,” Richards said. “We have just over 900 in this venue, and I think the boxing public really enjoyed it. As for Aaron Lewis, he’s been sold for quite a while now, so things are going very well.
Rivers Casino opened in February 2017, and with the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly in the rearview mirror, Richards hopes the establishment, located on the south bank of the Mohawk River, will have its best summer ever. .
“We are now in our fifth year and COVID has definitely made it a lot more difficult,” he said. “But we’re going to have a lot to do this summer and, weather permitting, we’re going to do a lot outside. If the weather is bad, we can go inside.
These outdoor summer events include two nights of concerts at Harbor Jam, the first scheduled for July 30 and the second for August 27. There will also be a Wine Walk on August 6 and the Electric City Food Truck Fest on August 20.
Alongside these special events, Sunset Sips returns for its second summer at The Landing Hotel every Friday and Saturday night. Guests can enjoy live music, drinks and charcuterie boards by Grazing518. The series kicks off in May and local musicians performing include Ryan Clark, Gianna Robustiano, 2096, Stef Schecter and Jacklands.
Also in May will begin Latin Nights, a series of Thursday night performances at Van Slyck’s by Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra. The Orquesta Sensacional and a number of local DJs will also provide music for the series. The show starts at 8 p.m. every Thursday evening.
Live music is also on at Van Slyck’s (Fridays and Saturdays) and Duke’s Chophouse (also Fridays and Saturdays). Van Slyck’s is also currently offering country nights, starting each Saturday in April from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
While the schedule isn’t complete yet, the event center will host at least four major events over the rest of the year, including Cage Wars 52 on April 29. The night will feature a series of mixed martial artist bouts between local and regional fighters. with a Cage Wars 52 champion to crown.
Performances by musicians Melissa Etheridge (June 17) and En Vogue (September 3) and comedian Frank Caliendo (September 24) are also scheduled for the Event Center.
Etheridge, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and activist, has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards and won two awards, for ‘Ain’t It Heavy’ (1993) and ‘Come to My Window’ (1995). She also won an Oscar for her song “I Need to Wake Up” for the documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006.
En Vogue is an American girl R&B group formed in Oakland, California in 1989. They have been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and in 2015 Billboard Magazine ranked them the ninth most successful girl group of all time.
Caliendo is a Chicago-born comedian best known for his impressions of former NFL coach and television commentator John Madden, as well as his work as a football analyst for Fox NFL Sunday.
Richards said the event center will likely add to its schedule soon.
“Our events appeal to different demographics, and that’s why we want to offer multiple events so we can attract as many different people as possible,” Richards said. “The Harbor Jams were very popular before COVID, and our Sunset Sips and wine tasting events are growing and people want to be a part of it. There’s a lot going on and there’s something for everyone.
Richards, a Las Vegas native, grew up in the gambling industry. His father and grandfather both worked in the business.
“I’m third generation and have worked all over the United States and outside the country,” he said. “I have 41 years of experience and learned to listen to what customers say and what they want. And the cold doesn’t bother me. As long as I’m not walking in two feet of snow, I love this area. There is a lot to do here, so I really enjoy discovering the whole area.
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