Spin Doctors and Molly Hatchet headlining Rib Cook-Off 2012

SPARKS — John Ascuaga’s Nugget is announcing an all-star line-up for The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, including country favorite, Gloriana, and 90’s hit-band the Spin Doctors. More than 40 bands will play on multiple stages during the six-day Victorian Square event. 

The bands will take the main stage during the event, which runs from Wednesday, August 29th, through Monday, September 3, 2012. No tickets are required, and people can enjoy the bands free of charge!

Free, Main Stage Entertainment:

Jelly Bread –  7 p.m., Wednesday, August 29th
A mix of funk, soul and roots rock, this band from the Reno/Tahoe area will wow audiences on the first night of the Rib Cook-Off.  Jelly Bread’s calling card is high-energy, funky music, balanced with exceptional songwriting and storytelling.

The Wood Brothers – 7 p.m., Thursday, August 30th
Two brothers comprise this blues and folk band. The Wood Brothers create their own evocative sound to make a high-lonesome harmony blend of music influenced by their childhood, and of course, their family.

Spin Doctors  – 7 p.m., Friday, August 31st

This Grammy-nominated group won the American Music Award for Best New Song Act in 1994. They’re best known for hits like “Two Princes,” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.” Sure to be a crowd-favorite!

Gloriana  – 7 p.m., Saturday, September 1st
Country favorite Gloriana propelled into the spotlight with their 2009 hit “Wild at Heart.” They’ve been honored with an American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist and an ACM Award for Top New Vocal Group.

Molly Hatchet – 7 p.m., Sunday, September 2nd

This southern rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1975. They are best known for their hit songs “Flirtin’ with Disaster,” “Dreams I’ll Never See,” and “One Last Ride.”

Doug Kershaw – 3 p.m. Monday, September 3nd
Louisiana-native Doug Kershaw’s Cajun folk music will entertain rib-eaters on the last day of the Cook-off.  Kershaw has recorded 15 albums during his career, and is well-known for his fiddle-playing skills, and hit song “Louisiana Man.”

The 2012 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off features 24 of the nation’s top rib-cookers, each vying for the highly coveted first place trophy, cash prizes  and the People Choice Award. This year, The Nugget anticipates at least 500,000 hungry BBQ-lovers will consume the more than 100 tons of ribs over the extended Labor Day weekend.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget is one of the few family-owned casino resorts left in the country. Founded as a coffee shop with a few slot machines on March 17, 1955, John Ascuaga has built the Nugget into a world-class, full-service gaming resort destination.

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