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Nugget Releases Entertainment Lineup for 2016 Rib Cook-off


Eddie Money
Eddie Money is headlining at the 2016 Nugget rib cook-off.

The Nugget Casino Resort released the full entertainment lineup for the 2016 Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. The highly anticipated list of just about every genre of music you would like to hear was released on Wednesday Aug. 10th for the entertainers playing on the Floor & Décor West End Stage.

The main stage headliners had already been released earlier, the Nugget was just waiting for all the bands to confirm before releasing the rest of the lineup.

Here are the main stage headliners that will be rockin’ this year’s Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. (Aug. 31-Sept. 5)

Wednesday August 31, 2016 (7:00 pm)
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.

Thursday September 1, 2016 (7:00pm)
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.

Friday September 2, 2016 (7:00pm)
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.

Saturday September 3, 2016 (7:00pm)
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. 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, 2016 (7:00pm)
Eddie Money
After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his 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.” 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 Original Wailers
The Original Wailers

Monday September 5, 2016 (3:00pm)
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.

Here’s the lineup for the Floor & Décor West End Stage.

Wednesday, August 31
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Big Red
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Jeff Jones
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Rigorous Proof

Thursday, September 1
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Strange Weather
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Everyday Outlaw
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Jellybread

Friday, September 2
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bourgeois Gypsies
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Crush
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. John Dawson Band

Saturday, September 3
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Armer and the Hot Dogs
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Greg Golden Band
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Rick Hays and the American Steel

Sunday, September 4
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jake’s Garage
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Buddy Emmer Band
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. West Bay Rhythm

Monday, September 5
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Delta Cat
2 p.m. Awards Ceremonies
2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Jason King Band

Great ribs, great bands and great times. This year’s lineup is off the hook, there’s something for everyone. What more could you ask for (other than more ribs)?

Always remember to support your local bands and venues … GO TO A SHOW!

John Tuckness
John Tuckness
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.




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