Behind the Veil: Backyard Bonfire Country Music Artists

Veil Pavilion has set the scene for diverse walks of talent, a plethora of talented singers, hilarious comedians, even countless smack downs throughout the years. Most recently it is setting the scene for the Backyard Bonfire Country Concert Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, that is kicking off next Thursday, and with so much going on main stage we wanted to take you Behind the Veil to learn a little bit more about some of the artists that are making their own mark on Veil in the near future, while you are singing along and cashing in some amazing Miller Lite specials!

As mentioned before, the Backyard Bonfire kicks off next week with none other than country music star, Joe Nichols. While many know his variety of hits starting with “The Impossible”, the ever famous “Tequila Makes her Clothes Fall Off” and most recently “Undone”, how much do you know about the artist himself?

Joe Nichols

Nichols actually made his debut, self-titled album, at the age of 19 with an independent label back in 1996, long before “The Impossible” took off in 2002. Surprising for most, back in 2005, Nichols flew to the Bahamas to perform “I’ll Wait for You” and “On the Wing of a Dove” at former Playboy Playmate, Anna Nicole Smith’s funeral at the request of her attorney, who stated he was one of her favorite singers.

The following week, Craig Campbell takes the stage with his many hits including “ Keep Them Kisses Comin’”, “Fish” and “Family Man” just to name a few. Early in his career Campbell actually played piano for Luke Bryan’s band, the country superstar encouraged Campbell to become a songwriter. Fun fact, Campbell’s song “Outta My Head” was actually supposed to be recorded by Scotty McCreery, but was accidently sent to Campbell instead. Lucky for Campbell, he was able to sweet talk McCreery into letting him record the song instead; the rest is music to our ears.

Craig Campbell

Be sure to check back to learn more about upcoming artists for our Backyard Bonfire Concert Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, and much more.

Think You Can You Party Like a Filipino?

There are a few staple things that reign true to only those who grew up in a Filipino household, things that as you got older you may have noticed differed from a few of your classmates. While you may not have understood then, you now hold these, the things that make you uniquely Filipino, near and dear to your heart, marking them as a calling card shared with fellow Pinoy who can identify with similar experiences, and even share a laugh or two about it.

Here are a few things you and your whole family are sure to relate to, have a laugh and most definitely grab a bite! Which do you identity with in your household?

You never eat the last morsel of food on the table

You were raise believing that every Filipino was an aunt and uncle

You put hot dogs in your spaghetti

If you don’t live at home, when your parents call they ask if you’ve eaten

Trying to explain to people why Philippines starts with a “Ph” and Filipino starts with and “F”

Your parents try to get you to go on a date with a child of one of their friends

You have no idea how to make rice on a stove

You point with your lips

Manny Pacquiao, that is all

Seeing Joey Albert and Rex Navarette during the Pinoy Party Weekend

Round up the whole family and head to Veil Pavilion this Friday and Saturday to enjoy music of Joey Albert and special guest David Pomeranz and the comedy genius f Rex Naverette the following night. Are you ready for Pinoy Party Weekend?!

Rex Navarette Joey Albert


How to Make Drinking Seem Like a Sport This St. Patrick’s Day

According to the dictionary’s definition of “sport”, it is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Yet, it also defines “sport” to amuse oneself or play in a lively energetic way. Either way, we’ve got you covered by making your dreams come true and turning drinking into sport this St. Patrick’s Day with some riveting Pub Golf activities.

Don’t grab your clubs for this round of golf, The Green is being taken over for the most green holiday there is, with St. Patrick’s Day Pub Golf and free live music!

Are you a master of balance, coordination and tackling a good brew? Your agile, and dare we say athletic, ways can be put to the test at a riveting game of Pub Golf Jenga against your fellow competitors. Don’t forget to shout, “Jenga” to claim your rightful title as a champion.

St. Patricks Day

Master The Green with a round of put-put or sink bean bags like a professional with an intense game of corn hole against a rival team. Don’t forget to mark it on your golf card to show what a strong competitor you are! Psst… did you notice this most definitely falls into the first definition of sport, it totally counts.

If the latter definition of sport is more your style, enjoy beers and bites form Hop Valley brewing alongside a fire pit, cozy in and Adirondack chair, enjoying the show of participants and the free live music provided by EVO.

No matter your definition of sport, drinks from Hop Valley Brew and live entertainment with the added activities involved in the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Golf can definitely take your holiday celebratory beer drinking activities to the level of sport. You’ve definitely earned those brews, you athlete you!


Recognizing the Women Behind the Brand

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. With that being said, we wanted to take a moment and steal some time with one of our female directors at Silverton Casino and pick her brains on the her experience climbing her own career ladder.

Director of Human Resources, Amanda Northrup, had the following advice in regards to balancing career and social life.

Career wise; what were you doing in your 20s?
My early 20s were spent managing group homes for the developmentally disabled in Lincoln, NE while I obtained my undergraduate degree. After I graduated, I decided to make a career change and became a casino operations manager on a river boat in Council Bluffs, IA. The casino industry took me to Black Hawk, CO where I realized my love for operations and helping people was a perfect match for HR. I then joined the world of HR for the later part of my 20s.

What was your “aha!” moment?
My 25th birthday changed my life. I was living in Omaha, NE in a house that I was fortunate enough to buy. I was successful in my career and I was in the middle of getting my masters degree. I thought I had it all. But that evening, I realized I was wrong. I came home from work to an empty house and there were no plans to celebrate. I sat there and wept. I realized right then that life and happiness are about so much more than your career, house, car, or degrees. Life is about enjoying the journey with those you love. From that day forward, I have been very careful to make sure I maintain a healthy balance in all areas of my life.

Did you ever consider or experience a career change?
I started my gaming career in casino operations. I loved operations management so much that I even received an advanced degree in the field. The hours were rough and I was looking to find balance in my personal life. When a Human Resources position became available, I was intrigued. I knew I loved helping people, respected the purpose of HR, and the hours were perfect. It was the best decision I have ever made. A great HR person needs to understand operations, so I feel like I get the best of both worlds.

What is the best advice a manager or mentor gave you?
Its ok to do things at 90% if that means you get more things done than just one perfectly executed thing completed at 100%.

When you’re hiring someone, what’s the number one thing you look for?

What is the last book you read?
Extraordinary Outcomes by Iris Firstenberg

Do you have advice you would like to share or a question for Amanda? We’d love to hear!