Behind the Veil: Backyard Bonfire Country Music Artists Continued

The Backyard Bonfire Country Concert Series present by Bass Pro Shops is halfway through with amazing artists taking the stage such as Joe Nichols and Craig Campbell. This week Ricochet takes over with Little Texas hitting the stage the following Thursday, so let’s take another look Behind the Veil to learn more about these amazing artists headed to Veil Pavilion in April.

Ricochet, whose members currently include Heath Wright, Chris Hempfling, Steve Hamby, Larry Hight and Matt Harelik takes the stage on April 20th. Ricochet is the only country artist to ever chart the National Anthem. An unfortunate fact is that the original drummer and co-founder of the group, Jeff Bryant was replaced do to a bout of carpal tunnel syndrome. Country music enthusiasts may be familiar with Jeff’s nephew, Chase Bryant, the Take It On Back singer as well. In 2014, bassist Greg Cook left the band to become the Tour Manager to the swiftly rising band known as The Swon Brothers after their successful season on The Voice. In the beginning Ricochet toured as a supporting act for Merle Haggard, Doug Stone and Charlie Daniel increasing their exposure to country music fans, skyrocketing them to the band we know today.


Little Texas was ironically founded in Nashville, Tennessee in 1988. The current members include Porter Howell, Dwayne O’Brien, Duane Propes and Del Gray. Arguably the band’s most popular song God Blessed Texas was actually a different beast called The Eyes of Texas before becoming the hit that we all can’t help but to sing along to every time we hear today. While God may have blessed Texas, Little Texas is actually located in Macon County in Alabama with the last population count reaching 1,240 residents in 2015.

Little Texas

So join us this April, grab a Miller Lite and a seat, or your spot on the dance floor, for another evening of good times and great music!

Be sure to check back to learn more about upcoming artists and all the fun coming to Veil Pavilion in the very near future.

Spring Wine Hop Celebrates an Adult Easter

Easter paints a picture of pastel colored clothes, more brightly colored candies and treats, baskets of goodness for the kids and a generous rabbit making his way around the neighborhood hiding eggs stuffed with plastic grass and even more surprises. It is of no surprise the amount of effort that goes into making the most of this holiday every year, so why not take the day before to relax and enjoy a little springtime. Instead of the giant rabbit, you should be the one hopping, as you hop from wine pairing to wine pairing for a little pre-Easter celebration with our Spring Wine Hop.

It’s a simple fact, you can’t trust someone who doesn’t enjoy a good brunch with great friends. VIPs kick off the event with brunch at Mi Casa Grill Cantina, complete with your choice of bottomless micheladas, house margaritas or bloody marias.

Mi Casa

Afterwards head to The Green to get the festivities started! Live music will be playing with plenty of activities in between tastings including large Jenga towers ready to topple and connect four boards ready to take down red and black chipped opponents, as well as everyone’s favorite corn hole boards and much more.


Everyone will enjoy the featured five wine samples, paired with traditional Easter candies and also a take away wine glass that you can custom design at our hand painting station. Not to mention VIPs will walk away with a swag bag featuring JinJu gourmet chocolates and can relax in the reserved lawn seating section. Don’t fret; additional drinks will be available for purchase on The Green as well.

While you may not be searching for eggs this Saturday, you’re sure to have a wonderful time at the Spring Wine Hop and be ready for the season and the Easter’s Bunny’s yearly appearance the next day, custom wine glass to assist you in hand.

Wine Hop

Cheers to All of Your Favorite Beers

Beer, a beverage so beloved that it has a national day set aside just for it and its hoppy goodness, not to mention, conveniently on a Friday, April 7th. The most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, rivaled in popularity only by water and tea. Beer is the favorite guest and undeniable socialite at almost everything gathering, no matter the occasion. There are numerous options when it comes to our favorite fermented beverage, so what does your go to say about you when you pony up to the bar to celebrate this week?

Miller Lite
You go for gold, beer that is, and enjoy a brew or two with the boys no matter the occasion. You honor friendships with the same respect as family, which says a lot about your loyalty to your brew of choice as well. Cheers to you!

Blue Moon
If you enjoy a wheat beer, you laugh heartily in the face of society’s ever growing gluten intolerance, real or imagined. You also tend to like things on the sweeter side; this translates into all aspects of your life. You’ve annoyed your friends on more than one occasion asking them if they can pick up oranges on their way over.

Blue Moon

You love hops. IPA is the hipster of beers. You more than likely liked it before it was cool and can suggest some wonderful brews that we’ve probably never heard of. You’ve also been known to educate fellow patrons at the bar about their drink, and all the other drinks available.

You wish you were on a beach instead of wherever you are this very second. You probably have said the phrase, “I don’t like beer, except Corona” on numerous occasions. You have a countdown to your next vacation on your desk to compliment your beach screensaver.


Goose Island
You are the one in the group they rely on when it comes to good taste. You will most likely be found at Shady Grove Lounge taking advantage of the 50 percent off growler refills Sunday through Thursday. You don’t wait until the weekend to start living.

Be sure to celebrate National Beer Day, and every day in between at your favorite bars or poolside with Miller Lite buckets for only $20. Better yet, join us and X107.5 for Brew Crew every Thursday in April, in case beer from breakfast just isn’t enough.


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!

Celebrating Like The Big Easy in Sin City

Tomorrow marks the iconic Carnival celebration, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday where people from all walks of life flood to “The Big Easy”, New Orleans, to celebrate with colorful beads, king’s cake and the spirits to match. If you find yourself in Sin City this year instead of “The Big Easy”, we’ve got some big ways to celebrate and are making it real easy to be a winner tomorrow!

Mardi Gras Beads

Craving some Cajun goodness? There is not a more delicious way to celebrate, and get a taste of Mardi Gras than heading to Seasons Buffet where our new Executive Chef, Ashley Asher is whipping up some traditional New Orleans flare, including craw fish boil, ètoufèe, fried green tomatoes, specialty drinks and more, all while you are engrossed in décor taking you to the lively celebration, straight from the comfort of your table. No crowded plane ride necessary.

Kings Cake

Fat Tuesday also means that players who earn 100 points tomorrow will also have the chance to swipe n’ win up to $1,000 cash as well as a free buffet, free slot play and much more!

So only one questions remains, are you ready to get down Big Easy style?

Last Minute Valentine’s Ideas for the Procrastinator in Love

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, marking a day for sweethearts, couples in relationships, people with a sweet tooth and a wonderful excuse to indulge in a delicious meal or two, all in the name of love, of course. Planning not your thing? We have the perfect last minute solutions sure to fit you and your valentine’s style tomorrow evening.

For the valentine that likes to mix things up outside of the traditional, head on down to Mi Casa Grill Cantina to indulge in fajitas of for two! You’re guaranteed to get some sugar at the end, for dessert that is, with delicious churros to share. Not sweet enough for you? Grab a decadent chocolate raspberry martini to enjoy as well.

Something for the more traditional sweethearts, enjoy a four course meal for two at Twin Creeks Steakhouse. Share an appetizer with your choice of chilled seafood trio or tartlets. For the second course choose between red curry coconut soup or pomegranate mixed greens salad. For the entrée, choose between either a 32 ounce Tomahawk for two, pan roasted Chilean sea bass or black garlic bordelaise filet mignon. Dessert is your choice of tiramisu or pomegranate crème brulee, because everyone knows the real way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach.

Do you and your valentine prefer more quirky fun in lieu of wining and dining? Head to Shady Grove Lounge for some Airstream mini bowling, put bets on who get the next round with a game or two of pool or foosball. Turns out they’re a pool shark? Don’t worry, because did we mention it is also Happy Camper Hoppy Hour? Enjoy drafts for only $2.50 and 50% off all growler refills, not to mention $5 can get you some delicious chicken wings or buffalo empanadas.

How do you plan on spending Valentine’s Day this year?

Science Says Yes to Taking That Selfie

“Selfie” is defined by Merriam-Webster as an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks. In fact, back in 2013 “selfie” found itself Oxford dictionary’s word of the year, and coincidentally a permanent place in pop culture history and on the tip of almost everyone’s tongue.


Last year, a study from University of California, Irvine, stated that taking more smiling selfies increases your chances of happiness. Using a small test group, students documented their mood at the time that they took their selfie while they were smiling; a shot of something that made them happy and a photo of something that they thought would make someone else happy, and then send to that individual. Coincidentally, our own studies show that winning also produces similar results, and greatly increases your chance of happiness as well as that of those around you.

Stars And Selfies

So bust out your selfies sticks, grab a buddy, or go solo and shine with our Stars & Selfies frame and snap away, because if the selfie doesn’t improve your mood, the possibility of walking away a winner definitely should! So please share, tag us, or use #silvertoncasino in all your smiling selfies as you earn entries and a chance to win up to $25,000 cash.