Ilani announces entertainment for debut week

By Troy Brynelson, Columbian staff writer



With Ilani Casino Resort a few days from opening, some of its inaugural week events are taking shape.

The Sweet, the British glam rock band behind the song “Ballroom Blitz,” will kick off the performances Monday night. The band sold more than 55 million records before breaking up in the late 1970s. The current line up is led by original bassist and vocalist Steve Priest.

The remainder of the week is mostly made up of tribute bands, such as country music tribute Friends in Low Places; and Beatles vs Stones, a performance pitting tribute bands for the Beatles and Rolling Stones against each other in a “musical showdown.”

Portland-based band Cadillacs for Everyone will help kick-off the weekend with a Friday night performance. A Reba McEntire and George Strait tribute band will close it out Sunday.

Underscoring the week of events is DJ David E at Muze, the casino’s in-house entertainment lounge. Muze will be open 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday in opening week. Muze is also open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shows are free.

The week of performances follow:

Monday, April 24 – British glam rock band The Sweet, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 – Friends in Low Places, a tribute to Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Tim McGraw, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26 – Journey tribute band Stone in Love, 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 27 – Beatles vs Stones, a musical “showdown” between tribute bands for the Beatles and Rolling Stones, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 28 – David Foster and the Mohegan Sun Allstars at 8 p.m.; Cadillacs For Everyone at 11 p.m.

Saturday, 29 – Mark Lindsay, lead singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders, playing rock music from the 1960s and ’70s, 8 p.m.; Design Band, 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 30 – Tribute band Reba and George, So Good Together, 7 p.m.