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Country Star Darius Rucker to Headline Free Concert June 21st at Harrah’s Gulf Coast

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 5/05/2014 1:54 pm
Country superstar Darius Rucker will kick-off summer with a free concert at Harrah’s Gulf Coast on Saturday, June 21st, as part of the casino’s opening celebration and introduction of the newly constructed entertainment and boardwalk addition. By bringing such a spectacular talent to the coast, the event will set the tone for the numerous possibilities awaiting the 450,000 square-foot outdoor event venue in future.

The free event will begin with local musicians warming up the crowd for Rucker’s electrifying performance, while guests enjoy multiple food and beverage options from local vendors. The night will come to a climactic conclusion with a captivating fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico.

Planned for the first day of summer, the concert will mark the resort’s official launch as Harrah’s Gulf Coast and the conclusion of an exciting transformative chapter for the former Grand Biloxi Casino. Attendees should RSVP to the event through Ticketmaster. With a bright future ahead, enhancements to the casino’s guest experience include new dining and entertainment options all while still providing exceptional customer service.

“Our resort has undergone a significant transformation and we wanted to introduce Harrah’s Gulf Coast with an event that would set the tone for what we will offer guests,” said Jonathan Jones, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Gulf Coast. “We can’t think of a better way to do that than with a concert from an acclaimed artist like Darius Rucker. Darius’ music transcends genres. It’s authentic, genuine and it’s undergone an evolution, just like our casino.”

Charleston-born Rucker first attained multiplatinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, a rock band formed in 1986 while he attended the University of South Carolina. The band released five studio albums with Rucker as a member and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, with Rucker co-writing the majority of the songs with the other three members.

Rucker also wrote 10 of the 12 songs on his current album, True Believers, ranging from the feel-good sing-along "Radio" to the sophisticated narrative "Shine." His previous two albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966, both topped the Billboard Country Album chart and produced five number one singles. In 2008, he released Learn to Live; the album's first single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," made him the first African American with a number one country song since Charley Pride in 1983.

Recently, Rucker received his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his triple platinum selling hit song, “Wagon Wheel,” which spent two weeks at No. 1 and sold over 4 million copies.. Last year, he achieved a childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

“Country music captures the essence of summer better than any other genre of music,” said Rucker. “I’m excited to be part of such an important time for Harrah’s Gulf Coast and I look forward to being the very first to perform at their new venue.”

$20,000 Opening Celebration Giveaway
The opening celebration wouldn’t be complete without a promotion to complement the free and unprecedented concert. Total Rewards members will have the opportunity to win $20,000 in cash and prizes Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, including a Norwegian Cruise for two. Drawings will take place nightly at 9 p.m. Visit the Total Rewards® Center at Harrah’s Gulf Coast for details.

Meet Darius
Concert goers will have the exclusive chance to meet the Grand Ole Opry inductee by participating in Harrah’s Gulf Coast’s VIP Experience with Darius Rucker Sweepstakes.

From May 9th to June 6th, guests are encouraged to submit a photograph (of Harrah’s Gulf Coast or the Mississippi Gulf Coast) to Facebook. Ten winners will be randomly selected to win two VIP passes to the concert and two additional winners will be selected to meet Darius Rucker with a guest of their choice. All winners will be announced on June 13 and contacted directly by a Harrah’s Gulf Coast team member.

About Harrah’s Gulf Coast
Harrah’s Gulf Coast is a Caesars Entertainment property. Located on the beaches of Biloxi, Mississippi, the 33,000-square-foot upgraded casino boasts 800 of the newest and hottest slot machines, 35 action-packed table games, an Asian gaming room and four new dining options: Magnolia House, a fine-dining restaurant by Celebrity Chef Kelly English, the 24-hour restaurant, Steak ‘n Shake, an improved lounge and outdoor bar, Mix & Mingle that connects to a pool oasis and Flavors Buffet. The new restaurants join Harrah’s Gulf Coast’s other award-winning amenities, including Grand Bear – a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course - and the 16,000-square-foot relaxation retreat Bellissimo Salon & Spa, complete with a fitness center. In early 2014, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, formerly Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel and Spa, underwent extensive renovations that included a redesign of the casino floor and hotel room upgrades. The project also involved a 450,000-square-foot outdoor event venue that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring Total Rewards®, the most inclusive loyalty program in the country, guests have access to exclusive benefits across the country with the ability to redeem offers and reward credits at any of the 40 destinations within the network. For more information, please visit www.HarrahsGulfCoast.com.

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