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Hard Rock Hotel Opens in Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe – Ok I know as far as recreation in the Sierra, the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel and casino in South Lake Tahoe today provides little in the means on Mountain Biking, Skiing, or Hiking near lake tahoe or any other area of the Sierra Mountains.
However this new grand opening does provide a new element to the options for staying and playing in South Lake Tahoe, I get the feeling that many people are happy to see the hard Rock Brand expand in the South Lake Tahoe basin.  The 60 million dollar renovation of the old Horizon REsort Casino is complete and will open its doors for the first time today January 28, 2015.
In true Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe style, South Shore’s newest resort casino celebrates its public grand opening with a not-so-traditional ice guitar smashing with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Warner Gaming and state officials on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. on the patio of the Fire Break Kitchen & Bar restaurant. The guitar smashing kicks off a grand opening weekend through Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 of eclectic music in Vinyl, the resort casino’s venue for live entertainment, promotional giveaways and large screen viewings of the Big Game XLIX. Room reservations are being accepted starting Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.
“We have spent the summer and fall rehearsing for our big day, and we could not be more excited to share our new resort casino with everyone,” said Don Marrandino, chief operations officer for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. “The grand opening is all about celebrating, thanking the South Lake Tahoe community, our many friends and soon-to-be guests for their support. We’d like to see a great turnout on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. when we gather local dignitaries to smash an ice guitar, rather than the traditional ribbon cutting, and officially open the property to the public.”
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe grand opening includes:
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
7:45 p.m. – Press Conference and Grand Opening Event on Fire Break Kitchen & Bar patio. The public is invited to attend the event which officially opens the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe to the public. Executives from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, Warner Hospitality, the Las Vegas-based gaming and resort management company that manages the property; the Park family, owners of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, and local and state officials will be present. The program will include remarks from property executives and dignitaries and, in lieu of a ribbon cutting to open the property; officials will smash an ice guitar.
8:00 p.m. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe Opens to the Public
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is open for business. Guests can nosh at two of the resort casino’s dining spots, The Oyster Bar and Fuel, and grab their favorite beverage at the Center Bar and the North Bar. The Oyster Bar is the first raw seafood bar on Tahoe’s south shore. Featuring fresh seasonal oysters on the half shell and fun oyster shooters, The Oyster Bar is Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s hub for all New Orleans favorites, including hearty gumbos, rich pan roasts and traditional jambalaya. Fuel is true to its name and the place to go for coffee, espresso, pastries, grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and energy drinks. The Center Bar is at the heart and energy of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe featuring large LED screens. Guests can select from 12 diverse beers on draft, and a variety of domestic and imported bottled beer. North Bar is located close to the property’s sports book, featuring 80-inch LCD screens and an interactive video wall. Guests can choose from four popular beers on draft and a selection of bottled beer and specialty cocktails.
9 p.m. – Free Concert at Vinyl with Mojo Green
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe opens with a free concert with Mojo Green, one of the west coast’s premier funk and soul bands, playing Vinyl. Vinyl provides an intimate setting for singer/songwriters, classic rock n’ roll entertainment and comedians. Programming will include local favorites and tribute bands, open mic nights, comedy routines and late night dancing, as well as national touring acts.
The grand opening celebration continues at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe with nightly concerts that will rock Tahoe’s skyline, including Uncle Kracker on Jan. 29; Skid Row on Jan. 30 and Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts on Jan. 31. Tickets for these shows will be on sale starting Jan. 14 or call 844-578-ROCK.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
9 p.m. – Uncle Kraker Concert at Vinyl
The charismatic rocker who vaulted to stardom as part of Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, plays the hits that earned him legions of fans as a solo performer, including favorites like “Follow Me” from his double-platinum album, “Double Wide.” He will also deliver hits from his LP “No Stranger to Shame” and his new single “Endlessly,” featuring a lilting piano intro, ponderous acoustic guitars and a major pop hook, representing every side of the diverse and dynamic artist. Tickets start at $61, plus tax and fees.
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 – (UPDATED – Jan. 23)
9 p.m. – Skid Row Concert at Vinyl
Rockers Skid Row returns to the stage with the same punk, metal and hard rock attitude that catapulted the band to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and a string of gold and multi-platinum singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In addition to its hits, Skid Row plays new material from their latest release, “Rise of the Damnation Army,” which the band says it is excited to unleash live on stage at Vinyl. Tickets start at $50, plus tax and fees.
The iconic Hard Rock Hotel Casino Lake Tahoe guitar sculpture outside the resort - Credit Hard Rock Hotel Casino Lake Tahoe
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
9 p.m. – Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts Concert at Vinyl
Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts perform their raw rock ‘n’ roll including many of the hits from Weiland’s multi-platinum success with alternative rock luminaries Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Tickets start at $50, plus tax and fees.
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 – (UPDATED – Jan. 15)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is Tahoe’s ticket to watching the Big Game XLIX in multiple locations throughout the casino. Fans can catch all of the gridiron action in a Big Game viewing party in Vinyl in HD for free. Game day food and beverage will be available for purchase, plus giveaways and beer girls.
Daily Promotions
Every day during grand opening, the public is invited to sign up for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Backstage Pass Rewards Club Card. The pass provides guests with an all access pass to upcoming entertainment, events and promotions. Anyone who signs up for a Backstage Pass is entered to win a Jaguar XJ that will be given away February 28, 2015. Any Backstage Pass Rewards Club Card member who earns 3,000 points during grand opening weekend in the casino will receive a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe commemorative jacket.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s grand opening celebration culminates a nearly seven-month, $60 million renovation that promises to transform Tahoe’s visitor experience through the iconic Hard Rock Hotel & Casino global brand. The property will feature 539 rooms and suites rooted in rock ‘n’ roll art and memorabilia, including unparalleled views from tower rooms of Lake Tahoe or Heavenly Mountain Resort, four new restaurants, two bars, a 25,000 square foot casino, a variety of live indoor and outdoor entertainment, including Vinyl, and the world famous Hard Rock Hotel Store, with an extensive array of sought-after Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe branded clothing and memorabilia.
So pack your snowboard, hook on your mountain bikes, bring your snowshoes and boots. Because with our new three inches of Snow in South Lake Tahoe Tuesday and with miles of trails that are snow free around Lake Tahoe already in January. Tahoe is the perfect place to come play this weekend.  You have Free Music and a great new place to stay and party in South Lake plus your choice of great recreational opportunities with in minutes of the hotel.
For more information on the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe and for room reservations, visit or call 844-588-ROCK. Like Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

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