06.09.2009
Two-time Grammy winner and country music artist Dwight Yoakam kicks-off Wheeling Island Outdoor Summer Concert Series in the Wheeling Island Stadium!
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack welcomes Dwight Yoakam in an unprecedented concert event this Friday, June 12, 2009 at 8pm in the Wheeling Island Stadium. Yoakam kicks-off the first of two mega concerts events this summer in the outdoor venue.

Tickets are available now at www.ticketmaster.com, www.wheelingisland.com, by phone at 1-800-754-3000 or the day of the show at the stadium ticket box office starting at 6pm. Dwight Yoakam reserved seating is $40, $35 and general admission $30.

Stadium gates open at 7pm. The concert is an all age event and will take place rain or shine.  For more information, visit www.wheelingisland.com for a stadium seating chart, recommended traffic routes and ticket information.

Opening for Dwight Yoakam is Abby Abbondanza, former lead singer of The Poverty Neck Hillbillies. Abbondanza will host a special concert “after party” in the Wheeling Island showroom from 11pm-1am for all persons 21 or older.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is giving guests a chance to win Dwight Yoakam concert tickets every half hour from 3pm-7pm on Friday, June 12. Plus, one lucky winner will receive 2 front row concert tickets and a Dwight Yoakam autographed guitar! The giveaways will continue immediately following the concert with $500 cash drawings at 11pm & 11:30pm. At Midnight, another lucky guest will win a Dwight Yoakam autographed guitar and $500 cash!

Giveaways are open to all Wheeling Island Players Club cardholders. Players Club membership is free for anyone 21 or older with a valid photo ID.
 
ABOUT DWIGHT YOAKAM 
Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. Perhaps that is because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standard of excellence delivered by the Kentucky native no matter what his endeavor.

His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint.
 
Then there’s Yoakam the actor, who seemingly melts into his roles, impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians: Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Nicholas Cage.

Much has been made that the Kentucky-born, Ohio-raised Yoakam was too country for Nashville when he first sought out his musical fortune in the mid-80s, but the truth is his music has always been too unique, too ruggedly individualistic to fit neatly into any one box. Like the icons he so admires --Elvis, Merle, Buck-- Yoakam is one of a kind.
 
He has taken his influences and filtered them into his own potent blend of country and rock that honors his forbearers and yet creates something beautifully new. As Vanity Fair declared, “Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament.”

The long-time Los Angeleno has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite cadre of global superstars. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum “This Time”. Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another seven landing in the Top 10.
 
ABOUT “CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ 2009 TOUR”
The second stadium concert event in the Wheeling Island Outdoor Concert Series is the “CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ 2009 Tour” featuring multi-platinum artists Styx and REO Speedwagon with special guests .38 Special on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 6pm. “CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ 2009 Tour” reserved seating is $45, $40 and general admission $35.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com, www.wheelingisland.com and by phone at 1-800-754-3000.
 
ABOUT WHEELING ISLAND HOTEL-CASINO-RACETRACK
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 1,000-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services and gift shop.

Wheeling Island won 7 first place “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s July 2008 readers poll including Best Reel Slots, Best Video Poker, Best Service, Best Cash Back and Best Promotions.

Wheeling Island welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to www.wheelingisland.com.

Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.


 
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden, and American Park ‘n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States approaching $2 billion in annual revenue and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com
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