One of the most thrilling summer concert lineups in the Great Lakes Region is back for another year and packs some serious heat for entertainment lovers. Summer Rush at Seneca Casinos includes some of the world's very best entertainers as well as unique promotions on the gaming floor and the ever-popular fireworks displays for the Independence Day holiday.
Summer Rush kicks off with arguably the world's premier blues musician, B.B. King, at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca on June 8. Coming the following weekend on June 15 to Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls is 1980s new wave rock band The Go-Go's, whose debut album Beauty and the Beat continues to be the only No. 1 album entirely written and performed by an all-female band. The following weekend on June 22, comedian Paul Reiser from the TV sitcom "Mad About You" takes the stage at Seneca Allegany for an evening of stand-up comedy. For the final weekend in June, the entertainment returns to Seneca Niagara with one of America's consummate singer-songwriters, Jackson Browne, who will perform with special guest Sara Watkins on June 29.
World-renowned adult humor comes to Seneca Niagara on Independence Day weekend, as Drew Carey - famous for his roles in "The Drew Carey Show" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and now host of the long-standing game show "The Price Is Right" - comes to Niagara Falls on July 6. The comedy continues back at Seneca Allegany on July 12 when Jeff Dunham, one of the America's most successful comedians, displays his hilarious ventriloquism routine with a host of characters such as Walter, Peanut, Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Jose Jalapero on a Stick as part of his "Disorderly Conduct" tour. Later in the month on July 27, one of the most successful country groups of all time, ALABAMA, comes to Salamanca as part of its "Celebrating 40 Years" tour.
Drew Carey — famous for his roles in “The Drew Carey Show” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and now host of the long-standing game show “The Price Is Right” comes to Seneca Niagara on July 6.
Summer Rush continues with more ways to make people laugh this August, as former "Saturday Night Live" star and "30 Rock" cast member Tracy Morgan performs on Aug. 10. Six days later, more stand-up takes the stage in Salamanca as Howie Mandel, one of the judges on "America's Got Talent," delivers an evening of laughs on Aug. 16. On the last day of the month, Aug. 31, 1980s pop-rock will be in full swing inside Seneca Allegany Events Center, as Huey Lewis and the News takes the stage for its "'Sports' 30th Anniversary Tour."
Technically, it is still summer in early September - and for that reason, Seneca Casinos will keep the Summer Rush entertainment rolling through the first weekend of the month. On Sept. 7, comedian Brad Garrett will take the stage at Seneca Niagara Events Center with his trademark low-pitched voice. Garrett is well known for his role as Robert Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond" and now plays the role of step-father Max Green on the brand-new TV sitcom "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)."
Each Events Center location seats up to 2,400 people with no seat further than 100 feet of the stage - and also has two high-definition oversized video screens to give everyone the "best seat in the house." But for those who want a more intimate setting for entertainment, the Bear's Den Showroom at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel has 440 theater-style seats on three sides of the stage, each with spectacular views that are no further away than 40 feet. The lineup is packed for June, featuring Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Marcus Miller on June 7; blues artist and slide guitar master Sonny Landreth on June 8; 1970s heartthrob David Cassidy on June 21, and; an acoustic finger-picking guitar performance during An Evening with Leo Kottke on June 22. Additional summer acts confirmed for the Bear's Den include blues artist Tommy Castro on July 12, The Stick Men featuring Tony Levine, Pat Mastelotto & Markus Reuter on Aug. 2, and Buckwheat Zydeco on Aug. 3.
Summer Rush at Seneca Casinos also features a number of blockbuster promotions for gaming lovers during the summer months. Guests at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel will have the chance to win $1 million during the "$1 Million Big Draw" from June 3 through 28. The ever-popular Summer Shopping Spree also returns to Salamanca on June 1 and 2, as well as to Niagara Falls on June 9.
One of the region's most talked-about fireworks displays returns to Salamanca and Niagara Falls for the Independence Day holiday. Fireworks outside Seneca Allegany Events Center take place on July 3, and fireworks outside Seneca Niagara Events Center take place on July 5. Both start-times are approximately 9:40 p.m., with rain dates scheduled for the following days.
July also features a very unique tournament throughout all three Seneca casino properties. From July 1 through 18, guests can participate in the Multimedia Games TournEvent of Champions Slot Tournament, a national tournament that is taking place throughout the country at only 66 select casinos. For all participants playing at Seneca Casinos throughout July, more than $25,000 in Free Slot Play and cash will be up for grabs. The finals for Seneca Casinos will be on July 19 and 20 at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, and the grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Las Vegas in September to play in the national event for a chance to win $100,000. The prize also includes airfare, hotel accommodations and $5,000 spending cash.
In August, Seneca Niagara and Seneca Allegany will each feature a promotion called $70,000 Hot Summer Nights, and Seneca Allegany also will give away a MacBook Pro computer a day on Mondays through Thursdays from Aug. 5-29. Additional promotions will be available throughout the casinos this summer, particularly around holidays.
Major transformations at the Seneca Casinos
The excitement of Summer Rush also extends to transformations at each of the three casinos. Construction of the $130 million permanent facility at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is currently under way, with an opening slated for August. The casino will include more than 800 slot machines, nearly 20 table games and two dining outlets - one of which features favorite selections from well-known Buffalo-area restaurants and food vendors. Major news about new summer projects at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel will be announced in the coming weeks. And finally, at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, the excitement continues for more guests from far and near with the recently expanded hotel tower - which provides 200 additional luxurious rooms with breathtaking mountain views.
More Summer Rush acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for all shows are available at Seneca Casino box offices, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.