Among the headliners in the Greene Room Events Center are Blood, Sweat & Tears, Hairball and BJ Thomas as well as comedians John Caparulo and Z*Stonish hypnotist and comic.
“From Day One, a major part of our value proposition to Greene County and the surrounding area hinged on filling the publicly recognized entertainment void with quality music, concerts, shows and events,” said Aaron Harn, marketing director. “While it may be trite, ‘if you build it, they will come’ aptly describes what we have experienced over the past year as we featured a mix of old favorites and rising stars.
“We are continuing that momentum this summer and offering music or other entertainment nearly every week,” he added.
The summer lineup in the Greene Room Events Center includes:
- June 18 – Blood, Sweat & Tears, featuring Bo Bice and Dylan Elise
- July 8 – John Caparulo (Chelsea Lately, Vince Vaughn Wild West)
- July 14 – Z*Stonish hypnotist and comedian dinner and show
- Aug. 5 – Hairball, anniversary celebration, arena rock cover band
- Aug. 13 – Wild Battle of the Bands, first-time competitive event
- Sept. 3 – Thompson Square, hot country music duo
Coaches Corner provides a setting for free concerts and shows that include:
- June 24, 25 – Brick Imerman
- July 1 – Jake McVey, Iowa-born and raised, Billboard Top 10 Touring Band
- July 2 – The Hold On Band, cover band (Beatles, Kiss, Green Day, U2…)
- July 22 – Echos’ V, Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association
“With two distinctly different entertainment venues available at the casino, we can cater to a variety of tastes with artists, bands and shows that weren’t available in this area a year ago,” said Travis Dvorak, general manager.
“Iowan Jake McVey, for instance, charted with Billboard as one o the Top 10 touring bands in the country, and Echo’s V, a Des Moines band made up of Dowling High School grads, was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association,” he added.
Another opportunity for new bands and local artists to strum their stuff occurs on Saturday, Aug. 13, with “Wild Battle of the Bands.” The competition features a cash prize pool of $1,750, with winners judged on a rubric of four criteria that includes crowd response. Bands are already signing up for the battle. The deadline for sign-up is Aug. 1.
“Audience connection and interaction will be a big part of this event, so we’re inviting participating bands to work their social networks and bring their fans,” Harn said. “The Wild Battle is a way for us to support local music and expose our guests to a variety of talent.”