LYNYRD SKYNYRD CELEBRATES NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH LIVE BAND, ROCKIN’ ATMOSPHERE

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By Vanessa McConnell

In the photo: Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke perform

Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino will rock the house this New Year’s Eve with a live band and an all-inclusive drink package guaranteed to keep revelers partying all night long. Plus, the high-energy hangout will offer live music on Thursday, Dec. 29 and Friday, Dec. 30 for all of the pre-New Year’s Eve partiers.

Kissing 2011 goodbye will be a rockin’ good time for guests who ring in 2012 at the newest venue on the Las Vegas Strip. Wolf Creek will perform live starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, and the Ryan Whyte Maloney Band will perform at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30. Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer will transform into the perfect late-night scene on Saturday, Dec. 31, with a hard-partying New Year’s Eve celebration featuring live music from the Ryan Whyte Maloney Band and the hottest bartenders around. The band kicks off at 10 p.m. playing classic hits until midnight, and then a resident DJ will take the music reigns and keep the party bumping into the early morning hours of 2012.

Admission for the 21+ New Year’s party is $75 per person, and includes an open bar for beer, wine and well cocktails at the high-energy hangout from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are available for purchase at the Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer retail store or by calling the Excalibur Box Office at 702.597.7477. The kitchen will close at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, in preparation for the party.

Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer serves mouthwatering ribs, brisket, chicken and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m., the high-energy hangout transforms into a late-night, high-energy rock club every night with great music and entertainment. Guests may visit the Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer web site at LynyrdSkynyrdLV.com, follow Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LynyrdSkynyrdLV, or become a fan on Facebookatwww.facebook.com/LynyrdSkynyrdBBQ.

In 2006, food and beverage industry veterans Michael Frey and Craig Gilbert came together to launch Drive This! Entertainment. Their first venture, Tacos & Tequila (www.tacosandtequilalv.com) at Luxor Hotel and Casino, opened in October 2008. The dynamic Mexican restaurant, open daily for lunch and dinner as well as for a mariachi brunch every Saturday and Sunday, offers an array of margaritas and authentic Mexican fare with a contemporary twist. RHUMBAR (www.rhumbarlv.com), a Caribbean-inspired cocktail lounge and patio at The Mirage, is framed by striking views of the Las Vegas Strip. Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer, the company’s third venture, opened in December 2011. American Burger Works (ABX) also opened in December 2011 adjacent to Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer. The classic all-American burger joint features the very best of “the basics,” served with an array of deliciously-distinctive dipping sauces.

A myriad of entertainment, fine food and comfortable accommodations make for an inviting atmosphere within contemporary castle walls at Excalibur. The resort offers 3,981 guest rooms, including 2,000 remodeled Widescreen Rooms, enjoyable dining experiences including Dick’s Last Resort and The Steakhouse at Camelot, the Tournament of Kings Dinner Show, the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under, higher nightlife education classes at Night School 4 Girls and the sounds of The Australian Bee Gees Show.  Excalibur also offers dozens of shops, an expansive pool complex, a wedding chapel featuring medieval costume ceremonies, the Royal Treatment Spa & Fitness Center and a convention area with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.  Excalibur is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International™ (NYSE: MGM).  For more information and reservations, visit www.excalibur.com or call toll free at (800) 937-7777 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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