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WinStar World Casino to ring in New Year with laughs, classic bands

28 December 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- WinStar World Casino and Resort will kick off 2017 with comedian Ron White. The cigar smoking and scotch drinking entertainer will take the stage at 7 p.m. on 1 January. The laughs continue in February with the comedy of Kathy Griffin and Billy Crystal. The entertainment calendar is also packed a variety of entertainers such as Elvis tribute artist Kraig Parker, Bell Biv DeVoe, Gary Allan, KISS, Willie Nelson and Brad Paisley.

Show times and ticket prices for all events are listed below and can be found at the WinStar Entertainment website. WinStar also offers live entertainment at the Palladium Lounge and the Skyline Lounge.

Ron White – 7 p.m. Sunday, 1 January
Ron White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon. White has had two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, three of the top rated one-hour television specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units. As one of the top three grossing comedians on tour in the U.S., White's live performances are a guaranteed good time. Tickets: General $65, Premium $75, VIP $95, Platinum $125.

Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone, The Association and Chubby Checker – 7 p.m. Saturday, 7 January
Accompanied by his band, Herman's Hermits, Peter Noone consistently plays to sold-out venues all over the world. He has a legion of faithful fans -- known as Noonatics -- whose loyalty is unparalleled. The Association made rock history by opening the now historic 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. The band has sold millions of albums and received seven Grammy nominations from 1967 to 1968. Chubby Checker is best known for his hit "The Twist." The song made record industry record by appearing in the No. 1 position on charts twice. The second time, the song spent nine months on the U.S. best seller charts. Tickets: General $35, Premium $45, VIP $55.

Kraig Parker – 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 January
From Las Vegas to London, Kraig Parker has been called the ultimate image of Elvis Presley. He has been astonishing crowds for more than 16 years with his amazing tribute to the king of rock 'n' roll. All ages are shook up by Parker's amazing likeness to Elvis in look, voice, moves and stage presence. Tickets: General $10, Premium $15, VIP $25.

Bell Biv DeVoe with special guest SWV - 9 p.m. Friday, 13 January
Also known as BBD, hip hop group Bel Biv DeVoe branched off from New Edition. Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe formed BBD in the early '90s, that's when the group released its debut album "Poison." Sisters With Voices or SWV was originally a gospel group and became one of the most successful female rhythm and blues groups of the '90s. Tickets: General $45, Premium $65, VIP $85.

Charley Pride – 8 p.m. Friday, 20 January
Becoming a trailblazing country music superstar was an improbable destiny for Charley Pride. His unique journey to the top of the music charts includes a tumultuous detour through the world of Negro league, minor league and semi-pro baseball. In the end, with boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with Nashville insiders into an amazing legacy of hit singles and tens of millions in record sales. Tickets: General $25, Premium $35, VIP $45.

Pitbull – 9 p.m. Friday, 27 January (SOLD OUT)
Come out for the show as Mr. Worldwide rocks the resort with an electrifying mix of his hottest hits and legendary beats. Tickets: General $65, Premium $85, VIP $150, Premium $250.

Ðinh Dâu 2017: The Year of the Rooster – 8 p.m. Sunday, 29 January (SOLD OUT)
This is a Vietnamese variety concert that pays tribute to the industry's biggest personality alive: famed MC and novelist Nguyen Ngoc Gnan. Also, more than 25 of the biggest names in Vietnamese entertainment will perform in honor of Ngan's 25th anniversary celebration. This event is free. Guests must visit the Global Event Center Box Office of a table games host to obtain admission tickets prior to the event. Tickets are available only while supplies last and guests are limited to a maximum of six tickets per household. Tickets will be available beginning Sunday, 20 November.

Kathy Griffin – 9 p.m. Friday, 3 February (18+)
A towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing, Griffin breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. In 2013, Kathy was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for writing and starring in an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials -- more than any comedian in history. Buoyed by her dedicated and engaged fans, Griffin's live standup performances are legendary and in a class of their own. Tickets: General $40, Premium $55, VIP $65.

Billy Crystal – 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 February
A stand-up comic turned television star, Billy Crystal found fame as a movie funnyman with starring roles in blockbusters such as "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and "Analyze This." He was much loved as the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards, an achievement topped only by Bob Hope, who hosted the Oscars 19 times. Also an award winning author, Crystal's latest memoir, "Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?" was an instant New York Times best seller. Tickets: General $65, Premium $85, VIP $195, Platinum $500.

Gary Allan – 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 February
Playing in and out of the smoky, sweaty bars with his dad's band led Gary Allan to follow in his father's footsteps and start his own band. After a world tour and a rest, Allan went into the studio to record in 2012. The single "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" appeared in September of that year, while its accompanying album, "Set You Free," was released in January 2013. Tickets: General $40, Premium $55, VIP $65.

KISS "Freedom to Rock Tour" – 9 p.m. Friday, 24 February (SOLD OUT)
KISS can easily be named one of rock's most influencial bands. The band has released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. They've toured for more than 40 years and made high-profile appearances including the Super Bowl XXXIII and the 2002 Winter Olympics. The KISS legacy continues to grow generation after generation, transcending age, race and creed. Tickets: General $85, Premium $125, VIP $195 and Platinum $500.

Willie Nelson and Family – 9 p.m. Friday, 17 March
Willie Nelson has remained one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Tickets: General $75, Premium $95, VIP $115.

Brad Paisley – 9 p.m. Friday, 24 March
Since 1999, Brad Paisley has released 10 chart-topping country albums and garnered critical acclaim and commercial success, earning three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and two American Music Awards. Tickets: General $85, Premium $125, VIP $150, Platinum $500.

Lynyard Skynyrd – 9 p.m. Friday, 31 March
Originally formed in 1966 as The Pretty Ones in Jacksonville, Florida, Lynyrd Skynyrd went through a pair of name changes -- The Noble Five and One Percent -- before settling on their now-iconic name in 1969. The band rose to worldwide recognition on the basis of its driving live performances and signature tunes "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird." Tickets: General $55, Premium $75, VIP $85.

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