Sheryl Crow. The name says it all. When people think of southern pop/rock music, it’s her voice and well-strummed guitar that fans across the world hear in their minds.
All I Wanna Do, Soak up the Sun and If It Makes You Happy are amongst her biggest hits. Her genre-blending music has earned her nine Grammy Awards and a spot on VH1’s list of the Greatest Women of Rock N’ Roll.
She has performed for millions of fans over the years at venues world-wide including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, where she has earned a top spot among the best shows at the rock n’ roll-themed property.
SUMMER TIME and the living is breezy
THERE IS NOTHING better than a Southern summer getaway. Whether you are looking for a gambling excursion on the Gulf Coast or trails to meander in the mountains of Tennessee, chances are you will find your perfect escape without ever boarding a plane. If your trip is for a week or just a weekend, you owe it to yourself to check out some of the many attractions of the region. These are a few of our favorites.
For a fun and rewarding penny slot experience, check out the new “Penny Lane” area at IP Biloxi.
In 1941, Sam Boyd and his family arrived in Las Vegas with not much more than determination to succeed and fulfill a dream.
HORSERACING: LIVE AND ONLINE
DAY AT THE RACES IS NO LONGER LIKE it was a generation or two ago when betting on horse racing was virtually restricted to wagering at the track where live racing was being held. A boom in simulcast off-track betting (OTB) locations brought the action closer to home, to where more than 90 percent of wagering on horse racing is now done away from where live racing is taking place. An ever-growing share of that percentage is now done on the Web in what is the only legal form of online wagering in the United States.
THE WORLD OF BUBBA WATSON IS ABOUT PLAYING IT RIGHT, ALL THE TIME
HERE’S THAT KID AGAIN. Hacking little plastic golf balls around the front yard.
All. Day. Long. If you were Bubba Watson’s neighbor in tiny Bagdad, Fla., in the late 1980s, you likely picked up your share of those plastic balls from around your house. You might have thought the kid nuts for spending so much time on a game like golf.
Summers in the South mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but to almost everyone they mean heat and humidity. How to keep your cool? Take advantage of some of the countless Southern outdoor activities and weekend getaways, especially when they involve ice-cold cocktails, resort-style swimming pools and the occasional early-morning round of golf.
THERE ARE FEW PLACES in the world as eclectic as Kentucky. Known as the horse and bourbon capital of the world, the state is the birthplace of approximately 30 percent of the nation’s horses each year and home to nearly 5 million barrels of aging bourbon. The entire state’s population is only 4.3 million, if that tells you anything.
While many horse farms and bourbon distilleries are scattered throughout the commonwealth, the city of Lexington, located in the heart of the Bluegrass State, has an array of both. In addition, the city is home to Keeneland, one of the most historic racetracks in the country and the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, where approximately half of the 11 Triple Crown winners have been sold.
BET YOU DIDN’T THINK Biloxi knew how to rock ‘n’ roll? Well, as Eric Clapton would say, “We got the boogie-woogie right down to our very soul!” Considering Mississippi is the “Birthplace of America’s music,” it is fitting that the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi is rocking a lot harder after investing $32.5 million in a captivating hotel that is unlike any of its kind on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Named the Platinum Tower, the hotel is themed and decorated with memorabilia from only platinum recording artists. Shakira, Bette Midler, Meatloaf, Brett Michaels and eight other artists each have floors dedicated to their talents.
Each floor is decked out with costumes, photos, paintings and quotes throughout the halls and smoke-free rooms.
NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI IS THE PLACE to visit for a real dose of Gone With the Wind charm. The oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez once boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city in the country, including New York.
Although its plantation economy crashed and burned after the Civil War, the city’s impressive mansions –there are more than 1,000 historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places – remain a huge draw for history buffs and tourists.
Located three and a half hours from New Orleans, and less than two hours south west of Jackson, Natchez offers a slice of American history with a healthy dose of Southern hospitality on the side.
MARCH IS A WONDERFUL TIME of year, especially in Southern states; however, if you didn’t get ahead of the game by completing your taxes in February then you may be stressed over finding all the data needed for tax preparation.
States differ over whether or not you can write off your losses to the extent of your winnings, but it’s the same for all on federal returns.
Here are some tips to help you along!
THINK OF AN NFL quarterback facing a two-minute drill with 90 yards to go. Now, drop that down to 14 seconds, and those 90 yards to 250 miles. No disrespect, Peyton, but that is pressure. In a sport like NASCAR, where winners are decided by tenths of a second, absolutely everything – a missed lug nut, a dropped gas can, a loose cap – counts and can cost your team a race. That’s what the pit crew of Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team faces every week during the season, which began in Daytona in mid-February and runs through November.
Yet, for crew chief Kenny Francis and the crew of the Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, it’s less about pressure and more about performance. Each race week, the crew rehearses its moves like a dance company so each pit stop is an effortless replay of practice.
JUST AFTER 6 P.M. ON MAY 3, Stephen Foster’s compositional masterpiece, “My Old Kentucky Home” will serenade one hundred thousand emotionally charged zealots situated underneath the famed Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Subsequently, 20 optimum three-year old thoroughbreds will warm up over our nation’s most hallowed granular oval before attempting to commandeer the 140th Kentucky Derby.
In 1872, Col. Meriwether Clark Jr. (grandson of William Clark from the famed Lewis and Clark expedition) traveled to England and France where he witnessed Europe’s two most eminent horse races, the Epsom Derby and Grand Prix de Paris. Wholly inspired, Clark established the Louisville Jockey Club upon his stateside return and with it, Churchill Downs; the world’s most recognized thoroughbred horseracing cathedral.
Slot machine play is at an all-time high, and casinos know it. Whether you’re enjoying the reels at a casino in Indiana or winning big on a glitzy Vegas floor, you will find that the machines once known as “one-armed bandits” are now centered around some of the most popular themes in the world, including chart-topping movies, games and music icons.
Today, the slot machine manufacturing business is booming. As more casinos open and existing properties continue to expand around the world, everyone is looking to get their hands on the latest and greatest machines that they know their players love.