Grand Opening Concerts Begin

LAS VEGAS – One of the most iconic rock bands in American history will bring Texas-style barbecue and entertainment to Excalibur Hotel & Casino with the ten day grand opening celebration of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer on Thursday, Dec. 1.

“With Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer, we created the kind of place we would want to hang out at,” said Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd. “This is the perfect spot for rock and barbecue fans to kick back, listen to some great music and have a good time in Vegas.”

“Lynyrd Skynyrd fans from around the globe have reached out about attending the grand opening of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer,” said Michael Frey, co-owner of parent company, Drive This! Entertainment. “We plan to put on a party that fans and barbecue lovers alike will never forget.”

The grand opening celebration will kick-off the first day of National Finals Rodeo on Thursday, Dec. 1, and extend through Saturday, Dec. 10. The packed lineup of live music and appearances includes the Official American Country Awards After Party complete with an informal jam session by some of the industry’s top performers and the Jack Daniel’s “Eat ‘N’ Greet” luncheon followed by a special benefit concert later that evening, both hosted by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The full lineup includes:

• Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. – Ryan Whyte Maloney Band
• Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. – Southern Rockers
• Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 p.m. – Colt Ford
• Sunday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. – DJ Silver
• Monday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. – Official American Country Awards After Party
• Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. – Felice Garcia
• Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. – Lynette Skynyrd (all-girl Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band)
• Thursday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m. – Lynyrd Skynyrd “Eat ‘N’ Greet” luncheon with Jack Daniel’s Master DistillerJeff Arnett
• Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. – Lynyrd Skynyrd Benefit Concert
• Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. – Felice Garcia
• Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. – Felice Garcia

The “Eat ‘N’ Greet” luncheon will feature an incredible opportunity for fans to enjoy an intimate meal with the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd along with an interactive presentation by Jeff Arnett, the 7th master distiller in Jack Daniel’s 142-year history. The evening concert will offer Lynyrd Skynyrd fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be one of just a few hundred people to see the iconic band perform in their first dining venue.

Tickets for the grand opening concert are priced starting at $300 per person. Tickets for the “Eat ‘N’ Greet” and concert package are available for $750 per person. This package also will include an array of signature grand opening items including a limited edition single-barrel bottle of Jack Daniel’s topped with a commemorative bronze bottle-necker autographed by Arnett and the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tickets for this 21+ concert are available at the Excalibur Box Office by calling 702.597.7477. A portion of proceeds from both events will be donated to the Lynyrd Skynyrd Foundation, Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas and Nevada Children’s Medical Center.

Developed in partnership with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Drive This! Entertainment, a Las Vegas-based hospitality company that owns and operates RHUMBAR at The Mirage, Tacos & Tequila at Luxor Hotel and Casino and Casa Fuente in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer will serve fare from Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Tex. A tour of barbecue joints throughout the nation led them to the 111-year-old Texas institution, where the barbecue has been refined to perfection by the Schmidt family. Kreuz Market has been widely recognized as one of the top barbecue restaurants in the country, with top honors for their brisket and sausage by the Food Network and Travel Channel, and a rating as Zagat’s number two barbecue spot in the nation.

The band’s famed “Hell House” is the inspiration behind the atmosphere, and band members Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke have consulted with the culinary team to highlight some of their barbecue favorites.

Designed to capture the spirit of the band’s “Hell House,” the walls are made of authentic 150-year old barnyard wood, with concrete floors and aged brick completing the downhome feel of the space. The tables are made from floors of historic grain barns and the surface marks are hoof marks from many generations of animals. The tabletops are made of rough-faced old growth Doug fir from pre-World War II era from historic sites including a 1927 Brentwood house and a Los Angeles church. The staff is part of the action – hot bartenders and servers will be swinging and singing - leading riotous sing-alongs to classic rock songs and Lynyrd Skynyrd favorites.
More information is available on the Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer web site at, on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

Posted by Tom Soares in Site News December 01, 2011 2:08:00 AM UTC |

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Cherry Garcia // December 03, 2011 7:26:31 PM UTC

How could you miss an All-Female Skynyrd Tribute? The World's Only???!!! :)
Just giving you a hard time:) Hope you can make it! ~Cherry~


ls-scrumpyjeff // December 03, 2011 4:42:13 PM UTC

@Cherry Garcia: Hey Cherry, we'll be doing our best to be there. The first two nights have been fantastic!! Cheers! :)


Cherry Garcia // December 02, 2011 7:29:43 PM UTC

@ls-scrumpyjeff: We'll be looking forward to meeting you when we play Wed Dec. 7 !!! ~Cherry Garcia of LYNETTE SKYNYRD-The World's Only All-Female Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd!


ls-scrumpyjeff // December 02, 2011 3:09:32 PM UTC

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the reply to my email address.
i have a question though, please advise me if i'm looking in the wrong place for this one. Whilst being over here in Vegas, details of the bands tour in the UK have emerged yesterday! I did not recieve an email from the fan site (the latest entry on the Fan site is septembers gigs) and wouldnt have seen it if not for the message board on this site. Basically, shouldnt i have recieved an email and I have to ask why the fan site does not mention the latest news. Could you let me know as I do not want to miss skynyrd in Europe, its the main reason for me signing up. Sorry if this seems like a moan, its not. Me and the Missus just dont want to miss the band....Ever!! All the best


ls-scrumpyjeff // December 01, 2011 1:32:32 PM UTC

Hi Tom,

Are there any details for when BBQ opens or who's playing etc?

We flew in from London yesterday and will be at the meet/greet.

Just dont wanna miss anything!!

All the best.


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