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Grand Opening Celebration For Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds To Take Place On Friday, September 7

August 28th, 2012

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. – August 28, 2012 – Four Winds® Casinos, the premier gaming destinations in the Midwest, are excited to announce that the grand opening of Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds will take place on Friday, September 7. The celebration will kick-off at 6 p.m. Eastern with a private reception featuring Hard Rock’s ceremonial grand opening guitar smash with artists Sheryl Crow and Uncle Kracker, as well as representatives from the Pokagon Band, Four Winds Casinos, and Hard Rock International. Immediately following the guitar smash will be a private concert by Uncle Kracker. Doors will open to the public at 9 p.m. Eastern, in anticipation of a performance of classic rock favorites from The Devonshires at 11 p.m.

“Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds is an ideal place to dine and to take in great live music while enjoying the unique rock n ‘roll experience that only the Hard Rock can provide,” said Matt Harkness, General Manager for Four Winds Casinos. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the grand opening of Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds on this very special night.”

“Hard Rock is confident that this exciting event is the first of many memorable experiences guests will have at Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds,” said Mike Kneidinger, Vice President, Company Operations, Hard Rock International. “Since opening in July, Hard Rock has been embraced by Four Winds and we know this partnership will allow us to serve the Four Winds community for years to come.”

The 12,000 sq. ft. Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds opened its doors on July 11. It spans two floors, includes seating for over 275 people, and also features a live music stage. It also includes more than 150 pieces of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia from Hard Rock’s unmatched collection including a military coat from Madonna, a jacket from Michael Jackson, sunglasses from Stevie Wonder, a medal cross from Jimi Hendrix, the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road suit from Elton John, and a drum set from Lynyrd Skynyrd. Also featured are items from various entertainers such as: Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones, Kiss, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Rod Stewart, Van Halen, Bob Seger, Prince, Eminem, Elvis, Jimmy Buffet, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Stevie Nicks, and John Mellencamp.

Guests of Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds enjoy fresh, high-quality items from Hard Rock’s scratch-based menu, including the favorite Legendary Experience menu, featuring a mouth-watering selection of 10-ounce Legendary Burgers. Hard Rock’s Smokehouse Menu items offer unique flavors from a variety of regional Bar-B-Que styles, from the classic pulled pork to the exotic Asian-style “Shang Hi” sandwich. In addition to its food, Hard Rock Cafe’s extensive, award-winning drinks menu includes Hurricanes, Margaritas, signature favorites and Alternative Rock (alcohol-free) beverages, all available in Hard Rock souvenir collectible glassware. Hard Rock’s cocktails are handcrafted, just like its cuisine, and as authentic as the memorabilia on the walls. Also available is a fine selection of 24 draft beers, including several regional craft brews.

Sheryl Crow is also scheduled to perform a sold-out concert at Four Winds’ new Silver Creek Event Center on Friday, September 7 at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Uncle Kracker was initially known for his role as the DJ in Kid Rock’s legendary Twisted Brown Trucker band. In 2001, he released his debut record “Double Wide,” which included the number one smash, “Follow Me.” He followed that up with several albums including, “No Stranger to Fame,” “Seventy Two and Sunny,” and “Happy Hour” featuring the 2X Platinum hit “Smile.” In 2011, Uncle Kracker completed a tour of stadiums and arenas in nearly every major U.S. market with country superstar and friend Kenny Chesney. This year he headlined his own tour and will go out this fall with Brantley Gilbert. More information is available at:

For decades, The Devonshires have been thrilling audiences from coast to coast with their action-packed brand of non-stop entertainment and classic rock. The band is made-up of an all-star cast of musicians that have performed with numerous rock legends such as Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and The Temptations. More information is available at:

Details on performances at the live music stage inside the restaurant are available at. or on Facebook at

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 179 venues in 54 countries, including 140 cafes and 18 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore, Punta Cana, Panama, Cancun and Vallarta. Additional hotel and casino projects planned to open include Riviera Maya in 2013 and Abu Dhabi in 2014. Additional announced hotel and casino projects include Aruba, Hungary and Northfield Park. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit For more information on Hard Rock International, visit

About Four Winds New Buffalo and Four Winds Hartford
Four Winds New Buffalo, located at 11111 Wilson Road in New Buffalo, Mich., and Four Winds Hartford, located at 68600 Red Arrow Highway in Hartford, Mich., are owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Four Winds New Buffalo offers 135,000 square feet of gaming with approximately 3,000 slot machines, a large selection of table games, four restaurants, entertainment bars, and retail venues, and a 415-room hotel, making it the premier gaming resort in the Midwest. Four Winds New Buffalo recently completed an expansion of that included Silver Creek Event Center, which is a 1,500 seat, multi-use facility that hosts concerts, a variety of meetings, special events, conferences, and banquets; and the Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds, which spans two levels with seating for over 275 people and a performance stage. Four Winds Hartford features more than 550 slot machines, nine table games, a 74-seat restaurant, and a 15-seat bar. Please play responsibly. You must be 21 years of age to gamble. For more information on Four Winds New Buffalo or Four Winds Hartford, please call 1-(866)-4WINDS1 (866-494-6371) or visit Additionally, be sure to like Four Winds Casino on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at

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