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Fit for an Emperor: JB Smoove welcomes sports betting, Caesars Sportsbook to Arizona

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | September 30, 2021 The Emmy Awards, HBO and sports betting in Arizona have one thing in common. JB Smoove has a hand in them. Earlier this year, Smoove received his first career...

Honky-tonk Men: Midland promises fans the best night of their lives

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | September 30, 2021 Mark Wystrach has high expectations for his Phoenix and Tucson shows. He promises fans one of the best nights of their lives — “without doing anything illegal.” “As a...

Hot Times: RagDolls are ready for the big time

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | September 30, 2021 When the Aerosmith tribute act RagDolls hits the stage, the six musicians want the audience to focus on the music. Never mind that RagDolls are an all-female band. “We want...

Straight Talk: Ice Cube shares secrets behind creativity

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | September 3, 2021 For iconic rapper Ice Cube, music and film are extensions of each other. “I look at ‘It Was a Good Day’ as a song version of a movie like...

Bettor Days: Teams and tribes are ready for gamblers

By Jill R. Dorson | September 3, 2021 With companies like Caesars, FanDuel and Penn National Gaming building out sportsbooks at professional sports venues across the Valley, fantasy sports betting already has come to Arizona...

Recalling a Debut: Brad Arnold shares the stress of ‘Kryptonite’

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | August 22, 2021 Editor's Note: Theory of a Deadman has canceled its initial plans to perform with 3 Doors Down. A DJ will now open the show. Guests can request refunds...

Queen Nation Will Rock You: Tribute band won’t stop now

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | April 7, 2021 Queen Nation was definitely under pressure when the tribute band was asked to play a backyard birthday party for Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel. The gig was a surprise...

‘A Great Little Oasis’: Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino inspires grown-ups to play

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | March 3, 2021 Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino’s sweltering gaming floor is filled with the sounds of bells, winners’ squeals and chitchat among the guests on a recent Saturday. They’re all socially distanced,...

Keeper of the Flame: We-Ko-Pa’s Ember is a red-hot experience

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | February 5, 2021 When We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort opened in Fort McDowell in October, the 166,341-square-foot facility unveiled an experience. The hotel lobby is an ode to the Yavapai Nation, with Native American...

Roll This!: Talking Stick Resort opens new high-limit gaming room

By Adianna Bermudez Talking Stick Resort has a new way for high-limit gamers to gamble. Last month, the casino resort opened 89 high-denomination slot machines and 14 high-stakes table games, with décor inspired by the Salt...

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