Foxwoods Resort Casino Turns Up the Heat with Action-Packed Summer Entertainment Lineup

Highlights Include Appearances By Sting, John Legend and Smokey Robinson

The region’s recreation calendar will heat up this summer when Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods bring together a star-studded entertainment lineup, further establishing themselves as the East Coast’s premier destinations for just about any kind of fun under the sun. Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods have a season of sizzling spectacles in store, from exclusive concerts to world-renowned exhibitions, first-rate dining and championship-caliber golf.

“Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods are incredibly honored to host some of the biggest names in show business this summer,” said Michael Speller, President of Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises (MPGE). “What’s more, we pride ourselves in offering something for everyone, from sports enthusiasts to concert-goers and everyone in between. Our exciting summer events will continue to guarantee our guests enjoy an unparalleled entertainment experience.”

Upcoming headliners include Keyshia Cole (June 5), who brings her “A Different Me” tour to Foxwoods with special guest Keri Hilson; “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight (June 6); folk-rock super-group Crosby, Stills & Nash (June 13); “My Life on the D-List” star and comedienne Kathy Griffin (June 26); “King of Motown” Smokey Robinson (July 10); rock god and former Police frontman Sting (July 19); long-time ladies’ man and pop sensation Tom Jones (July 24); neo-soul singer John Legend with special guest, India.Arie (August 8); classic blues-rock impresarios the Steve Miller Band (August 22); and the legendary Donna Summer (August 28)*.

Because Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods understand that entertainment means different things to different people, the resort is also proud to present the new stage spectacle, “Cirque Illumination,” a fantastical journey of the imagination from Broadway producer and director Neil Goldberg (July-September in the MGM Theater); the world-renowned “Bodies: The Exhibition,” a celebration of the amazing and complex machine that is the human body (July-September on the Mezzanine level of the Grand Pequot Tower); and “Legends in Concert,” the longest-running tribute show that features live recreations of yesterday’s and today’s superstars, including Elvis, Whitney Houston, Cher and Rod Stewart (July-September in the Fox Theater).

For foodies, Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods offer a wide array of unparalleled culinary options, including the Phantom Gourmet Summer Beach BBQ Party (June 19 – 21), which will feature food from some of the world’s best barbeque teams, from Australia to Texas to Virginia, in addition to 100 tons of sand, beer gardens, live music, and free mechanical bull and surf board rides. Several other new dining additions to the property include The Scorpion Bar Mexican Cantina, a sultry lounge meets Mexican cantina; Veranda Cafe, with three new upscale buffet stations including a “made-to-order” section; Burke in the Box, a casual burger and grinder concept built on value and freshness; and Dunkin’ Donuts, the East Coast’s favorite coffee shop. Other dining venues — including the four-diamond Paragon restaurant, Alta Strada, Craftsteak, Juniors, Gelato Cafe, David Burke Prime and SHRINE Asian Kitchen, Lounge and Nightclub — satisfy everyone from the casual to the upscale diner.

Golf enthusiasts also have reason to rejoice thanks to Lake of Isles, two award-winning golf courses on a picturesque lake that offer guests the ultimate golf experience. Number one in Connecticut on Golfweek’s 2009 list of “America’s Best Courses You Can Play,” Lake of Isles offers championship tees stretching more than 7,300 yards, with multiple tee locations for golfers of every skill level.

Because relaxation is paramount at Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods, the resort offers guests unmatched R&R amenities, including G Spa and the Grand Spa, where sensual surroundings meet personalized treatment from the professional staff; indoor and outdoor pools with poolside cabanas and an al fresco cocktail bar; and, for those in need of retail therapy, some of the area’s finest stores and boutiques, including Pandora Jewelry and Mac Appeal.

Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods also continue to up the ante on the gaming front, offering the highest quality gaming entertainment with the launch of a sensational lineup of new options, including Wide Area Progressive slot machines, six state-of-the-art casinos, “Match the Dealer” side bets at all blackjack tables, and free “Foxwoods Fun Play” Internet games. The most recent improvement is the addition of 24 new table games in the Great Cedar Casino.

*Complete schedule available at http://www.foxwoods.com/Entertainment.aspx

About Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods

North America’s largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino(R) is located in the rolling hills of southeastern Connecticut and is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford and Providence. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Foxwoods features six casinos with more than 7,200 slots, 380 table games, the only WPT World Poker Room(TM) in New England, High Stakes Bingo and Ultimate Race Book. There are 1,416 guest rooms and suites in three hotels, more than 30 restaurants, a luxurious spa, more than 50,000 square feet of premium meeting and event space, 24 retail shops and five entertainment venues, including the 1,400-seat Fox Theatre. Conveniently located adjacent to Foxwoods is Lake of Isles(TM), featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy. In May 2008, the MGM Grand at Foxwoods(R) debuted, adding 825 luxurious guest rooms, 115,000 square feet of meeting space, the 4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater, a 21,000-square-foot spa, and more dining, retail and gaming facilities, bolstering Foxwoods’ preeminence as the East Coast’s ultimate casino resort destination. Foxwoods supports responsible gaming, and plays a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Problem Gambling, of which it was a founding entity. For more information, call 1-800-FOXWOODS or visit www.foxwoods.com.

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