Hard Rock Tulsa lands ACM Casino of the Year Award

12/17/2020 03:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Dwight Yoakam is one of the many major country musical acts to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s Hard Rock Live venue, which was honored with the 2020 Casino of the Year–Theater award by the Academy of Country Music. ARCHIVE
CATOOSA – Hard Rock Live, formerly known as The Joint: Tulsa, has been awarded the Academy of Country Music’s 2020 Casino of the Year–Theater Award.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa officials are expected to officially accept the award as part of the 55th annual ACM Awards in August. 

According to the ACM, the award is presented to an outstanding theater within a casino, selected by a professional panel of judges. Hard Rock Live beat out four other casino nominees in the race for the award: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas; Winstar Global Event Center in Thackerville; and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. 

“The national spotlight shines on Hard Rock Tulsa today because of our loyal fans and premier staff,” Martin Madewell, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa general manager, said. “We’ve created a reputation of bringing the best of the best in country music to Oklahoma that spans all decades and all eras. It’s incredibly humbling to be recognized nationally by this industry institution.”

According to a Hard Rock press release, since opening its doors in 2010 as The Joint: Tulsa, Hard Rock Live has been one of the leading country music venues in Oklahoma with hundreds of sold-out performances, including Chris Stapleton, Blake Shelton, Jon Pardi, Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., Lady A, Glen Campbell, Sugarland, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Cody Jinks, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker and Dierks Bentley.

“Congratulations to my friends at Hard Rock Tulsa for their ACM Casino of the Year award. I love playing there as often as we can,” country musician Gary Allan said. “We can’t wait to get back.”

The venue has also hosted other iconic musical acts such as Stevie Wonder, Alanis Morissette, KISS, Steven Tyler, Kid Rock, Paul Simon, Journey and Ringo Starr.

“This is just the beginning for our venue,” Madewell said. “From our light and sound engineers to our ushers and box office cashiers, we pride ourselves in delivering a world-class experience. When the time is right and the lights come back on, you can bet we will all celebrate this award together.”

For information on the ACM Awards, visit www.acmcountry.com. For information on Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, visit www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.


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