Hard Rock brings the rock to Tahoe

By Jenn Sheridan



South Lake Tahoe’s hottest new hotel and casino opens its doors with four days of concerts and parties. The Hard Rock Casino and Hotel starts the fun with a VIP Grand Opening party on Jan. 28, just in time for the Super Bowl Weekend. Following the VIP reception, the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel will open its doors for a free show with Reno’s local funk group, Mojo Green. The following night, Uncle Kracker takes the stage in Vinyl, the casino’s entertainment venue, with his latest release.

On Jan. 30, 80s rock group Skid Row takes over the Vinyl stage playing their best hits and finally, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts will rock the stage on Jan. 31.

Construction began in November on the former Horizon Casino to complete the transformation into the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe. Celebrating rock ‘n’ roll culture, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will feature 539 rooms and suites steeped in music memorabilia and art. The 25,000-square-foot casino complete with multiple dining options and entertainment venues will combine the mountain culture of Lake Tahoe with the passion for music embraced by the Hard Rock brand.

“Lake Tahoe is world famous for entertainment and we are going to be a part of that,” said Don Marrandino, chief operations officer for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Lake Tahoe.

Inspired by the Hard Rock’s Las Vegas location, the Lake Tahoe venue Vinyl is an intimate setting featuring less than 500 seats in a comfortable setting. Marrandino says that the venue will feature a mix of music offerings from bringing today’s biggest names to the stage to acoustic nights with the greatest singer and songwriters of the last few decades sharing the meaning behind their most loved tunes.

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino plans to take advantage of each season by teaming up with Heavenly Mountain Resort to combine après skiing with rock culture.

“In the summer, we have a tremendous pool area where we’ll host beach parties and outdoor shows,” said Marrandino.

The company also is working on plans to expand its entertainment venues in the near future.

In addition to lavish rooms and a great venue, Hard Rock will offer five restaurants and bars ranging from Park Prime, a steakhouse, to The Oyster Bar, South Lake Tahoe’s first raw seafood bar. Those looking for a quick bite can head to Fuel for sandwiches, coffee and pastries. In the heart of the Hard Rock is the Center Bar with a diverse selection of wine and beers and large LED screen TVs with concerts and videos playing through the night.

The hotel is currently taking reservations for opening weekend and beyond. Tickets for opening weekend shows are available at hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com or by calling (844) 578-7625.


Jan. 28 | 9 p.m.
Mojo Green


Jan. 29 | 9 p.m.
Uncle Kracker

Jan. 30 | 9 p.m.
Skid Row


Jan. 31 | 9 p.m.
Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts