Elvis Rocks Mesquite announces all-star judges

Elvis fans prepare for an exciting weekend of competition and entertainment in Mesquite

Elvis fan Lillian Smith poses with Elvis Tribute Artist Robert Washington from Auburn, ME and winner of the 2017 Elvis Rocks Mesquite Competition. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

This month, Mesquite Gaming, owner of Casablanca Resort and Virgin River Hotel, hosts the 2018 Elvis Rocks Mesquite competition, and participants are bringing their A-game for an experienced Las Vegas judging panel. The master of all impersonators, celebrity judge Mr. Rich Little, will lead the panel to find the top entertainer that truly embodies Elvis. Little will be accompanied by Steve Beyer, Vegas’ top talent agent; and Genevieve Dew, a veteran Vegas entertainment and singer. Host, Kelly Clinton Holmes, will keep the energy high throughout the contest and afterhours events like movies by the pool and a late-night karaoke party with DJ Jimmy Z will keep the fun going all weekend long.

This year, 22 Elvis tribute artists from Ariz., Calif., Nev., Utah and even Okla. will compete in three preliminary rounds: the ‘50s ‘60s and ‘70s, in hopes of moving on to the final round for the title and $10,000 in prize money. The three-day event, which runs from Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23, will be filled with entertaining tributes, slick hair, hip-thrusting action and memorable music performed by some of the greatest Elvis performers out there.

During the ‘Best of’ rounds audience members could vote on their ‘Fan Favorite.’ The winner was announced at the end of the finals competition before the judge’s picks were announced. The winner of the ‘Fan Favorite’ went to the youngest member of the competition, 21-year-old, Jacob Roman. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at casablancaresort.com or by calling 800-585-3737. For a full event schedule and more information on Mesquite Gaming visit mesquitegaming.com or follow Mesquite Gaming on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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About Mesquite Gaming

Mesquite Gaming, located 77 miles north of Las Vegas, includes CasaBlanca Resort-Casino-Golf-Spa and Virgin River Hotel/Casino/Bingo. A premier golf destination, Mesquite Gaming owns and operates CasaBlanca Golf Club and The Palms Golf Club. Combined, the two properties feature 1,186 guest rooms, 76,000 square-feet of casino space, with 1,600 slot machines and 36 gaming tables, 70,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space including an outdoor entertainment venue. For more information, visit mesquitegaming.com.

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