Revving low, flying high and singing with soul; Mesquite offers 3 weekends of events

Composite image. | 2014 Mesquite Balloon Festival photo by Dave Amodt. 2015 Mesquite Motor Mania photo by Samantha and Rhonda Tommer, St. George News

MESQUITE, Nev. —  Mesquite Gaming, owner of CasaBlanca Resort and Virgin River Hotel, are ringing in the new year with three major events taking place over three weekends starting Jan. 18. The 11th annual Mesquite Motor Mania, eighth annual Mesquite Balloon Festival and 10th annual Mesquite Music Fest will kick 2019 into high gear.

“Mesquite Gaming’s annual events calendar is jam-packed with great events and our first three events of the year are also three of the most exciting,” Chris Lazzara, vice president of marketing and advertising for Mesquite Gaming, said in a press release. “The variety of events ensures that everyone can enjoy the trip, making Mesquite the perfect entertainment getaway.”

Mesquite Motor Mania — Jan. 18-20

This January, Mesquite Gaming and the Mesquite Resort Association will partner with the Las Vegas Cruisin’ Association to fill the streets of Mesquite with nearly 1,000 custom automobiles, vintage hot rods and classic cars for the 11th annual Mesquite Motor Mania.

The three-day event will feature roaring engines, slow drags and burn-out competitions, as well as open header cruises and additional exhibitions. The event will give away more than $15,000 in cash and prizes for the car show participants.

Chrome is king at 2014 Motor Mania, CasaBlanca Resort, Mesquite, Nev., Jan 17, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

“Mesquite Motor Mania is a tremendous event for everyone to enjoy, from car lovers to families and everyone in between,” said Christian Adderson, corporate sales manager for Mesquite Gaming. “Each year, these beautiful cars and incredible people converge on Mesquite to turn back the clock and showcase some of the coolest cars of all time.”

Mesquite Motor Mania is free and open to the public. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the CasaBlanca website.

Mesquite Balloon Festival — Jan. 25-27

The last week of January will see the skies surrounding Mesquite filled with dozens of hot air balloons for the annual Mesquite Balloon Festival. This family-friendly weekend of events begins each morning at 7:30 a.m. with balloon launches from the Oasis parking lot and wraps each evening with the nightly 6 p.m. night glows, where pilots light up the night sky by igniting the burners of the massive balloons.

2014 Mesquite Balloon Festival at night, Mesquite, Nev., Jan. 25, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

“The Mesquite Balloon Festival is one of the most memorable events in Mesquite each year,” Adderson said. “This year is set to be the largest event yet and is sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces as they see the balloons flying through Mesquite.”

Volunteers are also needed for the event. Each volunteer will receive an event T-shirt, lapel pin and coffee and donuts at the morning launches.

Mesquite Balloon Festival is free and open to the public. For more information and a full schedule of events, or to learn more about volunteering for the event, visit the CasaBlanca website.

Mesquite Music Fest — Feb. 4-6

In February, the CasaBlanca Resort will be the home to 72 hours of nostalgia-inducing performances, with music from three crowd-pleasing acts that will take you back to the glory days of Las Vegas entertainers. The three stage acts, Mark Preston, the Ladies of Soul and The Everly Brothers Experience, will all perform in the CasaBlanca Showroom inside the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino.

Mark Preston will perform on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Preston, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, was named “one of the best entertainers in show business today” by Variety Magazine for his incredible talent and distinct voice.

Ladies of Soul will perform on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. These passionate performers will bring a soul-powered musical celebration honoring Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin to the CasaBlanca Showroom.

The Everly Brothers Experience will perform on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. This show was created to honor the Everly Brothers iconic sound and unique place in music history in a fun and exciting way. The five-piece band will rock the CasaBlanca Showroom to continue to support the recognition and preservation of the intimate origins of America’s greatest rock n’ roll singing sibling duo.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $25 for advanced general admission. Advanced VIP tickets are also available for just $30. A “General Admission Super Package” is available for $69 if purchased before Feb. 4 and includes tickets for all three shows. A “VIP Super Package,” which includes one VIP Reserved Table seat for all three shows, is available for $84.

Tickets and Super Packages are available for purchase by calling 800-585-3737, going online or visiting the CasaBlanca front desk. Must be age 21 and over for all performances.

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