Entertainment

PBR Brings World’s Best Riders Back To Mohegan Sun

Friday, January 20th, 2012

PBR is back with the Mohegan Sun Invitational presented by Cooper Tires live in Arena

on April 27th-29th

The Professional Bull Riders announced that the Built Ford Tough Series, featuring the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the best bulls, will return to Mohegan Sun Arena on April 27th-29th.

Tickets are $100.00, $80.00, $75.00, $65.00, $50.00, $25.00 and $15.00 and are on sale Monday, January 23rd through Ticketmaster.  Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Tuesday, January 24th, subject to availability.

The BFTS features the best, highest-paid bull riders on the planet, including current PBR World Champion Silvano Alves, who reached $1 million faster than any rider in history, earning $1.8 million in his first 18 months.

Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR’s insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.

Indianapolis will be the 16th stop on the BFTS, which opened the 2012 season on January 6th-8th with capacity crowds at Madison Square Garden in New York. The BFTS will make 28 stops in 23 states before the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas in October 2012.

The World Finals are where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded the coveted Championship Buckle and a $1 million bonus. The richest bull riding event in the world, the World Finals has a total purse of more than $2 million.

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, NBC Sports Network and YouTube. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.

About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the PBR. In just two decades, the dream of 20 bull riders has become a global sports phenomenon that is televised worldwide. More than 100 million viewers annually watch primetime PBR programming on networks around the world including CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and YouTube. The PBR has awarded over $100 million in prize money and 24 riders have earned over $1 million, including Justin McBride with $5.5 million — the most of any western sports athlete in history. Nearly two million fans attend Built Ford Tough Series and Touring Pro Division events each year. For more information on the PBR, go to www.pbr.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamPBR and http://twitter.com/PBR.

Mohegan Sun Arena is ranked the 5th best venue in the world by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008 and 2010 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.”  Venues Today also ranked Mohegan Sun Arena #4 in 2011. For more information on concerts and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

II Divo To Play At Mohegan Sun Arena

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Opera super group will perform live in Arena on June 7th

World-renown Opera performers II Divo, in support of their latest album Wicked Games, bring their hits to Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, June 7th at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $45.00 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster.  Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets are also available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office, subject to availability.

When the phenomenon that is Il Divo were honored at the Classic Brits at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, their “Artist of the Decade Award” attested to the unrivalled success the four have enjoyed since they first announced themselves to the world with their self-titled, multiplatinum debut album in 2004. Further #1 albums followed with Ancora, Siempre and The Promise. At every stage, Il Divo remained true to their artistic mission to share with the world their passion for music, and their passionate belief in it, as a unifying force.

With more than 25 million album sales, 150 gold and platinum discs, over 2 million concert tickets sold and the only crossover classical album Ancora ever to enter the Billboard Top 200 at #1, Il Divo could be forgiven for resting on their laurels. But that has never been their way.

Mohegan Sun Arena is ranked the 4th best venue by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008 and 2010 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.”  For more information on concerts and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com.  For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

Mohegan Sun’s Signings & Sightings Presents Mark Ballas

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Dancer/musician to take part in signing and a very special hour-long acoustic performance on February 10th in The Shops at Mohegan Sun

WHAT: Mohegan Sun is set to feature one of the most anticipated Signings & Sightings events to date when when Dancing with the Stars superstar and rising singer/guitarist Mark Ballas heads to Mohegan Sun for an exclusive, free live performance in The Shops at Mohegan Sun.  Immediately following, Ballas will take part in a free autograph session at Todd English’s Tuscany as part of Mohegan Sun’s Diva Fridays.  The hour-long acoustic performance will take place in The Shops Concourse.  Spin Street will have Ballas’s debut album Hurt LoveBox available for purchase.

WHEN: Friday, February 10th

7:00pm: Acoustic performance in the Shops at Mohegan Sun

8:00pm: Signing on Todd English’s Tuscany Terrace

IN DETAIL: Mohegan Sun’s Signings & Sightings, presented in collaboration with Spin Street, is a one-of-a-kind experience that allows guests to get up-close-and-personal with some of the world’s biggest entertainers.  Whether it’s an up-and-coming band, well-known comedian or chart-topping musician, a Signings & Sightings event provides artists with an exciting opportunity to share their latest work in an interactive way with fans.  Spin Street, located in The Shops at Mohegan Sun, offers a variety of music, movies and entertainment memorabilia with special signing merchandise available for each Signings & Sightings event.

ABOUT MARK: Mark Ballas, one of the best performers on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, has won two championships in his eight seasons on the hit reality show.  The first title was in season six partnered with Kristi Yamaguchi and the second with Shawn Johnson in season eight.  Most recently, Ballas danced his way to the finals with partner Bristol Palin where they earned the third place spot.  When he’s not dancing for thirty million households twice per week, Ballas is focusing on his music.  His guitar influences range from Kurt Cobain, Paco De Lucia, John Mayer and Eric Clapton.  His debut solo CD, Hurt LoveBox was widely acclaimed by both fans and critics alike and helped Ballas become the “Artist To Watch” by Clear Channel in the summer of 2011. In addition, his hit single “Hotwire” off the album, was the winner of MTV’s Freshman Five for 2011.

Mark Ballas was here for an acoustic performance in the Shops at Mohegan Sun last winter as well.  The video can be viewed at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxm-sJ5LgK8

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN: Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.