Crystal Bay Casino Ups the Ante with 2nd Annual Gambler's Run Music Festival

CRYSTAL BAY, Nevada – Crystal Bay Casino is doubling down on entertainment offerings this summer, combining its state-of-the-art gaming floor with a high-stakes music event for the second year.

From July 26-28, the lakefront gambling paradise will host its second annual Gambler's Run Music Festival, featuring a unique blend of betting and beats that's guaranteed to have you hitting the jackpot.

Although the casino boasts an impressive range of gaming options, it doesn't rest on its laurels. It features 180 of the latest slots, 6 blackjack tables, craps, roulette and a William Hill sportsbook.

By hosting a music festival, Crystal Bay shows that it knows how to play its cards right in the entertainment world.

“We're a casino. We're looking for gamblers…when we were looking for names, Gambler's Run just sounded the best for what we are as a facility,” said Brent Harding of Devildog Productions and talent buyer for the casino. “…we wanted something that would fit with the Crystal Bay Club Casino and this caught our eye.”

Harding said this year's Gambler's Run Music Festival is expecting more than double the crowds for all three days of the 21-and-over event. Last year, there were about 300 people per day. This year, 700 to 1,000 festival-goers are expected per day.

“I'm super happy with our lineup this year and ticket sales,” Harding said. “… Ticket sales are good. I'm happy with what we've accomplished.”

The festivities begin on July 25 at 8 p.m. with Samantha Fish. Tickets are $30.

The award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist will bring her extraordinary power to self-expression, capturing her inner world in explosive riffs, emotive rhythms and spine-tingling vocals. On her new album Faster, she teams up with super-producer Martin Kierszenbaum (Lady Gaga, Sting, Sheryl Crow) to add even more intensity to her electrifying brand of blues and rock'n'roll. With Fish accompanied by legendary drummer Josh Freese (Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The Replacements) and bassist Diego Navaira of The Last Bandoleros, the result is both irresistibly stirring and emotionally raw.

The festival lineup:


Pigeons play table tennis with special guest Karl Denson

The motet

Afterparty, The Floozies


Jackie Greene with special guest Eric Lindell

The main squeeze

The mother hips

Dust formation

Blu Egyptian

Afterparty, Pigeons & Friends


The Wood Brothers

Donovan Frankenreiter

Rayland Baxter

Clay Street Unit

Coburn Station

Afterparty, The High Step Society

The after-parties are included in the festival ticket price.

“The festival ticket also gives you access to the after-party,” said Harding. “It's all a show.”

The three-day pass costs $145. A Friday day pass is $45 and a Saturday or Sunday pass is $65. The 3-day, 2-night, 3-day Incline Lodge festival pass and transportation package starts at $1,499.

“The idea of ​​the Gambler's Run Music Festival came from the staff at Crystal Bay Club Casino who wanted to create an event where locals and out-of-towners could come together at the center of entertainment and enjoy great music,” the Crystal Bay Casino website states. “And there will be great drinks and crafts from local vendors. Of course, music has always been the heartbeat of our community, and here you can expect all the diversity that the Gambler's Run Music Festival is known for!”

The festival takes place in the Crown Room and behind the casino on an open-air stage.

The first act starts at 4pm on Friday and at 12pm on Saturday and Sunday. The headliners start at 8pm and the after parties at 10pm.

“The biggest band at the festival is The Wood Brothers,” said Harding.

“Bally's Lake Tahoe was sold out last February, it has a capacity of 1,250.”

Over the years, all of the festival's bands have played at the Crystal Bay Club, “so we know what kind of fan base they have,” Harding explained.

The opportunities for suppliers and sponsorship are quickly booked up, said Haring.

People should come to the event “because Tahoe is beautiful in July. There's great music and we'll have great food,” Harding said. “Tahoe is a very strong community. We do a lot of community work. This is meant to be a local community event. It's for everyone. It utilizes local vendors and sponsors.”

The staff at Crystal Bay Club Casino also extended an invitation.

“We hope you share our dream and keep Crystal Bay Club Casino as North Lake Tahoe’s premier music destination for years to come,” the casino’s website states.

For more information and to purchase tickets and packages, visit

For sponsorship information contact Eric Roe at [email protected] or (775) 298-7821.

For sales information please contact Sam Shear at [email protected] or Duane Jakobs at [email protected].

Crystal Bay Casino will host the 2nd Annual Gambler's Run Music Festival July 26-28.
Brenna O’Boyle / Tahoe Daily Tribune