Lynyrd Skynyrd Celebrates Grand Opening of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer in Las Vegas

  Lynyrd Skynyrd on stage during at the benefit concert at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur
The grand opening of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer wouldn’t have been complete without Lynyrd Skynyrd rockin’ the house as they opened their first venue at Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last night  (Pictured above: Lynyrd Skynyrd on stage during at the benefit concert at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur – Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage.com DeniseTruscello.net)

Jose Canseco and  Mark Matejka of Lynyrd Skynyrd at the grand opening of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur
Jose Canseco and Mark Matejka of Lynyrd Skynyrd at the grand opening of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur

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Baseball’s Jose Canseco, Grammy-Award winner, famed trumpeter and pianist, Arturo Sandoval, Carlos Fuente, jr., president of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, championship bull riders Beau Hill and Rocky McDonald, Playmate and star of E!’s “Holly’s World” and Excalibur’s Night School 4 Girls, Laura Croft, and the casts of FANTASY, including headliner, Lorena Peril, and Thunder From Down Under, took in the Southern rockers as they played “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird,” “Gimme Three Steps,” and more.

Rickey Medlocke and Johnny Van Zant on stage at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur
Rickey Medlocke and Johnny Van Zant on stage at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur

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The week-long celebration included the official American Country Awards after-party on Monday, Dec. 5, with country newcomer, Brett Eldredge, and band members from Thompson Square and No Doubt in attendance.

Rickey Medlocke on stage during the Lynyrd Skynyrd performance at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur
Rickey Medlocke on stage during the Lynyrd Skynyrd performance at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur

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Jack Daniel’s hosted an “Eat ‘N’ Greet” lunch with Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke and Gary Rossington from Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as the rest of the band, at 12:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Also in attendance was Jeff Arnett, the 17th Master Distiller in history for the iconic bourbon. Guests enjoyed photos and conversation with the band as they dined on ribs, jalapeno cheddar sausage, chicken, mashed potatoes and more. Van Zant’s favorites were the brisket and mac & cheese, as Medlocke noted that the pecan pie was the best he’s ever had.

hnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke and Gary Rossington at the “Eat N’ Greet” at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur
hnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke and Gary Rossington at the “Eat N’ Greet” at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur

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The food itself is of legendary status, with a menu developed in partnership with Kreuz Market, a 111-year-old Lockhart, Tex. institution. The barbecue at Kreuz Market has consistently been named the best in the country.

Brett Eldredge on the red carpet at the official American Country Awards after-party at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur
Brett Eldredge on the red carpet at the official American Country Awards after-party at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur

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A portion of proceeds from the grand opening concert will be donated to the Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas, the Lynyrd Skynyrd Foundation and Nevada Children’s Medical Center.

Lynyrd Skynyrd on the red carpet at the grand opening of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer. Left to right: Carol Chase, Peter Keys, Mark Matejka, Dale Krantz-Rossington, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Michael Cartellone, Rickey Medlocke and Robert Kearns
Lynyrd Skynyrd on the red carpet at the grand opening of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer. Left to right: Carol Chase, Peter Keys, Mark Matejka, Dale Krantz-Rossington, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Michael Cartellone, Rickey Medlocke and Robert Kearns

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Las Vegas-based Michael Frey and Craig Gilbert of Drive This! Entertainment came together with Lynyrd Skynyrd to develop Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer, a concept they plan to expand into other cities.

Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer serves mouthwatering ribs, brisket, chicken and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the restaurant and bar transforms into a late-night, high-energy rock club every night with great music and entertainment.

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