Press Releases

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paragon george-thorogoodMARKSVILLE, LA. George Thorogood and the Destroyers will appear in the Mári Showroom at Paragon Casino Resort on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.00. Seating is assigned. Purchase tickets at Paragon’s LA 1 Market gift shop, through, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

Of the band’s live shows, says The Baltimore Sun:  “Thorogood is a guitar-blazing revivalist whose enthusiasm and showmanship make the music fresh;  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  “He's got charisma and personality to burn, a fact that becomes evident the moment he walks on stage.  It is Thorogood's gift, that he's able to bridge the gulf between audience and performer;  L.A. Daily News:  “George Thorogood & The Destroyers completely took over…the band, featuring a drummer, a saxophonist and three guitarists, sounded spectacular…all these years, that George is still ‘Bad To The Bone’ and he’s never let go of the true spirit of rock ’n roll!"

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Smoked Meat Prepared, Served at Market Place Buffet, Paragon Casino Resort

Smoked Meats-Chef Renaldo

Marksville, LA (Nov 11, 2015) The Market Place Buffet at Paragon Casino Resort is offering an expanded menu featuring an assortment of freshly prepared brined, smoked meats on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, effective immediately.

Sous Chef Renaldo Clayton has designed the smoked meat recipes and menus. Clayton has worked in dining at Paragon since 1996, and has been at the Marketplace Buffet since 2010.

The select meats go through brining processes of up to nine days before smoking and grilling. “Our pork chops are marinated in a brine of apple, honey, brown sugar, herbs and spices for several days, and grilled to order in the Cajun Line as our guests observe,” said Clayton. “Our chicken, ribs, brisket, pork butts and loins are marinated in a different brine that is made with brown sugar, herbs, and spices. After that, we coat them with our special brown sugar and herb rub, and then we smoke them with our secret blend of hardwoods,” he continued. “They’re really delicious, if I do say so myself.”

Periodically, brined and smoked whole duck and boneless leg of lamb will also be available.

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Paragon Casino Resort Hosts BBQ Throwdown, Car Show and Christmas Extravaganza Saturday, November 21

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 1.33.09 PM–Sample the best BBQ in the South, enjoy and classic auto show and start holiday shopping–

MARKSVILLE, La. (November 12, 2015) – Paragon Casino Resort is hosting a variety of special activities on Saturday, November 21. The 7th Bi-Annual Tunica-Biloxi Indian Political Action Committee (TBIPAC) BBQ Throwdown will take place at the Paragon Casino RV Resort, in conjunction with the 9th annual Cruisin’ Southern Style Classic Car Show, hosted by Southern Style Cruisers. On the same day, the 10th annual Marksville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza will be held in the Mári Showroom, giving shoppers an opportunity to get a head start on their holiday shopping.

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Paragon Casino Resort & Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Convention Center Is Honored With ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

MARKSVILLE, La. (November 5, 2015) The publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, have announced that Paragon Casino Resort & Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Convention Center has been honored once again with a 2015 Readers’ Choice Award.

Paragon Casino Resort & Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Convention Center is among 180 convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs), meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive this year’s Readers’ Choice Award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated sites are then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals and fans are asked to vote for the best of the best. More than 5,000 voters participated this year in the selection process - the highest vote count ever recorded. Only 11 Louisiana meeting sites were selected for the honor this year.

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Lafayette Woman Scores Big on Penny Jackpot

Marksville, LA (Nov. 5, 2015 ) A Lafayette woman playing penny slots on Halloween at Paragon Casino Resort walked away $21,162.95 richer.

Melissa B. had only been playing for about 20 minutes when the reels aligned. She had invested $150.00 in the 1,000,000 Degrees machine when she realized she had won big.

Melissa admits she was shocked when she realized the amount she’d won on the penny machine. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it’,” she said. When asked what she’d be doing with her winnings, she responded with a smile. “I’ll sure be having a great Christmas.”

More than $75,000.00 in jackpots has been paid out at Paragon in the past 30 days.

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“Borealis- A Holiday Cirque” Coming to Paragon December 4, 5 and 6

Borealis Live Pics16Marksville, La., (Nov. 3, 2015) Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La. will present “Borealis- A Holiday Cirque” in the Mári Showroom for three performances, on Friday, Dec. 4, Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6. Showtimes are 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15.00.

Conceived and directed by Fernando Quevedo of Q Productions Las Vegas, the show follows the story of a young girl who is stranded in an abandoned warehouse during a snowstorm on Christmas. She meets Earl and Cordelia, who show her how magical Christmas can be. “There is nothing like it right now. The hologram system we use is second to none, the music is original and epic in scale, and the performers are at the top of their league,” said creator Quevedo. Part theatrical production, part visual spectacle, and part cirque artistry, the show is a unique tour de force that celebrates the magic of the holidays.

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Louisiana Legends of Swamp Pop Revue Returns to Paragon Saturday, November 28

swamppop2015Marksville, La., (October 22, 2015) – Entertainers TK Hulin, Johnnie Allan, Tommy McClain, GG Shinn and Louisiana Express, Willie “Tee”, Warren Storm and Cypress return to the Mari Showroom for the Louisiana Legends of Swamp Pop Revue on Saturday, November 28 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.

T.K. Hulin is a Louisiana musician whose career spans nearly 50 years. He became a regional hit in the 1960s with the songs “Many Lonely Nights,” “I’m Not a Fool Anymore,” and “Graduation Night.” Hulin is widely recognized as an influential figure in the swamp pop industry.

Johnnie Allan, a Louisiana native and pioneer of the Swamp Pop genre, began performing and recording in the 1950s at the age of 13. Since then, he has performed all over the world, and has released nearly 60 singles and 20 albums.

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Cyber Quest Coming to Paragon Casino Resort

Cyber Quest websiteMarksville, LA (October 19, 2015) — Cyber Quest, a family-friendly arcade, is set to open at Paragon Casino Resort in November 2015.

Cyber Quest, the latest addition to Paragon Casino Resort, is a professionally supervised arcade offering the latest non-violent arcade games for guests of all ages. The 4,000 square foot space will feature more than 50 of the industry’s latest arcade games and attractions. Guests can win tickets at many of the games, which can be redeemed for great prizes from the signature Cyber Quest Prize Zone.

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Meat Loaf Appearing at Paragon Saturday, October 31

MeatLoaf400x400Marksville, LA (October 19, 2015) What: Meat Loaf

When: Saturday, October 31, 8:00 p.m.

Where: Mari Showroom, Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La. Directions

Details: Meat Loaf comes to Paragon for one exciting show on Halloween night. Meat’s 1977 album Bat Out Of Hellhas sold more than 44 million copies worldwide, and remains one of the best-selling albums in the world to date. His 1993 album Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell produced the Grammy Award-winning song “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” which earned Meat the honor for Best Rock Vocal Performance Solo.

To date, Meat (born Marvin Aday) has also appeared in over 60 films and television shows, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Crazy in Alabama, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, Focus, Formula 1, Fight Club, House, M.D., Masters of Horror, Monk and Glee. He was able to combine his love of music and acting in a one-year Las Vegas residency that took audiences on a ride through his 44-year career. His newest album, Braver Than We Are, is slated for release later this year.

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The Slots are Hot at Paragon

Doyle P–More than $60,000.00 paid out in jackpots at the resort within one week –

Marksville, LA (Oct. 13, 2015) A man playing a $10.00 Five Times Pay machine at Paragon Casino Resort won a $30,000.00 jackpot on Saturday, October 10th, marking the third large jackpot to be paid out at the casino in a week.

The guest, Doyle P. of Marthaville, Louisiana, had invested $100.00 in the machine over the course of an hour when he hit the jackpot.

Doyle knew immediately that he had won, but was pleasantly surprised by the amount of the jackpot. “I had no idea it was that much,” he said. When asked what he would do with the money, Doyle’s response was clear. “I’ll put it right in to my savings account,” he said.

Two other Paragon guests, who choose to remain anonymous, walked away with jackpots of $20,000.00 and $10,000.00 within the last week.

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Paragon Presents KC and the Sunshine Band Friday, November 13th

KC-Sunshine-BandMarksville, La., (October 6, 2015) KC and the Sunshine Band are returning to Paragon for a performance in the Mari Showroom on Friday, Nov. 13th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $30.00.

The three-time Grammy award-winning group is widely known for a multitude of disco, pop, funk and R&B classics. Their hits include “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty.” 

Since Harry Wayne Casey formed the group in Hialeah, Fla. in 1973, KC and the Sunshine Band have sold more than 100 million records. The music has been featured on more than 200 motion picture and television soundtracks, and countless radio and television commercials. Most recently, the group was a featured act at A CAPITOL FOURTH, a concert and live PBS broadcast celebrating America’s 239th birthday, which annually reaches an audience numbering in the hundreds of thousands. In March 2015, the group released their latest album, “Feeling You! The 60s”.

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The Molly Ringwalds Return to Paragon Saturday, October 24th

Molly Ringwalds Band PicMarksville, La., (September 24 2015) – The Molly Ringwalds, the quintessential ‘80s tribute band, is set to rock the Mari Showroom on Saturday, October 24th at 8pm.

Voted “Best Rock Band” throughout the Southern U.S., this crazy train time machine promises a night packed with more mind-blowing rock anthems than you can shake a Vegemite sandwich at.

Having crossed the pond from their hometown of Sheffield, England, and now residing in the U.S., The Molly Ringwalds’ blockbuster tours have consisted of sold-out shows across America and beyond. The group recently traveled to Texas for House of Blues stops in Dallas and Houston, and continued its tour of the South with a stop at House of Blues New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

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Paragon Presents “Mike Tyson: UNDISPUTED TRUTH” Friday, October 23

Mike-Tyson-pr–Tyson’s one-man show tells the boxer’s story, raw and uncut–

Marksville, La., (September 24, 2015) Boxing legend Mike Tyson is set to entertain audiences at Paragon Casino Resort on Friday, October 23, taking the Mari Showroom stage to present his one-man Broadway show, “Mike Tyson: UNDISPUTED TRUTH”.

Tyson tells all in this no holds-barred show, with stories of his hardscrabble beginnings in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, and his subsequent introduction to boxing through a stint in reform school. As he took to the sport, he also began to thrive in school. It was during this time that he was introduced to legendary boxing manager Cus D’Amato, who became more than a trainer to Tyson. D’Amato instilled in Tyson a discipline that helped him turn pro in 1985. One year later, at the age of 20, Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in world history.

Tyson’s athleticism was undeniable, but some of his life choices were troubling. In the show, he publicly addresses both triumph and tragedy, in an articulate and often humorous manner.

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Paragon Casino Resort Names Billy Hendrix Vice President of Food & Beverage

Marksville, La., (September 14, 2015) Billy Hendrix has been named Vice President of Food & Beverage at Paragon Casino Resort.

Hendrix returns to Paragon after seven years at Isle of Capri Casino Hotel, Natchez. While there, Hendrix held positions as Food and Beverage Director and Casino Shift Operations Manager. From 1999 – 2005, Hendrix worked at Paragon as General Manager of the Market Place Buffet and as General Manager of Roxy’s Diner.

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Paragon Casino Resort Receives Meetings Focus Magazine’s “Best of the South Award”

Marksville, LA (Sept. 11, 2015) Paragon Casino Resort has received Meetings Focus Magazine’s prestigious “Best of the South” award, given annually to the finest meeting properties in the South.

Considered one of the most coveted awards in the meetings industry, the “Best of the South Award” is given only to those hotels and resorts that provide the highest level of service and have the premier meeting and event facilities in the South. Votes from corporate and association meeting planners who book programs in the South determine the award.

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