Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich. was the place to be Sept. 7 for a noteworthy musical event.
Not only did Sheryl Crow grace the stage of the casino's Silver Creek Event Center but Four Winds also celebrated the official grand opening of its new Hard Rock Cafe. To officially christian the Hard Rock, Crow and Detroit's own Uncle Kracker, along with Four Winds reps, joined in a traditional guitar smashing ceremony.
During a special reception at the eatery/club, the star "guitar smashers" stood in a row in the middle of the room, donned safety glasses and hard hats, picked up guitars and smashed away. Crow needed about three swings to break her guitar slightly while the other participants broke theirs in one swing. The ceremonial smashing is a tradition for the opening of all Hard Rock Cafes, which are located in 54 countries. The Hard Rock will also donate guitars to music programs in South Bend schools.
Hard Rock, Four Winds and Pokagon representatives welcomed guests to the event. The reception also included a performance by Uncle Kracker.
Hamish Dodds, CEO of Hard Rock International, said he was happy to be in attendance at the reception.
He said Four Winds is doing "great justice to this business. It's a beautiful product," he commented about the new eatery.
Matt Harkness, general manager of Four Winds Casino, said with the addition of the Hard Rock Cafe, the casino is "bringing another great experience" to the area.
During the Sheryl Crow concert later, the singer/songwriter/guitarist brought fans a rousing 90-minute show complete with her biggest tunes and a few new songs.
Crow's band was in top form as they backed up the Grammy-winning singer. Her vocals and talents on the guitar proved strong and engaging.
Fans sang along and danced in the aisles to favorite tunes such as "All I Want To Do," "Soak Up the Sun," and "If It Makes You Happy."
She also delivered polished versions of "The First Cut Is The Deepest," "Leaving Las Vegas," and a new song "Shotgun," which she said she expects to include on an upcoming album.
Crow said she's been at work writing a collection of songs and feels she's got enough to complete a brand new album. The singer said the new project wouldn't be out until next year.
During the show, Crow joked with the audience often and shook a few hands prior to leaving the stage.