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Eat shrimp cocktails with Randy Owen

May 13, 2008 7:00 PM

On the Cheap by H Scot Krause | Say it ain’t so, Joe! Say it ain’t so!’Tis true! The rumored price increase on the nearly iconic (former) 99-cent shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate downtown is true.

The cost of the crusty crustaceans is now up a buck to $1.99. But alas, there is a silver lining in those dark clouds! The good news is that all you have to do is sign up or be a member of the 1906 Club, the hotel’s slot club, which is free to join anyway, and you’ll still get your famous shrimp cocktail anytime for the same 99 cents!

Just present your card when ordering.

And while you’re enjoying your shrimp cocktail this weekend, The Academy of Country Music will be presenting Randy Owen on May 16 and Sugarland on May 17 on the Fremont Street Experience stages. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is the title sponsor of the two-day party featuring free, open-to-the-public musical performances and boot-stompin’ fun.

The concerts are part of the week’s festivities leading up to the "43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards," which will be broadcast live (except on the West Coast) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday. You can see the ACM show here at 8 p.m. PT on CBS.

Owen will hit the Fremont stage at 10:30 p.m. performing songs from his debut solo album One on One. His current single "Braid My Hair" has been a fixture on the country charts since its release in early 2008. Owen was the lead singer for Alabama, which up until their 2003 Farewell Tour had received 66 nominations and 19 wins from the ACM.
Former ACM "New Duo/Group of the Year" winner Sugarland will take the stage the following night 10:30, following the ACM’s 5th Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride and Jam. Duo members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are nominated for four ACM Awards this year for their multi- platinum-selling album Enjoy the Ride, including "Top Vocal Duo" and "Video of the Year" ("Stay").

The duo is also nominated for "Single Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" for "Stay," which both Nettles and Bush produced and Nettles single-handedly wrote. Sugarland is currently working on a third album, scheduled for September release. Both performances will be preceded by special guest performers.

Always a bargain and a good time, pool parties are getting underway for the summer. Terrible’s Hotel Casino presents "Splash Summer Pool Parties" every Friday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring a live DJ, Bikini Contest, Beer Pong, free food and draft beer. Ladies are admitted free and guys are $10.