Ann Wilson of Heart Coming To Albuquerque, NM this summer

by Administrator11. June 2018 11:17

Route 66 Casino presents Ann Wilson of Heart at Albuquerque's Legends Theater on Saturday, July 14th.

Ann Wilson’s musical gifts are legendary. As a songwriter and lyricist, she has created a truly impressive body of work (“crazy on you,” “barracuda,” “magic man,” “dog & butterfly,” “straight on”, “even it up,” “mistral wind,” and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing. Her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power and sheer musicality. It has inspired legions of great singers, across every genre of music.

What will fans experience at this show? “People can expect the unexpected in 2018,” Ann says. “A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production…The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart.” The name for the upcoming tour, explains Ann, “is to give people a point of recognition; to help people understand who I am and where I came from.”

On September 14,2017, Ann Wilson of Heart her released latest album, Immortal.  Read more about this collection of songs HERE.



The Doobie Brothers Rock New Mexico

by Administrator23. April 2018 15:05


Classic rock band still going strong after 40 years

By Dee Velasco
For the Sun

Rock n’ roll spans eras and genres, connecting fans through the years. The history of rock was on full display at the recent Doobie Brothers concert held at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque April 14. With fists raised high in the air, a sea of gray and white hair dominating the crowd, fans gathered to see one of America’s classic acts.

Originally from San Jose, The Doobie Brothers formed in 1970 with lead vocalist Tom Johnston and guitarist Patrick Simmons. The band has continued to rock audiences over the past five decades, selling more than 40 million albums worldwide. Their hit singles include “Black Water,” from 1974, and “What a Fool Believes,” 1979, along with “Listen to the Music,” and “China Grove,” to name just a few. The Sun had the privilege of meeting up with the band and speaking with Johnston.

Sun: Tom, thank you for doing this, it’s an honor to talk with you.

Johnston: Well, thank you I’m glad to do it man.

Sun: You guys have been doing this for so long and are still going strong. Your sound is very unique. Would you say that’s a part of the longevity of your guys’ success?

Johnston: I think that, and the fact that we tour regularly and try to put out an album at least every 10 years if not earlier. In fact, that is what we are working on right now.We haven’t recorded it yet but just writing the songs for now. Otherwise, we just like to have a good time doing what we’re doing. We love playing and we enjoy touring, although, we’ve trimmed it down to a reasonable schedule as compared to the early days. The people are great, they’re always up, having a great time singing the songs with us, and dancing. It’s a good thing to interact with the people like that while we’re out on the stage, that’s what makes it worthwhile.

Sun: Now let’s talk stats. You guys have sold over 40 million albums and the list continues to go on and on. That’s just amazing. Do you ever get to the point where you ask yourselves how you guys are still doing this?

Johnston: I do sit back and occasionally think to myself, “Has it really been that long?” (Laughing). It’s kind of like a mind-blowing feeling, trying to wrap your head around it that it’s been that long. Especially when you’re up on that stage like nothing’s really changed, we’re still doing what we’ve always done—even though I know it has changed.

Sun: Now in the band it’s Pat Simmons, John McFee, and yourself, have there been any changes when you’re touring or do you pretty much stay the same?

Johnston: We’ve kept the band the same. We really have a great bunch of guys. Really great players, singers, and at this point we really don’t change it out now, we leave it as is. When it works you don’t want to mess with it.

Sun: That’s some sound advice. Now when you were growing up, who were your influences?

Johnston: Basically, whoever was playing on the radio. I did a lot of listening to Bo Diddley, Little Richard, B.B. King, some British Invasion when I was in high school. I had my share of blues bands as well.

Sun: What’s your take on today’s music?

Johnston: First off, it’s a completely different musical landscape. Nobody buys albums anymore, downloading is getting passé, streaming is now the source of how people are getting their music. From a songwriter’s point of view, it’s a whole different paradigm. Now there’s a whole lot of people trying to get into the business, you add in all those factors and it’s a totally different business today.

Sun: I’m glad you guys are still rocking and a lot of these bands could learn a lot from you guys, because it shows in your songs.

Johnston: We’re very grateful for that, in fact, any band that can write a song that lasts a long time, it’s primarily because those songs people can associate with it.

Sun: True. Well Tom I want to thank you again for taking out the time to do this, all the best to you and the rest of the guys.

Johnston: Absolutely my pleasure.

After Johnston’s leaving, the Sun had the pleasure of speaking to another Doobie Brothers member, guitarist John McFee.

Sun: Hey John thanks for doing this man. I can’t believe I’m here with you.

McFee: John McFee, Doobie Brother, guilty of being a Doobie Brother.

Sun: How are you doing and how’s the tour so far?

McFee: It’s going great, you know we’re doing some new material that we haven’t played in a while. The audience seems to like it. So, knock on wood (hits himself on the head), all is well (laughing).

Sun: I was talking with Tom earlier regarding the music, how it has carried you guys for so long.

McFee: I’m still the new guy. I’ve been in the band for 40 years, Pat and Tom started it so I would give them the credit for it.  Really developing what people associated with the Doobie Brothers sounds, the harmony, the acoustic and electric, and a lot of roots music incorporated in it. We feel very fortunate that people still want to hear it.

Sun: Anything different you guys working into the tour?

McFee: We’re incorporating some of our older songs that we’ve never really played live into the shows before, we’re also adding different songs that people really haven’t heard in a long time as well.

Sun: You guys also will be touring with Steely Dan, right?

McFee: Right, we are going to be doing quite a bit with Steely Dan. We got a couple months worth of shows with them.

Sun: Wow, so when do you take a break?

McFee: We never take a break. We’ll be taking a break before we start off with Steely Dan. That’ll be a longer run, we’ve got to pace ourselves in our age bracket (laughing). We have to, we’ll be busy doing a lot of shows. We’re also doing some with the Eagles as well later in the year.

Sun: Wow that’s all cool. John thank you for taking out the time to chat.

McFee: You’re very welcome, thank you. We love coming down here whenever we can, we like this part of the country.

For more information on The Doobie Brothers, visit their website at





New Mexico Indian Livestock Days will be in Albuquerque on May 9-11

by Administrator20. April 2018 12:00

Article by By Jane Moorman, New Mexico State University 

The largest agricultural conference in the Southwest designed for Native American livestock producers will be May 9 to 11 at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel in the Legends Theater.

To read the entire story, CLICK HERE



Shinedown US Headlining Tour Begins at Route 66 Casino

by Administrator18. January 2017 16:39

Rock band Shinedown will embark on a nationwide U.S. tour this spring in continued support of their latest album, Threat to Survival. The headline tour begins March 31, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Route 66 Casino Hotel and will wrap up on April 17 in Anaheim, California.



Concert tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, January 20, 2017 at or at the Route 66 Player's Club.  The Shinedown Nation will have a special pre-sale for VIP members, please visit for more information. 

The Legends Theater amphitheater has over 2,800 plush concert seats and is complimented with a multi-million dollar audio system.  Legends Theater is located inside the Route 66 Casino Hotel.  Additional casino amenities include five restaurants, four lounges, nightclub and over 1,300 slot games to enjoy!


Shinedown’s full list of U.S. headlining tour dates include:

3/31 — Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino
4/1 — Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theatre
4/4 — San Diego, CA, House of Blues
4/5 — Bakersfield, CA, Fox Theater
4/7 — Los Angeles, CA, Balasco Theater
4/8 — Fresno, CA, Fresno Fresh Air Amphitheater 
4/10 — Medford, OR, Medford Armory
4/11 — Eureka, CA, Eureka Municipal Auditorium
4/13 — Sacramento, CA, Memorial Auditorium
4/14 — Chico, CA, Silver Dollar Fairground
4/15 — Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort
4/17 — Anaheim, CA, House of Blues



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Southwest Regional and New Mexico State Chili Championship Cook Off Results

by Administrator10. August 2015 16:09

Hundreds of casino guests experienced a whole lotta flavors as Route 66 Casino hosted two of the Southwest’s premiere chili cook-offs: the Southwest Regional Chili Cook-Off Championship on Saturday, August 8th and in the New Mexico State Chili Cook-Off Championship on Sunday, August 9th.  

The event is a draw for top chefs in the Southwest; top winners will qualify for a spot in the International Chili Society World Championship.  This year’s competition included over twenty chili cooks, including the current Red Chili World Champion and last year’s New Mexico State Champion!

Route 66 is pleased to announce our very own Cheryl Archuletta is the new 2015  International Chili Society (ICS) Southwest Regional Red Chili Champion!  Chery is an employee in the Route 66 Food & Beverage department and has perfected her chili recipe over several years of competition. She will proudly represent the Southwest region at the ICS 2015 World’s Championship Chili.  


click here to See full results




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New Mexico’s Best Buffet Just Got Better! Every Buffet Patron is a Winner in January!

by Administrator1. January 2014 16:21


The best buffet in New Mexico is better than ever with more food and beverage choices than ever before. Since opening in 2009 Buffet 66 has been repeatedly acclaimed as the finest food venue of its kind in the Southwest. With the recent expansion and additions that opened right after Christmas, Buffet 66 has raised the level of quality, service and value to achieve even higher expectations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new Buffet 66 every Route 66 Casino Ultimate Rewards cardholder will receive a lottery-style scratcher, between January 6th and 31st, with every paid meal. Every scratcher is a winner! Winners may redeem their prize on their next visit. Prizes include between $1 and $3 discounts on any buffet lunch or dinner, free lunch buffets, free seafood dinners (served Thursday – Saturday), free original shakes at Johnny Rockets, free smoothies and even merchandise. Guests can win Blu-Ray DVD players, I Pads or a 42” Visio HDTV. More than 20,000 winning scratchers will be awarded throughout the entire month of January.

The all-new Buffet 66 now includes a state-of-the-art Asian Noodle Bar where guests can customize their choice of three different kinds of beef, chicken or seafood noodle soups. In addition, 8 different flavors of ice cream and a variety of flavored coffees are now included in the buffet purchase price in the all-new Coffee and Ice Cream station. On weekends guest can now enjoy the new Mongolian Grill to design their own personalized dishes with the ingredients of their choice stir-fried by Route 66 expert cooks. And adults will enjoy the new Margarita Bar where, for an additional charge, guests can enjoy their favorite beer, wine or specialty drinks including Margaritas and Bloody Marys.

With more than 200 choices on display the all-new Buffet 66 is now offering the most complete menu, best value and highest quality in New Mexico. And to thank guests for visiting in January every paid meal will receive a Grand Opening scratcher and every scratcher is a winner, Guaranteed!

All winners must be at least 21 years of age and display a valid identification and an Ultimate Rewards card at the time of purchase. Sign up for an Ultimate Rewards card is absolutely free. All scratcher prizes are valid until February 7th, 2014.

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