Carson Valley Inn celebrates 28 years with free Johnny Lee concert |

Carson Valley Inn celebrates 28 years with free Johnny Lee concert

Staff Reports

The Carson Valley Inn’s 28th Birthday Celebration on Sunday features a free outdoor Johnny Lee Concert at 7 p.m.

Lee is a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. After spending 10 years with Mickey Gilley, he shot to fame when he performed in the movie “Urban Cowboy,” which starred John Travolta and Deborah Winger.

He recorded several songs used in the soundtrack including “Lookin’ For Love” which was no. 1 on the Billboard Country Music Chart and no. 2 on the Pop Music Singles Charts.

He followed up that song with “One In A Million,” which spent two weeks at no. 1. More no. 1 singles during this time included “Bet Your Heart On Me,” “The Yellow Rose” (a duet with Lane Brody) and “You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break.” His string of Top 10 hits continued with “Pickin’ Up Strangers,” “Prisoner of Hope,” “Be There for Me Baby,” “Cherokee Fiddle,” “Sounds Like Love,” “Hey Bartender” and “Rollin’ Lonely.”

The expanded outdoor festivities run from 4 to 8 p.m. in the west parking lot and include free ice cream bars and popcorn, $2 draft beer, $1 soda or water, a giant sand castle building demonstration, rock-climbing walls, clowns and more.

Inside the casino on Sunday, the Inn is giving away free birthday cake and champagne from 3 to 4 p.m. and again from 8 to 9 p.m. Free birthday T-shirts will be distributed throughout the day. The evening wraps up with post-concert drawings for up to $5,000 in the casino at 9 and 10 p.m.

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