Funky Kentucky Headhunters Performance Will Mark Debut Of St. Charles' Bottleneck Blues Bar.

Issue: July 23, 2002

ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The Kentucky Headhunters will bring their unique mix of blues, rock and country into Ameristar Casino St. Charles for a two-day engagement, Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10.

The group, whose first album was appropriately named "Pickin' on Nashville," will be the first of many headliners to appear in the Bottleneck Blues Bar at the all-new $360 million Ameristar Casino St. Charles.

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. executives predict the funky, blues-style Bottleneck Blues Bar will be one of their most popular venues...a soulful entertainment retreat with the best of Southern-style food selections, an array of beverages and regional jazz, blues, rock and country performers appearing in the backdrop of a delta-style theatre.

It takes a unique band to debut a unique venue. The Kentucky Headhunters are scheduled to perform two shows per night, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30 and may be purchased through or by calling 1-800-766-6048.

Like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings before them, the Kentucky Headhunters wore the title "outlaws" badge with pride when they first began appearing. It all officially began in 1985 in the south-central region of the Bluegrass State when brothers Richard and Fred Young, cousin Anthony Kenney, Ricky Lee and Doug Phelps formed the Kentucky Headhunters.

They had nothing if not confidence. With a commitment of only $5,000, the group rented a Nashville studio and recorded eight songs in three days for independent distribution. But after performing once in Nashville and another time in Bowling Green, Ky., the Headhunters found themselves signing on the dotted line for Mercury Records.

"Pickin' on Nashville" went on to sell more than two million copies. Along the way the performers picked up "Album of the Year" and "Group of the Year" at the Country Music Association, and Grammy awards. Their gold-selling album, "Electric Barnyard," produced the retro single "Ballad of Davy Crockett," first performed live at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

The Kentucky Headhunters christen The Bottleneck Blues Bar at Ameristar Casino St. Charles on Aug. 9 and 10.

Ameristar Casino St. Charles, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameristar Casinos, Inc. , brings the finest gaming and entertainment to the banks of the Missouri River, serving the entire metropolitan St. Louis area from its convenient location just north of the Interstate Highway 70 bridge near historic downtown St. Charles, Missouri. Established in 1994 as the first gaming facility in Missouri, Ameristar Casino St. Charles will unveil its all-new $360 million, gaming and entertainment destination on Aug. 6, 2002, replacing its original riverboat casino. The new Ameristar boasts a cobblestone streetscape inspired by the 1880s architecture of the St. Charles River Port District with seven dining and entertainment venues. The streetscape adjoins an all-new 130,000 square foot casino vessel offers the largest selection of gaming options in the region, including 3,300 slot and video poker machines, 95 table games and one of the last two remaining live poker rooms in the market. For more information on Ameristar Casino St. Charles call 1-800-325-7777 or visit us online at .

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. is an innovative, Las Vegas-based gaming and entertainment company known for its distinctive, quality conscious hotel- casinos and value orientation. Led by President and Chief Executive Officer Craig H. Neilsen, the organization's roots go back nearly five decades to a tiny roadside casino in the high plateau country that borders Idaho and Nevada. Publicly held since November 1993, the corporation owns and operates six properties in Nevada, Missouri, Iowa and Mississippi, two of which carry the prestigious American Automobile Association's Four Diamond designation. Ameristar's Common Stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol: ASCA.

                          Fast Facts If You Go:   What:     Kentucky Headhunters   Where:    Bottleneck Blues Bar at Ameristar Casino St. Charles   When:     Friday August 9 and Saturday August 10             Two shows nightly, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.   Tickets:  $20, $25 and $ 30             Can be purchased at or             by calling 1-800-766-6048.      Visit Ameristar Casinos' Web site at        (which shall not be deemed to be incorporated in or a part                          of this news release).


Contact: Melissa Barreca, Public Relations Manager of Ameristar Casino St. Charles, +1-636-940-4946; or Gillian Silver, ABC, Vice President of Communications of Ameristar Casinos, Inc., +1-702-567-7053


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