Bette Midler, direct from her Las Vegas extravaganza “The Showgirl Must Go On” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, will be the grand opening...

Bette Midler, direct from her Las Vegas extravaganza “The Showgirl Must Go On” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, will be the grand opening performer at Horseshoe Casino’s The Venue in Hammond, IN, on August 8. The 2,500-seat state-of-the-art entertainment center will feature A-list talent while retaining the charm of a smaller setting.

A stellar line-up has been booked by AEG Live to follow Midler, including Smashing Pumpkins, making their first local Chicagoland appearance in eight years; Stone Temple Pilots; Billy Idol; and Liza Minnelli;. Horseshoe Casino signed a multi-year deal with AEG Live to develop and program the new music venue.

“We are thrilled to offer The Venue to Chicagoland as a place to enjoy headline entertainment in an intimate space,” said Rick Mazer, regional president and general manager of Horseshoe Casino, in a statement. “Plus, our diverse talent lineup will offer something for everyone.”

Tickets for the opening concerts will be on sale on July 11 via Ticketmaster and at The Venue’s website.

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Horseshoe Casino’s The Venue schedule:
(Dates subject to change)

August 8Bette Midler
August 9Smashing Pumpkins
August 10Mo’Nique
August 11James Blunt
August 14Stone Temple Pilots
August 15Lynyrd Skynyrd
August 16Billy Idol
August 20Michael Bolton
August 21Kem
August 28Chris Botti
August 30Liza Minnelli
October 4Kenny Rogers

Last Updated on July 10, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen