Sparks Correspondence – January 2019


Country, comedy, and craft beers are the main themes in Sparks going into the new year, and most of what is going on at 39 North is happening at the Nugget Casino Resort. Fortunately, now that we’re into full-blown winter, there are plenty of events to help you stay warm and have fun with ‘yer loved ones.  So, put on your 10-gallon hat and man heels and get ready to boogie ….

Jan. 4 — David John and the Comstock Cowboys at the Nugget

Virginia City favorites David John and the Comstock Cowboys share timeless, original country music classics that resonate with all ages and generations. To enjoy good ‘ole fashioned boot-stompin’ music featuring songs about horses, cowboys, America, and the Wild West, check them out in the Nugget Celebrity Showroom on January 4 at 7pm. Tickets cost $17 per person.

Jan. 12 — Jeff Foxworthy at the Nugget

The king of redneck comedy will be delighting crowds at the Nugget Grand Ballroom on Saturday, January 12 with a schtick likely complementing his current Netflix “We’ve Been Thinking” comedy special and others that poke fun at human nature and daily interactions with his family. This is a show not to miss with the multi-Grammy Award winner and Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee; tickets are $55-$95 and the show starts at 8pm. Keep in mind that Larry the Cable Guy will be coming to the Nugget a couple months later on March 8.

Jan. 13 — Adoption Day at PetSmart in Spanish Spring

Looking to bring in a new family member? PetSmart in Spanish Springs is hosting an adoption day to place loveable four-legged friends with their fur ever homes. Whether you are looking for a companion to go running with or one that likes to snuggle up on the couch with you, PetSmart on 255 Los Altos Parkway has the perfect pet for you.

Jan. 25 — Travis Tritt Acoustic Show at the Nugget

On the country music circuit for almost 30 years, Travis Tritt will be playing a 100 percent acoustic show at the Nugget on January 25. Leading the charts with favorites such as “Drift Off to Dream”, “Help Me Hold On”, and “Country Club”, anyone who follows the CMA’s or Billboard will likely be interested in this special event. Tickets are $50-$70 and it’s best to buy your ticket(s) now before they sell out.

Jan. 26 — Annual Brew HaHa at the NuggetI

Going on for 24 years strong, the annual Brew HaHa brings beer lovers together while also supporting the Sierra Arts Foundation. From 7pm to whenever, sample beers out of a 100-plus selection, network with fellow brew enthusiasts, and enjoy live music by Left of Center. Pre-paid general admission tickets are $50, and a $70 VIP ticket includes early event access, appetizers and an opportunity to chat with the brewers. All attendees will receive a commemorative pint tumbler, and since 50 percent of the proceeds go towards a nonprofit, all of you self-employed folks can write it off on your taxes. Buy your Brew HaHa tickets online at or call 1-800-648-1177. Tickets cost $10 more at the door.

Foodie Spotlight on BJ’s Restaurant

BJ’s Bison Burger

You know what pairs great with country music and beer? A big juicy delicious Barbeque Bison burger from BJ’s Restaurant. Established in Southern California in 1978, BJ’s quickly became known for its huge selection of beers and then its trademarked Pizookie — a gigantic cookie that comes in a monkey bread, triple chocolate, and even gluten-free chocolate chip varieties. Besides its page of pizookies and more than 40 beers on tap, BJ’s serves pizzas, soup in a sourdough bread bowl, and healthy options on its Enlightened Menu. However, being on a burger kick lately, I tried the lean bison burger with all the fixings plus topped with pico de gallo and Hatch green chilies. It hit the spot, especially with the perfectly-sized mixed green salad dressed in a light balsamic vinaigrette. BJ’s is conveniently located right at the entrance to the Outlets at Legends off Sparks Boulevard

Have a happy and healthy January!

— Kayla Anderson