Gin Blossoms, Morgan, Michaels star at Ultimate Miami Weekend

Ultimate Miami LLC — creator of Miami’s talent competitions showcasing local rising stars in the fields of mixology, entertainment and culinary arts — will be hosting Ultimate Miami Weekend, Nov. 7- 9, where finalists will compete for a cash prize of $5,000, paired with performances by nationally known entertainers.

• Gin Blossoms headlining Ultimate Miami Band, Nov. 7;

• Tracy Morgan headlining Ultimate Miami Bartender, Nov. 8, and

• Bret Michaels headlining Ultimate Miami Voice, Nov. 9.

All events will take place at Stage 305, Magic City Casino’s newest entertainment venue. Tickets now are available for all events at <> or by calling 305-460-6579.

“We are very proud to present the second season of Ultimate Miami,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “We knew South Florida had talent, but the caliber that was showcased during the first year blew us away. We can’t wait to see what the second season will unveil.

“The audience is in for three amazing shows. Gin Blossoms, Tracy Morgan and Bret Michaels will each bring down the house! How often do you get to experience outstanding entertainment and support local artists in one evening? It’s a win-win on all fronts.”

Alternative rock band Gin Blossoms will headline the Ultimate Miami Band competition on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9 p.m.

The band is known for upbeat hits including Hey Jealousy, Follow You Down and Found Out About You. Their albums, New Miserable Experience and Congratulations I’m Sorry, have reached platinum status.

Emmy nominated comedian Tracy Morgan will perform as part of the Ultimate Miami Bartender competition on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 p.m. Morgan’s accomplished career has included seven years as a cast member on NBC’s sketchcomedy series Saturday Night Live and on the award winning hit NBC series 30 Rock.

Musician and reality TV personality Bret Michaels will be performing at the Ultimate Miami Voice competition on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m. Michaels, known as the lead singer of the metal band Poison, has earned success in a range of roles. Michaels was the winning contestant on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice 3, and his newest solo album, Custom Built, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock list in 2010. Michaels currently hosts the reality TV show, Rock My RV, on the Travel Channel.

Tickets now are available for Ultimate Miami Weekend. General admission tickets are $50 per event and include a free drink.

Ultimate Miami Bartender admission includes a sampling of contestants’ drinks. VIP tables for each night are $500 and include a complimentary bottle of champagne and seating for four. Ultimate Miami Weekend attendees must be 21 and older.

Those interested in competing at theUltimate Miami competitions should visit for information on registration. Magic City Casino, located at 450 NW 37 Ave., offers free self parking with valet parking available as well. For details about Ultimate Miami, visit

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