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Party on, Parrot Heads: Imbibe at a pre-concert party at The Downs, as tailgating isn’t allowed at Isleta Amphitheater

Key West is coming to Albuquerque and The Downs Racetrack & Casino is ready to get you in the Margaritaville mood this Tuesday.

Jimmy Buffett and The Corral Reefer Band are coming to town and kicking off their “island escapism” extravaganza at Isleta Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Parrot Heads are known for their tailgating to set the tropical mood hours before Buffett takes the stage.

Tailgating is not allowed at Isleta Amphitheater so The Downs is taking over tailgating duties and hosting the Official Jimmy Buffett Pre-Concert Tailgate Party in its First Turn Lounge, which features an outdoor patio and a fenced in grassy area where you can kick back and enjoy the laid-back vibe. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. and you must be age 21 or older to participate.

The bash, put on by the Official Parrot Heads of New Mexico, will feature live music by Tommy Rocker straight out of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jim Morris as well as B-Man and the Mizzbeehavens. The event will feature several drink specials so order up your favorite margarita concoction and don’t forget that shaker of salt.

A view of the bar area at the First Turn Lounge inside The Downs Racetrack & Casino. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

A view of the bar area at the First Turn Lounge inside The Downs Racetrack & Casino. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

Other varieties of tasty, tropical cocktails will be available including Captain Morgan Parrot Bay rum concoctions. If you want to keep it simple, First Turn Lounge also has Landshark Lager to cool your tastebuds.

It wouldn’t be a tailgate without some tasty food, so The Downs is offering up some food specials to calm your hunger.

Tickets for the tailgate are $15 in advance at or $20 at the door. Get your tickets early because high attendance is expected.

While you wait for the big show to arrive, come hang out on the gaming floor on Sunday – and every Sunday this month – for the “$10,000 Instant Hit” promotion. Prizes totaling $2,500 are up for grabs every Sunday, and range from $50-$200.

Also, get your chance at $500 per drawing at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Qualify for this promotion by earning 100 base points in the two hours prior to post time.

During the week Monday through Friday during the month of October winners will be drawn as part of the “$125,000 Extreme Cha Ching” giveaway. There will be three winners drawn at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Winners will then play a Plinko-style game where they will have a chance to win up to $10,000 cash. There are 10 prize levels that range from $50 to $10,000.

Play your favorite machines and add up the points for a better chance to win a Chevy Silverado truck or “$1,000 Midnight Cash” on Oct. 30. Triple Crown Club members will earn a drawing ticket when they accrue 50 points on their cards.

On Tuesdays, earn five times the entries and later 10 times the entries on Oct. 29. New players also can redeem their points earned in October for additional entries. At 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30, one winner will win a Chevy Silverado and nine lucky guests will win cash prizes.

Players must show recorded play on Oct. 30 to be eligible. The Downs is giving you incentive to stay and play until midnight after the Silverado is given away. Four winners will be selected at midnight to $250 each.

The Downs Racetrack & Casino is located at 145 Louisiana NE. For more promotions and information on The Downs, call 767-7171 or visit

SAN FELIPE CASINO: Patrons can win some “scary, easy money” all month long at San Felipe Casino, according to a casino news release.

Drawings will take place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. each Sunday. Blackjack players also are encouraged to have their cards punched as part of the “Pack a Punch Loyalty Tournament.”

Every time players are dealt a hand of blackjack at any blackjack table in the casino, they will receive a punch on their loyalty punch cards to earn a free entry into the November Blackjack Tournament.

Save some cash while still winning large by playing 25-cent roulette this month. Guests can play roulette for only a quarter daily with a minimum $2 bet. Players will receive chips worth the amount of 25 cents to play their preferred choice of black or red on the table.

On Thursdays, Players Club members can earn three times the points this month and triple their points on every slot machine and table game. Points can later be use for purchases in the casino or for loyalty play.

Players Club members also get dining perks with a $6.95 daily brunch and a $9.95 dinner buffet. The buffet is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

San Felipe Casino is located at 25 Hagen Road in Algodones. For information, call 867-6700 or visit