Kazem el-Saher performs at Horseshoe Casino March 20 in Indiana

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The Venue at Horseshoe Casino Presents Kazem El Saher
Superstar Singer Visits Chicagoland

Chicago, IL (February 18, 2009) – The new 500 million-dollar Horseshoe Casino, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, announces the upcoming concert performance of Kazem El Saher on March 20, 2009 at The Venue.

Kazem El-Saher is one of the most successful singers in the Arab World, having sold more than 30 million albums since the start of his career. Ranging from big romantic ballads to more political work, from pop to Arab classical, he has covered the spectrum of music with the kind of success not seen since the heyday of Umm Kalthum. Kazem El-Saher has been dubbed by many to be the “Elvis of the Middle East”.

Part of Horseshoe Casino’s $500 million expansion project, The Venue, a 2,500 seat state-of-the-art entertainment center features A-list talent in an intimate setting and Kazem El Saher is yet another worthy addition to the line-up that has previously included acts such as: Seal, Three Doors Down, Sarah Silverman, Bette Midler, Jay Leno, Smashing Pumpkins, Gladys Knight and more.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. show starts at 8:00 p.m., must be 21 or older to attend. Free shuttles to and from the casino are available at various downtown locations. Ticket prices start at $65 and are on sale now at all Ticketmaster™ locations, and the box office at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino. For more information on free shuttle transportation options, please visit: http://www.horseshoehammond.com/casinos/horseshoe-hammond/casino-misc/transportation-overview-detail.html

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

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