Rapper B-Real to headline Castle Rock's ninth anniversary party
KINGMAN - Hip-hop artist B-Real of West Coast rap group Cypress Hill will be performing Saturday night at Castle Rock Trading Post and Event Center in Golden Valley.
B-Real, 43, rose to prominence in the early '90s and is known for the hits "Insane in the Brain," "Dr. Greenthumb," "The Only Way" and "(Rock) Superstar."
The Los Angeles rapper will perform just shy of his birthday. It's also the Golden Valley business' ninth anniversary, according to Peter Cimino, Castle Rock's owner and operator.
"It's been quite a journey here," said Cimino, who has been in the family bar and restaurant industry 40 years. "The first six years, with the Hoover Dam being under construction, was a struggle. But our local business has been a big help in keeping the doors open."
B-Real is perhaps the largest booking yet for the event center in the three years they've held live performance venues, according to Castle Rock's entertainment director, Brad Morphew.
The rapper follows a list of other well-known artists from a spectrum of musical genres to perform at the center.
The performance stage features a full-panoramic mountain view over the center's Sky Duey Arena, which is named after a 20-year-old man who died in a motorcycle wreck last spring, and who used to participate in the roping and horse sport events held there.
"His mom and dad have been my neighbors and really close friends since I've been here. Basically he was the future at Castle Rock with the roping and horsing out there," Cimino said. "I watched the kid grow up. He was in my arena all the time.
"We keep him alive here at Castle Rock because he was just a solid, good kid. Like a little brother, you know?"
Saturday's concert will also feature opening acts by local rapper Ikahn, Vegas-based rapper Ekoh, and regional reggae-rock group, Planting Seedz, the latter which includes band members from the former Kingman group Irie Sounds & the Half Witz, according to Morphew.
"My employees, they give so much to me," said Cimino. "They're my family away from family, and our amazing clientele, and my neighbors who support what we're doing here."
Castle Rock is located at 3743 N. U.S. Hwy 93. Doors open Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 9 p.m., according to Morphew.
Tickets are $35 at the door, $25 in advance for general admission, and $75 for the VIP section.
More information about Saturday's event and upcoming shows is available on the center's Facebook page: "Castlerock Eventcenter."