Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Philly’s casino with the ‘Light Up America & Canada’ tour

PHILADELPHIA — Feb. 7, 2018 — Legendary comedy duo Cheech and Chong will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Rivers Casino Philadelphia by performing their successful comedy show on Saturday, May 5, at 9 p.m. Richard “Cheech” Marin and his Mexican heritage join Tommy Chong on The Event Center Stage for their “Light Up America & Canada” tour. Tickets to see this hilarious duo at Rivers go on sale Friday, Feb. 9, and cost from $59 to $79.

Over the course of 13 years, Cheech and Chong released nine albums together; their album “Los Cochinos” won a Grammy® for Best Comedy Recording in 1973. In addition, the pair starred in eight films, including the highest-grossing comedy film of 1978, “Up In Smoke.” During their 25-year hiatus, the duo went on to work on their own projects. Cheech wrote the hit movie “Born in East LA.” In 2008, Chong released his book about the infamous duo — “Cheech and Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography.”

“Individually Cheech and Chong are hilarious, but as a duo they’ll have the audience laughing to tears,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia. “Fans will love the mix of comedy and music that spans several decades.”

Marin has made various appearances throughout the industry, from such TV shows as the CBS drama “Nash Bridges” and NBC’s “Lost” to more than 20 films, including his scene-stealing role in “Tin Cup.” He is considered a cultural icon and a multigenerational star from his timeless films. Cheech penned his own long-awaited autobiography in 2017 titled “Cheech Is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong!” He is the largest collector of Chicano art in North America and was recently granted his own museum — The Cheech Marin Center for Art, Culture and Industry — scheduled to open in 2020.

Chong entered the industry as a musician and soon began acting, appearing in several films such as “Far Out Man!” and “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip.” No stranger to the camera, he also guest starred in various TV shows, including Fox’s “That 70’s Show,” “The George Lopez Show” and “Dancing With the Stars.” In 2006, Chong released the award-winning documentary “A/k/a Tommy Chong” worldwide.

Tickets for Cheech and Chong’s show and for all Rivers performances can be purchased on the Rivers Casino Philadelphia headliner events page. Upcoming shows include Chris Tucker (Feb. 9 and Feb. 10), The Revolution (March 9), Jon Dorenbos (March 16), Buddy Guy (April 20) and Vic DiBitetto (June 2).

In addition to live performances and concerts, the Rivers Casino Philadelphia Event Center can be reserved for a variety of occasions, including weddings, corporate receptions, seminars, trade shows and more. The space features floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the Delaware River waterfront and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Parking is always free.


Rivers, which opened in September 2010 as Philly’s casino, features 1,891 slots, 103 table games, a 28-table poker room, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views, and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,500 people and has been voted a “Best Place to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal for seven consecutive years and a “Top Workplace” by Philly.com for six straight years. For more information, visit riverscasino.com.

Jeff Shurilla
For Rivers Casino Philadelphia
267-932-8760, ext. 304
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