Erika Van Pelt to Host SCORPION IDOL at Foxwoods' Scorpion Bar, 7/31-10/23


WHAT: The Scorpion Bar at Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced the formation of "Scorpion Idol," a three month-long karaoke contest that will be hosted by American Idol top-ten finisher, Erika Van Pelt, and DJ JKrak.

The 12-week competition will offer a Foxwoods weekend getaway grand prize, which is set to include a hotel suite, as well as food and beverage at all three Big Night Entertainment Group properties - High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge; SHRINE Asian Kitchen, Lounge & Nightclub and The Scorpion Bar. Also included will be complimentary bowling at High Rollers and free admission to all three venues for nightlife fun.

WHO: Born and raised in Providence, singer, songwriter and musician, Erika Van Pelt, burst onto the scene during Season 11 of hit reality show, American Idol, where she qualified for the top ten. After graduating from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Van Pelt launched her own full-service mobile DJ company, VP Entertainment, in 2005. She became an independent contractor with Kaleidoscope Kabaret, performing at major venues throughout New England. Today, in addition to successfully running her own DJ business, Erika performs part-time with "The Sultans of Swing," and is a performing partner of "Fairhaven Entertainment" and "Boston Swing."

The competition takes place on Wednesday nights, July 31 - October 23 at 9:30 p.m. at The Scorpion Bar at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT. For more information, log onto, call 860.312.5201 or e-mail

Owned and operated by Big Night Entertainment Group, the company behind some of New England's most renowned dining and entertainment destinations including GEM, Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge, Shrine Asian Kitchen, High Rollers and The Estate, Scorpion Bar has the feel of a traditional Mexican tequila cantina and the attitude of a rock bar. The Scorpion Bar offers the area's most extensive selection of tequilas and a menu of affordable, authentic Mexican cuisine in a dark, alluring space within the Foxwoods Resort Casino. The 5,000-square-foot venue accommodates up to 300 people and features an entertainment stage, where bands and DJs perform rock classics and remixed rock 'n' roll seven nights a week, VIP tables and an outdoor patio lounge overlooking a cedar swamp. For more information log onto, call 860-908-1641 or email Follow The Scorpion Bar on Twitter @ScorpionBar and for daily updates and promotions.

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