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January 1, 2014

'William & Ree' taking bringing their act to Seneca Niagara Casino on Saturday

Niagara Gazette — Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel welcomes hilarious musical comedy on Saturday as Williams & Ree performs twice inside the intimate 440-seat Bear’s Den Showroom. The duo, commonly known as “The Indian and the White Guy,” has performed together for 45 years.

Seats are still available and start at $20 for the 3 p.m. matinee performance and $25 for the 8 p.m. evening performance. Tickets can be purchased at Seneca Casino box offices, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Williams & Ree share a unique ability to make people laugh, even if it comes from laughing at themselves — a trait which first drew them together in 1968. Bruce Williams and Terry Ree met at Black Hills State College in Spearfish, S.D., and played together in a band. Their comedic banter between songs soon became an even bigger draw than the music, and the comedy team was soon born.

Today, Williams & Ree’s shows feature a lively, fast-paced mixture of comedy bits, social/political commentary and racial zings entwined with original songs. Essential to their humor is the duo’s jokes about their differences.

Williams & Ree have entertained audiences across the nation, sharing stages with superstars such as Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tim McGraw, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis. They also hosted the show “Country Kitchen” with Florence Henderson for 10 years on The Nashville Network. In 1995, the Country Music Association nominated the group as Best Vocal Duo — a testament to the musical talent that accompanies Williams & Ree’s comedic skills.

While visiting on Saturday, guests are encouraged to check out the newly renovated sections of the main gaming floor in the casino, which feature a bright, bold, Vegas-style look. Some of the changes include new carpeting, new slot bases and chairs with full back-rests, new table game canopies, a new layout with wider aisles and curved pathways, a new Keno Bar and Player’s Club, and a new $6 million air quality system that provides much improved breathing and controls for optimal temperature and humidity. 

In addition, young adults ages 18 and older will be able to enjoy gaming on The Mezz – a nonalcoholic area with 440 slots on the mezzanine balcony that overlooks the main gaming floor.

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