Artist Spotlight: The Osceola Brothers

Get ready to turn up the volume. On Sunday, July 16th, the Hard Rock Cafe will be hosting a live performance by The Osceola Brothers at 7:30pm. The Osceola Brothers have a sound that can best be compared to artists they have opened for over the last two years, including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Kings of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Jonny Lang and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  The rock and roll power trio also landed a

Flashback Friday: Smoke Free Gaming Grand Opening & Guitar Smash

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino commemorated the completion of its phase one expansion with a traditional “guitar smash”.  Participants in the guitar smash included Marcellus Osceola, Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman; Jim Allen, Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO; Joe Lupo, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa property president; and Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Council Members. The recent opening of the new Smoke

Seminole Tribe of Florida Celebrates Big Cypress Seminole Reservation’s 119th Anniversary

The Seminole Tribe of Florida will celebrate Big Cypress Seminole Reservation’s 119th anniversary, Saturday, January 10, at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Grounds. This year’s celebration will feature a concert by country music superstars Gary Allan and Montgomery Gentry beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Big Cypress Seminole Reservation 119th anniversary celebration kicks-off at 11 a.m. with a grand entry by Seminole Tribe of Florida leaders and royalty. Beginning at 11:45 a.m.,

Chief Jim Billie Band strikes familiar chord at 17th annual AIAC

By Peter B. Gallagher with the Seminole Tribune November 25, 2014 BIG CYPRESS — James E. Billie’s musical career, dormant for nearly three years while he recovered from complications sustained in a horse training accident, came alive with fervor Nov. 8 when the Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and his longtime six-piece band took the stage at the American Indian Arts Celebration sponsored by the Tribe’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.

Vintage Seminole Doll Collection Preserved for Generations to Come

By Eileen Soler with the Seminole Tribune BIG CYPRESS — Phyllis Cofrancesco received her first Seminole doll in the early 1950s when she was a young girl living in Connecticut. Her parents gave her the doll as a South Florida vacation souvenir. “I had never seen a doll made of tree bark. The clothing on the doll was much different than my ’50s clothing. It was a colorful cotton frock,

Get to Know Iconic Woman from Seminole Tribe: Louise Gopher

Article courtesy of Art Levy The former director of education for the Seminole Tribe of Florida talks about the value of education in her life and other lessons learned. “I was the first female member of the Seminole Tribe to earn a bachelor’s degree. I lived in Fort Pierce, and a junior college had been built, Indian River Community College, and I finished two years there and then went to

5 Facts You Should Know About the Seminole Tribe of Florida History

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal (July 5, 2013 issue), Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa was noted as the fifth largest private employer in 2013. The property currently employs over 3,300 employees. Prior to its $75 million expansion in 2012, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa had a total impact of over $533 million in annual expenditures. The expansion increased the economic total impact by $59

A Matriarch of the Seminole Tribe of Florida: Ruby Tiger Osceola

You may or may not have noticed the statue that greets you when you get off of the elevator near the South Garage at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The woman standing in front of you is Ruby Tiger Osceola, a woman with a vast amount of courage, strength, bravery and respect. She is referred to as a matriarch of the Seminoles who live right here in Tampa

Announcing Newly Launched Feature: Seminole Tribe Tuesday

Photo courtesy of Joey Wright Photography When selecting the locations for the 2015 Hard Rock Girls calendar, it was only fitting to shoot it in a location that depicts the natural Seminole way of life. Each week we will share a story about the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the owners of Hard Rock International, for a newly launched feature #SeminoleTribeSaturday. The unique confluence of culture and circumstance which would become

The 2015 Hard Rock Girls Go Native at Big Cypress Reservation

Get your sunscreen out because the 2015 Hard Rock Girls are going native and it’s going to be hot. The four day photo shoot will be held in South Florida’s Billie Swamp Safari where various locales on the Big Cypress Reservation will be utilized.  The 20 beautiful girls will be shot in various areas such as: open fields, an old gator pit, an old Seminole Village, an old Seminole canoe,