PITTSBURG — Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann is coming to Pittsburg to celebrate the grand opening of Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel April 8.

Niemann — who is known for his hits “Lover, Lover” and “One More Drinking Song” — will be the first performer booked at Kansas Crossing’s entertainment venue, The Corral. Along with the concert, the grand opening celebration will include special promotions and a limited number of commemorative items.

Director of Marketing Carter Bair said the casino selected Niemann for the kick-off event because of his ties to Kansas.

“We had a lot of interested acts, but Jerrod [Niemann] is a great performer and he’s from Liberal, Kansas,” Bair said. “It’s a big opening for southeast Kansas, so we wanted to make sure we had a Kansas artist to blow the doors off.”

Niemann’s pop-country style will fit well with many of the casino’s themes, such as “The Corral” entertainment venue and its “Bronco Bar” sports bar. However, Bair said the casino plans to bring in many forms of entertainment after its grand opening.

“We have no intention of only bringing in one type of act,” Bair said. “We’re looking at multiple genres, comedians and other forms of entertainment. We want our entertainment on stage to be as diverse as the gaming floor.”

Tickets for the April 8 concert go on sale at 10:30 a.m. Friday and can be purchased at www.kansascrossingcasino.com. Tickets are general admission and cost $35 each. Ticket holders must be 21 years old to attend. Doors for the concert open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m.

While the grand opening celebration is April 8, Kansas Crossing will open its doors to the public at 10:30 a.m. March 31. The casino will feature Las Vegas-style gaming with slot machines, multiple card games and live roulette and craps.

The casino will be conducting invitation-only controlled demonstrations next week in anticipation of opening day.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.