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Friday, July 29, 2005

B.B. King Celebrates His 80th Birthday With the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.

B.B. King Celebrates His 80th Birthday With the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.

BILOXI, Miss., July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Editor's notes:

For more information on the B.B. King concert, please visit, , and click on the event logo located at the bottom of the home page. The site, which currently includes releases, art and photos, will be updated immediately after the concert to include new downloadable shots, or please visit for photos by celebrity photographer Barry Brecheisen.

For B-roll footage of the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. B.B. King 80th Birthday Benefit concert, following are satellite feed details for two different date and time options. For footage questions or more information, please contact Lori Eckert at 850.855.0055 or Judi Durand at 703.725.6017.

Sunday, July 31 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., central IA-6 (digital) Transponder 14 D01 Downlink 11956.375 Polarization H Data Rate 5.5 mbps Symbol Rate 3.9787 msps FEC 3/4

Monday, August 1 9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m., central Galaxy 11 Transponder 14A Downlink 11956.000 Polarization V Data Rate 5.5 mbps Symbol Rate 3.9787 msps FEC 3/4

It will be an evening of music history in the making as the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISLE) pays tribute to blues legend B.B. King, honoring the artist's 80th birthday.

The B.B. King 80th Benefit Birthday concert, held at Biloxi's Mississippi Coast Coliseum located in King's home state, will hit a cord of fun, entertainment and philanthropy for the thousands of ticket holders of Saturday's event. Hosted by television personality Montel Williams, the concert will include musical performances from a variety of genres. "I am thrilled to participate in the 80th birthday celebration for this musical genius, international legend and exemplary human being," Williams said.

Headliner entertainment for the evening will include motion picture and television star Bruce Willis, who is also a chart-topping musical artist. Willis has pursued his love of music as a recording artist since 1986, when he released his first album, which went platinum and remained on the charts for 29 weeks. Of his participation in the concert, Willis said, "I am thrilled and honored to be invited to B.B. King's 80th birthday party; I've been a fan of B.B.'s ever since I've been listening to music. When I think of the blues I think of B.B. King. Happy Birthday, B.B.!"

Joining Willis will be a variety of blues, country, jazz and rock artists, including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Deborah Coleman, Bobby Blue Bland, Jody Williams, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Dr. John and Dickey Betts. The concert will feature a finale with King playing several of his greatest hits, accompanied by all of the artists in attendance.

King said, "I am truly thankful to be honored in such a wonderful way. Because of this benefit concert, sponsored by Isle of Capri Casinos, we have an opportunity to make a real difference for the B.B. King Museum. My thanks goes to the Isle, the museum staff and all the talented artists who will be joining me in celebrating my 80th birthday."

The B.B. King Benefit Concert is produced by Bill Haggett and Shelli Wright of Four Star Entertainment, Inc. of Florida. Proceeds for the B.B. King Birthday Benefit concert will benefit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center ( ), which is currently under construction in Indianola, Miss. The $10 million museum is being established to honor the international bluesman, preserve the Delta blues heritage and encourage and inspire young artists and musicians.

Isle of Capri Casinos, a pioneer in regional gaming, is Mississippi's largest publicly held company. Isle, which operates 15 casinos, produced this concert in recognition of King, as one of Mississippi's most cherished musicians, and to contribute to the cultural arts preservation of the company's home state.

King is also celebrating this milestone year with other significant events, including a European tour this summer, the release of his duets album with Universal Music later this year, and the publishing of a book in September titled "B.B. King's Treasures" with Bullfinch Press.

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., a leading developer and owner of gaming and entertainment facilities, operates 15 casinos in 13 locations. The company owns and operates riverboat and dockside casinos in Biloxi, Vicksburg, Lula and Natchez, Mississippi; Bossier City and Lake Charles (two riverboats), Louisiana; Bettendorf, Davenport and Marquette, Iowa; and Kansas City and Boonville, Missouri. The company also owns a 57 percent interest in and operates land-based casinos in Black Hawk (two casinos), Colorado. Isle of Capri's international gaming interests include a casino that it operates in Freeport, Grand Bahama and a two-thirds ownership interest in casinos in Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton, England. The company also owns and operates Pompano Park Harness Racing Track in Pompano Beach, Florida.

This press release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to change. These forward-looking statements may be significantly impacted, either positively or negatively by various factors, including without limitation, licensing, and other regulatory approvals, financing sources, development and construction activities, costs and delays, weather, permits, competition and business conditions in the gaming industry. The forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements herein.

Additional information concerning potential factors that could affect the Company's financial condition, results of operations and expansion projects, is included in the filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

Lori Hutzler Eckert, Isle of Capri, +1-850-855-0055, or; or Katie Cronin of Hill and Knowlton, +1-312-255-3044, or, for Isle of Capri


"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Isle of Capri Casinos's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

Photo: AP Archive: PRN Photo Desk, Source: Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.

CONTACT: Lori Hutzler Eckert, Isle of Capri, +1-850-855-0055, or; or Katie Cronin of Hill and Knowlton, +1-312-255-3044, or, for Isle of Capri

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