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Photos: Uncle Kracker kicks off D Hotel’s three-day, first-anniversary celebration

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Uncle Kracker at the D Hotel on Fremont Street on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas.

Uncle Kracker at the D

Uncle Kracker, left, at the D Hotel with owner Derek Stevens on Fremont Street on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

It’s a big weekend for Derek Stevens and his D Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, as the property celebrates its first anniversary.

Rock star Uncle Kracker kicked off three days of free concerts Thursday night on Fremont Street outside the D Hotel, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for a photo gallery.

Uncle Kracker’s setlist included “Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night” (even though it was Friday night) from his most recent album, “Midnight Special.” The country rocker also performed his hits “Follow Me,” “Drift Away” and “Smile,” and as well as covers of rock classics including Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The celebration continues tonight with Stone Temple Pilots featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, and minus former lead singer Scott Weiland (who gave a bat-sh*t-crazy performance at Pearl at the Palms in June).

Rocker Kid Rock wraps the three days of music on Saturday night. Check back Saturday and Sunday for reports and photo galleries.

And while you’re at the D, dine at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, a Detroit staple and one of my favorite steakhouses in Las Vegas. Or, for something quick and very casual, the 24-hour All-American Coney Island.

Happy 1st anniversary to Stevens and the D.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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