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Edgewater Completes Renovation, Tony Orlando Headlines, The Comedy Shop Laughs It Up, The Spinners Performs, Country Gold Tour, Clash on the Colorado Boxing, Laughlin Town Fest, Chloride Mining Town A Site, More...

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The Edgewater resort recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation project designed to enhance the overall casino floor with a more stylish, comfortable atmosphere. The re-design is a continuation of many changes that have been implemented since the new owners Marnell-Sher Gaming, LLC purchased the Edgewater and its sister property, the Colorado Belle in June of 2007. Immediately upon acquisition, the company installed 2,000 all-new slot and video poker games at both resorts.

The Edgewater's re-design includes new carpeting, custom wall coverings, distinctive light fixtures, crown moldings and a new players club area. The River's Edge Bar, which offers a picturesque view of the river, has been remodeled as well.

Along with the remodel, changes have been made to the ACCESS Players Club to provide 50 percent more cash back and free slot play. Members also receive comps for rooms, gas cards and meals, plus special dining discounts.

The Edgewater's Grand Buffet is currently offering attractive pricing when members present their ACCESS card. Breakfast is $1.99, lunch $3.99 and dinner $7.99, Monday - Thursday.

There are also on-going property-wide promotions. In February, the two resorts will kick off Mardi Gras Days, Feb. 4 - 28, which will integrate a $50,000 player giveaway where the daily top prize is $1,000. Mardi Gras parades will add excitement and everyone is invited to dance to the live Zydeco Band as well as enjoy the jugglers, stilt walkers, magicians, fire breathers and tarot readers. In March, guests can get into the blues during the 9th annual Blues & Brews Festival, March 19-22, featuring hand-crafted beers to go along with an impressive line up of blues bands.

Tony Orlando, whose signature tune is Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree, will take center stage in the Fiesta Showroom at Harrah's, Feb. 9-11. No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Orlando. Tickets for his 8 p.m. shows are $45, $50 and $55.

Orlando has conquered every facet of show business from million-selling records and five No 1 hits, to a popular television variety series, movies and Broadway with Barnum and Smokey Joe's Café. Born and raised in New York City, Orlando began hitting the national charts at age 16 with Halfway to Paradise and Bless You as the first vocal artist to sign with Epic Records. He later routed his musical career to the non-performance side and became one of the youngest vice-presidents for CBS Records, heading their April-Blackwood music label.

He went on to have more hit records with Candida, Sweet Gypsy Rose and Knock Three Times. He joined forces for awhile with Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson and became an international sensation as Tony Orlando and Dawn.

Since 1993, Orlando has been a resident of Branson, Mo., where he has performed more than 2,000 shows. In addition, he has written and produced musical productions. In 1998, he created and starred in the show Jukebox Dreams where he took the audience on a doo-wop serenade showing the power of one man's dreams. The show premiered at Harrah's in Atlantic City and later toured.

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The Comedy Shop at the River Palms continues to rotate a noteworthy lineup of three stand-up comics weekly. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows, Monday through Saturday, are $14.95 and $19.95. Scheduled for Feb. 4-9 are Jim McCue, Kathleen Dunbar and Marc Patrick.

At six-foot-six, Jim McCue stands head and shoulders above the sea of "stick to the script" club comedians. McCue blends thought provoking material and uncanny improv skills with a style that actually encourages audience participation. Featured on Comedy Central, Comcast Comedy Spotlight and at the Boston Comedy Festival, and most recently, entertaining our troops in Iraq, McCue's versatility makes him perfect for any venue; clubs, colleges, corporate, television or film.

The Spinners will present their classic and timeless hits in their inimitable style at Harrah's, March 1 and 2. Tickets for their 7 and 9 p.m. shows start at $45.

The Spinners are Frank Washington, Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson and Harold "Spike" Bonhart. The group has earned 12 gold records with hits climbing to the top of both Pop and R&B charts. Their hits include Then Came You, Rubberband Man, One of a King (Love Affair), I'll Be Around, and Games People Play.

The Spinners music has also been featured on soundtracks for the popular movie hits Spaceballs and Twins. The Spinners have been nominated six times for a Grammy, received a Black Gold Award on the Dick Clark television special for their many achievements in the recording industry, been awarded the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Award for their contributions to R&B music and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Country Gold Tour featuring LeRoy Van Dyke, Moe Brandy, Rex Allen Jr., Helen Cornelius, Steve and Rudy Gatlin and Charlie Rich Jr. will take center stage in Don's Celebrity Theatre, Feb. 5-10. Tickets for the 7 p.m. shows are $35, call 800-227-3849.

Live professional boxing, Clash on the Colorado will have heavyweight Olympian Devin Vargas fighting Charles Davis as the main event. Tickets are $25.

The next big citywide event will be the Laughlin River Stampede, March 27-30. It will be the 14th year for the four-day PRCA rodeo featuring the top cowboys in the world. They will compete for more than $225,000 in prize money. There will also be vendors, concessions and an appearance by Miss Rodeo America.

Two showrooms that are open daily at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort, one along Casino Drive and the other in the South Tower, feature classic and rare automobiles from the Imperial Palace collection in Las Vegas and Don Laughlin's private collection. There's also and antique slot machine collection. There's no charge for viewing.

The fifth annual Laughlin Town Fest will be held at the Laughlin Town Center shopping center, March 6-9. Tickets for the carnival rides will be on sale at two locations in the center: Kruz N Kuts and TV2 KLBC. One ticket per day will allow for all rides on that day only. The parade down Needles Highway will take place at 10 a.m. PST on March 8. For information, call 702-298-2222.

A nearby place to visit is Chloride, Ariz., which is an 1860s mining town located four miles off Arizona State Hwy 93 some 17 miles north of Kingman, Ariz. It's the site of the oldest post office in the state of Arizona and home of the Tennessee Silver Mine, one of the area's richest. Old buildings dot the town including the original jail. Roy Purcell's painted murals located on nearby canyon walls are a short drive outside of town. Old fashion melodramas and vaudeville-style theater are featured most weekends.

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