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THE OAK RIDGE BOYS WILL VISIT THE RIVERSIDE
Jackie Brett
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The Oak Ridge Boys will stop at Don's Celebrity Theatre at the Riverside to perform Feb. 24-March 1. Tickets are $36.50 and matinees have been added at 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Oak Ridge Boys

One of the longest-running groups in country music, the Oak Ridge Boys started life as a gospel quartet before gradually modernizing their style and moving into secular country-pop. Yet even at the height of their popularity in the late '70s and early '80s, when they were big enough to cross over to the pop charts, their sound always remained deeply rooted in country gospel harmony.

LAUGHLIN HOLDS TOWN-WIDE EVENTS

Laughlin is big on promoting a diversified array of events and the next four coming up in March and April exemplify the town's efforts to be original. For more information, call the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, 702-298-2214 or 1-800-227-5245; or visit www.laughlinchamber.com.

A brand new event this year is "Wings and Wildlife Festival of Southern Nevada" being held March 12-15. It will be centered on birding and wildlife watching and take place at various area sites. Events will include guided bird and nature walks; guided bird and nature kayak tours on the Colorado River; a nature art show with wine and art reception; live animals in educational displays; booths, demonstrations, workshops, seminars and more. Visit www.LaughlinBirds.com for more information.

The "Laughlin River Stampede" will happen March 26-29 at the Laughlin Events Area. This is one of the PRCA's biggest rodeos with more than $200,000 in prize money up for grabs with top cowboys and cowgirls competing. Autograph sessions will be held daily.

The next event will also be rodeo in nature with "Xtreme Bulls" taking place April 4-5 at the Laughlin Events Area. This is a premier PRCA-sanctioned event featuring 40 of the world's top bull riders competing for a share of a $60,000 purse. The top 12 go-round finalists will compete in Sunday's finals.

The annual "Laughlin River Run" is a gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts. This event will take place April 22-26 with more than 50,000 riders expected to descend on the town. There will be entertainment, a poker run, competitions, and vendors galore.

HARRAH'S AMPHITHEATER STARS FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will make their first appearance at Harrah's Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, March 14. Tickets are $45, call 702-298-8510.

Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons have created some of music's most timeless masterpieces such as "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like A Man," "Sherry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You," "My Eyes Adore You" and "Oh What A Night." The group's life and times have been chronicled through the Tony-winning musical "Jersey Boys" playing in Las Vegas at the Venetian. The show has made their music all the rage again. And, in 2007, the group released their first new studio album in 15 years, "Romancing the 60s."

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BUD LIGHT® GUITAR DRAWINGS WILL FOLLOW HARRAH'S CONCERTS

Harrah's Laughlin will host a Bud Lightr Guitar Drawing following each Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater concert performance this year. One winner will receive an artist-autographed Bud Light guitar and a second winner will receive $200 cash and an artist-autographed poster or postcard. Guests receive one drawing ticket with each concert ticket purchased. Winners will be drawn approximately two hours after the start of the concert. Winner names will be posted at the Box Office immediately after the drawing and prizes must be claimed within one hour.

SAMMY'S COMEDY CLUB SET TO OPEN AT RIVER PALMS

The grand opening of the new comedy room, Sammy's Comedy By The Shore, at the River Palms will be Feb. 24 and feature Pauly Shore and his dad Sammy Shore.

Sammy Shore is currently performing his standup comedy routine in nightclubs and casinos across America, including most recently, Las Vegas, Reno, and the Tropicana in Laughlin this weekend with his "Two Gals and a Geezer" show, which he'll be performing there regularly throughout 2009. He will also be sharing his comedy skills regularly at the comedy room named in his honor at the River Palms.

Sammy Shore

Sammy Shore's new book, "The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh," can be purchased at amazon.com and book retailers. For details, visit elvislaugh.com. As an American comedy legend, who founded the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip, he was hand-picked by Colonel Parker to be Elvis' opening act during the King's infamous 1969-1972 "Comeback Tour" in Las Vegas.

Currently, Pauly Shore continues to tour and finish his latest movie, "Adopted," as producer, director and star. In this movie, he satirizes the phenomenon of celebrity adoption as he travels to Africa to adopt and African baby. He is also preparing to produce and direct his next movie, "Pauly Shore's Hollywood Boot Camp - Bimbo to Bombshell in 30 Days."

JACK JONES WILL PERFORM AT THE TROPICANA EXPRESS

Grammy Award-winning singer Jack Jones, who was one of the most popular singers in the 1960s, will headline at the Pavilion Showroom at the Tropicana Express on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, $35 and $45, call 800-243-6846.

Some of Jones best-known recordings are "Wives and Lovers," "Lollipops and Roses" and "The Love Boat Theme." He even recorded "Strangers in the Night" before Sinatra. Jones father was Allan Jones, whose signature song is "Donkey Serenade."

Since 1980, Jones has recorded only a handful of albums, and now performs in various concert arenas and occasionally appears on the supper-club circuit. In these last two decades, Jones has been active in the musical theater, acting in "Guys and Dolls," "South Pacific" and other shows. He went on national tour performing Don Quixote in "Man Of La Mancha."

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