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HARRAH's ANNOUNCES SPRING OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT SERIES
Jackie Brett
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Harrah's Laughlin is set to launch its spring Rio Vista Outdoor Concert Series in March featuring an eclectic mix of artists representing musical genres including jazz, country, classic rock, plus rhythm and blues.

First to take the stage will be multiple Grammy Award winning songstress, Natalie Cole, on Saturday, March 20. Following Cole is the Country Rat Pack featuring country music fan-favorites, Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence and Richie McDonald, on Saturday, April 10. Classic pop/rock band, Three Dog Night, will perform on Friday, April 23, and the legendary R&B band, Earth, Wind & Fire, will follow on Saturday, May 15.

Natalie Cole

FEBRUARY ENDS WITH ROSTER OF BIG NAMES

American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, best known for his Top Ten hits songs “Sailing,” “Ride Like The Wind,” and “Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)” will headline the Fiesta Showroom at Harrah's on Feb. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $55.

Christoper Cross

Glen Campbell, who has bona fide hits like “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Wichita Lineman,” continues to tour and this week, Feb. 23-28, he's starring at Don's Celebrity Theater at the Riverside at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35.50.

Glen Campbell

Scottish singer Sheena Easton, famous for her song “For Your Eyes Only,” will perform at the Pavilion Showroom at the Tropicana Express at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27. Tickets range from $25 to $45.

EDGEWATER FEATURES COMEDY

The ongoing “Comedy on the Edge” at the Edgewater in the Kokopelli's Showroom features two stand-up comedians each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $10, call 702-298-2453. An upcoming show will highlight Lowell Sanders and Angel “Ace” Guillen, Feb 26-28. “Lowell Sanders in New York” is currently airing on Comedy Central. Sanders has also made appearances on “It's Showtime At The Apollo,” “Star Search,” “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Showtime: Comedy All-Stars VII.”

Lowell Sanders

Sanders is an accomplished actor, who has appeared on the hit sitcoms “Home Improvement” and “The Drew Carey Show.” He made his movie debut in Walt Disney's “Jungle 2 Jungle” and was featured in the film “Joe Somebody.”

Sanders has toured the United States with George Lopez, Tim Allen, Whitney Houston, The Temptations and Vanessa Williams. In 1997, Luther Vandross personally picked Sanders to open on his 30-city “Power of Love Tour.”

QUICK CLIPS

The Remember When Antiques & Collectibles Show featuring dolls, crystals, linens, Americana, military, and much more will take place at the Avi Convention Center Showroom, Feb. 26-28. Hours are Friday noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call Penny at 928-768-4196 or Wendy at 928-788-1756.

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The Colorado Belle will host the “Blues & Brews” event April 2-4 in the Center Circle Outdoor Event Area in front of the casino. The annual event features brews and food, and blues music by Michael Burks, John Earl and the BoogieMan Band, and others, Friday-Sunday from mid-day to late night. Admission is free with food and drinks being sold separately.

WINGS AND WILDLIFE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO LAUGHLIN

The Wings and Wildlife Festival, a celebration of all things wild in the Mojave Desert, returns to Laughlin, Nev., on March 11-15, 2010. Bird and wildlife enthusiasts alike will gather to take part in five days of exploring, fun and learning along the scenic Colorado River.

Wings and Wildlife Festival

Informative seminar topics will include falconry, bats, bighorn sheep, attracting hummingbirds, wildlife uses of plants and binocular use. Educational field trips will explore sites such as Big Bend of the Colorado River State Recreation Area, Colorado River Heritage Greenway Trail, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Hualapai Mountains, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Wee Thump Joshua Tree Forest. Kayak trips will allow bird and wildlife viewing along the Black Canyon, Colorado River and Topock Gorge.

In addition to the outdoor adventures, a wine and cheese cocktail reception is planned for Friday, March 12 at the Riverside Starview Room with renowned local photographer and artist Sharon Schafer and other nature artists displaying their work. On Saturday, March 13, the keynote speaker will be Ted Floyd, Editor of “Birding,” the flagship publication of the American Birding Association. Saturday will also include a special event just for kids called “Kid Fest.” On Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, attendees can also visit more than 20 exhibits set up by groups including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Red Rock Audubon Society and others.

Wings and Wildlife Festival

The Wings & Wildlife Festival is sponsored by the Southern Nevada Birding and Wildlife Trails Partnership, whose mission is to promote ecotourism in the rural areas of Southern Nevada. Registration is only $30 plus additional fees for the banquet and field trips. Pre-registration is required either online or on-site. Several tours are planned for Wednesday, March 10. Registration check-in starts at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 11 at the Riverside Resort in the Starview room.

For more information on festival agenda and fees, visit www.snbwtp.org.

HARRAH's GOES NOSTALGIC WITH RAT PACK TRIBUTE SHOW

“Drinkin’, Singin’, Swingin’ – A Salute to Sinatra, Davis, Martin” is running March 6 -18 (dark March 12) at Harrah's in the Fiesta Showroom. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are $16, call 702-298-8510 or 800-447-8700; or visit www.harrahslaughlin.com.

The Rat Pack

In this “Rat Pack” tribute show, Rick Michel plays the Dean Martin role. He is the man behind the show, who has updated the premise with the characters doing songs that the real guys never did together. He is joined by Bryan Clark, who portrays Sammy Davis Jr., and Ryan Baker as Frank Sinatra. This is a return Laughlin trip for the trio, who are backed by a live seven-piece band.

Michel is a veteran of other Las Vegas-based shows including David Cassidy's “The Rat Pack is Back.” In his current show, there is a lot of improv between the artists, which keeps the show fresh and often has the band crackling up. In addition, the men do other characters.

This trio actually does two different shows so people can attend two nights in a row and enjoy a new show each time.





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