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Sunday, February 25, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Riverside Headlines Mark Chesnutt, Colorado Belle Prepares For St. Patrick's Day, Ramada Express Holds Kahuna Cash Slot Tourny, Male Amateur Night Set, Annual Dessert Fest Raise Funds, Lena Prima Performs, Laughlin River Stampede Rides In, Wayne Newton On Stage, More...

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One of country's true musical treasures, Mark Chesnutt, will headline at the Riverside in Don's Celebrity Theater, March 28-April 1. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are $22, call 800-227-3849, ext. 616.

Chesnutt learned from his father, Bob Chesnutt, who was a singer, record collector and major fan of classic country music, and started in the honky-tonks of Beaumont, Texas. To develop his crow-pleasing rapport and country style, he sang covers by Lefty Merle, George Jones and Waylon Jennings.

With the release of his first single, "Too Cold At Home," Chesnutt established himself as one of country's most authentic and talented vocalists. He lives to perform on stage. Chesnutt is known as one of the industry's hardest working concert performers maintaining a hefty tour schedule. His records have made him one of Billboard's Ten Most-Played Radio Artists of the '90s. His accolades include: 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records.

The Colorado Belle is getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 17. Special corned beef and cabbage meals will be featured in three of the Colorado Belle's restaurants-Paddlewheel, Boiler Room Microbrewery, and the Captain's Buffet.

In the Paddlewheel restaurant, corned beef and cabbage will be served with boiled potato, dinner roll and soup or salad from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $6.99. Corned beef and cabbage will also be on the Boiler Room Microbrewery's menu with boiled potato, a dinner roll and a 16-oz. handcrafted beer for $6.99 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Toast the occasion in the Boiler Room with the St. Patrick's Day Drink Special: a draft beer and shot of Irish whiskey for $3.50.

A corned beef and cabbage buffet brunch or dinner are another choice at the Captain's Buffet. Just $7.99, the all-you-can-eat-brunch buffet will be served from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. For dinner, in addition to all the corned beef and cabbage you can eat, the Saturday Night Seafood Spectacular Dinner Buffet will feature shrimp, peeled and ready to eat, oysters on the half shell, shrimp scampi, fresh carved Atlantic salmon, chilled snow crab legs, steamed snow crab legs, fried shrimp, fried clam strips, steamed little neck clams, boiled crawfish, Oysters Rockefeller and black steamed mussels. The Seafood Spectacular Buffet is served from 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights for $16.99.

The Ramada Express is holding the $32,000 Kahuna Cash Slot Tournaments I and II, Feb. 26-27 and March 3-4, and offering a top prize of $5,000. This is a flow-through tournament, giving the freedom to play at the time you choose. The player with the highest total score of the combined rounds wins $5,000 and the event pays down to the 196th place.

For $29, you'll receive entry into the slot tournament, a Hawaiian shirt, a puka shell necklace, and a Hawaiian brunch featuring coconut chicken sate, a carving station, and tropical fruit. To enter, call 800-343-4533.

The Riverside's Losers' Lounge is holding Wednesday Night Male Amateur Night, Feb. 14 and 28, March 14 and 28. Sign up starts at 8 p.m. and the contest starts at 10 p.m. The prizes are $150 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third.

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The Avi is holding the 4th Annual Dessert Fest" fundraiser on March 3 in the Avi Banquet and Convention Center at 6:30 p.m. The dessert making competition is open to Tri-State businesses or individuals. The categories include cakes, gourmet desserts, cookie creations, cheesecake and pie. Tickets are $10, call 800-227-5245.

Lena Prima will be performing her "Louis Prima: That's My Dad!" show at the Edgewater in Kokopelli's Showroom, April 13-15. Tickets for the 7 p.m. shows are $15, call 800-677-4837.

The Second Annual Country Battle of the Bands, a judged band competition for cash and prizes, will be held at the Colorado Belle's Center Circle Outdoor Event Area on March 31. The event is free for the public to watch.

More than 700 of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the professional rodeo circuit will meet for the Laughlin River Stampede, March 29-April 1. For the 13th year, the four-day event will feature America's best competing for more than $225,000 in prize money. Special attractions will include the Miss Rodeo America, Stampede Cowboy Poker Game, rodeo displays, merchandise and crafts.

Staying with the rodeo action, on April 14-15, the newest event for the Colorado River town will be the Laughlin Xtreme Bulls. The premiere PRCA-sanctioned event will feature 40 of the world's top bull riders taking their shot at a $50,000 purse and the title. All 40 riders will compete in a long-go both days. The top 12 finalists will be immediately brought back April 15 for a short-go where the champion will be crowned based on the highest averaging score.

Wayne Newton will be the St. Pat's headliner at the new Aquarius on March 17. Tickets are $25 and $30, call 800-435-8469. Newton recently opened the NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas where he's been known as "Mr. Las Vegas" and "The Midnight Idol" for years.

Another huge Laughlin event will be held April 25-29, when more than 60,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will roar into to town for the 25th Annual Laughlin River Fun. The five-day event is the largest Harley-Davidson-oriented event in the Southwest. Activities include stunt shows, lifestyle trade show, traveling museum, exhibits, live entertainment and much more.

The 20th Annual Gambler Classic River Run and Car Show will be held at the Ramada Express, March 1-3. This is an annual confab for Chevy lovers with a "Show 'n' Shine," vendors, poker and slot tourneys, sock hop with music by DJ Mark Reynolds, and other events. For information, call 702-298-4200.

It may seem a long way off, but on July 4, "Rockets Over The River" will be the annual fireworks display set off in the sky above the Colorado River. The fireworks are choreographed to music broadcast all along the Riverwalk.

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