At the Colorado Belle, March 15-17, more than $5,000 in cash and cool prizes will be given away in the Lucky Green Giveaway by the Lucky Green Prize Patrol. To participate, earn 10 points on the day you want your Lucky Green hat then claim the hat at the One Club booth. Wear your hat while you're playing your favorite slot machines and table games, and you could be selected at random to win prizes. The Lucky Green Prize Patrol cart will cruise the casino at least six times each day, randomly distributing great prizes, including Mystery Cash envelopes with up to $100 in cash, room, food and retail comps, One Club points and Comp Dollars, Colorado Belle souvenirs and half price and free Daily Slot Tournament entries.
The Turtles will be performing in Kokopelli's Showroom at the Edgewater, March 10-12, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30, call 800-677-4837.
The band - originally a surf rock group called The Crossfires - was formed in 1965 in Westchester, Calif., by Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. With the help of DJ and club owner Reb Foster, the Crossfires signed to White Whale Records, and, adhering to the prevailing musical trend, re-branded themselves as a folk rock group called "The Tyrtles," the intentional misspelling inspired by The Byrds. However, the trendy spelling did not survive long. As with the Byrds, the Turtles achieved breakthrough success with a Bob Dylan cover. "It Ain't Me Babe" reached the Billboard Top Ten in the late summer of 1965 and was the title track to the band's first album and the start of many hits.
Country star Mickey Gilley will stop at the Avi on March 16 and 17. Tickets are $25 and $35, call 800-585-3737.
The shrine for country music has got to be the claimed by the Grand Ole Opry, but Gilley's must surely be the honky-tonk halfway house. After Gilley's, country music joined the mainstream and to this day Gilley's is remembered as the most famous country nightclub in the world. For its weekly national radio show, which ran from 1977 to 1989, every act that played there was recorded. All the tapes were stored there and sometime after the club closed in 1989, the entire complex burned down and Gilley's was only a memory.
"Fortunately," says Gilley, who had won a legal judgment against his former business partner a couple of years earlier and wasn't involved with the club when it was destroyed, "I had gone down there and I took all the tapes. If I hadn't, they'd be gone forever."
One of those major acts from Gilley's was Mickey Gilley himself. He had 17 No. 1 hits including the honky-tonk classic, "A Headache Tomorrow (Or A Heartache Tonight)." Once or twice a month, he'd fly back from a concert tour to play his club. Before Gilley's, a successful album for a country artist would sell 200,000 copies. After Gilley's, country music albums were selling 500,000 copies, the threshold for a gold-certified album.
The 4th annual Laughlin TownFest will begin March 8. Four days of festivities will include Moonlight in Laughlin, a progressive dinner, a carnival at Laughlin Town Center, and a parade down Needles Highway on March 10 at 10 a.m.
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