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Wayne Newton Stops At Aquarius, 'Country Music USA' Plays Ramada Express, March Of The Peng"wins" Happening At Belle, Lucky Green Giveaway, The Turtles Center Stage At Edgewater, Mickey Gilley Stops At Avi, Townfest Set, More...

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Wayne Newton will perform his energized show at the Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $25, call 800-435-8469.

Newton, well known as "Mr. Las Vegas," has been a headliner mainstay on the Las Vegas Strip for years and last month, he opened the NBA All Star basketball game there.

Newton began his Las Vegas career as a teenager working with his older brother Jerry in a lounge at a downtown hotel. That gig, which had the duo performing six shows a day, lasted five years. If there's one thing Newton has over many performers, its stage charisma.

The popular country show "Country Music USA" began a new run last month at the Ramada Express with famed Hank Williams tribute artist Jason Petty returning to the show.

Tickets for the show running through March 10 are $19, call 800-243-6846. New Distinguished Players Club Members who earn 50 points will receive two free tickets to the show.

"Country Music USA Live in Concert" is a tribute show to some of country music's biggest stars. The energetic show honors Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Shania Twain.

The lonesome cowboy rides again as award-winning Hank Williams' tribute artist Jason Petty joins Eric York performs as Garth Brooks and also as Kix Brooks of the world-famous country duo Brooks & Dunn. He has amazed audiences nationwide with his resemblance of both legendary performers. Ronnie Lee as Ronnie Dunn bears an incredible likeness to the real performer.

Lynn McDaniel has wowed audiences with her uncanny vocal impressions of Patsy Cline and Shania Twain. She has the voice, the look, and the stage presence of both legendary country stars.

Jason Petty's tribute to Hank Williams has received critical praise from "The New York Times," "Rolling Stone," and "National Review."

Through March, you can play to win your share of $25,000 in Polar Prize cash drawings at the Colorado Belle during the "March of the PENG"WINS" promotion. Earn Polar Prize promotion drawing tickets while you play your favorite games. Each night at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday through March 28, there will be a drawing for $500. Thursday, March 29, two people will each win $500 in drawings at 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday in March, two people will win $500 each night-except for March 30 and 31, when four people will each win $500 in the nightly drawings.

There are a variety of ways to earn drawing tickets or entry coupons to receive drawing tickets. Once earned, entry coupons must be exchanged at the One Club booth for official drawing tickets.

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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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