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MARTINA MCBRIDE HEADLINES RIVERSIDE AMPHITHEATER

Jackie Brett
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Country music singer Martina McBride will headline at the Riverside Amphitheater on Friday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, $55 and $70.

McBride became interested in country music through her father's local band, The Schiffters, which she joined playing keyboard and singing. She moved with her husband, who found sound crew work with Garth Brooks, to Nashville in 1990.

Martina McBride

Brooks offered her a chance to be his opening act if she could land a recording contract. She signed with RCA and began touring and made her debut album in 1992. Her song “ndependence Day,” about domestic abuse won her Video of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1994.

HARRAH's GOES COUNTRY WITH DWIGHT YOAKAM

Country singer and actor Dwight Yoakam will headline the Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater at Harrah's on April 16. Tickets for his 8 p.m. show are $25 to $60.

Dwight Yoakam

In California, Yoakam released the six-song EP “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.” in 1984 on the independent Oak label, and then hit the road with such artists as Los Lobos and Violent Femmes. Warner Brothers signed him to its newly revived Reprise Record label in 1985.

Yoakam appeared on the big screen for the first time in the Nicolas Cage/Dennis Hopper film “Red Rock West” in 1993, and that same year he released what is considered his masterpiece album “This Time.” In 1996, he co-starred in Billy Bob Thornton's film “Sling Blade.” While filming “The Newton Boys” in 1998, he wrote all the tracks for his album, “A Long Way Home.”

AQUARIUS HOLDS BATTLE OF THE BANDS

The Aquarius is inviting bands to enter the Official Laughlin River Run Battle of the Bands. The three-day, one of a kind “battle” will go down Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30, during the largest motorcycle event on the west coast. The prize money at stake is $30,000 with the top band taking home $10,000. The winning check will be presented by Miss Laughlin River Run 2011.

The 12 bands chosen to compete in the Official Laughlin River Run Battle of the Bands will perform on the Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater where top name entertainers have performed.

For the chance to be one of 12 bands chosen for this challenge, upload a video of your band performing to the Aquarius' Facebook page wall at http://www.facebook.com/ TheAquariusCasino, and e-mail the entertainment department about qualifications of competing in the battle at anton.pfisterer @ theaquarius.com. All entries must be received by April 4, 2011.

Each band will perform a 20-minute set in Thursday or Friday's qualifying rounds. The top six bands, three from each night, will advance to the finals on Saturday where the top six bands will battle for the $10,000 first place prize and the title of the Official Band of the Laughlin River Run 2011.

RICOCHET PAYS THE RIVERSIDE A VISIT

Ricochet will perform at the Riverside in Don's Celebrity Theater, March 29-April 3. Tickets are $30.

Ricochet

Ricochet had its beginnings in 1993 with the band Lariat, which turned into Ricochet when Greg Cook joined in 1994. One year later, the group signed with Columbia Records (later Sony Music) and in 1996 vaulted to the top with their sophomore single, “Daddy's Money.” Attesting to their popularity as a concert attraction, in 2004 the group released “The Live Album,” which included another of their signature tunes as a stage act – the Steve Young-penned classic “Seven Bridges Road.”

Other than adding three new members in the past eight years, and updating their sound to stay relevant in the digital age, the band hasn't really changed much. They still perform 100-plus shows a year.

ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS HEADLINE AT THE EDGEWATER

Eric Burdon & The Animals will headline the new Edgewater Event Center on Friday, April 29 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

Eric Burdon of the Animals

Burdon's rock music career includes: being the driving force of the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene; fronting WAR - the biggest funk band of the 1970s; cutting an LP with jazz-blues great Jimmy Witherspoon; reuniting his original band, The Animals, for a series of projects and worldwide tours; forming new groups of Animals; and releasing his second autobiography, which was translated in several languages. In addition, Burdon has had many movie parts.

‘CAF's RED, WHITE AND LOUD’ TOUR VISITS AQUARIUS

The CAF's (Commemorative Air Force) Red, White and Loud starring Aaron Tippin & the B-29 FIFI” will visit the Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35.

The “CAF's Red, White & Loud Tour” celebrates America's freedom through song and the roaring radial engines of one of the world's most famous warbirds. At each tour stop, the CAF's B-29 FIFI arrives with country star Aaron Tippin aboard.

The CAF's B-29 FIFI will be available for guided tours and the public will also have an opportunity to purchase a ride in the Boeing B-29 Superfortress for the first time in history. Rides can be purchased in advance by visiting www.cafb29b24.org.

VOODOO COWBOYS PERFORM AT RIVER PALMS

The rock 'n' roll and hard drivin’ country music Voodoo Cowboys will headline the River Palms' 2700 Club on April 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. The group has 30 years of experience in the music industry, and they have rocked crowds on numerous stages around the world. They’ve performed at many Las Vegas properties and appeared with big name acts such as Toby Keith, Little Texas, Don Felder of the Eagles and more. Tickets are $10.

Voodoo Cowboys

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COMEDIANS HEADLINE AT THE EDGEWATER

The Edgewater sticks with “Comedy on the Edge””in the showroom every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Each show features two stand-up comedians. Upcoming acts are: March 25-27—Scott Long and Jennifer Murphy; April 1-3—Sam Fedele and Laura Hayden; April 8-10—Darryl Rhoades and Adam Norwest; April 15-17—Carlos Oscar and Danny Keaton; April 22-24—Russ Rivas and Debbie Lockhart. Tickets are $10 at the Edgewater Casino Cage or the door.

Scott Long

Scott Long has been a national touring comedian for the past 15 years and been seen on NBC and Fox TV and heard on hundreds of radio shows. For the past eight seasons, Long has written the Frank's Picks segment for the Emmy-nominated NFL pregame show on FOX including three times for the Super Bowl. Long has also written a book of comedic essays entitled “Dysfunctional Thoughts of a 21st Century Man,” and released a comedy CD and two comedy DVDs.

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL VISITS THE TROPICANA

Asleep At The Wheel will headline at 8 p.m. at the Tropicana in The Pavilion Theater on March 26. Tickets are $20.

Asleep at the Wheel

Over their 40-year history, Asleep At The Wheel has garnered nine Grammy Awards and released more than 25 studio and live albums. Just last year, they earned a Grammy nomination in the newly minted Best Americana Album category for their critically acclaimed “Willie & The Wheel” on Bismeaux Records. Most recently, another collaborative project paired the band with the legendary lead from Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, Leon Rausch. The distinguished velvety vocals that voiced the King of western swing partnered with “post-modern kings of Texas Swing on “It's A Good Day,” which USA Today called, “swing from the heavens.”

TROPICANA FEATURES JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE BAND

The fastest rising Johnny Cash Tribute act “With A Bible & A Gun” will headline at the Tropicana's Pavilion Theater on April 2. The rock-fueled act keeps it real and rocking while captivating audiences in venues like The House of Blues, The Wiltern, and even Norco State Prison. The band pays tribute to Cash by infusing his music with vibrant life, passion and reverence. Of course, they do wear black. Some things are sacred! Tickets are $10.

With a Bible and a Gun

PRCA RODEO IS COMING TO TOWN

The Laughlin River Stampede PRCA Rodeo will be in Laughlin March 31-April 3. The annual major PRCA rodeo with more than $250,000 in prize money features the top rodeo cowboys and barrel racers on the circuit. The rodeo begins at 1:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. Tickets range from $7 to $35, call 877-840-0457 or visit rodeolaughlin.com.

QUICK CLIPS

A very visible Laughlin landmark, the 500-goot-tall smokestack of the Mohave Generation Station in Laughlin was imploded earlier this month. It crashed to the ground and sent up a cloud of dust.

Mohave Generation Station

The 4th Annual Circle of Art & Crafts Show will be held at the Avi Grand Ballroom, March 25-27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free show will showcase all categories of fine art plus variety of crafts.

The Paperback Writer tribute to The Beatles will be held at the 2700 Club in the River Palms on March 26 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Paperback Writer

The Australian Bee Gees will do their tribute show at the Riverside, April 5-10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.

The Uptown Motown Stage Show & Dance will take place on April 8 at 8 p.m. in the Avi Grand Ballroom. The show will feature the music of In-A-Fect.

The Free Style Motocross Games will be held at the Laughlin Event Park on Saturday, April 9 with the games at 1:30 p.m. Stunt dirt bike riders will be performing all manner of daring rides and there will be truck pulls and lawn mower races. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12; call 1-877-840-0457.

The “Gambler Classic River Run” will take place in the North Parking Lot at the Tropicana April 7-9. The annual car show will feature '55-'57 Chevys, Corvettes and trucks; a Show 'n' Shine; a Friday night sock hop; and music. For information, visit gamblerclassicriverrun.com or tropicanax.com.

The Legends Over the Colorado Fly-In will take place on April 9 and 10 at the Laughlin Event Park. This event features: vintage aircraft including the only operational B-29 “Super Fortress” in the world (“FIFA”); A TBM Avenger, T-6 Texan; Supermarine Spitfire and more; viewing planes; taking a plane ride; meeting pilots; the American Heroes Museum exhibit; food, and souvenir vendors. The Saturday-Sunday event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show, $5 for ages 5-12, and free for children under 5; either visit the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce or visit lotcflyin.org.

The Hot Rods & Harleys River Cruizers Spring Run will be held on the beach at the Avi, April 14-17. This event includes a Show 'n' Shine, classic cars, muscle cars, motorcycles, music, food, a contest, drawings, poker walk, and more. Hours are Thursday-Saturday 9 a.m.-dusk and Sunday 8 a.m.-noon. Admission is free. For car entry or more information, visit rivercruizers.com.

The Laughlin Xtreme Bulls, a PRCA event featuring the top bull riders in the world in an “all-bulls rodeo” will happen April 16-17 at 1 p.m. at the Laughlin Event Park. General admission is $25 and $10 for ages 11 and under; call 1-877-840-0457 or see rodeolaughlin.com for tickets and further information.

The “Blues & Brews Festival” will be held at the Center Circle Event Area in the Colorado Belle's parking lot, April 22-24. This annual event will feature blues music by Michael Burks, Preston Shannon, Chris Hiatt & Cold Shot and John Earl's Boogieman Band, BBQ and other food, beverages at booths and vendors. Admission is free with food and beverages sold separately.

Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated on the Riverwalk between the Colorado Bell and Edgewater on May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a strolling mariachi band and Mexican food items for sale at food booths.

Tom & Sharon's Ballroom, Dance Party at the Riverside is scheduled on March 26 from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about parties or dance classes, call 928-754-2097.

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