MARK WILLS HEADLINES RIVERSIDE
Country singer Mark Wills will headline at the Riverside, April 1-5. Tickets are $28, call 702-298-2535 ext 616 or 800-227-3849, ext 616.
Mark Wills was born Daryl Mark Williams on Aug. 8, 1973, in Cleveland, Tenn. His family later moved to Blue Ridge, Ga., and he entered a local talent contest in Marietta, Ga., at age17. After winning the contest, he began to perform locally.
Wills' self-titled debut album was released in 1996 with the lead-off single, "Jacob's Ladder," being a Top Ten hit, peaking at No. 6 on the country charts.
"Wish You Were Here" was the title of Wills' second album and his most commercially successful one earning a platinum certification from the RIAA. The lead-off single "I Do (Cherish You)" and its follow up, "Don't Laugh at Me," both reached No. 2 on the country charts, with the former bringing him to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.
LAUGHLIN RIVER STAMPEDE IS A RODEO HIGHLIGHT
The 15th annual Laughlin River Stampede will kick off under the wide-open western skies of the Laughlin Events Park, March 26 - 29. The traditional four-day event is ranked among the top rodeos nationwide that are sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
More than 500 professional rodeo contestants are expected to arrive in Laughlin for the event, as well as Miss Rodeo America 2009.
This year's specialty act is John Payne, the One-armed Bandit. Payne, who has been named the PRCA specialty act of the year eight times, will be performing with his trained buffalo.
The event starts Thursday, March 26. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the rodeo begins at 1:30 p.m. Four days of action includes all the traditional rodeo events each day, including bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, cowgirl barrel racing and bull riding.
Visitors will find cold beer, water, food vendors and western merchandise all around the rodeo grounds, located just a block west of Casino Drive. Cowboy Church will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday.
For tickets and information on special room packages call 800-4-Laughlin or log on to VisitLaughlin.com.
'BLUES & BREWS' COMING IN APRIL
The annual "Blues & Brews" is a free event that will take place at the Colorado Belle in the Center Circle Event Area in front of the main entrance, April 10-12. Blues bands including Michael Burks, John Earl and the BoogieMan Band, Brad Wilson and Chris Hiatt will play throughout the day and early evening on a rotating basis. Food and beer will be on sale at booths. For information, call 877-460-0777.
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AVI FEATURES DIVERSE ENTERTAINMENT
At the Avi Convention Center on March 27, the Harry James Orchestra will entertain with a show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14. For information, call 800-430-0721.
The Kiwanis Krash Demolition Derby will take place at the Avi Event Area north of the casino on Saturday, April 11, at 6 p.m. In addition to the derby, the event will include an Easter egg giveaway for children and tire-rolling competition for adults. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-15, and free for children under 6 years old.
MONTGOMERY GENTRY WILL HEADLINE AQUARIUS AMPHITHEATER
Montgomery Gentry, the duo made up by Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, will perform at the Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater on March 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50, call 800-435-8469.
The Montgomery brothers and Gentry joined forces in a band called Young Country until John Michael landed a record deal. His brother Eddie joined his band and Gentry went solo, winning the national Jim Beam Talent Contest in 1994. When Eddie returned to Kentucky, he and Gentry found themselves on stage together at various charity concerts and finally decided to join forces again. Nashville heard the buzz and Columbia Records signed them.
Through it all, the duo's rooted-ness can be seen in the fact that they are still playing with the band they had in their honky-tonk days. Their musical honesty shines through every bit of their latest CD. "Back When I Knew It All" continues their tradition of connectedness as it restates their position as the honky-tonk poets of their generation.
TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE DESERT CLASSIC IN MARCH
The Tennessee Walking Horse Association of California will host their Desert Classic Show on March 28-29, at Mojave Crossing Event Center located on Aztec Road across the Colorado River from the Avi. The public is invited and admission is free. The show starts at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. For additional information, call 928-330-2505.
The Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH) is a native American breed developed in middle Tennessee to fill the need for a comfortable riding horse. It is a composite of the Standard-bred pacer, Thoroughbred and Morgan breeds as well as the "soft-gaited" lines of the American Saddlebred, Canadian pacer and other selected domestic stock. The resulting breed is distinguished by its stamina and excellent disposition but most of all for the smooth, easy four-beat walking gait for which the TWH is named.
The incredibly smooth-gaited TWH is the breed of choice for many. The Egg & Spoon Class demonstrates the smooth gait of the horse as well as the dexterity and horsemanship of the rider. In this class the rider must balance an egg in a spoon while different gaits are performed. They cannot touch the egg. The rider who keeps the egg in the spoon the longest is the winner.
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