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Sunday, March 25, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Aquarius Headlines Engelbert Humperdinck, 25TH Anniversary Great Race Stop At Colorado Belle, Rodeo World Prepares For River Stampede PRCA Rodeo, Edgewater Books Lena Prima, Bunny Ears Can Win Prizes, Country Battle of the Bands Coming, "Monster Truck and Extreme Free Style Motorsports Spectacular" At Avi, Annual Riverwalk Art Festival Next Month, More...

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Engelbert Humperdinck, who celebrated the 40th anniversary of his first smash hit "Release Me" in January, will star at the Aquarius Amphitheater on April 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $35, call 1-800-435-8469.

Beating out The Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" by early February 1967, "Release Me" was an instantaneous hit that topped the British music charts at No. 1 and soared in the U.S. music charts for 56 consecutive weeks. In its peak, the powerful ballad sold an unprecedented 85,000 copies daily.

In the late 60s and early 70s, Humperdinck set the standard for Las Vegas-style glamour with his extravagant and lavish stage shows. The "King of Romance" was quite the heartthrob and his rich 3 1/2-octave range made him a four-time Grammy nominee. He has made 77 albums and generated sales in excess of 130 million records, including 64 gold and 24 platinum albums. He continues to perform more than 100 dates a year.

Great Race has announced that the Colorado Belle will be an official host for Great American Race 2007. The cross-country race for classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with an overnight stop at the Laughlin resort on July 12, as part of its annual 4,000-mile journey across the United States. At this stop, drivers will relax and show off their cars, which will be free for the public to view.

This year also marks the 75th Anniversary of the Ford 1932 "Deuce." In honor of the celebration, Great American Race 2007 has added two new special events. Deuce Week East and Deuce Week West will be one-week races running concurrently with Great American Race 2007 and will feature '32 Fords of all configurations as well as hot rods, street rods, muscle cars and classics of any make and era.

Great American Race, presented by Interstate Batteries, will begin on June 30, in Concord, N.C., and will finish two weeks later, on July 14, in Anaheim, Calif. A field of up to 100 classic cars manufactured in 1969 or earlier are eligible to participate.

Great Race originates from the legendary "Greatest Auto Race" of 1908 that raced around the world from New York to Paris.

More than 600 of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world of professional rodeo will come together in Laughlin March 29-April 1 for the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Laughlin River Stampede. Among the hundreds of rodeos across the country, the Laughlin River Stampede offers a combined purse of more than $250,000, placing the Stampede among the top rodeos in America. Making the event even more impressive is the size of the venue. The outdoor arena seats more than 5,000 spectators.

The four-day event begins when the gates open at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 29. The action starts daily at 1:30 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend. The Sunday finals will air on the FOX Sports Network.

Daily event action includes bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, calf roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Miss Rodeo America will also make appearances. The rodeo grounds will include a vendor's village with displays, merchandise, food and beverages. Tickets for the weekend are $13 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets for the Super Chute, Thursday through Sunday, are $35, call 1-800-308-2253.

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Lena Prima will bring her special show "Louis Prima: That's My Dad!" to the Edgewater's Kokopelli Showroom, April 13-15. Tickets for her 7 p.m. performances are $15, call 702-298-2453.

As the daughter of the legendary Louis Prima and singer Gia Maione, she was born with a unique musical heritage. Lena's dad, Louis has been hailed in the annals of 20th century American music as an innovative genius. Her mother, Gia is a classically trained singer who started performing with Louis in 1962. They were married in February 1963 and Lena was born in November of the same year. She grew up singing and dancing on stage with her parents, and touring with them every summer when school was out.

For several years Lena worked day jobs, recorded original music and sang rock 'n' roll at night. In 1991, she made singing a full-time career and began touring with various shows and groups, such as Sweet Louie & The Checkmates and The Spiral Staircase, who were known for their smash hit, "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday." While performing with these bands, she included a 20-minute tribute to her father in her repertoire; thus her show was born.

Lena's high energy show features Prima classics, including "That Old Black Magic," "Just A Gigolo," "Jump Jive, An Wail" and "Sing, Sing, Sing." Rare video footage of Louis' Ed Sullivan Show performances and heart-warming stories of growing up as the daughter of a legend round out the 90-minute show. She also includes in the show one of her own compositions, "Silly In The Middle." Currently, she is writing and recording songs for her second CD.

More than $5,000 in cash and prizes will be given away by the Colorado Belle's Prize Patrol in the Lucky Bunny Giveaway promotion April 6-8. To participate, One Club members must earn a minimum of 10 points for their lucky Bunny Ears and wear them while playing their favorite games. The Lucky Bunny Prize Patrol cart will cruise the casino several times each day of the promotion, randomly distributing prizes to players wearing Bunny Ears.

Prizes include Mystery Cash Envelopes containing $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100; One Club points and Comp Dollars; free and half-price Daily Slot Tournament entries; room, food retail comps and Colorado Belle souvenirs.

The 2nd Country Battle of the Bands will take place at the Colorado Belle on Saturday, March 31 at the Center Circle at 5 p.m. The concert is free.

On March 31, the "Monster Truck and Extreme Free Style Motorsports Spectacular" will take place at the at the Avi Event Arena north of the casino. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, and $12 for ages 4-12.

The "Fourth Annual Riverwalk Art Festival" will occur at the Colorado Belle and Edgewater, April 14-15. The juried art festival will feature numerous artists displaying their artwork for sale. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and it's free to browse. For information, call 1-800-477-4837.

At the Mojave Crossing Event Center from April 13 to 15, the 2nd Avi Team Penning, which is a competition of teams of horsemen maneuvering cattle into pens, will take place.

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