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Riverside Casino West Celebrates Three, Engelbert And Marshall Tucker Band Headliner, Tribute Bands Abound, Twins Rock Edgewater, Laughlin River Run On, World War II Bomber Pilot Speaks, More...

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The Riverside Resort is celebrating the third anniversary of one of its largest expansion projects - Casino West, during the month of April.

Accessible by either the skyway that spans across Casino Drive to connect the facility to the main casino or the 560-space adjacent parking garage, Casino West incorporates natural light and scenic views as part of the experience. There's a large circular bar that serves as the focal point for the area and a snack bar called the West Side Snack Bar.

Taking the escalator to the second floor, you find the Casa Serrano Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. Owners Isabelle and Gilbert Serrano keep the bright airy theme going. The decor uses an abundance of floral arrangements and assortment of colorful paint in a relaxed, fun setting.

Engelbert Humperdinck will take over the Flamingo Outdoor Amphitheater on April 15. Tickets are $25, $30 and $35, call 1-800-435-8469.

Humperdinck has been a legend in the international music industry for the last 40 years, with over 140 million records sold. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to the platinum-selling theme song "Lesbian Seagull" for the latest Beavis and Butthead movie.

The Marshall Tucker Band will take center stage at Harrah's Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater on April 27. Tickets are $20, call 1-800-447-8700.

Since their first LP in 1973, the Marshall Tucker Band has played countless concert venues around the world. With the success of the Volunteer Jam Tour, and 1999 release of "Gospel," the good ol' boys from Spartanburg, S.C., remain a powerful force in the world of music.

There's a few tribute shows around Laughlin this month. RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles is headlining at the Riverside in Don's Celebrity Theatre, April 11-16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26, call 1-800-227-3849, ext. 616.

RAIN got their start in Los Angeles in 1975. Like so many other bands, RAIN'S main objective was to write their own original music, and eventually secure a recording contract. But, unlike other bands, RAIN had a second goal, to become the best band in the world at duplicating the complete sound of the Beatles from A to Z. RAIN wanted to be able to perform every song from every album, note for note, and live on stage. The group has succeeded.

A Tribute to the Righteous Brothers starring Gene Sironen and Doug Masters will follow at the Riverside, April 18-23. Tickets are $20.

After two years of searching around the country for a Bobby Hatfield impersonator, Gene Sironen who plays Bill Medley found the perfect duplicate in his own back yard in 1994. Doug Masters was playing down the street at a local Las Vegas casino.

Finding that they possessed the same Righteous Brothers' magic when singing together, they landed a spot in "Legends In Concert," the king of impersonator shows at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. Even Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield were impressed when they saw their act-alike duo.

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Todd Luxton and his ultimate Elvis Tribute with all the shakes and moves along with the Cadillacs band will be on stage at the Pavilion Theater April 15-17 at the Ramada Express. Tickets are $15, call 1-800-243-6846.

Luxton has been doing Elvis since he was five years old. He has won every Elvis competition he ever entered including a contest at Harrah's where he beat out more 30 other contestants, and a contest at Apacheland Movie Ranch, the filming location for the Elvis movie "Charro," where he got the top spot in a field of 40.

Identical twins, Mark and Clark, will perform their dueling pianos show at 5 and 8 p.m. in Kokopelli's lounge at the Edgewater, April 13-17. Tickets are $10, call 702-298-2453.

The twins call their show, "Carnegie Hall meets Romper Room." Mark and Clark have regularly appeared in Las Vegas at major Strip hotels and toured worldwide. They have recorded albums on their own label, Twinco, and have sold a half million records through concerts and nightclub appearances.

The annual town-wide Laughlin River Run will take place, April 26-30. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will converge on the town. There will be entertainment, vendors, a poker run, displays, concerts and people and bike watching. For information, call 1-800-357-8223 or visit www.laughlinriverrun.com.

The Colorado Belle will feature "River Run Blues & Babes" with blues music and a Hawaiian Tropic contest.

At the Avi, vendors will be selling motorcycle-related items in the south parking lot, and the "Race Your Ride" motorcycle event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There's a $5 entry fee.

World War II bomber pilot Robert "Bud" Kingsbury will be the featured speaker at free American Veterans Program on April 18 at 7:30 a.m. in the Santa Fe Room at the Ramada Express. Guests who donate $5 or more to the American Heroes Foundation receive a coupon for breakfast in the buffet. The Ramada Express created the American Heroes Foundation, a non-profit organization to raise funds for recognized Veteran causes.

On the morning of Aug. 19, 1943, Robert "Bud" Kingsbury, age 22, stationed in Tunisia with the 12th Air Force, climbed into his four-engine B-17, Flying Fortress, named "Big Jeff." Kingsbury and his nine-man crew were flying a mission which was part of a three-week bombing campaign against Italy in preparation for the Allied invasion. "Big Jeff" was positioned at the end of the first wave of 100 planes on this mission.

There were only 18 twin-engine P-38s to provide cover for the bombers against the nearly 300 enemy fighter planes. "Big Jeff" took a couple hits and the crew had to bail out at 19,000 feet and 20 miles out to sea. Five men jumped. Only Kingsbury made it to shore wearing a life vest and swimming 32 hours. Kingsbury lost nine friends and faced the next 20 months in a prisoner of war camp, eventually being released by Patton's forces.

A resident of La Mirada, Calif., and mechanical contractor for over 30 years, Kingsbury served eight years on active and reserve duty. He received the Purple Heart. Air Medal, Prisoner of War Medal and is a member of the Caterpillar Club, a, honor reserved for those who jumped out of an airplane to save their lives and safely parachuted to the ground.

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