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Sunday, June 17, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
John Kay And Steppenwolf Perform At Aquarius, "Comedy Show" At Edgewater, Riverside Show Lineup, "Parrothead Weekend" Planned, Charo Headlines, Ramada Express Feature "Follies Magnifique", River Palms Hosts "Comedy on the River", "Tribute to the King" Scheduled, NASCAR Parties On Tap At Colorado Belle, Fireworks Set To Light Up The Sky, More...

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John Kay and Steppenwolf will headline at the Aquarius Pavilion on Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 and $39.95, call 1-800-435-8469.

John Kay and Steppenwolf have emerged as one of rock's most enduring and respected bands, delivering personally-charged music for more than three decades. Such Steppenwolf standards as "Born to Be Wild," which was the first song to use the term "heavy metal," "Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me" and "Monster" stand amongst Rock's most indelible anthems. At last count, the band's worldwide record sales exceed 25 million units. Its songs remain fixtures on classic-rock radio, and have been licensed for use in approximately 50 motion pictures and an even greater number of television programs.

Kay was born Joachim Fritz Krauledat in 1944 in the section of Germany then known as East Prussia. He never knew his father, who was killed fighting in Russia a month before John's birth. In 1958, as a teenager he immigrated with his mother and stepfather to Toronto, Canada. There, he immersed himself in the rock, R&B, country and gospel music that emanated from late-night U.S. clear-channel AM stations, while learning English from the speed-rapping DJs who dominated the rock 'n' roll airwaves.

By 1967, Kay was in Los Angeles, where he formed a new group that he christened Steppenwolf after Hermann Hesse's mystical novel of the same name. The group's self-titled 1968 debut album was recorded in a mere four days. Steppenwolf's popularity and influence continued unabated into the early 1970s. But, burned out from the endless album/tour grind, the quintet officially disbanded on Valentine's Day 1972.

In 1980, Kay launched an all-new lineup, now billed as John Kay and Steppenwolf, virtually starting from scratch to restore his band's good name. Today's Steppenwolf, operating without major-label financing, is the model of a successful cyber-age cottage industry.

The time for the 26th Annual Colgate Country Showdown at the The Dance Club at the Riverside Resort on June 21 has been changed from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. Highway Country (KIXW/KIXF/KHWZ) is hosting one of the largest country music talent searches and the show is free to the public.

From June 30-July 4, the "Comedy Show" featuring Todd Glass of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," will take place at Kokopelli's Showroom at the Edgewater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, call 702-298-2453.

An update on the Riverside show lineup has John Reep - The Hemi Guy canceling his Aug. 9 -12 performance, and Thunder From Down Under being added on July 12 and the Australian Bee Gees, Aug 21 - 25.

The "Parrothead Weekend" highlighting various Jimmy Buffet-style bands will play in both the ArrowWeed Lounge on Friday, Aug 3, and the Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 4.

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The Riverside has already booked Charo for two shows on New Year's Eve at 7 and 10:30 p.m. She'll be headlining from Dec. 27-31 with 7 p.m. shows. Tickets will be $30 for the Thursday-Sunday shows, $40 for the 7 p.m. show on Monday and $45 for the 10:30 p.m. performance.

The Ramada Express will feature "Follies Magnifique" from June 29-Sept 17. The topless revue for folks 21 and older will be performed nightly except Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19.95 and new Distinguished Players Club members who earn 50 points receive two free tickets. For inquiries, call 1-800-243-6846.

The River Sands Theatre at the River Palms will begin hosting "Comedy on the River" on Monday, July 9. Shows will be daily except Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14.95. For information, call 1-800-835-7904.

Tribute shows are on the lineup this month at Don's Celebrity Theatre at the Riverside.

The "Tribute to the King," an Elvis tribute show starring Don Rose, is scheduled Wednesday-Sunday, June 20-24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Kiss Army, a tribute to the band KISS, will follow June 27-30 and tickets are $20, call 702-298-2535, ext 616 or 1-800-227-3849, ext 616.

On July 12, the "Great American Race," the 25th anniversary of the national auto cross-country race, will make a stop at the Colorado Belle. Vintage cars will be on display and other events are planned in the Center Circle Event Area in front of the casino. For information, call 1-877-460-0777.

Tom & Sharon's Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance Party will take place at The Dance Club at the Riverside on Saturday, June 23 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. For details on the party, dance classes and upcoming events, call the Craddocks at 702-298-2535, ext 5708.

Make a note, the Riverside Resort is no longer offering any type of helicopter rides.

NASCAR parties are still on tap at the Colorado Belle in the property's Mardi Gras Room. Admission to the NASCAR parties is $10 per event and includes two drinks, stadium snacks and an entry to win official NASCAR merchandise in drawings. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are available at the One Club booth or at the door on the day of the event. The next race party will be The Pepsi 400 taking place at the Daytona International Speedway on July 7.

On June 30 and July 4, "Rockets Over the River," the annual 4th of July weekend fireworks displays, will be set off in the sky above the river at the Laughlin casinos. The fireworks are choreographed to music broadcast all along the Riverwalk on Saturday and Wednesday at approximately 9 p.m. each night and they are free to watch. For information, call 702-298-2214 or 1-800-227-5245.

On Saturday, July 7, the annual Independence Day Weekend fireworks display by the Zambellis will start just after dusk. Admission is free to the lawn and beach beginning in the afternoon. You can bring coolers, chairs and pop up tents, but the tents must be taken down just before show. For information, call 1-800-430-0721.

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