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Harrah's Books Todd Luxton, Tony Orlando & The Spinners, Patti Page Headlines Tropicana Express, Country Gold Tour Invades Riverside, Edgewater and Colorado Belle Mystery Cash Promo, More...


Jackie Brett
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Harrah's begins the New Year with a variety of limited-engagement entertainment performances in the Fiesta Showroom. For tickets to all shows, call 702-298-8510.

Todd Luxton: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute show will run from Jan. 19-31 and be dark on Jan. 25. Tickets start at $17.95.

On Halloween night, in 1976, five-year-old Luxton went out trick-or-treating as Elvis Presley. At the age of 15, Luxton had his first paid appearance as Elvis. In high school he won a talent show impersonating Elvis and won the supporting lead role of Kenickie in Grease. Today, the Michigan native dons $2,500 jumpsuits designed by the same man who made them for Elvis Presley.

Tony Orlando, one of America's most endearing and enduring stars, will perform in the Fiesta Showroom Feb. 9-11. The multi-talented performer has graced many stages, from concert halls to theaters to television, through the years. Tickets for his 8 p.m. shows start at $45.

After being coaxed by his friends Hank Medress and Dave Appell at Bell Records to record a demo of Candida, Orlando unknowingly found himself owner of a bona fide hit. Knock Three Times, which became the top song in 1971 selling more than six million copies worldwide, followed Candida. Along with those hits came the birth of the singing group, Tony Orlando and Dawn featuring Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent. Orlando also scored hits with Cupid, Gypsy, and Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree, a song that is as entrenched in American culture as apple pie and baseball. Orlando has been honored with three American Music Awards, a People's Choice Award and a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Presenting their classic and timeless hits in their inimitable style are The Spinners will perform March 1-2. Tickets for their 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows start at $45.

The Spinners are Frank Washington, Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson and Harold "Spike" Bonhart. The group has earned 12 gold records with hits climbing to the top of both Pop and R&B charts. Their timeless hits include Then Came You, Rubberband Man, One of a King (Love Affair), I'll Be Around, and Games People Play.

The Spinners' music has also been featured on soundtracks for popular movie hits Spaceballs and Twins. The Spinners have been nominated six times for a Grammy, received a Black Gold Award on the Dick Clark television special for their many achievements in the recording industry, have been awarded the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Award for their contributions to R&B music and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Johnny Cash's Legendary Band, The Tennessee Three, will walk the line straight into the Fiesta Showroom, March 27 through April 7. The Tennessee Three is not a cover or tribute band but the band that backed the "Man in Black," Johnny Cash. Bob Wootton and WS Holland are the original men behind the unique sound that powered nearly every Cash stage performance or recording since 1960.

Wooton instituted the unique "boom-chicka-boom" guitar that classifies most of Cash's song. Holland holds the distinction as the first rock and roll drummer in music history.

In 2006, the band released the album, The Sound Must Go On which features the hit, You Walked Tall (Each Time You Walked The Line). Their album We Still Miss Someone was nominated for six Grammy Awards. The Tennessee Three will perform nightly at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. March 27-April 7 except April 1-2. Tickets start at $27.95.


Patti Page will star at the Tropicana Express on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35 for VIP seating, call 800-243-6846.

Page is one of America's true musical icons. In the course of her seven-decade recording career, she has become a living legend by selling more than 100 million records, making her one of the biggest selling female recording artists in history.

Page's silky-smooth voice engulfed the airwaves during the '50s and '60s, providing her with a staggering 111 hits, 15 gold records and four gold albums. Page became the first crossover artist to take country music out of the country and onto the pop charts with such million record sellers as Mockin' Bird Hill, I Went To Your Wedding, Mister & Mississippi, and, of course, the legendary Tennessee Waltz, which was No. 1 concurrently on all three charts (Pop, Country and R&B) and sold more than 20 million copies. She was also the first artist to use multiple voice techniques on records and the only singer -male or female-to have had shows bearing her name on all three major television networks.

The Country Gold Tour featuring LeRoy Van Dyke, Moe Brandy, Rex Allen Jr., Helen Cornelius, Steve and Rudy Gatlin and Charlie Rich Jr. will take center stage in Don's Celebrity Theatre, Feb. 5-10. Tickets for the 7 p.m. shows are $35, call 800-227-3849.

This January, players at the Edgewater and Colorado Belle are reeling in the winnings during the Mystery Cash Days promotion simply by playing their favorite slots and video poker games using their ACCESS Players Club card. Lucky players with their ACCESS card inserted into the machine during play may wind up with an extra $100 an hour in winnings through the random drawings from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout January at both resorts.

ACCESS Club members will continue to receive rewards during Comp Crazy Days at the Colorado Belle. From Jan. 25-27, players earning 500 points or more on their player's card will receive complimentary buffets, hotel stays, a free round of golf, dining certificates and free slot play plus keep their points.

Guests of the Edgewater will also discover the newly re-designed casino area that offers a more contemporary and fun atmosphere for their play.

Baja Blue at Harrah's continues to prepare authentic south-of-the-border fare. The first course is spiced up with seven appetizer offerings.

Baja Blue's signature entrée, the Baja Blue El Bandido Burrito, aims not only to steal the show from the rest of the menu but also to challenge your appetite weighing in at a hefty two pounds. A 15-inch flour tortilla is stuffed with shredded chicken breast, carnitas, Spanish rice, roasted corn, black beans, Monterey Jack cheese pico de gallo and sour cream served enchilada-style. Diners who take the challenge to devour the entire Baja Blue Bandido Burrito platter will earn a souvenir tee shirt.

The Baja Blue Restaurant & Cantina hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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