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Glen Campbell Takes Riverside's Center Stage, Julio Iglesias Graces Harrah's, 'Country Music USA' Starts At Ramada Express, John Pinette Brings Laughs To Aquarius, Annual Avi Kwa Ame Pow Wow Scheduled, Tri-State Heart Walk Set, Country Battle of the Bands Plays Colorado Belle, More...


Jackie Brett
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Singer Glen Campbell will headline at the Riverside, Feb. 27-March 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34.50, call 702-298-2535 ext. 616 or 1-800-227-3849 ext 616.

Guitar player and singer, Campbell has recorded songs that stand the test of time such as "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman" and survived the harsh reality of a celebrity lifestyle. His special appearances as co-headliner at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, where he'll appear May 18-June 16, attracts sold-out crowds. In 2000, PBS aired a Glen Campbell Special taped in Sioux Falls, S.D., and he's been profiled recently on A&E's Biography, VH-1 Behind The Scenes, and CMT's Inside Fame. The CMT profile pulled such strong ratings from the coveted 18-49 demographic that Country Music Television is now showing reruns of the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.

Although Campbell was already hitting the top of both the country and pop charts by 1969, the Goodtime Hour gave his career "legs." The popular CBS musical variety series was simulcast on the BBC from England to Singapore to Australia and paved the way for five BBC specials. The exposure gave Campbell a global presence he enjoys to this day, 30 plus years later. He has toured the UK, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. As recently as 2000, Campbell's popularity in the UK sustained a 31-day tour of the region.

In 2005, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is reportedly working on a new CD scheduled for release later this year.

International superstar Julio Iglesias is set to appear at the Rio Visa Outdoor Amphitheater on March 10. Tickets are $40, $45, and $55, call 1-800-447-8700 or 702-298-8510.

Iglesias was born in Madrid in 1943. He was a remarkable athlete, who played goalkeeper for the junior Real Madrid soccer team, and studied law in the Complutense University of Madrid.

When he was 20 years old, Iglesias suffered a very severe auto accident that left him semi-paralyzed for more than a year and a half. The nurse who took care of him gave him a guitar. Iglesias spent hours listening to the radio, writing poems and singing.

After recuperating, he resumed his studies and travelled to England to study English. On some weekends, he sang in a pub and met his girlfriend, who inspired one of his most famous songs "Gwendolyne." Iglesias continued writing songs and then competed at the famous Benidorm Music Festival, where in 1968, he was proclaimed the contest winner and signed to a contract with Columbia Discos. After that he never looked back.

Iglesias is the most popular recording artist in the world. He has sold more than 250 million albums, and has been the recipient of more than 2,600 Platinum and Gold records in his illustrious musical career, a figure that no other singer has ever managed to achieve in the history of music.

The 13th Annual Avi Kwa Ame Pow Wow is scheduled Feb. 23-25 at Mojave Crossing. The event featuring traditional gourd dances, drums, ceremonies, bird singing, grand entry of participants in traditional dress, food, and vendors will take place at the arena on the Arizona side of the river across from the Avi. Tickets are $5 and $8 for a two-day pass. For information, call 928-330-2505.


The popular country show, "Country Music USA" has begun a new run at the Ramada Express in the American Heroes Pavilion Theater. The energetic show features tributes to Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Patsy Cline, Shania Twain, and award-winning Hank Williams tribute-artist Jason Petty, who has joined the cast. Concert dates are Feb. 17-22; Feb. 24-March 1; and March 3-10. All showtimes are 8 p.m. and tickets are $19, call 1 800-243-6846. New Distinguished Players Club Members who earn 50 points receive two free tickets to the show.

You'll hear hit songs including Garth Brooks' "I've Got Friends In Low Places," Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine," and Brooks & Dunn's "Boot Scootin' Boogie." When Patsy Cline takes the stage, you'll be transported back to the '50s and '60s with songs like "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams," and "Walkin' After Midnight."

Eric York performs as Garth Brooks and also as Kix Brooks of the world-famous country duo Brooks & Dunn. He has amazed audiences nationwide with his resemblance of both legendary performers. Ronnie Lee as Ronnie Dunn bears an incredible likeness to the real performer. He captures every nuance of the character from the wardrobe to the smooth flowing voice that is known so well.

Petty's tribute to Hank Williams has received critical praise from "The New York Times," "Rolling Stone," and "National Review." The "New York Post" has raved that "Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams, but channeling his ghost."

Comedian John Pinette will bring laughs to the Aquarius Pavilion on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. His routines primarily revolve around his weight and his love for the buffet. However in 2001, Pinette lost an incredible amount of weight, which he explained in his DVD "I Say Nay, Nay," released in 2004. Tickets are $19.95 and $24.95, call 1-800-435-8469.

Pinette has toured the comedy club circuit since the 1980s and got his big break when he was asked to tour with Frank Sinatra. Since then, he's been a regular guest on "The Tonight Show" and "The View." Pinette has also had quite a career in cinema and television appearing in such films as "Duets," starring Gwyneth Paltrow, "Dear God," with Greg Kinnear, and "Junior," featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a television series regular on "Parker Lewis Can't Lose," and as the car-jack victim in the final episode of "Seinfeld." In 2005, Pinette took on the role of Edna Turnblad in the musical "Hairspray."

The 11th annual Tri-State Heart Walk from Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort to Harrah's and back will take place on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. For more information, call 928-758-5102.

The Second Annual Country Battle of the Bands will take place at the Colorado Belle's Center Circle Outdoor Event Area on March 31. Judged bands will compete for cash and prizes. The event is free to watch and to enter, call 1-800-789-2993. All band members must be at least 21 years of age.

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