COUNTRY STAR MERLE HAGGARD HEADLINES RIVERSIDE
Country music star Merle Haggard has earned a Grammy® and many CMA and ACM awards. Academy of Country Music has bestowed 18 awards on Haggard, including Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. Over his nearly six decade-long career, he has written hundreds of songs, more than 40 of which have made it to No. 1 on the charts. He will headline The E Center at the Edgewater on March 2. Tickets range from $25 to $80.
JOHNNY TILLOTSON STOPS AT AQUARIUS
Johnny Tillotson will perform three shows at the Aquarius on Feb. 25 and 26. With more than 100 chart entries internationally, he's had at least six No. 1 recordings including “Poetry in Motion,” and has recorded in five languages English, Japanese, German, Spanish and Italian. Tickets are $10 and $15.
While Tillotson was in college in Florida, he had his own TV program “The Velda Show.” After college, he moved to New York City and began singing his own compositions. His first Grammy nomination was “It Keeps Right on Hurtin’,” which went on to be recorded by more than 110 artists.
Tillotson, who is proud of being from Florida, is one of two inductees for 2011 into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame, which is one of the highest honors that the State of Florida bestows on an individual citizen.
MICKEY GILLEY WILL HEADLINE AT THE RIVERSIDE
Mickey Gilley will headline Don's Celebrity Theatre at the Riverside Feb. 21-26. He grew up alongside his two famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart and learned to play piano at an early age. His success unlike his cousin Lewis came later. With a partner, he opened Gilley's, which became the world's largest honky-tonk in 1971. It was at the club that Gilley started experiencing his first success when he released “Room Full of Roses.” By the mid-70s, his songs were hitting the country charts with regularity. Tickets are $38.
THE DIAMONDS HEADLINE AQUARIUS PAVILION
The Diamonds, a favorite foursome of the ‘50s, will appear at the Aquarius with their tight vocal harmonies and timeless Rock 'n' Roll hits on Saturday, March 3 at 5 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $15.
The Diamonds have had hit song favorites like “Little Darlin’,” which sold millions of copies in 1957, and has been described by many as the “National Anthem of Rock 'n' Roll.” The group's music trip down memory lane will include: “Blue Moon,” “At The Hop,” “Sherry,” “Day By Day,” “Splish Splash,” “Unchained Melody,” and “Lovin’ Feeling.” The Diamonds perform more than 200 days a year.
COUNTRY ROCK BAND ALABAMA VISITS LAUGHLIN
Southern country rock band Alabama will visit Laughlin on March 31 and perform at the Laughlin Events Park. This event is sponsored by the Laughlin Tourism Commission and tickets range from $45 to $100, visit ticketforce.com.
Originally known as Wildcountry, the group from Fort Payne, Alabama, was started in 1969 by frontman Randy Owen, who provides lead vocals and rhythm guitar and his cousin Teddy Gentry on backup vocals and bass. A short time later, they were joined by Jeff Cook as lead guitarist and keyboardist.
Alabama has found widespread success by appealing to many musical camps at once due to their combination of southern rock and traditional country music with a little gospel and pop thrown in as well. Based on their long experience with touring, Alabama has added production features like lighting and “sets” inspired by rock concerts into their touring shows. The band has had more than 30 top number one hit records on “Billboard” country charts, has sold more than 73 million records and albums worldwide and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
For their part in a Waylon Jennings tribute album, Alabama recently returned to the studio in 2010 to record a new single: “Are You Sure Hank Done It That Way.”
RAT PACK ERA COMES ALIVE AT THE RIVERSIDE
“The Rat Pack is Back!” tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop will visit the Riverside, Feb. 28-March 4. Tickets are $32.
This show features a stellar cast in a fast-paced theatrical musical play based on a night at the Sand's Hotel in Las Vegas, circa 1961. It's as if you turned back the clock half a century.
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AVI HOLDS RODEO AND BULL RIDING COMPETITIONS
The Mojave Crossing Event Center, which seats 3,000 fans, will be the new home for two PRCA rodeo events: the River Stampede Rodeo March 1-4; and the Fort Mojave Classic PRCA Xtreme Bulls March 23 and 24. The event center is located adjacent to the Avi Resort. The rodeo has been held for nearly 20 years in both Bullhead City and Laughlin.
More than 600 competitors will vie for more than $175,000 in prize money between the two events. The Bull Riding event will be broadcast to some 60 million homes on national television - Great American County.
On March 3, the “Gone Country Dance” with a country band playing for the dance party will take place from 9 p.m. – midnight. Tickets are $13 or two-for-one with an Avi Advantage Club card.
STAND OUT COMEDIANS ARE CENTER STAGE AT EDGEWATER
The ongoing “Comedy on the Edge” in the Inferno Nightclub/Edgewater Showroom highlights two stand-up comedians every Friday through Sunday at 7 p.m. Upcoming acts are Feb. 24 Brian McKim and Traci Skene; Feb. 25-26 Howard G. and Roy Haber; March 2 Bob Golub and Andrew Lisa; March 3-4-Rickey Shackleford and Zach Risen. Tickets are $10 at the Edgewater Casino Cage or the door.
Brian McKim scheduled on Feb. 24 was a semifinalist on NBC's “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. With his wife, comedienne Traci Skene, he created the WWW's magazine about standup comedy, SHECKYmagazine.com. He's appeared on ABC, Fox, A&E and VH-1, as well as on the nationally syndicated “Bob & Tom Show.”
Howard G. broke into comedy in the early 1990s. He's performed at “Showtime At The Apollo,” once as an amateur and two years later as a professional, and also on Russell Simmons' HBO “Def Comedy Jam” and BET's “Comicview.” He has performed for U.S. troops in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan and opened for Martin Lawrence, Jamie Fox, Kevin Pollock, Dave Chappell, Tommy Davidson, Yolanda Adams, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations, and Patti Labelle. His co-headliner at the Edgewater is Roy Haber.
RIVERSIDE FEATURES LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will visit the Riverside, March 6-11 with 7 p.m. shows. Tickets are $37.
More than 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career the unifying element has been music. There's no harmony quite as pure as family harmony.
HARRAH's BOOKS ‘DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN’
Broadway's longest running solo play in history, “Defending the Caveman,” is at Harrah's in the Fiesta Showroom March 15-29 at 8 p.m. The one-man play explores the husband and wife – male and female “gender gap” with humor and telling insight. Tickets are $25 and $35.
Caveman is hilarious and has won millions of fans. The play is about the ways men and women relate and appeals to both sexes. Couples are often seen affectionately nudging one other throughout the dialogue.
“Defending the Caveman” was written by Rob Becker over a three-year period during which he made an informational study of psychology, sociology and prehistory. Today more than 40 talented actors perform the record-breaking comedy worldwide.
NEWS CLIPS ABOUT LAUGHLIN EVENTS
The Tropicana will be holding monthly River Fund Slot Tournaments on the last Sunday of each month between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nevada time. The entrance fee is $10 or five cans of food. Top prize is $1,000 in Free Play.
The 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Riverwalk Festival featuring Southern cuisine, beverage booths and Cajun music by The Bayou Brothers will be held at the Riverwalk between the Colorado Belle and Edgewater, Feb. 24-26. Hours for this free event with food and beverages sold separately will be Friday 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday noon – 9 p.m. and Sunday noon - 6 p.m.
“Remember When” an antiques and collectibles show will be held in the Avi Grand Ballroom, Feb. 24-26. Vendors from all across the western United States will display vintage antiques and collectibles such as furniture, antique silver, jewelry, dolls and pottery. Admission is free and hours are Friday noon -5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This event is supported by the nonprofit River Valley Artist Guild.
A “St. Patrick's Day Festival” will be held March 16-18 on the Riverwalk between the Colorado Belle and Edgewater resorts. This event will feature Irish food, beverage booths and live music. Hours are Friday from 4-9 p.m., Saturday noon – 9 p.m. and Sunday noon - 6 p.m.
The Western Collectibles and Firearms Show will be held at the Edgewater's E Center, March 25-25. Exhibitors from across the United States will display antique and modern firearms, knives, hunting rifles, Indian artifacts, Old West memorabilia, and more. Hours on Saturday are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is $5.
The All Corvette Gambler's Classic Car Show sponsored by the Corvettes of Bakersfield is scheduled April 20-22 in the South Parking Lot at the Riverside. Approximately 300 Corvettes will be on display. There will be a dinner show for participants, poker run, vendors, and awards. The main car display will be open for public viewing Saturday 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. For information, visit corvettesofbakersfield.org
The “30th Anniversary of the Laughlin River Run” will take place April 25-29. The annual town-wide motorcycle run features vendors, events, shows, rides and more. For information, visit laughlinriverrun.com.
The Riverside features swing and country to ballroom and Latin dancing with the Tom & Sharon's Dance Party. Dancing takes place from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on certain Saturdays: Feb 25; and March 17 and 31. Admission is free. Dates with an asterisk mean Zumba parties are being held after the ballroom dance parties.
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