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Wayne Newton Headlilnes Aquarius, Blues & Brews Festival Set, Travis Tritt's Laughlin Debut, Riverside Presents Promotions, Avi Hosts Spring Market Extravaganza, Irish Happenings, Comedy Shop Laughs At River Palms, Date Change For Town Fest, More...


Jackie Brett
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The Aquarius will host a performance by Wayne Newton on Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m. in the Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater. The legendary headliner, a longtime Laughlin and Las Vegas favorite, will delight audiences with his energized presence. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for premium seating.

Newton's entertainment career started when he was only five years old. He was a seasoned veteran of radio and television by age 12, and by 16, he was a regular on the Las Vegas circuit. Newton is known for such memorable hits as Danke Schoen, Bill Bailey, Red Roses for a Blue Lady and Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast among many others.

A lineup of blues artists will set the stage for the music festival being held along the Colorado River when the annual Blues & Brews Festival returns to the Colorado Belle and Edgewater, March 21-23. Free, non-stop entertainment will be available all weekend long in the Colorado Belle's Center Circle. Blues bands will rotate throughout the day on the outdoor stage. Featured musicians will include John Earl and the Boogey Man Band, Lady "J" Huston, Brad Wilson, Michael Burks and Chris Hiatt.

Inside, the dynamic sound of the Ken Kirby Band will be heard in Laughlin's only micro-brewery, the Boiler Room, on Saturday night. Next door, the Edgewater will kick the music off on Thursday when Chris Hiatt performs a bluesy rock tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan in Kokopelli's Showroom. Then on Friday and Saturday nights, Lady J will join Hiatt in the intimate showroom and rock the house.

Blues & Brews attendees will also have an opportunity to get autographs and take photos with the ladies of Hawaiian Tropic on Saturday afternoon, before the sizzling model search begins on Saturday night. The competition is a festival favorite and free to the public ages 21 or older.

The outdoor event will include barbeque-style food and refreshing micro-brews. An assortment of retail vendors along the outdoor entertainment area will allow guests to bring home an event souvenir.

One lucky guest will ride home from the festival a winner on a new Harley Davidson motorcycle and have the opportunity to win their share of $10,000 in cash. ACCESS Players Club members will receive a free entry to win daily. Additional entries for the March 23 giveaways can be earned through slot, Blackjack and Poker play.

The two resorts are offering special Blues & Brews Festival room packages, starting at $122 plus tax for two-night hotel accommodations, two $10 dining vouchers and two souvenir t-shirts. Three night packages are also available, call 1-800-677-4837.

The Spring Market Extravaganza will be held in the South Parking Lot at the Avi Resort, March 7-23, with vendors selling all manner of merchandise and food daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Comedy Shop at the River Palms continues to rotate a noteworthy lineup of three stand-up comics weekly. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows, Monday through Saturday, are $14.95 and $19.95. Scheduled from March 3-8 are Greg Otto, Luke Torres and Ron Morey, and from March 10-15 Pam Matteson, Robert Sherwood and Gary Caouette.


The Aquarius will present Grammy® Award winner Travis Tritt in his Laughlin debut on March 29 during the 14th Annual Laughlin River Stampede PRCA Rodeo from March 27-30. The country music singer-songwriter and actor will perform at 8 p.m. at the 3,300-seat Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for premium seating, call 800-662-5825.

Tritt received his first guitar from his father at the age of three and began writing music while he was still in high school. By age 22, Tritt had committed himself entirely to developing a full-time music career. His breakthrough came with the release of his first album, Country Club, a platinum selling record from which five singles were released including his first No. 1 hit Help Me Hold On.

Tritt has since charted more than 30 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including five No. 1 singles such as Anymore, Can I Trust You With My Heart and Foolish Pride. Tritt has been featured in films that include 2001 Maniacs and Blues Brothers 2000. Tritt has received two Grammyr Awards, three Country Music Association™ Awards and is a member of the Grand Ole Opryr. Tritt continues to tour and record country music with his most recent album release, The Storm.

Tritt's Aquarius appearance will be followed by Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Sunday, April 13; Foreigner on April 18 and 19; Trace Adkins on Saturday, May 10; and the Pointer Sisters on Saturday, May 17.

Safeway gift cards are back during the month of March at Are Back During the Month Of Don Laughlin's Riverside. King of Clubs members are able to earn a $5 Safeway gift card for every 500 points earned at a single rate. The gift cards may be used toward any purchase of gasoline, groceries, gifts and more at any Safeway affiliated stores.

Also, for video poker players during March, the Riversdie is giving cash for every Royal Flush dealt in the Casino West. With maximum coin bet, players can receive Cash Bonus from quarter machines through five dollar machines and receive up to $750. Twenty-five cent players receive a cash bonus of $250, 50-cent receives $350, $1 receives $500, and $5 receives $750.

On March 17, The Magic of Ireland will feature an Irish dance and music production with two shows at 2 and 7 p.m. General admission is $12 and reserved is $15, call 800-585-3737.

It will be Irish Passion at the Riverside in Don's Celebrity Theatre, March 11-17, with Irish dance and music at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $32, call 800-227-3849, ext. 616.

A true Irishman, Pat O'Brien was born and raised in Ireland. He's performing his free variety show Tuesday through Saturday at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Splash Cabaret at the Aquarius. O'Brien started his career as a musician playing guitar with a rockabilly band. He studied music in Manchester, England and performed in Jesus Christ Superstar for years. O'Brien does impression, plays country music, blues, rock and roll, Elvis songs, a few Irish tunes, a little opera, and kids around with the audience. His guitar is hooked to a computer he's been using for 20 years that gives him endless musical possibilities.

The fifth annual Laughlin Town Fest that was supposed to be held March 6-9 has been moved to March 13-16. The event will be held at the Laughlin Town Center shopping center. Tickets for the carnival rides will be on sale at two locations in the center: Kruz N Kuts and TV2 KLBC. One ticket per day will allow for all rides on that day only. The parade down Needles Highway will take place at 10 a.m. PST on March 8. For information, call 702-298-2222.

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