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Red Hot Blues Returns To Colorado Belle, Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour Stampedes In, NASCAR Parties Heating Up, 'Country Music USA Live' At Ramada Express, Riverside Makes Entertainment Changes, Magician Harary Cancelled, India Pale On Tap, More...


Jackie Brett
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The Colorado Belle will be Rockin' on the River Wednesday, April 25 through Saturday, April 28, with a line-up of blues music and a bevy of beautiful Hawaiian Tropic contestants. The Belle's free entertainment slate will feature the return of the legendary blues singer and guitarist Michael Burks, The Nighthawks and Michele "Queen of Steam" Lundeen and her band. The ladies of Hawaiian Tropic will be competing for the titles of "Biker's Choice" and "Miss Hawaiian Tropic Laughlin," while modeling swimwear and biker styles.

Wednesday through Saturday in the outdoor Center Circle event area, entertainment will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This will be Burks' fifth year at the Rockin' on the River festivities and he has also headlined at the Colorado Belle's annual fall Blues & Brews Festival. The Nighthawks were founded in 1972, and they are one of the top musical acts to come out of the Washington, D.C. area.

Lundeen earned the title "The Queen of Steam" for her stirring vocals and electrifying stage presence. A powerful, soulful and versatile vocalist, Lundeen has a unique, incomparable style. Seasoned musicians and performers, Lundeen and her band effortlessly blend classic roadhouse blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, campy jazz and funky soul. Lundeen has shared the stage with dozens of nationally known blues and roots artists, including John Lee Hooker, Elvin Bishop, Savoy Brown and Queen Ida, gaining a reputation as a talented headliner in her own right. Her CD, "Song Inside Me," is a 2005 San Diego Music Award "Best Blues Album" nominee, and one of the Blues Foundation's 2006 "Best Self-Produced CD" final four.

There will also be plenty of interesting event vendors, food and beer at the event. Victory Motorcycles, a regular vendor at Colorado Belle, will preview their new street and touring bikes, the Victory Visions, two of the motorcycle industry's most anticipated bikes in 2008. For guests wanting to know all about the creation of Jack Daniel's, the Jack Daniel's Experience museum will also be located in the Colorado Belle vendor area. The events at Colorado Belle coincide with the annual spring bike run that draws thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country.

The national Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour presented by B&W Trailer Hitches will make its first-ever stop in Laughlin on April 14 and 15 at the Laughlin Event Center.

Forty of the world's top bull riders will converge on the river town to take their shot at a $60,000 purse. Laughlin will also welcome the meanest, rankest one-ton athletes in the world ... the bulls. All 40 riders will compete in a long-go at Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. performances. Following the long-go on Sunday, the top 12 will be immediately be brought back for the short-go, where the Laughlin champion will be crowned based on the highest average score.

Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $10 for children 12 and under; premium seating is available for $35, call 800-308-2253. The Laughlin Xtreme Bulls will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2.


Nine NASCAR parties are on tap at the Colorado Belle in 2007 in the property's Mardi Gras Room. Admission is $10 to each NASCAR 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 following races will be shown on big screen televisions: the Subway Fresh 500 on April 21; the Crown Royal 400 May 5; the Dodge Avenger 500 May 12; the Coca Cola 600 May 27; the Pepsi 400 July 7; the Sharpie 500 Aug. 25; the Nextel Cup Series 500 Sept. 2; the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sept. 8; and the Bank of America 500 Oct. 13.

"Country Music USA Live in Concert," the popular tribute show to some of country music's biggest stars, has returned to the American Heroes Pavilion Theater at the Ramada Express. The show features tributes to Garth Brooks, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Shania Twain. Concert dates are March 29-April 1, April 3-8, and April 13-18. Tickets are $19 for the 8 p.m. shows, call 800-243-6846. New Distinguished Players Club members who earn 50 points will receive two free show tickets.

Eric York performs as world-famous superstar Garth Brooks, Lynn McDaniel wows audiences with her impressions of Patsy Cline and Shania Twain, and Jason Petty pays tribute to Hank Williams.

A limited edition of 1,000 Colorado Belle "Spring Run" $5 gaming chips will be available for purchase at the casino's main cage and will also be circulated at the live table games during this year's annual River Run. The 2007 chips have a night scene of the Colorado Belle on one side and Jessica Settle, winner of the 2005 Miss Hawaiian Tropic Laughlin contest, on the opposite side.

The Riverside's entertainment schedule has a few changes. Magician Franz Harary has cancelled his May 2 - 6 engagement and a replacement has not yet been signed. Adding bookings include magician Aaron Radatz Aug 2 - 5 and singer Lynn Anderson Nov 28 - Dec 2.

The special Easter Brunch Buffet at Harrah's will be served from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fresh Market Square Buffet for $15.99 plus tax. The live-action cooking stations will offer a variety of Easter favorites surrounded by a seasonal décor of tasty chocolate bunnies, pastel yellow ducklings, jelly beans, and colorful Easter eggs.

Laughlin's only microbrewery, Colorado Belle's Boiler Room Brew Pub, features five great beers, ice cold and full of flavor. New on tap is India Pale Ale, or IPA-full bodied, light amber in color, 6.8 percent alcohol by volume and hopped with 100 percent simcoe hops. The beer will be available through April in the Boiler Room. More than 400 gallons of IPA are on tap. In addition, the brewery regularly produces golden ale, amber ale, stout, and pale ale with less hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness, and lower in alcohol than IPA.

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