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Toby Keith Throws It Down, 60'S Pop Rock Reunion Groovy, Sting and Annie Lennox Team Up, Peter Frampton Alive & "Now", Tracy Lawrence Rocks Silverton, Cannery Turns Reggae Man, Christina Aguilera Cancels, Hawaiian Luau In Swing, Maria Shriver Interviews Roy Horn, Mac King Piemaker, More...

Jackie Brett
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Country superstar singer-songwriter Toby Keith, who has dominated the country music scene for the past year-and-a-half with two albums earning multi-platinum certification, will bring his "Big Throwdown" tour to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, Aug. 27. Tickets are $45, $65 and $85 plus tax, call 702-632-7540.

Keith's current release, "Shock 'n Y'all" was certified triple platinum and his previous album, "Unleashed" was quadruple platinum. The Los Angeles Times' list of top-earning entertainers ranked Keith as the top ranked country superstar at No. 4 with a combined album sales and concerts grossing $106.6 million for the year. Pollstar Magazine had Keith as the second top ticket seller, second only to Bruce Springsteen.

The unforgettable 60's music will come alive when the "60's Pop Rock Reunion" takes the Aladdin Theatre stage on May 22. Performers will include Tommy James & The Shondells, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, The Buckinghams, Chad and Jeremy and The Grass Roots. Tickets range from $36.85 to $57.85, call 702-785-5000.

Tommy James & The Shondells made the summer of '66 memorable with the anthem "Hanky Panky," which was the million-selling radio smash hit that launched their 35-year career. The group has accumulated 23 gold singles such as "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and "Crimson & Clover."

Herman's Hermits have sold 52 million records including 24 gold hits and lead the pack during the "British Invasion" with tunes like "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter," and "I'm Henry VIII, I Am." Peter Noone is a classically trained singer, actor and dancer who has starred on Broadway in "Pirates of Penzance."

The Buckinghams took America by storm with the release of their first single "Kind of a Drag" in 1966 and thrust five young musicians into pop rock stardom.

British pop duo Chad & Jeremy first appeared on the American music scene during the "British Invasion" in 1964. The childhood friends are best known for their hits "Yesterday's Gone" and "A Summer Song."

The Grass Roots was initially created in 1965 as the brainchild of songwriters and producers Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan. In late 1968, the band had their first hit and gold record with the song "Midnight Confessions."

Sting and Annie Lennox are teaming up for the "Sacred Love" tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 24. Tickets are $58, $93 and $148, call 702-891-7777 or Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

Guitar great Peter Frampton will rock the Aladdin Theatre on Saturday, June 4. His latest releases are "Now," and the 25th anniversary special edition DVD-Audio of his breakthrough album, "Frampton Comes Alive. Tickets are $68.35, call 702-785-5000.

311 and The Roots will headline at the Orleans Arena on June 23. Tickets are $37, call 702-284-7777.

Chaka Khan will sing at the House of Blues on July 17. Tickets are $35, $50 and $65, call 702-632-7600.

Country music superstar Tracy Lawrence with perform his biggest hits and newest singles on stage at The Hideaway Showroom in the Silverton on May 22. Tickets are $19.99, call 1-866-946-4373 or 702-914-8557.

Lawrence rocketed to fame early in his career with the release of his debut album, "Sticks and Stones," in 1991 that spawned an incredible four Top 10 country hits and eventually went platinum. His second album, "Alibis," in 1993 promptly sent four singles straight to the top of the charts. In 1996, he released his most commercially successful album "Time Marches On," which reached double-platinum status and earned many music award nominations.

With the release of Lawrence's newest album, "Strong," he is back touring the country.

The Cannery in North Las Vegas at the corner of Craig and Losee roads will hold a One Love Reggae Fest on May 15-16 from noon to 10 p.m. at The Club indoor/outdoor festival grounds. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, call 702-617-5550. Children 10 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

The musical line-up on Saturday includes Trinity, Stan Rankin T. with Meshack, Unity Crew, Detour posse, and headliner Fiji with Bonafide. Sunday's entertainment includes Bonafide, GDB, Mongoose, The Debonaires and headliner Frankie Paul (The Stevie Wonder of Jamaica).

The festival will include an international food and craft fair with cuisine and arts indigenous to Hawaii and the Caribbean including Irie Rasta Clothing, Jamaican Lifestyle Clothing, Island Tribal Airbrush Tattoo Artists, Cultural Dimensions African Art and Native American Rock Readers.

The Rio, a subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., has discontinued negotiations with Voyager Entertainment International, Inc., to build a gigantic observation wheel at the property.

The upscale five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel company has announced plans and a desire to build a hotel on the Strip that would include about 300 rooms, as well as a residential component. The property hasn't been acquired yet. Nevada's only current Ritz-Carlton property is at Lake Las Vegas, which opened in February 2003.


An interesting observation is the money lavished on non-gaming attractions is increasing annually. It was unthinkable act some six years ago when Steve Wynn spent nearly $100 million to produce "O" before it even opened. Now the MGM and Cirque du Soleil are investing more than $130 million in the project that will have a custom-built showroom and debut at the MGM later this year.

Meanwhile at Wynn Las Vegas, Steve Wynn's mega-resort being built on the site of the old Desert Inn, former Cirque du Soleil director Franco Dragone is crafting an entertainment piece that will also have a custom-built, 2000-seat showroom with water surrounding the audience -- above, below, even around the seats. Also, the farthest seat will be 40 feet from the stage, compared with the 100-plus feet that are typical at other showrooms. Development costs hover around $100 million.

It's also been announced that the remaining tower from the Desert Inn will be imploded by the end of October. The planned opening of Wynn Las Vegas is one year away: April 28, 2005.

The dynamic married duo of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme returned to the Strip for the first time since closing the Caesars Palace showroom in 2000. This columnist can tell you that they played to sold out audiences at the Stardust and turned in stellar performances reminiscent of the entertainment that put Las Vegas on the map. If they return, it is one show that is a total "must-see."

Christina Aguilera has been forced to cancel her North American tour due to strained vocal chords. Her 28-city tour with special guest Chingy was scheduled to kick-off on May 13 with a stop planned in Las Vegas at the Aladdin on May 21.

The seasonal Imperial Hawaiian Luau at the Imperial Palace started up a few weeks ago. Every Thursday and Thursday evenings doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Strip's only luau is held poolside and features an all-you-can-eat buffet and authentic Polynesian revue.

Genie & Richard, "The Exotic Hypnotic's" celebrated their first anniversary at the Riviera's Le Bistro Theater on April 30. They have an 11:30 p.m. adult late show. The couple instituted an innovattive promotion last month where they buy each person who purchases a general or VIP ticket to their show two drinks. They actually purchase the drink vouchers and give them out as patrons enter the theater.

The Wild Wild West will be hosting pool parties on the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m.. May 20 -Sept 16. WWW will also host two indoor summer parties: May 23 from 1 to 6 pm, featuring the Moaning Blacksnakes and other local blues bands, and July 10 from 7 to 10 pm, featuring the Jennifer Hartswick band. For information, call 702-740-0000.

NBC's Maria Shriver, the wife of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, will host a 90-minute special in September that will be the first interview with Roy Horn since his near-fatal mauling during the Siegfried and Roy show at The Mirage. Shriver's special will air before the new fall prime-time show "Father of the Pride," a computer-animated series featuring Siegfried & Roy's white lions.

The legendary Canter's Deli is now open at Treasure Island (TI). Direct from Los Angeles, the full-service, 125-seat restaurant features the famed Canter's original corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, homemade pickles, plus other Canter's favorites, including the signature barley bean soup, New York cheesecake and famous chocolate chip race track cake. Canter's Deli is open 24 hours daily.

Waverly's Steakhouse, located inside the Cannery in North Las Vegas, has introduced three new low carbohydrates meals to its menu. The new entrees equal less than 15 grams of carbohydrates and include a grilled 12 ounce New York Steak, Grilled Orange Roughy and Roasted Chicken. Each entrée is available from 5-7 p.m. for $14.95.

Seating capacity at Waverly's Steakhouse is 125 and a private room with seating capacity of 28 is available for events and buy-outs Sunday through Thursday. The décor features dark wood tones complemented by oversized still life paintings, reminiscent of a 1940's-style plant manager's wood-paneled office.

Comic magician Mac King, the afternoon headliner at Harrah's, is sharing his favorite signature Kentucky Derby pie recipe in spirit of the famous event. King, a native of Kentucky, along with long time friend Lance Burton, both enjoy cooking his favorite dessert this time of year, and warns that it quickly disappears from the table when served.

King's Kentucky Derby Pie recipe calls for:

  • one deep dish frozen pie shell
  • one cup of sugar
  • half of a cup of flour
  • two eggs
  • one stick of melted butter
  • six ounces of chocolate chips
  • one cup of pecan pieces
  • one teaspoon of vanilla
  • whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, in a bowl, slightly beat the eggs together with vanilla, then dump in the rest of the ingredients (except whipped cream) and stir them thoroughly together. Pour the entire mix into the pie shell. Put in the oven for about 45 minutes.

Mac King advises to not let the pie get too brown or be too liquid. Juggle the pie a little to test whether it is done. Try to pull it out of the oven just before it's completely firm and serve it with generous helpings of whipped cream.

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