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Colgate Country Showdown Contest, Charo Returns In '09, Sonny Turner Headlines, Mixed Martial Arts Fights On, Pirates Aboard Inner-Tubes, Jeff Wayne On Stage, Dan Horn Plays With Cast, Show Honors The Blues Brothers, More...


Jackie Brett
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Aspiring country music artists are preparing for the 27th Annual Colgate Country Showdown being held at the The Dance Club at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort on June 19 at 6 p.m. Highway Country radio will host their 10th local division of one of the world's largest country music talent searches and radio promotions in the nation with 400 radio stations participating across the nation. The competition is free show to view and attend.

Individuals acts will compete for wonderful prizes, including a weekend trip to Laughlin and an opportunity to perform at the state competition at the Yavapai County Fair in Prescott, Ariz., on Sept. 20. State winners vie for $1,000 in cash prize and will advance to a regional competition in the fall. The five regional winners are awarded an all expense paid trip to the National Final where they will compete for the $100,000 Grand Prize and the National Title.

The Colgate Country Showdown gives aspiring country music artists in America a chance to launch their professional careers. Audiences may be seeing, hearing and applauding one of the next country music stars!

The incomparable Charo has booked more dates Feb. 10-15, 2009, at the Riverside.

Sonny Turner, the former lead singer for The Platters will headline at the Tropicana Express in The Pavilion Showroom on June 14. Tickets are $25 and $35.

The bloody sport of Mixed Martial Arts will be at the Aquarius Pavilion on June 28.

The Pirates of the Colorado River Regatta with shouts of "Shiver Me Timbers" will echo over the waterways of the Colorado River on Aug. 16, as thousands of would-be pirates invade the area for the bi-state inner-tube regatta. The fun begins Friday night at the Bullhead Community Park where contestants can air up their tubes, grab a bit of "grog and grub" at the Plank Bar and pick up souvenirs, for the land-lubbers they left at home, at the Pillage Shop. Outdoor enthusiasts from both sides of the River will race on pirate decorated inner-tubes along with kayaks, and non-motorized decorative parade-style floats. The finish line and awards ceremonies are slated for Rotary Park located on the Bullhead City shoreline. The entry fee is $12 for adults and $6 kids ages 8-18.

Next on the schedule at Harrah's will be The Bluzmen: A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, June 14-18. Performances are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Tickets start at $22.95, call 702-298-8510.

Performers Eric Martin and Carmen Romano bring spirit and life to The Bluzmen: A Tribute to the Blues Brothers. The original Blues Brothers were portrayed by actor-comedians, Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues and the late John Belushi as Jake "Joliet" Blues. Martin and Romano's Bluzmen begin their journey as the Blues Brothers with their opening rendition of I Can't Turn You Loose. The blues musical ride continues with their zany performance as the "Killer Bees" buzzing the tune I'm The King Bee, harmonizing on Sweet Home Chicago and rocking the stage with Soul Man and Shout. Dressed in Rayban sunglasses and black suits, this duo showcases the original choreography as well as a few moves of their own.

For more than 10 years, Martin and Romano have brought the Blues Brothers to life across the stages of the United States, Europe and Asia. They have appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Entertainment Tonight as well as the Legends in Concert show in Las Vegas.


The River Palms Comedy Room continues delivering laughs with a rotating weekly lineup of stand-up comics. All of the comics featured in the club are veterans of one or more national venues with appearances on HBO specials, Comedy Central, Premium Blend, The Tonight Show, The Late Show, and more. All are regulars on the comedy club circuit in the main metropolitan areas of the country. Jeff Wayne, Dan Horn and Nancy Ryan will appear at the River Palms the week of June 17-21. Tickets are $14.95 and $19.95, call 866-448-7849.

"Big Daddy" Jeff Wayne is described as having a face borrowed from Fred Flintstone and a brain like Al Bundy. He has an act! His comic persona is a man out of sync with the universe; he uses visual and verbal routines, impersonations, ad-libs, and joshing with the audience.

Jeff Wayne

Bitten by the show business bug at 14, Wayne's career first took him to New York City, then The Comedy Store in Hollywood and comedy clubs in the United States and Europe. He's appeared as an opening act for stars like Sheryl Crow, Sheena Easton, and B.B. King and also on television. In 1994, he wrote a one-man show, Big Daddy's Barbeque, and made the leap to theater. The show was made as a pilot for NBC. Since the pilot, Wayne has toured with the show for the last 10 years, performing it more than 1,000 times. He also has five nationally-released CDs.

Wayne has just written and appears in a documentary about cruise ship comedians called Ship Happens. Directed by Ted Lange (the former Isaac of the Love Boat), the project is now in post-production and is hoped to be ready for the fall film festivals. "Big Daddy" is the divorced father of three, lives in a house full of dogs and plays a bad game of golf. He is a collector of rare show business memorabilia.

Dan Horn is the recipient of the 1993 International Ventriloquist of the Year Award. Comedian/ventriloquist Horn and his cast of "several" create the impression of an ensemble troupe. When "they" take the stage, it's hard to keep in mind that it's a one-man show.

Dan Horn

Horn's resume of national television appearances include Showtime, Comic Strip Live, Stand Up Spotlight and Vicki! where one of his characters referred to Vicki Lawrence as Oprah. In the campus market, Horn and company have received some impressive nominations: 1994 and '95 Entertainer of the Year, Best Comedy, Best Male Performer - by Campus Activities Today Magazine and 1993, '94 and '95 Entertainer of the Year from NACA.

Nancy Ryan has become one of the top female comedians working today. The original "Jersey Girl," Ryan takes the stage with a vengeance; attacking a multitude of topics. Always playing on neutral ground, she never takes the female or male side of an issue. Instead she focuses on the middle ground, making her comedy reach a much larger audience. Ryan wears her heart on her sleeve and her sarcasm is apparent with every punch line and story. She hits hard and fast and leaves no stone unturned. From being a professional figure skater to the woes of divorce to alcoholism...the list goes on.

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