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Harrah's Announces Fall Entertainment Schedule, Riverside Adds Three More Shows, The Boiler Room Offers After-Hours Entertainment, River Palms Comedy Shop Laughs Through September, Marriage License Bureau Moves, More...


Jackie Brett
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Harrah's is launching its 2007 fall entertainment series with performances by the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton in a double headline event, 70s power band Styx, and legendary B.B. King at the Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater. For tickets to all the shows, call 702-298-8510.

On Sun., Sept. 16, the stage will be set for an evening filled with hits by Grammy Award winners, the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton. Tickets start at $45.

The Doobie Brothers' music has been defined as blues, rock, country and jazz. Their hits, such as "Long Train Runnin'," "Black Water," "Takin' It To The Streets," and "China Grove" defy classification. The Doobie Brothers have been honored with multiple Grammy awards as well as numerous gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums.

Peter Frampton's 1976 album, "Frampton Comes Alive," put the artist on the forefront of the music industry. The phenomenally successful album featured hits such as "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Show Me The Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do." Following the release of that album, Frampton had a co-starring role in the Bee Gees feature film, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

In recent years, Frampton has toured and performed with artists such as David Bowie and Styx and released more than several albums. In January 2007, Frampton's acclaimed follow up, "Frampton Comes Alive II," debuted with 40 minutes of unreleased music. Frampton recently released his most successful album in nearly 20 years, "Fingerprints," which was awarded Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

Arena rock band, Styx will headline on Oct. 4. Tickets start at $35. The group was formed in 1972, and hit mainstream radio two years later with the epic ballad, "Lady" from their "Styx II" album. In 1976, the band released "Grand Illusion," which was an album that obtained platinum status. Their next album, "Pieces of Eight" quickly followed featuring "Renegade" and "Blue Collar Man." Through the years, the band has had a total of eight Top 10 hits, 16 Top 40 singles and 23 top 100 singles on the Billboard music charts.

Styx continues to rock the stage with other hits such as the techno "Mr. Roboto" and soft rock ballads that have stood the test of time as "Babe" and "The Best of Times." In 2005, Styx released "The Big Band Theory" as well as the compilation CD box set, "Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings."

The Harrah's fall concert series will close with a performance by legendary blues man, B.B. King, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Born Riley B. King in Itta Bena, Miss., on Sept. 16, 1925, King has been the face and sound of blues music for more than 40 years. The "King of Blues" has released more than 50 albums and produced classic hits such as "Three O'Clock Blues," "How Blue Can You Get," "Why I Sing The Blues" and popular crossover hit, "The Thrill Is Gone." In September 2005, in honor of his milestone birthday, King released "B.B. King & Friends - 80." In 2006, King earned his fourteenth Grammy Award for "B.B. King & Friends - 80" and saw his 1997 release, "Live at the Regal," inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


In January 2008, The Rat Pack will be back with shows from Jan. 15-26, and Ozark Jubilee will run from Jan. 29-Feb. 2. The Bellamy Brothers are on the roster for performances from April 29-May 4.

Another change is Ron Stubbs has moved his May date to April 9-13. Tickets for theses shows range from $22 to $30.

The Boiler Room Brew Pub at the Colorado Belle is introducing a new entertainment element to the river community. From 10 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August, DJ Magnum is entertaining audiences with his original "mash-ups," an exciting blend of several popular hits remixed into one. His diverse ethnic and musical background can be witnessed in the creative style on each of his tracks.

DJ Magnum kicks the weekend off early each Thursday night, which is Ladies Night in the Boiler Room with all ladies enjoying their first drink for free. And there are plenty to choose from, as the Boiler Room is Laughlin's only Micro-Brewery. In addition, there is a new dinner menu featuring wood-oven pizzas and Boiler Room brats to pastas and mesquite-grilled meats. There's no cover and no minimum.

The Comedy Shop is the featured show through September rotating a lineup of standup comics on a weekly basis. The lineup for the 9 p.m. shows Aug. 20-25 will feature John Knight, John Bizarre and Marc Patrick. Tickets are $14.95 and $19.95, call 866-448-7849.

Knight, with his high grade-point average and low-brow humor, discovered he literally that he was meant to be a career comedian. He started performing stand-up in his senior year of college, and dropped out nine credits short of his degree. Knight has appeared on Showtime's Comedy Club Network, Star Search and A&E's Comedy on the Road. Happily, he found a career where a bad attitude is rewarded.

As you probably already know from his numerous television appearances, Bizarre's animated face leaps from the screen with such riveting force that viewers often become concerned with whether or not he will require medical attention for strained eye and cheek muscles. In terms of energy on stage and laughs per minute, Bizarre is without peer and his breakneck pace coupled with his machine-gun delivery have made him a comedy club favorite.

Bizarre has been a guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC's "Friday Night," Fox's "comic Strip Live," A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and "Caroline's Comedy Hour, " as well as Showtime's "Comedy Club Network."

Patrick's style of humor is self-revelatory. Gifted with a sense of observation and a mountain of experiences to call upon, Patrick can handle any room. His ability to relate to many different audience types gave Patrick an advantage that quickly propelled him to headlining major clubs.

The Clark County Marriage License Bureau that is open daily has moved to its own office space inside the Laughlin Regional Government Center at 101 Civic Way. The phone number is 702-298-1097.

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