Las Vegas was built on chances and challenges—from everyday people taking a chance on a slot machine to casinos taking chances on entertainers.
Years ago, Wayne Newton was given such a chance and changed a one-hit wonder (“Danke Schoen”) lounge singer into a headliner…and eventually, “Mr. Las Vegas.”
Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield were a perfect match—vocally, artistically, attitudinally. When the two joined their voices they made magic. It was only natural they would form an act that was a sure winner. That act was The Righteous Brothers, and beginning in the early ’60s, they ruled a good chunk of the top of the charts, variety shows and radio waves.
The Laughlin event calendar kicks off each year with a hot and spicy attitude thanks to an annual pair of chili cook-offs held at the Golden Nugget Laughlin. These are not small time cook-offs but rather International Chili Society (ICS) sanctioned events that kick off that organization’s cook-off year. This means the winners here get to be among the first to advance to the ICS World Championships to be held in October. The two Golden Nugget cook-offs are the Laughlin Regional Chili Cook-Off held on Sat, Jan 14, and the Nevada State Chili Cook-Off on Sun, Jan 15. Both take place in the Golden Nugget’s front parking lot.
According to Dawn Nehf, who along with her husband Gary, organizes the events, the level of competition will once again be high with about 60 cooks pitting their best chili recipes—both red and green—against each other.
A couple of the first inroads the Baby Boomers made on the American music scene were Elvis and folk music. Elvis, of course, means rock and roll and all the ramifications that implies—from rockabilly on down to heavy metal. Folk music means The Kingston Trio and on to Bob Dylan, Woodstock and the Americana music scene of today (as well as around the world).
Once these two elements of music were embraced by the Boomers, all the doggies in the windows and sugar in the morning were done. The sweet pop tunes of the early ’50s that served as a saccharin image of the post WWII times had run their course. Sex laden tunes and songs with a social conscience entered the scene.