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Country music’s Crystal Gayle became a member of the Grand Ole Opry on January 21, of this year, an honor that most thought was long overdue. She wasn’t upset that the award was probably deserved years and years ago, she was just happy to be included in this “family” of country’s best artists extending back more than nine decades—a family that already included her sister, country legend Loretta Lynn.
What made the evening even more memorable for her was she received her award from Lynn.
Rick Thomas has been a staple of the Las Vegas magic scene for decades performing illusions on both the grand and small scale. At one time he followed the Siegfried & Roy animal train by utilizing tigers in his act but abandoned that route a few years ago to pursue a different direction with his magic. This direction lead him to a full time residency in Branson, Missouri, where he plays the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre and tours during the off-season, which is why he makes it to Harrah’s Laughlin for his current run, Wed-Sun, Feb 15-19.
The Colorado Belle and Edgewater kick off their tradition of holding outdoor festivals along the Riverwalk for the spring season with a “Mardi Gras Festival” on Fri-Sat, Feb 17-18 (2 p.m.-10 p.m.) and Sun, Feb 19 (noon-7 p.m.). Live zydeco music will flow from the Riverwalk Stage at the Loading Dock Bar & Grill thanks to two bands—Mark St. Mary and The Vegas Strip Kings. Cajun food and beverages will be served up at nearby booths. There is no charge to listen to the music; food and beverages are sold separately.
Oak Ridge Boy Duane Allen is the direct link between the long-time Oak Ridge Quartet vocal group that performed gospel in the 1940s and the one that took the calculated move into the realm of country music during the ’70s. Allen joined the Quartet in 1966 as the lead singer, marking more than 50 years with the group last year.
It was Allen, along with William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban, who breathed new life into the old quartet and propelled the group further into the pages of musical history than even they could have imagined. During that evolution, they changed their image and their gospel heritage and took on more of a modern pop country sound.