Free Boulder Blues series continues Thursdays at Railhead

January 29, 2001 6:52 AM
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The popular free Boulder Blues series, featuring some of the country’s best blues entertainers, continues from 8-11 p.m. Thursdays at Boulder Station’s Railhead.

Master guitarist Duke Robillard is featured on Wednesday. He is a founding member of Roomful of Blues, formed in 1967, as well as a guitarist who in 1990 replaced Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Between stints with the two bands, Robillard’s solo career found him exploring adventurous territory, dipping into blues, rockabilly, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, creating a unique fusion of American roots music. He also was lead guitarist for rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, a member of the Legendary Blues Band; and the founder of the Duke Robillard Band, which evolved into Duke Robillard & the Pleasure Kings.

His latest CD, Explorer, released in mid-2000, includes musical styles ranging from country, rock and hard-core R&B to smoky Latin jazz and "swingin’-down-to-the-bone-blues."

"Legends" Star Brings Her Liza Tribute To Imperial Palace

The long road from tap dance lessons at age four to the stage of the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, has been an exciting one for Suzanne Goulet. She recently joined "Legends In Concert" at the Imperial Theatre with her incredible look- and sound-alike performance of Liza Minnelli.

Opening the show nightly, Goulet strolls through some of Minelli’s big hits, including "Cabaret," "Steppin’ Out" and "New York New York," before turning over the stage to the other fabulous "Legends." She joins an incredible cast that features Steve McCoy as the hip-swivelin’ Tom Jones; the "Material Girl," Madonna, played by Melissa Totten; William Bostick as "The Gloved-One," Michael Jackson; the smooth Motown grooves of the Temptations as portrayed by TRIBUTE; and, of course, the "King of Rock ‘n’ Roll" Elvis Presley, brought to life by Graham Patrick. All the stars of an ever-rotating cast of "Legends" are backed by a live on-stage orchestra and use their own voices — no lip-synching.

"Legends In Concert" rocks the Imperial Theatre twice nightly, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., except Sundays. Tickets are $34.50 for adults, including tax, tip and two drinks. Children 12 and under are $19.50.

Engelbert Humperdinck Romances the Crowd

Engelbert Humperdinck, a legend in the international music industry for 30 years, brings romance center stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Feb. 1-7 at 9 p.m. in the 650-seat Hollywood Theatre.

Tickets, priced at $51.50 inclusive, can be purchased at any MGM Grand ticket outlet. Call MGM Grand Reservations toll free at (800) 929-1111 or (702) 891-7777. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.mgmgrand.com.

Englebert Humperdinck has sold over 130 million records worldwide, earned 64 gold records, 23 platinum records and a Golden Globe Award in 1988 for "Entertainer of the Year." His current CD, "The Dance Album," is his first album in the dance genre. Released by the red-hot dance label Interhit Records, the album features newly recorded dance versions of six of Humperdinck’s greatest hits along with five original songs.

He’s best known as a romantic balladeer, but has gained hip credibility in recent years, recording "Lesbian Seagull," which appeared on the soundtrack for the 1996 movie, Beavis and Butthead Do America. The song was well received by radio and the video played in heavy rotation on MTV. Humperdinck’s single "Release Me," sold a million copies in the UK alone, dominated the No. 1 spot for five weeks and most remarkably, prevented the Beatles from reaching the top with "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" in the United Kingdom. The single also reached No. 4 in the Billboard Top 200.

Don Rickles Signs Deal With Stardust

Don Rickles, a mainstay on Las Vegas Strip marquees for nearly four decades, will continue his amazing success story in the resort city as a headliner at the Stardust Resort and Casino. The comedian has signed with the Stardust to appear in a series of exclusive Las Vegas appearances through 2002. His first engagement in the resort’s Wayne Newton Theater will be Feb. 2-3.

Wayne Newton, who appears at the Stardust 40 weeks a year, was instrumental in formulating the Rickles agreement. The singer and the comedian have been friends throughout their careers. Both received their first significant exposure in Las Vegas. They have reigned as two of the city’s foremost entertainment attractions since the 1960s. Appearing with Rickles in his initial engagement will be singer-impressionist Bob Anderson. Call the Stardust box office at (702) 732-6325.