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Vegas act revives top performers

The show is tonight at Rock Crusher Garden Pavilion. Later at the venue: a rollicking stage show and a Big Band Series.

Singer Gary Edwards brings his Las Vegas show to the Rock Crusher Garden Pavilion tonight for a musical show covering six decades of songs.

As part of his act, Edwards performs a tribute to the legends of music with impressions of the chart-topping hit songs by Elvis, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton and many others.

But Edwards also shines as a performer in his own right, with versions of As Time Goes By, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Memory, from the Broadway musical Cats. He also performs rock hits from the '50s by Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and the Platters.

The show is from 7 to 10 p.m. and admission is $5. The pavilion is a 20,000-square-foot structure with a restaurant, tables, dance floor, radiant space heaters and full-service bars. It is at 275 S Rock Crusher Road on the grounds of Rock Crusher Canyon Amphitheater. Call 795-1313.

On Saturday, the Mickey Finn Band takes the stage at the pavilion, performing its rollicking stage show. Bandleader Mickey Finn on piano and his musicians cover a wide range of music, from Dixieland to Broadway. The show is from 7 to 10 p.m. and admission is $5.

Singer Don Cherry, known for the hit Band of Gold, performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Admission is $5.

Also this month, a Big Band Series kicks off, bringing three great swing bands to the pavilion.

Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians will bring their show to the pavilion Feb. 11. The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform March 2 and Myron Florence, accordion player for the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, will perform March 10.

Each Big Band Series concert will feature shows at 4 and 6:30 p.m. The early show is a concert only and admission is $15. The evening show includes a prime rib, chicken or swordfish dinner and costs $35.