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Latest News, Deals & Savings for May 4

This week: Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience plans summer-long free concerts celebrating 1969, boat rentals underway at Oregon’s Loon Lake, and Wilderness River Adventures offering river rafting trips on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon.

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Fremont Street Experience Presents "Summer of '69: Vegas or Bust"

Fremont Street Experience takes Las Vegas back 40 years this summer with the "Summer of '69: Vegas or Bust" festival and concert series beginning Memorial Day weekend.

The celebration offers tourists and residents a summer full of free concerts by major iconic bands from 1969, including The Guess Who, Blood Sweat & Tears, Rare Earth, Janis Joplin's Original Band Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Grass Roots, Jefferson Starship, The 5th Dimension, Canned Heat and Three Dog Night.

Fremont Street Experience will transform itself for the 40th anniversary of 1969 by taking visitors back to the legendary year. The "Summer of '69: Vegas or Bust" event series kicks off Memorial Day weekend and continues 108 days through Labor Day weekend.

All summer long, themed nightly entertainment will also include cover bands and tribute artists, theatrical performances with costumed entertainers, new Viva Vision shows paying tribute to the year 1969 and special guest appearances. All concerts and entertainment are free to the public.

"We invite everyone to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic and influential year 1969," said Fremont Street Experience President Jeff Victor. "Fremont Street Experience is presenting an impressive line-up of major music artists from 1969 to the public at no cost. It will be a groovy summer of music, entertainment and lots of fun. With downtown Las Vegas consistently offering great deals on rooms, dining and entertainment, there is no better vacation spot to have a great time at a great value."

Memorial Day Weekend: Celebrate & Remember brings a military tribute to Fremont Street Experience and kicks off the "Summer of '69: Vegas or Bust" event series. The event begins Saturday, May 23 and goes through Monday, May 25 and will honor past and current members of the military who have served the United States. Special guest performers include The Guess Who on Saturday, May 23 and Blood, Sweat & Tears on Sunday, May 24.

Vegas Groovy Cruise drives into Fremont Street Experience Friday, June 5 until Sunday, June 7 and features classic cars plus muscle cars from 1969 on display. Rare Earth and Bill Haley's Comets will both perform concerts on Saturday, June 6.

American Pie 4th of July commemorates Independence Day weekend from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 and highlights Fremont Street Experience's Viva Vision show, Don McLean's American Pie." Headline concerts will feature Janis Joplin's Original Band Big Brother & The Holding Company on Friday, July 3 and The Grass Roots on Saturday, July 4. The evening of the 4th of July will also showcase a brilliant virtual fireworks show on the Viva Vision canopy.

One Giant Leap: 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing will mark the historic event of mankind, commemorating the launch of Apollo 11 on Thursday, July 16, the landing on the moon on Monday, July 20, then splashdown back on Earth. Special ‘moon landing' concerts will feature Jefferson Starship on Saturday, July 18 and The 5th Dimension on Saturday, July 25.

Woodstock TributePalooza: 40th Anniversary of Woodstock will relive that historic music festival from August 1969. Fremont Street Experience will bring the best tribute artists from around the country to Las Vegas to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Joe Cocker, The Grateful Dead and others from Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16. They will take the crowd back to the heyday of true feel-good music.

Labor Day Weekend: End of Summer, What a Bummer Bash will close the summer concert series the weekend of Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7. Highlighting the weekend will be concerts by Canned Heat on Saturday, Sept. 5, and Three Dog Night on Sunday, Sept. 6.

All events are free and open to the public. For complete information, go to

Oregon Boat Rentals at Loon Lake Open for the Season

After a highly successful first year, the second season of Oregon boat rentals for water sports fun has begun at Loon Lake Watersports.

"Demand was so strong last season that Loon Lake Watersports added another pontoon boat and jet ski rental," Jeff Schweiterman, the manager for Loon Lake Watersports, noted. "The boat rentals and jet ski rentals in Oregon were usually booked up every weekend. The pontoon boat was a favorite among families and groups and the jet skis were a hit with the people that liked the excitement."

The marina is located at Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort in the Cascade Range, just a few miles from the central Oregon Coast and a 90-minute drive from Eugene. Waverunners, jet skis, water ski boats, pontoon boats, fishing boats, and an assortment of kayaks and canoes are available for rent by the hour or day. "We had a number of families last year that rented a different type of boat or jet ski each day of their vacation," added Schweiterman.

Whether you choose to experience the exhilaration of a jet ski or ski boat ride or the relaxation of a family pontoon boat ride, you will find that this Oregon boat rental facility will provide you with the watercraft of your choice.

The marina also rents water skis, kneeboards, so if you have your own boat, you can launch at the marina and rent the accessories. The wind-protected waters of beautiful Loon Lake also provide the environment for hours of exploring the two-mile long lake and feeder creek in the available canoes, kayaks, fishing and paddleboats.

Loon Lake Lodge also offers overnight Cabin and Cottage accommodations as well as budget stays at one of the finest Oregon Coast RV Parks with spaces for waterfront tent camping too (
www.loonlakerv.com/lodging.html). For an Oregon vacation you can choose lake view cabins and cottages with full kitchens or motel rooms nestled in the Douglas fir tree forest.

For information on the boat rentals in Oregon or accommodations at Loon Lake Lodge, visit
www.loonlakerv.com/ or call (541) 599.2244.

Wilderness River Adventures Offers Cataract Canyon Rafting

Wilderness River Adventures is now offering river rafting trips on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park.

The new white water rafting trips by Wilderness River Adventures take visitors into the heart of Cataract Canyon which lies deep within Canyonlands National Park located in Southeast Utah.

The expeditions start at Potash, just south of Moab, and traverse a total of 96 miles through Cataract Canyon, all the way to Hite Marina on Lake Powell. Along the journey, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of sculpted sandstone, hike to ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings to view primitive petroglyphs and granaries, and experience a unique blend of calm waters and exciting rapids all wrapped into one.

"Cataract Canyon offers some of the premier white water rapids of the west, making trips down this part of the Colorado River a once-in-lifetime experience. These two, four and five day trips offer an excellent alternative for those who cannot commit to our longer trips in the Grand Canyon," said Breck Poulson, General Manager at Wilderness River Adventures.

Visitors can choose between motorized or oar expeditions and each of the trips include all meals and camping gear. The rafting trips through Cataract Canyon can accommodate children as young 10 years of age. Wilderness River Adventures has more than 50 years of experience with all river rafting guides being CPR certified as well as Wilderness First responders.

Availability is limited. For information on 2009 schedules and pricing, visit

Wilderness River Adventures, managed by ARAMARK, is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, providing visitors with a variety of awe-inspiring journeys on the Colorado River.