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John Lamb, Published November 19 2009

Weeked Watch: Rodney Carrington and Native American Music Festival

Tonight and Saturday

Area casinos have stepped up their entertainment schedules lately. Last week Shooting Star, in Mahnomen, Minn., had ZZ Top, and next week Dakota Magic, in Hankinson, N.D., hosts “Reservation Sensation,” comedian J.R. Redwater. This week both venues have hot tickets. Rodney Carrington made a name with his comedy and parlayed that into a sitcom and a role in Toby Keith’s “Beer for My Horses.” The Texan will likely deliver musical stand-up from his new disc, “El Nino Loco,” when he plays Dakota Magic tonight, but may mix in some holiday tunes from his other new disc, “Make It Christmas.” Show starts at 8. Tickets are $40. (800) 325-6825.

Dakota Magic isn’t the only one that’s gone country. Shooting Star’s Native American Music Festival on Saturday features headliner “Big” Kenny Alphin, half of country duo Big & Rich and rising Nashville singer Crystal Shawanda. The event, hosted by singing comedians Williams and Ree, also has the blues with sets by rocking trio Indigenous, led by guitar star Mato, and Derek Miller. The music starts at 4 p.m. with tickets from $15 to $45. (800) 313-7469.