BY VICKI TORRES
April 16, 2012
A Week of Car and Motorcycle Shows Heading to Laughlin
It’s going to be a busy month for car and motorcycle enthusiasts who have their pick on where to see some hot vehicles with several properties in town hosting shows. April 19-21, the Avi is headquarters for the “13th Annual River Cruizers Hot Rods & Harleys” car and motorcycle show. Highlighted will be a Show ‘n’ Shine featuring classics, muscle cars and bikes, a poker run and vendors. Live music will be on Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hours for the free show are Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to dusk and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. The same identical dates, April 19-21, the Trop will be home to the 25th annual “Gambler Classic River Run and Car Show” and sock hop in the north parking lot. At the Riverside Resort, April 20-22, you will see over 300 Corvettes on display during the All Corvette Gambler’s Classic Car Show sponsored by the Corvettes of Bakersfield. The primary car show for the public to view is Saturday, April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The vehicles will be displayed in six classes, C-1 through C-6. Other events include a Friday night dinner show, an afternoon Poker Run and a Saturday night awards ceremony and raffle for participants. For additional information on how to register, call (661) 809-6464 or visit www.corvettesofbakersfield.org.
Free Slot Play Giveaway and Free April Entertainment at Aquarius
Ace I PLAY card members are in for a bonus at Aquarius during their April Rains Free Slot Play Giveaway that is going on Monday, April 23 through Sunday, April 29. Just accumulate 5,000 points on your card and redeem them for $25 in free slot play. To participate in the giveaway, simply swipe your card at any kiosk and if you have earned the required points it will be automatically downloaded to your account. For some free entertainment with a no drink minimum, stop by Splash Cabaret April 20-21, 26-28 and listen to the Marshal Reign Band who will be onstage from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Riverside Resort Continues with Top Entertainment
Top entertainment continues at the Riverside Resort with Purple Reign-A Tribute to Prince playing April 17-19 with tickets available for $32. Locals receive a $5 discount. April 25-29, country favorite David Allen Coe stops by a five-night gig with tickets going for $34.50. For reservations, call (800) 227-3849. Big names will be on hand for Don Laughlin’s Riverside Amphitheater for the remainder of their 2012 Spring Concert Series. The Doobie Brothers take center stage Saturday, April 21 with tickets priced from $39. For some big laughs, comedian George Lopez closes out the series with his Saturday, May 12 gig. Prices for Lopez’ concert start at $55. Taxes are extra for all shows. For reservations, call (800) 227-3849, ext. 616 or purchase online at www.riversideresort.com. There is also discounted room/show packages offered for all concerts. For reservations, call (800) 227-3849 ext. 5546.
Spring Fling Blackjack Tournament and Month-End Table Games Sweepstakes Drawing at Tropicana
Two great promotions are set for the Tropicana this month, the first one being the $10,000 Spring Fling Blackjack Tournament April 20-22. There are two ways to enter, either pay the $50 entry or play 10 hours of tracked table games before April 19 and you are in the deal. Your entry includes a wild card drawing ticket and a mulligan gift. Register in the Special Events Area from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. At the end of the month, April 29, there will be a $5,000 Month-End Table Games Sweepstake. Trop Advantage members have until that date to earn one ticket for every $1 in rated table games. On the day of the drawing, April 29, swipe your card at the promotional kiosk. One $100 winner will be selected every 15 minutes from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and one $2,500 winner will have their name drawn at 8:30 p.m. The Last Chance Drawing for any unclaimed cash will be held at 9 p.m.
Thousands of Bikers Invading Town to Celebrate Laughlin River Run’s 30th Anniversary
One event in Laughlin that doesn’t need a lot of publicity is the upcoming annual River Run. This year, April 25-29, marks the 30th anniversary of this highly popular motorcycle gathering that expects to see over 50,000 bike enthusiasts showing off their hogs and taking part in a slew of activities such as stunt shows; motorcycle exhibits; custom bike shows; vendors selling bike related leather clothing and just about anything that can be attached to a motorcycle. There will be the yearly Miss Laughlin River Run contest and the motorcycle trek to Oatman, Arizona. Rooms for the annual River Run will again be at a premium, the town is always sold out. The Pioneer is one resort to have a special celebration for attendees at River Run. April 25-29, they once again present their 7th annual Carnivale, promising 5 days of non-stop partying with free outdoor entertainment including an appearance by the Evil Clowns, Ses Carny and Professor Chumley. Also, the Pioneer will host a burn-out pit, live music during the day and parties each night. Along with sexy girls, bikini bull riding, and mud wrestling, plenty of food and beverages will be available for purchase. To ride off into the sunset on your own bike, the second Friday of every month is “Bike Night Laughlin” from 7-9 p.m. at Bikini’s Sports Bar in the Preferred Outlet Center on Casino Drive. A bike will be on display and raffled off during the River Run. At the Avi, they also have a River Run related event, “Thunder on the River 2012” scheduled for April 26-29 from 9 a.m. to dusk. A variety of events including entertainment and vendors selling bike merchandise will take over the resort’s parking lot. Across the river at Harley Davidson Community Park in Bullhead City, “Bikefest” will be held April 25-29. Day and evening events include :Battle of the Bands,” Harley rides; classic car shows; performances by a drill team; beer garden; poker run,; vendors; and the main reason for coming out, a Harley Davidson giveaway.
Non-Stop Fun at Belle and Edgewater’s Rock, Blues, Bikes, Babes & Ice Cold Brews Event
In conjunction with the River Run, the Colorado Belle and Edgewater will be presenting their Rock, Blues, Bikes, Babes & Ice Cold Brews event April 25-28. The legendary Ted Nugent will rock out in Edgewater’s E Center on April 27 with tickets starting at $45. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors will perform on Saturday, April 28. General admission tickets begin at $45. More free live blues entertainment featuring Guitar Shorty, Preston Shannon, John Earl & The BoogieMan Band, Chris Hiatt & Gold Shot and The Bihlman Brothers will be showcased Thursday thru Saturday. To spice things up an enormous bar sponsored by the Hogs & Heifers Saloon in Las Vegas will feature dancing bartenders and go go dancers. On Saturday night the annual Bedroom Babes Contest will take place at the bar at 7 p.m. The Edgewater’s main entrance will feature a Mexican Cantina with bar and food plus twin DJ’s. Thursday-Saturday, the Inferno Nightclub will provide entertainment by the Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Good news here; no cover charge. More fun and another late night comes your way with the Belle’s Pints Brewery & Sports Bar, open 24 hours a day, featuring a DJ and go go dancers from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. The Colorado Belle’s Poker Room will host the annual Poker Run Saturday with registration 8-10 a.m. and the annual Custom Bike Show will takes over the Riverwalk Deck on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bike registration is 8 a.m.
Riverside Resort’s “Kangaroo Kash” Promotion Coming to a Close
Members of the Riverside’s King of Clubs Players Club have until April 30 to participate in “Kangaroo Kash,” a plush animal giveaway with a random prize that could pay up to $5,000 in cash. Players will receive one stuffed animal for every 1,000 tracked points earned. Attached to each loveable kangaroo is a tag with a winning prize for free buffets, hotel stays, prime rib dinners and cash ranging from $100 to the top prize of $5,000. There is a limit of five “Kangaroo Cash” rewards per day during the giveaway.
Harrah’s Brings Back King of the River Poker Tournament
The exciting King of the River Poker Tournament returns to Harrah’s April 20-22 with a $15,000 payout. A guaranteed $5,000 will go to the first place winner of the event. An entry fee of $99 and $39 room rate will get you into the deal. Poker tournament entries must be completed in the poker room on Friday, April 20 from 5p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. For additional information, call (800) 427-7247.
Englebert Humperdinck Takes Center Stage at The E Center
Four-time Grammy nominated Engelbert Humperdinck stops by the Edgewater’s 27,000-square foot E Center Saturday, April 21 for a one-night concert. Tickets are available at $25, $45, $55 and $75. To make this an unforgettable weekend, both the Edgewater and Colorado Belle have a couple of good show/packages that can be booked for his performance. The less expensive is priced from $184.99 that includes a two-night stay, Friday and Saturday, 2 general admission tickets to the concert, $20 in Dining Dollars, two free T-shirts, and two complimentary cocktails. Call (866) 352-3553 and ask for code: M-Engelbert. The second offer starting at $244.99 comes with all the above amenities but your seats are upgraded to premium status. For this package, call the same number but refer to code: M-Humperdinck. Other top acts confirmed to play the E Center include Paul Anka who will offer a special Mother’s Day weekend treat with his concert scheduled for May 12. Tickets begin as low as $35. Rounding out May’s entertainment line up is REO Speedwagon performing at The E Center May 26. Tickets are listed from $25. All concerts start at 8 p.m., with tickets available on line at www.edgewater-casino.com or at the resort’s Casino Cage.
Harrah’s Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater Welcomes Tony Bennett
Spend a night under the stars at Harrah’s Outdoor Rio Vista Amphitheater and see one of the greatest crooners in the world, Tony Bennett with special guest star Antonio Bennett, who happens to be his daughter, in a special concert Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $76, $66, $51 and $41 plus tax and fees. For reservations, call (702) 298-8510; Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit www.harrahs.laughlin.com.
Check with resorts for all current offers published. Hotels have all rights and can cancel or modify at anytime. On your drive up to Laughlin tune your radio to The Highway FM 98 & 99 for Bart Torres’ up-to-date Laughlin reports. GOOD LUCK!