St. Patrick’s Day in Laughlin
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Monday this year and the appearance of Reba McEntire on Saturday, March 15 (see page 6), there is a bit of cross pollinating of country theme parties with traditional Irish parties on a weekend normally reserved for strictly corned beef and cabbage to dos. But there are still quite a few ways to get your Irish fix this weekend. Here is a quick look at what we are aware of for Monday, March 17, and in some cases, the days before St. Patty’s Day.
EDGEWATER & COLORADO BELLE
•Riverwalk and The Loading Dock Bar & Grille Stage
An Irish festival called “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” gets a reboot on the Riverwalk between the Colorado Belle and the Edgewater on Friday-Sunday, March 14-16. This festival will feature booths set up along the Riverwalk between the two properties but will have a new focal point from last year in the all new outdoor stage and patio area of the recently opened Loading Dock Bar & Grille at the Colorado Belle. Music is provided by Killian’s Angels and Paddy’s Pig.
The food and drink for “Shamrocks & Shenanigans” festival is available from various booths along the Riverwalk between the two properties. The menu includes:
•Fish ‘n’ chips, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish nachos, Ruben on rye; bread pudding; and Bailey’s Irish cheesecake
•The “Irish Eyes” and “Irish Pub” bars will serve Irish beers (or Irish theme beers) as well as specialty Irish drinks like Black & Tan and the Irish Car Bomb (an Irish Boilermaker with a shot of Jameson whiskey sunk in Guinness and Baileys); plus Bailey’s Irish Cream and shots of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. Also, three beers from Pints Brewery within the Colorado Belle will be available (Golden Ale, Rehab Red and Jackass Stout). Souvenir glasses will also be available plus other domestic beers, regular call drinks, wines, soda and bottled water.
The food and drink will be sold ala carte via tickets purchased at festival booths.
•Killian’s Angels is a Las Vegas-based, all-female Irish band known for their original material. In fact, one of their original arrangements, “Celtic High Step” (aka “The High Reels”) was featured in the October 2012 premier episode in the Emmy nominated CBS drama, “Elementary” and was featured in the NYC Pub Scene in the popular video game, “Grand Theft Auto IV.” The band was founded by Beth Mullaney who continues to lead the group through their Celtic paces on vocals, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, bodhran (Irish drum)…well, you name it, she’ll play it.
Other band members include Ginger Bruner (tuba, bass, vocals); Vita Corimbi (vocals, keyboard); Anne Donohue (vocals, guitar) and Nan Fortier (drums, vocals).
•Paddy’s Pig is s southern California-based Irish/Celtic band that bills itself as playing “curly-tailed, mud-drenched, acoustic Irish music.” They play this music at every Irish pub/bar in the greater L.A. area. They play Irish barn-burners (“The Blacksmith” and “The Pogues”), ballads (“He Fades Away” and “She MOved Through the Fair”) and/or classic tunes (“Loch Lomand” and “Whiskey in the Jar”). Their current CD is Do Your Worst.
Band members include Mike Flanagan (mandolin, vocals), Missy Gibson (vocals), Damon Pipitone (drums), Marty Beal (guitar).
The Belle/Edgewater St. Patrick’s Day festival hours are Friday, March 14 (4-9 p.m.), Saturday, March 15 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.), and Sunday, March 16 (noon-7 p.m.). The bands will start playing approximately a half hour after the start of each day’s festival and continue to play sets throughout the day.
There is no charge to attend and listen to the music; the food and drinks are sold separately through script tickets from ticket booths set up at each end of the Riverwalk between the two properties.
•Native Harvest Buffet
In addition to the extensive offerings of the Avi buffet special items will be added for St. Patrick’s Day. These include entrées of sliced corned beef, boiled cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish lamb stew; variety of side dishes including three cheese scalloped potatoes, soda bread and fresh sauteed vegetables; a soup and salad bar with added items like Lucky charm coleslaw, mixed spring salad, fresh marinated mushroom and mint salad, broccoli white cheddar soup; and desserts including key lime cheesecake, Irish flag cupcakes, Creme de Menthe parfaits and flambé items like Cherries Jubilee and Bananas Foster—Monday, March 17 (3:30 p.m.-closing), $14.99.
In addition to the regular menu, a special will be available which includes house salad or minestrone soup; garlic bread sticks and dipping sauces; entrée of stuffed pork chops cacciatore (center cut pork chop stuffed with sauteed cabbage and corned beef); dessert of spiced apple pastry (spiced chutney with cranraisins and nuts in a puff pastry topped with warm caramel sauce)—Monday, March 17 (4 p.m.-close), $14.99 for the special.
In addition to the regular menu, a special will be available featuring traditional corned beef and cabbage served with parsley boiled potatoes and soda bread with dessert of swirl key lime cheesecake—Monday, March 17 (special available from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.), $10.99.
•Fresh Market Square Buffet
Harrah’s large buffet will add Irish dishes on St. Patrick’s Day to complement the extensive offerings from their regular multiple theme stations. The Irish dishes will include entrées of corned beef and cabbage, Dublin coddle, Irish beef stew and shepherd’s pie; a variety of side dishes including steamed red potatoes and steamed carrots; and desserts of Baileys Irish cheesecake, pistachio mousse, Leprechaun cupcakes and lucky chocolate mint brownies—Monday, March 17 (4 p.m.-9 p.m.), $15.99 with Total Rewards card; $18.99 without card.
•Windows on the River Buffet
Items added to the extensive regular buffet include Irish corned beef and cabbage with red bliss potatoes and baby carrots—Monday, March 17 (11 a.m.-10 p.m.), $13.99 with orange/green/red ace|PLAY card; $16.79 with blue ace|PLAY card; $18.65 without card. Also guests 21 years or older can enjoy two complimentary drinks.
A traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with choice of potato leek soup or house salad will be available—Monday, March 17 (special available from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.), $8.99 with ace|PLAY card, $9.99 without card.
•All casino bars
All Aquarius bars will be featuring specials, not only on St. Patrick’s Day but the entire month of March. These include: a shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey ($4), shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey and a bottle of Bud or Bud Light ($6); Bailey’s Irish Cream & Coffee ($5); Finnegan’s Irish Whiskey ($5 or three for $12); Irish Car Bomb (Guinness, a shot of Irish cream liqueur and a half shot of Irish whiskey) for $5; and Irish Buck (Irish whiskey, fresh lime juice and ginger ale) for $5.
In the “Luck of the Irish Free Slot Play Giveaway” ace|PLAY card members receive $15 in Free Slot Play for every 3,000 base slot points earned Mon-Sun, March 17-23. Players must swipe their card at a promotional kiosk to activate entry. See players center for complete details.
The appropriate music for St. Patrick’s Day will be played by the even more appropriate troubadour, Pat O’Brien (doesn’t get more Irish than that) on Sunday-Monday, March 16-17 (6 p.m.-10 p.m.). O’Brien is well-known for his regular sets of shows in the Caboose Lounge which touch on all manner of musical styles. But we’re almost certain the Galway, Ireland native will add a wee bit more of the Irish to his sets on this weekend..
•The Poolside Cafe
This unique dining option is offering a few Irish theme specials, not just for St. Patrick’s Day, but for the entire month of March. These include: beverages such as Lucky Clover Shakes, Irish Creme Shakes, Irish Coffee and Irish Kiss Coffee; sandwiches and other main items such as corned beef sandwich, Reuben panini, shepherd’s pie and Irish beef pie; desserts such as assortment of flower and clover cookie bouquets and specialty cakes.
There is also a “St. Patrick’s Day Dinner-to-Go” special on Monday, March 17 featuring a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner.
The Poolside Cafe is open Sun-Thurs (6 a.m.-9 p.m.), Fri-Sat (6 a.m.-11 p.m.).
•Carnegie’s Dining Car
In addition to regular menu items, a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage with potato and vegetable will be offered—Monday, March 17 (special available noon-10 p.m.), $8.99.
•Front Parking Lot
The Golden Nugget Laughlin will be holding a “St. Patrick’s Weekend Fest” on Friday-Sunday, March 14-16, that strays from the traditional Irish music to that of American country and pop with two top rate bands booked. The front parking lot will be transformed into a nightclub with a stage, a bar and food booths as well as giveaways held throughout the three-day fest. It will be happening on Friday (1 p.m.-10 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m.-midnight) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). There is no charge to come out and listen to the music; food/beverage sold separately.
The music is provided by Tony Marques Band and Venus Rising.
•Tony Marques and his country band are based out of Las Vegas and have appeared in Laughlin many times in the past. He is a popular act because his music has that “real deal” quality. So much so, he has been tapped to play not only the cowboy laced events of National Finals Rodeo and PBR in Las Vegas, but also when NASCAR comes to town. Because of his Vegas base, he has opened for numerous name country acts when they head to town.
One of those acts that caught Marques’ act and liked it was Toby Keith. This resulted in Marques and his band backing up Toby Keith numerous times when he has stopped in unannounced at Keith’s own Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill inside Harrah’s Las Vegas. From those gigs he was handpicked by Keith to perform nightly as the house band from August of 2005 through the end of January 2009. Marques still performs at Toby Keith’s in Las Vegas at least once a month.
•The Las Vegas-based band Venus Rising features Heather Riggi on lead vocals and dynamic leader of the group. Definitely an eye-pleasing stage presence, Riggi also displays an abundance of personality and a vocal range that has made her a stand-out on the Vegas club scene. The band plays a variety of top 40, rock, pop, ’70s-’90s standards and touches of jazz. In addition to Riggi, band members include David Mark Miller (bass and keys), Eden (guitars) and Brian Doria (drums).
This casino located on Hwy 95 in Mohave Valley, Arizona (between Bullhead City and Needles) will be giving away a total of $1,500 in cash in drawings held on Monday, March 17. The individual prizes are: $100 (at each drawing, 1 p.m., 2 p.,m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.); $250 (at each drawing, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and a top prize of $500 (10 p.m.). Winners must be present.
Earn drawing tickets now through the drawings on March 17 by playing casino games. Earn a ticket with any hand-paid jackpot; for a royal flush, straight flush, “Almost a Royal” (four cards to the royal), and/or four-of-a-kind on video poker machines. All wins must be with max coins in (no wild cards). Wins must be verified by a slot attendant. Complete rules are posted within the casino.
In addition to its regular menu, Daniel’s will serve a traditional meal of corned beef & cabbage, potatoes and dinner rolls—Monday, March 17 (11 a.m.-9 p.m.), $10.99
•The Hilo Casino bar
The Regency Casino bar will offer specials on green beer, Irish whiskey, Bailey’s and coffee and Irish Car Bombs. Also, all drinks will be at Happy Hour prices all day long—Monday, March 17.
Before he moves back to his familiar roost in the Caboose Lounge at the Tropicana for St. Patrick’s Day, Irish troubadour Pat O’Brien will be playing tunes from a perch on the main casino floor in River Palms on Friday-Saturday, March 14-15 (6 p.m.-10 p.m.).
•“$4,000 Gettin’ Lucky Bingo Bash”—Sat, March 15 (3:30 p.m. bingo session); $10 per regular game pack; eight games with $250 prize money; two special games with $500 prize money; one game for $1,000 double action coverall; $5 buy-in per 9-on pack; $2 use fee and three-pack minimum for electronic units). Also, receive a coupon for 5x points on all slot play and free ace option for table games with “Bingo Bash” buy-in. Many of the winning patterns in this “bash” have an Irish theme, such as: “Lucky #7″, “Pot o’ Gold,” “4 Leaf Clover,” “Double Rainbow,” “Leprechaun’s Hat,” “Blarney Stone,” and more.
See the Beach Club Bingo room on the third floor/entry level (to the left of the front desk) for further details.
This restaurant is offering a corned beef and cabbage special with choice of Celtic Caesar salad or broccoli cheddar soup; and Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake—Monday, March 17 (11 a.m.-10 p.m.), $13.99
In the “Four Leaf Clovers & Cash” promotion taking place now through Monday, March 31, the Riverside is awarding over $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Here’s how it works:
Members of the King of Clubs Players’ Club who earn 1,000 points at a single rate in March by using their players club card at casino play will receive a four leaf clover keychain plus a scratcher (limit five per day per club member). Each scratcher will reveal a guaranteed prize up to $5,000 cash (other prizes include cash prizes from $100 to $1,000; Riverside Rewards Money; cookware set; rolling luggage; comp stays, dinners and buffets). See the King of Clubs Players’ Club for details.
The Pioneer is holding a “$30,000 Lucky Leprechaun Slot Tournament” after St. Patrick’s Day, on Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22 with a first place prize of $10,000. The entry fee is 350 and includes $160 in food credits and three room nights. For further details, call toll free 1-800-634-3469; or 702-298-4191; 702-298-2941; or 702-298-2943, and ask for the marketing department (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)