Around the Area

A variety of shows, events, activities beyond the casino scene


Wednesday, Jan. 16
What: The annual Specialty Sale of the Women’s Club or Needles features all sorts of sewing notions, craft items and more. Donations of fabric, yarn, craft items, etc., are appreciated.
Where: Historic Clubhouse, 305 W. Broadway, Needles, Calif., 30.3 miles from Laughlin.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 16 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.).
Cost: Free to attend.
Info: Patti, 760-326-5691.

Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 16-20
What: Bullhead City Parks & Recreation hosts the third annual Bullhead City/Laughlin Senior Games where athletes 50 years of age or better compete for medals. The event includes 12 different sports including 5K run, basketball skills, bowling, cornhole, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, powerlifting, softball, swimming, table tennis and track and field. Each event will have winners for all age categories and many events will be divided based on age and skill. Events also take place on both sides of the river. Registration deadline was Thursday, Dec. 20.
Where: Parks & Rec, 2355 Trane Road, Bullhead City, 13.4 miles from Laughlin.
When: Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 16-20
Cost: Free to attend as spectators
Info: Derek Sedler, 928-763-9400, ext. 303 or visit:

Thursday, Jan. 17
What: The Saving Animals In Need Together (S.A.I.N.T.) organization is hosting a Yappy Hour Fundraiser. The event is a social mixer with raffle drawings, a 50/50 drawing and many retail items available for sale. Proceeds will benefit many S.A.I.N.T. programs including the low cost spay and neuter program and the Saving Lives Adoption Program. Guest speaker is Kim Miles, Bullhead City Fire Department EMT, who will talk about securing pets for medics.
Where: Black Mountain Bistro and Bar, (formerly Lisa’s Bistro), 1595 Mohave Drive, 8.7 miles from Laughlin.
When: Thursday, Jan. 17 (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.).
Cost: Free to attend, food and drink specials will be available for purchase.
Info: 928-985-0663 or visit

Saturday, Jan. 19
What: Elks Lodge BPOE #2408 hosts “Chocolate-Covered Anything Day,” with all dishes and desserts featured this delicious addition. Including chili and more for purchase. Auction, entertainment, prizes.
Where: Elks Lodge #2408, 1745 Emerald Drive; Bullhead City, 7.3 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.).
Cost: $6 per person.
Info: 928-758-2408 for more info.

Saturday, Jan. 19
What: The Colorado River Historical Society presents “A Personal History of the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport.” Original airport owner George Petterson is the guest speaker. He has 52 years of aircraft maintenance experience. A question and answer segment takes place after his talk.
Where: Colorado River Museum, 1239 Hwy. 95, BHC, 3.9 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19 (2 p.m.).
Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted.
Info: 928-754-3399.

Saturday, Jan. 19
What: Sounds of Kingman, along with Mohave Museum of History & Arts, and in memory of Karl & Minnie Prumers, present: “Our Time, Our History Series — Set in Stone, but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art” featuring Allen Dart. Kicking off the series, the spotlight will shine on local phenomenon, ancient Indian pictographs and petroglyphs are claimed by some to be forms of writing with known meanings. Dart will discuss how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific and modern Native American perspectives.
Where: Mohave Museum of History & Art, 400 W. Beale St., Downtown Kingman, 33.4 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19 (2-4 p.m.).
Cost: Free admission.
Info: Robin Gordon, 928-715-0288 or email:

Saturday, Jan. 26
What: The Huukan Ladies Club, in conjunction with Legacy Foundation, is sponsoring a Cancer Cure Golf Tournament, open to men and women. Proceeds go to the River Fund Support Program. Tournament format is a two-person scramble. Entry fee includes green fees, cart and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Also a raffle and 50/50 drawing.
Where: Huukan Golf Club, 5835 Desert Lakes Drive, off of Joy Lane, Fort Mohave, 17.3 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 (registration 7 a.m.; shotgun start 8 a.m.).
Cost: $35 for members, $50 for non-members.
Info: 928-330-1000 or 928-768-5538.

Saturday, Jan. 26
What: This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Great Oatman Bed Race that takes place on Main Street, between Fast Fanny’s and the Glory Hole. Five-person teams will race down and back in the fastest-time, winner take all contest. Prizes and medals will be awarded to winners. The fastest team to race down the street, make a bed and race back will be declared the winner. Teams consist of four pushers and one rider, often wearing costumes to add to the fun. Participants must be at least 18 years old.
Where: Main Street, Oatman, Arizona; 31.2 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 (1:30 p.m.).
Cost: $50 per team entry fee.
Info: Sign up on site or pick up an application at the New Diggins Gift Shop in Oatman. Call 928-514-8595, or 928-768-3233 or email:

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 26-27
What: Pioneer Country Events hosts a gun & knife, coins & collectibles show featuring firearms of all kinds, knives of all types, ammunition, leather goods, clips, major coin dealers, military items, reloading supplies and components, antiques and collectibles and more. Food and beverages available.
Where: Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Ave, Kingman, Arizona; 36.2 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.); Sunday, Jan. 27 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Cost: $6 per day or 2-day pass for $9; kids 13 and under free with adult paid admission.
Info: Call Lon at 928-692-0937, or visit

Tuesday, Jan. 29
What: The Colorado River Concert Association presents Vocal Trash, entertainment with a conscience. This urban-themed Broadway style production performs on custom instruments made from recycled materials. The interactive performance if singing, dancing and comedy leave the audience not only entertained, but inspired to spread peace, love and recycling. Glee meets Stomp.
Where: Mohave High School Auditorium, 2251 Hwy. 95, Bullhead City, 7.1 miles from Laughlin.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 29 (7 p.m.).
Cost: $25 per person, with discounts for children accompanied by parents and students. They can be purchased at the door or online at:
Info: Visit their website:

Friday, Feb. 1
What: The Bullhead City Branch of the Mohave County Library presents “Self Defense for Seniors,” a program about non-impact, non-contact, senior designated movements; avoidance and escape is the primary objective.
Where: Bullhead Branch Library, 1170 E. Hancock Road, BHC, 7.4 miles from Laughlin.
When: Friday, Feb. 1 (10 a.m.).
Cost: Free.
Info: Cathy, 928-758-0714.

Every Wednesday night
What: J&J Mystery Events presents Mystery Pub Trivia. Win cash prizes, for ages 18 and older. No commitment required. Teams of up to 5 or individuals.
Where: JP’s Pub & Grille, Riverview Mall, 2350 Miracle Mile, Unit 310; BHC, 7.6 miles from Laughlin.
When: Every Wednesday (6:30 p.m.).
Cost: $5 per person.
Info: For information, call 928-296-0748, or visit

What: The River Valley Artist Guild sponsors displays by member artists.
• The display for January at Black Mountain Bistro and Bar (formerly Lisa’s Bistro), 1595 Mohave Drive, 8.7 miles from Laughlin, features the works of:
• Carla Curtis — “The arts inspire every part of my life. Painting came to me late in life. I studied art at the local level and now that I am retired, I love painting scenes from our beautiful desert landscape.”

• Lynn Gammel — “As a child, long family trips across the dirt roads of Arizona spurred my desire for the arts. After a 15-year nursing career, I began painting under the tutelage of Marge Hazelton, who insisted her students learn to see before they learned to paint. I have studied at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, and with many nationally recognized artists. My art has been juried into and awarded recognition at local, regional and national levels. I work in a variety of media, but prefer oils.”
• Ray Baca — “I was introduced to art as a youngster. My art teacher required me to recreate works from a collection of historically famous artists. I paint in acrylics on stretch canvas board and like to incorporate texture as well as plain smoothness. Painting from memory is primary but I will also paint any subject that captures my attention.”
• Richard White — “I was the art department head at Arroyo High School, in El Monte, California. In the middle of my 41-year teaching career, I took a leave of absence to work with a former student Rob Bottin, to produce special makeup effects for seven feature films including RoboCop and Witches of Eastwick. I retired from teaching over 11 years and now I have time to once again create art.”
• Elizabeth Bendahan — “I have always been surrounded by artists, my mother and my son who was a portrait artist. Not until I was 50 did I feel the desire to explore art. I learned to paint with acrylics through practice and perseverance. I feel privileged to be able to show my work.”
Info: For more information on the River Valley Artist Guild, call 928-303-1292 or email; or visit


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Bayshore Inn: 1955 W. Casino Dr; Laughlin; call 702-299-9010 — Clint Ingbretson (the Man of Many Voices performs Elvis, Bob Seger, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Frank Sinatra, and more) — Thursday, Jan. 24 (9 p.m.).

Black Mountain Bistro & Bar: 1595 Mohave Drive #4, Bullhead City (on street across from north side of Walmart); 928-219-5911, 8.7 miles from Laughlin — The K Brick Jazz Show (jazz, reeds, vocals) — Mondays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.); Leonard Interior (acoustic jazz guitar, originals)— Tuesday, Jan. 22; Matt Brunette (classic country, rock), Jan. 29; (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.); An intimate evening with Billy Kay and friends (variety) — Thursdays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.); The Druthers (vintage, variety, originals) — Fridays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.).

Celebration Dinner Cruises at Aquarius Casino Resort Dock: Laughlin; 702-298-1047 or 800-228-9825 — Billy Kay performs (variety) during the two hour excursion — Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays (6 p.m.-8 p.m.). Dinner cruises are $45 per person. A “Romance on the River Cocktail Cruise, is an hour and a half cruise celebrating Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14 (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) Live music, champagne, dessert, tickets $25 per person.

Crazy Ray’s Creative Creations: In Oatman, Arizona, at the south end of Main Street (Historic Route 66) at entrance to self-guided mine tours; 951-436-6480, 31.2 miles from Laughlin — Bumpin’ Uglys featuring Crazy Ray and George Joseph (classic rock and roll, country, originals) — daily (10 a.m.-3 p.m., intermittently depending upon when the Uglys feel like “bumpin'”); play at least one song with them and become a member of the Bumpin’ Uglys, the fastest growing band around.

Eagles Lodge of Kingman: 4536 N. Patsy Drive, Kingman, Arizona; 928-757-8635, 40.9 miles from Laughlin ­— dinner and live music — Arizona Thunder (country, classic rock, pop, standards) Friday, Jan. 18 (6 p.m.-10 p.m.); open to members of any Eagles Lodge and guests.

The Hideout: 2311 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin (across Casino Drive from the Pioneer); 702-299-0008 — Live music with revolving lineup of area artists playing a variety of genres (contact Brian Anthony for auditions, 702-420-9157) — Saturdays, (8 p.m.-midnight).

JP’s Pub & Grille: Riverview Mall, 2350 Miracle Mile, Unit 310, Bullhead City, 7.6 miles from Laughlin; 928-542-4037 — Clint Ingbretson (the Man of Many Voices performs Elvis, Bob Seger, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Frank Sinatra, and more) Friday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m.-9 p.m.).

Lazy Harry’s: 2170 Rio Grande Road (next to Arizona Veterans Memorial on the river), Bullhead City; 928-758-6322, 9.9 miles from Laughlin — Blues Night Jam hosted by Buck Naykid, third Thursday of each month; Sunday Jam Session with RGB — Sundays (2 p.m.-6 p.m.).

Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #1860 Bullhead City: 2620 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City, 7.1 miles from Laughlin; call 928-763-1860 — Class Act with Grace Black, (wide variety; pop/rock/country/salsa)—Saturday, Feb. 9 (5 p.m.-9 p.m.); open to members of any Moose Lodge and their guests.

Oatman Hotel: 181 Main Street (Historic Route 66), Oatman, Arizona; 928-768-4408, 31.3 miles from Laughlin — Mike Fox (guitar/vocals, country, folk, spirituals) — daily (from 12:30 p.m. AZ time; after the first Old West gunfight on Main St. until ?).

Old Town Saloon: 2850 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin; 702-298-3866 — Profound Sounds (blues) — Saturday, Jan. 19 (8 p.m.-midnight) — Catbone Band — Saturday, Jan. 26 (8 p.m.-midnight); Profound Sounds — Saturday, Feb. 2 (8 p.m.-midnight); Catbone Band — Saturday, Feb. 9 (8 p.m.-midnight); Profound Sounds — Feb. 16 (8 p.m.-midnight); Briana Payne Band — Tim McGraw after party, Saturday, Feb. 23, (9 p.m.-1 a.m.) Kitchen open Sunday-Thursday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.), Fri-Sat (11 a.m.-10 p.m.).

Roadhouse 95 Bar & Grill: 5100 Highway 95, Fort Mohave; 928-577-2510; 14.9 miles from Laughlin — DoubleXXCross (rock, country, variety) Saturday, Jan. 19 (4 p.m.-8 p.m.).

Silver Dollar Saloon: 12907 Oatman-Topock Highway, Topock, Arizona; 35.3 miles from Laughlin; 928-768-9921 — Desert Music with Matthew King (live original music & open mic; food specials) — Wednesdays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.).

VFW #2190: Main Street Chloride, Arizona; 928-565-9555, 39.4 miles from Laughlin — Double Diamond Band (country) — Saturdays (6 p.m.).

VFW #2555: 6068 W. Supai Drive (at corner of Lowell Road just off Highway 68), Golden Valley, Arizona; 928-565-3344, 23.1 miles from Laughlin — The Druthers (vintage, variety, originals), Mondays, (5 p.m.-8 p.m.); open to all VFW members and guests.


Information on karaoke compiled with the help of Dick Patzold of Karaoke Specialties. For updates on karaoke information, contact Patzold at 928-704-0077 or You can also call us directly at 928-763-2505, ext 7230 or

American Legion Post #88: 15940 Pierce Ferry Road, Dolan Springs, Arizona; 51.6 miles from Laughlin; call 928-767-3088 — Ace of Spades Night, karaoke, food, drink specials — Thursdays (starting at 4 p.m.); open to any American Legion member and guests.

Amvets Post #19: 4310 South Highway 95, Suite A, Fort Mohave, Arizona; 12.9 miles from Laughlin; call 928-704-1992 — Karaoke with Ed DeGroat — Fridays & Sundays (6 p.m.-10 p.m.); open to members and guests.

Bikini Bay Nightclub: 1955 S. Casino Drive (at the mall), Laughlin; 702-299-3311 — Top 40 & club music — Thursday-Sunday; exclusive “mashup” videos on 150″ screen.

Elk’s Lodge #2408: 1745 Emerald Road, Bullhead City, 6.8 miles from Laughlin; 928-758-2408 — Karaoke with Jim — every Wednesday (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.); Dick Patzold every Friday (5 p.m.-9 p.m.); open to members of any Elks Lodge and guests.

The Hideout: 2311 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin (across Casino Drive from the Pioneer); 702-299-0008 — Karaoke with Profound Sound — Fridays (9 p.m.-1 a.m.).

Jester’s Sports Lounge: 877 Hancock Road, Bullhead City; 928-763-0850, 8.1 miles from Laughlin — “Party-Oke” with DJ Loke (combo karaoke and DJ) — Fridays (9 p.m.-2 a.m.).

Kathryn Heidenriech Adult Center: 1776 Airway Ave., Kingman, Arizona; 36.8 miles from Laughlin; 928-757-2778 and ask for Maria — karaoke with Todd Maehren — Mondays (12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.), $1.25 admission and bring a potluck dish.

Moose Lodge Post #1860 Bullhead City: 2620 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City; call 928-763-1860, 8.2 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with a variety of KJs — Friday & Saturday (6 p.m.-10 p.m. AZ time).

O’Leary’s Pub: 1063 Highway 95, Bullhead City; 928-754-4226, 3.2 miles from Laughlin — “Party-Oke” with DJ Loke (combo karaoke and DJ) — Sundays (7 p.m.-11 p.m.).

The Pour House: 845 Hancock Road, Bullhead City; 928-299-5220, 8.2 miles from Laughlin — Aloha Friends Karaoke with host Karaoke Kalani — Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (8 p.m.-midnight).

The Red Dog Saloon: 914 W. Broadway, Needles, California; 760-326-9919, 29.9 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Tony — Tuesday & Thursday (8 p.m.).

Route 66 Bar: 1900 Needles Highway, Needles, California; 29 miles from Laughlin; 760-326-2277 — Karaoke Las Vegas — Thursday-Sunday (8:30 p.m.-?).

The Time Out Tavern: 2601 N. Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, Arizona; 928-753-2334, 36.4 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Don West — Wednesday & Thursday (9 p.m.-1 a.m.); Karaoke with LA Sound — Sunday (9 p.m.-closing).

VFW #10005: 1611 Marble Canyon Drive (across from Scooters, off Miracle Mile), Bullhead City; 928-758-7808, 8.6 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with variety of KJs — Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (5 p.m.-9 p.m.), some Sundays (4 p.m.-8 p.m.); open to members of any veterans organizations and their signed guests.

VFW #2190: Main Street Chloride, Arizona; 928-565-9555, 39.4 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Sharon — Friday (6 p.m.); Karaoke with Frank & Friends — Sunday (2-6 p.m.).