Around the Area

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


Friday-Sunday, July 26-28
What: Adapted for children K-9th grade and all abilities, this summer’s GraceArts LIVE workshops enable young performers more opportunity to shine in the spotlight as well as encourage lifelong skills of teamwork, discipline, persistence and responsibility. In conjunction with Arizona Coast Children’s Theatre, the program has one more workshop July 26-28 with three storybook themed sessions and performances.
Where: GraceArts Live Performing Arts Theatre, 2146 N. McCulloch Blvd., Lake Havasu City, Arizona; 71.9 miles from Laughlin.
When: Friday-Sunday, July 26-28; Fri-Sat (7:30 p.m.), Sun (2 p.m. matinee).
Cost: $12 adults, $8 children.
Info: For tickets/info call 928-505-2787 or email

Saturday, July 27
What: The Bullhead City Elks #2408 Auxiliary hosts a “Unique Boutique” where the public can purchase new and gently used purses, shoes and jewelry. Proceeds benefit Auxiliary charities.
Where: Elks Lodge, 1745 Emerald Road, Bullhead City, 7.3 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, July 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.).
Cost: Free to attend
Info: Call Mary O’Keefe to donate items or more info, 928-763-7449.

Saturday, Aug. 3
What: The Elks Auxiliary #2408 will host its annual Soci-a-Tea, so, ladies, wear your best hat for a chance to win a prize. The menu includes tea sandwiches, fruit salad, fresh fruit, cookies, brownies, assorted sweets, scones, lemon curd and breads. Activities include a raffle.
Where: Elks Lodge, 1745 Emerald Road, Bullhead City, 7.3 miles from Laughlin..
When: Saturday, Aug. 3 (noon-3 p.m.).
Cost: $8 per person.
Info: For tickets, contact Kathleen Clemens, 928-763-6799, or Karen Magrum, 928-763-8863, or stop by the lodge after 4 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

Saturday, Aug. 3
What: Arguably the “coolest” summertime yard sale in the Tri-state, Needles Elks Lodge 1608 holds its annual sale in air-conditioned comfort at their lodge. The sale typically features a large assortment of furniture, clothing, tools, electronics, kitchen and household items.
In addition to the sale, a breakfast of waffles or pancakes with bacon, fruit, orange juice and coffee will be available (7 a.m.-11 a.m.)
Where: Lodge 1608, 1000 Lilyhill Dr., Needles, 30.4 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, Aug. 3 (6 a.m.-2 p.m.).
Cost: Free to attend.
Info: Call 760-326-1608.

Sunday, Aug. 4
What: Hualapai Mountain Park will be hosting a Craft, Antiques, Arts Fair and Swap Meet on the first Sunday of July and August.
Where: Hualapai Mountain Park, Rec. Area #1, 6230 Hualapai Mtn. Road, Kingman, Arizona, 40 miles from Laughlin.
When: Sunday, Aug. 4 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Cost: $25 fee for vendors, the fair is free to the public to attend.
Info: Ranger Station, 928-681-5700.

What: Summer is upon us and the Bullhead City Municipal Pool has a schedule of activities to include free swim days, movies and more. These are in addition to the swim lessons, water aerobics and recreational swimming.
Activities include:
Friday, Aug. 16 — Dive In Movie, Incredibles 2, doors open 6:30 p.m., movie starts 8:15 p.m. Free admission, free hot dogs and water while supplies last.
Where: Bullhead City Municipal Pool, 2255 Trane Road, Bullhead City, 7.5 miles from Laughlin.
When: August.
Cost: Free to participate.
Info: Call Kristin Williams, recreation supervisor, 928-763-9400, ext. 294.

Friday, Aug. 16
What: Arizona Game & Fish presents “Garter Snakes at the Water’s Edge,” a program discussing the conservation efforts of these semi-aquatic snakes in Arizona and their importance to ecology. This presentation wraps up the Summer Wildlife Series.
Where: Kingman Library, 3269 N. Burbank St., Kingman, Ariz., 36.5 miles from Laughlin.
When: Friday, Aug. 16 (6 p.m.).
Cost: Free to attend and all ages are welcome — space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Info: Call 928-692-7700.

Saturday, Aug. 17
What: Chillin’ on Beale Street is a regular occurrence in Downtown Kingman, near 5th Street. Cars are the stars in this event that includes classics, customs, creatives, motorcycles, EVs, and more. This month’s theme is a “Beach Party Hawaiian Style,” so head to Beale Street for music, good food, and the downhome Kingman atmosphere. Proceeds will go to the Cruiser’s Halloween Bash for all Kingman kids. The event is every third Saturday of the month through September.
Where: Downtown between 4th and 5th Streets, Kingman, 33.4 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, Aug. 17 (3 p.m.-7 p.m.).
Cost: Free to attend.
Info: Call Gene Kirkham, 714-488-1843 or Ken Conway, 928-897-3219.


Every Thursday 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: Cocktails; 3935 Highway 95, Bullhead City, 12.4 miles from Laughlin.
When: Every Thursday (6 p.m.).
Cost: $5 per person.
Info: For information, call 928-296-0748, or visit

What: The Bullhead City Elks #2408 Auxiliary hosts Bingo on Friday nights. Low buy-in, new game, bigger payouts. Dinner and snack bar available.
Where: Elks Lodge, 1745 Emerald Road, Bullhead City, 7.3 miles from Laughlin.
When: Fridays (doors open 4:40 p.m., sales 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m., game starts 6:30 p.m.).
Cost: No charge to attend, bingo card packs for sale.
Info: Call 928-758-2408.

What: The River Valley Artist Guild sponsors displays by member artists.
• The display for July at Black Mountain Bistro and Bar (formerly Lisa’s Bistro), 1595 Mohave Drive, 8.7 miles from Laughlin, features the work of Joan Damron.
Damron was born and raised in West Virginia and graduated from Concord University with a major in elementary education. Even as a preschooler, she was interested in art.
“I would often look through the World Book Encyclopedia starting with A,” she said. “Since I couldn’t read, I would just look at the photos of all the Old Masters and wonder how t hey could paint such pretty pictures. When I was a student at Concord, I would walk through the art department and watch in amazement at the progress of the work of the art majors. I decided when I graduated and had a job, I would buy a ukulele and some art supplies.”
In her retirement years, she is living her dream by playing the ukulele and painting pretty pictures…”not because I am good at it, but because I enjoy it,” she adds.
“I call myself a frugal artist because I’m always finding inexpensive ways to feed my passion to be creative,” she said. “I will paint on anything that will stand still for 10 minutes.
“My husband, Mickey, says that is why he stays on the move or he might be wearing roses,” she said with a laugh about her No. 1 art supporter and “encourager.”
Her favorite medium is the newer acrylic paint that is thicker and richer in pigment and mimics oils but cleans up with soap and water.
Info: For more information on the River Valley Artist Guild, call 928-303-1292 or email; or visit


No cover unless listed. To have info listed on these pages, contact the Laughlin entertainer at, or call 928-763-2505, ext 7230.

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.); 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.). Side note: Billy K wrote the song “Lifeline,” and recorded it with 15 local entertainers for the purpose of raising money to benefit both the American Legion Post 60 in Laughlin and VFW Post 10005 in Bullhead City. The song is now on a CD, and available at both locations.

Celebration Dinner Cruises at Aquarius Casino Resort Dock: Laughlin; 702-298-1047 or 800-228-9825 — live music, various local musicians — Wednesdays-Mondays (6 p.m.-8 p.m.). Dinner cruises are $45 per person.

Colianno’s: 2200 Highway 95 (corner of Hancock and Highway 95), Bullhead City; 928-758-7104, 7 miles from Laughlin — Reminiscing with Keith (variety) — Sundays (5 p.m.-8 p.m.); Melody & Ted (variety) Thursdays— (6 p.m.-9 p.m.); Wine Wednesdays with Bella & her accordion (5 p.m.-8 p.m.).

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.

Elks Lodge #2408 of Bullhead City: 1745 Emerald Drive, Bullhead City; 6.8 miles from Lauhlin; 928-758-2408 — ClassAct Band (wide variety, pop, rock) Hot August Nights — Saturday, Aug. 17 (6 p.m.-9 p.m.). Members and guests (an Elks member will sign in non-members).

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, July 26 (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).

Hooch’s 95 Bar & Grill: 5575 Highway 95, Fort Mohave, Arizona; 928-768-3663 — RGB (rock, blues, country) — Friday, July 26 (6 p.m.-10 p.m.).

Meggatoppers: 832 Gemstone Ave., 928-763-7373, Bullhead City, 7.9 miles from Laughlin; — ClassAct Band (wide variety, pop, rock)
— Friday, Aug. 9 (6 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.).

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 — Catbone, Saturday, July 27 (8 p.m.-midnight); Kitchen open Sunday-Thursday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.), Fri-Sat (11 a.m.-10 p.m.).

Silvia’s Lindo Sinaloa: 2064 S. Highway 95 (at Talc Road), Bullhead City; 928-704-0029, 13 miles from Laughlin — ClassAct Band (wide variety, pop, rock) Thursdays (6 p.m.-9 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.

Yesterday’s Restaurant: 9827 2nd Street, Chloride, Arizona; 928-565-2559 — Professor Bill (vintage country/rock and roll)—Saturdays (5 p.m.-9 p.m.).


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

19th Hole Bar & Grill: At the Rivers Edge Golf Course, 144 Marina Drive, Needles, 22.4 miles from Laughlin; call 760-326-3343 — Karaoke — Fridays ( starts 6 p.m.).

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.

Elks 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 p.m.-6 p.m.).

VFW #9833: 15943 N. Pierce Ferry Road, Dolan Springs, Arizona; 928-767-3224, 51.6 miles from Laughlin — Queen of Hearts night, Karaoke with Adam, food and drinks; Tuesdays (4 p.m.). Open to any VFW member and their guests. For more info, call Chris at 928-727-9397.