Around the Area

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


Saturday, May 26
What: A Memorial Weekend Car Show, “Cruisin’ Back to the College,” presented by AZ Claus Cause will include a variety of trophies in categories such as Best Air Cooled, Best Convertible, Best Low Rider, Best Mini or Truck, Best Motorcycle, Best Rat Rod, and more. The event includes music, raffles, 50/50, Hot Wheels racing, vendors, food, T-shirts, pinstriping and more. Proceeds benefit Kingman children during the holidays providing them with gifts.
Where: Mohave Community College’s Kingman campus, 1971 Jagerson Ave., Kingman, 38.7 miles from Laughlin
When: Saturday, May 26 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.).
Info: Mary Taylor a.k.a. Mrs. Claus, 928-263-7167.

Monday, May 28
What: The Bullhead City Elks #2408 will hold the annual Memorial Day Chili Cook-Off to benefit the veterans in Arizona. Members are encouraged to bring their best chili to the Lodge for judging by the public. Entry fee is $5 and participants will receive a table and chair, which can be decorated with a patriotic theme. Route 68 band will provide live entertainment. Hot dogs also will be available for sale for $2 each.
Where: Elks Lodge, 1745 Emerald at Hancock, Bullhead City, 7.3 miles from Laughlin.
When: Monday, May 28 (starts 1 p.m.).
Cost: The public can purchase a tasting cup for $5 and help determine a winner by selecting their favorite.
Info: Call Terri, 928-758-5469.

Thursday, May 31, Friday-Saturday, June 1-2
What: Kingman Center for the Arts and Beale Street Theater have joined together for the production of the Broadway version of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Gene De Paul. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International. The play centers around a family of seven brothers living in rural Oregon in the 19th Century. It is a story suitable for all ages. It is directed by Krystal Dooley and assisted by YiVette Scroggins. The cast includes both Kingman and Bullhead City residents.
Where: Kingman High School, 4182 Bank Street, Kingman, 39.5 miles from Laughlin.
When: Thursday, May 31, Friday-Saturday, June 1-2; Thursday-Friday performances (7 p.m.), Sunday performances (1 p.m. & 7 p.m.).
Cost: $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-11; Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at Kingman Center for the Arts, 208 E. Beale Street, 33.7 miles from Laughlin.
Info: Call 385-319-5238.

Saturday, June 2
What: J&J Mystery Events presents “Assassination at the Firehouse.” The annual fire prevention convention is coming to a close and all the attendees are attending the final dinner hosted by the local fire department at the Firehouse. Tensions have been running high during the conference and secrets have been shared. Can the attendees make it through the final evening without their secrets bubbling over? Join us to find out! Guests will play victims, suspects and detectives.
Where: Firehouse Coffee Shop
2350 Miracle Mile #306, Bullhead City, 7 miles from Laughlin
When: Saturday, June 2 (6 p.m.-9 p.m.).
Cost: $45 per person; includes unique character, murder mystery materials, dinner buffet, and one drink.
Info: For information, call 928-296-0748, or visit

Sundays, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5
What: The Hualapai Mountain Park hosts a series of summer craft fairs in June, July and August. Vendor spaces are $25 per table per month.
Where: Hualapai Mountain Park, 6250 Hualapai Mountain Road, Kingman, 48.6 miles from Laughlin.
When: Sundays, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5 (2 p.m.).
Cost: Free to attend.
Info: Call 928-681-5700.

Sunday, June 10
What: Bullhead Shop with a Cop, a non-profit organization, has partnered with Desert River Kayak for a kayaking day trip. All proceeds will support the Shop with a Cop program that helps area children’s Christmas a little brighter.
Where: Shuttle pickup is at Don Sullivan Park’s non-motorized launch area located within Rotary Park, 2315 Balboa Drive, Bullhead City, 20 miles from Laughlin.
When: Sunday, June 10 (6:30 a.m.).
Cost: $45 per person, and includes transportation to the launch area at Community Park, kayak, gear and lunch at the end at Don Sullivan Park.
Info: To reserve your standup paddleboard, single or tandem double kayak or canoe, call Lorrie, 928-715-0222. Please make checks payable to Shop with a Cop.

Saturday, June 16
What: The Colorado River Women’s Council annual Western Auction is blowing into town with dinner and an auction. So dress Western and bring your quarters. The auction is the council’s largest fundraiser and tickets are going fast. Proceeds benefit its many projects and community events such as Grant Assistance for Teachers and Educators, Protect Our Kids Environment, Boom Box Parade, Women Helping Women, Leadership Program and edcuational scholarships, and more.
Where: Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, 1251 Highway 95, Bullhead City, 2.8 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, June 16 (dinner 5:30 p.m.; auction starts 6:30 p.m.).
Cost: $20 per person.
Info: Carri, 928-444-5731, or Jennifer, 928-542-9146.

Saturday, June 23
What: The Kiwanis Club of the Colorado River hosts an evening of Wine & Jazz, featuring a silent auction in addition to wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Money raised helps the club with several programs such as scholarships, Shop with a Cop, Baccalaureate Services, Builders Clubs, the Boys and Girls Clubs and more.
Where: Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, 1251 Highway 95, Bullhead City, 2.8 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, June 23 (6 p.m.).
Cost: $25 per person.
Info: See the Kiwanis Club of the Colorado River’s Facebook page.

Saturday June 23
What: The public is invited to attend and participate in a Mixed Bunco/Potluck event for fun and friendship.
WHERE: Bullhead City Elks Lodge 2408, 1745 Emerald at Hancock, Bullhead City, 7.3 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday June 23 (noon).
Cost: $6 per person.
Info: Joyce Frank, 714-458-2404.

Wednesday, June 30
What/WHERE: J&J Mystery Events hosts the All-American Bar Crawl Scavenger Hunt. This month’s theme is in honor of Independence Day. The hunt is a mash-up of a bar crawl and scavenger hunt combined. Teams compete along the Laughlin Riverwalk to complete tasks, find hidden objects/locations, go to different local bars and document their journey with pictures. Teams can consist of 2-6 people.
When: Wednesday, June 30 (6 p.m.).
Cost: $10 per person.
Info: Pre-registration is required at

What: The River Valley Artist Guild sponsors displays by member artists.
• The display for May at Lisa’s Bistro, 8.7 miles from Laughlin, features the works of:
• Elizabeth Bendaham — “I have always been surrounded by artists — my mother and my son who was a portrait artist.
“Not until the age of 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.”
• Cathy Farrell — “Born in Hawaii and studied at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
“I have worked in a variety of mediums. As a way to recycle materials that are normally thrown into our landfills, I began incorporating medicine bottle vial caps, yards of CO2 and IV tubing into my art. Because the detailing in my paintings is so time consuming, most of my pieces take up to 3 months to complete but the end result is what makes my work so unique.”
• Lory Butterfass — “My love of photography began at the age of 9.
“My photographs are primarily of the California, Oregon and Washington coastlines. I have been exhibiting my photographs in art shows for over 20 years.”
• Matt King — “It’s not just art, it’s not just music, it’s a way of life.
“I create each of my metal art pieces utilizing antiques, left over parts, scrap metal and desire.”
• Richard White — “I look forward to getting back to my roots.
“I was the Art Department head at Arroyo High School in El Monte, Calif. 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 make-up effects for seven feature films, including “RoboCop” and “Witches of Eastwick.” The second half of my education career was as a school administrator. I retired 11 years ago. After vacationing at the river for 40 years, my wife and i recently moved here full time. I’m looking forward to having some time to once again create art. My specialties are in drawing and graphic arts, but love to dabble in watercolors.”
Info: For more information on the River Valley Artist Guild, call 928-303-1292 or email; or visit

Live Music

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

American Legion Post 22: 3435 Verde Road, Golden Valley, 23 miles from Laughlin, 928-565-4545 — The Druthers (vintage, variety, originals) — Friday, May 25 (5 p.m.-8 p.m.).

CoVeu Drinkery & Eatery: 2247 Clearwater Drive, Bullhead City 928-299-5012, 8.2 miles from Laughlin — Goldrush (oldies & country music) — Fridays (6 p.m.-10 p.m.).

Cattle Crossing Saloon: 4105 Highway 68, Golden Valley, Ariz.; 928-565-3630, 26.6 miles from Laughlin — Mark & Marilyn of Galaxy (rock/variety) — Saturdays (3 p.m.-7 p.m.).

Cocktails (Lounge): 3935 Highway 95, Bullhead City, 12.4 miles from Laughlin; 928-758-4955 — Three Blind Mice (classic rock) Friday, May 25 (8 p.m.); 50 Shadez of Rock (rock from the ’70s to today) Friday, June 1, July 20 (8 p.m.); Entertainment All Stars (rock variety) and during set breaks they will host talent showcase/open mic spots (not just music) using our professional sound system with lighting, on a first come, first serve basis — Wednesdays (7 p.m.-11 p.m.).

Colianno’s: 2200 Highway 95 (corner of Hancock and Highway 95), Bullhead City; 928-758-7104, 7 miles from Laughlin—Keith Survillas (Rat Pack, standards, variety) — Thursdays (6 p.m.-8 p.m.); Michael Shane (plays piano) —Thursdays (5 p.m.-9 p.m.); Open mic night (musicians, comedians, ventriloquists), Sundays (5 p.m.-9 p.m.).

Crazy Ray’s Creative Creations: In Oatman, Ariz., at 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 going.

Grecco Art Gallery: Laughlin Outlet Center, 1955 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin; 702-298-4497 — Dick Patzold with vocals by Karen Lopez — Saturdays (11 a.m.-1 p.m.).

Hangar 24 Brewery & Grill: 5600 AZ-95 #6, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 64.3 miles from Laughlin; 928-846-4447 — 50 Shadez of Rock (rock from the ’70s to today) —Friday, July 6 (7 p.m.-10 p.m.).

La Casa Del Pollo: 2064 Highway 95 (at Talc Road), Bullhead City; 928-704-0029, 13 miles from Laughlin — Jam Session with Johnny Hull (guitarist) Tuesdays (5 p.m.-9 p.m.); Karaoke with Grace Mondays (5 p.m.-8 p.m.); ClassAct Band—Thursdays (5 p.m.-8 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 — 50 Shadez of Rock (rock from the ’70s to today) Friday, May 25 (8 p.m.-midnight); RGB (Ray Gunn Band) (variety) Saturday, May 26 (8 p.m.-11 p.m.); Blues Night Jam hosted by Buck Naykid, third Thursday of each month; Sunday Jam Session with RGB — Sundays (2 p.m.-6 p.m.).

Lisa’s Bistro: 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.); The Druthers (vintage, variety, originals) — Tuesdays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ); ROSS “Live,” (contemporary jazz, blues) — Wednesdays (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.); Keith Survillas (Rat Pack, standards, variety) — Fridays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.).

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

VFW #2190: Main Street Chloride, Ariz.; 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, Ariz.; 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, Ariz., 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, 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.

Chaparral Golf & Country Club: 1260 Mohave Drive, Bullhead City; 928-758-3939, 9 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Janice — Sundays (4 p.m.-8 p.m.); Karaoke with Dick Patzold starting Sunday, May 27 (3 p.m.-7 p.m.).

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

Fast Fanny’s Place: Main Street (Historic Route 66), Oatman, Ariz.; 928-768-7400, 31.2 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Bob Murray, unique afternoon karaoke — daily (10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

The Hideout: 2311 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin (across Casino Drive from the Pioneer); 702-299-0008 — Karaoke with Profound Sound — Friday-Saturday (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, Ariz., 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.

La Casa Del Pollo: 2064 Highway 95 (at Talc Road), Bullhead City; 928-704-0029, 6.6 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Grace — Mondays (5 p.m.-8 p.m.).

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, Calif.; 760-326-9919, 29.9 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Tony — Tuesday & Thursday (8 p.m.).

Route 66 Bar: 1900 Needles Highway, Needles, Calif., 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, Ariz.; 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 — Wednesday & Friday (5 p.m.-9 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.).