Howie Mandel’s successful stab at just about anything he’s ever tried—standup comedy, acting, game show host, talk show host, voice acting, cartoon creator, executive producer and talent judge on TV’s popular “America’s Got Talent”—is more of a surprise to Mandel than anybody else. Even after almost 40 years, Mandel can’t believe all that he’s accomplished and achieved considering there was never any inclination as to came next.
Suzy Bogguss’ gypsy spirit is at the center of everything she does. From her style of clothing to her music, that vagabond nature is there in her lyrics, her stories, her own travels—it’s part of her heart, her soul, the air she breathes.
That ever-present spirit has taken her all over the country, often from one coffee house to the next, and to the top of the charts, but one thing that never changes is Bogguss herself. That same sense of humor about the ups and downs and that same sense of self has never let her forget who she is.
The Colorado Belle and Edgewater continues to hold outdoor festivals along the Riverwalk for the spring season with a “Shamrocks & Shenanigans Festival” to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Fri-Sat, March 17-19 (2 p.m.-10 p.m.) and Sun, March 20 (noon-7 p.m.). Live Irish music will flow from the Riverwalk Stage at the Loading Dock Bar & Grill thanks to two bands—Paddy’s Pig and Rebel Celts. Irish food and beverages will be served up at nearby booths. There is no charge to listen to the music; food and beverages are sold separately
The Loading Dock patio is a hot spot to claim a table to listen to the music and watch the crowds, however, you must check in with the podium inside the restaurant to get a table on the patio. The food and drinks served here are not the same as the items available at the booths on the Riverwalk (Loading Dock menu only).
Gary Raffanelli has always been around show biz, wearing many different hats—from musician and performer, to show producer, business manager, even piano company owner. But he had to put on his riverboat gambler hat when he pitched an idea for a show he had just made up on the fly.
“I was putting together show ideas in February 2002 for a meeting with entertainment executives at Harrah’s Reno,” Raffanelli told us the last time he was in Laughlin. “In that meeting, I gave them my three ‘best’ ideas that I had prepared. They said they ‘loved’ the ideas and that they would call me back later in the afternoon. At the door as I was leaving they asked, ‘have you got anything else?’ I had nothing.”