Friday, April 18, 2014

River Run 2014 Rules, Traffic, Parking and Common Sense!

LAUGHLIN, NV

Tropicana Laughlin during River Run 2013

River Run week is one of the busiest times of the year in Laughlin.   There are only a few rules and reminders to make it safe and a fun enjoyable time for everyone.

General Rules:

• No glass or cans permitted on Casino Drive. All beverages must be in plastic. 
• No nudity is permitted.  
• A curfew for minors (18 years of age and under) will be in effect from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.
• Nevada's  mandatory helmet law will be strictly enforced.



Keep the helmet law in mind as you may be crossing borders in the Tri-State area.  Helmets are required in Nevada and California. They are not required in Arizona.  They are also not required at the Avi Casino or the surrounding Fort Mojave Indian Reservation.  

Lane-splitting (motorcyclists riding between cars) is illegal in both Nevada and Arizona, whereas it is legal in California.

No sandals or flip flop type shoes should be worn while on a motorcycle.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. John Healy has said they will have 154 officers working every day Wednesday through Sunday of River Run.   Last year there was some grumbling about the large police presence but in reality they are only there to keep it safe and allow everyone to have fun.  Common sense and following a few basic rules can ensure this will happen.   

The commander of the Laughlin Metro police substation said that officers will have the discretion to issue citations or warnings.  He said last year the number of arrests decreased but the number of misdemeanor citations increased.   
  
Other things to keep in mind:



  • Most if not all of the establishments and Casinos have a strict "No Colors" policy.  Each property may have specific rules so check with them.  In general also no weapons, chemical agents, etc are not allowed.
  • Parking and Traffic gets to be difficult at times.  Be aware of pedestrians and bikes everywhere.  
  • Keep in mind that there is a concert on Thursday and Saturday at the Laughlin Event Center located just up from Casino Drive across from the Edgewater.  Traffic will be even heavier. During the concert they close Bruce Woodbury (the street the Event center is located on) between Casino Drive and Thomas Edison.   

Other Tips:  
  • Bikers can obtain parking spots at reserved parking sections at most of the casinos.  They even offer reserved, secured lots (for a fee).  
  • Space for cars is at a premium, and garages may fill up fast.  Valet is usually limited to only guests of the hotel and can fill up quickly.  
  • Other parking spots include the Outlet Mall.  This again may fill up fast, though in the past two years, we have had no problem getting a spot when getting there early enough.   We do not know if the mall has any plans to limit parking in their spots to mall patrons only, though it did not in past years.  In fact, last year the mall seemingly closed early during the River Run, presumably for safety reasons.  
  • Sprinkled sporadically around the strip in past years there have also been "Bait Bikes" to deter theft. 


  • Finally, please do not drink and drive or drive and text.   

Public Transportation The local bus, Silver Rider Transit’s fixed route buses 777 and 888 will not provide service on Casino Drive Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, from 3 p.m. until midnight, due to the Laughlin River Run. Instead, riders can use the continuous shuttle service that will operate on Casino Drive. Riders can catch the shuttle at any bus stop on Casino Drive and then connect with either the 777 or 888 buses at the gas station across from Harrah’s or at the bus garage, located adjacent to the Colorado River Food Bank and up the hill from the Chamber of Commerce building. The shuttle is not a free service: Normal bus fares will apply.  





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Thursday, April 17, 2014

River Run 2014 - American Heros Poker Run

Laughlin River Run 2014




The American Heros Charity Poker Run will take place at the Tropicana in Laughlin on Friday, April 25th

Registration is from 8:30am to 9:45am and the ride starts at 10am.

Donations are 15 dollars for rider, 10 dollars for passengers and the entire donation goes to help support American Veterans.  

Video of the start of the 2013 Poker Run at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, NV


Last year (2013) the Tropicana Laughlin reported that the American Heroes Poker Run collected $3,465 with 336 riders.

Line up before the Poker Run



For more Coverage of the 2014 Laughlin River Run visit the Laughlin Buzz River Run Page


*All content in this blog post are presented for entertainment and informational purposes only. Dates, times, and events are subject to change by the owner/vendor/property in charge of the events. We received no compensation from the properties, events, sponsors, groups, organizations, or restaurants mentioned or pictured in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them. 

River Run 2014 Concerts

Laughlin River Run


Every year the Laughlin River Run features some great music and concerts.  

The lineup announced so far this year is as follows:

Concerts (tickets may be purchased at the venue or website listed)




Jason Aldean
Thursday, April 24 
8 PM
Laughlin Event Center



Lynyrd Skynyrd

Saturday, April 26 
8 PM
Laughlin Event Center

Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys
Saturday, April 26 
8 PM
Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater 
Harrah's Laughlin


Great White
Friday, Saturday April 25 and 26 
9 PM
Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino


In addition to the concerts there are many free outdoor entertainment options, including:
  • Riverside Resort Outdoor Bodies Bar: Entertainment Daily. Live Music featuring Cougarzz Rock


  • Edgewater Outdoor Party Zone: featuring Hogs & Heifers Bar - Entertainment Daily
  • Colorado Belle Center Circle: featuring John Earl & The Boogie Man Band, Chris Hiatt, Preston Shannon plus Deb Ryder & The Blues Ryder - Wednesday 4pm to 12am. Thursday 2pm to Midnight Friday & Saturday Noon to Midnight.
  • Colorado Belle Loading Dock Outdoor Stage: Entertainment Nightly from 6pm to 10pm
Golden Nugget Laughlin 
  • Golden Nugget Outdoor Lounge: Thursday - Saturday DJ 10am - 1pm. Thursday featuring The Garage Boys and Tony Marques 1pm to Midnight. Friday and Saturday featuring Hogs Breath & The Garage Boys 1pm to Midnight.
  • Tropicana Victory Plaza: Street Side Entertainment Thursday - Saturday from 10am

Entertainment in Clubs & Lounges
(Cover Charges May Apply)
  • Riverside Resort - Loser’s Lounge: Entertainment Nightly from 7pm to 6am
  • Edgewater Hotel - Inferno Night Club: Nightly from 10pm - 4am
  • Colorado Belle - Pints Brewery: Entertainment Nightly from 10pm - 4am
  • Golden Nugget - Gold Diggers Night Club - Thursday DJ Noon - 3am. Friday & Saturday 6pm to 11pm.   Live Music Friday & Saturday 11pm – 4am featuring Tony Marques. 
  • River Palms Resort - 2700 Club: Entertainment Nightly
  • Tropicana Laughlin - Caboose Lounge: Entertainment Nightly 5pm – 3am
Visit the Laughlin Buzz HomePage for more about the area.

*All content in this blog post are presented for entertainment and informational purposes only. Dates, times, and events are subject to change by the owner/vendor/property in charge of the events. We received no compensation from the properties, events, sponsors, groups, organizations, or restaurants mentioned or pictured in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them. 

River Run 2014 Special Events

Laughlin River Run


In addition to the Concert and Music, Poker Run, Tattoo Convention here are a few of the other Special Events taking place during the Laughlin River Run. 

Special Events



Ink Mayhem Tattoo Convention 
River Palms


Thursday - Saturday   10am-10:pm
More about the Tattoo Convention here





Official River Run Poker Run 
to Lake Havasu City; home of the London Bridge
Register at the Riverside Resort Starview Room:
Thursday 9am to 9pm - Friday 8am to 8pm Saturday 8am - 10am
Finish at the Colorado Belle: Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm. Saturday 10am to 2pm
Winners Posted at the Colorado Belle Loading Dock Restaurant: Saturday 6pm


Harley-Davidson® Demo Rides & 2014 Motorcycle Exhibit
Tropicana Laughlin -  Thursday through Saturday



Wet T-shirt Contest
Riverside Resort Loser’s Lounge
Thursday at 10pm


American Heroes Charity Poker Run 
benefiting American Veterans.
Tropicana Laughlin  (more details here and pictures, video from last year)
Register 8:30 – 9:45 am
Ride starts at 10am.






Sin City Kitty Wet T-Shirt Contest 
Riverside Resort
Outdoor Bodies Bar Stage
3pm Saturday.

Immediately after the Sin City contest the Ms. Laughlin Contest will take place:


Ms. Laughlin 2013

Ms. Laughlin River Run Contest
Contest held at the Riverside Resort Bodies Bar Outdoor Stage - Saturday at 4pm
Must be an Official Participant to be eligible
Register in the Riverside Resort Star View Room Thursday - Saturday


Custom Bike Show at Laughlin River Run last year


Custom Bike Show 
Main Deck - Colorado Belle next to the Loading Dock Restaurant
Register 8am–10am
Judging and Public Viewing 11am-3pm
Awards will be announced at 3pm
 
2013 Custom Bike Show



Custom Bike Show at Laughlin River Run last year



Riverside Resort
Victory® Motorcycle Demo Rides
Indian® Motorcycle Demo Rides
Star® Motorcycle Demo Rides


Tentative Schedule subject to change



Tropicana Laughlin 2014 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Softail Classic Drawing: 11pm
(Special Rules Apply: Visit the Tropicana Laughlin for Details)



*All content in this blog post are presented for entertainment and informational purposes only. Dates, times, and events are subject to change by the owner/vendor/property in charge of the events. We received no compensation from the properties, events, sponsors, groups, organizations, or restaurants mentioned or pictured in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them. 


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nevada: Bikers get ready to roll into Laughlin for river run festival


At the annual Laughlin River Run on April 23-27, nearly 40,000 bikers from around the world will head to the generally sleepy community 90 miles south of Las Vegas and about 280 miles east of Los Angeles.  Vendors of motorcycle accessories take over the parking lots of several casinos during the celebration.

A group ride along Historic Route 66 from Kingman, Ariz., to the ghost town of Oatman, Ariz., is also planned.

Country and rock music concerts include such performers as Jason Aldean (April 24) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (April 26). Both shows will be at the new Laughlin Event Center.

The 2002 gathering turned deadly when two rival motorcycle gangs clashed inside Harrah’s Laughlin. Three people were killed.


Original source of atricle:By Jay Jones  Los Angeles Times




Other River Run News:

Bullhead City (located just across the River) will be hosting a Bike Rally at the same time. 

The Ink Mayhem Tattoo Convention at the River Palms is also scheduled during the River Run

Video of the start of last year's American Heroes Charity Poker Run at Laughlin River Run (2013)




Watch  LaughlinBuzz.Com for more info about the Laughlin River Run

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rascal Flatts - No Lip Synching in Laughlin

Rascal Flatts
Laughlin, Nevada

Fresh off a bit of mini-publicity over recently Lip Synching at 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Rascal Flatts will be performing "Live" at 8pm on April 12th at the Laughlin Event Center

A check this morning showed there are seats available but mostly in the upper reaches of the grandstand ($45 dollar tickets).   Various Casinos may still have tickets and packages available.  

Traffic and Parking note:
If you are attending the Rascal Flatts concert remember there is no on site parking.  Shuttles run from the Casino's (free).   As a traffic note they will also be closing the street (Bruce Woodbury) that the Laughlin Event Center is on.  It will be closed from Casino Drive up to Thomas Edison Drive from 4pm to 11pm the night of the show.  It is also a short walk, though uphill on the way there.   We attended the last concert, Reba, and traffic was the heaviest we had seen in Laughlin in quite some time.  Potentially, the Rascal Flatts concert should be even bigger. 

If you want more music or something different there will be several other acts to choose from around Laughlin over the weekend of April 11-13th. 



Eddie Money is at the Riverside Resort performing in Don’s Celebrity Theatre
Friday-Sunday, April 11th-13th.  Show starts at 8 p.m.   See the Riverside Box Office for Tickets.

Several of the hotels and Casino's are also featuring live music (free admission). 

  • Over at the Tropicana the Voodoo Cowboys (a country rock group) will be on stage April 11th and 12th from 9 pm-1 am  (Free)
  • The all new Loading Dock Stage located right on the Laughlin Riverwalk outside the Colorado Belle will feature blues from K.K. Martin, Friday through Sunday 6pm to 10pm.     (Free)
  • Inside the Colorado Belle at the River Bar Lounge, Neil Morrow will be playing Friday through Sunday 8pm to 12:45am.  (Free)
  • The just remodeled Splash Lounge at the Aquarius will feature Guitars & Cadillacs, a classic rock band on Friday and Saturday from 7pm until midnight.  (Free)
  • Also at the Aquarius, tucked right over by the Riverwalk, The Cove Bar & Lounge will have Melody Louise performing Friday and Saturday evening from 9pm until Midnight (Free)
  • At the River Palms on the Casino Floor, local favorite, Pat O’Brien will be performing Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 10pm.  (Free)


Visit the Laughlin Buzz HomePage for more about the area.

*All content in this blog post are presented for entertainment and informational purposes only. Dates, times, and events are subject to change by the owner/vendor/property in charge of the events. We received no compensation from the properties, events, sponsors, groups, organizations, or restaurants mentioned or pictured in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ink Mayhem Tattoo Convention During Laughlin River Run

Laughlin, Nevada

Ink Mayhem Tattoo Convention



River Palms, Laughlin, NV
April 23-26th

The Laughlin Tattoo Convention offers world class tattooing. This show will offer a variety of attractions throughout the event including live tattooing, daily tattoo contests, vendors, tattoo hostesses, a bikini contest, prizes, raffles, and a Go Go Show Lounge with a full bar (21 and older), art fusion, prizes and raffles.   

This event is scheduled during the annual Laughlin River Run.  

Free admission to the tattoo convention area.  
$10 cover to the Go Go Show After Parties.

For even more details visit  http://www.dermalknowledgeproductions.net/  


Visit the Laughlin Buzz HomePage for more about the area.

*All content in this blog post are presented for entertainment and informational purposes only. Dates, times, and events are subject to change by the owner/vendor/property in charge of the events. We received no compensation from the properties, events, sponsors, groups, organizations, or restaurants mentioned or pictured in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them. 

Black Bear Diner Redemption

We reported on two bad health inspections for the Black Bear Diner in Bullhead City, AZ.




See them here from March 6th and the subsequent follow up here on March 14th.

There is now good news.  They seem to have cleaned up their act (and kitchen).  On April 3rd they had a another follow up inspection by the Mohave County Department of Public Health and received a Satisfactory rating.



Here is the summary report from the Mohave Co. Department of Public Health Website:

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Establishment Summary
Inspection Date: 04/03/2014 Rating: Satisfactory
Permit Description: 1003 - FOOD SERVICE - TYPE III
Establishment: BLACK BEAR DINER
Address: 1751 HWY 95 SUITE #25, BULLHEAD CITY
Violation(s):
20. Food contact surfaces and equipment are cleaned frequently and properly to prevent food contamination

Inspector Notes:
4. NO COOLING WAS TAKING PLACE AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION. 5. WAIT STATION REFRIGERATION UNIT HAS BEEN SERVICED AND IS HOLDING BETTER COLD TEMPS. SOME ITEMS HAVE BEEN FREEZING AND ARE DOUBLE PANNED. CONTINUE TO MONITOR UNIT SO THAT 41 F OR LESS IS MAINTAINED. 7. HAND WASHING STATIONS WERE PROPERLY STOCKED AND WORKING CORRECTLY AND FREQUENT AND PROPER HAND WASHING WAS OBSERVED. 19. PROPER GLOVE USE OBSERVED. NO DAMP OR DIRTY TOWELS WERE FOUND OUTSIDE OF A SANITIZER BUCKET. GOOD JOB. 20. OBSERVED EMPLOYEE CARRY A STACK OF GLASSES SO THAT THE RIMS TOUCHED THEIR ARM. MANAGER DEMONSTRATED THE PROPER WAY TO CARRY GLASSES TO THE NEW EMPLOYEE. THE EMPLOYEE USED THE PROPER PROCEDURE AFTER THAT. CORRECTED DURING INSPECTION. 21. SANITIZER BUCKETS AND THE DISH MACHINE ARE AT THE CORRECT STRENGTH AND TEST STRIPS ARE IN USE. SANITIZER LOGS WERE VERIFIED. CONTINUE TO FAX SANITIZER LOGS TO OFFICE AS PART OF THE RISK CONTROL PLAN. 27. FANS IN THE WALK-ON COOLER ARE CLEAN--WALLS AND CEILING IS CLEAN. MOST AREAS SHOW MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN CLEANING.

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While we would of rather seen an Excellent rating this is a good sign.   

For the time being we personally won't be dining at this location.  

We will keep a watch on further inspections with the hope that they continue 
to progress instead of fall back into the old pattern of sub par inspections.


Visit Laughlin Buzz for more about the Laughlin and Bullhead City area.  

*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data 
taken from the Mohave County Department of Public Health website.   We received no 
compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way 
affiliated with them.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bullhead City Bike Rally 2014

Bullhead City, AZ                    -              Laughlin, NV 

Bike enthusiasts will love the upcoming week in April when both the 32nd Annual Laughlin River Run and the 3rd annual Bullhead City Bike Rally will take place.  

 River Run dates are April 23-27th and the Bullhead Bike Rally is April 24-26th.

The Bullhead City Bike Rally events will take place at the Bullhead City Community Park and will consist of various vendors (food and retail), beer and whiskey shots (one of EACH for only $5.00), a Car and Bike Show, a Poker Run (benefiting Colorado River Boys & Girls Club), and continuous music.  

To make the event even more interesting, there is also a chance to win $1000 cash among other prize giveaways (all valued at $50 or more).  Tickets for the cash raffle are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Bullhead Area Chamber Visitors Center, Cathie’z Leather or Mission Bank.  The giveaway will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. and you do not have to be present to win.
www.BullheadCityBikeRally.com for more information. 


Events take place each day from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m 

Schedule from the official Bike Rally Site (click for a larger view)


Poker Run Information

Community Park is located at 1251 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ          

Visit the Laughlin Buzz HomePage for more about the area.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

An Un-Feastlike Feast at Bubba Gump Laughlin

The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Laughlin, Nevada

Restaurant Review - Visited March 2014




We have not been back to Bubba Gumps Shrimp Company since we dropped by when they first opened.   One late afternoon we were walking on the Riverwalk and on impulse decided to have a late lunch/early dinner on the deck.  The weather was beautiful, not too hot, little wind, and dining on the deck has a nice view.   




Service was fast and friendly except at the end of the meal when our server seemed to have disappeared, not clearing the table nor bringing the check.  

 Needless to say, even though there are other options, Bubba Gumps is all about the shrimp.  Two of us were dining so we decided to split the signature Forrest Seafood Feast, a Shrimp Cocktail and a house salad. We added in a Corona and a Stella too.  The salad was fresh, crisp and good.



Now onto the shrimp. Wouldn't one expect a shrimp company to do shrimp very good? Yet, the best part of the shrimp cocktail was the cocktail sauce itself. It had a nice hit of horseradish right in the middle of it.  This helped the not especially firm shrimp be tolerable. And please de-vein the shrimp completely, don't leave a small piece on it (see pic).


Definitely sub par compared to some of the other Shrimp Cocktails we have had in Laughlin.  Notably at the Steakhouse in the Tropicana, the Cove and Vineyard at the Aquarius, and even at Baja Blue at Harrah's. They did give us 6 shrimp, nearly everywhere you get a shrimp cocktail now it is 5 or even 4 shrimp.


For the price of $14.29   this just wasn't a good value.

The feast itself was also disappointing.  Although it was cooked nicely (i.e. fried and so healthy), the shrimp and fish were just average.
The feast picture from the menu

Forrest's Seafood Feast

For a feast and the price ($20.79) it also seemed very un-feastlike.   It actually looks larger than it does because of the heap of fries it sits on top of.


4 seafood hush puppies were the best thing on the platter.  4 deep fried shrimp were small and again just average. There were three thin strips of fish heavily battered sitting on a mound of not crisp enough fries.  The fish was good, at least what there was of it. This would of easily been a good sized meal for one person but to share it was not that fulfilling.  A tiny plastic cup of coleslaw, cocktail sauce, and remouldade sauce (very good) were included. The fries were not not very hot and not crisp, very bland. We definitely would not order this again.  In fact, in retrospect we should of perhaps tried one of the Early Bird specials.  Or sit at the bar for the happy hour, though they we couldn't enjoy the deck.  We did have comps and a Landry card reward so meal was virtually free to us, but had we needed to pay the $50+ dollars we wouldn't have been as happy. Bubba Gumps is a sort of gimmicky chain restaurant, a bit overpriced and under quality in our opinion.

Perhaps there are some good items we have not tried, but if and when we do return it won't be for the shrimp cocktail, feat, or fish and chips.  Perhaps shrimp tacos, the Shrimp Po boy or some of the happy hour apps (available only at the bar).

Angry Birds, Laughlin style.
We did have a visitor right at the end of the meal when the server didn't clear the table.


There were less bothersome birds on the deck this time than the last time we were there.  It is one of the hazards of eating outside but the servers should be a bit more diligent in clearing tables faster and ushering the birds away.

Overall eating on the deck was enjoyable and one of the only places in Laughlin you can do this right on the River.  The Loading Dock is the next closest thing. If you are going for the Bubba Gump experience try it, or some of the the drinks on the deck we recommend it. Otherwise we would pass.  Personally, we wish they had not replaced Joe's Crab Shack there at the Golden Nugget.

Bubba Gump is located right on the Laughlin Riverwalk just outside the lower level of the Golden Nugget Laughlin.  Dining is available outside year round (they have a fire pit and heaters), plus inside at the bar and in the dining room.  They also have a small Bubba Gump gift shop area.


For more reviews and current happenings in the area vist 
  
LaughlinBuzz.Com 


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