May 20, 2015

Memorial Day and Weekend 2015 in Laughlin

Laughlin, Nevada


Avenue of the Flags - Laughlin, Nevada 

Memorial Day Weekend and Memorial Day is always a busy time in Laughlin. Although summer isn't officially until next month the season heats up with increased activity on the River, Riverwalk, as well as in and around the Casinos.  

But....   
Memorial Day isn't just about enjoying the water sports, music, gaming, partying or barbecues. Besides enjoying some fun in the Sun or on the Colorado River or Lake Mohave, be sure to put the Memorial Day Ceremony on your list of things to do.  Never forget to honor the true reason for the day. Remembrance. 

Laughlin Memorial Day Ceremony 

Takes place Monday at 10AM at the Avenue of Flags Plaza (located on Casino Drive, north of the Riverside before the bridge). This annual event by American Legion Post 60, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 60, Unit 60 Auxiliary and the Laughlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 243 will includes a remarks by various members of the community.  Acknowledgement of current residents serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and graduating high school seniors who have signed up for duty will also be made. 

After the ceremony a lunch will be served at the American Legion Post on Bruce Woodbury Drive beginning at noon. Everyone is welcome to the ceremony and lunch. Poppies will be offered at Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall by members of the American Legion, Friday through Monday. They will also be available at the annual Laughlin Memorial Service at the Avenue of the Flags Plaza. 


The Fun Stuff:
Among the activities all around the area here are just a few in Laughlin: 




Rock ’N’ Ribs Festival
This annual event takes place on the Riverwalk at the Colorado Belle and the Loading Dock outdoor stage.  Music, BBQ, and of course great beer.  Fri-Sunday  See more details here. 






Memorial Weekend Comedy Fest
Riverside Resort Casino
May 21 - 24, 2015


Featuring Gabe Lopez, The Smash Brothers, DJ Cooch, 
Joey Medina & Steve “Mudflap” McGrew  

Tickets: $20.00    -    Show Times: 8:00 PM
For tickets see the Riverside box office or www.riversideresort.com


Sunday, May 24th
Memorial Day Fireworks on the River 
Avi Resort Casino 
Fireworks begin at dusk. Free admission, get their early, it is always a popular event.
The best place,  up close, to see this brilliant display is right by the River at the Avi Beach area. Admission is free.  See more details here. 


Video clip of the Fireworks Finale from 2013




Tropicana Laughlin Beach Party 
Caboose Lounge, featuring music by Safety Orange



Shows 
10PM-2AM Friday and Saturday
9PM-1AM Sunday. 

The Laughlin Water Park/Pool 
Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Hours:  1PM- 7PM  
Admission:
$1 for 3-17 years of age and seniors 55 and older
$2 for adults 18-54 
Location: 3790 James A. Bilbray Parkway in Laughlin. 


Reminder, since Monday is Memorial Day all federal, state and local government offices including the post office, schools, and banks will be closed. 
   

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Aquarius Resort Casino Revenue Up Again in Laughlin






Laughlin, Nevada

Aquarius Resort Casino Revenue Up Again

American Casino & Entertainment Properties, the operator of Aquarius Casino in Laughlin, and the Stratosphere and two Arizona Charlie's properties in Vegas, reported (on May 15, 2015) that company quarterly revenue was up 6.1% in the first quarter of the year.  In addition profits nearly doubled for the first quarter.

They reported $94.4 million in net revenuee in the quarter that ended March 31st, compared to $89 million in the same period a year ago. Profits for the same quarter were $8 million, compared to $4.5 million in the same first quarter of 2014.

By property the revenue numbers were up the following percentages.
Stratosphere           up 4.7%
Arizona Charlie’s   up 2.1%
Aquarius               up 11.9%

This is the second consecutive double digit quarterly revenue increase for the Aquarius Resort Casino.  Last quarter they reported an increase of 10.3%.

The revenue increase at all the properties was driven by increased slot machine revenue, higher hotel occupancy and increases in restaurant activity.  Increased average daily room rates and resort fees also contributed.

At the Aquarius - Hotel revenue increased 13.2% in the first quarter of 2015 as ADR increased 4.6% and occupancy increased to 55.7% in the first quarter of 2015 compared to 51.4% in the first quarter of 2014.  Casino revenue increased 10.9% due to increased slot and table revenue. Food and beverage revenue increased 6.4% due to increased covers and a higher average check per cover.

Overall, American Casino & Entertainment Properties cash flow grew to 22.2 million (up 18.7%).



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Aquarius at Night - Credit:  Aquarius Casino
Statistics were taken from the American Casino & Entertainment Properties quarterly press release of March 26, 2015 and can be viewed at:
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May 19, 2015

Fireworks at Avi Casino - Memorial Day Weekend

Laughlin, Nevada

Avi Resort Casino -  Fireworks
Sunday, May 24, 2015 - At Dusk


Memorial Day and the weekend before it is 
always a busy time in Laughlin and on the River. 

Never forget the true reason for the day.  Remembrance. 




The Avi Resort and Casino will once again feature a brilliant Fireworks display on the Colorado River by their beach area.    The fireworks are one of the best you can see in the area.  No official starting time is given, but generally start shortly after dark.   Get there early, crowds are usually big.   

Here are clips of the finales of two previous Fireworks shows at the Avi. 

2013

2012


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Yogi's Picnic Basket Open In Laughlin

Laughlin, Nevada




Yogi's Picnic Basket  -  Now open at the Laughlin Outlet Mall in the Food Court area.

Yogi's Picnic Basket has taken the space previously occupied by the Rice Garden at the Laughlin Outlet Mall.   We had a chance to sample a few of the items from their short but sweet menu.

Three of us shared the Red Neck Tacos (2 for $9) featuring Pulled Pork and the Cowboy Tacos (2 for $10) which was filled with Beef Brisket. Both were delicious.  They were worth the price and are good sized.  Eating two alone would be very filling.  We added the onions, jalapenos and tomato but those are optional (and were very fresh).    .  
Red Neck and Cowboy Tacos

We also share one order of the "Piggy Mac", which we were told is one of their best sellers (in the very short time they have been open).  This was very good, filled with the same pulled pork and a very nice mac and cheese (made with Penne type pasta) mixed in the grilled sandwich.

The PiggyMac does have a bite (spicy) to it.  The sauce used with the pulled pork must be one of the hotter ones.  It wouldn't hurt to ask if they can substitute the sweet-tangy one in the sandwich.  Not sure if they can or if it is pre-mixed.  

The pulled pork in the taco was plain and we added the sauce.  You can choose your sauce from the several types offered. 

The Sweet Tea was great and went well with what seems to be a very authentic Carolina style BBQ.

Piggy Mac  -  Pulled Pork with Mac and Cheese

The BBQ meats are cooked in a big smoker located right outside the mall.  If you go by at the right time you may wonder where the great BBQ smell is coming from outside the main entrance of the mall. 


Where the Magic Happens - Smoker in the Outlet Mall Parking Lot 

Menu (as of 5-18-2015), subject to change*
Yogi BBQ Sauce Selections
You can choose your sauce, we preferred the Southern-Tangy Sweet sauce. 

We would love to see them offer the brisket and pulled pork stand alone with some cornbread or as a sandwich instead of as just a taco. Overall we think based on one visit that Yogi's is a nice addition to the Food Court and as a choice for some good, reasonably priced food in Laughlin.  We can't wait to go back and try the other items.   

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May 18, 2015

Rock 'N' Ribs Festival - Memorial Day Weekend Laughlin, NV

Laughlin, Nevada

7th Annual
ROCK 'N' RIBS FESTIVAL
May 22-24 (2015)


In addition to all the other events going on over the Memorial Day weekend,  the Colorado Belle is presenting their 7th annual Rock 'N' Ribs festival.   Free Live Entertainment from two bands will take place on the Loading Dock Stage right on the Laughlin Riverwalk.  The festival will also feature great ribs, BBQ pulled pork and beef brisket and assorted side dishes.  There, of course, will be a variety of beer to choose from including several from Pints Microbrewery.



Lil' Elmo and the Cosmos and the K.K. Martin Band will be the two groups performing on the outdoor stage at the Loading Dock this year. 

Lil' Elmo and the Cosmos

K.K. Martin


Check out some of the pictures and music from last year's Rock N Ribs Festival, featuring Lil' Elmo and the Cosmos and the Joe Blanchard Trio.  

Festival Hours:
Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sat 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sun noon-7 p.m.

Music is free.  Beverages and food will be available for purchase. 


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Small Plane Crashes in Big Bend State Park - Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin, NV

May 17, 2015 -  A small plane crashed in the area of the Big Bend State Park in Laughlin, Nevada around 6 PM on Sunday.   One person was reported dead and 3 more are hospitalized.  
The plane crash sparked a brush fire which burned for hours and resulted in closure of a portion of Needles Highway near the park. 

According to reports in the local paper, the Mohave Daily News: 
Three individuals made it out of the plane but one was trapped inside the wreckage.  One of the plane’s occupants was flown by helicopter from Big Bend SRA to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.  A woman was transported by ambulance to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center and later flown to UMC in Las Vegas in critical condition, reported Sarah Morga-Mangum, hospital spokesman. Another victim was taken by ambulance to Valley View Medical Center. He was treated in the emergency room and then flown to the UMC Burn Center in Las Vegas, said Lance Ross, director of community relations and marketing for the Fort Mohave Hospital. His condition was unknown.

Pictures and Video from the scene taken by Laughlin Buzz 








Although the fire looks closer to the Laughlin Bay Mariana they fire was contained well before it. There were concerns over the fire reaching the homes by the Marina area but those were also kept safe as the fire was contained. 





Traffic was closed from Casino Drive (West) at Gilligans Tavern on Needles Hwy all the way up past the crash site at Big Bend State Park.  For awhile authorities were worried about the fire jumping the Highway.  




Video of the Mercy Air flight taking off and some of the flames burning.






Mercy Air Taking Off 




Responders on the Scene




Update:  As of 5/19/15 Big Bend State Park is closed until further notice.  An investigation is underway as to the cause of the crash.  Authorities also want to make sure no further flare ups in the brush fire occur. 



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May 11, 2015

Riverwalk Barbecue Festival - May 15-17 (2015)

Laughlin, Nevada

In addition to the Hank Williams Jr. Concert at the Laughlin Event Center there will be a Riverwalk Barbecue Festival at the Colorado Belle. 




May 15-17, 2015

Riverwalk Barbecue Festival


Free live entertainment on the Loading Dock stage by the Colorado Belle.  

Enjoy down-home BBQ and sides along wih ice-cold brews and free live country music by Chris Johnson with the Hollywood Hillbillies and Melody Louise & The Rivercats. 


Photo Credit - Debbie H. on the Laughlin Buzz Facebook Group


Festival Hours:
Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sat 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sun noon-7 p.m.

Music is free.  Beverages and food will be available for purchase. 


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May 8, 2015

A Visit to the Old Town Saloon - Laughlin

Laughlin, NV

Old Town Saloon and Blaze N Blues BBQ 


The Drinks

We only had a few beers at the bar while we played and ate.   Looks like a full bar, with specials at times.  Like Thirsty Thursday 75 cent draft domestic beer*.   Video poker/keno machines are on the bar and drinks are comped while you play.  



The Atmosphere

They are now a "Country" saloon, with various Live Bands.  This was our first visit and the place was fairly empty with a few people having a drink and the bar and one couple eating at one of the tables. Pool Tables and Darts are available.   Sometime when a band is playing we will have to stop back and see how the place changes.  For now, and from what others have told us, it seems fairly quiet. Especially earlier in the day/evening. 




The Food

Besides seeing what it looked like, we specifically stopped to grab a bite to eat one late afternoon. 
The Blaze N Blues BBQ is located inside the Old Town Saloon. 
We weren't sure what to order so we went with the Sampler platter and a second order of the Pulled Pork Sliders. We were surprised that the BBQ Taquito Spears were the best part of the Sampler.

Sampler Platter
The Baby Back Ribs were pretty good and with a nice BBQ sauce that didn't overwhelm the ribs. Unfortunately, the ribs were served at room temperature.  Not sure why and didn't want to send them back.  They ribs weren't the fall of the bone type we expected but had good flavor. The Tater Poppers and Crispy Pickle Chips were just average and would pass on them next time. The Pulled Pork Sliders were the best of everything we tried.  These would be worth getting again on another visit. 
Prices were decent. Combined with a a few comped beers while playing video poker/keno while snacking at the bar and it's a good deal. Unless you lose, which we did.  Can't win every time!
If you like BBQ we recommend giving them a try.   We want to sample some of the other BBQ items and the ribs again (hot ones hopefully). 
Service for food was good, fast and friendly. You order at the window and go pick it up when they call you. Friendliness from the bartender -- not so much. Maybe our group didn't seem "local" enough? Will probably go back sometime to try some of the other BBQ items and the ribs again (hot ones hopefully). 
*Ribs are only available Thurs-Sun  according to their current menu. 

Pulled Pork Sliders



The Menu

This was taken from their Old Town Saloon section of their webpage, and is subject to change by the owners/establishment.

The Old Town Saloon is open 24 hours but the Blaze N Blues BBQ has the following hours:

Business hours: PST
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 4 pm - 12 am
Wednesday: 4 pm - 12 am

Thursday: 4 pm - 12 am
Friday: 4 pm - 12 am
Saturday: 12 am - 12 pm
Sunday: 12 am - 9 pm





Starters

BBQ Taquito Spears
6 smoked chicken or pulled pork taquito spears served on a bed of fresh slaw with homemade BBQ sauce. $8

Loaded Tater Poppers
5 crispy loaded potato balls with bacon, cheddar & pepper jack cheese, chives and diced jalapenos served with homemade cool ranch sauce. $7

Crispy Pickle Chips
Pickle chips fried to a crisp served with homemade spicy jalapeno ranch sauce. $6

Basket of Potato Chips
Fresh, in-house sliced potatoes fried to a golden crisp than sprinkled with sea salt and served with ranch sauce. $3.50  ***GO BUFFALO WILD for an additional $1.50

BBQ Chicken Skewers
2 skewers with smoked free range chicken breast, red onion and cherry tomatoes drizzled with homemade BBQ sauce and served on a bed of slaw. $8.25

Mac n’ Chez Bites
5 cheesy Mac n’ Cheese balls loaded with bacon and green onions, rolled in golden bread crumbs and served with homemade BBQ sauce for dipping. $6.75

Basket of Fries
Fresh, in-house cut potatoes fried to a golden crisp than sprinkled with sea salt and served with ketchup. $3.50
***GO HOG WILD for an additional $2.50

Gold Rush Chicken Salad
Crisp lettuce topped with grilled free range chicken breast, shredded cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, red onion and croutons. $8

Blaze n’ Blues Sampler
Perfect for sharing! A full order of taquito spears, ¼ rack of smoked baby back ribs, 4 loaded tater poppers and crispy pickle chips. $22.75
***Tues – Wed ribs are substituted with chicken skewers.

***Additional sauces for any menu item are $0.50 each.

Angus Burgers & BBQ Sandwiches
Burgers are cooked medium well unless otherwise requested; your choice of hand cut fries, house made potato chips or fresh chopped slaw.
                                                                                                                      
Bn’B Classic
Served with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, pickles and mayo. $8.25

Old Town Burger
Topped with crispy bacon, melted cheddar cheese, crispy onions and BBQ sauce on top of fresh slaw. $9.75

Saloon Burger
Topped with crispy onions, crispy pickle chips, melted cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce. $9.50

Wild West Burger
Topped with crispy bacon, crispy jalapeno chips, Pico de Gallo, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo. $10.75

Chuck Wagon Burger
Topped with crispy bacon, onions, jalapenos chips, cheddar cheese, fresh chopped slaw and slow smoked pulled pork. $12

The Miner Burger
½ lb. Angus beef patty topped with melted cheddar cheese and served on a toasted slider roll. $7.75

Blaze n’ Grilled Cheese & Pork
Lightly buttered brioche toast with melted cheddar cheese, shredded pulled pork and crispy pickle chips. $8.75

Blues Smoked Pulled Pork
Smoked pulled pork topped with crispy onions and homemade BBQ sauce served on top of fresh slaw. $9.75

Rodeo Chicken Sandwich
Smoked free range chicken breast topped with crisp lettuce, vine ripen tomato, fresh cilantro, red onion, pepper jack cheese and chipotle ranch. $9.75

***Add extras to your burger(s) or sandwich(s):                                                      cheese $1, bacon $1.50, dbl. meat $3
Sliders
For $2.50 add your choice of hand cut fries, house made potato chips or fresh chopped slaw.

***Sliders come 2 to an order.

BLT Sliders
Fresh lettuce and tomato topped with crispy bacon and mayo spread. $6.75

BBQ Chicken Sliders
Grilled free range chicken breast topped with crispy bacon, melted cheddar cheese and crispy onions served with homemade BBQ sauce. $8

Buffalo Wild Chicken Sliders
Grilled free range chicken breast topped with red onion, cilantro, vine-ripe tomato, lettuce and homemade buffalo blue cheese sauce with crumbles of blue cheese. $8.75

Cheese Burger Sliders
Handmade Angus beef patties topped with cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, vine-ripe tomato, a pickle slice and mayo spread. $7.75

Fool’s Gold Sliders
Handmade Angus beef patties topped with lettuce, vine-ripe tomato, red onion, blue cheese nuggets, bacon and mayo spread. $9.50

Smoked Pulled Pork Sliders
Slow smoked pulled pork with homemade BBQ sauce, crispy onions and garnished with a crispy pickle chip. $8.50

AWARD Winning Baby Back Ribs
***Available Thurs-Sun, while supplies last!

Slow smoked AWARD WINNING baby back ribs are individually cut for easy eating and served on a bed of fresh chopped slaw.

Petite order – ¼ rack $8
Popular order – ½ rack $14.25
Hungry Cowboy – Full Rack w/fries & slaw $25

Chicken & Ribs
Choice of hand cut fries, house made potato chips or fresh chopped slaw.

¼ rack of AWARD WINNING baby back ribs and a free range grilled chicken breast drizzled in homemade BBQ sauce. $12.50

½ rack with a chicken breast. $18

***Tacos come 2 to an order.

Chicken Tacos
Chicken tacos made with grilled free range chicken breast and topped with lettuce, cheese, Pico de Gallo and cilantro then drizzled with jalapeno ranch. $8

Pulled Pork Tacos
Smoked pulled pork tacos topped with fresh chopped slaw, crispy onions and drizzled with homemade BBQ sauce. $8

Ground Beef Tacos
Ground beef tacos, made with Angus beef and topped with lettuce, cheese, Pico de Gallo and cilantro then drizzled with chipotle ranch. $8.50

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