On April 8 and 9, the Belle will hold the "3d Annual Riverwalk Art Festival," highlighting approximately 79 artists displaying and selling fine art, jewelry, photography and fine crafts. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
On April 15 from noon to 8 p.m., don't miss the "Red Hot on the River" annual employee chili cook-off. The public is invited to view the boots and sample the chili.
The popular Irish favorite, Pat O'Brien is performing free shows at the Caboose Lounge in the Ramada Express, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. until April 16. O'Brien's popularity is the result of his amazing repertoire of songs and his ability to have fun with the audience.
O'Brien has been singing at the Ramada Express ever since he was "discovered" five years ago by Ramada Express President and General Manager, Susan Murphy, when she and her husband saw him performing at Riley's Pub in Galway, Ireland.
His first contract in the Caboose Lounge was for two weeks. O'Brien's popularity quickly grew and now he is booked twice a year - three months in the spring and two months in the fall.
O'Brien has developed his musical style with the help of technology. His guitar is hooked to a computer. "It's called a midi system," he explains. "I have been using it for 20 years. I can play notes on my guitar and it comes out sounding like the keys of a piano, or a saxophone, or accordion. I can also pre-program instrumental sequences and my own voice and then play along with them. The possibilities are endless. Every song gets its own special touch. The computer takes a back seat on a ballad."
Born and raised in Ireland, O'Brien started his career as a musician playing guitar with a rockabilly band. He studied music in Manchester, England, and performed in "Jesus Christ Superstar" for years.
As a special St. Patrick's treat, he will perform in Victory Plaza when it is transformed into Murphy's Irish Pub, March 12- 17 from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
The schedule of events for the third annual Laughlin TownFest being held March 9-12 will take place in the Laughlin Town Center on Needles Highway between El Mirage Way and Rio Vista Drive. The parade on Needles Highway will be held on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.
The progressive "Moonlight in Laughlin" dinner will kick off the event on Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. The carnival also gets under way on Thursday and is to be open throughout the entire event from 4 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Live entertainment will be going on under the huge party tent, dubbed "Entertainment Central," Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. New this year will be the group Stars on the Water, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, which will perform on Saturday Night.
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