Parties & Events 2018
Las Vegas in August is … hot. But at EXPO 2018, things will get even hotter at night with the parties and special events planned for the 26th EXPO at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, August 19-22.
With three days packed full of Staff Training Seminars, a Keynote Address, the Legal & Marketing Panels, and a two-day, 100-booth Tradeshow, it’s clear that the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO is about doing business. But it’s also about having a great time! As is the case each year, EXPO 2018 will be packed with evening events, parties and the Annual ED’s Awards Show, all designed to allow attendees to network, get caught up with old friends, make new friends and ... PARTY!
While full details for EXPO 2018’s evening events are TBA, here are the great events at the Hard Rock from EXPO 2017
First-ever "Hospitality Lounge” to greet EXPO 2017 Attendees
at Goose Island Pub
Sunday, August 27, 11am-5pm
Starting at 11 am on Sunday, August 27th, pre-registered EXPO sponsors, exhibitors and attendees will pick up their badges—and have some killer, complimentary food!—at the Goose Island Pub, located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel registration desk and smack dab in the middle of the casino floor. In addition to the complimentary food, there will also be free coffee and tea, and there’s a full cash bar and craft beers on hand as well.
The EXPO Hospitality Lounge is being sponsored by John Jacquat of Pure Risk Solutions and Warren Cato of Club Control Systems, in conjunction with Neon and Merchant Lynx Services.
“Whether you’re waiting for your hotel room to be ready upon check in, or you simply want to get your EXPO 2017 experience started on a relaxed note, the Hospitality Lounge at the Goose Island Pub is the place to be,” says ED Publisher Don Waitt, noting that because the Hard Rock is still considered a “boutique” hotel, some guests’ rooms may not be ready until 5 pm on the day of check in. “Forget about waiting in lines at the main EXPO registration desk and instead, have something to eat and mingle with fellow EXPO attendees in a private, industry-only environment.”
• Pick up your badges in advance!
• Grab your Official EXPO Program Guide, Yearbook and Goodie Bag!
• Fill up on some FREE Goose Island pub food!
• Full liquor and craft beer cash bar!
• Relax and get your EXPO experience started on a high note!
Vanity is the exquisite nightclub reserved exclusively for special events at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and it's home to the 25th EXPO's Opening Night Party. The party will also include nine ED Awards presentations ahead of the main show on Tuesday night. These will include: GM of the Year, Employee of the Year, DJ of the Year, Adult Movie Entertainer of the Year, Newcomer Entertainer of the Year, Urban Club of the Year, International Club of the Year, Miss ExoticDancer.com of the Year and the first-ever International Showgirl of the Year. To coincide with the club's "vain" theme, the best/and or most ostentatiously dressed will receive a cash prize. So dress to impress —or, at least, to get a reaction!
An eclectic jewel box, Vanity is adorned with pearls and hand cut crystals fused with bronze and gold, surrounded by antique mirrors, rubbed brass and black chrome. The startling sumptuousness of velvets, deep satins and rich tapestries add to the gleaming textures throughout the club, creating a perfect backdrop of reflective brilliance. The heartbeat of the club is a cyclone chandelier with over 20 thousand lit crystals bringing the dance floor to life.
Sponsored by Monroe's of Palm Beach, JEVO and MAL Entertainment
Show will honor industry’s top clubs and entertainers, and will feature headline performances by world-renown act Recycled Percussion
On August 29th, 2017, the entire adult nightclub industry will be focused on The Joint Theater at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to find out which adult clubs and feature entertainers take home top honors for the ED’s 20th Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards. The industry’s only national awards show is held each year at the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, and this year the 25th Anniversary EXPO will host the ED’s Awards Show at The Joint Theater inside the Hard Rock on Tuesday, August 29th. Famed Vegas act Recycled Percussion will headline the show, which will also feature command performances by the ED’s Entertainer of the Year nominees.
Whether seen as a finalist on "America's Got Talent" or at their own Vegas show, at the 2017 EXPO, attendees will witness them ignite the stage at the Hard Rock's Joint Theater on Tuesday, August 29th. RECYCLED PERCUSSION is the featured act at this year's ED's Awards Show, and will perform throughout the evening as ED Publications (producers of the Annual EXPO and Awards Show) present Awards to the industry's top adult nightclubs and feature entertainers. Called "flat out bad bass" by the Las Vegas Review Journal and featured on "The Today Show," Recycled Percussion has performed over 4,000 shows and over 400 corporate events in over 15 countries since their smash performance on "America's Got Talent" (2009 season).
"While EXPO and Awards Show guests have seen lots of great acts over the past two decades, they've never seen anything like Recycled Percussion," says ED Publications' Associate Publisher, Dave Manack. "This year's ED's Awards Show will kick off with a bang, and there's no telling where the show goes from there!"
Among the adult nightclub voting categories, the most prestigious category is the “Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year” Award. This year, 10 clubs across the U.S. count themselves among the very best in the industry. They are (in alphabetical order): Delilah’s in Philadelphia; E11EVEN in Miami; Fantasy Castle in Long Beach; Gold Club in Charlotte, NC; Hustler Club in E St. Louis, IL; Penthouse Club in Baton Rouge, LA; Platinum 84 in Denver; Scarlett’s Cabaret in Hallandale (Miami); Scores in New York City; and Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas.
Among the six entertainer award categories, the most prestigious is the Overall Entertainer of the Year Award, as each nominee performs live during the ED’s Awards Show at The Joint. Two Entertainer of the Year (EOY) nominees were decided by the EDI (Exotic Dancer Invitational) East & West Contests; Aria Moon won the Showgirl Division at the EDI East (Pony Club, Indianapolis), while Natasha Nova took home top Showgirl Division honors at the EDI West (Platinum 84, Denver). The third EOY nominee — Angela Sommers — was chosen based on results from the pre-nomination voting ballot. Reigning EOY Lacey Rain will be on hand to pass on the award to the incoming Entertainer of the Year.
In keeping with the 25th Anniversary EXPO theme, this year's show at The Joint Theater is a semi-formal affair. Awards Special Presenters will include former ED Hall of Fame inductees and Entertainer of the Year winners and nominees, and the show will be co-emceed by DJ Platypus and the beautiful adult starlet, feature entertainer and Penthouse Pet, Jayden Cole.
Note: Several awards will also be presented the previous evening at the EXPO’s Opening Night Party on Monday, August 28th, at the Hard Rock’s Vanity Nightclub.
Tickets are $89 and can be purchased by calling the ED offices at (727) 726-3592 or online here (add link) prior to the EXPO . On site, tickets can be purchased at the EXPO registration desk at the Hard Rock.
Entertainers compete for $5,000 cash AND $5,000 in advertising/promo! Contest is presented by Platinum 84 and co-sponsored by Associated Agencies.
EXPO "Chill Day" just got a whole lot hotter with the return of the $10,000 Bikini Contest! In a nod to the late Jerry Reid of Pure Gold's big-money bikini contests of the late '90s and early 2000s, ED Publications and the EXPO have brought back an event that always generated a buzz of excitement. The contest, which will be held at the Hard Rock's famous Rehab Pool on Wednesday, August 30th, is presented by Denver's Platinum 84, also the host of the EDI West contest June 22-24. The contest is also sponsored by Associated Agencies.
"Anyone who was there for the previous Bikini Contests knows what a bash they were!" says ED Publications' Associate Publisher, Dave Manack. "Now, with Platinum 84 as our contest title sponsors, we've brought the big cash prize back, and we'll have an afternoon by the pool with a bevy of gorgeous entertainers in bikinis—who wouldn't love that?!"
PLEASE NOTE! Cabanas are also available for $1750 and come with one free bottle (and set-up)! Get out of that 100-plus-degree heat with your own private cabana, but don't wait! These cabanas will sell out! Find out more here. https://www.theedexpo.com/get-a-pool-party-cabana
FEATURE ENTERTAINERS: The $5,000 cash prize goes to the top 3 winners of the contest, and the $5,000 in advertising/promo can be applied to the ED Club Bulletin (magazine) or online advertising.
Sponsored by Red Bull
Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. will all be represented as six entertainers from around the world perform during the EXPO’s Closing Night Global Showcase at Spearmint Rhino Vegas.
Australia’s Miss Nude Universe Morgan Sommers, New Zealand’s Ultimate Entertainer Bambi Wilde and Canada’s World Ultimate Entertainer Janine Jericho will perform alongside top U.S. talents including ED’s 2016 Entertainer of the Year Lacey Rain, former Entertainer of the Year nominee Simone Danalustrous and 2017 Newcomer Entertainer Award nominee Annie Lane.
Spearmint Rhino is providing shuttle service from the Hard Rock to the club from 8:30 pm to midnight. DO NOT TAKE A CAB! if you do, you will have to pay the club coverage charge. So take the shuttle and get in free with your EXPO badge!
“Thank you for including Hustler New Orleans in the Pub Crawl. It was so fun and a great experience. My managers loved the EXPO and learned a lot from the seminars.”
— Ann Kessler, Hustler Club, New Orleans
Parties and Events from EXPO 2016
2016 Opening Night Showcase Party & Pre-ED Awards
The gorgeous and historic Republic NOLA provided a lush landscape to EXPO 2016’s Opening Night Showcase Party and & Pre-ED Awards. Featured in Esquire Magazine’s “Best Bars in America” and based in the heart of the Warehouse District, Republic NOLA is a spacious venue that has served many purposes in its 150-year history. In 2016, it played host to the kick-off event for the 24th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. Attendees watched three highlight feature performances showcasing three finalists—Liza Mae Lust, Natasha Nova and Roxi D’Lite—from the 2016 EDI (EXOTIC DANCER Invitational) East and West contests. And similar to the Opening Night events in 2014 and 2015, this party also included several Pre-ED Awards Presentations. Sponsored by: Anheuser Busch, Fantasy Showclubs, JEVO, MAL Entertainment, Monroes/Double Dee's, Associated Underwriters - Alpha Carpets-Red Carpet Sponsor
E.D. Publications Presents The 2016 ED’s Awards Show
The EXPO 2016 Bikini Bowl-a-Roma
The Bourbon Street Bash 2016
Closing Night Party
In 2016, we closed out the convention with the “Bourbon Street Bash,” as four adult clubs—The Penthouse Club, Hustler’s Barely Legal, Rick’s Cabaret and Babe’s—each hosted their own party for EXPO attendees! Each club threw a “themed” event, and promoted each event in then-upcoming issues of the Club Bulletin, on our websites and social media. Sponsored by: Penthouse, Barely Legal, Rick’s”
Continental Breakfasts—Cajun Style
Sponsored by: Omega Pattern Works
ACE National Board Meeting & Reception
Sponsored by: Club Control Systems, Don Q Rum, Pure Risk Solutions, TC Management - Alpha Carpets-Red Carpet Sponsor