Concert Crossing Near Laughlin

When Fort Mojave, Ariz.’s Mojave Crossing Events Center opens December 1st, the new multipurpose indoor venue will be the first of its kind in the area.

Fort Mojave is a stone’s throw away from Laughlin, Nev., which is approximately 90 miles south of Las Vegas.

“It’s the biggest events center ever built in this area,” venue GM Dennis Burns told Pollstar. “There’s been a couple of smaller things … but there’s nothing like this until you get to Las Vegas.”

The 127,000-square-foot facility will sit on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation, across the Colorado River from Avi Resort & Casino. And with the 7,500-seat venue only about a quarter mile from the casino, Burns says transportation will be available for patrons wishing to see performances at Mojave Crossing.

“That is what’s so good about being so close to the Avi,” he said. “We’ll probably have shuttle buses that take you back and forth to concerts.”

Connecticut-based Billy Alan Productions will exclusively book the venue through 2006. At press time, BAP President/CEO Billy Brill was in the process of booking, but wasn’t releasing specific dates.

“Everything we’re trying to book into the events center are things that have never played the market before,” Brill told Pollstar, adding that he and Burns have been in touch with major agencies.

“The first thing we say to the agent is, ‘Have they played the market before?’ If they say no, we become very interested in it,” he said. “It’s about to bring a whole ‘wow’ factor to Laughlin.”

Brill feels the Laughlin area is an up-and-coming resort spot and that it should get traffic from people passing through California and Arizona.

Along with a variety of concerts, the new venue will host rodeos, motocross, circuses and more.

“We’d like to put a variety of things in there,” Burns said. “This events center is not only for the Mojave Indian Tribe to make money, but to attract people to this area. This events center is going to be the focal point of this valley.”

Mitchell Peters