2017 EXPO | August 27-30

Keynote Address by Dan Lier

dan lier keynote 2017Club owners are from Mars — Staffers are from Venus
(New time) Noon - 1 pm, Tuesday, Aug. 29

Many a club owner has lamented the newest generation of club employees and entertainers. They don’t know how to hire them, or talk to them, or reach them, or train them, or motivate them. They simply don’t “understand” them. But when your club relies on these 20-something employees and entertainers —and customers — in order to have a successful business, throwing up your hands in despair isn’t exactly a winning strategy. 

But at EXPO 2017, that “winning strategy” for connecting with the millennial and centennial generations will be provided by Las Vegas’ number-one motivational speaker, Dan Lier. 

Dan Lier is a best-selling author and internationally recognized motivational speaker with the experience of presenting over 3,500 customized talks to companies around the globe. With two decades of experience presenting motivational keynotes, Lier is the most requested speaker in Las Vegas. Over past two years alone, Dan has spoken in over 30 countries sharing his proven strategies to “Maximize Your True Potential.”

Lier has been a regular on HSN as “America’s Coach” where he shares his “Strategies for Success” with millions. His work has been covered by “The Today Show” and “Inside Edition,” and he’s been a guest on the Howard Stern Show. Previously a top performer for Tony Robbins, Lier’s high-impact message and charismatic delivery style promises to provide the advice that club operators need to “reach” this millennial/centennial generation and connect with them in a way that will have all generations speaking the same language.

For more information on Dan Lier, visit DanLier.com or see these videos of Dan's presentations:

https://youtu.be/GNZaUqB7lhc

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We like the...

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Two “break-out” EXPO seminars revolving around DJ gear, sound and lighting will be presented at EXPO 2017.

The future of your DJ Software Presented by Dennis Shaw of Virtual DJ

It’s been estimated that 80%, maybe 90%, of adult nightclubs and their DJs utilize the Virtual DJ software for playing and mixing music. But how many of these clubs and DJs are getting the most out of this software?
At EXPO 2017, Dennis Shaw of Virtual DJ will be presenting the “The future of your DJ software” break-out seminar. The main thrust of Shaw’s presentation will revolve around the latest updates to the Virtual DJ software which, according to Shaw, many clubs have been hesitant to update to.

 

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Crisis Control

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At EXPO 2017, industry pros will reveal real-life club crisis stories. What did the club do right—or wrong—and what should you do if it happens to you?
Find out at EXPO!

Nothing beats on-the-job training and learn-by-example work experience. But some situations need to be addressed and contingency plans implemented before a crisis occurs. The mantra of the TV show Big Brother is “Expect the unexpected,” and it’s an excellent idea for club operators to also train their staff to be prepared for the unexpected.
Our panel of seasoned club operators and industry pros—including attorney Luke Lirot, Nightclub & Security Consultants’ Robert Smith and Rick’s Cabaret Entertainment Director DJ Platypus—will share interesting and frightening stories of unexpected crises they have dealt with and the remedies they came up with in those situations. These trial-by-fire experiences could save you in the future.

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A police chief, a ...

2017 bar2A police chief, a congressman and a state liquor board member walk into an EXPO seminar ...

At EXPO 2017, this scenario is no joke — it’s a reality! For the first time ever, three key governmental positions are represented at an EXPO seminar, as the “Government Relationships You Need For Your Club’s Future” session will feature Charles Wilson, retired commander of the Detroit Police Department, Scott Ellis, Executive Director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA), and Michigan State Representative Harvey Santana.

Years ago, the only things necessary to ensure an adult nightclub would thrive were cold beer and hot dancers. Unfortunately, those days are gone. Today, club survival must involve developing and maintaining positive community, law enforcement and legislative relationships.

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So, what’s your Exit strategy

exitSo, what’s your Exit strategy

Some day, one way or another, someone else is going to be operating your club. How and when you reach that point is largely up to you. Realtor Winston Hines offers some tips on what club owners should do now in preparation for potential retirement.

You’ve worked seven nights and days a week for years on end, inhaled enough estrogen and hormones to get pregnant yourself, personally dealt with crazy patrons and involuntary partners (sticky-fingered employees), paid out stacks of your hard-earned money to high-priced attorneys to keep you in business and/or in compliance with whatever government entity decided to mess with you just last week …and now you’re reading an article about giving all that up? Getting out and having a life? Counting all that moolah your club is worth? Well, hang in there first.

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First Ever

GOOSE SLAND“Hospitality Lounge” to greet EXPO 2017 Attendees at Goose Island Pub

Pick up your EXPO badges and wait for your hotel room in style with free food from Goose Island Pub, courtesy of ED Publications and Lounge sponsors Pure Risk Solutions and Club Control Systems.

• Pick up your badges in advance!

• Grab your Official EXPO Program Guide 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!


Traffic on the highway, lines at the grocery store, being placed on hold — no matter who you are or where you’re from, no one likes to wait. At the 25th Anniversary EXPO, we can’t exactly eliminate the waiting, but we’ll make it a lot more comfortable with our first-ever Hospitality Lounge at the Goose Island Pub inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
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 eat and mingle with fellow EXPO attendees in a private, industry-only environment.” Visit theEDexpo.com for more info!
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Contact Lacy Empkey or Kris Kay at ED Publications today at (727) 726-3592 or lacy@EDpublications and kris@EDpublications.com

EXPO Yearbook 2017

 

The Adult Nightclub Industry’s 25-Year Celebration YEARBOOK

Celebrating 25 years of the people and events that define an incredible industry!

yearbook 2017We are very proud to be celebrating the 25-Year Anniversary of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO this year, which reflects a quarter century of the growth and success of the adult nightclub industry. We think you should be just as proud of the role you and your club (or clubs) have played in the industry reaching this historic landmark.

To memorialize this accomplishment—both the 25th Anniversary of EXPO and a quarter century of the adult nightclub industry—we will be publishing a special 25-Year Anniversary Adult Nightclub Industry YEARBOOK. This perfect-bound, collector’s item retrospective of both the EXPO and the industry and the clubs that have been a part of it will be a living history and a time capsule of the past 25 years that will be reviewed, referenced and enjoyed for many years to come.

Click here to read more!

 

 

EXPO Legal Panel 2017:

stripper boaThe what, why & how of converting dancers into employees

The EXPO Legal Panel will feature a club owner who converted the dancers at four clubs to the “employee” model, as well as two labor attorneys who specialize in these conversions.

At the very first Gentlemen’s Club EXPO in 1993, the most popular legal topic of debate was the dancer classification — employee versus independent contractor.

At the EXPO in 1998, and at several subsequent conventions, there were entire legal panels devoted to this issue. One labor attorney, Lynn Hensley, faced nothing but opposition for his staunch view that dancers were, in fact, employees.

Now flash forward to the EXPOs in 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 … and what was one of the hottest topics of conversation in the legal realm? Did you guess dancer classification? Ding ding ding, you’re today’s big winner!

Over the past 25 years, ED readers and EXPO attendees have read and heard so much in regard to dancer classification; most recently, they’ve heard countless stories about the dancer class-action lawsuits that have become the scourge of the adult nightclub industry. If your club hasn’t been hit by one of these suits, you know someone who has—and you may be living in fear of when your time will come.

But there’s one side of this issue that has not been discussed at length at EXPO or in the pages of this magazine. That is, what EXACTLY does it mean to classify entertainers as employees? What would a club owner need to do to make that conversion, what are the potential benefits and risks, and how will entertainers react to being “hired” as employees rather than remaining “independent”?

These are the questions that will be answered at the 2017 EXPO’s Legal Panel, “The future of entertainer classification: Employees.” The goal of this panel is not to convince club owners and operators to convert their dancers to employees, but rather, to answer any and all questions related to a conversion. Participants in this panel include Joey Bien, owner of The Treasure Clubs, who has converted four of his clubs to the employee model for entertainers, as well as two labor attorneys—Rey Velazquez and Jeffrey Kimmel—who are experts in this area and can explain all of the legalities associated with such a conversion.

“The biggest challenge (in converting entertainers to employees) is getting managers and staff involved in it and understanding it,” opines Bien, who is also a member of the ACE National Board. “You’re asking them to think outside the box. The immediate positive of this conversion is, we now have better control of the product we put out on the floor. And believe it or not the girls are happier being employees. It’s not a perfect system and there are pitfalls you come across, but if I had to do it again I’d do it in a heartbeat. Our revenues have gone up, no question.”

Bien began this conversion process about four years ago, when he became disappointed with what he was seeing from the entertainers at his clubs. “We weren’t being sued and there was no threat of a lawsuit at the time, but I had just gone into one of my clubs and looked around and didn’t think we were putting our best foot forward,” Bien says of his Treasure Clubs in Asheville & Greensboro, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC and Roanoke, VA. “I saw entertainers on cell phones, saw them not caring like they had years ago. I didn’t like the product and I wanted to get control of the entertainers; but to do that, to get that control, they had to become employees.”

The first call Bien made was to Florida-based labor attorney Rey Velazquez, who answered Bien’s many questions about exactly what a entertainer-to-employee conversion meant for his clubs. Bien was surprised by some of what he heard from Velazquez.

“I told him, ‘I’m not really worried about lawsuits [pertaining the way Bien was classifying the entertainers].’ I said, ‘Rey, our entertainers in Asheville (North Carolina) have to have a license, they pay a lot of money for that, so that means they’re independent contractors.’ He said ‘No, it doesn’t.’ He told me the license requirement did not make them independent contractors. So we put a business plan together, discussed it at length with an accounting firm and an outside payroll company, etc. It took about a year to figure it out; since there was no model to copy, we created it on the fly.”

“Once Joey made the decision to convert, he followed the process very closely, but allowed me to do what was necessary to make the transition as smooth as possible,” adds Velazquez, an attorney with the FordHarrison LLP (labor and employment law) firm. “That being said, the greatest challenge in converting any club from the independent contractor to employee business model is the communication piece. It is very important for club owners to understand that such a drastic business model change cannot be done in a vacuum.”

“A lot of owners fear that the girls aren’t going to like it, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much they do like it. It’s unbelievable. They become real people, real employees. There’s no harm in people treating (dancing) as a real job.” - Joey Bien

Labor attorney Jeffrey Kimmel has structured the entertainer relationships for several adult nightclubs using the employee model. At the EXPO’s legal panel, Kimmel will be discussing the best method to classify entertainers as employees to reduce the legal exposure from litigants and governmental agencies, and will also discuss the “commissioned salesperson” structure for entertainers and how that structure can reduce exposure for clubs without requiring them to drastically change the way they currently conduct business.

“As every club owner knows, as a result of the classification of entertainers as independent contractors or other types of ‘non-employees,’ clubs are targets for private lawsuits and governmental agency investigations,” says Kimmel. “Converting entertainers to employees may be a way for clubs to avoid the needless substantial expense of responding to these investigations and lawsuits.”  

Kimmel acknowledges that converting entertainers to employees will require a change in the way club owners approach their business, and there are multiple financial implications.

“There will be some increase in payroll taxes, unemployment insurance and social security contributions, but these are what substantially reduce exposure and liability,” Kimmel notes. “Also, these expenditures can potentially recouped elsewhere in the structure. There are also record-keeping requirements for club owners, including clocking hours worked by all employees and amounts earned by them.”

Still, despite all the time, work and effort it took to convert four clubs to the employee model, Joey Bien couldn’t be happier with the results.

“Once the lawsuits started and the entertainers got wind of it, you started to hear them say, ‘You can’t tell me what to do, I’m independent,’” Bien adds, noting that his conversion only added to the number and quality of the entertainers at his clubs. “And I thought, you know, you’re right — so I’m going to do something about that. We’ve gotten so many first-time entertainers because of this. We get to train them and they learn the right way to do things. They become spectacular entertainers.”

When asked what he’d tell a fellow club owner about what it will—and won’t—mean for their club if they convert, Bien immediately attempts to dissolve the typical fears associated with this conversion.

“A lot of owners fear that the girls aren’t going to like it, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much they do like it,” says Bien of the dancers’ reaction to becoming “employees.” “It’s unbelievable. They become real people, real employees. They can buy a house, buy a car or rent an apartment, because they now have verification of employment. It’s how you present it to them. There’s no harm in people treating (dancing) as a real job.

“I’ve heard people say, once you convert entertainers to employees you then open yourself up to all of these lawsuits; sexual harassment, etc.,” Bien adds. “I encourage you to speak to an attorney on this, because even if you classify your entertainers as independent contractors you could still face a sexual harassment lawsuit. There are some [lawsuits] you aren’t open to if they’re employees. Sure, it’s a process, but for us it’s well worth it and we all sleep better at night.”

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Recycled Percussion

2017 ED Awards 3smRecycled Percussion will ignite 25th Anniversary EXPO's Awards Show at The Joint in Las Vegas!

Group awarded "National Act of the Year" six times and recently performed at the Super Bowl!

March 31, Clearwater, FL — It’s the 25th Anniversary EXPO and the 20th Annual ED's Awards Show — and ED Publications is pulling out all the stops!

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!"

IMG 3452 Jayden ColeIn 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 the show will be co-emceed by DJ Platypus and the beautiful adult starlet, feature entertainer and Penthouse Pet, Jayden Cole.

"I am so honored & excited to be co-emceeing the adult nightclub industry's biggest night alongside the man behind the voice, DJ Platypus!" says Jayden. "I can't wait to present a great show for everyone and for another fun EXPO in Las Vegas!”

And speaking of Awards, the entire process begins with the “pre-nomination” ballot, where industry professionals can offer their suggestions on which adult nightclubs, feature entertainers and club staff are most deserving of 2017 ED’s Award nominations. The pre-nomination ballot will be featured at www.theEDawards.com starting on May 1st; the Final ED’s Awards Ballot is set to go live on July 1st.

ED's Awards Show tickets are available for $69 each (before the May 1st deadline) and can be purchased online at www.TheEDexpo.com or by calling the ED office at (727) 726-3592.

2017 ED Awards Show

The 20th Annual ED’s Awards Show at the The Joint Theater, inside the Hard Rock Casino

Tuesday, August 29th, 9-11 pm (8-9 pm reception)

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 click here prior to the EXPO . On site, tickets can be purchased at the EXPO registration desk at the Hard Rock.

 


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A guide to the 2016 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

expo 2016 logo2smA guide to the 2016 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO in New Orleans
Here are the Top 10 things #TheEDEXPO attendees won’t want to miss, August 7-10 at the Hilton Riverside!

1.) Opening Night Showcase Party and Pre-ED Awards

You won't find a larger gathering of adult club industry hospitality experts than at the Annual Gentlemen's Club Expo. That's why we endeavor to select the finest local venues to host our nightly parties. This year, that tradition continues as we present EXPO 2016’s Opening Night Showcase Party and Pre-ED Awards at Republic NOLA. As native as the Mississippi River and found in the heart of the city's Warehouse District, this distinctly southern spot was featured in the Esquire Magazine's “Best Bars in America.”  On that Monday evening, we'll gather in living history as four performances showcase finalists from the 2016 EDI (EXOTIC DANCER Invitational) East and West contests, while nine ED Awards are also presented ahead of the main ED Awards Show on Tuesday night. Celebrate Expo in the real New Orleans.

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Club Nominees announced for 2016 ED’s

theeds2016Overall Club of the Year, Regional Club and Club Staff Nominees announced for 2016 ED’s Awards Show in New Orleans!

Top comedian Colin Kane to host show at the Harrah’s Theater on August 9th

June 14th, Clearwater, FL: ED (EXOTIC DANCER) Publications, producers of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO and Annual ED Awards Show, is proud to announce the nominees for Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year category, as well as the regional club and club staff nominations. The 19th Annual ED Awards Show will be held on August 9th at the Harrah’s Theater in New Orleans during the 24th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO (August 7-10, Hilton Riverside, New Orleans).

The following eight adult nightclubs are nominated for the Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year Award: Christie’s Cabaret, Tempe, AZ; Deja Vu, Hollywood, CA; Monroe’s of Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL; Penthouse Club, San Francisco; Rick’s Cabaret, New York, NY, Scores, Mooresville (Charlotte), NC; Spearmint Rhino, Las Vegas; and Thee Dollhouse, Tampa, FL. (A complete list of ED’s club and staff award nominees is listed below.)

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2016 Entertainer Award Nominees announced

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Top comedian Colin Kane to host show at the Harrah’s Theater on August 9th
June 9th, Clearwater, FL:  ED (EXOTIC DANCER) Publications, producers of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO and Annual ED Awards Show, is proud to announce the nominees for four feature entertainer award categories, including the prestigious Overall Entertainer of the Year Award. The four Entertainer of the Year nominees will perform on stage during the 19th Annual ED Awards Show, which will be held on August 9th at the Harrah’s Theater in New Orleans during the 24th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO (August 7-10, Hilton Riverside, New Orleans).

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Colin Kane to Host 19th Annual ED’s Awards Show

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The adult nightclub industry’s only national awards show is the featured event of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, August 7-10, 2016 in New Orleans

March 30, Clearwater, FL:  The 19th Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show—known as the ED’s Awards Show—will once again celebrate the best-of-the-best in the adult nightclub and feature entertainment industries. Held each year during the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, the 2016 ED’s Awards Show is slated for Tuesday, August 9th, at the Harrah’s Theatre inside the the Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. The 24th Annual EXPO is being held directly across the street from Harrah’s at the Hilton Riverside, August 7-10.

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The Nominees are...

2015-awardsEntertainer Award Nominees announced for 2015 ED Awards Show in New Orleans! 

 "Big, Bold and Sassy" Thea Vidale to host show at the Civic Theatre on August 25th

June 16th, Clearwater, FL:  ED (EXOTIC DANCER) Publications, producers of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO and Annual ED Awards Show, is proud to announce the nominees for four feature entertainer award categories, including the prestigious Overall Entertainer of the Year Award. The four Entertainer of the Year nominees will perform on stage during the 18th Annual ED Awards Show, which is presented by Anheuser-Busch and will be held on August 25th at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans during the 23rd Annual EXPO. 

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Steamboat Party!

Steamboat Natchez Photo 2“Chill Day” Steamboat Party!

August 26, 2:30-3 pm: Boarding  3-5 pm: The Cruise

We’ve booked the Creole Queen for a private afternoon cruise with cocktails and a Cajun food feast! Boarding the Steamboat Natchez makes you feel as if you have entered another era. The captain barks his orders through an old-time hand-held megaphone.
 

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Thea Vidale to Host

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Thea Vidale, also known as “Chocolate Kiss,” is a 30-year comedy veteran whose show can be as clean or as dirty as the audience calls for; she can be your kind aunt or your kinky uncle. For a taste of the latter, just type in “Thea Vidale—The Nasty Show” on YouTube and be prepared to fall out of your chair laughing.
“Thea is perfect for New Orleans,” says ED Publisher Don Waitt. “She’s big, bold and sassy and that is an exact reflection of what The Big Easy is. And naturally, we want her to bring her wildest show!”
On television, she is best known for her primetime ABC sitcom Thea, for which she was nominated for a People’s Choice Award as Favorite Female in a New Series. Thea has also appeared on numerous hit TV shows and sitcoms, including Last Comic Standing, Comics Unleashed, Hot Tamales Live on HBO, Ugly Betty, Law & Order CI, and Ellen.

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Security Certification

EXPO 2015 To Offer First-Ever Security Certification Program

security-guy-new2At EXPO 2015 club owners will be offered a very unique opportunity to raise their employees’ standards while saving a substantial amount of money in the process.  
As part of the EXPO 2015 Staff Training Seminars, Robert C. Smith of Nightclub Security Consultants (NSC) will present a two-part, three-hour “Security Certification” workshop that will educate a club owner’s employees while saving club owners on their insurance premiums.

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Sin Taxes 2015

EXPO 2015 To Tackle the Resurrection of
 Sin Taxes

sin-tax-girlThe sin tax or pole tax—where adult nightclubs have to pay a special tax because, well, they’re adult nightclubs—has been rearing its ugly head of late. Texas, Illinois and Nevada have already dealt with, or are still fighting over, these special taxes, and just recently both Georgia and Florida have come into legislator’s crosshairs.
At the EXPO 2015 Legal Panel, our speakers, including First Amendment attorneys Brad Shafer and Danny Aaronson, and Jeff Levy, Executive Director of Statewide Association Chapters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, will update attendees on the sin/pole tax situation in those five states and also give tips on preemptive measures that can be taken to hopefully keep your state from passing similar taxes.
For now, here’s a look at what’s happening in these states:

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