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Big winners at 2016 ED’s!

theedswater-copyLacey Rain, Monroe’s of Palm Beach and Scores Holding win big at 2016 ED’s Awards Show

Awards presented at the 24th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, held at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans August 7-10

August 15th, Clearwater, FL:  Held for the second straight year in the Big Easy, the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO (produced by ED Publications) once again celebrated the best-of-the-best with the adult nightclub industry’s only national awards show, the ED’s Awards. On August 9th, the Harrah’s Theatre inside Harrahs’ Casino played host to the 19th Annual ED’s Awards Show, where Lacey Rain was presented with the Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year Award for the second time in her career. The two other major award winners of the night included Monroe’s of Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, which took home the prestigious Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year Award, while Scores Holding was voted the industry’s Club Chain of the Year.  The show was hosted by no-holds-barred comedian Colin Kane, who had the crowd roaring as they wondered, “Did he just say that?!”

“Our Entertainer of the Year nominees—Lacey Rain, RubberDoll and Angela Sommers—each put on mesmerizing live performances, showcasing exactly why each was a fitting nominee for Entertainer of the Year,” says ED Publications’ Associate Publisher and ED’s Awards Show co-producer, Dave Manack, noting that the fourth Entertainer of the Year nominee, Miss Mena, was unable to attend the EXPO and thus did not perform. “And out of our eight deserving Club of the Year nominees, Monroe’s of Palm Beach emerged as the industry’s top venue for 2015/2016, which is a testament to how hard owners Scott & Jennifer Lizza, GM Joe Bee and the rest of the staff at Monroe’s have worked to make this club one of the very best in the country in a very short period of time.”

In total, 22 ED’s Awards were presented to adult nightclubs, feature entertainers and club staff at EXPO 2016. While the majority of these were handed out at Harrah’s Theatre, nine ED’s Awards were given away at the Opening Night Party and Pre-ED Awards at the elegantly rustic Republic NOLA nightclub on Monday, August 8th. These included all of the staff awards (Employee, DJ and GM), as well as the first-ever “Urban Club of the Year” Award, which was presented to Black Diamonds in Jackson, Mississippi.  (The complete list of ED’s Awards winners is listed below.) 

ED Publications was also proud to induct longtime club owner and operator Dennis DeGori into its Hall of Fame for 2016. DeGori is currently the owner of the famed E11EVEN club in Miami as well as the Scores club in Chicago, and has been recognized as a top club owner/operator for three decades.

The 24th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO was held for the second straight year in New Orleans at the Hilton Riverside, and included four days of educational seminars, a two-day, 100-plus-booth tradeshow, networking events, the ACE National (Association of Club Executives) board meeting, and fun events such as the Opening Night Party, Bikini Bowl-A-Rama and Closing Night Bourbon Street Bash. 

“We had some of the strongest seminar presentations we’ve ever had at this year’s EXPO,” says Manack. “These included our first-ever seminar on urban adult nightclubs, featuring DC Glenn of Tag Team (‘Whoomp There It Is’) fame, the ‘power of positive leadership’ presentation by motivational speaker Willard Barth, Robert Smith’s (Nightclub Security Consultants) seminar on how to prevent and/or handle active shooter situations, and that’s just a few of the seminars EXPO attendees experienced.”

ED Publications also announced at this year’s EXPO that next year’s convention, the 25th Anniversary EXPO, will be moving back to Las Vegas and will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, August 27-30, 2017. 

For more information on this year’s EXPO, or previous EXPOs, visit www.theEDexpo.com or call ED Publications at (727) 726-3592. For specific EXPO photo requests, please email dave@edpublications.com
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Winners from the 2016 ED’s Awards Show:

Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year
Lacey Rain

Overall Gentlemen's Club of the Year
Monroe's of Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL

Club Chain of the Year
Scores Holding

EXOTIC DANCER Hall of Fame
Dennis DeGori

Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year
Natasha Nova

Newcomer Feature Entertainer of the Year
Liza Lust

Adult Movie Feature Entertainer of the Year
Dani Daniels

Miss Exoticdancer.com of the Year
Frankie J. Blaze (Australia)

Feature Club of the Year
Scores Presents Platinum 84, Denver  

Club of the Year East
Blush, Pittsburgh 

Small Club of the Year East
Double Visions, Horsham, PA

Club of the Year South
Penthouse Club, New Orleans

Small Club of the Year South
Treasure Club, Greensboro, NC

Club of the Year Central
The Seville, Minneapolis, MN

Small Club of the Year Central
Pony Club, Evansville, IN

Club of the Year West
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, San Francisco

Small Club of the Year West
Condor Club, San Francisco 

International Club of the Year
Spearmint Rhino, London

Urban Club of the Year
Black Diamonds, Jackson, MS

General Manager of the Year
James Johnson, Spearmint Rhino, Las Vegas

Club Employee of the Year
Jennifer Cole, House Mom, Temptations, Beaumont, TX

DJ of the Year
Ilan Fong, Kahoot’s, Columbus, OH

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).

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). 

The 2015 Winners are!

awards2015Roxi D’Lite, Tootsie’s Cabaret and Spearmint Rhino win big in New Orleans at the 18th Annual ED’s Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show

Hosted by comedian Thea Vidal at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans on August 25th, the “ED’s” are the only national awards show for the multi-billion-dollar adult nightclub industry

September 2nd 2015, Clearwater, FL—In one of America’s most historical cities, on the biggest stage in the industry and in front of a capacity crowd, the best of the adult nightclub industry were honored at the 18th Annual ED’s Adult Nightclub and Exotic Dancer Awards Show.  As the glitter settled, famed “bad girl of burlesque” Roxi D’Lite danced away as ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year, Tootsie’s Cabaret in Miami Gardens was awarded Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year, and Spearmint Rhino was bestowed with the coveted Club Chain of the Year. This year’s show was held at the Civic Theater in downtown New Orleans on August 25th and hosted by Thea Vidale.  Best known for her primetime ABC show “Thea,” as well as “Last Comic Standing” Vidale is a 30-year comedy veteran whose show can be as clean or as dirty as the audience calls for—and the crowd loved every minute of her raunchy repertoire.

EXPO 2015!

expo 2015 logo6-1whiteBringin’  it  to  the  Big  Easy 

New Orleans set to host 2015 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, August 23-26 at the Hilton Riverside 

December 2, Cleawater, FL:  This might be some of the biggest news to hit the “Big Easy” in some time: The multi-billion-dollar adult nightclub industry’s only national convention is coming to New Orleans. And here’s some more big news: This convention finally has its own dedicated website—www.theEDexpo.com.

Multi-billion-dollar adult nightclub industry

 EXPO-2014-logo-final2once again converges on Las Vegas for its annual gathering, the 22nd Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

EXPO highlighted by first-ever “Staff Training Seminars,” hot-button legal panels and the “Chill Day” Pool Party and Bikini Contest

September 12th, Clearwater, FL: If the 2014 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO (August 17-20, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas) proved one thing, it’s that the EXPO isn’t just for club owners anymore. In fact, while the 22nd Annual EXPO brought in hundreds of adult nightclub owners from across the U.S. and around the world, scores of club staff also attended the EXPO, including general managers, floor managers, DJs, waitstaff, security and more.  A focal point for these club staffers was certainly the two days of “Staff Training Seminars” offered at the EXPO, seminars which targeted very specific areas of club operation including management, security, bartending, waitressing, DJs, promotions and social media, along with an impressive Keynote Address from Renegade Hospitality’s Tim Kirkland which exemplified the EXPO’s theme, “Formula Win: Turn Your Staff Into a Winning Crew.”

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