One of the great features of visiting Las Vegas used to be that you could find free entertainment in just about every casino. Free entertainment left many casinos in the past 10 years as the properties were updated to fit the people visiting at the time. Many of the casino lounges that existed 20 years ago have been removed. According to the
 
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 72% of visitors who saw a show in Las Vegas in 2015 went to a lounge act. That’s a decrease from 87% of show goers just a few years ago in 2013. There are fewer lounges to see artists perform, so that might have something to do with the decrease.
 
Additionally, one of the main reasons people aren’t seeing the bigger shows is committing time and money to the show. Who can blame anyone for that feeling? There’s so much to do in Las Vegas, why be tied down? Maybe that’s just my personal opinion.
 
Lounges might not be making a resurgence but free entertainment is. The new free entertainment isn’t as constraining as seeing a full show. There isn’t a 2 drink minimum or any financial commitment to this entertainment and you can come and go as you wish. Some of the locations to find free entertainment in Las Vegas might be new to you.
 
Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental
This is one of my favorite bars in Las Vegas. It’s located inside the Forbes Triple-Five Star luxury hotel. Mandarin Oriental is one of the poshest hotels in Las Vegas. The drinks here aren’t cheap but the live music accompanies a great view of Las Vegas. Here’s a look at the entertainment they offer this month.
 
Friday, October 7 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Lou Lou White & Chandler Judkins Band
Saturday, October 8 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Rockie Brown Band
Thursday, October 13 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Lou Lou White & Chandler Judkins Band
Friday, October 14 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Shaun DeGraff Band
Saturday, October 15 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Rockie Brown Band
Thursday, October 20 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Lou Lou White & Chandler Judkins Band
Friday, October 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Shaun DeGraff Band
Saturday, October 22 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Rockie Brown Band
Thursday, October 27 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Lou Lou White & Chandler Judkins Band
Friday, October 28 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Shaun DeGraff Band
Saturday, October 29 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Rockie Brown Band
 
The Parlour Bar at El Cortez
 
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can find free live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at the El Cortez. You might already know about my love for the low roller paradise called El Cortez. The Parlour Bar is probably the most comfortable area at the El Cortez. Even the air in here feels cleaner. Drinks are inexpensive and even complimentary if you’re playing video poker while listening to the music. Here are this month’s performances.
 
Friday, October 7, from 7-10 p.m. – Joey Ugarte & The Jazz Vibrations
Saturday, October 8, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Sunday, October 9, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Wednesday, October 12, from 6-10 p.m. – Nash Vegas
Friday, October 14, from 7-10 p.m. – Joey Ugarte & The Jazz Vibrations
Saturday, October 15, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Sunday, October 16, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Wednesday, October 19, from 6-10 p.m. – Nash Vegas
Friday, October 21, from 7-10 p.m. – Joey Ugarte & The Jazz Vibrations
Saturday, October 22, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Sunday, October 23, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Wednesday, October 26, from 6-10 p.m. – Nash Vegas
Friday, October 28, from 7-10 p.m. – Joey Ugarte & The Jazz Vibrations
Saturday, October 29, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Sunday, October 30, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
 
The Yard and The Birdie Bar at Topgolf at MGM Grand
 
This is as unique of an entertainment venue as you’ll find in Las Vegas. It’s possibly the best sports venue to open in Las Vegas in the past 10 years. Topgolf has two performance areas to go along with multiple bars and the Topgolf game. The inside/outside venues are different than any place you’ll watch bands perform. There’s no entry fee for any location at Topgolf. You’ll just pay for drinks and the Topgolf game if you want to play
 
Friday, Oct. 7
Artist: Shawn Eiferman
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00 p.m.
 
Date: Friday, Oct. 7
Artist: DJ TA4
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
 
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Artist: Ashley Red
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00 p.m.
 
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Artist: DJ L1
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
 
Date: Monday, Oct. 10
Artist: Higher Ground
Venue: Topgolf Las Vegas – 4th Floor
Time: 9:00 p.m.
 
Date: Thursday, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20
Artist: Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00 p.m.
 
Date: Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 21
Artist: DJ Amanda Rose
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
 
Date: Friday, Oct. 14
Artist: Congress
Venue: The Yard
Time: 8 p.m.
 
Date: Friday, Oct. 15
Artist: Katastro with special guest Mouse Powell
Venue: The Yard
Time: 8 p.m.
 
Date: Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15
Artist: DJ Earwaxx
Venue: The Yard
Time: 10:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
 
Date: Thursday, Oct. 20
Artist: DJ Shai Peri
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
 
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Artist: Crowne Avenue
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00 p.m.
 
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Artist: DJ Ryne Pineda
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
 
Date: Thursday, Oct. 27
Event: Big screen viewing of Rocky Horror Picture Show
Venue: The Yard
Time: 11:00 p.m.
 
Date: Friday, Oct. 28
Artist: DJ Yo Yolie
Venue: The Yard
Time: 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
 
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29
Artist: Matt Morgan
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00
 
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29
Artist: Orgone
Venue: The Yard
Time: Midnight
 
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29
Artist: DJ Yo Yolie
Venue: The Yard
Time: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
 
Date: Sunday, Oct. 30
Artist: Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven
Venue: The Yard
Time: Midnight
 

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