This summer the free concert series at the Fremont Street Experience returns once again. The mall of casinos has free entertainment all year ‘round but the summer series takes the entertainment to another level. The summer concert series brings nationally touring bands that you’d typically pay to see. Instead, you can see the bands for free during a beautiful Vegas night.
Multi-platinum recording artist Gwen Stefani is heading to the Las Vegas Strip for her first exclusive headlining residency show. The show, “Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl,” will take place at the Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood beginning Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
Great news for comedy lovers visiting Las Vegas. After 36 years of selling out every show, the Comedy Cellar will be opening their first west location this April at the Rio. This is a welcome addition to a city that is rich in almost all forms of entertainment. A mid-sized venue for national touring comedians is much needed and hopefully, the new Comedy Cellar will do the trick.
Cirque du Soleil is the most popular brand name in Las Vegas shows. There are seven unique Cirque shows from on the Vegas Strip spanning from Mandalay Bay to Treasure Island. The popularity of these shows leads to many vacations planned around seeing a performance. We have the new Cirque du Soleil show schedules to help you best plan your 2018 Vegas vacation.
There were two new Las Vegas shows announced this week. The big news this week is the Lady Gaga Las Vegas residency. This has been in the works for over a year now. Unfortunately, the Lady Gaga residency won’t start until December 2018. This show will be a two-year residency at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo/Park MGM. Ticket prices and show dates will be announced next year.
Lady Gaga isn’t the only show to be announced this week. Renegades at Caesars Palace will be a more intimate show with for an entirely different audience. This show is specifically for sports fans. Renegades will open on Thursday, Jan. 25 inside Cleopatra’s Barge, the intimate 180-seat theater at Caesars Palace.
The small room will allow fans to get up close and personal with sports legends including Jose Canseco, Jim McMahon, and Terrell Owens. Renegades has potential to be awesome, a train wreck or both for any sports fan. There will be appearances by other sports stars including Jimmy King from the Fab Five University of Michigan basketball team.
The starting line-up includes baseball great Jose Canseco and two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over starting Thursday, Feb. 8. (To be clear, Terrell Owens will not appear in the shows from January 25 through February 4). The shows will be hosted by comedian Martin Montana, with Eric Jordan Young serving as writer, director, and creative director. The Renegades roster will rotate athletes every three months.
About each player:
- Jose Canseco: He spent 17 years in the Major Leagues accomplishing impressive accolades such as Rookie of the Year and American League MVP. He also made six All-Star Game appearances.
- Jim McMahon: He’s best known at times for being the controversial Chicago Bear who clashed with his coach, Mike Ditka, and NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle.
- Terrell Owens: TO is best known for saying “that’s my quarterback” after a game with the Cowboys. I’m kidding. He had 1,078 Receptions, 15,935 yards, and 153 touchdowns during the span of his 15-year NFL career.
- Jimmy King – He was part of the “the greatest class ever recruited” for college basketball. The University of Michigan team included future NBA stars Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, and Juwan Howard.
Renegades is co-produced by Rich Lenkov, Michael Speyer, and Jordan Fiksenbaum. “You think you know these athletes’ stories, but trust me, you have no idea!” said Lenkov. “Renegades will offer the most unique entertainment experience on The Strip, where some of the most infamous names in sports will take you through the highs and lows of their careers in an intimate setting.”
Renegades will take place Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 25. Tickets are $75 and $100, with a VIP package available for $300 which includes VIP seating, a photo, merchandise and a meet and greet with the athletes in Montecristo Cigar Bar after the show. I’ve seen Canseco playing poker at Caesars Palace, so you might get a chance to play cards with him after the after show is over.
For more information follow Renegades on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Voice: Neon Dreams is opening at the Hard Rock in the spring of 2018. This will be more than just a concert or show. The Voice: Neon Dreams is billed as an innovative concert experience. The show will be the continuation of the musical journey for some of the show’s hottest contestants.
Las Vegas has a lot of everything for anyone visiting. Well, almost everything. The standup comedy scene is a little light for serious fans of comedy. The Mirage is the one casino in Las Vegas that regularly caters to an audience who enjoys comedians. Their Aces of Comedy series brings some of the most popular comedians to Las Vegas for at least a weekend of shows. Some of the comedians return every few weeks or months and throughout the year.
Las Vegas isn’t just a place to visit just to gamble (even though there are plenty of unique places to gamble). Over the years Las Vegas has become a destination for just about every walk of life. Visitors come to Las Vegas for nightlife, shows, concerts, world-class dining, and so much more. There are plenty of one-off events throughout the year too.
There are plenty of resources that focus on concerts and shows for entertainment. I’m always looking for something different and recently came across the Las Vegas Film Festival. It’s understandable that not many who visit Las Vegas do so to sit in a movie theater. However, this is more than just watching a movie (or movies) that you can see anywhere. The movie selection at the festival is unique.
The 10th Annual Las Vegas Film Festival recently announced the initial lineup for the 2017 Festival. This year the festival will be held entirely at Brenden Theatres and the Palms Casino Resort from June 6 – June 11.
This year’s festival lineup includes a mix of feature films and documentaries that have been favorites on the international festival circuit, animated works, shorts, music videos, festival labs and local films that were produced in Southern Nevada or were directed by a local filmmaker.
Each of the feature and documentary films will be followed by a Question and Answer session with the cast and crew. This will provide guests with a unique movie watching experience. A festival pass is $75 per person and allows access to all screenings & festival HQ mixers. The VIP Festival pass is $175 per person and grants access to all screenings, parties, mixers, lounges, and includes early screening rsvp.
Below are some highlights of movies, documentaries, and animations that will be shown at the Las Vegas Film Festival. I attended many animation festivals in the past and that’s what I’m looking forward to the most. In fact, I’m so excited by this portion of the festival that I’m going on a deep YouTube dive to find some of the animations I saw back in the day. The descriptions below are from the festival organizers:
10 Days (Director: Nathaniel Katzman)
Estlin and Ellie reconnect on Christmas Eve after nine months of separation. However, they are both wary of jumping right back into a relationship and therefore propose a challenge: they must spend 10 days with each other before a decision can be made. The film is about relationships, the holidays and being young in New York. There’s plenty to laugh, cry, and pull your hair out about.
The 60 Yard Line (Director: Leif Gantvoort)
Based on a true story. Set during the 2009 football season. Ben “Zagger” Zagowski and Nick “Polano” Polano, best friends and co-workers, buy a house in the parking lot of Lambeau Field (home of the Packers), and are forced to pick between a football fan lifestyle and a girl. Lives change. There’s a cow.
Dave Made a Maze (Director: Bill Watterson)
Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave’s girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.
Gook (Director: Justin Chon)
Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street-wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It’s just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.
Still/Born (Director: Brandon Christensen)
Still/Born follows Mary, a new mother who lost one of her twins in childbirth. As she struggles with the loss of one of her children, she starts to suspect something sinister is after her surviving child – a supernatural entity that has chosen her child and will stop at nothing to take it from her.
California Dreams (Director: Mike Ott)
From acclaimed director, Mike Ott comes to the new documentary feature “California Dreams,” presenting five unique individuals in pursuit of a big life change. Through auditions set up in small towns across Southern California, the film shows genuine characters with big Hollywood aspirations who, for various reasons, have never had the opportunity to pursue it. No matter what the endgame is, whether it’s fame, love, or a fleeting shot at immortality, this bitingly funny film reveals the strange and entrancingly hypnotic grip that Hollywood has, in some way or form, on everyone.
The Rabbit Hunt (Short) (Director: Patrick Bresnan)
In the Florida Everglades rabbit hunting is considered a rite of passage for young men. The Rabbit Hunt follows seventeen year old Chris and his family as they hunt in the fields of the largest industrial sugar farms in the US. The film records a tradition by which migrant farm workers in the communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee have been hunting and preparing rabbits since the early 1900s.
CINEVEGAS PRESENTS AT LVFF
This year’s Festival will once again include CINEVEGAS PRESENTS AT LVFF, featuring a selection of films curated by the CineVegas team of Trevor Groth and Mike Plante.
Rat Film (Director: Theo Anthony)
Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. “Rat Film” is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them–to explore the history of Baltimore. “There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.”
Black Holes (Director: David Nicolas)
Dave is about to lead the first mission to Mars when he’s teamed up with a sentient melon, who claims to be the reincarnation of a fashion designer, upstaging his big moment and driving him to the brink of madness.
LOVE (Director: Réka Bucsi)
LOVE is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system.
Luscious (Director: Xuecheng Xu)
A 2D motion graphics video looks at human nature, human instinct and the power of imagination. Minimally styled illustrations tell the story of a beautiful woman who achieves satisfaction by having a psychedelic, metaphoric, sensual journey during dinner in 1930s Shanghai.
Pearl (Director: Patrick Osborne)
Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.
Pussy (Director: Renata Gasiorowska)
A young girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have some sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.
More films should be announced as the Las Vegas Film festival approaches. Visit LVFF.com for tickets and more information.
This year the Life Is Beautiful festival takes place Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24 in downtown Las Vegas. Gorillaz, Muse, Lorde, Chance the Rapper, and Blink 182 will headline the music portion of the three-day festival. There are plenty more popular artists performing at the festival this year. Here’s the lineup announcement.
Since being introduced Life Is Beautiful has become a part of the evolving culture in downtown Las Vegas. Over the years musicians like Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, and the Foo Fighters have graced the main stages of the festival. Hundreds of more bands have performed at Life Is Beautiful over the years. You can see a list of performers here.
While music may be the calling card of the Life Is Beautiful festival there is so much more. The Life Is Beautiful festival is more than just another concert. This is a music, arts, culinary, and learning festival is spread out all over the Fremont East section of downtown Las Vegas. In addition to bands you’ll see, hear, and taste food, science, art, comedy, and more.
Life Is Beautiful will have an interactive art experience once again. The festival will bring back the popular Art Motel installation. It will be reimagined by Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf. The festival will bring back the popular “Crime on Canvas” art exhibit. Festival guests can view and purchase original artwork and rare prints by local, national, and international artists. The gallery will display work by Matt Skiba, Mark Ryden, Shag, Tara McPherson, Shepard Fairey, Brandon Boyd, and more.
The education portion of Life Is Beautiful will be highlighted by another appearance from Bill Nye (the science guy). Thousands saw Bill Nye’s 2015 appearance where when he talked about the changing world and being a speck in the universe. You can watch the 30-minute talk below.
The comedy showcase will return to the festival with performances by comedians that you may be familiar with if you watch Comedy Central. Matthew Broussard, Mike Lawrence, and Jo Firestone headline the lineup this year.
Food, Drink, And More
There will also be a culinary and cocktails section at Life Is Beautiful where you can enjoy food and beverages created by famous chefs and mixologists. Even more entertainment and art and entertainment will be announced leading up to the festival.
Downtown Las Vegas
The festival isn’t the only thing that makes Life Is Beautiful a unique experience. Life Is Beautiful isn’t contained to one giant space like other festivals. Everything is spread out throughout the urban areas of downtown Las Vegas. You’ll have to navigate a huge map and many street blocks to find everything. You should wear comfortable shoes for walking. The location is part of the fun for many people that have attended in the past.
You can find more information on tickets and performers at lifeisbeautiful.com.
A lot has changed in Las Vegas but there’s one constant. Visitors love seeing shows. Whether the shows are free or if the shows cost money more than half the people who visited Las Vegas in 2016 saw a show according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Visitor Profile.
The survey shows that 52% of all visitors to Las Vegas saw a show last year. While that’s a lot of people it’s down from recent years…down a lot. In 2013 the study shows that 72% of all visitors saw a show. That number has decreased every year since that study took place.
More visitors saw big-name headliner shows and impersonator or tribute shows in Las Vegas in 2016. That’s more than any year from 2012 to 2014. Approximately one of every six visitors (almost 17%) who saw a show in Las Vegas saw a comedy show. That’s a large increase from previous years and could increase this year with the inaugural Crapshoot Comedy Festival.
According to the Visitor Profile, fewer visitors than in the past saw lounge acts. This doesn’t just represent fewer people, it was a far fewer people. In 2016, only 43% of visitors who saw a show in Las Vegas went to see a lounge act. That is down drastically from 87% in 2013.
The average expenditure on shows and entertainment in 2016 was $67.55. That’s an increase from 2012– 2015. In a different study, the Las Vegas Advisor says that the average show ticket in Las Vegas was $92 in 2016.
The same report shows the average ticket for a show at the Axis Theater inside Planet Hollywood was $195.67. That was the highest ticket price in Las Vegas last year. Axis Theater is where you’ll see residencies from Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Backstreet Boys and others.
The times are changing. This survey was the first year that the Visitor Profile tracked how many people who visited Las Vegas saw a DJ perform. More people saw a celebrity DJ perform (8%), then saw a couple Las Vegas staples. Only 6% of show goers saw a celebrity impersonator or tribute show and even fewer, 4%, saw a magic show.
With many expenses in Las Vegas on the rise, something has to give. Of the 48% of respondents that didn’t see a show in Las Vegas last year, 10% said that seeing a show was too expensive. That’s an increase from 2012 and 2014. Those people should learn about Travel Vegas and other websites that offer discount show tickets.
I’m not asked to promote this website, but this is where I send friends and colleagues looking for discount show tickets. Even though I live in Las Vegas I’ve always fallen into the 79% of visitors who are busy, don’t have time or aren’t interested in shows.
That said, Absinthe, is the one show I’d make time to see. It’s unlike any other show in Las Vegas and I loved it. Part of what makes Las Vegas special is experiencing something new and different. That’s what Absinthe offers. As much as I love Britney Spears, I can play her jams on spotify (I’m listening to it now).
If you’re looking for something the pass the time, you might want to read the entire Las Vegas Visitors Profile. It’s fascinating to see how people spend their time and money.
One of the very best free activities in Las Vegas is the free entertainment in downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience. During most of the year, you’ll find local bands, tribute bands, DJ’s and other forms of entertainment on the three stages under the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience.
The quality of the entertainment gets even better during the summer when the Fremont Street Experience hosts a variety of well-known national touring bands. That tradition will continue this summer as the Fremont Street Experience presents The Downtown Rocks summer concert series.
The big-name free entertainment gets a boost this summer from a different venue. The Downtown Grand casino, just a block away from the Fremont Street Experience, offers their free Rock The Street concert(s).
Downtown Rocks will host performances by the Rock’n Road Trip Tour with Fuel, Tonic, and more (June 10), Rick Springfield (August 12), Seether (August 26), Collective Soul (September 1) and Chevelle (September 30). Rock The Street with Vince Neil will take place on Sunday, May 27, and will be headlined Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe. Todd Kerns & the Anti-Stars and open the show.
“This year we’re kicking things up a notch with our new summer concert series, Downtown Rocks,” says Patrick Hughes, CEO, and president of Fremont Street Experience. “The free concert series is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our tremendous, loyal fans. Their support and patronage allow us to show our appreciation in the best way we know how, by throwing parties and free concerts featuring top acts all summer long that deliver exciting, quality entertainment experiences for our fans.”
The Fremont Street Experience will be adding, even more, national touring bands as the summer gets closer. Keep an eye on this post as we’ll update the list of events. All concerts are free to enter but have different entry processes. The concerts at the Fremont Street Experience are ticket-free shows so just show and and have fun.
You should note that these free concerts are always crowded. Arrive early for the best spot. The best spot for these concerts will be different for everyone. Some people may want to stand close to the stage for the best view while others might want to stand near an exit for a quick run to the bar or restroom. It will take a few minutes to navigate from the front of the stage through the huge crowd if you don’t plan on watching the entire concert.
While “Rock The Street” is free, you need a ticket to enter. You can obtain tickets for the Vince Neil performance from the Downtown Grand website. Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Downtown Grand will have other events during the summer so keep an eye on this page of their website.
Here’s a current list of free concerts in downtown Las Vegas this summer (all shows at the Fremont Street Experience unless noted):
May 26: Theory of a Dead Man
May 27: Rock The Street with Vince Neil (tickets here for Downtown Grand)
June 10: Rock’n Road Trip Tour with Fuel, Tonic, Marcy Playground, and Dishwalla
July 3: Ann Wilson of Heart
July 22: Good Charlotte
August 12: Rick Springfield
August 26: Seether
September 1: Collective Soul
September 30: Chevelle
Caesars Entertainment recently announced that Pitbull will return for another string of shows for his “Time Of Our Lives” residency. This will be the third year that Pitbull has a blast of shows at the Axis Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. This year’s “Time Of Our Lives” shows will take place from July 21 through August 5. Here are the specific show dates:
July: 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
August: 2, 4, 5
Caesars Entertainment and Planet Hollywood have put together a solid residency roster at Axis Theater for 2017. Performers include Pitbull, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and the Backstreet Boys. In addition to the residency shows, Axis Theater is host to national touring bands and performers throughout the year.
The residency shows for each performer alternate throughout the year so that there’s always something different to see. Here are performances sorted by date for Britney Spears “Piece of Me,” Jennifer Lopez “All I Have,” and Backstreet Boys new “Larger Than Life” residencies at Planet Hollywood in 2017:
Sat 02/18/17 Jennifer Lopez
Tue 02/21/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 02/24/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 02/25/17 Jennifer Lopez
Wed 03/01/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 03/03/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 03/04/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 03/08/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 03/10/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 03/11/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 03/15/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 03/17/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 03/18/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 03/22/17 Britney Spears
Fri 03/24/17 Britney Spears
Sat 03/25/17 Britney Spears
Wed 03/29/17 Britney Spears
Fri 03/31/17 Britney Spears
Sat 04/01/17 Britney Spears
Wed 04/05/17 Britney Spears
Fri 04/07/17 Britney Spears
Sat 04/08/17 Britney Spears
Wed 04/12/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 04/14/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 04/15/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 04/19/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 04/21/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 04/22/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 04/26/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 04/28/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 05/03/17 Britney Spears
Fri 05/05/17 Britney Spears
Sat 05/06/17 Britney Spears
Wed 05/10/17 Britney Spears
Fri 05/12/17 Britney Spears
Sat 05/13/17 Britney Spears
Wed 05/17/17 Britney Spears
Fri 05/19/17 Britney Spears
Sat 05/20/17 Britney Spears
Wed 05/24/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 05/26/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 05/27/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sun 05/28/17 Jennifer Lopez
Wed 05/31/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 06/02/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 06/03/17 Jennifer Lopez
Wed 06/07/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 06/09/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 06/10/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sun 06/11/17 Jennifer Lopez
Wed 06/14/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 06/16/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 06/17/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 06/21/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 06/23/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 06/24/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 06/28/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 06/30/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 07/01/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 08/09/17 Britney Spears
Fri 08/11/17 Britney Spears
Sat 08/12/17 Britney Spears
Wed 08/16/17 Britney Spears
Fri 08/18/17 Britney Spears
Sat 08/19/17 Britney Spears
Wed 08/23/17 Britney Spears
Fri 08/25/17 Britney Spears
Sat 08/26/17 Britney Spears
Wed 08/30/17 Britney Spears
Fri 09/01/17 Britney Spears
Sat 09/02/17 Britney Spears
Wed 09/06/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 09/08/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 09/09/17 Jennifer Lopez
Wed 09/13/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 09/15/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 09/16/17 Jennifer Lopez
Wed 09/20/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 09/22/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 09/23/17 Jennifer Lopez
Wed 09/27/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 09/29/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 09/30/17 Jennifer Lopez
Wed 10/04/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 10/06/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 10/07/17 Jennifer Lopez
Our eyes are always open for free entertainment. I’m happy to report that in the past year there has been an increase in venues offering free entertainment. Last year we had new free entertainment at El Cortez, Mandarin Oriental, and Topgolf while the Palms continued their free entertainment offerings.
Free Concerts at the Hard Rock Cafe On The Vegas Strip
Many times the free entertainment in Las Vegas is a reason to visit a bar or lounge during slower periods. That’s not the case with the Hard Rock Cafe on the Vegas Strip. The bar, restaurant and performance venue located down the street from MGM Grand and across from Aria and Monte Carlo is offering free concerts in prime time during the weekend.
The Hard Rock Cafe on the Vegas Strip (not the Hard Rock casino located off the Vegas Strip) hosts concerts from local and national bands throughout the year. During January the concert venue on the 3rd floor will sprinkle in a handful of free alternative rock concerts for anyone 21 and over.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7
Headliner: Radio Active
Doors: 9 p.m.
Date: Sunday, Jan. 8
Headliner: Crown Avenue
Doors: 9 p.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 13
Headliner: Royal Electric featuring Frank Sidoris of Slash & Robert Zarkanian of Adelita’s Way
Doors: 9 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
Headliner: Radio Active
Doors: 9 p.m.
Date: Sunday, Jan. 22
Headliner: Crown Avenue
Doors: 9 p.m.
The Hard Rock Cafe has two happy hours for you to enjoy before, during, and after the free concerts. Every day they offer Happy Hour from 2 -7 pm and from 9 pm to midnight. Drink specials are $5 for draft beer and house wine and $6 call drinks (think middle shelf vodka and tonic).
To purchase tickets, or for more information for shows at the Hard Rock Cafe, call 702-650-8590 or visit Hard Rock Live online. If you purchase tickets for other shows, there isn’t a service charge at the Hard Rock Live Box Office.
Free Entertainment In Downtown Las Vegas
Every day you’ll find free performances on the various stages at the Fremont Street Experience. When the sun goes down you’ll be treated to a 10-15 minute free “concert” on the canopy from a variety of rock bands at the top of every hour. The light shows are always memorable.
The free entertainment returns to one of my favorite casinos in downtown Las Vegas this year. The El Cortez offers free entertainment at the Parlour Bar on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You’ll also find some chill piano vibes at the Lobby Bar Friday & Saturday from 4 pm – 9 pm. Visit the El Cortez website for more information.
You don’t need an excuse to visit Las Vegas. However, it helps to have one. I’ve always found that building a vacation around an event (or events) to be the best way to maximize my time away. I’ve often used to my sports fandom as an excuse to visit various cities around North America that I probably wouldn’t have had an excuse to visit.
There’s always something to do in Las Vegas, but building a trip around an event can make for a fun day and night. Once tickets for the event are secured you can plan dinner and drinks before and a night on the town after. This still leaves a day to enjoy whatever Las Vegas throws at you.
Last Vegas residencies aren’t quite the same as they used to be. The former long-term engagements today might last as little as a week of shows per year. Since these shows are often recurring events that are exclusive to Las Vegas, they’re still considered residencies. These shows have exploded over the past couple years and there will be even more residencies in Las Vegas in 2017.
Hockey fans can look forward to the release of the 2017-2018 NHL schedule to see when the Vegas Golden Knights play their favorite team. Music and comedy fans might want to circle some of the dates below. Here are some new and returning residency events you can plan a trip to Las Vegas around next year.
Backstreet Boys (Planet Hollywood)
- March: 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18
- June: 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30
- July: 1
Billy Idol (Mandalay Bay)
- March: 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25
- May: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13
Britney Spears (Planet Hollywood)
- March: 22, 24, 25, 29, 31
- April: 1, 5, 7, 8
- May: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20
Bruno Mars (Monte Carlo)
- December 30, 31
- March 11, 12
- September 2, 3
Cher (Monte Carlo)
- February 8, 10, 11, 14, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25
- May 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20
Jennifer Lopez (Planet Hollywood)
- February: 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25
- May: 24, 26, 27, 28, 31
- June: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11
- September: 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
- October: 4, 6, 7
Journey (Hard Rock)
- May 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20.
Keith Sweat (Flamingo)
- January: 17 – 21, 24 – 28, 31
- February: 1 – 4
George Strait (T-Mobile Arena)
- April: 7, 8
- July: 28, 29
- September: 1, 2
- December: 8, 9
Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey (SLS Las Vegas)
- January: 6, 7
- February: 3, 4
- March: 17,18, 31
- April: 1
- May: 5, 6
- June: 30, July 1-4
- September: 1, 2
- October: 6, 7, 27, 28
Ralphie May (Harrah’s)
- January: 26, 27, 28
- February: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
- March: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 30, 31
- April: 1, 6, 7, 8
- May: 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
- June: 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30
- July: 1
- September: 28, 29, 30
- October: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 26, 27, 28
- November: 2, 3, 4
Reba, Brooks & Dunn (Caesars Palace)
- February 22, 24, 25
- March 1, 3, 4
- June 21, 24, 25, 28
- July 1, 2
- December 2, 5, 8, 9
Ricky Martin (Monte Carlo)
- April 5, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15
- June 23, 24, 27, 29
- July 1, 2
- Sept. 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23
Styx and Don Felder (Venetian)
- January 6, 7, 11, 13, 14
Willie Nelson (Venetian)
- January: 28, 29
- February: 1, 3, 4
This isn’t a complete list of Las Vegas residency shows for 2017. These are mostly new or extended shows. If you don’t see an event listed on the dates you’re planning to be in Las Vegas, check pollstar.com. This is a great resource for events taking place in any city in the US.
New Year’s Eve is the busiest time of year in Las Vegas. There will be over 300,000 people visiting just for the events surrounding the day. Add these visitors to the 2 million plus people who live in Las Vegas and want to party and you have chaos. It’s the best kind of chaos but it’s still crazy. There’s no other time during the year that comes close to matching the energy of Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.
There are concerts, big name DJ’s and parties everywhere you go. The Vegas Strip even closes to vehicular traffic so people can wander the streets freely. At midnight there will be a massive 8 minute long fireworks show above Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Stratosphere, Treasure Island, and The Venetian.
Here is a list of concerts, club appearances, and parties if you haven’t made your plans for New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Las Vegas will be at capacity all weekend. Make as many arrangements in advance so you don’t miss out on shows, parties, dinner reservations, etc. that you want.
Fremont Street Experience on New Year’s Eve
The mall of casinos closes to the public on New Year’s Eve. They begin charging admission at 5:30 p.m. for the night of festivities. There will be tribute bands all night on all three stages under the massive canopy.
At midnight there will be a simulated fireworks show on the Viva Vision screens. New Year’s Eve guests will also be treated to the premiere of a new Viva Vision light show featuring Green Day, “Revolution Vegas.”
Tickets: $35 before 12/25 or $40 beginning 12/26
Concerts on New Year’s Eve
Bruno Mars – Park Theater (Monte Carlo)
Cheap Trick – The Foundry (SLS Las Vegas)
Dennis DeYoung – South Point Showroom
Elton John – Colosseum Theater (Caesars Palace)
George Clinton And Parliament Funkadelic – Brooklyn Bowl (The Linq)
Maroon 5 – (Mandalay Bay)
Sting – The Chelsea (Cosmopolitan)
Vince Neil – (Cannery Casino)
Wu-Tang Clan – Axis (Planet Hollywood)
Nightclubs on New Year’s Eve
Calvin Harris – Omnia
DJ Snake – Surrender
Drake – Hakkasan
French Montana & DJ Khaled – Tao
Kendrick Lamar – Drai’s
Lil Jon – 1 OAK
Ludacris – Light
Major Lazer – XS
Steve Aoki – Jewel
T-Pain – Lavo
Warren G, Ying Yang Twins – LAX
The Wkend – Marquee
New Year’s Eve Parties
Beer Park (Paris) – General admission and premium open bar from 9pm through 11:59pm with a champagne toast at midnight and a great view of the fireworks. Tickets: $125 per person
Chateau (Paris) – General admission, three hours of a premium open bar between 9pm & 11:59pm, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets: $140 per person
Carlos’n Charlie’s (Flamingo) – Hosted Open Bar 9:30pm – close. Tickets: (Well) Open Bar $30.00, (Call) Open Bar GA $50.00
Double Barrel Roadhouse (Monte Carlo)
General admission – Entertainment by DJ Montana and access to view the fireworks at midnight. Tickets: $32 per person
Hosted bar – Includes general admission for standing room only, 3 Hour Hosted Bar from 9pm to 11:59pm (well drinks and domestic drafts), entertainment by DJ Montana and access to view the fireworks at midnight. Tickets: $63 per person
Gilley’s (Treasure Island) – A country of a time includes: The Scotty Alexander Band, Gilley’s Girls, three hours of open bar, $5 Mechanical Bull Rides, and party favors. Food is available for purchase. Tickets: $119.95 per person
Hard Rock Cafe on Vegas Strip – Hosted bar and appetizers from 9 p.m. to midnight and a live band, and views of the fireworks show at midnight. Tickets: $175 per person
House Of Blues (Mandalay Bay) – All you can eat from 4pm-Midnight. Tickets: $50.00 per person
Masquerade Party – General admission and a champagne toast at midnight. $65 per person
Masquerade Party – Hosted bar option includes admission, deluxe hosted bar from 9pm to 11:30pm and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets: $95 per person
Koi Restaurant (Planet Hollywood) – General Admission tickets include an open bar and party favors. Tickets: Guys $50.00 / Ladies $30.00
Lavo (Palazzo) – Passed hors d’oeuvres from 9pm – midnight and premium open bar from 9pm – 11pm. Tickets: Guys $77.98 / Ladies $50.46
New York-New York
New Year’s Eve Bridge Bash Celebration 2017 – Open bar, DJ spinning all night with a view of the Fireworks. Tickets: Start at $135.00 per person
Tom’s Urban New Year’s Eve Celebration 2017 – Party favors, passed appetizers until midnight and open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am; Tickets: Start at $150 per person
Center Bar – Bottomless sparkling wine package is $40 per person
Moon Nightclub – Fireworks Viewing & Dance Party with 4-hour premium open bar from 9pm-1am. Tickets: $137.50 per person
Rain Nightclub – Top Vegas DJs and premium open bar. Tickets $137.50 per person.
Tower VIP Party – Level 103, and Level 104, with access to the “Stargaze – Party in the Stars” on Level 108. Includes 4-hour premium brand open bar, Martini Bar, DJ’s, dancers, models, specialty drinks, food, live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a spectacular view of the fireworks. Tickets: $350 per person
Party in the Sky – Party on the Observation Deck includes 3-hour premium brand open bar, Club DJ Kittie, Go-Go Dancers & Party Models,food and a great view of the fireworks plus admission to the Ultimate Patrón After Party Time: 9:30pm to 12:30am – Tickets: $250 per person and up
Level 107 Lounge – Skyline Celebration includes 2-hour open bar with premium brands (cash Bar – Midnight to 4am), party favors, great view of the fireworks with a champagne toast. Tickets: $199 per person
Vanity Nightclub (Hard Rock) – Hosted Bar from 9pm – 11pm 9pm to 2am Tickets: Guys $75.00 / Ladies $50.00
The year is coming to an end and it’s a good time to start planning for that Las Vegas vacation in 2017. Once the hotels are booked it’s time to find some things to do so you can completely plan your trip. For many, seeing a fabulous Las Vegas show is a must on every visit.
You’ll find some of the largest productions in Cirque du Soleil shows. They litterally have shows in casinos from one end of the Vegas Strip (Mandalay Bay) to the other (Treasure Island). Over the years, Cirque shows have become synonymous with entertainment in Las Vegas.
Cirque du Soleil recently released a schedule for all of their Las Vegas shows in 2017. This should be helpful when you’re planning your trip next year.
Mystère (Treasure Island)
Saturday – Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
7 p.m. shows only: Jan. 29; March 11 and 26; April 2, 9 and 16; June 17; Aug. 13; Oct. 1, 20 and 22; Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows: Dec. 31
Additional performances: April 6, Aug. 17, Oct. 20, Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Dec. 29
Dark Days: Thursday and Friday
Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
7 p.m. shows only: Jan. 17, 20 and 27; June 18
4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows: Dec. 31
Additional performances: Jan. 17, June 6, Aug. 15, Dec. 26
Dark Days: Monday and Tuesday
Zumanity (New York-New York)
Friday – Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
7 p.m. shows only: Jan. 8 – 9, 22 – 23 and 29 – 30; Feb. 13 and 20; March 11 – 12; June 17 and 29; July 8 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. shows: Dec. 31
Additional performances: Feb. 23, June 29, July 12, Dec. 28
Dark Days: Wednesday and Thursday
KÀ (MGM Grand)
Saturday – Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
7 p.m. shows only: Jan. 8 – 9; Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27; March 6, 12 – 13, 19 – 20 and 27; April 2; June 17 – 18 and 30; July 8; Aug. 20; Oct. 31; Nov. 26 – 27; Dec. 4 and 31
Additional performances: April 14, June 30, Aug. 3, Nov. 24, Dec. 28
Dark Days: Thursday and Friday
The Beatles LOVE (The Mirage)
Thursday – Monday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
7 p.m. shows only: Jan. 8, 10, 15, 22 and 29; Feb. 12, 19 and 26; March 5, 11 – 12 and 19; June 17 and 27; July 19; Nov. 5 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows: Dec. 31
Additional performances: Jan. 10, June 27, July 19, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Dec. 27
Dark Days: Tuesday and Wednesday
Michael Jackson ONE (Mandalay Bay)
Friday – Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
7 p.m. shows only: Jan. 2, 16 and 18; March 2, 11 and 27; July 4; Aug. 17, 20 and 27; Oct. 30 – 31; Nov. 5; Dec. 7 and 10 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. shows: Dec. 31
Additional performances: Jan. 18, March 2, June 28, Aug. 17, Sept. 13, Nov. 2, Dec. 7 and 27
Dark Days: Wednesday and Thursday
MINDFREAK LIVE! (Luxor)
Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
7 p.m. shows only: Jan. 1, 4 – 6, 8, 27 and 29; Feb. 3, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26; March 10, 12, 17, 19, 26 and 31; April 2, 7 and 23; May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 25 – 26 and 28; June 16 – 18; Sept. 8, 10, 17, 21 – 22, 24 and 28 – 29; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 27 – 29; Nov. 10, 12, 17, 19, 23 and 26; Dec. 3, 8 and 10
Additional performance: Dec. 26
Dark Days: Monday and Tuesday
Entertainment in Las Vegas comes in all varieties. You can see a big production show on the Vegas Strip, catch a band perform for free at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas and even head out to one of the biggest and best nightclubs in the world. There’s something for every mood and taste.
Somewhere in between everything else, Piano Bars remain a popular form of entertainment in Las Vegas. Like the general entertainment, there’s a nice variety in piano bars. Dueling pianos bring the party while some piano bars are just simply relaxing. Here’s a look at some different piano bars in Las Vegas and what you’ll find at each.
Piano Bar at Harrah’s
This is one of the most popular piano bars in Las Vegas in part because of its location right on the Vegas Strip. Sure the Piano Bar offers a lively Dueling Pianos show with identical twins Kim and Tamara Pinegar, but that’s really just the beginning. In addition to other forms of entertainment at the Piano Bar, this is also one of the few bars on the Vegas Strip where you can sing karaoke. You can find more information here.
The Bar at New York-New York
This bar is billed as more than a piano bar, but that’s what it is. If you don’t mind standing to watch the show, entry is free. If you want to sit down, you’ll have a pay a small cover charge (usually somewhere between $5 and $20). There’s almost always a line to get in when the dueling piano shows are happening. Other entertainment here includes a saxophone player and solo piano players. Pro-Tip: There are a few seats on the casino side of the bar with video poker. Throw a few bucks in the machine for a little gambling with a side of entertainment.
Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas
Every piano bar has something to separate it from the other bars. Napoleon’s encourages you to sing along with the dueling piano show. This bar has more of an upscale lounge feel and there are cocktails, cognac, scotch, whiskey, French wine and bourbons to compliment that vibe. The entertainment at Napoleon’s starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.
Petrossian at Bellagio and Eastside Lounge at Encore
Each of the previous piano bars listed above is for partying. The Eastside Lounge and Petrossian Bar are both lounges where you go to relax, enjoy a cocktail and take in some mellow music. You might be done with the party or it might just be too early to start the party. Both are great options if you just enjoy live music in the background while hanging out.
Don’t Tell Mama on Fremont Street
This is an open-mic piano bar. Take the stage or just let other people entertain you. The crowds in downtown Las Vegas can get a little rowdy so proceed with caution. Kidding. Kinda. PARTY!
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