Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Residencies 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

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.
 

New Las Vegas Show Residencies in 2017

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment and Everything Vegas.

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.
 

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve 2016

Friday, 09 December 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment and Nightlife.

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
 
Hyde Bellagio
 
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
 
Palms
 
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.
 
Stratosphere
 
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
 

Cirque du Soleil schedule for 2017

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

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
 

 
“O” (Bellagio)
 
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
 

 
(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
 

 

Piano Bars For Everyone In Las Vegas

Monday, 24 October 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment, Everything Vegas, and Nightlife.

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!
 

Free Vegas Entertainment in October

Friday, 07 October 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment and Everything Vegas.

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
 

New Show at the Plaza

Monday, 19 September 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

Entertainment at the Plaza continues to expand. The newest addition is the limited engagement of One Epic Night! that debuted just a few weeks ago. The show features various finalists from talent competition shows, like “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Masters of Illusion,” and “American Idol.”
 
The 70-minute show will run Saturday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. until January 4 at the Plaza Showroom. Ticket prices start at $59.95 for general admission, $79.95 for preferred seating, and $109.95 for VIP.
 
 
 
One Epic Night joins an entertainment lineup at the Plaza that includes Lovers or Losers, a game show hosted by Todd Bridges (Different Strokes) and the musical stylings of the Scintas. You’ll find even more entertainment at the new pool deck at the Plaza. You can read details here and see the performance stage on the pool deck in the video below.
 

 
It’s great to see the Plaza continue to reinvent itself. They’re not the only business in downtown Las Vegas offering new amenities. Downtown Las Vegas has seen a real change in the past four or five years. While it’s true that downtown Las Vegas plays up the image of being “Old Vegas” with nods to the history of Las Vegas, it really isn’t “old” anymore. There have been plenty of additions to the area in the past few years. New casinos, bars, restaurants, shopping, pools and more have opened in the past few years.
 
Many of the businesses try to mix the new with the old. Some old shows, like the Scintas, are brought back to life while some newer restaurants, like Oscars at the Plaza, have modern yet vintage decor.
 
At the same time, there are modern and sleek businesses in downtown Las Vegas today. Eight blocks down Fremont Street you’ll find a very modern outdoor retail, dining and drinking mall at Downtown Container Park. The combination new, old and modern vintage offers something for everyone in downtown Las Vegas.
 
The mix of new and old businesses makes downtown Las Vegas a legitimate destination when visiting Vegas. Prices are rising all over Las Vegas, but it feels less drastic in downtown Las Vegas. The $0.99 shrimp cocktail from a few years ago may cost $2.99. The $2 beer from a few years ago may cost $4 today.
 
That’s a far cry from the average cheap meal and beer on the Vegas Strip. You would not believe how difficult it was to find 5 meals under $5 on the Vegas Strip without using happy hour deals. (Note, I included happy hour.)
 
The downtown Las Vegas experience isn’t the same as the Vegas Strip and that suits plenty of people just fine. Even with all of the “new” in “Old Vegas” the dollar still goes farther than the Vegas Strip. In today’s downtown Las Vegas you can find less expensive dining, drinking, gambling and entertainment than other areas of Las Vegas.
 
The lower price point isn’t new to the area. However, the quality that you’ll get for your money in downtown Las Vegas has been greatly improving in recent years. Best of all there’s no longer a feeling that you’re sacrificing your expectations of Las Vegas when visiting downtown.
 

Absinthe Moving to Cosmopolitan

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

A few weeks ago rumors began to surface that the widely popular show at Caesars Palace, Absinthe, would be moving to a new home soon. Those rumors were confirmed today when the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announced that the Gazillionaire will open his new production of the long-running hit show Absinthe later this year.
 
Since opening 5 years ago in a tent outside of Caesars Palace Absinthe has become one of the most popular shows in Las Vegas. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Johnny Kats, the show sells out almost nightly. Absinthe has 10 shows in a 550 capacity venue and sells approximately 5,000 tickets each week.
 
Working with The Cosmopolitan, Spiegelworld (co-production company along with Base Entertainment) will take over and re-imagine the former ballroom space in Rose.Rabbit.Lie. Together they plan on creating a distinct, all-new venue for Absinthe. As it’s currently constructed, Rose.Rabbit.Lie. may not have headroom for some of the highwire acts from the original show. Additionally, the venue only has a capacity of only 500 people. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. will continue to operate as a modern supper club offering dining and live entertainment.
 
The addition of Absinthe continues the evolution of the Cosmopolitan under new owners, Blackstone Group. New restaurants, new gaming areas and new rooms were only the beginning of the changes. “Absinthe is a truly unique experience and we look forward to collaborating with Spiegelworld on its new home here at The Cosmopolitan next door to Rose. Rabbit. Lie.,” remarked Bill McBeath, president and chief executive officer of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
 
Ross Mollison, Spiegelworld founder, said “we have had the best five years of our lives here in Las Vegas. We could not be more excited to now be working with Bill McBeath and his team, playing in the most compelling new resort to open in Las Vegas in the last decade.”
 
Absinthe will play its final performance at its current location at Caesars Palace on Friday, October 21. The Absinthe website says the show will move to the Cosmopolitan on November 1. It’s unclear if that will be the night of the first show.
 
Get $20 Off Tickets to see the show at Caesars Palace here: $20 Off Absinthe Tickets
 

Big News For 5 Las Vegas Shows

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

Las Vegas shows come and go but they rarely do so at the same time. The public relations teams in Las Vegas are usually good about giving a little breathing room in between show announcements. That wasn’t the case recently when where there was news about 5 different shows closing, moving and extending in as many days. Most of the news wasn’t expected so let’s take a look at each show individually.
 
Matt Goss (Caesars Palace) – Closing
Caesars Entertainment announced that the last Matt Goss show at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace would take place on September 24th. This ends a long run at Caesars Palace that began in 2010. It hasn’t been announced if Matt Goss would relocate the show in Las Vegas or move on. However, there are multiple sources reporting that Cleopatra’s Barge will be closing. Word is that it will become some kind of intimate nightclub or lounge. Details on both are sure to emerge in the near future.
 
Raiding The Rock Vault (Tropicana) – Closing
Over the weekend it was announced that “Raiding the Rock Vault” would be ending its residency at Tropicana Theater on July 31. The announcement seemingly came from out of the blue as the show appeared to be popular. Guests would consistently rave about the live rock show and seemed to return often. However, new guests are as important as returning guests and that might be where the show was lacking. There’s no word if the show will return to a new location.
 
Showstoppers (Wynn) – Closing
Over the weekend the major musical production at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas set a closing date of September 30. The announcement was abrupt but not very surprising as reviews seemed to be mediocre. The show won’t be revamped and no plans have been announced for a new show in the theater just yet. Don’t expect to hear about a new show until the nears its closing date.
 
Absinthe (Caesars Palace) – Moving
This was the biggest surprise of all the recent show news. “Absinthe” is probably the best show in Las Vegas and consistently sells a lot of tickets (5,000 a week according to the Las Vegas Sun). Over the weekend the show’s producers announced that “Absinthe” would be closing at Caesars Palace on October 21st. The show will reopen at a new location on the Vegas Strip in the future. This quirky show wouldn’t be appropriate for just any property so it will be interesting to see where it ends up.
 
Jennifer Lopez (Planet Hollywood) – Extended
Jennifer Lopez announced 21 additional performances for her headlining residency show at the Axis Theater inside Planet Hollywood. The new show dates go on sale to the public beginning Friday, July 22 at 10 a.m. PT. However, Total Rewards players club members can purchase tickets before the general public. Presale takes place for TR members on Wednesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, July 21 at 10 p.m. PT. New show dates into 2017 are below.
 
December 2016: 14
February 2017: 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25
May 2017: 24, 26, 27, 28, 31
June 2017: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11
 

Rock of Ages VIP Ticket Giveaway

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

Average Ticket Price For Las Vegas Shows Almost $100

Thursday, 21 April 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

The average* list price for a ticket to see a show in Las Vegas is nearing $100. The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that show tickets in Las Vegas, on average, are now $90. That price is $5 more than last year and $15 more than 5 years ago. The survey from Las Vegas Advisor doesn’t count every show in Las Vegas but more than half of the shows they did survey did have at least one level of tickets for at least $100.
 
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s visitor profile from 2015, people are spending $61.95 per visit on shows. That’s an increase of more than $14 from 2014 where the average show expenditure per visit to Las Vegas was $47.56. The higher expense seems to have actually caused fewer people to take in a show when visiting Las Vegas. Last year 61% of visitors to Las Vegas attended a show. That’s down from 65% of visitors in 2014 and down even more from 2013 when 72% of visitors attended a show.
 
The reason people are spending more money on shows for each visit to Las Vegas isn’t just the ticket price increase but which shows people are seeing. Of the people that saw a show in Las Vegas last year 26% saw a big name headliner like Britney Spears (more on here ticket prices in a second). This is a relatively large increase as only 17% of people saw a similar big name headliner in 2014. Further, fewer people (72% in 2015 from 87% in 2013) opted for less expensive lounge acts.
 
It’s harsh to say that paying retail price for show tickets in Las Vegas is for suckers but there are plenty of options to find discount show tickets. If you’re reading Travel Vegas then the chances are good that you aren’t paying full price for your show tickets. Hopefully you’re not letting your friends pay full price for show tickets. After all, friends don’t let friends pay full price for show tickets. Personally, I share TravelVegas.com with my friends looking for show tickets whether they’re looking for discounts or not. Nobody will get angry when they can save a few bucks.
 
Including ticket packages, Britney Spears “Piece of Me” show has 37 different ticket prices that retail anywhere from $100 to over $1,000. The show isn’t discounted very often but you can actually save a 5% when you purchase “Piece of Me” tickets on Travel Vegas.
 
I’m not asked to shill for TravelVegas but this is the website that I refer to any time a friend is looking for show tickets. For what it’s worth, I love Britney and loved “Piece of Me.” It’s a great show for fans of Brit Brit. If you’re not a fan you should check out a different show. It’s just not a show for everyone.
 
TravelVegas isn’t the only option to save on show tickets but it’s a great option to purchase at home or on the go. When you’re in Las Vegas you can stop by one of the many Tix4Tonight booths scattered all over the Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas. The half-price ticket stands are sometimes a good in-your-face reminder that you can easily find discount show tickets in Las Vegas.
 
Show ticket prices are on the rise and even though fewer people are making shows a part of their Las Vegas experience those who are seeing shows are seeing the big shows. They’re also paying more for the experience. Use websites like Travel Vegas and discount ticket booths like Tix4Tonight when you’re in Las Vegas to save some money on show tickets.
 

Free Shows at the Palms

Monday, 18 April 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

It’s no secret that Las Vegas show tickets continue to rise in price. Even if you find a great discount website like TravelVegas or purchase at a half price ticket booth in Las Vegas you’re still going to pay a pretty penny. According to a recent survey by Las Vegas Advisor the average ticket to a Las Vegas show will cost $90.
 
Part of the reason to increased ticket prices are the fact that more people are willing to pay for the higher priced tickets. According to the most recent Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s visitor profile, 26% of people that saw a show in Las Vegas saw a big name headliner. Only 17% of showgoers saw a similar show last year. These are the shows with the biggest budgets and are often the easiest to find.
 
At the same time, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fewer people last year saw a lounge act. These shows are much less expensive and sometimes free. They have a smaller marketing budget and aren’t nearly as easy to find. Have no fear, we got your back!
 
One of the best free entertainment deals can be found at the Palms. The Lounge inside Palms often has free or relatively inexpensive (far below the average ticket price mentioned above) entertainment. These free performances have become so popular that they’ve expanded to another venue at Palms, Social.
 
It becomes more difficult every day to find free entertainment in Las Vegas so you might want to pass this info along to a friend. In an effort to save you the most money we’ll focus only on the FREE shows at the Palms for April and May.
 
Date: Thursday, April 21
Artist: Sin City Sinners
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: Rock
Description: The Sin City Sinners are Las Vegas’ top headlining rock band. The Sinners are more than just a band, it’s an experience… What began in 2007 as a weekly ‘just for fun’ jam at a local dive bar, evolved into standing room only shows featuring appearances by some of rock’s hottest musicians and celebrities.
 
Date: Friday, April 22 & Friday, May 13
*Performance at Social
Artist: The Hal Savar Band
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Genre: Live, human jukebox – all request!
Description: The Hal Savar Band brings a sizzling interactive show to audiences with a phenomenal mix of equal parts versatile request cover band and original folk rock blues band. The press has called Savar a “Live Human Jukebox” and his band “A cover band on steroids!”
 
Date: Saturday, April 23
Artist: Pop Strings Orchestra
Time: 11 p.m.
Genre: Rock
Description: The Pop Strings Orchestra is a 15-piece band comprised of the leading musicians from the city’s major productions shows and bands. Performances will feature arrangements of songs made popular by Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and club hits in the contemporary ensemble’s classic setting.
 
Date: Thursday, April 28
Artist: Stoney Curtis
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: Rock, Blues and Guitar
Description: The Stoney Curtis Band has been working in Los Angeles and Las Vegas clubs for years, making their own brand of psychedelic blues rock, readying their show for the road ahead. Heavily driven in ’60s and ’70s psychedelia, the Stoney Curtis Band bring a high energy to their phenomenal live shows.
 
Date: Friday, April 29
Artist: Rockie Brown & The Fellas
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: R&B, pop & Top 40
Description: Rockie Brown and the Fellas is a neo-soul band that plays the hippest tunes of R&B, Pop and Top 40s, bringing a raw and soulful spin to popular music. Lead female vocalist Rockie Brown pours her heart and swag into every note, stamping them all as her own with her unique sound crossing Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill.
 
Date: Friday, April 29; Friday, May 20
*Performance at Social
Artist: Paul Charles
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Genre: Pop Rock
Description: Award-winning drummer-turned-frontman Paul Charles Campanella has enjoyed a 20-plus-year career as a touring and session drummer, solo artist and backing vocalist with artists such as rock legends Cheap Trick and celebrated blues guitarist Sean Costello.
 
Date: Saturday, April 30
Artist: Brent Muscat & Friends
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: Rock
Description: Hard rock guitarist Brent Muscat began his professional career in 1986 as a founding member of the band Faster Pussycat and since, has appeared on stages the world over with artists including Guns N Roses, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Whitesnake.
 
Date: Thursday, May 5 & Saturday, May 7
Artist: Latin Vida
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: Latin
Description: Driven by an incredible, electrifying energy, Latin Vida delights audiences with a unique blend of Top 40, Latin crossover, Latin traditional and stage choreography. The multi-talented members bring to the stage both listening and visual excitement.
 
Date: Friday, May 6
*Performance at Social
Artist: Jefferson Montoya
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Genre: Pop/Rock
Description: Jefferson Montoya is a powerful vocalist, passionate songwriter, and an amazing live performer whose high-energy acoustic music crosses genres and emotions. Jefferson is now an Emerged Music artist and is working on his initial album with the label.
 
Date: Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, May 28
Artist: Pop Strings Orchestra
Time: 11 p.m.
Genre: Rock
Description: The Pop Strings Orchestra is a 15-piece band comprised of the leading musicians from the city’s major productions shows and bands. Performances will feature arrangements of songs made popular by Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and club hits in the contemporary ensemble’s classic setting.
 
Date: Friday, May 27
*Performance at Social
Artist: Patrick Sieben
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Genre: Modern Pop and Classic Hits
Description: Emmy-award winning singer/songwriter Patrick Sieben, from Hastings, Minnesota, has quickly become one of Las Vegas’ top artists, while continuing to travel across the country performing.
 

Extended Show Residencies + New Nightclubs for 2016

Thursday, 14 April 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

Las Vegas residencies aren’t renewed as often as you might think despite the constant barrage of press releases stating “new shows added.” Shows for long-term residencies aren’t booked or announced at once so you’ll see multiple announcements about performances. Having said that, it’s nice to see which regular shows in Las Vegas are most popular and get extended.
 
This week we actually have three different resident performers who are announcing extensions to their current residencies in Las Vegas. In the past week, Terry Fator, Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart each announced a different kind of extension to their residency.
 
 
Terry Fator (The Mirage)
 
Last week Terry Fator and friends were celebrating his seventh anniversary at The Mirage when the President of the casino, Trevor Scherrer, made an announcement. He announced that Fator had signed a 5-year contract extension that would keep him in Las Vegas until 2021. Dates for the next 5 years of performances for the singer, comedian, ventriloquist and celebrity impressionist haven’t been announced yet. It’s probably safe to expect to see Terry Fator continue with a similar schedule moving forward.
 
Carlos Santana (Mandalay Bay)
 
House of Blues and Carlos Santana just announced that 16 shows will be added to his residency named “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live.” The new shows will take the guitar legend into the fifth year of his concert residency at Mandalay Bay.
 
The new show dates are as follows:
 
September: 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23,24, 25
November: 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13
 
On a related note, a reunited Santana with their lineup from the 1970’s will release a new album called Santana IV on April 15.
 
Rod Stewart (Caesars Palace)
 
The shortest of the residency extensions this week belongs to Rod Stewart. He recently kicked off the 5th year of his Caesars Palace residency with a couple of sold-out shows. Stewart’s extension should take him through the end of the year with performances scheduled throughout August.
 
The new show dates are as follows:
 
August: 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21
 
Those are the three big residency announcements for the week but I want to give a heads up to the fans of nightclubs and DJ’s. There are two new clubs opening soon that may or may not have DJ residency announcements coming soon:
 
Nightclub Residencies TBA (Aria and Encore)
 
There are two new nightclubs opening soon and, at least, one of the clubs will be announcing their resident DJ lineup. Jewel nightclub opens on May 19 at Aria. Hakkasan Group, who handles talent for Omnia at Caesars Palace and Hakkasan at MGM Grand is in charge of talent at Jewel and should be announcing their resident DJ lineup soon.
 
Intrigue will be replacing Tryst nightclub at Encore. The club opens on April 28 but may not offer the same kind of resident DJ’s as other nightclubs in Las Vegas. Their pre-opening marketing says that they’re trying to offer a different nightlife experience. If you’re into nightclubs or just curious about Intrigue you might want to follow them on Facebook or twitter to see what the club will offer.
 

Wayne Newton Returns To The Vegas Strip This April

Thursday, 07 April 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

There’s no denying that Las Vegas is changing. Some of us love to see the evolution but not every feels that way. There are plenty of people who want the same great town they grew up with. Well, Caesars Entertainment hears that and is bringing a Las Vegas legend back to the Vegas Strip.
 
Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, is back in Las Vegas with a new show at Bally’s called “Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal.” The show will take place at the Windows Showroom at Bally’s beginning April 21, 2016. “Up Close and Personal” will mark Newton’s return to the stage in Las Vegas for a regularly scheduled and original production show for the first time in more than five years. Wayniacs know that this show isn’t the first time that he’ll be gracing the stage in Las Vegas in 2016. Newton will be sharing the stage with The Killers on April 6, 2016, when T-Mobile Arena opens behind New York-New York.
 
Newton has been working since he was a child and decided to take some time off a few years back. He’s slowly getting back into the public eye after a 50+ year award winning career in entertainment. Last year Wayne Newton opened a new “Casa de Shenandoah” to the public and this year he returns to the stage where he’s most famous.
 
“Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal” will offer a different kind of entertainment experience for Las Vegas today. Of course, Newton will sing crowd favorites including his platinum record hit, “Danke Schoen,” but he’ll also engage with the audience by answering questions and telling stories. Think of this show as Story Tellers: Legends Edition. The show will be made up of a little music, a little story telling a little Q & A and a whole lot of Wayne Newton goodness.
 
Here’s a quote about the show from the man himself, “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to return home to the Las Vegas stage, especially to perform such a personal and unique show. This will be very different and a more intimate show than I’ve done in the past and I’m looking forward to interacting with each audience and sharing stories from my life in Las Vegas, some of which I’ve never told before,” Newton said.
 
This is not a cheap show. Ticket prices for “Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal” start at $75. There’s also a VIP package that includes VIP seating and a meet and greet for $150. Tickets will be subject to additional service charges and fees but this may be your last chance to experience Mr. Las Vegas up close and personal. Finally, all shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. but you should check before ordering tickets in case that changes in the future.

3 Activities To Enjoy Before It Gets Too Hot

Friday, 12 February 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

Las Vegas is currently in “windows open” weather. Las Vegas never really gets too cold but it can definitely get too hot. For the next couple of months, temperatures will be perfect for just about anyone to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.
 
It won’t get too hot during the day and it won’t get too cold until the sun goes down. This is the time of year to enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer outside at any time of the day. Let’s take a look at a few activities to enjoy outside while the temperatures are perfect.
 
 
 
Balloon Rides
This might be the best way to explore all of Las Vegas (if you’re not afraid of heights like I am). You can find balloon rides all over Las Vegas. If you haven’t explored much of the Las Vegas suburbs you might want to hop in a taxi or Uber and head 10-15 minutes away from the touristy areas. In addition to seeing the Vegas Strip from a unique perspective, heading out to the ‘burbs will allow you to get a great view of the mountain ranges that make Las Vegas a valley. Balloon rides are usually about an hour long but the whole process of inflating the balloon, rising to a peak height, viewing and coming back to earth can take up to four hours.
 
Auto Racing
Rev your engines and hit the track(s). Auto racing is becoming one of the most popular outdoor activities in Las Vegas. In fact, a new racing complex is currently under construction on the Vegas Strip (beyond the hotels). Speed Vegas is scheduled to open massive race complex in March. Depending on which track you choose, you can race anything from go-karts to the most fabulous exotic cars you’ve ever seen. When the air temperatures outside reach 100-120 degrees the asphalt you’re driving on becomes much hotter and it can be uncomfortable for some people. Hit the track now before the heat can even be a consideration in something that might be a once in a lifetime experience.
 
Golf
When you think of Las Vegas the first thing you think of probably isn’t golf. Did you know what there are well over 50 golf courses around Las Vegas? Las Vegas is home to many different types of vacations but few realize that it’s a great place for a golf vacation. If you’re not a golf aficionado you may not realize that there are so many locations and types of golf courses to enjoy.
 
Visiting a golf course before or after the summer is crucial to giving yourself the best golf experience in Las Vegas. The temperatures you read online or hear about on the news generally don’t take direct sunlight into account. The 110 degree summer afternoon may sound tolerable but it can feel like 140 degrees when you’re on the course in the middle of the day. Breath easy and hit the links right now.

 

5 Free Things To Do Indoors In Las Vegas

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

There are more free things to do in Las Vegas than you might think, but come winter time it’s understandable if you might not want to do them outside. That’s okay, some of the best free activities in Las Vegas are indoors. We’re not talking about window shopping and people watching (consider those a bonus), these are actual activities and things to see and do.

 

Aquarium (Silverton)

The aquarium at Silverton is one of the unique attractions you’ll find in Las Vegas. This 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium is located right on the casino floor just feet away from the blackjack tables. It’s okay, younger visitors are allowed to check out the 5,000 or so fish in the aquarium. There are over 150 different species of fish including small sharks, stingrays and exotic fish. If you visit at the right time during the day you’ll be treated to a mermaid show and/or fish feedings. Times vary so check with Silverton if you plan on visiting.

 

Big Elvis (Harrah’s)

This is one of the most popular free attractions on the Vegas Strip. Pete Vallee is a larger than life Las Vegas impersonator known as Big Elvis. This show is an institution with 7,000 performances under its belt. Big Elvis interacts with the audience, takes song requests and invites you to participate while performing the best of Elvis Presley alongside popular songs from the past 50 years. Big Elvis performs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Piano Bar inside Harrah’s.

 

CBS Television City (MGM Grand)

CBS Television City Research Center is one of the random but awesome free activities you can enjoy in Las Vegas. Sit down and relax while you have the chance to be part of CBS’s decision-making team by viewing and rating pilots and other television programs that they’re seeking input on. This is the kind of thing that you might be able to do anywhere in the world but it somehow fits nicely into a visit to Las Vegas.

 

Conservatory (Bellagio)

It’s just about impossible to get bored of checking out the Botanical Gardens and Conservatory at Bellagio. This 14,000-square-foot floral playground rotates themes throughout the year so you’re not always in for the same botanical experience. In addition to the four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter – Bellagio also creates a special display for Chinese New Year. Take a walk through the flowers just off the casino floor at Bellagio. This is a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas. What more could you ask for in a free activity on the Vegas Strip?

 

Pinball Hall of Fame (Off Strip on Tropicana Avenue)

This is a fun way to get away from the action on the Vegas Strip. The Pinball Hall of Fame is a 10,000 square foot interactive museum. There are over 100 pinball and arcade games to look at and play. The vintage pinball machines are all restored to like-new playing condition and many of them still operate on just one quarter. The Pinball Hall of Fame is home to the world’s largest pinball collection and it’s free to the public. This is a museum experience that you should expect to find in Las Vegas and nowhere else in the world.

 

 

Snow Fun 30 minutes from The Vegas Strip

Friday, 15 January 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

The last thing that probably comes to mind when you’re thinking about Las Vegas is snow. It rarely snows on the Vegas Strip but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t snow in the Las Vegas Valley. In fact, the mountains that are minutes away from the action on the Vegas Strip have already seen snow. They’re expecting to see a lot more snow this winter.

 

Weather prognosticators are predicting that there will more snow than usual on the western part of the country this winter because of a strong El Nino. If you’re looking for a different Las Vegas experience you might want to consider a longer vacation with some time set aside for skiing, snowboarding or just building snowmen. There are two locations within 30 minutes of the Vegas Strip to satisfy your love of snow.

 

Lee Canyon (Formerly Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort)

 

Lee Canyon is new name of the winter playground formerly known as Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. The name change is a throwback to the roots of the area. Lee Canyon is open all year around but the area may be best known for it’s fun in the snow. The area has a total of 385 skiable acres and has 11 alpine skiing and snowboarding trails. There are four lifts, including three chairlifts and one surface lift as well as its hike-to side country areas and freestyle terrain park for skiers and snowboarders.

 

Lee Canyon is great for skiers and snowboarders of all age and skill levels. Snow Kids is a daily experience for the little one’s from 10a.m.-3p.m. If skiing or snowboarding is too much for you or the kids you can hop in a tube a slide down the hills. Complimentary coaching is available if you’re looking to learn how tackle the slopes on skis or a snowboard.

 

Visit leecanyonlv.com for more information.

 

Mount Charleston

Mount Charleston is only 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip but is at least 20 degrees cooler. During the summer visiting Mount Charleston is a nice way to get away from of the heat on the Vegas Strip. During the winter the 20 degree difference at Mount Charleston combined with elevation brings a great place to enjoy the snow. The hotel is a rustic and pet friendly lodge located high in the mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Wintertime recreation ranges from skiing and sledding to more low key activities like building snowmen and winter wildlife watching.

 

The Resort on Mount Charleston has a bar, restaurant, lounge and video poker if you’re just looking to get away from the chaos of the Vegas Strip. This is the kind of rural experience you might expect to find 30 minutes away from all of the tourists in Las Vegas.

 

Visit mtcharlestonresort.com for more information.

 

 

Top 5 Ways to Party On New Year’s Eve

Monday, 28 December 2015 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

There are plenty of options on where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. You can just enjoy being in Las Vegas for the evening or you can see a show, go to a party or celebrate at a nightclub. New Year’s Eve is right around the corner here so here are our picks for the best ways you can bring in the new year in Las Vegas.

 

1. America’s Party

There are a lot of places and ways to party but this might be the best. Enjoy a night of doing whatever you want in Las Vegas and then head outside for the New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks show. Here are details on America’s Party 2016:

The largest fireworks show of the year is viewable outside on the Vegas Strip for free. Fireworks will shoot off everywhere on the Vegas Strip from MGM Grand to the Stratosphere (specifically from MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, Venetian, and Stratosphere). This is one of the few times of the year that the Vegas Strip is closed to traffic. While others are paying for a party, concert, nightclub experience you can revel outside and watch the fireworks in the beautiful Las Vegas night for free.

 

2. Level 107 Lounge Dance Party

There are a few different New Year’s Eve parties at the Stratosphere but the Level 107 Dance Party might be the best option. The Stratosphere is one of the most desirable locations in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve party because of it’s height and view of the fireworks going off all over the Las Vegas valley. Level 107 has floor to ceiling windows with striking panoramic views of Las Vegas. This party is the least expensive option at the Stratosphere and one of the best ways to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Here are more details on the the party:

Two-hour open bar from 10 p.m. to Midnight (party goes until 4 a.m.). Party features premium brands, party favors, fireworks with a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $150 per person.

 

3. PBR Rock Bar

The New Year’s Eve party at PBR Rock Bar at the Miracle Mile Shops inside (and outside) Planet Hollywood is one of the most affordable ways to enjoy New Year’s Eve on the Vegas Strip. The party includes all the booze you can handle with outdoor access slightly above the Vegas Strip and with views to the fireworks above. The party starts at 9 p.m. and details are below:

The party begins at 9 p.m. Tickets include an open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight. Early bird pricing is currently in effect—Call Open Bar is offered at $75, and Premium Open Bar at $100. The Grill will remain open, free of cover charge for diners. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.

 

4. Omnia

Omnia is the newest nightclub on the Vegas Strip at Caesars Palace and superstar DJ Calvin Harris is the main attraction on New Year’s Eve. The nightclub has a large patio so you can take a break from partying inside to enjoy the fireworks above the Vegas Strip. The party might get turnt up as there are rumors that Calvin Harris’ girlfriend will be joining him at some point during the evening.

 

5. Carmine’s

Sometimes a party ain’t a party unless there’s food involved. That’s the case when you go to Carmine’s Italian restaurants at the Caesars Palace Forum Shops. This is one of the more expensive parties that you’ll find in our master list of things to do in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve but it’s also one of the most complete. For $275 you get all the food and booze you can handle for 3.5 hours and access to a patio where you can watch the fireworks. Unless you eat too many sweets from the dessert buffet you’ll probably be ready to pass out after the party ends at 1 a.m. Here are more details on the party:

$275 per person for Premium open bar, dinner buffet, dessert buffet and midnight toast. The party begins at 9:30 p.m. and ends 1 a.m.

 

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