The Strip / Concerts / Entertainment / Music / MGM Grand / MGM Grand Garden Arena / Halloween / Phish / → All Tags
Come Halloween, it may be unclear if folks are dressing up in costume or just supporting their favorite jam band as Phish begins a sold-out, three-night run at MGM Grand Garden Arena October 31-November 2. It’s been a decade since the band performed in Vegas as well as a five-year spell between their most recent albums, but now you’ll have multiple ways to catch their upcoming performances.
In addition to attending one or more nights in person, fans can also watch the concerts via webcast at LivePhish.com. Three-night webcast passes are available or individual as well. There are even webcast and T-shirt bundles so you’ll really feel like you got the concert experience. Three nights are $62.97. Just October 31 is $29.99 while November 1 and 2 are both $19.99.
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If you’re wondering what’s Shakin’ at Planet Hollywood these days, head to Sin City Theatre on the mezz level to find out. Broadway performer and most recently a cast member of VEGAS! The Show, Eric Jordan Young, has set out on his own with his new production, Shakin'.
The high-energy show allows Young a chance to run through a laundry list of his favorites ranging from “Proud Mary” to “Old Black Magic,” which was one of his standard numbers from VEGAS! The Show. He runs through some Rat Pack classics like “Under My Skin” and pays special tribute to his idol, Sammy Davis Jr. with songs like “Candy Man.”
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Sabriel (pronounced shaw-bree-el) first popped up on our radar during the 2013 Life Is Beautiful fest, playing a semi-private show on the roof of Commonwealth. In an event loaded with top talent, her performance was this writer's favorite set. In an email exchange, I was able to ask her a few questions:
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It seems like every time we post an article about what's happening in the sportsbook, the number one question, regardless of the topic, is "Can I get drink tickets there?" After posting last week’s article about getting seats are the Venetian sportsbook on Facebook, the question about where someone can get drink tickets with their wagers was raised again by VC reader Sarah B.
The short answer is that policies are rarely the same -- even in the same casino at the same time. There are no longer hard and fast rules about drink tickets at any sportsbooks besides CG Technology (Venetian, Cosmopolitan, etc.) In the past, you could expect a drink ticket with your sports bets. This was a time when casinos didn't mind if you sat around watching a game and not spending money. Things have changed over the years and drink tickets are no longer the norm when placing your bets.
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You’ve only got a few more months to enjoy the Tangerine Honey of Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno. (Minds out of gutters, people.) In case you’re unfamiliar, that’s an original track by the ivory-tickling performer who is among the first to bring a headlining show with original tunes to the Strip in the modern era.
After nearly 600 shows in his three years at Stratosphere, the north Strip casino will part ways with Moreno about a year ahead of when his contract was supposed to end. After a successful first year, the show’s contract was extended through October 2015, but his final show will be December 20 of this year.
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The city's oldest liquor licensee is kicking their events program into high gear for the beer nerd in all of us. And, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, Atomic Liquors will team up with Green Flash Brewing Company in its latest Tap Takeover series.
Every year, Green Flash puts out a limited release beer called Treasure Chest to benefit breast cancer research. This year, Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada will be the lucky recipient to the profit from each pint of this and Green Flash's other ringer, Serrano Chili Double Stout.
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Rumor has it the new Border Grill location inside Forum Shops at Caesars Palace could be opening as early as this afternoon for dinner service. They’re just waiting on the liquor license to be finalized. They've been doing mock service since last week in preparation for what a Caesars’ concierge said would be a “fall opening.”
Taking over the former space of P.J. Clarke's, the new location will have a bar area as well as a patio extending into the area in front of the restaurant. Sources closer to the action say all the restaurant should be open for lunch service tomorrow at the latest, if things go according to plan.
It's impossible to walk through Bellagio's always exquisite Conservatory and not wish to have a similar experience right out your back door. But, if your pockets are deep enough or you're just plain lucky, you can take the first steps to creating your own, over-the-top backyard paradise tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21. That's when the resort will auction off more than 100 props once used within its botanical gardens.
BMA Liquidators will oversee the auction which will take place as a live web event beginning at 11 a.m. PT tomorrow morning. Among the items up for bid are boring things like rubber mats, columns and planters, but once you get past that, things get a lot more interesting. And, a lot more oversized, too.
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Less than seven months from the US arrival of Rock in Rio, its City of Rock at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds (a.k.a., that currently still desert lot at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara) has begun to arrive.
The popular mega-concert event will come to America for the first time next year, holding two weekends of events in Las Vegas May 8-9 and 15-16. Six stages will host a myriad of big names from across the world of pop and rock, including No Doubt, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, the Deftones, Metallica and John Legend. Some 85,000 are expected to be in attendance each day.
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The photos are breathtaking. The experience was gasp-worthy, too. Both the good and the bad kind.
The Rise Lantern Festival took place in the desert outside Las Vegas Saturday night and was attended by an estimated ten thousand. While the launch ceremony itself was described as beautiful, spirtual and moving, both getting and leaving there was the complete opposite with one attendee, Anissa C., equating it to a scene from a movie:
SLS Las Vegas got sneaky on us last week. With zero fanfare they released an online poker app called SLS Poker for iPhone and iPad. The Android app is still listed as coming soon on their website, but it might be available anytime now.
SLS Poker is only a game for now so there isn’t a real money option. It sounds basic, but you need other players when playing poker. In three visits over the weekend, there were only a few people playing the free Texas Hold 'Em game. That should change with time as people learn the app is available. When we did find others to play with, gameplay was smooth and just like any other online poker game you’d play. This one just came with SLS Las Vegas branding. The one nice feature is that there's a preview section to explain how to use the app.
VegasChatter reader Greg B. let us in on some updates from one of his favorite spots, Palace Station, which he affectionately said was “voted the casino I want to love again if only they’d stop making weird decisions.” While he seems ok with the carpet upgrade, the changes in the high limit slot area came across as a bit odd.
First, check out the new carpet on the right in the photo below. It’s being rolled out in segments across the casino floor. The machines from the coffee shop up to the oyster bar had been removed to make room for the new flooring on Greg's recent visit.