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Vegas Delays / The Strip / Planet Hollywood / Openings / Shows / Entertainment / Eric Jordan Young / → All Tags
We'll have to wait a tad longer to see what singer and dancer Eric Jordan Young’s got “Shakin’” in the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood. Young’s new show has been pushed back a week to get all the details finalized. It will now open Saturday, October 4.
The former Vegas! The Show standout will now have his own show. Expect a live band and modern renditions of popular pop, rock, funk, R&B and jazz songs as Young puts his own spin on classic hits with the help of other Broadway-caliber co-directors and technical crew.
Events / City of Rock / Rock in Rio / Music / Entertainment / Festivals / → All Tags
Still just a dirt lot, the site of the inaugural US presentation of Rock in Rio may require some imagination when it comes to the reality of the rendering above, but now we know who to picture ourselves rockin' out to come May 2015.
At 3 p.m. PT, Rock in Rio reps announced their first official acts for the mega-concert fest that will span two weekends next year, May 8-9 and 15-16. Those artists are Metallica, Linkin Park, John Legend, No Doubt, Deftones, and Taylor Swift. More performers are still to be announced.
The Strip / Festivals / Wine / Country Music / MGM Resorts Village / Events / Music / Entertainment / Route 91 Harvest Festival / Rock n' Roll Wine Amplified Festival / → All Tags
So, the Rock ‘n Roll Wine Amplified Festival moves itself from Mandalay Bay Beach across the street to MGM Resorts Village only to decide to haul in 125 tons of sand, palm trees and a waterslide. Makes sense. No really, we get why the expanding festival needs a larger venue, but it’s pretty amusing the hoops it will jump through to recreate part of the venue it outgrew.
This new beachy environment will feature recently announced acts like New Beat Fund, Magic Giant, Van Lady Love, Pet Tigers, Avalon Landing, The Dirty Hooks, Almost Normal, Jordan Mitchell, Ryan White Mahoney and The Perks. The two-day festival (October 10-11) also will feature main stage music from Train, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Better than Ezra, Of Verona and Ayron Jones & The Way as well as Blink 182, Violent Femmes, Magic!, The Mowgli’s, and Mystic Roots Band.
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If you’re looking for a spot to grab a pint or a bite on The Strip, why not witness a Guinness World Record attempt while you’re at it? Irish pub and restaurant Rí Rá Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay's Shoppes at Mandalay Place will host a 16-day concert in hopes of breaking the world record for the longest concert by multiple artists. The current record holder is a group from a Michigan café who held a 360-hour concert in April 2011.
Visit Rí Rá October 1-17 to watch the marathon event featuring The Black Donnellys, John Windsor, Dirk Vermin, Paul Cray, Louise Barry, Sharon O’Brien, Eugene Quinn, Roy Buckley, Dave Rafferty, Dave Hughes, The American Diddley Idols, Clare Peelo, Gavin Carpenter, Na Cairde, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, and more. Ireland’s getting in on the action, too, as Liam Reilly of renowned Irish rock band Bagatelle and Derek Warfield of the Wolfe Tones will fly across the pond to join in on the attempt.
Shows / Entertainment / Openings / Closings / Tropicana / Riviera / Westgate / Magic / The Strip / Jan Rouven / Raiding The Rock Vault / → All Tags
Raiding the Rock Vault has seen its ups and downs at
LVH Westgate. Las Vegas Sun’s John Katsilometes has followed the saga as one of the show’s creators, Asia frontman and bassist John Payne, was given the glam rock boot this summer by fellow Raiding the Rock Vault producer Harry Cowell. Other performers have come and gone over the show’s run. Of course, many of them were only contracted for short stints, but several of the more longstanding performers have had their contracts come to early ends.
Tonight will be the last performance of Raiding the Rock Vault, according to Westgate hotel officials. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a literal rock of ages, as in it takes guests through a rock’n’roll odyssey with a sampling of hits from the various eras. All the music is performed live by musicians and singers who used to make up the likes of bands such as Bon Jovi, the aforementioned Asia, LA Guns, The Offspring, Heat, Deep Purple, Quiet Riot, and many others. You might think it’s like a pre-retirement home for washed-up rockers, but this writer didn’t find that to be true. I’ve seen the show several times and was always impressed by the level of musicianship. The odd storyline the show struggled to incorporate seemed a little cumbersome, but the music was great. I’ll probably see it again at its new home at Tropicana where it begins November 1.
Events / Entertainment / Amy Schumer / Club Kids / Vegas Fashion / Vegas Jokes / Comedians / → All Tags
We've heard a lot about Amy Schumer, the stand-up comedian who looks and acts like a sorority girl, only with a very dirty mind. (Or, maybe that's just how sorority girls are, these days.) But we hadn't actually seen her act until we caught her Comedy Central stand-up special, titled, "Mostly Sex Stuff." Yup, that's one way to grab our attention.
Her honest sex stuff is outstanding, especially about last call yet we found ourselves LOL'ing for real at this bit on girls in Vegas. From the first line to the last, she says pretty much everything we think of when we see girls heading to the club in Las Vegas. Give it a listen:
Meyers' next Vegas visit will, hopefully, only involve his customary knocks on topical news and politics mixed with the humor of casual observations (see below for a bit on flying to and from Vegas, as well as drunken room service decisions.) Normally a regular at The Mirage, Meyers will perform at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $45 and can be purchased here.
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There's still no official word on any of the acts (oh, but the whispers), but if you're going to the US debut of Rock in Rio here in Vegas in May 2015 no matter the names the pre-sale begins Friday, September 19.
Folks who signed up for first chance at the (expected) $295 per weekend tickets began receiving emails alerting them to the pre-sale earlier this week. Those eager beavers will have from September 19 to the 25th to lock in up to two general admission weekend passes or one VIP day pass. On September 26, the general public will get their first go at tickets with what's being termed as a "limited pre-sale" for them as well. That will begin at 5 p.m. PT.
Openings / Downtown Vegas / Limelight / Plaza / Burlesque / Downtown / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
The trouble with approaching anything with any sort of expectation is you’ll often be let down. Even if your own preconceived notions are all you’re battling, a good show might not live up to expectations based on your past experiences with the venue, a given performer, director, etc. It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised and even better to be (borderline) blown away!
Limelight opened this past weekend at Plaza in Downtown Vegas. With it came the stigma of the venue’s failed productions and the challenge of getting people to go see a downtown show in the first place. Luckily, this isn’t your average burlesque revue. For starters, it’s from LA producers so it’s literally bringing a fresh perspective to Vegas.
Events / Music / Entertainment / The Cosmopolitan / The Strip / Boulevard Pool / Die Antwoord / → All Tags
Quite possibly one of the strangest musical acts in pop culture since Ozzy ate a bat, Die Antwoord is difficult to describe. The facts are: They are South African, they are ghetto fabulous, and they are coming to the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan September 28.
Since their explosion on to the scene in 2009, Die Antwoord (which translates into "the answer") has popularized the niche genre of "zef-rave rap." (Zef is named after the Ford Zephyr which became synonymous with the African working class and is considered derogatory slang.) The group makes themselves into a parody of over-the-top "commodity rap" braggadocio while still sending their message about how absolutely bizarre it is live and be raised in South Africa.
You may have listened to them during your 90s ska obsession, or your kids could be current fans of their children's show projects (The Aquabats! Super Show or lead singer Christian Jacob's Yo Gabba Gabba). Either way, the band known for wild stage shows, in-character superhero antics, and putting out inhumanly catchy songs for going on twenty years is coming to Hard Rock Live on The Strip.
Entertainment / Free Vegas / Bellagio / Tiesto / Music / MGM Grand / → All Tags
From the alternate universe files: Bellagio will dive into The Strip's obsession with superstar DJs (albeit a few years late) with the debut of a new fountains production featuring an "exclusive three-song medley" by Tiësto.
The new show will premiere September 17 at 7 p.m. As a press alert details: