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Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Life Is Beautiful / Festivals / Events / Music / Food / Entertainment / → All Tags
Today is the official start of Life Is Beautiful 2014.
As Downtown Vegas gears up for a weekend of music, art and gourmet food, a whole other group of people are making it happen behind the scenes. We attended last year and loved it, but wanted to see what was new this time around. For that, we had a chat with Craig Nyman, Head of Music and Live Performances for Life Is Beautiful (LIB).
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.
The Strip / Eric Jordan Young / Planet Hollywood / Openings / Shows / Entertainment / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
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:
The Strip / Stratosphere / Shows / Closings / Frankie Moreno / Entertainment / → All Tags
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.
Events / Music / Entertainment / Construction / Future Vegas / Rock in Rio / City of Rock / MGM Resorts Festival Grounds / North Strip / → All Tags
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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If you’re wondering what will be taking Jan Rouven’s spot at Riviera, the wait is over. Dirk Arthur's Wild Illusions! is the second show with an exclamation point to hit the Strip. Opening December 1, Arthur is no stranger to the Las Vegas stage, having headlined at Tropicana and O’Shea’s in the past.
This version of his show promises dancers, comedy, magic and, of course, tigers. In a press release, Arthur joked that he’s happy Riviera is a pet-friendly hotel since he’ll be bringing in some big cats. Just this spring Arthur’s own pet friendliness was questioned as the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the performer’s shows in Reno and Laughlin for declawing large cats and for the poor conditions in which his animals resided, like rusty cages and dwellings that were too small. Arthur corrected the issues, but PETA is still not on board.
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Prince tribute act Purple Reign continues its rule of Las Vegas from a new home at Westgate. It’s hard to name a casino this show hasn’t been in during its 15-year run. Most recently at The D and at Planet Hollywood before that, tribute artist Jason Tenner and his almost too convincing act have now set up shop in the Shimmer Showroom at Westgate. His falsetto could rival Mariah Carey's dog whistle, likely aided by his incredibly tight pants.
This intimate showroom is a great venue for the show. The sides don’t extend much past the stage so there are no awkward angles and the tiered seating means there’s a good view, even from the back by the bar. The drum kit is up in the air too, so you literally can see every performer easily. With costumes as flashy as these, you surely wouldn’t want to miss any details.
Events / Shows / Entertainment / Vegas Nocturne / → All Tags
If you're bummed you never got the chance to experience Vegas Nocturne at The Cosmo (abrupt closure and subsequent lawsuit detailed here and here) or just miss it, here's another way to make it appear again (although, not out of a saucy gal's merkin.)
For two nights only on October 15-16, the Slipper Room in New York will host a reprisal of the short-lived but certain to be long-remembered (if we have anything to do about it) production:
Entertainment / Vegas Rumors / Wynn Las Vegas / Encore / Frank Sinatra / Sinatra / Shows / → All Tags
Performers are excitedly reporting to Wynn this week for what a casting call described earlier this year as a 'Broadway-style' production. Wynn ID badges are now being proudly shared on social as the cast assembles ahead of the show's debut.
Actress/singer Lauren Molina -- who has been seen on Broadway in Sweeney Todd and Rock of Ages, according to Wikipedia, and is known for her role in The Skivvies (best explained by watching the video below) -- has been sharing her enthusiasm for being part of the production on social, describing it as featuring "4 other fabulous singers, 28 dancers, a 30 piece orchestra and so much sparkly jewelry that there will need to be strobe warnings." Even more interesting is that her commitment seems to only be six months, indicating the show will likely boast a revolving cast of featured singers.
Events / New Year's Eve / Mandalay Bay / Maroon 5 / Music / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
Snoop at TAO, Tony and Gaga at Cosmo and Adam at Mandalay. New Year's Eve in Vegas will, once again, require a Magic 8 ball when it comes to deciding whether you should grab tickets for a specific event now, or wait to see what else is in store.
This afternoon it was announced that Maroon 5 will ring in 2015 with not one, but two concerts at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday, December 30 and Wednesday, December 31. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. PT and range from $99.50 to $224.50 (tax and fees, of course, not included.) M Life members will be able to snatch up their tickets before anyone else with a pre-sale running Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m. til Friday, October 10 at 10 p.m.
We're hearing that orientation begins today for the show; but, so far, not a peep has been said about it from official channels so we don't know what it's called, what it's about nor when it premieres. While we're sure its cast is under strict contract to keep a lid on details, we've seen quite a few excited posts on social media from people who aren't "allowed to say," but are expressing their joy about being involved.