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Recently, we told you of our affection for the Riviera. We’ve appreciated its old-school charm and vintage-Vegas vibe enough to stay there three more times since January. Even if you prefer to stay elsewhere you should still drop in to experience one of their best offerings, Jan Rouven’s Illusions.
These days, it’s tough for aging Vegas properties to remain appealing. Shiny facelifts will only take you so far (cough...Tropicana... cough) and you can throw just so much at the wall, hoping for something to stick. Downtown’s Plaza has been the worst at that approach, with their mini-golf nightspot Swinger's Club and lingerie-themed Exposed Salon both gone and forgotten. And, that three-month-old Bier Garten has barely caused a ripple.
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The five dancers that make up the cast all look like they really want to be there. Granted we went on media night when they were likely to be on their best behavior, but the perma-smiles and enthusiastic crowd interaction (read: they will find you even if you are hiding behind your friends) makes it appear like they really are having as much fun as the audience. With their synchronized dance moves, they look like a finely oiled machine. They are fine and, most certainly, oiled.
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Is your friend raving non-stop today about how amazing the Lorde concert was last night at The Cosmo? Don't fret. There are more than enough ways to rock out in Vegas not only this spring, but throughout the summer.
The Cosmopolitan's Valley to Vegas music series still has a few more acts for the people to enjoy and, beyond that, there are concert lineups by Mandalay Bay, Red Rock Resort, Fremont Street Experience and others to jam into your schedule. Here's a rundown of who's on tap, when and where:
One of the things Las Vegas gets criticized for is its lack of culture. It is a relatively new place without the historical roots of New York or Chicago, and culture takes time. While big Strip casinos occasionally showcase a Broadway production like Avenue Q or Jersey Boys, we are usually stuck with some variation of French Canadian sky ballet.
In Downtown Vegas, 2012 saw the introduction of The Smith Center, providing the valley with a guaranteed spot for live theatre to reach a new audience. It is here that Las Vegas legend Teller (of famed magic act Penn & Teller), working with longtime theatre partner Aaron Posner and Harvard’s American Repetory Theatre, has brought a new twist on a famous production to a town that has probably never seen it.
Las Vegas staple Jubilee has been a mainstay on The Strip for over 30 years and has undergone many facelifts. The most recent, under the guidance of new director and choreographer Frank Gaston Jr., leaves this writer missing the good old days.
Many of the iconic elements including dozens of showgirls in ornately feathered headdresses, the Titanic bit and the Sampson and Delilah scene are still there, but the newer elements don’t add enough value to earn their worth.
We're hearing the rock icon will be Phamous once again early May through late June (starting May 6 and running through June 21) so watch for new ticket sales if you've been meaning to go. Meat Loaf is part of the resort's Rocktails and Cocktails music series which is kinda like a concert mixed with storytelling. The Jacksons were also a part of the series, but just ended their run at Planet Hollywood early. In their case, we're not expecting a return.
Update: Well, that escalated quickly. Dates are confirmed via Ticketmaster.
Las Vegas nightclubs may be full on any given Tuesday night, but packing a showroom at an off-Strip property pre-hump day is quite a feat. That's not stopping The Magic of Motown & More from rocking the house in South Point's showroom.
The sizable venue was standing room only last Tuesday night when we were invited down to checkout the show. Every seat was filled and crowds even lined the walls to catch the sharply dressed five-piece vocal ensemble, led by Gregg Austin, perform with a talented four-piece band. Each week, various guest performers will join the group.
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Holly's World is back. No, not Holly Madison's reality TV show (we don't think). And no, she's not returning to Planet Hollywood (that territory is still Britney's, bitch). So, perhaps, we should just say -- Holly's back. The former blonde and Peepshow star will bring 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque to Mandalay Bay next month.
Set to take over the long dormant space once occupied by Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce (yes, burlesque will replace burlesque), 1923 will continue to feed Vegas' on-going fascination with speakeasies and the art of the va-va-voom. A press release details the experience that awaits:
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As the resident VegasChatter expert on dive bars and flophouses, this writer perked up at the opening of Double Barrel Roadhouse (DBR) at Monte Carlo. Marketing materials boasted of “the first authentic Roadhouse experience on the Strip” which immediately took me back to the classic Patrick Swayze vehicle, Roadhouse. Images of dusty wooden floors, a band of old guys jammin' Texas blues, and cheap beer (and cheaper women) popped into my head. The fact that this place sits Strip-side on extremely valuable property should have made me realize that wasn’t going to happen, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
DBR is owned and operated by sbe, the LA-based empire run by Sam Nazarian (named Hotelier of the Year by our sister site, HotelChatter). I was certainly skeptical that the company behind Hyde Bellagio could produce a legit roadhouse experience.
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The Cosmopolitan made a big splash into the Vegas music scene last summer with the resort’s Set Your Life To Music (SYLTM) concert series that brought acts like Blink-182 and Gary Clark, Jr. to the property’s ultra-cool Boulevard Pool venue.
But the Cosmo’s musical menu wasn’t limited strictly to SYLTM, as a plethora of additional weekday and weekend shows featuring high-profile acts like MGMT, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cold War Kids, Panic! At The Disco and others stopped by to rock one of the Strip’s most unique and laid-back concert settings.
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If you’re looking for a fun off-Strip activity that won’t break the bank this summer, head to Jazz in the Park. Celebrating its 25th year, the free concert series features the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo plus some famous friends.
The Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo is well-suited to back up the headlining talent on this year’s roster as it is the recipient of more Signature Grammy awards than any other high school fine arts department in the country. The combo also took home top honors at the 2012 Reno Jazz Festival.
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With The Linq changing the face of The Strip -- from the skyline-altering High Roller to first-in-market venues like Kitson and Sprinkles Cupcakes -- it brings with it a game changer for the music scene as well.
Brooklyn Bowl, the massive 80,000-square-foot entertainment complex at the heart of The Linq, will give venues like the House of Blues and Hard Rock Live a run for their money, or at least for concertgoers’ money. Opening weekend featured concerts by Elvis Costello and The Roots and it gave us a chance to check things out via a private party invite.