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Hard Rock Rising Rocks The Strip Friday

April 23, 2015 at 9:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Friday, Hard Rock Live on The Strip will host the regional finals of its global battle of the bands, Hard Rock Rising. Hundreds of acts from around the world hope to emerge victorious at the finale set for July in Barcelona. Two previous rounds were held at the Paradise Road Hard Rock Cafe location, where 12 bands fought it out onstage to advance to the regional finals and, potentially, much more. Around the world, similar events were held in Malta, Helsinki, Johannesberg, New Delhi, and dozens of other locations, as well as every major American market.

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Check-Out Folio: Papillon Flies Away With A Milestone, And More

April 17, 2015 at 9:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 13:

50 Years and Counting: What do you do to celebrate your 50th anniversary? Add a new Airbus H130T2 helicopter to your fleet. Papillon is celebrating its golden anniversary with a golden bird. It was blessed by the Hualapai Nation and christened earlier today. Papillon is the world's largest and longest-running helicopter touring company. Head to its website for a list of tours and pricing. Grand Canyon flights start around $359.

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Blue Man Group Is Still Worth Some Green

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 17, 2015 at 4:47 PM | by | Comment (1)

Blue Man Group is one of those Las Vegas shows that's always been around (15 years in Vegas) and has moved around a bit (most recently from Venetian to Monte Carlo a couple years ago), but rarely seems to land atop a majority of must-see lists. While I'd seen a Boston version several years ago, I couldn't have said the same for the Vegas installment until a couple recent events changed that.

Visiting friends who had also seen the Boston blue men were excited to see the Monte Carlo show and loved it. They relayed that, while the concept was the same and several show bits similar, enough was different to keep it fresh. Not long after, Blue Men Group announced some new bits to their Vegas show. So, it was time to finally see if it was Pappagiorgio-worthy.

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Rudy To Talk 'Rudy' At The Smith Center

April 16, 2015 at 4:55 PM | by | Comments (3)

The 1993 movie, Rudy, consistently rates as one of the best sports movies of all-time and still earns a deserving spot in any man cave more than two decades after its release. The film, about current Las Vegas resident Rudy Ruettiger, chronicles a 5' 6", 165-pound underdog who dreamt of playing Notre Dame football in the 70s.

The film and Rudy's story remains so popular that the sixty-something Ruettiger continues to be a motivational speaker today. His current show, Voices of Rudy: The Journey to the Movie, hits The Smith Center April 25.

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At Plaza, 'Lovers Or Losers' Isn't Always An Either Or...

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
April 16, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (7)

Plaza's newest production, Lovers or Losers, hasn't fallen into the latter category just yet. It's still hanging around since we first spied signage for the show, hosted by actor actor Todd Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes, in early March.

The downtown hotel-casino hosts the live game show, which promises fast-paced fun "with a dash of sexy Vegas attitude, at 8 p.m. nightly, with the exception of Sunday and Thursday. VegasChatter fans Les & Flori J. (pictured above) attended recently and informed us that losers are, initially, winners, too, but may not feel that way for long:

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Caped Jeff Civillico Rides Nearly Naked, On A Unicycle, Down The Strip

April 13, 2015 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (2)

We thought we couldn't get much more of an eyeful of LINQ headliner Jeff Civillico than his on-stage uniform of tight black Express pants with an equally tight black tee already allowed, but we were wrong.

Early this morning, during the appropriate walk of shame hour, Civillico stripped down to tight red short-shorts on Fremont Street, donned a cape, hopped on his unicycle and power-cycled all the way down to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. If folks weren't sure what they were seeing, they just had to check out the rear view, which proclaimed "booty shorts." Or, squint at the front (at the lettering, people), which proclaimed "juggle boy." Okay, neither of those probably helped some confused early risers.

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Rock In Rio Now Offering Single-Day Tickets

April 10, 2015 at 5:38 PM | by | Comments (4)

Rock in Rio wristbands being shipped out now.

With less than a month to go, organizers for Rock in Rio seem to be looking to ramp up ticket sales with the release of single-day admissions.

Until now, only single-day VIP entry had been on offer for the mega-concert event which will span two weekends in May (8-9, 15-16). General admission had been set at a mandatory two-day spend. Both options were pricey at $498 and $298, respectively. Yesterday, however, single-day admissions were made an option at a price point of $169. Fans on the event's Facebook page expressed their displeasure at the late release, and enquired about exchanges. (The answer was no.) Reps are hoping to sell at least 50,000 to upwards of 85,000 admissions each day.

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If You Haven't Discovered Michael Monge Yet, This Is Your Cue To Check Him Out

Where: 3121 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
April 8, 2015 at 5:23 PM | by | Comments (3)

Whether you’re an old soul or just looking for a traditional Vegas lounge experience, Michael Monge and the Wynn Encore Trio at Encore's Eastside Lounge may be just what you’re looking for. While I wasn’t alive for the original lounge acts that helped put Las Vegas on the map, I got hooked on the live music at Fontana Bar at Bellagio (now Hyde) when I first moved here about a decade ago. I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement ever since. It turns out, Encore has what I’ve been seeking.

The Eastside Lounge is right off the casino floor with a beautiful view of Encore’s pool area. On Wednesday through Sunday nights from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., you can catch singer Michael Monge and the Wynn Encore Trio performing four sets in front of this beautiful backdrop. The lounge has a $10 cover charge with one drink minimum per person, but locals can enjoy free admission Sunday through Wednesday. The cocktail list offers a slew of classics, much like you’ll hear from the band.

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Another America's Got Talent Winner Lands Show On Vegas Strip

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 2, 2015 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Watch out, Terry Fator. An America's Got Talent (AGT) alum is setting up shop just down The Strip.

Season 9 and most recent winner Mat Franco has made his own gig appear at The LINQ Hotel. The magician, who won over the AGT TV audience with his close-up skillz, will kick off his headlining production June 24. Television is also where you can turn to see Mat's journey to the Vegas stage when NBC runs Mat Franco's Got Magic this summer.

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UPDATED: At Plaza, Louie Anderson's Run Is Over

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
March 30, 2015 at 11:56 PM | by | Comments (5)

Unfortunately, a succinct headline will have to do, for now at least, when it comes to Louie Anderson's departure from the Plaza.

VegasChatter Facebook fan Johnny K. first alerted us to the possibility the comedian's run at the downtown casino may be over last week. We were able to confirm it today through two separate enquiries. The reason why, however, is a mystery right now. We've emailed Anderson's management for a statement.

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How To Make Mother's Day A Night, Erm, Day To Remember

Where: 3000 Paradise Rd. [map], 89109
March 30, 2015 at 3:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

While it’s not as awkward as STK’s MILF Mother’s Day promotion (Mom I’d Like to Filet Mignon), Westgate is inviting you to take your mom to the ultimate baby-making concert. Perhaps an odd choice, but hey, mom could probably go for some classic R&B from the likes of Shalamar’s Howard Hewett.

With 10 million records sold, Hewett’s solo hits and songs with Shalamar were prominent on the ‘80s and ’90s airwaves. Expect to hear hits like "I'm For Real" and "Once, Twice, Three Times."

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The Plan Is For Suzanne To Sizzle At Westgate

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
March 25, 2015 at 8:43 PM | by | Comments (9)

Las Vegas has seen celebrity residencies, restaurants, hotels and even salons. But, aside from Nobu hotel and restaurant, big names rarely venture outside of their small ponds, sticking to the discipline they know best. In May, that will change when Suzanne Somers, best known for her ditzy role as Chrissy on Three's Company, launches a residency at Westgate. And, opens a spa there. And, debuts a cafe, too.

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