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Off Strip / Star Trek / Star Trek Convention / Conventions / Events / Rio Las Vegas / Star Trek Experience / Star Trek The Experience / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
Itís warp speed once more as Star Trek fans from around the world beam into Las Vegas for the 13th Annual Official Star Trek Vegas Convention July 31-August 3. For the fourth consecutive year, itíll be held at Rio.
You donít have to be a Trekkie (or Trekker as some prefer to be called) to enjoy the four-day adventure. As an ardent fan attending for the third year, this writer can assure you that Star Trek conventions arenít just for geeks and nerds. There are plenty of reasons to check it out, especially if youíve never attended a fan convention before.
Downtown Vegas / MMA / Plaza / UFC / Events / Downtown / → All Tags
MMA fans have a new reason to visit Downtown Vegas as amateur mixed martial arts promotion Tuff-N-Uff recently announced its first fight in the downtown area, to be held at the Plaza. Previous Tuff-N-Uff events have been held at South Point, The Orleans and Cox Pavilion. When asked about the move downtown, Tuff-N-Uff CEO Jeff Meyer shared this with VegasChatter:
Iíve been to a couple other events there and really enjoyed myself. I also happen to stay there often when I want a getaway from day-to-day life. Since the remodel, it's been pretty nice and fun. I've been keeping an eye on the economic revitalization of the Downtown area for a long time and thought that it would be great for Tuff-N-Uff to bring our event there. The Plaza was one of many properties interested in hosting our event.
Music / iHeartRadio / Festivals / Concerts / MGM Grand / Luxor / Events / The Lot / MGM Grand Garden Arena / → All Tags
In with the old and in with the new? This seems to be iHeartRadio's plan this year as the newly announced lineup reflects a few acts who have previously graced the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena along with some first time performers.
This fourth edition of the two-day, multi-genre music festival includes performances by Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki. The acts will be spread out over September 19 and 20, with a detailed schedule still to come.
Festivals / Elvis / Westgate Las Vegas / LVH / Events / Off Strip / VegasChatter Emails / → All Tags
VegasChatter reader Barbara E. is a big Elvis fan and a regular Las Vegas visitor from California. After visiting an Elvis Festival in San Diego, she knew she had to experience one in the city Elvis helped make famous.
With 837 performances since 1969 in the hotel now known as Westgate Las Vegas (formerly LVH, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, formerly the International Hotel when Elvis performed there), Barbara knew this would be the spot to meet up with other Elvis-minded fans. She submitted the tale of her trip to VegasChatter so read on to hear more about her experience.
Iíve been an Elvis fan since I was 16 in 1956. I remember a radio host announcing ďa new and controversial singer,Ē or some such phrase that got my attention, before he played ďHeartbreak Hotel.Ē Those were the days when there were portable radios in the bedrooms, not TVs. I bought all his records and still have them. Unfortunately, termites ate Elvisí first albumĖthe little buggers.
Events / Entertainment / Concerts / Festivals / Rock In Rio / City Of Rock / MGM Resorts / → All Tags
Last week, government officials gave the project the green light for use permits while acknowledging it still needs to work through the above concerns of nearby stakeholders, from condo owners and residents of Allure and Sky Las Vegas to executives at Wynn Resorts. During a county zoning meeting, commissioners stated that Wynn Resorts had several concerns about the project which would have zero on-site parking spots including the fact that it would have zero on-site parking spots.
Events / Entertainment / Wine / Festivals / Rock `n Roll Wine Amplified Festival / Luxor / The Lot / → All Tags
For fans of the Rock Ďn Roll Wine Amplified Festival who have been in years past, expect big changes October 10 and 11 as the fest crosses the Strip to The Lot (the parking lot turned events center across from Luxor) for the first time. Formerly held at Mandalay Bay Beach, the festivalís main event was a rock concert and wine tasting preceded by a special champagne and desserts night called Bubbles and Chocolate. While the bubbles night is no longer its own separate event, the owners of RnR Wine promise there will be plenty of champagne and sweet treats rolled into their new festival which has grown to two full eight-hour days of booze and music.
The eventís founders, Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton, took a few minutes to discuss the changes with VegasChatter. In response to the reason for expansion, Barton had this to say:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. / Boxing / MGM Grand Garden Arena / MGM Grand / Events / Marcos Maidana / → All Tags
After Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Marcos Maidana on May 3, he planned to move on to another fighter and another city. That didnít happen and the two boxers will duke it out again on September 13. Even though Mayweather won the first match by a majority decision, the fight wasn't quite a landslide. It was, however, intense as Maidana hit Mayweather with power he hadnít seen in a while. The first Mayweather vs. Maidana bout was one of the most fun boxing matches in a while.
Tickets for the September 13 rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena go on sale at 10 a.m. this morning. Ticket prices arenít cheap as the least expensive option is priced at†$350. Other tickets are available at $600, $850, $1,200 and $1,600, plus any fees. There is a four-ticket limit on the $350 seats.
Music / Events / MGM Grand / MGM Grand Garden Arena / Phish / Vegas Rumors / → All Tags
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It’s been ten years since the iconic, exaltation-inducing Vermont quartet known as Phish last delivered a brain-melting performance in the city of Las Vegas. But as gamblers in this town are keenly aware, all streaks — hot or cold — are inevitably destined to be broken.
In the midst of a 3.0 summer tour confined mainly to the east coast and on the heels of their first studio album release since 2009’s Joy, VegasChatter has learned from a high-ranking source at MGM Grand that Phish are finally ready to return to Sin City for the first time since rocking the Thomas & Mack Center in 2004 with a run of shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena for this fall’s yet-to-be-announced tour.
Events / Festivals / Drinking / Music / Entertainment / Route 91 / Desert Hops / Rock 'n Roll Wine Amplified Festival / The Lot / The Cosmopolitan / → All Tags
If Seinfeldís Festivus didnít refer to a specific day thatís more or less become an accepted parody holiday, it would surely refer to this third week of July where more Las Vegas festivals were announced than new Weird Al songs.
Almost true. Weíve known about the lineup for late Octoberís Life is Beautiful Festival for a bit now, but in the past week, details have emerged on two popular returning festival events and one brand new one coming to Sin City this fall.
Events / Drinking / Dining / Venetian / The Glenlivet / Paiza Club / Palazzo / → All Tags
One of the few real-life equivalents of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory, the super-exclusive Paiza Club at Venetian is almost never open to the public, either. The hangout of billionaire gamblers, created to cater to every whim of the obscenely wealthy, it is secretly one of the finest Chinese restaurants in Vegas (if not the finest).
The club has the ability to function without a menu and instead will whip up pretty much anything the heart desires. Want super-traditional cuisine? Specialized regional food? A Chinese, high-class version of a hamburger? Cake in the shape of a Ford Model-T? They can do it. And now, this ritzy joint is hosting a dinner featuring selections of The Glenlivet paired with food by Corporate Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil.
Drinking / Foundation Room / Mandalay Bay / Stitched / Events / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
Once again, the holidays have snuck up on us and while it isn't yet time for Labor Day, National Scotch Day is right around the corner. If it isn't already set in your fave calendar app, July 27 is the annual date you want to mark.
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