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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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Though one could argue that hungover or still-drunk tourists doing the walk of shame in the early morning hours mean Vegas has a daily Halloween parade, it’s nearing time for the official version. The Las Vegas Halloween Parade, celebrating its fifth year, will return to the downtown area and follow a route along Fremont Street East.
The Fremont East buskers like Bumblebee and Elmo have been trying out their costumes for months, but now it’s your turn to show off your costume-creating chops. Anyone in costume can join the parade. At 4 p.m. on Friday, October 31, the parade begins lining up at East Fremont and 13th Street. The actual parade doesn’t start moving until 7 p.m. so, while you might get an early spot in the lineup, you can still fit in a few more hands of blackjack at your favorite downtown casino before things really get underway.
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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.
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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:
If you're anything like this writer, you just spent some time studying the above image carefully. After popping up in my Facebook stream over the weekend, I just couldn't resolve the greenery seen in this photo with its Strip backdrop. From the location of Luxor, I knew this had to be the
Lot MGM Resorts Village we all know and love (for its programming if not for its parking lot setting), but was that really grass underfoot?
Wear your best costume, but be careful when raising Dracula. That player is out for blood. The Poker Gives charity group will host a Monster Mash Halloween Bash poker tournament and costume party at Binion's November 1 at 5 p.m. (Yes, not on Halloween, but the night after giving us one more reason to keep our costume on. The other, of course, being the hangover from the night before.)
Half of the money will go to the prize pool and half will be divided up between four charities: Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation, Special Olympics Nevada, Step by Step Foundation and Wish Upon a Hero Foundation.
Growing up in New York City, this writer had a taste for hanging out in the lower east side of Manhattan. That’s where the “freaks," artsy people and punk rockers used to hang out. There were lots of independently operated stores and there was a feeling that people could just be themselves, especially if they were a little left of center. It was at an independent theater in the lower east side where I first learned about the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show wasn’t just going out to see a movie. Almost everyone at the movie showing knew the characters and every line of dialogue. People would mimic dialogue from their seats, dress in those characters' costumes, and sing and dance along with the movie. It was a straight up party and much more than just a movie. Screenings like this and parties for Rocky Horror Picture Show have since spreads all over the country. These kinds of screenings were both freeing and fun to watch.
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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A strong wind blew through Las Vegas during the first weekend of September, and it wasn’t just carrying the desert dust with it. This time, those strong gusts picked up glitter, rhinestones, and probably a few oversized wigs. The Las Vegas' annual LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered/queer or questioning) PRIDE Parade brought plenty of outrageous glitz (and chiseled male torsos) to Downtown Vegas and, for one night, a Fourth Street stage would have made Broadway proud. At the same time, it was a march for LGBTQ equality and a call for the removal of Nevada's same sex marriage ban.
As we mentioned in our pre-PRIDE primer (try saying that three times quickly), every year thousands of spectators line the area between Bridger Avenue and the Fremont Street Experience to take in the parade. For the casual tourist, it is an outrageous spectacle like no other. And best of all, it's free!
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Now that the weather is cooling down to a refreshing 95 degrees, food fests are popping up like crazy for the next two months. There will be big ones, small ones, fancy ones, and ones where the main attraction is White Castle. Out of these many, there is one that puts the rest to shame. That one is LUCKYRICE coming once again to The Cosmopolitan the evening of Saturday, October 4.
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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.