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Events / Music / Entertainment / The Cosmopolitan / The Strip / Boulevard Pool / Die Antwoord / → All Tags
Quite possibly one of the strangest musical acts in pop culture since Ozzy ate a bat, Die Antwoord is difficult to describe. The facts are: They are South African, they are ghetto fabulous, and they are coming to the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan September 28.
Since their explosion on to the scene in 2009, Die Antwoord (which translates into "the answer") has popularized the niche genre of "zef-rave rap." (Zef is named after the Ford Zephyr which became synonymous with the African working class and is considered derogatory slang.) The group makes themselves into a parody of over-the-top "commodity rap" braggadocio while still sending their message about how absolutely bizarre it is live and be raised in South Africa.
Entertainment / Free Vegas / Bellagio / Tiesto / Music / MGM Grand / → All Tags
From the alternate universe files: Bellagio will dive into The Strip's obsession with superstar DJs (albeit a few years late) with the debut of a new fountains production featuring an "exclusive three-song medley" by TiŽsto.
The new show will premiere September 17 at 7 p.m. As a press alert details:
Music / Events / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont East / Shipping Container Park / Concerts / Travis Tritt / → All Tags
Editor's Note: This event was cancelled.
The outdoor stage at Downtown's Container Park is usually home to local and regional talent. The first exception was earlier this year when Sheryl Crow held a concert there with proceeds going to charity. The next exception will be September 4 when award-winning country music star Travis Tritt follows in her footsteps.
Tritt is counted as part of the ďClass of Ď89Ē which saw the music debuts of Tritt, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Alan Jackson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He marks his 25th anniversary in the industry this year.
Being an east coast transplant who hasnít become completely jaded (yet) by the bright lights of the Strip, this writer is occasionally still in awe of nightclub and lounge culture. Aside from the obvious amazement over women who choose to wear shoes and clothes that look so uncomfortable in order to fit in at some of these venues, I still get excited about live music in nightclub/lounge settings.
That is why, on what turns out to be my nine-year Vegas-versary of when I arrived in Sin City, Iím excited Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas is finally open. I am especially hyped after hearing about Sayers Sessions at the outpost in LA and also the one-off events held at sister venue, Hyde Bellagio, featuring the Sayers Sessions band.
Music / Entertainment / Lounges / Cook E. Jarr / Harrah's / Closings / → All Tags
A Facebook fan page for Las Vegas lounge lizard extraordinaire, Cook E. Jarr, is reporting the singer is about to hang up the mic. His last day at Harrah's is being reported as August 27. That leaves today, August 20, next Tuesday, August 26 and next Wednesday, August 27 as possibly your very last chances to see him.
Eating / Dining / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Openings / Bunkhouse / Music / Entertainment / → All Tags
With Bunkhouse reopening August 25 in Downtown Vegas after a extensive remodel, much speculation and interest has surrounded the new dining menu of our favorite place for a dependable ruckus. Would it be strictly bar food? Should we expect it to be skimpy?
While the menu was formed by the Downtown Project food and beverage team (the mysterious, formless, defacto shadow government/illuminati of downtown), the kitchen itself will be helmed by former Herbs & Rye chef Robert Henderson. Robert recently left his position -- to which he was credited with really turning the off-Strip bar's food program around -- and, before that, had worked his way up to sous chef at STACK at The Mirage.
Entertainment / Vegas News / Music / Vegas Residencies / The Colosseum / Caesars Palace / Celine Dion / → All Tags
After a spate of recently cancelled performances, Las Vegas' long-reining lady of song, Celine Dion, has officially struck all performances from her schedule; and, not just at Caesars' Colosseum, but everywhere, including an upcoming tour of Asia.
Celine, who has been battling a throat aliment, cites her health as well as her husband's (Rene Angelil had a cancerous tumor removed last year) as impetus for the move. A press release states she will "postpone all her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100% of her attention on her husband Rene, their family and recent health issues." The couple have three young children, aged 13 and three-year-old twins.
The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will be smokin' this year with the just announced addition of Snoop Dogg -- or is it still Snoop Lion? -- as its headlining act. (Yes, we went there.) This year's race weekend is set for November 14-16. Snoop will pump runners up at 3 p.m. that Sunday with a pre-race set. All-American Rejects headlined last year, if you were wondering.
When Life Is Beautiful announced its lineup earlier this year the big names prevailed. Self-described god Kanye West is, perhaps, the biggest and most polarizing draw, but Outkastís first Vegas show in years is no small announcement. Other huge acts -- Foo Fighters, Skrillex, and Flaming Lips, among them -- also top off the festival, keeping the bill well-rounded.
With the Downtown Vegas festival quickly approaching (October 24-26), it's important to note there's a lot of talent in the smaller and less well-known acts. Here are the Life Is Beautiful acts not to be missed:
Lounge Acts / Bally's / Music / Entertainment / Chase Brown / → All Tags
Bally's Indigo Lounge now features Chase Brown every Sunday evening. Who is Chase Brown? We've no idea. His Facebook page says he is "an extremely versatile singer/entertainer who caters to his audience's needs." Those needs apparently include seeing a man belt it out while straddling, gyrating and thrusting on a ladder.
Events / Festivals / Music / Entertainment / The Strip / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / South Point / The Joint / MGM Grand / The Lot / Planet Hollywood / The Cosmopolitan / → All Tags
iHeart Radio. Amplified. Desert Hops. Route 91. Life is Beautiful.
Music lovers. Grape lovers. Beer lovers. Downtown lovers.
No matter your tastes or your interests, it seems as if Las Vegas will have a festival just for you before year's end. And, we've three more options for you to ponder while trying to decide which events are can't miss and which should be shuffled over to the 'maybe next time' pile. We've already mentioned a few here on Chatter, but have compiled them all together in an at-a-glance format before. The three fests we've yet to mention have been highlighted in blue.
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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.