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After being seated for dinner at 7:30 p.m., the restaurant was so quiet that I could hear the waiter offer the same specials to every table within 20 feet. Of course that changed as the night moved along and more customers came in (Las Vegas is not an early eatin' town.)
Chatter among guests increased slightly as did the faint strum of guitar rock. Yet the music continued to get louder as the night went on. I nearly thought Smashing Pumpkins was playing a concert in the distance. Maybe there was a Rock Of Ages party happening at the Carnevino annex across the hall.
As I was finishing dinner, my friends agreed that they heard the music too, but each of us heard it coming from a different place. Needless to say, I was determined to find out where the music was coming from, especially as “Gish” by Smashing Pumpkins was slowly increasing in volume. So I asked the waiter. And here's what he told me:
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With the US debut of Rock in Rio just seven days away, the festival grounds where it will take place are almost done taking shape on the north Strip.
The two-weekend mega-concert event is set for May 8-9 and 15-16 on what, until recently, had been a long abandoned plot of land at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara, across from SLS. (Vegas geeks will remember when plans for the acreage once called for a mega-resort.) VegasChatter photographer Greg Clarke captured what the space looks like now. Gone are the tumbleweeds and in their place are stages, turf, a zip line, a DJ platform resembling a mechanical spider, an expansive VIP tent (capable of holding up to 4,000) and curving, white speaker towers. He did not, however, see the promised Ferris wheel, though. There's still some time, however, to erect that, too.
Shania cantered up by horse. Olivia Newton-John pulled up in a 1940s Ford Mercury Cadillac convertible from Grease. Now, another iconic singer has made a splashy Vegas debut for her residency.
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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 20:
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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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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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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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With less than two months to go to its debut, MGM Resorts' City of Rock continues to take shape across from the SLS on the north Strip. The outdoor festival grounds will launch in May with the two-weekend, mega-concert event, Rock in Rio, set to take place May 8-9 and 15-16.
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There are few things that sound as great as the combination of beer and music, at least to this guy. The Vegas Beer and Music Festival combines both and adds a rock n' roll fashion show April 3 at SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara).
The event will bring together more than 50 craft breweries from Las Vegas and southern California, including Banger Brewing, New Belgium and Stone Brewing. The music portion of the festival will include performances by Falling Doves and Dan Fester. The fashion show is hosted by Romantic Rock. You can see a sample of the show here. (Click if like rock chicks in bikinis.)
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While the event will feature big-name performers, it lacks at least one thing: parking on site. There will be zero parking at the festival grounds so attendees -- anticipated to be upwards of 50,000 to 85,000 a day -- will have to hoof it or opt for the monorail, shuttles or cabs. Stratosphere, however, is offering up another option, as first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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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 March 2:
You've Got Some More Eating To Do: Las Vegas Restaurant Week returns June 15-26 and only for those dates this year. The event will no longer take place twice yearly with spring and fall dates. During the week, restaurants across the city join together to offer special prix fixe meals ranging from $20.15 to $50.15 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local food bank Three Square.
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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 February 23:
Route 91 Tickets On Sale Soon: Country lovers, mark your calendars. The Route 91 concert series will return to the MGM Resorts Village (the
parking events lot across from Luxor) October 2-4 and tickets go on sale March 13. For its second Vegas stop, the three-day, two-stage event will feature Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and more. Purchase tickets online. Make sure you check out the upgraded VIP options (now with shade and better restrooms!) before you buy.