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Life will be beautiful once again October 24-26 when the second annual music and food festival returns to Downtown Vegas.
While the only thing we know so far are the dates for Life Is Beautiful, if you're planning to go regardless of who plays, you should be in front of your computer or smart phone tomorrow morning, June 12 at 10 a.m. sharp. That's when early bird passes will go on sale to the public.
Music / Festivals / Concerts / Events / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / → All Tags
Diversity isn’t the first thing people think of when Las Vegas comes to mind. The music scene here would like to disagree. In addition to concerts at various clubs, pools and concert venues, there’s a huge EDM festival, a huge arts, music and food festival, a blues fest, a reggae fest, tons of resident concerts and, coming September, a huge indoor/outdoor fest called Viva Ska Vegas.
There will be skankin' all over Downtown Vegas beginning Friday, September 19. A kick-off party/concert will take place that night from 8 p.m. to midnight at downtown's Container Park. The event will feature The Debonaires, California Celts and Isolated Victims. Since the show is after 9 p.m., all guests must be 21 and over with valid ID.
A little bit of South Park comes to The Smith Center tonight when The Book of Mormon kicks off a run through July 6. The popular musical is a multiple Tony award winner from the same folks behind the also popular Comedy Central cartoon. So popular is the BOM (think about it...) that the show will institute a same-day tickey lottery, a system it has successfully used in other cities as well.
Music / Entertainment / Events / The Linq / Brooklyn Bowl / → All Tags
For those unfamiliar, it is a mid-sized music venue with a two-story bowling alley next to the stage. It also has fantastic food thanks to Blue Ribbon and offers several bars as well. As someone who has frequented many music venues around the country, this writer can say with certainty that this space absolutely captures that special thing that connects entertainers to the audience. Brooklyn Bowl is easily the most fun venue of its kind in Vegas, and we are lucky to have it. With that, here are five reasons why I love Brooklyn Bowl:
Hard Rock / Off Strip / The Joint / Events / Music / Entertainment / Vegas Residencies / KISS / Def Leppard / Van Halen / Vegas On Film / → All Tags
KISS has long been rumored to be doing a Vegas residency and those whispers were rekindled recently. Going back to last December, KISS frontman, Paul Stanley, mentioned they were considering a Vegas residency. That rumor surged back to life last month when Stanley didn’t deny the possibility when asked by a fan:
Over the weekend, this poster at the Hard Rock really amped up the discussion.
Hard Rock / Off Strip / The Joint / Events / Music / Entertainment / Vegas Residencies / Guns N' Roses / Vegas On Film / → All Tags
If you're a fan of rock 'n' roll or heavy metal, you're probably aware that Guns N' Roses has returned to The Joint at the Hard Rock for a second residency called No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction. There are a couple more shows of this mini-residency set for this weekend, if you're in town.
Rock 'n' roll is always best experienced in person, but don't worry if you're unable to make it to see GnR in person. Beginning June 18, you'll be able to see a 3D concert film from Guns N' Roses called "Appetite for Democracy" in theaters. The film also will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD starting July 1.
Entertainment / Music / Events / EDC / Electric Daisy Carnival / Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Life Is Beautiful / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Wynn / XS / Tryst / Surrender / Encore Beach Club / → All Tags
The three-day, dusk-to-dawn brain melt more commonly referred to as the Electric Daisy Carnival returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 20-22. Earlier this week, the 400,000 people expected to attend the sold-out, Alice in Wonderland-like experience were treated to the highly anticipated 2014 lineup, which includes mega acts like Calvin Harris, Avicci, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and Afrojack.
Las Vegas' other big music festival, Life Is Beautiful, will once again take over Downtown Vegas October 24-26. This year, event organizers are teaming up with the nightspots of Wynn to offer a more exclusive VIP experience. XS, Tryst, Surrender and Encore Beach Club will help staff new table and cabana packages. If that has your name all over it, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details, pricing and reservations. Tickets for this year's fest have not yet been released.
VegasChatter Reviews / Musicals / Shows / Tropicana / Music / Mamma Mia / → All Tags
Before the show kicks off, a voice warns those of a “nervous disposition” that there will be platform boots and white spandex. Las Vegas: you’ve been warned! The upbeat musical that entertained audiences at Mandalay Bay is back with a brand new production at Tropicana.
Staged in the revamped and very comfortable Tropicana Theater, the fun and hilarious Mamma Mia will entertain all ages, though some of the racy jokes and language might not be appropriate for all audiences. Obviously, a musical based on the tunes of ABBA is going to be full of make-you-want-to-dance songs but this writer was unprepared for the amount of fun this show really brought to the table. The live band, though not visible to the crowd, really kicks it up a notch and heightens the overall experience. It’s a shame they’re not in a visible orchestra pit, but that would take out the primo seating in the front.
Road Trips / Pahrump / Adventure Vegas / Events / Music / Entertainment / → All Tags
Laughlin: Been there, done that, and will visit again. Mesquite: Been by that and always think "need to stop and do that" after seeing one of those "like Vegas used to be" commercials. But, one road trip from Las Vegas that this writer still hasn't nailed down is that one to Pahrump. Judging by the press releases hitting our inbox this week, Pahrump really wants to remind us it's there. And, it really wants us to know there's more business in Pahrump than the first profession that comes to mind.
Pahrump has golf courses and a winery, both of which other VegasChatter scribes have written about previously. (That's what those links are for, right click 'em.) But, Pahrump has a full court press on to let you to know it has special events, too:
Events / Concerts / Music / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Clark County Amphitheater / Reggae In The Desert / → All Tags
Artists confirmed to perform include Barrington Levy, Collie Buddz, Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Don Carlos, Fortunate Youth, Las Vegas’ own Barry Black and the Senzuals. The great thing about reggae shows is that even if you’ve never heard of the performers, you know exactly what to expect. The show is all ages, though, so choose your extracurricular activities wisely.
Ironically, the new Motown show at Riviera, Forever Motor City, kicks off with The Four Tops’ “It’s the Same Old Song.” It’s tough to judge a musical show for being formulaic when the genre isn’t exactly getting new songs. Forever Motor City is the same old song, but it’s a fun song that will put a smile on your face as you dance and sing along to the greatest songs the Motor City had to offer.
The show kicks off with a mini history lesson about Motown and its greatest artists before launching into a medley of snippets of greatest hits like “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).”
The pop queen's residency is selling out so much that she's adding new show dates to keep up with demand. This Friday, May 16, tickets will go on sale for extra performances in August and September as well as for dates in October, November, December and even February of next year. (Pre-sale tix will be available starting tomorrow to Amex cardholders and Total Rewards members.) Exact dates are listed below.