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Events / Music / Life Is Beautiful / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Entertainment / Sabriel / → All Tags
Sabriel (pronounced shaw-bree-el) first popped up on our radar during the 2013 Life Is Beautiful fest, playing a semi-private show on the roof of Commonwealth. In an event loaded with top talent, her performance was this writer's favorite set. In an email exchange, I was able to ask her a few questions:
Events / Music / Entertainment / Construction / Future Vegas / Rock in Rio / City of Rock / MGM Resorts Festival Grounds / North Strip / → All Tags
Less than seven months from the US arrival of Rock in Rio, its City of Rock at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds (a.k.a., that currently still desert lot at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara) has begun to arrive.
The popular mega-concert event will come to America for the first time next year, holding two weekends of events in Las Vegas May 8-9 and 15-16. Six stages will host a myriad of big names from across the world of pop and rock, including No Doubt, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, the Deftones, Metallica and John Legend. Some 85,000 are expected to be in attendance each day.
Events / New Year's Eve / Mandalay Bay / Maroon 5 / Music / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
Snoop at TAO, Tony and Gaga at Cosmo and Adam at Mandalay. New Year's Eve in Vegas will, once again, require a Magic 8 ball when it comes to deciding whether you should grab tickets for a specific event now, or wait to see what else is in store.
This afternoon it was announced that Maroon 5 will ring in 2015 with not one, but two concerts at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday, December 30 and Wednesday, December 31. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. PT and range from $99.50 to $224.50 (tax and fees, of course, not included.) M Life members will be able to snatch up their tickets before anyone else with a pre-sale running Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m. til Friday, October 10 at 10 p.m.
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Is it a Bad Romance or the perfect New Year’s Eve pairing? Lady Gaga will share the stage with Tony Bennett at Cosmopolitan's Chelsea venue. It’s not the first time the duo has paired up, but it still seems a little odd, to this writer at least. Perhaps it’s “just the right amount of wrong.”
This announcement is hot on the heels of the release of the duo's new album, Cheek to Cheek. Tony might want to be careful about getting cheek-to-cheek with Mother Monster as her costumes often have sharp spikes. Wonder what Lady Gaga will be sporting on NYE: classy or campy?
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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.
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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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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.
Events / Rock In Rio / City of Rock / The Strip / Entertainment / Music / Festivals / MGM Resorts Festival Grounds / → All Tags
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.
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.
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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 Tiësto.
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 “Class of ‘89” 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 hasn’t 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, I’m 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.