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Catch Taylor Hicks At Paris Before It's Too Late

Where: 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
March 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Soul Patrol will be moving on as Taylor Hicks finishes up his residency at Napoleon's inside Paris this April.

After a successful run at Bally’s, the American Idol champ moved next door to Paris where he has performed since the beginning of the year. Though his residency is ending, fans of the silver-haired crooner will soon have a new album to look forward.

Las Vegas holds a special spot in Hicks’ heart as it was here he first auditioned for American Idol, a move that helped bring him into the mainstream spotlight. As the first Idol winner to secure a Vegas residency, he brought an old-school Southern sound to Sin City.

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'The Tempest' To Bring Classic Shakespeare With A Twist To Smith Center

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave. [map], 89106
March 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

When one thinks classic Shakespeare, Tom Waits is probably pretty far removed from the topic. After seeing (and hearing) a glimpse of what’s to come when The Tempest arrives at The Smith Center's Symphony Park, it’s now almost impossible to imagine the tale of romance and vengeance without a soundtrack by Waits.

The plaintive vocals and steady, drudging beats the singer is known for give powerful support to Shakespeare’s poetic writing. The music is brought to life with a four-piece band and instruments created by Kenny Wollesen. Because so many of the instruments in this production are created uniquely for it, The Tempest will truly be unlike anything you have ever heard before. Music by Kathleen Brennan and Tom Waits is not the only unusual aspect of this production. Teller, of the Rio’s headlining duo Penn & Teller, has offered his magic expertise to give this show an extra kick.

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Big Blues Bender Music Festival Coming To Riviera

March 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Las Vegas music scene continues to grow. Three years ago, Electric Daisy Carnival brought electronic music to the masses. Last year, the Life Is Beautiful festival brought alternative rock, food and art to Downtown Vegas. This year, the inaugural Big Blues Bender will bring some of the best in blues and blues rock to the north end of the Strip. The blues festival will take place throughout the Riviera September 25-29.

B.B King is one of the headliners of the festival along with George Thorogood & The Destroyers who will be making one of their few festival appearances. The Blind Boys of Alabama, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tab Benoit, Charlie Musslewhite, Ana Popovic and Coco Montoya are also among the artists set to perform.

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At Planet Hollywood, The Big Names That Could Be Headed To The Axis

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (3)

A rumor that Tool would be the next big name for Britney's theater The Axis at Planet Hollywood proved legit so we're feeling pretty confident about the upcoming acts we're hearing about now.

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First Impressions Of Brooklyn Bowl

Where: 89109
February 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM | by | Comments (5)

We toured Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq over the weekend and came away with a fantastic first impression. Inside, construction workers were hustling to ensure it would be ready for its first concert set for March 8. While there was still a lot to do, the layout was essentially set minus final touches, fixtures and finishes.

No pictures were allowed on our site tour. With sawdust flying, they wouldn’t have come out so good, anyhow. We can tell you about what we saw, though. First, Brooklyn Bowl is huge. As previously noted it will be 77,000 square feet on two levels. Each space inside Brooklyn Bowl is currently shelled out. The 32 bowling lanes are split between two levels which are both open to a 2,000-capacity concert venue. (For perspective, the original Brooklyn Bowl can hold 800.)

If you reserve one of the first six lanes on the ground floor when there's a concert, you essentially bowl right next to the stage. It's a great vantage point to watch a band perform. When there's a show, those lanes will be rented out for the entirety of the concert. While you might still hear the concert in the mezzanine level, you won't have the same vantage point visually. No mention of how much it would cost to bowl was made on our tour.

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Vegas Isn't Done With The Piano Bar Just Yet

February 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Bellagio, Harrah's, Paris, Encore, Aria.

You won't find a piano in every Strip resort, but where they are, they thrive. And, while piano bars may not receive marquee billing on Las Vegas Boulevard, they will at The Linq's BLVD. Cocktail Company which promises to tickle the ivories daily.

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The Smith Center Is Ready To Get Kinky With It

February 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin in some Kinky Boots.

The Smith Center is ready to get a leg up on the Broadway Series to come. The downtown performing arts center has announced its full schedule of shows set to begin August 2014 and continue through May 2014 and we're, once again, geeked out about it.

This season will bring nine productions to Downtown Vegas, ranging from the touring debut of Kinky Boots to the return of Wicked. Tickets will be available to season subscribers beginning March 3. The general public will be able to purchase new subscriptions beginning May 12. Individual tickets will be announced at a later date.

Here's a complete rundown of what to expect and when as well as video previews from their Broadway counterparts:

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Entertainment Roundup: Jason Alexander And His Hair To Doo-Wop

February 18, 2014 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas will soon have two new ways to entertain you, plus new chances to see a cult fave.

At Harrah's, Jason Alexander will take the stage as part of a four-week weekend residency beginning April 11. The actor best known as George Costanza on Seinfeld, will perform his one-man show, An Evening With Jason Alexander And His Hair, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the limited engagement.

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The Early Word On The Return Of Guns N' Roses To The Joint

Where: 4455 Paradise Road [map], 89169
February 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

An official announcement is set for tomorrow, but Blabbermouth.net has details today on the return of Guns N' Roses to the Hard Rock.

Blabbermouth pins May 21 through June 7 as the exact dates of a second GnR residency. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 21 at 10 a.m. The information is confirmed on the Hard Rock's website via this embedded tweet which, strangely, can't be seen on Twitter.

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No Peeking Inside Brooklyn Bowl For You

February 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

With its first concert less than a month away, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is almost ready to impress bowl us over at The Linq. Things are coming together so quickly that reps hope to receive a TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) by week's end, meaning construction is nearly complete.

One of the folks charged with making Brooklyn Bowl a reality on The Strip, David Pray, has been tweeting tantalizing peeks inside (and outside) the bowling alley-slash-restaurant-slash-concert venue for several weeks now. UPDATE: Brooklyn Bowl has decided no pics for you! All the tweets were deleted after our post. Thanks to Matt Brown for the heads up.

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Tool Really Is Coming To Planet Hollywood

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
February 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM | by | Comments (4)

It looks like Tool will, indeed, be the next big name for The Axis at Planet Hollywood.

A few weeks ago, we filled you in on a scoop that the group would be rockin' out in Britney's showroom this March, possibly as a mini-residency. Tool now lists a stop in Vegas on their website, however, it's only for one night -- March 15. We're still really pumped about even that, though. The band will swing by Vegas after playing Fresno the night before. They'll head to San Diego the night after. And, who knows, maybe they'll come back this way again.

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Mamma Mia! Trop Goes The Broadway Route This May

Where: 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
February 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM | by | Comments (3)

The all-new Tropicana will be able to hang onto that distinction a bit longer. An old favorite will dance its way back into the limelight when Mamma Mia! headlines the Trop's renovated theater beginning this May.

The much loved Broadway show closed at Mandalay Bay in 2009 after a six-year run. Tickets for its return are now on sale with performances beginning May 8 at the Trop.

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