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Music / Events / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont East / Shipping Container Park / Concerts / Travis Tritt / → All Tags
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.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / The D Hotel / Downtown Las Vegas Events Center / Golden Gate / Concerts / Food Festivals / MMA / Fight Night / Events / → All Tags
The era of the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) is about to begin. You may remember last year when Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, purchased an old Vegas courthouse. Now, after its demolition and the creation of an outdoor festival lot, DLVEC is about to hold its first events.
The venue, located behind the D on South Third, will become home to everything from live entertainment to themed festivals. It's capacity, however, might surprise you. The lot is capable of hosting around 15,000 so there will be plenty of room for big concerts, food fests and even fights. The first three events touch on each of those categories:
Plaza / Downtown / Opening / Burlesque / Downtown Vegas / The Plaza / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
Ridicula Imitatio is cashing in on the post-Great Gatsby remake buzz and lingering Roaring Twenties nostalgia by presenting a show by that name -- also the name of one of Charlie Chaplin's films -- starting next month at Plaza. Limelight’s website promises the production will take “the audience on a journey where contemporary burlesque meets old time ‘flicks.’” Think black-and-white silent films juxtaposed with modern burlesque and music... with a Chaplin and a Betty Boop impersonator thrown in.
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.
Sometimes, the best entertainment is when it's stripped down to its bare necessities, amirite?
While the Men of the Strip can now be termed reality stars thanks to a docu-soap on E!, Las Vegas -- the city these sexy sexersons have aligned themselves with since the start -- has only had one brief moment to
ogle see them in the flesh. That will change for the upcoming holiday weekend when Men will labor away at The D as part of a limited engagement.
Gambling / Poker / Online Poker / Golden Nugget / Free Vegas / → All Tags
The freebies just keep getting better when it comes to Golden Nugget’s online poker site.
GoldenNuggetPoker.net has just added a free live tournament entry to its weekly Sunday Main Event to complement the complimentary two-night stay the winner already enjoys. All it takes to join in the fun is a computer or smartphone -– no credit card needed.
When Downtown Grand opened last year, its casino had both good (blackjack) and bad (video poker) gambling. Since then, the former Lady Luck has seen some ups and (more) downs so execs have been changing things up in an effort to generate more traffic. Most recently, discounted dining was offered to locals and tourists alike.
When Downtown Grand first opened, it had video poker pay tables you might expect to see on the Vegas Strip. Those pay tables were downgraded shortly after opening to the kind nobody would play away from a bar. There is a lot of good video poker in Downtown Vegas and Downtown Grand was the worst. New casino management understood they had to do something and they did.
You’ve heard the story of the little fish in the big pond. You probably heard the line about there being many fish in the sea. Well, have you heard the one about the Little
Engine Fish That Could?
Around the time soccer fan Jon Fish was relocating his family to Las Vegas from Louisville, KY, he had been working within the local Louisville community to generate interest in a USL Pro Team for the city. (That's United Soccer Leagues for all of you without a soccer team in your cit... d'oh!) Three days after he moved, the formal announcement was made signaling Orlando City’s USL franchise was moving to Louisville. While he was looking forward to his move to Vegas, this made his soccer efforts bittersweet. What happened next will shock you! (Really. It’s pretty cool.)
Weddings / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Denny's / Denny's on Fremont / Fremont / Fremont Street / Casino Royale / → All Tags
Would you get married at a Denny’s? We’ve heard you can do the marriage trifecta in Las Vegas: get your marriage license, get married and get divorced all at one intersection. But, can you go for the Grand Slam? If you could pick up your marriage license and get a divorce there, Denny’s would truly be a grand slam because you can certainly order your own customized menu item of the same name there, all while celebrating your nuptials.
reception inception, Denny's on Fremont -- which opened late 2012 -- has held 33 weddings. So that’s about two marriages a month, on average. John Miller, Denny’s President and Chief Executive Officer, reported on an earnings call that he was pleased with the number, especially in light of the fact Denny’s hasn’t advertised its chapel outside of the restaurant's opening.
Events / Bunkhouse Saloon / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Reopenings / Openings / → All Tags
With all due apologies for the absurd amount of alliteration in the title, I just couldn't help myself because everyone's favorite seven-foot-tall singing clown is coming back to Vegas. On Tuesday, August 26, the cult comedy/vaudeville/burlesque/lounge show known as Puddles Pity Party will be one of the very first acts to debut in the new Bunkhouse Saloon in Downtown Vegas (reopening August 25).
Just One Dish / Dining / Oscar's / Oscar Goodman / Wine / Eating / Restaurants / → All Tags
This writer is not one for overblown dish titles. Sorry, Guy Fieri, but your “Off-Da-Hook Original Smash-Burger” definitely sounds original, but whose hook is it off of, anyway? Be concise. Be accurate. Be catchy. If you can’t be the last two without violating the first, just give it up and call your dish what it is: mac ‘n cheese, burger, chicken sandwich. You get my drift, assuming you’re not Guy Fieri.
It’s not to be offensive. I just know I hate a letdown after a big buildup, so keep your promises, Vegas food dish titles. I had been looking forward to trying Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza for a long while now. When the perfect dinner partner and opportunity presented themselves, my party fully experienced Oscar's Beef * Booze * Broads with steaks, a glass of wine and, well, we were the broads so it was BYOB (bring your own broad).
Openings / Spirit Of The King / Steve Connolly / Broadway Rat Pack / The King And The Chairman / Chairman Of The Board / That's Life / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Four Queens / Closings / → All Tags
The lineup is changing once more inside the Four Queens showroom. The Elvis/Sinatra mashup we told you about that never actually happened? It's now going to happen. Minus Sinatra. Confused? We were, too, so we got to the bottom of the matter. Follow the bouncing Elvis and try to keep up.
Remember That’s Life? The little slice of vintage Vegas (insert sarcasm) that had to be seen to be believed? We certainly do and shared our thoughts here. What was meant to be a collaboration between respected Elvis impersonator Steve Connolly and Dakota Horvath (as Sinatra) never actually came together (for reasons unknown) and Horvath resorted to sharing the stage with an unbearable performer this writer dubbed Street Elvis.