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Where there’s Smokey, there’s fire, even if there are no lit candles on the cake. Smokey Robinson and the members of Human Nature celebrated the 1,000th performance of their hit Las Vegas show “Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show” in Las Vegas on stage at The Sands Showroom at The Venetian Las Vegas® on April 12. A special appearance was made by show presenter and Motown legend Smokey Robinson, who joined the four members of Human Nature on stage during the show and performed “The Tracks of My Tears” with the group, a song co-written by Smokey in the 60s.
John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo & Sands Expo joined Human Nature and Smokey Robinson on stage and said that he was there here to encourage the group to stay for another 1,000 shows. Adding to the celebration of the milestone, Carlo’s Bakery, the Cake Boss’ bakery that recently opened at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo, created a special cake depicting Human Nature on stage with Smokey. One of the group’s members, looking at the figures on the cake, told Smokey that he looked good on it. Smokey broke up the audience when he quickly retorted, “Eat me!”
The cast of "Raiding the Rock Vault" was honored with a special memorabilia case dedication featuring many items from the rock ‘n’ roll histories of the bands Heart, Asia, Whitesnake and Quiet Riot. Fans showed up at the Hard Rock Cafe’s strip location to watch their favorite rock icons pose in front of the case and talk about the stories behind several of the items, which included the jacket leather jacket worn by Paul Shortino in This is Spinal Tap, guitars from Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake and Andrew Freeman of The Offspring, the black suit worn by Robin McAuley in MSG’s music video “This is my Heart,” and more.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas celebrated the debut of its double-dose of REHAB with music sensation Robin Thicke on Saturday, April 12 and award-winning artist Flo Rida on Sunday, April 13.The unforgettable debauchery kicked off on Saturday as Thicke entered Las Vegas’ original dayclub through the sold-out crowd singing his hit song “Give It 2 U” before jumping on the poolside stage. The artist continued the show with “Blurred Lines” and “Magic” as fans cheered and sang along. Following his performance, Thicke thanked everyone for coming out saying, “I love you Hard Rock! Thank you so much REHAB! God bless you all! Let’s go!” Spotted in the crowd of revelers was comedian and actor Dave Chappelle.
On Sunday, Flo Rida kept the party going at REHAB after hosting at Body English Nightclub on Saturday evening where he filmed a music video for his new song “Rollercoaster” at both locations. The artist got low on the dayclub’s stage with Natalie La Rose while singing “Good Feeling,” “Wild Ones” and more. Taking partygoers by surprise, Flo Rida hopped on his bodyguard’s shoulders and walked through the swarm of guests while performing his hit song “Club Can’t Handle Me.” Throughout the afternoon, attendees cheered and danced as they partied within arm’s reach of the singer. Flo Rida even took a dip in the poolside tropical oasis to help cool off from the warm desert sun. Notable guests include professional football player Jameel McClain and Pawn Stars actor Austin “Chumlee” Russell.
Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and Bill Edwards Presents will host an all-star tribute Saturday, April 26 in honor of Gloria and Emilio Estefan at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This dazzling star-studded gala will bring together the world’s celebrities of music and film to honor the Estefans’ advocacy for spinal cord injuries and research and the Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to care and research for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, frontotemporal dementia, multiple system atrophy and MS. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Guests of honor Gloria and Emilio Estefan; honorary co-host Quincy Jones; performers and celebrity supporters GRAMMY award-winning recording artists Ricky Martin, Carole King and Jon Secada; Academy Award nominees Andy Garcia and Sharon Stone; recording artist and talk show hostess Queen Latifah; multi-award-winning actress and singer Rita Moreno; actor Christopher Meloni; platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and Fantine, Emilio Estefan’s new artist making her debut stage performance.
Popular reggae musician Ziggy Marley will heat up the Mandalay Bay Beach stage with a Memorial Day weekend concert Sunday, May 25 at 9 p.m. Marley, the oldest son of music legend Bob Marley, made his recording debut in 1979 with a group comprised of his father and three siblings. The group became known as The Melody Makers and released 14 albums over three decades. Marley began his solo career in 2003 when he released Dragonfly with Ghetto Youths Crew, a record label he created while working with the United Nations. In 2006, he released his second solo album, Love Is My Religion, which won a GRAMMY Award for “Best Reggae Album.”
American rock band 311 will bring its distinctive sound to the stage at the Mandalay Bay Beach for a performance scheduled Saturday, June 28 at 9 p.m. Returning to the Mandalay Bay Beach following its 2012 show, multi-platinum rock group 311 will play an extended set of hits, rarities, covers and classics backed by a state-of-the-art light and special effects show. Past shows also have included appearances by circus performers, aerial acrobats, fire twirlers, stilt walkers, drumlines and marching bands, making the experience energetic and entertaining.
Some time ago, House of Blues Las Vegas decided to celebrate Star Wars Day with a party known throughout the galaxy by the name of May the 4th Be With You….and it went so well the first time that they're doing it again. The galactic event, back in its second year by popular demand, will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in Crossroads – the epicenter of food, art and music. A DJ will provide music throughout the night courtesy of Red Bull, and the original version of Star Wars Episode IV (where Han shot first!) will be played on the House of Blues televisions and projector screen, allowing fans to relive the epic space opera. Art from local artists will be raffled off to benefit the Make-a-wish Foundation. Costumes are encouraged*!
Following a successful engagement earlier this year, comedian Sinbad returns to The Orleans Showroom with his unique comedic storytelling and wit May 16 and 17..Sinbad’s comedy is built more on stories than jokes, based on everyone he meets, everything he’s seen and everything he does. As the son of a preacher man, he is committed to making his comedy proud but not profane. He also takes the trials and tribulations of audience members and throws it back in their faces, creating a unique comedy experience.
Somewhere in the midst of enjoying Las Vegas’ entertainment offerings, you’re bound to get hungry. If you’re anywhere near Planet Hollywood or the Palms, you MUST stop into Earl of Sandwich. This casual eatery totally lives up to its promotion of having “The World’s Best Hot Sandwich” and not just serving mere sandwiches but rather serving The Sandwich. The unique artisan bread is out of this world, all the fare is at the peak of freshness, the flavors are incredible, and the menu offerings are bountiful. And the staff couldn’t be nicer or more accommodating. Earl of Sandwich also offers a wide array of salads, wraps, sides, breakfasts, and a bake shop.
The eatery also comes complete with an interesting history. Back in 1762, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, changed dining forever when he placed a serving of roast beef between two slices of bread and created a complete meal that he could eat with his hands. The Sandwich was born. Some 250 years later, Earl of Sandwich restaurants have taken that idea and crafted it into a made-to-order freshly baked sandwich like no other. In 2003, restaurant entrepreneur Robert Earl (of Planet Hollywood fame) partnered with John Edward Hollister Montagu. 11th Earl of Sandwich, and his son, Orlando, direct descendants of the inventor of the sandwich, to launch Earl of Sandwich shops in the United States.
Fremont Street Experience has added smash-hit recording artist 3 Doors Down to the Rock of Vegas summer concert series lineup. The band will rock audiences at Fremont Street Experience performing fan favorites such as “Here Without You,” “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” “Be Like That” and more as they perform a free concert on Saturday, June 14 on the 3rd Street Stage at 9 p.m.
The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir will bring his band RatDog along with him for his July 5, 2014 stop at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort. For nearly 50 years, Bob Weir has been known for being the most distinctive rhythm guitarist in rock ‘n’ roll. Influenced by hard bop pianist McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane and Igor Stravinsky, Weir has brought unusual depth and a new approach to the role of rhythm guitar expression over the years.
Multitalented entertainer Ben Vereen will bring his one-man show to the Suncoast Showroom May 17 and 18. Accomplished actor, dancer, and singer Ben Vereen is no stranger to the entertainment scene. On Broadway, Vereen has appeared in “Wicked,” “Fosse,” “I'm Not Rappaport,” “Hair,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Grind,” “Pippin,” “Jelly's Last Jam” and “A Christmas Carol.”
Following another incredibly-successful run on the famed Las Vegas Strip, RockTellz & CockTails is proud to announce Grammy Award-winning musician and acclaimed actor Meat Loaf will return to the RockTellz & CockTails stage at the PH Showroom inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Meat Loaf will perform 21 dates, beginning Tuesday, May 6, to continue the critically-acclaimed series.
The 2014 Great Vegas Festival of Beer will embrace and transform the streets of its new home in Downtown’s Fremont East Entertainment District with a full lineup of craft beer-infused elements, including the Gastropub dining pavilion, the Human Arcade with pub games and music, and the BrewLogic area with presentations from master brewers and Cicerones on Saturday, April 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.
The EnduroCross Series kicks off in Las Vegas on Friday, May 2. The off-road motorcycle race is held entirely indoors, taking riders across a track filled with obstacles including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, giant tires and a water hole. “The toughest racing on two wheels” blends the elements of extreme off road racing into an exciting Supercross-style course.. EnduroCross Founder Eric Peronnard will be in attendance, along with local riders competing against some of the best riders in the world. X Games Gold Medalist & ESPN Magazine’s “Bodies” Cover Girl Tarah Gieger will race.
Make your Great Escape at Goodie Two Shoes Foundation’s 6th Annual Evening of Heart n’ Sole on Saturday, May 17 at the M Resort starting at 5 p.m. Goodie Two Shoes Foundation will be honoring their Patron of the Year for outstanding support to the organization during the 2013/2014 school year. This fashionably casual, poolside event will feature rock band The Limit, in addition to plenty of libations, eats and treats, plus silent and live auctions with fantastic “great escape” packages and prizes. Tickets start at $150 per person with tables available to purchase.
Fans are in for an unforgettable evening as the great Latin singer Pepe Aguilar returns to Las Vegas to perform an intimate show at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Sept. 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. For this special occasion, the GRAMMY award-winning singer and his team are preparing a world-class production that will add to the music, voice and talent to be enjoyed that evening, making it a performance that will mark yet another success in Aguilar’s career.
Nathan Nearman, Counter Intelligence Officer and Afghanistan Veteran, racks up years of dedicated military service with a new mission: to translate his life-long dreams into the tough business of making movies that deliver exciting entertainment with a commercial bang. Currently those dreams are exploding into reel reality with the launch of an original screenplay into film production that won movie trailer plaudits at the prestigious CincemaCon gathering of worldwide film makers and exhibitors at Caesar's Hotel in Las Vegas last month.. Nebulae Entertainment has slated Nearman's psychological fantasy thriller feature "The Janus Project" to begin film production in Utah on June 1
Actor and heartthrob John Stamos treated his mom, Loretta Phillips, to an elaborate 75th birthday celebration on the Las Vegas Strip recently, culminating with a champagne toast at the owner's table at FIZZ, the lavish new champagne lounge at Caesars Palace, fashioned by Creative Director David Furnish. Stamos and the birthday group headed over to FIZZ after going to see Sir Elton’s John’s show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” at The Colosseum. The owner's table is filled with photographs from Furnish and John's personal collection.
Also seen at FIZZ on Saturday night was actor and Chris O’Donnell, who enjoyed champagne cocktails after watching “The Million Dollar Piano.” Before heading out for the evening, O’Donnell stopped by the second-story owner’s table to greet Stamos and wish his mother a happy birthday.
It was a star-studded night at FIZZ, as “Baywatch” star Jeremy Jackson was also spotted at the luxurious hotspot.
Crosby Stills & Nash will perform career-spanning favorites, as well as new songs during the summer 2014 tour which includes a stop at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Sept. 27, 2014 at 8 p.m. On the heels of their sold out March 2014 tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash announced additional U.S. summer tour dates. The group will perform songs from their extensive catalogue, as well as new material from each member. Once again, CSN will be accompanied by its backing band featuring: Shane Fontayne (guitar), Steve DiStanislao (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass), James Raymond (keyboards) and Todd Caldwell (organ).
Actor and stand-up comedian, Brad Garrett, dined for the second time at Jenna and Michael Morton's newest restaurant, CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand. The local Strip headliner was celebrating his second year anniversary of “Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club” at MGM Grand with his girlfriend, Isabella Quella, and his brother, Paul. The celebratory group indulged in Chef Billy DeMarco’s Kale Salad, Scallop Crudo, Angus Mini Burgers and the 28-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye Steak while drinking ice tea and Sculpin IPA.
Hollywood heartthrob and rising star, Alex Pettyfer, dined at CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand recently. The British actor, best known for his role in Magic Mike, was celebrating his birthday in Las Vegas with Jeff Beacher of' “Beacher's Madhouse” and a large entourage of friends. The friendly group was very social and flirted with ladies throughout their evening.
Country legend, George Strait, dined for the second time at CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand. The “King of Country” was celebrating his big win as “Entertainer of the Year” from The American Country Music Awards. He dined with Scott Sibella, President of MGM Grand, and friends. Dressed in a cowboy hat, a denim shirt and blue jeans, the country icon and the group indulged in Chef Billy DeMarco’s Ricotta Gnocchi with Short Rib, California Sea Bass, Sliced New York Strip Steak and Cavatelli Pasta while drinking Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.
Comedian George Wallace has announced that he will be ending the run of his highly popular “Best 10 PM” show in Las Vegas on April 26, 2014 after marking his 10-year anniversary at Flamingo Las Vegas last month. Wallace, called “The New Mr. Las Vegas,” says he will continue to reside in Las Vegas. “I will live here and forever call it home after these 10 years on the Strip,” explains Wallace. “It is a great city and one I have come to love and feel a real part of.” George will be on a Pentagon assignment entertaining the troops overseas the week of April 15 –19. His final performance dates will be April 10 – 12 and 22 – 26. By the way, Wallace just won $1.3 million in his lawsuit against the Bellagio for injuries he sustained during a performance for a private function at the hotel.
Fans of the hit NBC show “The Voice” can finally see their favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a huge summer tour. The 31-show concert tour will stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, July 25. Already confirmed on the tour is Jamaica native and Season 5 champ, Tessanne Chin. Also joining the tour from Season 5 is soul-pop teen artist and runner up Jacquie Lee and vocal powerhouse and family man Will Champlin. Dia Frampton, a Team Blake favorite from Season One, will be hitting the road, too, along with this season’s winner, runner-up, and 3rd place finalist. Another fan favorite is guaranteed to tour and will be determined in May by America via social media.
Park on Fremont, located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, welcomed its “first birthday” with a one-year anniversary party. The eclectically chic gastropub celebrated with a packed house of Downtown Las Vegas business owners, industry executives and loyal patrons. Local musicians Matt Matelko and The Jeremy Cornwell Project performed on the back patio. Guests sipped on Mumm champagne, Chain Breaker IPA, and Park on Fremont’s signature cocktails The Unicorn, Pillow Talk, and Red Sangria. Servers passed a variety of appetizers, including Mac & Cheese Balls, Chicken Wings, and Deep Fried Oreos and Girl Scout Cookies.
The AXIS Powered by Monster will kick off its first Mexican Independence Day weekend celebration with a special performance by multi-Grammy Award-winning and top-selling salsa artist of all time, Marc Anthony. As part of his Cambio de Piel Tour 2014, Anthony will perform inside the newly-renovated theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 9:30 p.m.. One of the most influential artists of his time, Anthony has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, making him a true ambassador of Latin music and culture.
Comic magician Adam London, known for his side-splitting antics, comical magic and appearances in comedy clubs throughout Las Vegas for more than 12 years – along with his obsession with rubber ducks -- celebrated the one-year anniversary of his afternoon show LaughterNoon at the D last week. His high-energy performance features everything from clever sleight-of-hand magic to lots of laughs as well as lots of audience participation. London perfected his craft in comedy clubs around the world, including the world famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles.
The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas kicked off the first-ever Saturday LGBTQ beach party, Xposed!, recently in the all-new Tropicana Beach Club. Partygoers enjoyed the grand opening festivities including sun-kissed go-go dancers, live entertainment, and DJ Ryan Kenney and DJ Kidd Madonny spinning all the latest hits. Guests also indulged in signature libations and played beach volleyball on the white sand volleyball courts, all while surrounded by the breathtaking waterfalls, palm trees, and luxury daybeds and cabanas. Notable names that attended and walked the spectacular 3D beach ball step and repeat red carpet included Josh Strickland of “Vegas! the Show;” Jaymes Vaughn, Ryan Stuart and Jon Howes from “Chippendales;” Derrick Barry as Britney Spears, from “Divas Las Vegas;” the world-famous dance crew JABBAWOCKEEZ; Skye Diva, “Tropicana Nights” headliner; cast members from “ROCK OF AGES,” and more.
Blue Man Group Las Vegas at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino is offering fans an in-depth exploration of its award-winning show with the new all-inclusive Onstage Experience for only $299 per person.. Hosted by cast and crew members, the Onstage Experience takes guests on a never-before-seen backstage journey through the magical world of Blue Man Group, including a 90-minute onstage tour of the show’s unique instruments and props. During the tour, patrons receive a one-of-a-kind music lesson on the show’s signature PVC instruments, learn how to master Blue Man Group’s famous marshmallow toss, and much more. Guests are encouraged to bring their camera for various backstage photo opportunities. In addition, the package includes one Category A: Premium View ticket to any available performance, a post-show backstage experience with a private meet-and-greet, one complimentary drink inside the theater, one show T-shirt, and one signature Blue Man Group luminescent souvenir.
Blues rocker Gregg Allman will return to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on June 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. Former Allman Brothers Band bandmate Jaimoe will bring his band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, as support.
Comedians Cheech & Chong and rock band WAR recently announced their co-headlining, “Up in Smoke Tour.” Hey, what happens when Cheech and Chong get together with WAR? Answer: The Greatest Stoner show of all time…combining Comedy, Latin, Funk, Horns, Rock & Soul. And that’s what fans can expect to experience at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, May 16. According to Tommy Chong, this year’s tour will celebrate history making of a different kind. “The ‘Up in Smoke’ gig with WAR will be a celebration of the legalization of our right to party all night long,” says Chong . “Bring plenty of water; the stage is going sizzling hot as it’s going up in smoke with CHEECH & CHONG’s red hot comedy.”
Cher has announced Cyndi Lauper as support for her “Dressed To Kill Tour,” which will play the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 25. GRAMMY, Emmy, and Tony Award winning artist and New York Times Best Selling author Lauper has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. A true renaissance woman with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Lauper continues to reach new heights as a career artist.
Queen + Adam Lambert will reign over a highly anticipated North American summer tour starting in Chicago in June. Brian May, Roger Taylor + Adam Lambert will come together for the first time in Las Vegas at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6. Adam Lambert received glowing reviews for their performance together at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas last September, triggering a conversation between Adam, Roger and Brian to take the show on the road.