Human Nature, Mother Nature, and Lots More

KISS and 10-year-old Australian guitarist Taj Ferrant
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 KISS and 10-year-old super-guitarist Taj Ferrant

 

As if Human Nature wasn’t already a perfect 10 show in itself, on Saturday, January 25th, they did a special fundraising show for Australia with an Australian guest star who is another perfect 10 – 10-year-old Taj Ferrant, who is an amazing guitar prodigy under the auspices of Scott Dorsey’s Dorsey Management, with whom he signed a world management deal in 2019.

Besides the fundraiser garnering nearly $100,000 for Red Cross Australia and WIRES, a wildlife rescue service in Australia, guests were treated to a wonderful evening of entertainment from Human Nature and their high-energy show, “Jukebox,” and added attraction Taj.

The night before, headliner and renowned guitarist Santana welcomed Taj to his stage at the Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay. Taj, by the way, is the first signing to Universal Records for 2020. In November 2019, Rob Thomas invited Taj to join him for his encore in Sydney and Taj performed Santana’s hit “Smooth.”

“We are so excited to sign with Universal records – we have a huge project planned which will see this 10-year-old genius collaborating with some outright legends along with some really cool modern day hit makers,” said Dorsey,

In 2019, Taj showcased on Australia’s Got Talent. At age 9, Taj appeared on the Ellen show in the USA. “You are about to get your minds blown,” Ellen introduced him.” We meet a lot of talented kids. The next guest is truly special. He is an incredible guitar prodigy who can do Prince, Black Sabbath, Guns N Roses like no-one I have heard.”

Before Taj left the U.S. after the Human Nature fundraiser, he got a chance to play with KISS in L.A.

Human Nature will be returning to the Venetian on February 26, after a short hiatus back to Australia to prepare some new music.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is expanding its underwater journey to include an immersive virtual reality theater. Opening in mid-March, the Ocean Explorer Virtual Reality (VR) Theater will take guests on an unforgettable underwater voyage through two live-action films and interactive exhibitions.

The Ocean Explorer VR experience will feature a 36-seat, motion-platform theater, that will showcase two films highlighting underwater creatures, rarely seen up close and personal in their natural environment. “Swimming with Humpbacks” follows the journey and behaviors of mother humpback whales and their calves as they migrate during mating season. “Shark Dive” takes guests to Tiger Beach, a mythic underwater strip in the Bahamas where some of the world’s largest apex predators amass including tiger sharks and hammerheads.

Prepare to take a heart-stopping journey through the dazzling world of Las Vegas entertainment with the critically acclaimed production, “EXTRAVAGANZA – The Vegas Spectacular.” This thrilling new Las Vegas production from the creators of “WOW – The Vegas Spectacular” appearing at the Rio and Caesars Entertainment will make its North American premiere on March 14, 2020, on the iconic stage at the Jubilee Theater inside Bally’s Las Vegas. This extravaganza of passion and thrills features sensual performances that showcase the captivating talents of over 30 of the most talented, sexy and breathtaking artists from around the world - including dancers, acrobats, aerialists, skaters, ventriloquists, comedians and, the return of the iconic showgirl to the legendary Jubilee Theatre. The show highlights beautiful feats of strength and flexibility along with spectacular sets, massive LED screens and state-of-the-art holograms (which include some of Las Vegas’ most famous headliners, from Elvis to Frank Sinatra, among others),

Following his celebrated shows in Las Vegas and Atlantic City in 2019, “The Terry Bradshaw Show” will kick off a residency at Luxor Hotel and Casino in March. The man behind it all, NFL legend and iconic entertainer, Terry Bradshaw, chronicles his life through the musical, comedy, and storytelling production. The residency is set to debut inside the Atrium Showroom at Luxor on Thursday, March 19. In the production, Bradshaw entertains the crowd with his dynamic singing ability, endearing personality and charisma in a 70-minute show that accounts his life’s journey. Show dates are set for March through July.

On the heels of announcing that he has acquired full ownership of MAT FRANCO: MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY, magician MAT FRANCO has announced that Caesars Entertainment has now extended his award-winning show for five more years at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer, MAT FRANCO - MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY was recently named Gold Winner for Best Production Show and the Mat Franco Theater was named Best Showroom / Live Venue by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Awards.

The NASCAR Hauler Parade, a fan-favorite which marks the start of racing weekend, returns to Las Vegas this month. NASCAR fans can see their favorite drivers’ haulers make their way up the Las Vegas Strip beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, as the city and Las Vegas Motor Speedway kick off the spring 2020 NASCAR Weekend. The parade, something racing fans look forward to each year, will begin at the Las Vegas welcome sign on Las Vegas Boulevard. Approximately 40 brightly colored 18-wheeled NASCAR Cup Series haulers will receive a police escort as they drive north on the Strip before making their way west on Sahara Ave. and hitting Interstate 15 headed for the speedway.

LVMS’s spring 2020 NASCAR Weekend begins with the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, Feb. 21, continues with the Strat qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, Feb. 22, and finishes with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Fans have another opportunity to submerge themselves in the culture and lifestyle of the new RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! Las Vegas residency at Flamingo Las Vegas with RuPaul’s Werk Room, a new immersive, multi-sensory store experience is a reflection of the bold, interactive style of the live show. Drawing inspiration from RuPaul’s Drag Race and its companion series, Untucked , RuPaul’s Werk Room is part retail store and part theatrical environment, giving fans a taste of what to expect from the live Las Vegas stage show.

Guests will have an up close and personal experience with the culture and lifestyle of the queens, as well as the Drag Race brand, with several unique opportunities, including product offerings, make-up experiences, fun photo opportunities, and other special events and activations. Meet and greets with RuPaul’s Drag Race judges Ross Matthews, Carson Kressley and Michelle Visage, as well as former RuPaul’s Drag Race cast members will also take place. Located next to Spa at Flamingo Las Vegas near the conference center, the space is open daily at noon.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours proudly announces its new partnership with Park MGM Las Vegas, adding even more desirable restaurants to its award-winning excursions. Restaurants featured in the new tour will include Eataly’s Manzo, Roy Choi’s Best Friend and The NoMad. The 2020 tour includes a stop at ARIA Resort & Casino’s Bardot Brasserie.

As they gear up for their 55th anniversary this year, Scorpions, one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time, have announced that they will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip later this year with their exclusive headlining residency show. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, Scorpions “Sin City Nights” kicks off Saturday, July 4 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Scorpions will be joined by special guests Queensrÿche. Show dates are set for July 4, 8, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 and 25,

More than 108 years since the RMS Titanic set sail on its fateful voyage across the Atlantic and for the first time in many years, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor Hotel and Casino will introduce 108 new artifacts to The Strip’s premier educational attraction. The new artifacts include 20 never-before-seen items that have been under careful preservation since being recovered from the ocean floor and 102 items that have never been on display in the Las Vegas exhibition.

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino brings a new show to the Sin City Theater beginning March 26, 2020 at 6 p.m.. Audiences of all ages can ‘get lit’ with an all-new experience from the performance group, iLuminate™ (pronounced “i” “luminate”). ‘iLuminate™ Presents: Happy Hour’ blends music, dance, comedy, technology and art from the group that held a finalist spot on America’s Got Talent in 2011. The audience is invited to come have a laugh and those “of age” can enjoy a shot, or two, or four with the cast that was named “Best New Act in America” by America’s Got Talent. iLuminate™ combines state-of- the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience.

Tekka Bar, an original Japanese handroll and sake concept, located inside Block 16 Urban Food Hall at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, announces the introduction of its guest chef handroll series. Throughout the year, various chef personalities will be invited to create specialty handrolls inspired by their own signature menu items and restaurant concepts from across the country. Each chef will have the opportunity to explore unique and creative culinary pairings that are both unexpected and enticing. World-renowned chef José Andrés kicked off the guest chef series with two inventive handrolls with a twist, inspired by his Spanish tapas restaurant Jaleo.

Longstanding comedy club and entertainment company, The Comedy Works, has a full slate of nationally acclaimed stand-up comedians and up-and-coming talent scheduled to appear at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas with ticket prices starting at only $20.

February 27-29: Kevin Farley – After studying at the famous Second City in Chicago, Farley starred in films such as Black Sheep with his brother Chris Farley and The Waterboy with Adam Sandler. He is a regular comedian at notable venues such as The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and Chicago and The Improv in Los Angeles and Palm Beach, Florida. His TV guest appearances include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rules of Engagement, The Neighbors, Hot in Cleveland, Just Shoot Me, United States of Tara, True Jackson, VP, Comedy Central’s Drunk

March 5-7: “The America I Grew Up In” with Jeff Allen – Now in his fifth decade as a working comedian, Allen has been on Comedy Central, VH-1, Showtime, TBN, CBN, Family Net and many other television networks. He has performed for our troops on aircraft carriers and ships in the Indian Ocean. Allen is heard regularly on SiriusXM’s comedy channels and on the fast-growing comedy internet sensation, Drybar Comedy, surpassing 30 million views on Facebook and YouTube. He also produced and starred in his own sitcom pilot for Castlerock Television and in the critically acclaimed films, Apostles of Comedy.History, and Hawaii Five -O to name just a few.

Smith Center’s Broadway Las Vegas® Series, sponsored by Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Law Firm and University Medical Center, returns with an impressive 2020-2021 season featuring nine hit Broadway stage productions direct from New York with a collective 31 Tony Awards®, including two for “Best Musical,” 14 Drama Desk Awards, and two Grammy® Awards.

The season begins this summer with the celebrated Lincoln Center Theater production of beloved Broadway classic Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY and continues with the return of HAMILTON, which will play Reynolds Hall for five weeks. Audiences will usher in the holiday season with A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, which brings the classic 1983 film to hilarious life onstage. The new year will bring the Las Vegas premieres of AIN’T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, 2019’s Best Musical Tony Award®-winner HADESTOWN, the smash hit Tony Award®-winning musical THE CHER SHOW, acclaimed musical TOOTSIE, and Disney’s spectacular and heartwarming new musical FROZEN. The season will end in summer 2021 with Academy Award®-winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, which The New York Times calls “the most successful American play in Broadway history.”

On Thursday, Feb. 20, celebrate the 75th anniversary of the iconic music that ended World War II at the Finest Hour Concert featuring Davina and the Vagabonds and The Hot Club of Cowtown at 7 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. The two bands, each with its own sound and style, will bring to life the legendary tunes of Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald and more. Davina and the Vagabonds’ edgy vocals and superlative musicianship combine jazz and the blues for a uniquely ageless sound, while the Texas trio, Hot Club of Cowtown, ignite the stage with their hot jazz and Western swing.

Besides the ballet Bolero, NBT's mid-winter program features one of George Balanchine's masterful early works, The Four Temperaments on February 22 and 23. This vibrant study of the human psyche fuses classical steps with a lean, angular style. The work is inspired by the medieval belief that human beings are made up of four different humors that determine a person’s temperament. Each temperament was associated with one of the four classical elements (earth, air, water, and fire), which in turn were the basis of the four humors that composed the body. The result, in the hands of a master such as Balanchine, is a ballet that overtly embraces and celebrates emotion both musically and choreographically.

Popular nightlife destination Hakkasan Nightclub will host the Tyson Fury Official Fight After Party on Saturday, Feb. 22. Earlier in the night the famed ‘Gypsy King’ Tyson Fury will fight in the highly anticipated rematch for the WBC championship against Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder. Fury will celebrate strapping on the gloves at the five-level mega club, Hakkasan, located steps away from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Guests will enjoy being in the presence of one of boxing’s top contenders as the award-winning artist, Steve Aoki, takes the party to the next level with an energetic live performance.

For more than a decade, New York-New York Hotel & Casino has rallied the local community in the fight against childhood cancer, raising more than $2.5 million for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. On Saturday, March 7, the 11th Annual St. Baldrick’s Day head-shaving event will return to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, including how to sign up to brave the shave, visit StBaldricks.org.

While hundreds of volunteers take the stage throughout the day to shave their heads and raise funds for childhood cancer research efforts, friends, family and passersby can enjoy entertainment and activities for all ages on the Brooklyn Bridge and snap a selfie with some of the city’s most celebrated names in entertainment, public figures and sports team mascots who will be lending a steady hand as celebrity head shavers and emcees.

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