The seven-time Grammy award-winning trio will be the first country act to headline the venue.
PAUL SHAFFER COMING BACK TO CAESARS PALACE
Paul Shaffer along with his band, The Shāf-Shifters...
... will return to Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace to perform a limited engagement on select dates: Nov. 29–Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $49.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE TO APPEAR DURING WRANGLERS NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Florida Georgia Line...
... will headline five nights inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood around the time of the Wranglers National Finals Rodeo running Dec. 6-15.
Dates for “Florida Georgia Line Live From Las Vegas” with Big Loud Records and Atlantic Records artist Mason Ramsey as the opening act are Dec. 1, 5, 7, 8 and 11.
WYNN LAS VEGAS SCHEDULING “THE HOLIDAY SHOW” THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON
Wynn Las Vegas is planning to get aboard the Christmas holiday train with its first-ever seasonal production “The Holiday Show.”
The musical with holiday hit tunes, comedy and multi-genre dance numbers will be staged in the Encore Theater Nov. 30-Dec. 30.
TROPICANA WILL HOST 64th MISS RODEO AMERICA PAGEANT
The 64th Miss Rodeo America Pageant...
... will be held at the Tropicana this Dec. 2-9.
The seven-day contest will return to Las Vegas and feature more than 30 contestants.
The competition will be held in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Reigning State Rodeo Queens will enter to win the sought-after crown by competing in the areas of appearance, horsemanship and personality.
The winner will receive more than $20,000 in scholarships and become the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association appearing at more than 120 rodeo performances as well as schools, children's hospitals, civic groups and other events to educate the public about the sport of rodeo.
Tickets will go on sale on Aug. 15.
SUPERSTAR LADY GAGA MAKES TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH PARK THEATER!
SUPERSTAR LADY GAGA MAKES TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH PARK THEATER!
Six-time Grammy Award-winner, Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee superstar entertainer Lady Gaga is well worth the wait.
She will bring her talent and creativity to the 5,300-seat Park Theater at Park MGM beginning in December 2018, which will launch a two-year, multi-date residency following a year that will included a Super Bowl performance and sold-out tour.
Lady Gaga has amassed an extraordinary 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales.
She is one of the biggest living forces in social media with more than 60 million likes on Facebook, 75.3 million followers on Twitter and 26.9 million followers on Instagram.
Her fifth studio album “Joanne” was recently released and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking her fourth consecutive No. 1 album - the first female to do so in the last seven years.
Gaga’s performance dates and ticket information will be announced in the coming months.
LADY ANTEBELLUM WILL HAVE 15-DATE 2019 RESIDENCY AT PALMS
...the current CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” nominee, will have their first Las Vegas residency with 15 dates at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms starting Feb. 8, 2019.
Show times will be 9 p.m. and tickets start at $34.95 and go on sale to the public Nov. 2.
The seven-time Grammy award-winning trio will be the first country act to headline the venue.
Over the course of their decade-long career, Lady Antebellum has had tremendous success with nine No. 1 hits including the 9x platinum hit “Need You Now,” which is the highest certified song by a country group.
The group will bring Nashville to Sin City with stripped-down performances, which will often feature songwriters behind some of their hits. Lady Antebellum are scheduled for five shows in each of the following months: February, May and August.
CARLOS SANTANA RESIDENCY CONTINUES AT HOUSE OF BLUES
....returned to the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay with his remaining 2018 performances running through mid-November.
Dates for 2019 in January, February and May will mark the seventh year of his intimate, live concert experience.
Tickets start at $99.50.
‘LEGENDS IN CONCERT’ WILL LAUNCH NEW RESIDENCY AT TROPICANA!
The longest-running show in Las Vegas, “Legends in Concert,” will be moving down the Strip from the Flamingo to the Tropicana the second week of February 2019 to debut an all-new headlining residency.
The musical tribute production will continue with its winning rotation formula and with an appealing 7 p.m. time slot.
With “Legends in Concert” making its Las Vegas Strip debut in 1983, it gained a reputation as the pioneer of live tribute shows.
The beginning shows only featured deceased stars and always ended with Elvis.
As the multifaceted show continued to evolve, it added live artists.
The show's key ingredient is the tribute artists using their own natural voices, along with bonus elements including a live band, dancers, costumes and sets.
The new show will feature a variety of elaborate theatrical sets, magnificent costumes and a full array of incredible special effects.
BRITNEY SPEARS RETURNS TO VEGAS WITH NEW RESIDENCY
Next year, Britney Spears...
... will return to Sin City with a new residency at Park Theater at Park MGM, joining Cher and new stars like Lady Gaga and Aerosmith appearing there.
Spears' new show “Domination” will start in February.
This show follows her successful hit “Britney: Piece of Me,” which ended last December at The AXIS auditorium in Planet Hollywood.
THE 1975 WILL MAKE TOUR STOP AT THE HARD ROCK NEXT APRIL
The 1975 band will kick off their North American 2019 tour with a Las Vegas-stop at The Joint inside the Hard Rock on Tuesday, April 16 with special guests Pale Waves and No Rome.
On Nov. 30, The 1975 will release their third album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.”
DURAN DURAN WILL VISIT COSMOPOLITAN NEXT FEBRUARY
British music icons Duran Duran have announced a two-night engagement at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, 2019.
Tickets for their return visit start at $49.
The new wave band was formed in Birmingham, England, in the early 80s.
Four decades later, the global music stars Duran Duran have sold more 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, and 20 UK chart toppers.
Their 2015 album, “Paper Gods,” which made Billboard Top 10, is the band's highest-charting release in 22 years.
PUDDLES PITY PARTY WILL VISIT CLEOPATRA'S BARGE NEXT YEAR
Puddles Pity Party...
...featuring the soft-hearted, seven-foot-tall singing clown who was a memorable quarter finalist on NBC'S “America's Got Talent” will have his first artist residency with nine performances at Cleopatra's Barge inside Caesars Palace.
The limited engagement dates are Jan. 17-19, 24-26 and Feb. 7-9.
Puddles' set will consist of new material as well as classic, rarely performed songs.
The entire show will be custom-designed to suit the intimate layout of Cleopatra's Barge.
STYX PLAN SPECIAL TWO-ACT CONCERT AT THE PALMS!
Legendary six-member rock band STYX...
...will return to the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at 8 p.m. and they will perform two sets in one night.
Tickets start at $49.95.
After 14 years, STYX's most ambitious 16th studio album and most rewarding album to date, “The Mission,” was released June 16, 2017, on the band's label.
For the first time ever, STYX will perform the album in its entirety as part of a two-act concert event.
The second act will feature all STYX's classic hits.
ZZ TOP COMING BACK TO VENETIAN
Following a successful sold-out five-show run last April at The Venetian, ZZ Top...
... will return for an eight-show limited engagement in 2019.
The dates are Jan. 18-19, 23, 25-26 and 30, and Feb. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m.
CELINE DION WILL END HER CAESARS PALACE RESIDENCY!
The saying is “all good things must come to an end,” and such is the case with Celine Dion's exceptional Las Vegas-residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which will end June 8, 2019.
Dion's first residency “A New Day” played 717 shows from March 25, 2003, through Dec.15, 2007.
Her second and current residency, Celine,” premiered March 15, 2011, and when the production returns on Oct. 30, it will mark the 373rd performance of the show.
When you combine both shows since March 2003, Dion has headlined 1,089 shows to 4.5 million fans at The Colosseum.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. with tickets starting at $51.
This past summer, Dion toured and played 22 shows in 12 cities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand for 260,000 fans.
Dion in 2004 received the Diamond award at the World Music Awards recognizing her as the best-selling female artist of all time.
The Billboard Music Awards in 2016 presented the superstar with the lifetime achievement Icon Award.
‘A MOB STORY’ IS A REFLECTION WITH A MODERN TWIST
After a few necessary delays to mount a large-scale production show and refurbish the retro-showroom at the Plaza, “A Mob Story” is up and running with the prospects of being an open-ended run.
The remodeled showroom matches the nod to Las Vegas' past with the comfortable table and booth layout and chandeliers in juxtaposition to the new projection video walls wrapping-around the enlarged stage with an added side landing with stairs.
The music-dance production also mixes the past with modern day. The past is the mob theme and the show's compelling charismatic figure Michael Franzese, a real life former ex-mobster with the Columbo crime family.
When Franzese speaks frankly and honestly about the mobster life, he draws in the audience and lets them know it's not a good life.
He knows all too well, which is evidenced in the show with him revealing he's the son of Colombo crime family under-boss John “Sonny” Franzese. His father was in and out of federal prison several times and released last year at 100 years old becoming the oldest individual in federal custody.
On the other hand, the show's producer and director Jeff Kutash has mounted a high-power musical with today's songs and styles of dancing and a world-class cast of 22 singers and dancers.
The many costume changes have the hint of the past such as a dark zoot suit, but with a jazzy colorful glitzy interpretation.
Different periods of the mob's history are covered from the party life and involvement with Havana to the high life in Las Vegas. The video screens are where the audience watches old pictures while vibrant choreography and music energize the show .
BILLY IDOL WILL HAVE HEADLINE RESIDENCY AT PALMS IN 2019!
“Billy Idol: Las Vegas 2019” ...
...presented by SiriusXM will have a 10-show run next year at the Palms with five shows in January and five in October.
This will be the second residency show for the reimagined property.
Tickets are $34.95 - $149.95.
Idol, who has remained a household name for more than three decades, is premiering his latest release, “Vital Idol: Revitalized.”
More than 30 years after his groundbreaking “Vital Idol” compilation in the second half of the 1980s, Idol's Revitalized collection features 11 brand-new remixes of his most classic and enduring hits.
His show at the Palms will feature material from his whole career, from Idol's days fronting the seminal British punk band Generation X to his hits the world has come to love, including “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself,” and more.
Idol's longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and the rest of his touring band will join him.
Idol also hosts an exclusive SiriusXM show, “Billy Idol's Live Transmission,” which can be heard on SiriusXM's 1st Wave, channel 33.
JAMES TAYLOR WILL HEADLINE 12 SHOWS AT CAESARS PALACE
Singer-songwriter James Taylor joined by his All-Star Band are signed for a 12-show run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace next April 17-May 11, 2019.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performances start at $55.
Taylor has touched people with his baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years. Over the course of his career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning awards for classics ranging from “Sweet Baby James” in 1970 to “October Road” in 2002.
In 2015, Taylor released “Before This World,” his first new studio album in 13 years, and first ever No. 1 album.
Taylor has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In November 2015, he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
In December 2016, Taylor received the Kennedy Center Honors.
PARK MGM INTRODUCES THE SPA & SALON
Park MGM has revealed its new spa and salon experience.
The Spa & Salon, open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m...
...offers treatment rooms of all different sizes and layouts.
The Spa features treatments that incorporate new-age techniques like plant cell research utilized in its signature facial and ancient traditions in floral aromas in the Sothys Hanakasumi body treatment.
Next door, The Salon is an intimate triangular-shaped room designed to encourage lively interaction.
Guests are greeted with a glass of rosé or champagne before any number of nail or hair treatments.
COMEDIAN-MAGICIAN MAC KING EXTENDS HIS HARRAH'S RUN!
Las Vegas headliner Mac King, now in his record-breaking 19th year at Harrah's, has extended his “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” for four more years through 2022.
He is now the longest running act performing at the same hotel in Las Vegas history.
King takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre.
Tickets start at $34.95.
A few of King's many achievements include being named Magician of the Year by The Magic Castle, a Guinness Book of World Records holder, and having the distinction of being the only performer to have appeared on all five of NBC's “World's Greatest Magic” shows.
King's astounding sleight-of-hand and humor has been seen both live and on television in more than a dozen foreign countries.
In 2011, he launched Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour in conjunction with the Public Education Foundation and the Reading is Fundamental program to promote childhood literacy.
On their 2019 North American headlining tour, new pop sensations Why Don't We will include a stop at the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 7 p.m.
Ticket range is $35.95 to $79.95.
The breakout quintet's tour will support Why Don't We's debut just-released, full-length album, “8 Letters.”
A worldwide phenomenon, the album topped charts in more than 20 more territories around the globe.
Members of the group range in age from 17-20 years old.
MADAME TUSSAUDS OPENS TEAM-BASED VIRTUAL REALITY ADVENTURE!
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas...
...is unveiling its newest team-based virtual reality adventure.
In partnership with Virtual Room USA, the collaborative virtual reality experience allows two to four people to participate in up to four, 15-minute timed challenges all the while communicating with teammates.
The game mission set in the year 2217 has a team set off on a journey through historical moments, solving puzzles and challenges along the way.
Together, teams will explore Ancient Egypt and the Medieval Ages, come face-to-face with dinosaurs and journey to the moon, under the ocean and beyond… while trying to save the world.
Virtual Room is sold as an upgrade with tickets costing $12.
The experience is designed for players ages 12 years and up.
MANILOW EXTENDS HIS WESTGATE SHOW INTO 2019
... confirms his hit show “Manilow: Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home!” is extended at the Westgate through 2019.
The award-winning singer-songwriter has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide.
He is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists.
His 85-minute show, which debuted last May, celebrates Manilow's greatest hits, which includes an amazing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 No. 1 tunes and 27 Top 10 hits.
Ticket range is from $39.75 to $329.75.
AEROSMITH DECLARES RESIDENCY AT NEW PARK MGM!
Legendary rock band Aerosmith...
... will launch their Las Vegas-residency “Deuces Are Wild” on April 6, 2019, at the Park Theater inside the new Park MGM, and are currently scheduled through July 9.
Tickets for 18 shows priced from $75 to $750, go on sale Aug. 24.
HOUSE OF BLUES ANNOUNCES NEW 2019 DATES FOR SANTANA
New dates in 2019 have been announced for Carlos Santana's residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, which will mark the seventh year of his intimate, love concert there.
Dates are Jan. 23, 25-27, 30-21 and Feb. 1-2.
Santana returns to the House of Blues on Sept. 12 with shows running through mid-November.
Tickets start at $99.50.
SMITH CENTER INITIATES WORLD STAGE PACKAGE
The Smith Center's new World Stage Package...
.... is offering upcoming international shows:
Japanese taiko drum ensemble Kodo
Israeli percussion dance troupe Mayumana
The three-show deal starts at $89.
CRISS ANGEL NEW MINDFREAK WILL OPEN AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD!
After 10 years headlining his show at the Luxor, Goth-style magician Criss Angel in collaborating partnership with Cirque du Soleil closed his show there.
Don't despair, the world-renowned illusionist will move to Planet Hollywood to open “Criss Angel MINDFREAK,” in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater on Dec. 19, 2018.
The brand-new production will incorporate cutting-edge technology with more than 75 illusions and 20 never-before-seen effects on a massive scale.
For Angel, he's returning to where he began “MINDFREAK” in 2005 at Planet Hollywood.
Shows will be performed Wednesday–Sunday at 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $69.
Being the most influential magician of the modern era, Angel's honors and awards are mindboggling.
In 2017, Angel was honored with the 2,615th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He is the most watched magician in television and internet history, and a YouTube sensation. His “Walk on Water” YouTube clip has generated more than 60 million views alone, and all his clips combined have generated more than 300 million views.
Angel has been named “Magician of the Year” an unprecedented six times, and was the youngest magician inducted into the International Magicians Society Hall of Fame. Most recently, Angel was given the highest honor in the magical arts - the Lifetime Achievement Award from the prestigious International Brotherhood of Magicians magic organization.
‘THE HILARIOUS 7’ OPENS AT HOOTERS
Hooters in conjunction with Admit.VIP has opened its newest comedy production, “The Hilarious 7,” in The Night Owl Showroom.
Appealing to short attention spans and as a departure from typical stand-up comedy, seven comics deliver an ‘all punchlines’ comedy bout in 70 minutes.
The show hosted by Las Vegas-veteran comedian, John Hilder, runs Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $34.95.
Each comic has a short time period to deliver their top jokes to win over the audience, who will determine who is the funniest that night.
Each week, guests can experience different comics going head-to-head in an all-out battle.
NITRO CIRCUS’ WILL OPEN AT BALLY'S IN SPRING 2019!
Nitro Circus, known worldwide for spectacular arena and stadium live shows, is creating its first-ever resident stage show, which will open at Bally's next spring.
The original adrenaline-charged choreographed show featuring the most talented action sports athletes performing unbelievable stunts and feats will take over the Jubilee Theater, which is being redesigned and renamed the Nitro Circus Theater.
The showroom will have a specially built, multi-million dollar set, ramps stretching throughout, a platform stage and side walls, and video screen installations.
The idea will be to engage the audience in the action-sports playground. Nitro Circus, Base Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment are teaming up to co-produce the show, which Nitro Circus is creating.
MIRAGE HEADLINER MATT GOSS IS BUSY CREATING
Multi-platinum selling British singer-songwriter Matt Goss...
... released his single “Red Flares”...
...which he recorded at Studio at the Palms.
Goss with a full swing band, back-up singers and sexy dancers currently headlines his show, “Matt Goss at The Mirage,” four nights a week at the resort.
More news, Goss is currently co-writing the upcoming musical version of acclaimed British television series “Upstairs, Downstairs.” This fall, a feature documentary about him and his twin brother Luke's life titled “When the Screaming Stops” and produced by Fulwell 73 Productions, which is co-owned by James Corden, will be released.
Goss has also written a children's book and is planning to release a Christmas holiday album of traditional classics.
BACKSTREET BOYS RECORD-BREAKING RESIDENCY WILL END APRIL 27, 2019
The Backstreet Boys...
.... the best-selling boy band of all time, will hold their final Las Vegas-residency shows at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Feb. 6-April 27, 2019.
General ticket prices begin at $55.
Since “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” debuted in 2017, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter have been setting records.
Currently, the group has a chart-topping new single “Don't Go Breaking My Heart”...
... and will release a new album later this year.
MGM RESORTS HOSTS JAPANESE ARTIST MWKAIYAMA IN PUBLIC STUDIO
Kisho Mwkaiyama, a notable Japanese artist, has begun work in a public studio at Bellagio on a new art installation, Vendarta 100: Six Elements and The Seasons.
Through January 2019, Mwkaiyama will work on a commissioned artwork comprised of 24 square gouache paintings, which upon completion will join the MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection and be installed permanently at Mandalay Bay.
The artist is working in space next to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, which has a guest lounge for viewing and learning more about Mwkaiyama's artistic practice.
GEORGE WALLACE RETURNS WITH A NEW RESIDENCY AT WESTGATE
Comedian and star of stage and screen, George Wallace...
...is returning to Las Vegas with a new residency show at the Westgate Cabaret.
Wallace will perform Tuesday through Thursday at 8 p.m. inside the cozy Westgate Cabaret at Westgate.
Tickets are $65, $75 and $95.
Wallace derives his material from everyday life and shares the moments.
He finds humor everywhere he turns from media to relationships and at all costs avoids standard opening lines.
Wallace began his career as a writer for “The Redd Foxx Show” and made a huge splash on the stand-up scene as one of 150 competitors on the cable television special “The Big Laugh Off.”
Wallace captured first prize, which included club gigs all over the country.
Recently, Wallace appeared on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld and starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the film “Just Getting Started.” He will be appearing in the upcoming movie “The Last Laugh,” with Richard Dreyfus and Chevy Chase.
A SHOW THAT LIVES ON
The cult-classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show - Live!”...
... returned to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
The memorable 1975 musical will come to life in a completely immersive, off-the-stage Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience presented by an assemblage of talent from shows on the Strip and from around the city. Fans will be doing the Time Warp again.
Tickets start at $10.
PROJECT ENCHILADA IS DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PLAN
Project Enchilada will not be a new restaurant.
The revitalization program planned for Downtown being dubbed as such will be a master plan project to boost curb appeal with new landscaping, vintage signs being restored, more greenery and retail development.
The first area of the plan to get spruced up will be a high-profile stretch of East Fremont Street from Las Vegas Boulevard to 14th Street where there are many closed motels and properties.
TREE OF MANY COLORS WILL BRIGHTEN FRONT OF ‘ABSINTHE’
A standout visual at Burning Man 2017 was an enormous tree illuminated with 25,000 LED leaves of constant-changing colors.
The Gazillionaire from the “Absinthe” show at Caesars Palace has been working with the designers of that tree from Symmetry Labs in San Francisco to create his own 35-foot tall arborous art installation to be planted on the forecourt outside the show's distinctive tent.
The Wormwood Tree will be launched in September with a music soundtrack, which will be synchronized with the colorful patterns.
MADAME TUSSAUDS OPENS THE HANGOVER BAR
The Hangover Bar...
...is the latest addition to The Hangover Experience at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, which currently features the infamous hotel suite and wedding chapel along with wax figures of Alan / Zach Galifianakis, Phil / Bradley Cooper, and Mike Tyson.
The full-service bar offers specialty drinks inspired by "The Hangover" including the Wolf Pack, the Buttery Nipple, the Royal Flush, and the 3 Leg Monkey.
The Hangover Bar takes guests to the scene of movie characters' rooftop toast, which kicked off “The Hangover” film's crazy series of events. Industrial design elements include the roof of Caesars Palace, where the scene takes place, ducting tables and pipes, an aircon feature, an LED backdrop of the Vegas skyline, plus more.
An option is The Highroller Package for $75, which includes admission into Madame Tussauds, a half-hour open bar at The Hangover Bar, and a day-time admission ticket to the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel at The Linq, with an in cabin open bar and bartender for 30 minutes.
BLUE MOON BAR WILL OPEN AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT
A new spot for beer lovers will open this month.
Blue Moon Bar at Planet Hollywood Resort...
... situated adjacent to Zappos Theater will feature Blue Moon's flagship beer, Blue Moon Belgian White, as well as seasonal and limited-release beers from Blue Moon Brewing Company. Inside the new space will be bar and lounge seating with video poker machines and multiple televisions.
GONDOLA SINGER IS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS STANDOUT
The inaugural Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) season has created a new singing sensation Carnell “Golden Pipes” Johnson.
His initial singing of the National Anthem at a VGK's game has had him repeat his rendition since February by popular demand.
Johnson is a gondola singer at The Venetian and The Palazzo.
The resorts honored him with fellow employees, resort executives, and representatives from the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation honoring him at the hotels' three-story atrium. Johnson was given a plaque and hockey stick fashioned from an authentic gondola oar.
Johnson, or Pippo, as he's known on the Venetian waterways, works Monday through Friday at The Venetian's outdoor gondola attraction, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Schedule is subject to change.
VAN MORRISON WILL RETURN FOR FIVE SHOWS NEXT YEAR!
Van Morrison has had multiple sold-out weekends at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which has prompted a return engagement for five nights Jan. 25-Feb. 2, 2019.
Legendary British R&B singer and composer Morrison in 1964 formed the group Them, which recorded hits “Gloria” and “Here Comes the Night.”
A few years later, he released the Top 40 pop sensation “Brown Eyed Girl”...
...and began his career as a successful solo musician.
This year in his career marks the 50th anniversary since of the release of the “Astral Weeks” album in 1968.
Morrison continues to work on new material including the release of his latest album, “You're Driving Me Crazy,” a musical collaboration with Hammond organ virtuoso and trumpet master Joey DeFrancesco, which was released April 27, 2018.
MSG SPHERE IS NEXT ARENA IN THE WORKS!
Keep an eye on building activity this summer behind The Venetian-Palazzo resorts when there will be a groundbreaking for the planned MSG Sphere Las Vegas arena.
The 360-foot-tall spherical venue will seat up to 18,000 people for musical acts and special events. In addition to the striking sphere-shape, the exterior will be illuminated with programmable LED lights that can produce graphics, and the interior will feature the world's largest and highest-resolution LED screen with 170,000 square feet of display area wrapping around the inside.
The facility will be developed by Madison Square Garden Co. (MSG) and Las Vegas Sands Corp. with the latter slated to contribute $75 million.
Completion is expected by New Year's Eve in 2020.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL WILL BECOME A WALDORF ASTORIA
Nothing stays the same in Las Vegas.
Now the 47-story, 392-room Mandarin Oriental at City Center will in August become a Waldorf Astoria, which is under the Hilton umbrella.
Accordingly, the plan is a $50-million renovation to reimagine the hotel.
Purchased for $214 million, this will become the Waldorf's first property in Las Vegas.
The Mandarin Oriental opened in December 2009 during the recession.
HEADLINING MAGICIAN JEN KRAMER DEBUTS AT WESTGATE
"The Magic of Jen Kramer” starring magician Jen Kramer debuted inside the Westgate Cabaret.
This will make Kramer the only current female headlining magician in Las Vegas. Named “Female Magician of the Year” by the International Magicians Society, Kramer graduated with honors in theater from Yale University and has been featured on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion” on The CW Television Network.
Tickets are $19.99 and $29.99.
Kramer's shows will be Wednesday through Saturday at 6 p.m.
COMEDIAN EDDIE GRIFFIN TAKES UP HEADLINING RESIDENCY AT SLS
Actor and comedian Eddie Griffin...
STRONG & OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE
... began a headlining stand-up comedy residency titled, “The Eddie Griffin Experience,” inside The Sayers Club at SLS .
His shows will run weekly, Monday through Wednesday, at 8 p.m. with occasional dark dates: Nov. 12 and 14.
Tickets start at $69.
Griffin has more than 50 movie and television credits, including starring roles in feature films “Undercover Brother” and “John Q,” as well as his own television series currently in syndication, “Malcolm & Eddie.”
Griffin's current Showtime special is “Eddie Griffin: Undeniable” reflecting on his long-standing career and his next feature film, “A Star is Born,” will be released this fall and stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
STAR WARS ATTRACTION OPENS AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES
The VOID, the global leader of a new category of immersive location-based experiences, has teamed up with ILMxLAB, a Lucasfilm's Immersive Entertainment division, to create "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire".
This attraction opened in the Grand Canal Shoppes at St. Mark's Square at The Venetian and The Palazzo .
This fully immersive VR fantasy adventure in Las Vegas will be the second Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire location following the success of the first in Glendale Galleria in California.
Hours are daily opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and midnight on Friday-Saturday.
The multi-sensory interactive adventure will transport guests deep into the Star Wars universe virtual world: where they can walk freely untethered; see, touch and interact with the environment; feel the turbulence of the skiff below their feet; and smell the smoke.
Under the rebellion's order, teams of four must work together to infiltrate an Imperial base with help from familiar Star Wars characters along the way.
HARD ROCK RESORT WILL BECOME VIRGIN BRANDED HOTEL
Billionaire Richard Branson and partners are purchasing the Hard Rock hotel and casino.
The property will continue as the Hard Rock through 2019 before it is transformed into Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Plans are for the hotel to undergo “hundreds of millions of dollars” worth of renovations over multiple phases.
With the announcement, concern has been what will happen to the giant Hard Rock guitar sign.
Branson admits it may be history at the site and not survive. He says in its place, a giant “V” may be the new look.
LUXOR OPENS ESPORTS ARENA LAS VEGAS
The Strip's first permanent multidimensional esports venue, Esports Arena Las Vegas,
...opened at the Luxor elevating Las Vegas as a leader on the global esports stage.
The multilevel 30,000-square-foot arena is set up to host every form of competitive gaming from daily play to high-stakes esports tournaments.
The design features a competition stage, 50-foot two-story LED video wall, telescopic seating, PC and console gaming stations and a network TV-quality production studio.
Accompanying elements like virtual reality platforms, retro gaming consoles and a comprehensive practical gaming environment menu by Chef José Andrés set the arena apart as an unrivaled esports entertainment experience.
A collection of arcade favorites and throwback classics create a retro vibe in the arena's first floor bar.
Beneath a 360-degree video wall and custom-built gaming controller chandelier is the History of Gaming exhibit. Eight generations of consoles give visitors the chance to play history's most beloved games for free.
Available for renting are five VIP rooms with their own gaming systems, dedicated server and catering as well as other areas including the front lobby, second floor, main hall and the entire arena.
For daily gamers there are more than 100 gaming stations housing PCs and consoles.
All-day gaming passes are $25 and local discounts are available.
The arena hours are: noon to 1 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday.
There is no fee to enter the arena during standard operating hours, excluding ticketed events.
‘MYSTÈRE’ OFFERS OPEN SATURDAY REHEARSALS
The new open rehearsal schedule for Cirque du Soleil's original must-see production “Mystère” at Treasure Island...
... is every Saturday 3-3:30 p.m.
in the showroom. Fans will have the opportunity to watch cast members rehearsing for the evening's performance and receive a special show voucher.
Spectators are encouraged to post photos on social media, but video and flash photography will not be permitted.
Note open rehearsals are subject to cancellation so confirm with the box office at (702) 894-7722.
PURPLE REIGN ADDS SHOWS AND TALENT AT TROPICANA
...the amazing Prince tribute show at the Tropicana is adding two more weekly shows to its Las Vegas-residency.
The show runs Tuesday through Sunday, six days a week at 9 p.m.
Tickets start at $49.99.
Another change will have a second Prince tribute artist Julian Stefoni...
...headlining along with Jason Tenner, who originated the role.
Stefoni isn't new to the scene and since Prince's death, demand has been high.
Portland-based musician Stefoni has been leading the Erotic City Prince Tribute band.
He's performed Prince tributes for the past 26 years, and in 2000, he met the late artist and appeared on stage with him.
KIND HEAVEN EXPECTED TO TRANSFORM LINQ PROMENADE
will be a new family-friendly entertainment venture opening at The LINQ Promenade in 2019 and it is expected to transform the attraction's streetscape.
The new project is a three-way partnership with Perry Farrell creator of Lollapalooza, Immersive Artistry and Caesars Entertainment.
Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza in 1991 and brought the underground to the forefront of popular culture. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter is best known as the lead man for the legendary alternative rock band Jane's Addiction formed in 1986. He will curate the soundscape for Kind Heaven.
Los Angeles-based Immersive Artistry (IA) creates immersive, multisensory, communal experiences for audiences taking them on journeys by combining state-of-the-art technology with Hollywood storytelling and 360-degree experiences involving all the senses.
Kind Heaven is supposed to be a sensual exotic journey featuring the best of Southeast Asian culture, music, food, drink and fashion, etc. It will leverage RF technology and advanced wearable tech to create a personalized experience, and cash free environment.
ZAPPOS AND CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER
Zappos.com is teaming up with Caesars Entertainment, beginning with the renaming of The AXIS 7,000-seat live entertainment venue at Planet Hollywood.
The second-highest grossing theater in the United States will now be known as Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood.
The theater boasts one of the largest video and projection installations in the world.
Projections come from 60 ultra-high-definition projectors covering more than 200 degrees of the audience chamber.
COMEDY CELLAR DEBUTS AT THE RIO!
...the longest-running comedy club in New York City opened its first West Coast location at the Rio.
After 36 years, The Cellar as insiders call it, will bring its underground Greenwich Village vibe with brick wall, stained glass, and low ceiling design to its new, intimate 300-seat club inside Rio.
Food and bar service will be provided by Rio's chefs and bartenders.
The Comedy Cellar discovered household names such as Dave Chapelle, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, Dave Atell, Amy Schumer and Chris Rock as well as virtually every important comedian of the last 30 years.
This club uses a showcase format featuring five headliner-level comics, each doing their best 15-20 minutes.
Shows are Thursday - Sunday at 7 and 9 p.m. with an additional 11 p.m. performance on Saturdays.
General tickets begin at $45.
THE FONTAINEBLEAU WILL BECOME THE DREW
New York developer Steve Witkoff, who last summer bought the never-completed blue-tinted Fontainebleau on the Strip for $600 million, plans to turn it into The Drew Las Vegas
...and open in late 2020.
When completed, it's reported the 3,900-room resort will offer three different hotel experiences: The JW Marriott; the exclusive boutique chain Edition; and the Drew.
More amenities will include 20 restaurants, a large pool deck, casino, convention space, and connection to the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion to the south.
ROLLER COASTER AT NEW YORK-NEW YORK ADDS VIRTUAL REALITY
At New York-New York, the 21-year-old Big Apple Roller Coaster ride...
... has been modernized with a new 3½-minute Virtual Reality Experience.
Riders can now choose to wear wireless virtual reality headsets, which transport them via immersive 3D graphics (in 4K resolution) through a remarkably synchronized virtual experience.
The Big Apple coaster trains and track are equipped with sensors synchronizing the visuals with the ride to reduce the chances of motion sickness while wearing the headset.
The Big Apple Virtual Reality Experience costs $20, while a regular ride is still available at $15.
WYNN RESORTS ACQUIRES SMILING KING BEAR SCULPTURE
Wynn Resorts has added Smiling King Bear...
..a pop-surreal sculpture created by the famed Spanish contemporary artist Okuda San Miguel, to its world-class art collection.
The towering 16-feet tall creation executed in the artist's signature prismatic style is a multicolored geometric masterpiece featuring a whimsical bear with a spiked crown, holding an equally imposing smiling ball.
Fashioned from fiberglass, aluminum, and highly pigmented synthetic enamel, Smiling King Bear originally arrived from Spain as part of an outdoor art exhibition in Downtown Las Vegas curated by global creative house, Justkids.
The sculpture is now on display in the Wynn Plaza rotunda as part of the resort's continued appreciation and commitment to public art.
‘ABSINTHE’ PERFORMING TWO SHOWS DAILY
In celebration of seven record-breaking years on the Strip, Las Vegas' No. 1 show, “Absinthe”...
... will now perform two shows per night, seven days a week, and 365 days a year at Caesars Palace.
This will take the performance schedule from 10 to 14 shows per week.