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Chuck Rounds' Las Vegas Entertainment News

A monthly Las Vegas Entertainment Newsletter

July 2015

The thing about living in the desert is...during the summer, it gets hot. And July is the hottest month of the year in Las Vegas. And it's already been hot. July 1st, the temperature will be 111 degrees.

If you watch local news, prepare yourself for the "car-mometer"...the thermometer that shows that it is hotter in the car when you leave it parked in the sun...(in case you didn't know.)

Death Valley had such a problem with people frying eggs on their sidewalks, that it is now illegal. The pavement is hot. You may have to rethink when and how you walk your dogs. If the pavement is too hot for you to walk on with your bare feet...then your dog will be burning the pads on its paws.

July is the national month for a lot of things...Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days, Bereaved Parents Month, Bioterrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness Month, Blueberries Month, Cell Phone Courtesy Month, Family Reunion Month, Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month, Herbal/Prescription Awareness Month, International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month, International Group B Strep Awareness Month, Lasagna Awareness Month, Baked Bean Month, Child-Centered Divorce Month, Culinary Arts Month, Doghouse Repairs Month, Grilling Month, Horseradish Month, Hot Dog Month, Ice Cream Month, Make a Difference to Children Month, Pickle Month, Picnic Month, Recreation and Parks Month, Share A Sunset With Your Lover Month, Wheelchair Beautification Month, Sandwich Generation Month, Smart Irrigation Month, Social Wellness Month, Tour de France Month, and Women's Motorcycle Month

There are some essentials that you will need in order to cope with the heat in the desert... sunscreen! Water—stay hydrated, (and try putting fruit in your water (oranges, raspberries, etc) to help with electrolytes,) and be sure to use lotion, and limit your time in the sun. The best place to be is inside a casino or a showroom. When the tourists are not inside; they'll be hanging out on the Strip suffering from heat exhaustion, or by the pool getting sun burnt. It's also a great time to really enjoy the summer nights.

With that out of the way, let's talk about fun stuff...the first week of July is packed with stuff, but will be dominated by two events; the Fourth of July, and the UFC Fight week.

Our Independence Day is bigger and better here than just about anywhere else in the country. The entire valley is going to part of this celebration. Over a quarter of a million people are expected to be visiting here on the fourth, and if you are anywhere near, or in view of, the Strip you are in for an amazing fireworks display. There are events planned all over the city, and it will be almost impossible to miss. I would suggest seeking high ground...and watching the multiple displays that go out across the city.

The purchase of the "safe and sane" fireworks are legal in Clark County, the local fire departments are hoping that few indulge themselves. After having a long bout of no rain and hot weather, the fire alerts are on an all time high---there is a lot of fuel out there. Wildfires are the plague the southwest and no one wants the situation to be worsened by additional fires caused by fireworks. "Unsafe and Insane" fireworks are available outside of the county, and are supposed to be illegal in Clark County, but they are seen going off all over the city. The Fourth is the only holiday that makes me nervous...there are just too many accidents. Do everyone and yourself a favor---watch one of the planned displays.

The UFC International Fight Week will return to Las Vegas July 7-12, 2015. Since its inception, UFC International Fight Week has increased in size and activities, quickly establishing itself as the world's largest mixed martial arts celebration. The weeklong festival provides high-energy, all-star entertainment that the UFC is known to deliver and includes numerous diverse events providing something for everyone. Signature events such as UFC Fan Expo, an Official Pool Party with Octagon Girls® a free concert and Open Workouts will headline the weeklong schedule, with newer events such as Charity Bowling, and the Ulti-man 5K Race making their return. Many of the hottest locations around town including Brooklyn Bowl, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, Fremont Street Experience, LIQUID Pool at Aria and El Cortez will host special UFC-themed events. In addition, several new amateur and youth combat sport tournaments will make their debut in Las Vegas during 2015 International Fight Week. The celebration will culminate with a weekend of action-packed fights, including UFC 189 on July 11.

David Saxe Productions is excited to announce "VEGAS! The Show," its flagship production in the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood, has reached its five year milestone. The show opened to rave reviews on June 26, 2010. Over the years, fans have been thrilled that there is finally a show in Las Vegas about Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy their favorite iconic songs from beloved artists who put Las Vegas on the map including The Rat Pack, Wayne Newton, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Sonny & Cher. Add the most beautiful showgirls and dancers in town and you get everything you would expect from a Las Vegas music and dance spectacular.

Another show celebrates its anniversary this month as well... As the longest-running show on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the retro-glam showgirl extravaganza Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas has entertained millions of guests. On July 31st, the show celebrates 34 years of gorgeous showgirls, lavish costumes, dazzling scenery, world-renowned specialty acts, dynamic music and graceful pageantry. Conceived, staged and directed by the legendary Donn Arden, who brought the spectacular French-style revue "Lido de Paris" to Las Vegas, Jubilee! is an elaborate stage production.

Mo5aic had its grand opening on June 22nd at Bally's...and one week later...it abruptly closed on June 29. The a cappella quintet, sent an email of cancellation from the show producer Timothy Arellano after a dispute over delinquent rent.

Las Vegas' famed Fremont Street Experience invites all to come out and celebrate the Fourth of July with a weekend of free concerts and virtual fireworks. The festivities include performances from patriotic band, Madison Rising, on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 from 9:10 p.m. - 10:40 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience in exciting downtown Las Vegas. Additionally, visual fireworks and patriotic images - set to some of America's favorite songs - will be shown overhead on Viva Vision on July 3 and July 4 following each regular Viva Vision show between 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. Fremont Street Experience's Fourth of July weekend festivities are free and open to the public. Downtown Las Vegas is the perfect place for everyone to come celebrate our Nation's birthday.

Legendary comedian and impersonator Rich Little will return to the Las Vegas Strip with the debut of his new autobiographical one-man show "Rich Little Live" at the world-famous Laugh Factory inside The New Tropicana Las Vegas. Featuring a compilation of impersonations, sketches and interactive video of the actors, musicians, politicians and personalities Little has worked with throughout his more than 50 years in entertainment, spanning from his television career in Canada to his first United States appearances to the present day, "Rich Little Live" will premiere Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Mark your calendars; the town of Pahrump is celebrating the birth of our Nation with its annual Liberty Festival. Firework shows, a horseshoe tournament and many more fun-filled activities will take place at Petrack Park starting on Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5. This jam-packed festival will also feature kid-friendly activities, free swimming at the public pool and live music and entertainment. For more information and a full schedule of events on the Pahrump Liberty Festival, please visit http://visitpahrump.com/events/liberty-festival. Bring friends and family to join in on the three-day festivity while enjoying various food and craft vendors and a multitude of Fourth of July fun. Be sure to stay until dusk on Friday and Saturday night as the skies are illuminated by spectacular fireworks shows.

Las Vegas headliner Jeff Civillico will perform a guest residency at Flamingo Las Vegas this summer from Sunday June 14 through Sunday Sept. 6, and will then return to his home at The LINQ Hotel & Casino after Labor Day Weekend. Civillico will perform two shows daily 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, dark Friday and Saturday. The guest residency at the neighboring Flamingo is taking place during The LINQ Theater's exciting renovations. As the summer is Jeff's "busy season" with an all-ages show, he's opted for a summer run at an alternative location right next door. Jeff's show was recently voted "Best Family Attraction" by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in its annual "Best of Las Vegas" poll.

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will welcome comedian, podcaster and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) commentator Joe Rogan when he takes the KÁ Theatre stage Friday, July 10 at 9 p.m. With more than 20 years of stand-up experience, Rogan has sold out shows worldwide and recently released his fourth hour long comedy special "Joe Rogan: Rocky Mountain High" which premiered on Comedy Central in November 2014. Since 2002, Rogan has provided commentary for the UFC which airs on Pay-Per-View outlets and FOX. He currently hosts "The Joe Rogan Experience," a podcast featuring an array of guests from the pursuits of comedy, science, social activism and Mixed Martial Arts.

Two of alternative rock's defining music artists, Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional, are coming together for a massive summer tour in 2015. The co-headline tour will make a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, July 11.

Multi-platinum rock band Alice In Chains will embark on a headlining U.S. summer tour with a visit to Las Vegas being the group's second stop. The band will perform at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8 p.m. News of the summer run follows the band's recent halftime performance at the NFC Championship game and will be the first tour since the group's 2013-2014 worldwide run in support of GRAMMY-nominated album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which entered "Billboard's" Top 200 Chart at No. 2 and debuted at No. 1 on "Billboard's" Alternative Albums Chart, Top Rock Albums Chart, Hard Rock Albums Chart and iTunes Rock Album Chart. The album's success was fueled by its first two singles, "Stone" and "Hollow," which both hit No. 1 on the rock charts.

It's so hot, from around Vegas:

-You notice your car overheating before you drive it.
-Your computer won't work unless it has its own AC blowing on it.
-Hot air balloons can't go up, because the air outside is hotter than the air inside.
-Airplanes can't land because the asphalt is too soft.
-You discover that it only takes two fingers to drive your car.
-The swans in the park come in "original recipe" and "extra crispy."
-Hotter water comes from the cold water tap than the hot one.
-The strawberries are ripe and the cab drivers are riper.
-Your pool water starts to boil in the sun.
-Pigs complain about sweating like fat humans.
-A scalding hot shower still cools you down.
-You've been getting hot flashes, and you're a man.
-People walking down the sidewalk spontaneously burst into flames.
-A $20 surcharge is added to your bill when you eat at air-conditioned restaurants.
-The politicians take their hands out of your pockets to fan themselves.
-You need a spatula to remove your clothing.
-When the beer gut and big butt don't keep you from wearing shorts.
-You wish you had gotten the cloth seats instead of leather.
-You ask your boss for extra work so you can be in the air conditioning as much as possible.

There is a lot of great entertainment this month...

July 1 - 5

Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity
Caesars Palace: May 6, 2015 - July 26, 2015
Boyz II Men
Mirage: July 3, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Reba, Brooks & Dunn
Caesars Palace: July 1, 2015 - July 4, 2015
Jay Leno
Mirage: July 4, 2015
Kenny Chesney - The Big Revival Tour
Hard Rock Hotel: July 3, 2015 - July 4, 2015
Carlos Mencia
Orleans: July 3, 2015 - July 4, 2015
MO5AIC
Bally's: June 5, 2015 - August 3, 2015
Charlie Murphy
Golden Nugget: July 3, 2015
Kathy Griffin
Mirage: July 3, 2015
Louie Anderson
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: July 24, 2015 - July 26, 2015
Frankie Moreno
Golden Nugget: July 4, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Average White Band
Cannery Casino & Hotel: July 4, 2015
Henderson Fourth of July Celebration
Mission Hills Park: July 4, 2015
311
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 3, 2015 - July 4, 2015
67th Annual Boulder City Damboree Celebration "Great Americans: The Next Generation"
Various: July 5, 2015
American Trilogy
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: July 3, 2015 - July 5, 2015
Funk Volume & Crown OG Presents: Dizzy Wright's The Growing Process
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 4, 2015
Dancing with the Stars Live! Perfect 10 Tour
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino: July 3, 2015 - July 5, 2015
Las Vegas 51s Baseball vs Albuquerque
Cashman Center: July 4, 2015 - July 7, 2015
Fremont Street Experience Rock of Vegas Concert Series
Fremont Street Experience: May 23, 2015 - September 5, 2015
Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead Simulcast
Brooklyn Bowl: July 3, 2015 - July 5, 2015
Funky Meters
Brooklyn Bowl: July 4, 2015 - July 5, 2015
Serpentine Fire - An Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute
Silverton Hotel and Casino Lodge: July 3, 2015
Chris Heers
Silverton Hotel and Casino Lodge: July 4, 2015
Paris By Night
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: July 4, 2015 - July 5, 2015

July 6 - 12

Wayne Brady
Mirage: July 11, 2015
Steven Wright
Orleans: July 10, 2015 - July 11, 2015
Lonestar
Golden Nugget: July 10, 2015
Joe Rogan
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: July 10, 2015
Brian Wilson w/ Rodriguez
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: July 10, 2015
The Adam Corolla Show
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 10, 2015 - July 11, 2015
Jim Breuer
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: July 10, 2015 - July 11, 2015
USA BMX Las Vegas Grand Nationals
South Point Casino Hotel & Spa: July 10, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 11, 2015
Super Summer Theatre - Bye Bye Birdie
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park: July 8, 2015 - July 25, 2015
UFC 189: McGregor vs. Aldo
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: July 11, 2015
The Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson: The End Times
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 10, 2015
Needtobreathe & Switchfoot
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 10, 2015
Adler
Brooklyn Bowl: July 11, 2015
Friday Night Live At The Pool with Nelson Performing at the JBL Sound Stage
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 10, 2015
In Its Entirety - Paul McCartney, The Best of Paul McCartney
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa: July 10, 2015
Jowell Y Randy
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 9, 2015
The Ultimate Fighter Finale
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: July 12, 2015
2015 NBA Summer League
Thomas & Mack Center: July 10, 2015 - July 20, 2015
Machine Gun Kelly
Brooklyn Bowl: July 10, 2015
The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
The Smith Center: July 8, 2015
Sommore
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: July 11, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Silversage
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 8, 2015
Enanitos Verdes & Maldita Vecindad
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 11, 2015
2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA
Flamingo Las Vegas: July 6, 2015 - July 9, 2015
Paragon Pro Wrestling
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: July 7, 2015
House Seats Presents The Set List - Slippery When Wet
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 9, 2015
Astudia Dance World Annual Recital
Cashman Center: July 11, 2015

July 13 - 19

Don McLean and Judy Collins
Orleans: July 18, 2015 - July 19, 2015
Andrew Dice Clay
Hard Rock Hotel: July 17, 2015 - July 19, 2015
Alice in Chains
Palms Casino Resort: July 18, 2015
Anjelah Johnson presents Bon Qui Qui Live in Concert
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 19, 2015
Ron White
Mirage: July 17, 2015 - July 18, 2015
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: July 17, 2015 - July 19, 2015
Jurassic 5
Brooklyn Bowl: July 16, 2015
Michael Grimm
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 17, 2015 - July 26, 2015
Throwback Sizzling Jam
Orleans Hotel and Casino: July 17, 2015
Under the Sun Tour
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 18, 2015
ALICE, A Steampunk Rock Concert Fantasy
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 15, 2015
Iration & Katchafire
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 17, 2015
Barenaked Ladies
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: July 18, 2015
5 Seconds of Summer
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 17, 2015
Kevin Fowler
Brooklyn Bowl: July 15, 2015
Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic Tour
Brooklyn Bowl: July 18, 2015
Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire - Heart and Soul Tour 2015
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: July 17, 2015
J Cole
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: July 18, 2015
Richard Elliot
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: July 18, 2015
A Team LV Neon Dance Showcase
Cashman Center: July 18, 2015
52 Fridays - Brenda Lee
Golden Nugget: July 17, 2015
Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire - Heart and Soul Tour 2015
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: July 17, 2015
The Offspring
Brooklyn Bowl: July 17, 2015
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage
The Smith Center: July 14, 2015 - July 19, 2015
letlive.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 13, 2015
Panties In a Twist
The Smith Center: July 14, 2015 - July 18, 2015
Bostyx - A Tribute to Boston and Styx
Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel: July 17, 2015
Count Basie Orchestra
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: July 17, 2015 - July 18, 2015
Ring of Honor - Aftershock Tour
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: July 17, 2015
Bonfire
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 15, 2015
Frankie Moreno: Under The Influence
The Smith Center: July 14, 2015 - July 21, 2015
RVLTN Presents: CIRCUIT: RIOT TEN w/Blanco, Tevin and Wyldside
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 16, 2015
Lon Bronson Band - "The Music of Chicago" with Special Guest Star & Lead Singer from "Brass Transit"
The Smith Center: July 18, 2015
An Evening with Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour (Solo Acoustic)
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 18, 2015

July 20 - 26

Steve Miller Band
Hard Rock Hotel: July 25, 2015
David Alan Grier & Tommy Davidson
Treasure Island - TI: July 24, 2015
The Gangs all here in the Classic Scintas Show
M Resort Spa & Casino: July 25, 2015
Willie Nelson
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: July 26, 2015
Rush: R40 Live Tour 2015
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: July 25, 2015
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
The Smith Center: July 25, 2015
Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 20, 2015
DSB: An American Journey
Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa: July 25, 2015
Las Vegas Gun Show
Sport Center of Las Vegas: July 25, 2015 - July 26, 2015
Las Vegas 51s Baseball vs Fresno
Cashman Center: July 20, 2015 - July 23, 2015
Brantley Gilbert w/ Carter Winter
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: July 24, 2015
Global Force Wrestling
Orleans Hotel and Casino: July 24, 2015
52 Fridays - The Turtles Happy Together Tour
Golden Nugget: July 24, 2015
Espinoza Paz, El Komander, La Adictiva and Los Torres
Orleans Hotel and Casino: July 25, 2015
G. Love and Special Sauce with Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Hard Rock Hotel: July 23, 2015
Las Vegas Outlaws vs New Orleans Voodoo
Thomas & Mack Center: July 25, 2015
Jack & Jack
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 23, 2015
Kovalev vs. Mohammedi
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 25, 2015
Dead Sara
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 22, 2015
Aer with special guest Ekoh
Silverton Hotel and Casino Lodge: July 25, 2015
Al Di Meola
Sunset Station Hotel Casino: July 25, 2015
Kenny Rogers
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: July 25, 2015
Future Kings of the Ring
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: July 24, 2015
Society of Seven: Last of the Great Show Bands
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: July 25, 2015 - July 26, 2015

July 27 - August 2

Rod Stewart
Caesars Palace: July 28, 2015
The Bacon Brothers
Orleans: August 1, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Ziggy Marley
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 31, 2015
52 Fridays - Tommy James and The Shondells
Golden Nugget: July 31, 2015
Danzig with Pennywise and Cancer Bats
Brooklyn Bowl: July 31, 2015
Friday Night Live Concert Series with Puddle of Mudd Performing at the JBL Sound Stage
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 31, 2015
70's Soul Jam
Cannery Casino & Hotel: August 1, 2015
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Scully Western US Championship
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: July 29, 2015 - August 1, 2015
Christopher Titus
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: July 31, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Brit Floyd Space & World Time Tour 2015
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 31, 2015
Johnny Mathis
The Smith Center: July 31, 2015
Jazz Under The Stars - Lao Tizer w/Chieli Minucci
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: July 30, 2015
Aerosmith
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: August 1, 2015
Ottmar Liebert with Luna Negra
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: July 31, 2015
Easy Star All-Stars
Brooklyn Bowl: July 27, 2015
Juanes - Loco de Amor US Tour
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 30, 2015
Las Vegas 51s Baseball vs Tacoma
Cashman Center: August 1, 2015 - August 4, 2015
Tokio Hotel "Feel It All" World Tour Part 2 The Club Experience USA
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 1, 2015
Ky-Mani Marley
Brooklyn Bowl: July 29, 2015
The Aggrolites
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: July 29, 2015
Brooklyn Bridge
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: August 1, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Led Zepagain - Tribute To Led Zeppelin
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: July 30, 2015
West Coast All Stars
Cox Pavilion: August 1, 2015
World Series of Fighting
Planet Hollywood: August 1, 2015



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