This is the anniversary of 14 years of this newsletter. With both the entertainment news and show reviews, my goal has been to let people know what to expect when they come to town or want to go to a show. I am proud to have been able to bring you the news of what is happening in Las Vegas entertainment, and I look forward to the years to come.
Las Vegas weather in August sucks. It is monsoon season…so in addition to being horribly hot, there is a chance of thunderstorms…which adds an uncomfortable amount of humidity to the air. The best thing to do in Las Vegas in August is to be in a casino or a showroom.
“Mamma Mia!” at the Tropicana is closing on August 3rd. The production, playing in the newly renovated Tropicana Theater, had just opened in May of this year. I was hugely disappointed when I heard that they were reviving this show in the first place. “Mamma Mia!” had run for over six years at Mandalay Bay. Did producers really think that there was still interest in this product that has been run to death all over the country? My big question was, why? Why do entertainment producers continue to rehash all of the old shows rather than dare to try something new? The revived shows are certainly not a sure thing…at least the Tropicana got a new theater out of the deal. Now we can only hope that someone with even a dash of creativity and daring will use that space for something that the entire world hasn’t already seen. Step up folks!
Lorena Peril is back in Vegas taking a lead vocal spot in a “Vegas! The Show.” She has been missed. The former lead singer of “Fantasy” and “Sin City Bad Girls” had recently taken part in the European tour of “Grease: The Arena Spectacular.” She will step into the show starting August 11th.
July 31st marked 33 fabulous years at Bally's Las Vegas for Donn Arden's Jubilee! It is now the longest-running production show in Las Vegas. Jubilee! features beautiful rhinestone-clad showgirls, lavish costumes, elaborate sets, world-renowned specialty acts, dynamic music, and graceful pageantry.
The MAGIC convention comes to town August 18th. This monster show kicks off the start of the fall convention season. The fall show of MAGIC will bring in over 80,000 people. The men's garment convention is always a popular and well-attended event. From its humble beginnings, it is now a huge convention that is in town, twice a year.
At the height of summer, Temptation Sundays at Luxor Hotel and Casino is the peak of summer fun. Hosted by J.Son from NakedBoyNews.com, the longest-running Las Vegas LGBT pool party is celebrating its five-year anniversary Sunday, Aug. 3 and continues through September 28, insuring a special experience each Sunday.
The Batman™ Laser Challenge at The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas invites guests to test their inner Super Hero with a fun, physical and mental workout. Using speed and strategy to beat the clock, would-be crime fighters can choose between two experiences, each brought to life with radiating wall-to-wall lasers, fog and themed audio tracks to guide or hinder the racer as they attempt to complete the mission. The five-acre theme park has teamed up with SimEx-Iwerks which, in partnership with Warner Bros. and DC Comics, has created this first-ever Batman themed laser maze.
The renowned Riviera Hotel & Casino is proud to welcome 40 Is Not the New 20 to the award-winning Riviera Comedy Club. A hilarious, one-man production starring veteran comedian Matt Kazam, 40 Is Not the New 20 is a comedic celebration of the knowledge and experience that can only be gained with age. 40 Is Not the New 20 will premiere at Riviera Hotel & Casino on Monday, August 25 at 10 p.m. The 70 minute one-man stand-up comedy production, 40 Is Not The New 20 explores how much the world has changed in the past 40 plus years. If you remember the boom box, “Pac Man,” the Rubik’s Cube and when there were only three stations on television, this show is for you.
The El Cortez Hotel & Casino will introduce a new dining concept to the property this fall with Siegel’s 1941, a homage to the rich history of the city and its longest continuously running hotel-casino. To make way for the new 24-hour restaurant, The Flame Steakhouse will close its doors on Sunday, August 31. Encompassing the spirit of classic Vegas, Siegel’s 1941 will seamlessly blend the authentic vintage feel of the El Cortez with a modern interpretation of your traditional Las Vegas 24-hour dining establishment. The space will boast a historic look utilizing original design elements and an impressive display of archival artwork throughout the restaurant.
Krave nightclub just closed its doors at the Tommy Wind Theater and Events Center. The club moved back onto the Strip just nine months ago, and is leaving with the promise that a new and revolutionary nightlife concept is in the works.
Not many performers have impacted Las Vegas quite like Shania Twain, including a ride down the famed Las Vegas Strip with a stampede of horses to bringing her legendary country-glamour to fans around the world, but Shania announced the end of her two-year residency SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with the final show set for Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. In addition to the announced final 16 performances, fans can catch SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace now through July 26, 2014.
One of the most inspiring movies of our time, “Rudy,” is now a one-man show starring Rudy Ruettiger, Voices of Rudy: The Journey To The Movie,” and will make its world premiere at the Troesh Studio Theater in The Smith Center Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. Ruettiger will entertain and inspire as he shares his life story of how he accomplished his dream of going to Notre Dame and how he convinced Hollywood to make a movie of his life, which earned him an invitation to the White House. The play will include a multi-media presentation with scenes from the blockbuster movie as well as personnel photos of his family of 14 brothers and sisters. As Ruettiger tells his story, he will share many voices of people who influenced his life as well as naysayers that he confronted on his journey.
Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS celebrate 40 years as music icons with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas starting Wednesday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 23. Four decades after beginning its exemplary journey as one of the leading rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world, KISS continues to make waves with one of the loudest, most over-the-top, non-stop parties at The Joint. Designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live, the chart-topping band will unleash its signature elaborate set designs, jam-packed set list, intense pyrotechnics and much more for nine of the biggest shows in KISS performance history.
Due to popular demand, Olivia Newton-John will extend her stay at Flamingo Las Vegas with her “Summer Nights” residency. Continuing inside the Donny & Marie Showroom, the beloved internationally-renowned singer-actress will continue to take audiences on a musical journey through her life in film and music through Jan. 2015.
VIVA VERACRUZ! THE SHOW, a journey through the enchanted folklore of Veracruz, Mexico made its American premiere on the Las Vegas Strip. The story of a traveler’s walk through the legends and colorful history of Veracruz, Mexico, VIVA VERACRUZ! THE SHOW premiered at the PH Showroom inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Monday, July 28. An amazing adventure told with spectacular dance and music, traditional and modern elements, artisanal handicrafts and cutting-edge technology, VIVA VERACRUZ! THE SHOW was commissioned by the state government of Veracruz, Mexico. Produced by renowned Mexican producer Luis De Llano-Stevens and Alex Esqueda, VIVA VERACRUZ! THE SHOW creates a remarkable stage production as homage to the “Son Jarocho” or folklore, songs, music and dance of Veracruz.
Westgate Resorts announced the acquisition of the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino as the newest addition to its portfolio of 28 resorts. The property was formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton and will be renamed Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The LVH is a landmark property that, at one time, was the largest hotel in the world and was home to such legendary greats as Elvis Presley and Liberace during Vegas’s golden age. The new Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is located just one block off the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, and is one of seven stations on the Las Vegas Monorail.
IKEA is finally coming to Las Vegas! We have been anxiously awaiting this for years and it looks like it's finally happening. IKEA Las Vegas will open in southwest Las Vegas near Sunset Road and Durango Drive, and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. The location will be 351,000 square feet and located on 26 acres. Our Allen wrenches are standing ready.
Comedian and actor Mike Epps brings “The Mike Epps: After Dark” tour to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Aug. 16, 2014. Epps steadily climbed his way up the stand-up comedy ranks when he was recognized by a national audience in 1995 when he appeared on the Def Comedy Jam tour and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.
Spend an evening at The Mirage Hotel & Casino with one of cinema’s most riveting stars, Al Pacino, when he brings his “Pacino: One Night Only” show to Las Vegas Saturday, Aug. 16. Step into Pacino’s world as he shares his passion for acting and directing in an up-close-and-personal setting at the Terry Fator Theatre. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. With an enduring devotion to acting, Pacino is one of film and theatre’s most respected players and a beloved actor to cinema fans worldwide. “Pacino: One Night Only” will celebrate his acclaimed career in an intimate theatre setting as Pacino himself shares his passion for acting and directing
SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, the highly anticipated Las Vegas property by global hospitality leader sbe, will open its doors to the public on Saturday, August 23. Located on the iconic grounds of the Sahara Hotel & Casino, construction on The Strip’s newest resort is wrapping ahead of schedule, allowing guests to experience the property earlier than its projected Labor Day Weekend debut.
Renowned dog behavior expert Cesar Millan, will appear in Las Vegas with his educational and entertaining live show, sharing his unique techniques on how to fix common dog misbehaviors. Millan will bring his Leader of the Pack LIVE show to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on August 15, 2014. Known for his hit television series “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” and his new series “Cesar 911,” which recently wrapped its highly successful first season and has been picked up for Season 2 by Nat Geo WILD, Millan is the preeminent authority in the field of dog rehabilitation. He will share his unique insights on understanding dog behavior with the audience in this entertaining live show. Dog lovers will be inspired by Millan’s way, as he reveals the key to happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions.
SPI Entertainment and Australian pop artist Belinda Chapple announced the American debut of Australia’s sexiest and most provocative female revue Sydney After Dark. Starring the most breathtaking women from “down under,” Sydney After Dark premiered at the PH Showroom inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Monday, July 7. Sydney After Dark takes audiences on a unique journey with its class, style and the stunning choreography of Wil Sabin. This provocative and sultry revue will make you fantasize about the land down under, while tantalizing your every sense for a non-stop 75 minutes. Sydney After Dark showcases some of the most seductive and beautiful Australian women with extraordinary talents and stunning costumes leaving audiences breathless. These showgirls take the art of topless burlesque and reinvent it; evolving into a seductive, modern and titillating tease not to be missed.
GRAMMY nominated artist David Gray has announced a North American Summer Tour in conjunction with the release of his highly anticipated tenth studio album, Mutineers, out June 17th. His show will be on Saturday, August 30 show at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Chart-topping vocalist Jake Owen will bring his Days of Gold Tour 2014 to Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. The country music star’s current album Days of Gold features the hit title track and current smash “Beachin,’” which is Top 10-and-climbing on country radio. Since releasing the chart-topping, gold-certified album Barefoot Blue Jean Night (RCA Nashville), Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles: the double platinum title track, platinum “Alone with You” along with the gold-certified hits “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You.” His energetic live show and captivating songs have landed him coveted opening slots for Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, among others.
Celebrated comedian Russell Peters returns to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Aug. 2, 2014 at 8 p.m. Russell Peters is back and exploring new material! After the very successful release of Notorious on Netflix, Peters finds himself back on the road putting together new material as he works through a handful of 2014 dates. Fans can be prepared for some crowd work and…some randomness, all mixed with the comedic styling Peters is known for.
The witty Kathy Griffin will return to the Aces of Comedy lineup at The Mirage Saturday, Aug. 9. The two-time Emmy winner, New York Times best-selling author and three-time GRAMMY nominee has made audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders. Griffin starred in her own reality show “My Life on the D-List,” which aired for six seasons on Bravo.
Funnyman Daniel Tosh will deliver his one-of-a-kind stand-up comedy in the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage over two additional weekends in 2014. His casual style and sharp material have proven to be greatly appreciated by his audiences, young and old, making him one of the most requested headliners in the country. He released his third comedy album Happy Thoughts in 2011 which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart. Tosh currently stars in “TOSH.0,” a series he created for Comedy Central.
English rock band and one of the pioneers of rock music, Deep Purple, joins the stellar lineup of bands performing in the Rock of Vegas summer concert series at Fremont Street Experience. Renowned for hit songs like “Smoke on the Water,” “Highway Star,” “Fireball,” and “Speed King,” Deep Purple will rock audiences on Friday, August 15 on the 3rd Street Stage at
9 p.m. in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas.
The Legends of Hip Hop show brings together some of the best MC’s of the genre. The night will be filled with beats and lyrics that take you back to the glory days of hip-hop. Expect to journey to the early 90’s with rhymes by DMX, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Naughty by Nature, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, Black Sheep, and Rob Base. The MC’s will perform at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, August 2.
Golden Nugget Las Vegas continues a great summer of music with Lynyrd Skynyrd Saturday, August 9 in The Grand Event Center at 8 p.m. With room for only 1,100 concert-goers, this intimate venue assures an up-close-and-personal experience with one of the most epic rock bands of all time. With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond $30 million worldwide, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd is nothing short of legendary and remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlock (guitar), Skynyrd’s most recent album continues to build on the legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Joining them in the studio and on the road are new bassist Johnny Colt (Black Crowes, Train) guitarist Mark “Sparky” Matejka (a “Nashville cat, just a pickin’ fool,” according to Rossington), and keyboardist Peter Keys, who replaced Powell on the God & Guns tour.
Five-time GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum selling blues/rock guitarist, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, along with GRAMMY-award winning trio Los Lonely Boys, are set to co-headline at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on August 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.
This August will see long time music legends and mutual admirers, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck on tour together for the first time. The tour will make a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, August 16. Formatted with musical synergy in mind, stops along the touring route will offer fans a full Jeff Beck set, followed by a full ZZ Top set, with a finale that joins the English fret master with the Texas rockers for a collaboration each night of the tour.
The iconic and Grammy award-winning band YES has announced a 35-date summer tour performing two of their classic albums in their entirety in one evening: FRAGILE and CLOSE TO THE EDGE plus an encore of their greatest hits. YES fans will be able to experience this amazing live show at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, August 15 at 8pm.
Each summer music enthusiasts and outdoor lovers unite for the best of both worlds at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s beach concert series. Mandalay Bay’s Beach stage, which rises over the resort’s sand and surf wave pool, has hosted entertainment’s biggest names as part of this beloved series and will welcome Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket Sunday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m.
The month starts off a bit slow as far as the headliners go, but it certainly picks up steam, and of course, September will be crazy.
Week 1, August 1-4
Caesars Palace: July 29, 2014 - August 27, 2014
Flamingo: July 29, 2014 - August 30, 2014
The Legends of Hip Hop featuring DMX, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Naughty by Nature, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, Black Sheep & Rob Base
Hard Rock Hotel: August 2, 2014
Lady Gaga's Artrave: The Artpop Ball Tour - August
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: August 1, 2014
The Farewell Tour of Queensryche starring Geoff Tate
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 2, 2014
Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Los Lonely Boys
Palms Casino Resort: August 1, 2014
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 1, 2014
Boulder Station Hotel-Casino: August 2, 2014
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: August 1, 2014 - August 3, 2014
Journey And Steve Miller Band
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 1, 2014
Orleans Hotel and Casino: August 2, 2014
The Sandbar Series - Pool Side: Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry with special guest Plain White T's
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa: August 1, 2014
Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, and Richard Elliot
The Smith Center: August 2, 2014
Taj Mahal Trio - and John Hiatt & The Combo
Brooklyn Bowl: August 2, 2014
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: August 1, 2014
The Hold Steady
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: August 2, 2014
The Budos Band
Brooklyn Bowl: August 1, 2014
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: August 2, 2014
Blasphemous Rumours with special guest Dj Johnny Rox
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 1, 2014
Week 2, August 5 – 11
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: August 2, 2014
Sunset Station Hotel Casino: August 9, 2014
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: August 9, 2014 - August 10, 2014
World Hip Hop Dance Championships
Orleans Hotel and Casino: August 10, 2014
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 10, 2014
Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience World Tour
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: August 8, 2014
The Dirty Heads and Pepper
Mandalay Bay Beach: August 8, 2014
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: August 10, 2014
Under the Sun Tour
Golden Nugget: August 8, 2014
Golden Nugget: August 9, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl: August 8, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl: August 5, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl: August 7, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl: August 9, 2014
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 9, 2014
Aaron Neville & Dr. John
Cannery Casino & Hotel: August 9, 2014
Los Tucanes de Tijuana
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: August 9, 2014
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: August 9, 2014
The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Week 3, August 12 – 18
The Smith Center: August 6, 2014
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: August 16, 2014
An Evening with YES
Hard Rock Hotel: August 15, 2014
Fall Out Boy w/New Politics
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 15, 2014
Lights Out - A Tribute To Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: August 15, 2014 - August 17, 2014
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 14, 2014
Britney: Piece of Me
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: August 16, 2014 - August 23, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl: August 16, 2014
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: August 15, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl: August 12, 2014
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 14, 2014
The Guess Who
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: August 16, 2014
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Brooklyn Bowl: August 17, 2014
Lake Street Dive
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 13, 2014
Week 4, August 19 – 25
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: August 15, 2014
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 24, 2014
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: August 23, 2014
An Evening of Pop and Doo Wop
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 22, 2014 - August 23, 2014
Santa Fe Station Hotel Casino: August 23, 2014
Rock N Blues Fest
Cannery Casino & Hotel: August 23, 2014
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 21, 2014
The Presidents of the United States of America
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 23, 2014
David Perrico - Pop Evolution
The Smith Center: August 19, 2014
The Strokes With Special Guest Albert Hammond, Jr.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 20, 2014
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa: August 22, 2014
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 20, 2014
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 22, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl: August 22, 2014
Week 5, August 26 - 31
Brooklyn Bowl: August 23, 2014
Boyz II Men
Mirage: August 29, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Orleans: August 29, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Bill Medley with Special Guest McKenna Medley
South Point Casino Hotel & Spa: August 29, 2014 - August 31, 2014
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 28, 2014
Brad Paisley "Moonshine In The Trunk" Pool Party
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 27, 2014
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: August 30, 2014
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: August 31, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl: August 29, 2014 - August 31, 2014
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 31, 2014
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: August 29, 2014 - August 30, 2014
The Summer Nationals Tour with The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise & Stiff Little Fingers
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: August 27, 2014
Matisyahu & Ozomatli
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: August 29, 2014
Bachman & Turner
Cannery Casino & Hotel: August 30, 2014
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: August 30, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl: August 28, 2014
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: August 29, 2014
Silverton Hotel and Casino Lodge: August 30, 2014
DJ ?uestlove Presents: Bowltrain
Brooklyn Bowl: August 29, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: August 30, 2014
For dates and times, be sure to log onto the Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide: lvol.com.
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