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May 2017

The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.
--Edwin Way Teale

Yes. Everything seems possible…during the last couple of months of spring cleaning, we have collectively removed all of the crap in our lives, and we’re ready to attack the summer. May is another one of those perfect months in Las Vegas. The weather is great. Entertainment is plentiful. School is almost out. The summer season is almost upon us, and the pool party schedule is active until September. There has been a lot of activity in the entertainment world with shows moving, opening and closing. Shows have to get established in May if they are going to survive in the summer.

May is a lot of things…it is Date Your Mate Month, National Barbecue Month, and National Blood Pressure Month.

May 1st is of course May Day (initially started as another pagan spring festival pre-dating Christianity.) Dancing around a pole might sound like a Vegas tradition, but there really aren’t a lot of maypole dancers out there. The one rhyme that is most closely associated with the May Pole dance is “Ring around the rosy…” –a quaint nod to the plague in medieval times. In the late 19th Century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. In those countries that celebrate International Workers' Day, the day may also be referred to as "May Day" but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day…just thought you should know. It is also Mother Goose Day.

The 2nd is Baby Day and Brothers and Sisters Day. The 3rd is Lumpy Rug Day. May the Fourth, obviously, Star Wars Day, and Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for May the 5th. The 6th is International Tuba Day, National Tourist Appreciation Day, National Nurses Day, No Diet Day, and Space Day. The 7th is National Tourism Day and World Naked Gardening Day (There will be a lot of hoes out.) The 8th is V-E Day, and No Socks Day…which is interesting because the 9th is Lost Sock Memorial Day. It is then followed on the 10th by Clean up Your Room Day. The 11th is Eat What You Want Day and Twilight Zone Day. And the 12th is Limerick Day (There once was…)

The 14th is Mother's Day, Dance Like a Chicken Day and National Train Day. The 16th is Love a Tree Day, National Sea Monkey Day, and Wear Purple for Peace Day. The 18th is No Dirty Dishes Day and Visit Your Relatives Day. The 20th is Be a Millionaire Day. The 21st is Armed Forces Day. The 22nd is Buy a Musical, Instrument Day, and World Goth Day,

The 23rd Lucky Penny Day; the 24th National Escargot Day, the 25th National Wine Day and Tap Dance Day, the 26th is Sally Ride Day, and the 27th is Sun Screen Day.

The 28th is Amnesty International Day, and International Jazz Day. The 29th is Learn About Composting Day. The 30th is Water a Flower Day. And finally, the 31st is Save Your Hearing Day.

Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in Vegas. Every bar and club will have Cinco de Mayo celebrations…Save water, drink a margarita. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.

Remember that Mother's Day is on the 14th. If you're in town, there are several shows that will offer specials for you and your mother; every buffet and restaurant in the city is offering some sort of deal. Remember your Mother!

May 15th is the 112th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Las Vegas. No one really cares about this statistic. We had a great 100-year celebration, and we may have to wait for the 125 or 150-year mark to get the city to celebrate again.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas has raised the standard for entertainment in downtown Las Vegas with its acclaimed 52 Fridays Concert Series. The resort presents a diverse lineup of weekly acts, from GRAMMY award-winning pop artists to rock and roll royalty.
A Flock of Seagulls - May 5
As well-known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit single, "I Ran (So Far Away)," A Flock of Seagulls were one of the MTV video rotation staples of the new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, A Flock of Seagulls were a little too robotic and arrived a little too late to be true new romantics, but their sleek dance-pop was forever indebted to the short-lived movement. The group benefited considerably from MTV's heavy rotation of the "I Ran" video in the summer of 1982. Mike Score's outrageous hair style is forever embedded in pop culture.
Johnny Rivers - May 12
American rock artist Johnny Rivers has many hits including "Mountain of Love," "Poor Side of Town," and "Summer Rain." Rivers has had nine Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over 30 million records. In 2015, Rivers was inducted into America's Pop Music Hall of Fame and continues to perform to sold out audiences.
Gin Blossoms - May 19
Formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona, the Gin Blossoms are a pop/rock band known for their southwestern sound and dominating the alternative rock era in the '90s. With hits like "Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You," and "Follow You Down," the Gin Blossoms have earned several platinum albums and a GRAMMY nomination.
Little River Band - May 26
Little River Band is an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1975 and named after a road sign for the Victorian township of Little River. They were the first Australian rock group to enjoy sustained commercial success in the United States. During their career the band have sold more than 25 million records and scored 13 American Top 40 hits.

Fremont Street Experience announces additions to its lineup for Downtown Rocks, an amplified concert series whose tagline is One Louder,” emphasizing the unparalleled entertainment, music and party atmosphere of the destination and experience. New additions to the lineup include Theory of a Deadman on Friday, May 26, Ann Wilson of Heart on Monday, July 3 and Good Charlotte on Saturday, July 22. Downtown Rocks showcases spectacular lineups and free, nonstop entertainment all summer long, in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. Dozens of bars and restaurants line Fremont Street Experience, which features the iconic casinos of Las Vegas’ original strip, making it the perfect venue for concertgoers to gather for pre and post-concert festivities.

Downtown Rocks headliner concerts include:

  • Friday, May 26: Theory of a Deadman at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage
  • Saturday, June 10: Rock’n Road Trip Tour featuring Fuel, Tonic, Marcy Playground and Dishwalla at 7 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Street Stages
  • Monday, July 3: Ann Wilson of Heart at 9 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage
  • Saturday, July 22: Good Charlotte at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage
  • Saturday, August 12: Rick Springfield at 9 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage
  • Saturday, August 26: Seether at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage
  • Friday, September 1: Collective Soul at 9 p.m. on 3rd Street Stage
  • Saturday, September 30: Chevelle at 9 p.m. on 3rd Street Stage

The fun gets started when the sun goes down this summer as Flamingo Las Vegas hosts Beach Club at Night, a weekly nighttime event that provides a cool, calm and approachable experience for everyone ages 21 and older beginning May 3. Kick back under the stars at the Flamingo Beach Club Pool and relax around a fire pit, while listening to remixes by DJ Tavo and enjoying alcohol-infused s’mores and drink specials including $5 16 oz. Heineken bottles, $5 Berry Lemonades and $100 bottles of Belvedere and Moet & Chandon. Challenge friends to games like beer pong, LED corn hole, ping pong, life size Jenga and life size Connect Four. Beach Club at Night will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight every Wednesday all summer long from May 3 through the end of September.

In celebration of the impending arrival of summer concert season, House of Blues Las Vegas inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino introduces Kickstart to Summer, offering music lovers the chance to grab $20 select concert tickets (inclusive of all fees).

The shows that are participating in the Kickstart to Summer ticket offer include:

  • Steel Panther – May 4
  • Leela James & Daley – May 7
  • Steel Panther – May 11
  • Enanitos Verdes – May 18
  • Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benet – May 25
  • Yngwie Malmsteen – June 7
  • Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot – June 9

Due to medical reasons, Elton John is forced to cancel his entire performance schedule for the upcoming April/May run of “The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Cancelled show dates are April 25, 26, 28, 29 and May 1, 3, 4, 5. During a recent, successful tour of South America, Elton contracted a harmful and unusual bacterial infection. During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile he became violently ill. Upon returning to the UK, Elton's doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection. After spending two nights in intensive care followed by an extended stay in the hospital, Elton was released from hospital on Saturday, April 22 and is now comfortably resting at home per doctor’s advice. Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly. Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery. Elton will be returning to his schedule of live performances in Twickenham, England on Saturday, June 3.

The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is now entering its final year of performances; ending its run in May 2018. The show will resume performances this October and the specific show schedule will be announced and go on sale soon.

Nevada’s acclaimed water park, Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas, will celebrate its fifth season of fun in the sun with a colossal birthday bash on Saturday, May 27. The premier water park is searching for talented, young local singers ages 10 to 17 to perform at the event and compete for the first prize of $1,000 towards a college savings plan account.

To enter the competition, kids must submit a video of themselves singing a cappella or to a track to wetnwildlasvegas.com/events/idol-competition.aspx during the submission period from now through Tuesday, May 2. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 2. Please note, the competition is for individual singers only and no duo or group video submissions will be accepted.

Video submission rules:

  • Must be no longer than 4 minutes
  • Must not contain nudity or inappropriate language
  • Must be submitted in .MOV format
  • Must be well lit and able to clearly depict participant in video
  • Must be one single participant in video

Fresh from her blockbuster headlining performance at Coachella, Lady Gaga, along with Live Nation, announced the release of additional tickets to the Joanne World Tour, coming to T-Mobile Arena Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 16. Thanks to an innovative stage design featuring multi-levels, multi-stages and clear sight lines on all sides, more fans will now have the opportunity to catch these previously sold out dates.

CBS RADIO’s “SPF” (“SUN.POOL.FUN.”) has expanded to two music-filled nights with GRAMMY Award-winning band Linkin Park kicking off the festivities on Friday, May 19 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The band’s performance at “SPF” is the same day their highly anticipated seventh studio album, One More Light, is released wide. The following night, Saturday, May 20, the party moves poolside when DNCE, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Derulo, Niall Horan and Post Malone perform at Boulevard Pool inside The Cosmopolitan. Doors open at 8:00 PM on both nights.

The Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival presents “Are We Alone? In Search of Intelligent Life in the Cosmos,” a speaker-discussion with Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m., inside the West Charleston Library – located at 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (registration is required). Join Dr. Jill Tarter for an open discussion on one of the biggest unknowns of mankind - the cosmos and intelligent life inside. Graduate of Cornell University and the University of California, Berkley, Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) at the SETI Institute, and comes decorated with many acknowledgements and awards among the scientific community including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Aerospace, two public service medals from NASA, Chabot Observatory’s Person of the Year (1997), the Silicon Valley Women of Influence Award (2010) and many more.

Monster Energy Supercross is part aerial excitement and part high-speed chase, with riders launching 225-pound motorcycles upwards of 30 feet in the air at heart-pounding speeds. In the ultimate battle of man and machine, only one rider will be rewarded for pushing his body and his bike to the absolute limit, basking in the glory of a championship.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017
WHERE:
Sam Boyd Stadium

Feld Entertainment® announced that tickets for the AMSOIL Arenacross Finals and the AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships being held at the Orleans Arena are still available. AMSOIL Arenacross is one of the most extreme racing environments in the world with unparalleled levels of competition and a fully engaging environment for fans. These fearless and highly talented athletes will compete on man-made dirt battlegrounds for the most high-speed, high flying fierce racing competition.

WHEN: AMSOIL Arenacross Finals – Friday, May 5, 2017
AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships – Sunday, May 7, 2017
WHERE: Orleans Arena

Due to overwhelming demand, including a sold-out shows at Red Rock Resort on May 6, Broadway star and Streamy Award winner Todrick Hall has announced his hit musical Straight Outta Oz will return for a second date at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort on Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. Broadway Actor, MTV star, American Idol Finalist and Viral YouTube personality Todrick Hall is putting a new “twister” on L. Frank Baum’s most classic creation, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With more than 20 original songs, Hall brings to life this American Classic like you’ve never seen it before. Watch as Todrick and his talented crew tell the tale of Hall’s adventures from his small town in Texas, to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.” How does a Hollywood hopeful succeed in the business while dodging falling houses, wicked witches and the infamous “Poppyrazzi?” This show is great for the family with powerful musical numbers, innovative sets, sensational choreography, dazzling costumes and a great social message.

Clark County Parks and Recreation kicks off summer with their annual Jazz in the Park Concert Series, which celebrates its 28th year.

This year, the free series will feature:

  • Lindsey Webster and Halsey Harkins and the Shapiro Project on May 13
  • Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles and Home Cookin’ on May 20
  • Joey Defrancesco and Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo on May 27
  • Eric Darius with The Lao Tizer Trio and Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo on June 3
  • Spyro Gyra and Extreme Measures on June 17

In this passionate and original show of dance and love songs, the gifted and elegant husband and wife song and dance team Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson, featuring their company M&M American Dance Theatre, will present “CONTACT!” at the South Point’s 400-seat showroom on Sunday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. The show will highlight their over three decades of genuine romance and top-notch performances together from Broadway, ballet and around the world. “CONTACT!” will be a celebration of song and dance with the amazing duo’s 30 years of love from the start, with each other and with the art of musical dance theatre. Jackson’s and Kessler’s love ignited an international career together spanning from Broadway to the Las Vegas Strip, to theatres and opera houses worldwide. They were also the starring song and dance team in “The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular,” touring in over 80 U.S. cities and playing an extended run at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas.

Faith Conservatory of the Fine Arts will present the musical “James and the Giant Peach” over two weekends May 12 – 21, 2017. Based on the beloved story by Roald Dahl and book by Timothy Allen McDonald, the new musical features music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, otherwise known as Pasek and Paul, the Oscar-winning songwriting team behind the film, “La La Land." The hilarious musical tells the story of James, who, when he is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach – and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.
This summer, M Resort Spa Casino transcends Las Vegas entertainment with an all-new summer concert series featuring chart-topping talent from around the world. Fans looking to make the most of the summer won’t want to miss GRAMMY-nominated rock sensation Daughtry as the group delivers their acoustic trio show at the M Pool. Additionally, international phenomenon Gary Valenciano with special guest Katrina Velarde, and swing and jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will take over the M Pavilion during what is sure to be an unforgettable concert series.
The concert series will continue throughout the summer with additional dates and talent to be announced at a later time. Upcoming shows include:
Daughtry, Acoustic Trio Show at M Pool
Saturday, May 20, 8 p.m.
GRAMMY-nominated rock band Daughtry will take over the M Pool for a high-powered performance on Saturday, May 20. Best known for their self-titled debut album, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 before going quadruple platinum, Daughtry will deliver the inaugural performance of the resort’s summer concert series. M Resort pre-sale tickets are $25 and will be available from noon-2 p.m. while supplies last.
Gary Valenciano with Special Guest Katrina Velarde at M Pavilion
Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m.

Filipino musician Gary Valenciano will perform a playlist of his top hits, including “Di Bale Na Lang” (Never Mind), “Eto Na Naman” (Here We Go Again) and his collaboration with Katrina Velarde, “He’s Enough,” during a dynamic performance at M Pavilion. In addition to his musical career, releasing more than 20 albums, Valenciano is a philanthropist having served as the UNICEF Philippines Ambassador since 1997.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at M Pavilion
Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will bring their celebration of swing and jazz music to the M Pavilion on Saturday, June 24. Famously named after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, the band has been together for 24 years and produced 10 records featuring their signature sound of classic jazz, swing and Dixieland mixed with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.

Known for his eccentric impressions of some of the biggest celebrities in the world today, longtime Las Vegas entertainer Gordie Brown is pleased to announce his return to the Las Vegas Strip, debuting Gordie Brown Live inside The Cabaret at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Tuesday, May 9. Hailed as a “great entertainer” by Celine Dion, Brown has performed in numerous showrooms around Las Vegas since 2004. Co-produced by UD Factory and Chip Lightman Enterprises, Gordie Brown Live promises to be a fast-paced high energy show of hilarious, spot-on impressions.

Sunset Station and 96.3 KKLZ are proud to welcome Junefest back to the spacious outdoor Sunset Amphitheater. The annual music festival will feature performances by REO Speedwagon, Don Felder and Martha Davis and The Motels on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Located poolside at Sunset Station, the Sunset Amphitheater is the perfect destination for a concert experience under the stars.

Tropicana Las Vegas and the Laugh Factory are teaming up to launch its all-new 'Laugh Factory Concert Series.' The first laugh-filled event will feature Latino comedy super star, Paul Rodriguez during Cinco De Mayo weekend (May 5-6), along with friends Joey Medina, Manny Maldonado and Gene Pompa inside the Tropicana Theater. Paul Rodriguez, voted one of the most influential Hispanics entertainers in America, brings some of the hottest Latino comics in the business to Las Vegas. Combing decades of experience, and countless movie & TV credits, Paul Rodriguez with Joey Medina, Manny Maldonado and Gene Pompa have been touring and bringing down the house and "bringing down the wall" with their caliente comedy.

Eccentric glam metal quartet Steel Panther will electrify the stage for two nights at House of Blues Las Vegas on May 4 & 11, 2017 Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther have established themselves as the premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Consisting of Michael Starr (vocals), Lexxi Foxx (bass), Stix Zadinia (drums) and Satchel (guitar), Steel Panther has garnered high-profile success with four full-length albums, a decade of sold-out residencies, worldwide touring, platinum-level You Tube status, and television appearances including “Dancing With The Stars,” commercials and most recently, FOX NFL Sunday.

House of Blues Las Vegas welcomes Argentine rock trio Enanitos Verdes on May 18, 2017. Los Enanitos Verdes is an Argentine rock trio fronted by Marciano Cantero on vocals and bass, Felipe Staiti on guitar, and, originally, Daniel Piccolo on drums. Founded in 1979, the band started performing in different pubs, growing to small theatres and in a short time, the band grew beyond Mendoza, the Province in which the group started its career.

Celebrating some of the biggest names in music today, GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling, singer-songwriter, Chris Brown, along with his special guest, award-winning, multi-platinum, record-breaking artist 50 Cent, bring the Party to cities across North America this summer with The Party Tour, announced today. Produced by Live Nation, The Party Tour features Fabolous, O.T. Genasis and Kap G for 33-nights of soul-baring performances, and an all-star set for a more than two-hour powerhouse show each night. Brown kicks off the party as his friends join him throughout the night – the party begins when the show begins! Fans are urged to get there on time each night to be part of this historical movement. The anthem of the night was teased in Brown’s current single “Party” ft. Gucci Mane, Usher. The Party Tour will make a Las Vegas stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, May 20.

A powerful night of R&B and soul comes to House of Blues Las Vegas on May 25 with Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét – The M.E. Tour. Platinum-selling recording artists and songwriters Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét will unite this spring for The M.E. Tour, hitting 40+ cities across North America. Described as an intimately special concert experience, fans across the continent in cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco will be able to hear the soulful sounds of the two industry veterans.

Mexican superstars Ramon Ayala and Paquita la del Barrio will perform at Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, May 5 at 9 p.m. Ramon Ayala is one of the most memorable iconic superstars today. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Ramon has been an accordionist/vocalist/songwriter for over 50 years. Paquita la del Barrio (born Francisca Viveros Barradas) became a celebrity after she decided to move from her native Veracruz to Mexico City in 1970.


Carlos Vives, one of Latin music’s most beloved artists, is returning to the United States with the Carlos Vives – USA Tour 2017 at the Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9 p.m. Singer, songwriter, actor and entrepreneur, Carlos Vives, is one of the most emblematic artists in Colombia and one of the most important figures in Latin music. With more than 50 million albums sold worldwide, he is considered a pioneer of the new Colombian and Latin American sound. He was the first Colombian artist to win a Grammy and, to date, has taken home two Grammy Awards and nine Latin Grammy Awards.

Just ahead of the highly-anticipated release of their tenth studio album, a girl a bottle a boat, San Francisco-natives TRAIN today announce their PLAY THAT SONG TOUR, which is set to hit over 45 stops across North America, kicking off Friday May 12 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Fans across the continent in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Toronto and Nashville will have a chance to witness the band perform tracks from the latest album – including their newest and current hit single “Play That Song,” which continues to ascend the charts – along with a number of their signature Billboard Hot 100 hits like “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “Drive By.” The tour will feature O.A.R as special guests while pop songstress Natasha Bedingfield is set to join as the tour opener.

Band of Horses has been added to the entertainment lineup at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, May 26. Beginning with their first album Everything All The Time, Band of Horses has been a foundation of indie rock music for over a decade with four studio albums in total, including 2010’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms and Mirage Rock. Formed and led by singer and songwriter Ben Bridwell, the South Carolina-based band is known for their unique songs, including “The Funeral” and “No One’s Gonna Love You.” The band has played globe-spanning headline tours as well as shows with other legendary artists such as Pearl Jam and Neil Young. In June 2016, Band of Horses released their latest studio album Why Are You OK, featuring their newest hit song “Casual Party.”

Actor, writer, producer, Grammy-nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer and multi-platinum selling father of five Jim Gaffigan has packed up the tour bus and hit the road with his family for his live “Fully Dressed” arena and theatre tour. The tour will make a much anticipated two-night stop at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7.

The most provocative show on the Las Vegas Strip, X Burlesque, celebrates 15 years as the city’s hottest topless revue with the addition of sexy new dance numbers at Flamingo Las Vegas. A high-energy, racy performance, X Burlesque features a variety of jaw-dropping performances by a troupe of gorgeous dancers.

The 38th Annual San Gennaro Feast will take place May 10 – 14, 2017, at Craig Ranch Regional Park. The Las Vegas food and music festival celebrates the spirit of San Gennaro and features more than 70 restaurant food booths, 60 Helm & Sons Amusements rides, first time in Las Vegas flume ride, 80-foot petting zoo, pony rides and piglets, midway games, arts and crafts booths, and continuous live music. Helicopter rides over the Las Vegas Valley will be available. The San Gennaro Feast is the biggest Italian food and music festival held bi-annually in honor of the Saint Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy. The festival, held bi-annually in Las Vegas, NV, is one of the most popular festivals for locals and visitors from all over the world. Each festival expects to out-do the last, so don’t miss out on the best Italian Heritage Celebration this side of Naples!

Helldorado Days, this May 11th - 14th, is an outdoor community event celebrating Las Vegas' tribute to the Wild West and produced by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No.1468. Helldorado Days which began in 1935, is the longest running civic event in the history of Las Vegas, originally created as a means to encourage tourism to the city upon completion of the Boulder Dam. With over 40,000 people in attendance, Helldorado Days offers a 4-day pro rodeo, a parade, carnival, treasure hunt for gold, whiskerino contest, golf tournament, poker tournament, art show and auction, trail ride, exhibits and food. For 4 days Downtown Las Vegas is transformed into Helldorado Days as the event takes over several vacant downtown blocks and builds a rodeo arena and carnival from the ground up. Helldorado Days is a non-profit community event. The members of Elks Lodge No. 1468 are committed to assisting children and veterans in need and have given back over $75,000 in 2009 and over $4 million to the community since 1935. Las Vegas Helldorado Days will take place within the Las Vegas Village, the outdoor venue directly across Las Vegas Blvd. from the Luxor Hotel & Casino. This new paved venue will enhance the fan’s experience while at the festival, Rodeo, and PBR Last Cowboy Standing. Fans will have the ability to park and ride a shuttle from various hotel partners throughout the Las Vegas Valley to the Las Vegas Village.

You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”
-- Mandy Hale

Isn’t it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Fool’s Day and ends with cries of “May Day!”?”

May brings out some of the best people to kick off the summer season, and the offerings are huge...

May 1 – 7
Human Nature Jukebox
Venetian: March 29, 2016 - October 28, 2017
Britney: Piece of Me
Planet Hollywood: May 3, 2017 - May 20, 2017
Classic Cher
LAS VEGAS: May 3, 2017 - May 20, 2017
Jennifer Lopez: ALL I HAVE
Planet Hollywood: July 20, 2016 - June 11, 2017
Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano
Caesars Palace: April 25, 2017 - May 1, 2017
The Righteous Brothers
Harrah's: February 7, 2017 - May 25, 2017
MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY
Caesars Palace: May 2, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Sirius XM presents Billy Idol: FOREVER
Mandalay Bay: May 3, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Frankie Moreno
Golden Nugget: April 6, 2017 - June 29, 2017
A Flock of Seagulls
Golden Nugget: May 5, 2017
Carlos Vives
Palms Casino Resort: May 5, 2017
Christian McBride and Tip City
The Smith Center: May 5, 2017 - May 6, 2017
Frank LaSpina
The Smith Center: May 7, 2017
Las Vegas Philharmonic Spotlight Series
The Smith Center: May 4, 2017
Leela James & Daley
House of Blues: May 7, 2017
Frankie Moreno
The Smith Center: May 2, 2017
Ramon Ayala & Paquita La Del Barrio
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: May 5, 2017
The Growlers
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: May 5, 2017 - May 6, 2017
Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa: May 6, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Yellow Brick Road
Brooklyn Bowl: May 4, 2017
Z-Trip
Brooklyn Bowl: May 5, 2017
Journey
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: May 3, 2017 - May 20, 2017

May 8 – 14
Raiding the Rock Vault
Hard Rock Hotel: March 11, 2017 - May 24, 2017
Train
MGM Grand: May 12, 2017
Three Dog Night
Orleans: May 13, 2017 - May 14, 2017
52 Fridays - Johnny Rivers
Golden Nugget: May 12, 2017
MO5AIC
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: May 13, 2017
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Topgolf Las Vegas: May 13, 2017
Betsy Wolfe & Adam Kantor
The Smith Center: May 8, 2017 - May 9, 2017
Chris Mann: A Night With The Phantom
The Smith Center: May 12, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Clint Holmes
Golden Nugget: May 9, 2017 - August 30, 2017
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: May 12, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Henderson Symphony Orchestra - Season Finale
Henderson Pavilion: May 12, 2017
Kirk Whalum
SLS Las Vegas: May 13, 2017
Legendary Ladies of Song
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: May 13, 2017
Lindsey Webster
Clark County Government Center Amphitheater: May 13, 2017
Poptone
Brooklyn Bowl: May 12, 2017
Robin Trower
Boulder Station Hotel-Casino: May 13, 2017
Skid Row & Kix
Cannery Casino & Hotel: May 13, 2017
Soul Men Starring Spectrum
The Smith Center: May 14, 2017
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: May 11, 2017
Suburban Legends & Pilfers
Blue October
Brooklyn Bowl: May 13, 2017
Sara Evans
Tropicana Las Vegas: May 13, 2017

May 15 – 21
Celine Dion
Caesars Palace: May 16, 2017 - May 24, 2017
Donny and Marie Osmond
Flamingo: May 16, 2017 - June 3, 2017
An Intimate Evening with SANTANA Greatest Hits Live
Mandalay Bay: May 17, 2017 - May 28, 2017
John Fogerty: Fortunate Son in Concert
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas: May 19, 2017 - May 24, 2017
The Temptations
Orleans: May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Chris Brown
MGM Grand: May 20, 2017
Gin Blossoms
Golden Nugget: May 19, 2017
2017 Billboard Music Awards
T-Mobile Arena: May 21, 2017
Arabian Nights
Paris Las Vegas: May 20, 2017
Beginnings! The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: May 19, 2017 - May 20, 2017
Cameron Calloway My Neighborhood EP Release Show
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: May 19, 2017
Classical Music from a Child's Heart
The Smith Center: May 16, 2017
Cory Henry
Clark County Government Center Amphitheater: May 20, 2017
Edgar Winter & Rick Derringer
Cannery Casino & Hotel: May 20, 2017
Enanitos Verdes
House of Blues: May 18, 2017
Friday Night Live with Kongos Poolside at the JBL Sound Stage
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: May 19, 2017
George Bugatti's Piano Bar With Special Musical Guest Star Antonia Bennett
The Smith Center: May 19, 2017
Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: May 20, 2017
SIX60
Brooklyn Bowl: May 19, 2017
Strunz & Farah
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: May 20, 2017
Testament with Special Guests Sepultura & Prong
Brooklyn Bowl: May 20, 2017
Through The Roots with Guest Thicker Than Thieves
Brooklyn Bowl: May 17, 2017
CBS Radio's SPF
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: May 20, 2017

May 22 – 28
Air Supply
Orleans: May 26, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Loverboy & Starship
Sunset Station Hotel Casino: May 28, 2017
Little River Band
Golden Nugget: May 26, 2017
Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: May 27, 2017
Alexander Abreu Y Havana D'Primera
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: May 27, 2017
Band of Horses
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: May 26, 2017
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Brooklyn Bowl: May 25, 2017
Cabrera Conducts Bruckner
The Smith Center: May 27, 2017
Dead & Company
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: May 27, 2017
Foster the People
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: May 27, 2017
Friday Night Live At The Pool with Highly Suspect
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: May 26, 2017
J Balvin
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: May 28, 2017
Joey Defrancesco
Clark County Government Center Amphitheater: May 27, 2017
Marsha Ambrosius & Eric Benet
House of Blues: May 25, 2017
Mix 94.1 presents Lukas Graham
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: May 25, 2017
New Kids On The Block : The Total Package Tour with special guests Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men
T-Mobile Arena: May 28, 2017
Pink Talking Fish - A Fusion of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads & Phish
Brooklyn Bowl: May 27, 2017
Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
Downtown Las Vegas Events Center: May 26, 2017 - May 29, 2017
Downtown Rocks Summer Concert Series: Theory of a Deadman
Fremont Street Experience: May 26, 2017
Smash Mouth Concert at Elation Pool
Stratosphere Casino and Hotel: May 27, 2017
Summer of Fun Kick-off Festival & Car Show
Cannery Casino & Hotel: May 27, 2017
The Sweets' Spot with Melody Sweets
The Smith Center: May 22, 2017
Wu Bai and China Blue
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: May 26, 2017

May 29 – June 5
Herman's Hermits
Golden Nugget: June 2, 2017
96.3 KKLZ JUNEFEST: Featuring REO Speedwagon, Don Felder, Martha Davis and The Motels
Sunset Station Hotel Casino: June 3, 2017
Bush
SLS Las Vegas: June 2, 2017
David Benoit
Boulder Station Hotel-Casino: June 3, 2017
DSB - Tribute To Journey
House of Blues: June 2, 2017
Easy Star All-Stars
Brooklyn Bowl: June 5, 2017
Frank LaSpina
The Smith Center: June 4, 2017
Modest Mouse
Brooklyn Bowl: June 3, 2017
Morgan James - Reckless Abandon Tour
The Smith Center: June 2, 2017
Peace Frog - Tribute to The Doors
Cannery Casino & Hotel: June 2, 2017 - June 3, 2017
Randy Houser
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: June 2, 2017
Scars & Stripes Festival
LAS VEGAS: June 3, 2017
The Kingston Trio
South Point Casino Hotel & Spa: June 2, 2017 - June 4, 2017
The Protomen
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: June 2, 2017
Trey Songz
Brooklyn Bowl: June 1, 2017
Eric Darius
Clark County Government Amphitheater: June 3, 2017

For dates and times, be sure to log onto the Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide: lvol.com.

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