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March 2020

Springtime in Vegas is the best time in Vegas. There is so much going on during this month, and it would be a shame for anyone to miss it. Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness, NASCAR, pools opening up, and great weather: are just some of the things that make Las Vegas great in March. The average temperature in Vegas for the month of March is 76 degrees and rarely falling below 58 or exceeding 86. Nationally, March is the least productive month of the year…because they all want to be in Vegas! Daylight savings starts March 8th, and the vernal equinox is on the 19th, which is the official start of spring. All of these distractions make it so easy to not be productive. It’s springtime!! We have just shaken off the winter and we are ready to play…so why not play in Vegas? March is one of the best times of the year to come to Las Vegas.

Springtime has been celebrated by every country and culture for as long as there have been countries and cultures. As the earth regenerates itself after the winter, we feel that sense of renewal as well. Something inside us just wants to bring life and freshness to our lives. We clean things out…repair, plant, and grow things. Our modern day celebration centers around young adults making pilgrimages to warm climates to celebrate the sun, drink spirits, and engage in fertility rites and rituals….this is also known as Spring Break. And Las Vegas is one of the chosen destinations for these modern day festivals.

Spring brings us hope and celebrates life.

In Ireland, It’s St. Patrick's Day! St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, and many people don't realize that the serpent was actually a metaphor for the early Pagan faiths of Ireland. St. Patrick brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle, and did such a good job of it that, for a while, he practically eliminated Paganism from the country…and now, in celebration; we drink!

Every aspect of March seems to be about celebrating life. Spring Break…let’s drink! St. Patrick’s Day…let’s drink green beverages! NASCAR, March Madness…well, you get the idea.

March was named for Mars, the Roman God of war and a mythical ancestor of the Roman people by way of his wolf-suckling sons, Romulus and Remus. March has historically been the perfect month for both farmers to resume farming, and warriors to resume warring…almost all major US-NATO led military operations since the invasion of Vietnam have begun in the month of March, i.e., Vietnam (initiated March 8, 1965), Iraq (March 20, 2003), and Libya (March 19, 2011) all follow the trend.

March contains a lot of interesting celebrations…March 3rd is I Want You to be Happy Day, and If Pets Had Thumbs Day. The 4th is Employee Appreciation Day, Holy Experiment Day, and Hug a GI Day. The 5th is Multiple Personality Day, the 8th, Be Nasty Day; the 9th, Panic Day; and the 11th Worship of Tools Day – us guys can relate. National Pi Day is the 14th - Why today? Because 3.14 is the value of Pi. The 15th is the Ides of March, Dumbstruck Day, and Everything You Think is Wrong Day. The 16th is Everything You Do is Right Day; the 17th, Saint Patrick's Day; the 18th, Goddess of Fertility Day, Supreme Sacrifice Day; and the 20th is Extraterrestrial Abductions Day, and Proposal Day. The 22nd is National Goof Off Day; the 26th, Make Up Your Own Holiday Day; the 27th, National "Joe" Day; the 29th, Smoke and Mirrors Day; and finally, the 30th is I am in Control Day.

Don't miss the 54th annual Southern Nevada Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival, March 13-15. This year's parade theme will be Shamrocks & Shenanigans. The festival will be accompanied by three days of electrifying holiday celebrations including a carnival, festival, car show and great live entertainment. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2019 at Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street; Age Restriction: None, Cost: Free.

The Cirque du Soleil show, “R.U.N.” at Luxor, looks like it will be closing after April 2020. Even though there has been no official announcement, the upcoming production schedule abruptly ends after April. “R.U.N.” opened on Oct. 24, 2019 at a cost of $62 million. It has received scathing reviews since its debut, with many declaring it the “worst show ever in Las Vegas.” There is a chance that the show could close and be overhauled, or it could be scraped and just take the loss. It will be interesting to hear what is happening.

EMS Entertainment, the world-renowned exhibition producer, is proud to announce the U.S. debut of THE FANS STRIKE BACK™, an interactive and immersive new exhibition from a galaxy far, far away. Located inside Immersion Vegas, the one-of-a-kind, new entertainment venue at Fashion Show Mall, THE FANS STRIKE BACK™ was created by a fan and for the fans of the galaxy's most popular movie saga. THE FANS STRIKE BACK™ will blast off in March. THE FANS STRIKE BACK™ gives enthusiasts of the universe's most famous saga an up-close-and-personal look at one of the most extensive private collections found between Planet Earth and Tatooine. Coming off the heels of successful runs in Madrid, Budapest and Paris, THE FANS STRIKE BACK™ takes guests on a journey from the resistance to the dark side, while displaying hundreds of unique collectables, sculptures, life-size figures, lightsabers, blasters and more.

M Resort Spa Casino kicks off the highly anticipated M Pool and DayDream Pool Club 2020 season on Friday, March 6. A hotspot for locals and visitors alike, there's something for everyone at M Pool and DayDream Pool Club at M Resort Spa Casino. In 2020, M Pool Guests can look forward to a variety of family-friendly Friday nights from May through July, including the return of Dive-In Movies, and the popular Poolside Reggae Concert series. On May 2nd, Country Superstar Gary Allan returns to M Pool for a one-of-a-kind all-ages poolside concert.

The Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage Hotel & Casino adds new show dates to an already packed lineup of comedians, including George Lopez, Jay Leno, Kathleen Madigan and Bert Kreischer.

GEORGE LOPEZ
George Lopez's multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. Lopez is currently on his standup comedy tour in arenas across the country. He recently completed his standup comedy tour "The Comedy Get Down" with Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer.
March 27 – 28
June 19 – 20
September 4 – 5
November 27 – 28

JAY LENO
Jay Leno is an acclaimed TV late-night show host, admired standup comedian, best-selling children's book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist. Leno served as the host of the #1-rated "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" for two decades and is currently the host of CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage." Leno has been honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for "Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series."
Saturday, May 16

KATHLEEN MADIGAN
For 30 years, comedian Kathleen Madigan has been touring 250 nights on the road and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late-night show ever made. From over 40 appearances on late-night shows to recently riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his Netflix series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," Madigan is still having a blast and selling out theaters across the country.
Saturday, June 27
Sunday, Sept. 6

BERT KREISCHER
Bert Kreischer is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and host who performs to sellout crowds across the globe. His standup specials "Secret Time" and "The Machine" are currently streaming globally on Netflix and his third special, "Hey Big Boy," debuts on the platform next month. Described as having a "rare and incredible talent" (Interrobang), Bert has evolved from being named Rolling Stone's 1997 "Number One Partier in the Nation" to one of the top names in comedy.
July 24 – 25
December 26 – 27

JIM JEFFERIES
Jim Jefferies is one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, entertaining audiences around the world with his provocative, belief-challenging and thought-provoking comedy. He was recently honored as Stand-Up Comedian of the Year at the Just for Laughs Festival. His eponymous Comedy Central series, "The Jim Jefferies Show," debuted its third and final season on March 19, 2019.
Friday, July 31
Saturday, August 1
November 20 – 21

Comedian Joe Rogan will bring The Sacred Clown Tour to Park Theater at Park MGM, Friday, July 10. A stand-up comedian for more than 25 years with an inquisitive and intense comedic style, Rogan's sixth hour-long comedy special, Joe Rogan: Strange Times, premiered on Netflix in October 2018. Rogan's previous comedy specials include Joe Rogan: Triggered (2016) for Netflix; Joe Rogan: Rocky Mountain High (2014) for Comedy Central; Joe Rogan Live From The Tabernacle (2012) released via his website; Talking Monkeys in Space (2009) on CD & DVD, and Joe Rogan Live (2007) on DVD. Additionally, Rogan released the CD's Shiny Happy Jihad (2007) and I'm Gonna Be Dead Someday (2000). Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, is the most popular podcast online. Since 2002, Rogan has provided color commentary for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and now calls UFC Pay Per View events in North America.

PIVOT! Your favorite New York pals are taking their hit show FRIENDS! The Musical Parody to Paris Las Vegas, beginning Monday, March 9. The fan-favorite show will perform Friday to Wednesday in the Anthony Cools Showroom. Rachel and crew are jumping on the plane and heading to Paris Las Vegas to continue their successful Las Vegas run. The hilarious parody musical of TV's iconic sitcom gives guests a night of nostalgic moments from all ten seasons, including "UNAGI!" and Phoebe's songs at Central Perk.

Today, Morrissey announces his most unlikely run of dates ever, a not-to-be-missed, sure-to-be-life-changing residency "Morrissey: Viva Moz Vegas" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip this summer. Morrissey will play five nights, June 26 – 27, July 1, and July 3 – 4. Morrissey, once voted the second-greatest living British cultural icon (behind David Attenborough and before Paul McCartney), takes on this residency as his second theatrical outing of its kind following a hallmark sold-out Broadway residency at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City, which earned unanimous praise from press. The Vegas residency, his latest stateside shows after a string of acclaimed tour dates with alt-rock icons Interpol last fall, comes on the heels of the announcement of Morrissey's 13th solo album and third studio album for BMG, defiantly titled "I Am Not A Dog on a Chain," set to be released on March 20.

Jabbawockeez, "America's Best Dance Crew," announce their newest Las Vegas engagement TIMELESS, premiering March 6, 2020 in the refreshed Jabbawockeez Theater at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The world-famous dance crew steps into the new decade with a show focusing on original and innovative choreography and synchronized dance moves set to heart-pounding music. TIMELESS, Jabbawockeez fourth stage production, is a sonically hypnotic voyage into the visionary minds of the masked members. Familiar favorites and brand-new routines are supercharged with innovative production elements, breathtaking visuals and a mesmerizing laser effect. The show takes the audience along for a ride as the beloved characters land on earth from outer space, in search of the quintessential music playlist that spans generations, locations and musical genres. This year marks the 10th anniversary of their latest Las Vegas residency and a decade of creative performances and collaborations.

The Super Summer Theatre closes out the In City Series season with performances of "The Rat Pack Lounge," playing Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Super Summer Theatre Studios. Experience the intimate thrust style theatre, boasting productions with the same flair and talent held during the summer season.

Exciting news coming from House of Blues and guitar legend Carlos Santana as they announce the continuation of Santana's residency, An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live. The residency, which is in its eighth successful year at the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, will continue into fall 2020.
2020 performance dates:
May 13, 15-17, 20, 22-24
Sept. 16, 18-20, 23, 25-27
Nov. 4, 6-8, 11, 13-15

Following consecutive sold-out performances at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, 11-time GRAMMY Award-winner Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds has announced three additional shows scheduled for March 6-8. Babyface has been called one of the most dynamic and influential forces in contemporary music amassing more than 200 Top 10 R&B hit songs and over 50 Top 10 pop hits, including 16 No. 1s. Along with his 11 GRAMMYs, he has earned accolades from American Music Awards, The Soul Train Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2017 was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Babyface is currently in the studio working on a new album.

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino brings a new show to the Sin City Theater beginning March 26, 2020. Audiences of all ages can 'get lit' with an all-new experience from the performance group, iLuminate™ (pronounced "i" "luminate"). 'iLuminate™ Presents: Happy Hour' blends music, dance, comedy, technology and art from the group that held a finalist spot on America's Got Talent in 2011. The audience is invited to come have a laugh and those "of age" can enjoy a shot...or two...or four with the cast that was named "Best New Act in America" by America's Got Talent. Featuring some of the city's best comedic hosts, 'iLuminate™ Presents: Happy Hour' will take the audience on an incredible journey through several styles of dance and music while interacting with the audience in this immersive experience! iLuminate™ combines state-of- the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate™ allows explosive performances utilizing customized wireless lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride.

The original tribute to The Eagles, Hotel California, will bring the hits to M Resort Spa Casino for a special performance on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in the M Pavilion. Touring since 1986, Hotel California brings the music of The Eagles around the globe and has thrilled hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans. It won't take long to hear why legions of Eagles fans come back to see Hotel California time after time. The easygoing warmth that comes from the band exemplifies the Southern California sound of the 70s.

As a stop on a 2020 co-headlining tour, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is pleased to welcome Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio to The Bowl on Friday, March 27.

Longstanding hardcore punk rock band Bad Religion was formed in the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA in 1980 and has retained credibility in the punk community for almost 40 years. With a career spanning nearly four decades, Bad Religion has been cited as an influence on many other big-name punk bands including the Offspring and Rise Against.

Co-tour headliners Alkaline Trio are a Chicago-based punk rock band and are no strangers to The Bowl. The band is returning to the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas stage after a stellar packed-crowd performance in October 2018. The iconic band’s discography includes nine studio albums, four EPs and one video album among other bodies of acclaimed work.

The 2018 Tony Award-winning Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND will play The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas March 10-15, 2020. ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post).

Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Bruno Mars will return to Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas for five new performance dates in 2020. 11x GRAMMY Award-winner and 27-time GRAMMY Award-nominee Bruno Mars is a celebrated singer, songwriter, producer, and musician who has sold more than 180 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Friday, March 6, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Multi-platinum, award-winning Latin superstar Prince Royce brings his multi-city U.S. ALTER EGO Tour, in support of his forthcoming album ALTER EGO (due early 2020), to the Pearl Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. To date, the singles that have been released from ALTER EGO have more than 1 billion combined streams across digital platforms. The first single released was 6x platinum urban track "El Clavo" (and its remix featuring Maluma) which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart, followed by 2x "Adicto," a bachata with Marc Anthony which reached No. 1 on the Tropical Songs chart for seven weeks in a row; then came "Cúrame" featuring Manuel Turizo, an urban song that has been certified Double Platinum in the United States and has more than 175 million streams across digital platforms.

Comedian Tracy Morgan has announced his new 2020 standup comedy tour, NO DISRESPECT, including a date at the intimate Pearl Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9 p.m. Known for his comedic roles across seven seasons of the award-winning television shows 30 Rock, where he received a Supporting Actor Emmy Nomination, and Saturday Night Live, which earned him an Emmy nod for Outstanding Guest Actor, Morgan is one of the most well-respected comedians in his field; he has had successful standup specials for Netflix, HBO and Comedy Central, which brought the channel one of its largest viewership for a standup special that year.

Sony Music recording artist Ana Gabriel has announced the first leg of her North American “Estamos A Tiempo US Tour,” which will make a Las Vegas stop at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. Ana Gabriel, affectionately known to her fans as “La Luna de América,” is a legendary Mexican singer who throughout her career has become one of the most important global ambassadors of Mexican music. Throughout her 45 years in the industry, Gabriel has greatly influenced music, not only in Mexico but in Latin America and around the world. In 1974, she debuted with her first professional performance.

Legendary Rockstar Rod Stewart will return to Las Vegas in 2020 for 16 shows of his acclaimed residency "Rod Stewart: The Hits.", presented in partnership by Caesars Entertainment and Live Nation Las Vegas, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. "Rod Stewart: The Hits." will perform select dates from March 6 through Oct. 3, 2020. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has packed an arena-sized concert into an intimate concert experience that's exclusive to Las Vegas audiences - with no seat more than 145 feet from his majestic stage. Featuring chart-topping hits spanning Stewart's unparalleled over five-decade career including "You Wear It Well," "Maggie May," "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy," "The First Cut is the Deepest," "Tonight's the Night" and "Forever Young", the high-energy show treats audiences to an intimate, concert celebration.

The 2020 concerts going on-sale are:
March: 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21
Sept: 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 30
Oct.: 2, 3

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, Michael Bolton, who has sold more than 65 million records globally and continues to tour the world, will perform at The Smith Center Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. 2019 marks Michael’s 50th year of making contributions to the entertainment industry, having been signed at age 16. Bolton remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through the Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 25th year.

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

Igoshows.com is, of course, the place to read the reviews of all of the shows that are in town so that you can be better informed as to what you should expect from a certain production. The reviews are updated as needed to give you the knowledge you need to spend your entertainment dollars better.



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