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April 2019

Yay!! April is here! April is the best month of the year (as far as I’m concerned,)...all the other months just pale in comparison. April in Vegas makes you feel alive…it’s that sense of renewal. In Las Vegas, April is a beautiful thing...partly because of the weather, partly because of the bikini clad women at all of the pools in town, and partly because of all of the activities and events that are replete throughout the city.

We received a lot of rain in the past couple of months (well, for Vegas, that is.) The average yearly rain total for Las Vegas is just over 4 inches. So far this year, we have had almost 5 ½ inches! That’s huge for Vegas, and now that we have a lot of sunshine, and the weather is perfect, everything is blooming. This same growth, however, that makes me feel alive is the same thing that make some people dread this time of year. I’m lucky. I don’t have allergies. For a lot of people, though, it is a tough month. The Las Vegas valley seems to find whatever it is that you might be allergic to and send it your allergy sufferers...bring allergy medicine.

The monthly celebrations include: Keep America Beautiful Month, National Welding Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As for the daily celebrations: The 1st of course is April Fool's Day, but it is also International Tatting Day. The 3rd is Don't Go to Work Unless it's Fun Day. The 4th is Hug a Newsman Day, as well as, Tell a Lie Day. The 5th Go for Broke Day, the 6th Plan Your Epitaph Day, and the 7th is National Beer Day, No Housework Day, and World Health Day. The 8th is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day. The 9th is Name Yourself Day and Winston Churchill Day. The 10th is Golfer's Day!! The 11th is Eight Track Tape Day (but we’re not sure why). The 12th is Russian Cosmonaut Day, and the 14th is Ex Spouse Day, International Moment of Laughter Day, Look up at the Sky Day, and Reach as High as You Can Day. The 15th is Titanic Remembrance Day. The 17th is Blah, Blah, Blah Day and Pet Owners Independence Day. The 18th is International Juggler's Day, the 20th is my birthday, the 21st is National High Five Day, the 23rd is Lover's Day and Take a Chance Day, and the 26th is Hug an Australian Day. The 27th is Babe Ruth Day and Tell a Story Day. The 28th is Kiss Your Mate Day and Take Your Daughter to Work Day. And finally, the 30th is National Honesty Day (really it is.)

The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, meaning "to open", in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open" for spring.

The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26 each year, with the peak generally occurring on April 22. Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20 each year with peak activity on or around May 6.

April’s birthstone is the diamond.

The birth flower is typically listed as either the Daisy (Bellis perennis) or the Sweet Pea.

The zodiac signs for the month of April are Aries (until April 19) and Taurus (April 20 onwards).

While Christians are observing Easter; Pagans are celebrating Ostara. In ancient Egypt, the festival of Isis was held to celebrate the resurrection of Osiris. The Celebration of Dionysus always took place about this time in Greece; celebrating the return of the leaves on the grapevines. It seems that there is something innate that is built into the core of our being that senses this time of regeneration for the earth. There have always been celebrations in the spring honoring that spirit of rejuvenation. It is the end of winter. Spring is about re-birth, life after death, and a fresh start after a cold period in our lives. Spring brings us hope.

Lots and lots of stuff is happening in Vegas this month. So brace yourself…

America's all-time top-selling rock ‘n’ roll band, Aerosmith, is bringing the heat to the Las Vegas Strip with their headlining residency, AEROSMITH: DEUCES ARE WILD. This Las Vegas residency will bring guests face to face with America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll band in one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas. The show will feature never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions. Shows begin Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort.

The NAB Show is coming to town (National Association of Broadcasters). It brings in well over 100,000 people. This is the ultimate event for media, entertainment and technology professionals looking for new and innovative ways to create, manage, deliver and monetize content on any platform.

There are at least a half dozen other large conventions also scheduled this month.

Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor has announced a 12-show run in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Taylor will be joined by his All -Star Band for the limited engagement.

The show dates are:

April 2019:  17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27
May 2019:  1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11

As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002.

Following a rapturously received summer tour, Weezer will be returning to the road with Pixies this spring for a run of highly anticipated North American arena dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 21-city tour kicked off March 8 in Louisville, KY and made stops in Montreal, St. Louis, Portland, and more. The tour will wrap on Friday, April 12 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. 

The tour for the band, The 1975 will make a stop in Las Vegas on April 16 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The 1975 just released their third album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Pale Waves and No Rome are special guests. 

On the heels of the biggest and best-selling tour of their career, southern rock band NEEDTOBREATHE will take their music to the fans once again, this time in support of their first-ever acoustic live album, Acoustic Live Vol. 1, playing their most intimate theater shows to date. The band will perform at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Special guest Sean McConnell joins the band for on this date. Described as “a multi-crossover band” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and “incredible instrumentalists” by the Dallas Observer, Metro Weekly raves that the “four-piece rock band, fronted by the Rinehart brothers, puts on an impressive and stirring live show, courtesy of strong group cohesion, uplifting music, and especially Bear Rinehart’s powerhouse pipes.”

GRAMMY® Award-winning international pop icon P!NK announced collaborator and GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter Julia Michaels will join her Beautiful Trauma World Tour as the special guest in 2019. Michaels worked alongside P!NK to write the strikingly honest track “Barbies” and the melancholic song “For Now” from her dynamic 7th studio album, Beautiful Trauma. Produced by Live Nation, the critically acclaimed tour has been lauded by fans and critics alike for P!NK’s spectacular physicality and powerful vocals. The tour will make a Las Vegas stop at T-Mobile Arena Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman, is on his first world tour.  The Man. The Music. The Show. will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserable and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.  The Man. The Music. The Show. will visit the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, July 13, 2019.  Hugh Jackman has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front of live crowds as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time.

The 2019 Las Vegas Film Festival is scheduled to take place April 28 through May 5. Additionally, Zappos has signed on as a presenting sponsor of the eight-day Festival. While the majority of the Festival will take place in venues around Downtown Las Vegas, some events will be held at the Brenden Theatres and Palms Casino Resort, which has served as home to the Festival for the past two years.   “The Las Vegas Film Festival has become a FUNdamental part of the downtown community, emphasis on ‘fun,’ and at Zappos, we look forward to it every year,” said Tyler Williams, Director of Brand Experience at Zappos. “As a longtime supporter of the Festival, we’re passionate about its mission of promoting and encouraging local filmmakers to think outside the box, and we’re all about pushing creative boundaries!”

Fronted by former Escape the Fate frontman, Ronnie Radke, Falling in Reverse brings their signature post-hardcore sound to House of Blues Las Vegas on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Electronic, indie-pop band Passion Pit brings the Manners 10th Anniversary Tour to House of Blues Las Vegas on Friday, May 3, 2019. Best known for the tracks, "Sleepyhead" and "Take a Walk," the Boston, Massachusetts-based Passion Pit began as a one-man project of Michael Angelakos, producing the EP, Chunk of Change as a Valentine's Day gift for his girlfriend.
From Lost Souls to new metal endeavors, Avatar came to fruition when John Alfredsson and Jonas Jarlsby left their former band and regrouped under a new moniker. The Avatar Country World Tour stops at House of Blues Las Vegas on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

GRAMMY Award-winning jazz rock band Steely Dan will return to The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas for a nine-night residency inside The Venetian Theatre on April 24 – May 11, 2019. Each and every night, Steely Dan will treat audiences with selections from The Dan's extraordinary catalog, packed with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, blazing solo work, rich ensembles and sleek, subversive lyrics. On all shows, Donald Fagen will be joined once again by the crack group of brilliant and acclaimed musicians who have famously supported him in recent years, including: Jon Herington (guitar), Connor Kennedy (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), a four-piece horn section and three backup vocalists.

Following multiple sold-out shows at The Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort in 2018, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette is set to return to the intimate venue for two nights only on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, 12 Canadian Juno Awards, seven Grammy® Awards (with an additional 14 nominations), a Golden Globe nomination and sales of more than 60 million albums worldwide. 

Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Bruno Mars will return to Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas for 11 new performance dates in 2019.

•    Monday, April 29
•    Tuesday, April 30
•    Friday, May 3
•    Saturday, May 4
•    Tuesday, Sept. 3
•    Wednesday, Sept. 4
•    Saturday, Sept. 7
•    Monday, Sept. 9
•    Tuesday, Sept. 10
•    Friday, Sept. 13
•    Saturday, Sept. 14
 The 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.  Mars is the first artist to have two songs spend 24 or more weeks in the Hot 100's Top 5 ("That's What I Like" and "Uptown Funk"). He is the only artist in the past year to have both a four-time and six-time platinum single from the same album.

Comedian Jeff Dunham has announced an additional date of his PASSIVELY AGGRESSIVE Tour at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Jeff will be joined by his delightfully twisted cohorts; Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J, and of course, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. The performance on Friday, April 26 will unveil a brand-new character… Or two! Dunham has built an entertainment empire over years of non-stop touring and innovation. With 10 million followers on Facebook and 1.8 million YouTube subscribers amassing over a billion views, Jeff has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world leading to record-breaking viewership with his comedy specials on Comedy Central and NBC.  His astonishing arena packing power has put him on par with major music acts like Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars.

Television host, comedian, author and actor Craig Ferguson is bringing his Craig Ferguson: Hobo Fabulous tour to the Grand Events Center inside Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8 p.m. Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage.

Slightly Stoopid will bring their annual 420 party to Las Vegas as they hit The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas with a blazing performance on Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m. Common Kings (Hawaii) and Fortunate Youth (Los Angeles) will open the show. An eclectic band when it comes to musical styles as well as collaborations, Slightly Stoopid, now in their second decade of making music, continues to manufacture an energizing and multifaceted sound that has been described as “a spiritual bath of positive party energy.” Slightly Stoopid has inspired a collective and community-based atmosphere at their concerts and a laid-back lifestyle reflected within their art.

Platinum selling rising superstar and 11-time chart-topping singer/songwriter Cole Swindell opens the 2019 season for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino's Concerts on the Beach series sponsored by MillerCoors and Pepsi Saturday, April 27 at 9 p.m. The Georgia-born Swindell has been riding a wave of success with his most recent album, All of It, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Country album chart, and his two 2018 headlining tours, "Reason to Drink" and "Reason to Drink...Another Tour." 

Critically acclaimed actor and author Rob Lowe will make his Las Vegas debut on Saturday, April 13 at the Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino as part of his "Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE!" tour. Inspired by the success of his two NY Times Best-Selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Rob has created an all-new, peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage, and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades. Broadway World calls Lowe "as personable and charismatic of a presence onstage as he is onscreen." 

Hozier will be at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort on Sunday, April 7, 2019 with special guest Jade Bird. Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Hozier will embark on the Wasteland, Baby! Tour this spring. Every ticket purchased online for the just-announced headline dates will include a CD copy of Hozier’s forthcoming album Wasteland, Baby!. Fans will also have the option to upgrade their CD to a standard LP copy of the album for an additional charge.

Back by popular demand, Christie Brinkley will join the national tour of the Tony Award-winning hit musical CHICAGO as Roxie Hart for a limited seven-show engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas from April 10–14 following a limited engagement at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. The show will be begin at 7:30 p.m. every night with additional matinee shows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Immediately following the Las Vegas engagement, Christie Brinkley will return to the Broadway production of CHICAGO as “Roxie Hart” for four weeks only, Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, May 12. Broadway’s Longest Running American Musical, CHICAGO is now playing at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC).

Metal stars, I Prevail bring the I PREVAIL: The Trauma Tour to House of Blues Las Vegas on Saturday, April 27, 2019 with supporting acts ISSUES and Justin Stone. Gold-certified Michigan quartet I Prevail refashion, re-up, and recharge rock music on their anxiously awaited 2019 sophomore offering, Trauma. If anybody can elevate the genre to mainstream ubiquity once more, it's this band. 

Could this become the wildest watering hole in Las Vegas? Her first hotel was acquired by the government as an atomic bomb test site, but, decades later, Boozy Skunkton has returned to take over the Kraken Music Hall, a hidden saloon bar in the heart of Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort. Boozy has collected the “most abnormally sexy but sensationally amoral” troupe of entertainers on Earth and is determined to create the greatest saloon show the world has ever known.  ATOMIC SALOON SHOW begins Las Vegas performances on Sept. 8, 2019. With an international cast of comic actors, variety acts, and acrobats, ATOMIC SALOON SHOW will take audiences to the Wild West as it never was. Ensuring she can oversee the day-to-day wrangling of her band of misfits, Madam Skunkton has enlisted the assistance of Spiegelworld and Britain’s leading comedy director Cal McCrystal to create the new show that’s envisioned as “Blazing Saddles” meets “America’s Got Talent” meets “Westworld.”

Latin hit-makers, Gipsy Kings flamenco to the stage at House of Blues Las Vegas on Monday, April 29, 2019. The Gipsy Kings captured the world's imagination with their self-titled debut album 25 years ago, introducing millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. The band has since toured to the farthest-flung corners of the planet, and sold almost 20 million albums, all while retaining the same line-up of virtuoso musicians.

The Play That Goes Wrong, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, will make its Las Vegas debut at The Smith Center April 18-24.  Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The 'Cornley University Drama Society' who are attempting to put on a 1920s' murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong...does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.

Actor, executive producer and Emmy-nominated comedian Kevin James will return to The Mirage Hotel & Casino Saturday, April 27 at 10 p.m. James began his stand-up career in Long Island before signing a network development deal in 1996 to create his own sitcom. He earned an Emmy nomination in 2006 for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" as the executive producer and star of the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens." The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and worldwide. James made his big screen debut in Columbia Pictures' 2005 feature film "Hitch," starring opposite Will Smith.  He went on to star alongside Adam Sandler in "Pixels," Grown Ups: 1 and 2, and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry." He was the producer, co-writer and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop 1 and 2, "Zookeeper" and "Here Comes The Boom." 

Reggae at The Park brings island vibes and smooth rhythms to The Strip for an evening of music for all ages on Saturday, April 13. This complimentary event is headlined by YouTube sensation Conkarah, who has more than 200 million combined views. Conkarah has built his following by producing creative reggae interpretations of popular hit songs and has completed two world tours, performing for fans in more than 20 countries. The event lineup also includes performances by local musicians Band of Bruddahs and teen crooner Rosie Delmah, whose cover of "Hello" by Adele with Conkarah has amassed more than 95 million views on YouTube.

Multiplatinum, three-time Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band is set to kick-off the first of the KAOS Pool Concert Series concerts on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Zac Brown Band is led by front man, Zac Brown along with Jimmy De Martini (fiddle), John Driskell Hopkins (guitar), Clay Cook (guitar), Chris Fryar (drums), Coy Bowles (guitar), Daniel de los Reyes (percussion) and Matt Mangano (bass guitar). Since their debut, Zac Brown Band has developed a reputation with critics and fans alike as one of the most dynamic live/studio acts, marked by strong musicianship and a creative range that defies genre boundaries. Throughout their decade-long career, Zac Brown Band has had five consecutive albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and four consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21, the longest-running music festival in Las Vegas history – will return to The Orleans Hotel and Casino, bringing together rockabilly enthusiasts in a fun-packed weekend. Festivalgoers will be taken back to the 1950s with performances by rockabilly musical legends, retro 1950s fashion shows and a vintage car show, featuring hundreds of classic rods.

Puddles Pity Party, America’s giant, sad clown with the golden voice, continues his limited engagement with nine indelible nights at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace. The new dates at begin April 25 through June 15.  Puddles’ show, in the intimate setting of the iconic Caesars Palace showroom, consists of several new tunes and plenty of Puddles classics, as well as improvisational audience participation moments including a “Luck of the Draw” segment where fans roll the dice or pick a card to determine which song Puddles will sing next. Each show is a bit different from the next, depending on which song titles the audience selects.  

For the first time, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will head to Las Vegas, NV to film five original shows starting MONDAY, APRIL 1. The show will broadcast from Caesars Entertainment's Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets for Jimmy Kimmel Live are available at

REAL BODIES at Bally's, an exhibition featuring 20 real, perfectly preserved human bodies and more than 200 anatomical specimens is offering free admission for kids during the month of April with purchase of an adult ticket. The exhibit offers thought-provoking perspectives on the study of human anatomy in relation to world cultures as well as the emotional expressions embedded in each of our physiological functions. Guests receive one free children's admission ticket with purchase of a full price adult ticket.

The world-famous Comedy Cellar has announced the April 2019 lineup for its first West Coast location, an exact replica of its New York club, at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Known for its distinctive "showcase format," featuring five television-headliner comedians performing their best 15-20 minute sets, the renowned comedy club brings the unique vibe from the iconic, underground Greenwich Village club, including the "brick wall and stained glass," low-ceiling design and full food and drink menu from the club's sister bar and late-night hangout The Fat Black Pussycat. 
Jared Freid, Nicole Aimee, Rocky Dale Davis, Sherrod Small and MC Mark Cohen

Dean Delray, Adrienne Iapalucci, Owen Smith, Sean Patton and MC Mark Cohen

Vladimir Caamaño, Butch Bradley, Andy Haynes, Kathleen Dunbar and MC Mark Cohen

Joel Osborn, Dennis Regan, Emmy Blotnick, Ty Barnett and Mark Cohen
Dean Delray, Erin Jackson, Jeff Leach, Greer Barnes and Mark Cohen

In celebration of ACM Awards weekend in Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas’ GO Pool is going country with a special performance by Parmalee on Saturday, April 6. The Platinum-selling group is scheduled to perform at 3:30 p.m. The performance will be the first of many country concerts to be held at the pool this summer. The GO Pool will also host a Country Concert Series with 95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ NEW Country Leader hosted by Big D, featuring six of today’s hottest country music superstars who will perform evening shows throughout the summer, starting with Jimmie Allen on Tuesday, May 7. Other confirmed artists include Dylan Scott on Friday, May 31, Randy Houser on Friday, July 12, Midland on Friday, July 26, Russell Dickerson on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Mitchell Tenpenny on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

After entertaining audiences since their September 2008 debut, Donny & Marie Osmond have announced the final shows of their legendary residency in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas. The multi-talented duo will return to the stage for their final performances through Nov. 16, 2019. What began as only a six-week concert engagement ended up being so well received that by popular demand, the residency was extended again and again. After Donny & Marie celebrated 10 years of performing on the Las Vegas stage last September, the duo will enter their 11th and final year of performances while bestowing Flamingo with their everlasting legacy.  

The final 2019 performances are:

March 21 – 23, 26 – 30

April 9 – 13, 16 – 20, 23 – 27, 30

May 1 – 4, 7 – 11, 14 – 18, 21 – 25

June 4 – 8, 11 – 15

July 1 – 3, 5 – 6

Aug. 20 – 24, 27 – 31

Sept. 2 – 5, 7, 10 – 14, 17 – 21, 24 – 28

Oct. 1 – 5, 8 – 12, 15 – 19, 29 – 31

Nov. 1 – 2, 5 – 9, 12 – 16

 From the pop-fueled medley of modern mash-ups in the opening number, to songs from each of their latest albums, to the nostalgic nod to their variety-show past in the show's close, Donny & Marie take their fans on a musical journey that further proves their performing pedigree. Consistently named among the "must see" and "best of" shows in Las Vegas and performing regularly to packed audiences, it's no wonder that perennially-popular siblings Donny & Marie Osmond have successfully entertained at Flamingo Las Vegas for over a decade.  

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