“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
ROD STEWART EXTENDS RESIDENCY AT CAESARS PALACE: This month, Rod Stewart wrapped up the fourth year of his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and announced spring concert dates for his show “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” Tickets for the first nine concerts March 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 29 and April 1, 2, 5 in 2016 are on-sale.
IL VOLO WILL MAKE 2016 TOUR STOP IN LAS VEGAS: Italian teen pop opera stars, Il Volo, will release their fifth studio album “Grande Amore” at the end of September via Sony Music and make a 35-date tour across America next year starting Feb. 5. Las Vegas is among the stops on Friday, March 25 at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms. In addition, this month PBS in the United States will air their live concert “IL Volo: Live From Pompeii.”
JAMIE FOXX CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF SLS: Grammy award-winning artist Jamie Foxx will perform at Foxtail Pool at SLS on Saturday, Aug. 22 as the property celebrates its first anniversary with a special poolside party. Foxx will deliver a full 75-minute set complete with his classic R&B hits and tracks off his newest album. Tickets are $30. Doors open at 7 p.m.
MIDTOWN MEN PERFORM AT GOLDEN NUGGET: Midtown Men will be the 33rd performing act in the Golden Nugget’s 52 Fridays Concert Series on Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Gordie Brown Showroom. Midtown Men now on their sixth national tour unites stars from the cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” making them the first vocal group formed from a high profile Broadway show. Midtown Men perform the best music hits from the 1960s.
FRANK MARINO CELEBRATES 30 YEARS PERFORMING ON THE STRIP: The real “Queen of the Strip,” Frank Marino who is Las Vegas’ longest-running headliner, will celebrate 30 years performing on the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday, Sept. 19. Currently, Marino and his cast of talented female impersonators appear nightly at The LINQ in a showroom that has been remodeled.
HARVEST FESTIVAL® RETURNS TO CASHMAN CENTER: The annual Harvest Festival® – Original Art & Craft Show will be held at Cashman Center Sept. 11-13 starting at 10 a.m. each day. This one-stop shopping experience with more than 250 exhibitors allows attendees to view more than 24,000 perfect gift items. Attendees get to meet and buy direct from America’s top artisans. There will also be entertainment acts, live music, prize drawings, artist demonstrations, and different foods. Tickets are $9 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $4 youth (13-17), free kids 12 and under. There’s $2 off general or senior admission when attendees donate a can of food, or formula, or paper products for Safe Nest.
REMODELED AND IMPROVED DOWNTOWN HOSTEL NOW OPEN: Owned and operated by Downtown Project, the new and recently remodeled Las Vegas Hostel is just steps from the vibrant Fremont East Entertainment District. The redesigned three-story property includes 38 private and shared rooms housing 154 beds complete with a suite bathroom for privacy. Visitors are encouraged to embrace Downtown Project’s three Cs of collisions, co-learning and connectedness by exploring the surrounding areas either by the property’s new bike sharing program or through various guided tour opportunities. For reservations, visit LasVegasHostel.net or call 800-550-8958.
JEFF CIVILLICO WILL STAY AT FLAMINGO: Family comedy entertainer Jeff Civillico will continue through Labor Day Weekend performing his show at 2 and 4 p.m. in Bugsy’s Cabaret at the Flamingo where he moved while the showroom at The LINQ was being remodeled. As it turns out, he’s going to keep his show at the Flamingo and after a short break will return on Sept. 20 with a new time…5:30 p.m.
MANDY MOORE CREATES FANTASY’S NEW OPENING NUMBER: “Fantasy” at the Luxor celebrating more than 15 successful years on the Strip will have two-time Emmy Award-nominee Mandy Moore jazzing up the show by choreographing a new opening number. Moore, best known for her and role as a guest judge on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” is a world-class director, choreographer and dancer. Her new routine will be set to a music mash-up of Little Mix’s “Salute” and Jordin Sparks’ “I Am Woman.”
In addition, “Fantasy” will also introduce three fresh routines. The show’s director and producer, Anita Mann, will add new staging to Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” performed by the entire cast.
PAWN PLAZA ADDS INNA GADDA DI PIZZA AND PAWN DONUT & COFFEE: Pawn Plaza owner Rick Harrison has announced Inna Gadda di Pizza and Pawn Donut & Coffee will be among the businesses opening at the new shopping venture this fall. Inna Gadda di Pizza comes from the creator of The Cosmopolitan’s “Secret Pizza.” Designed like a New York subway, the restaurant will offer a selection of classic New York-style pizza available by the slice or whole, salads and desserts. Pawn Donut & Coffee will feature Illy® Coffee and oversized donuts with names and flavors influenced by Las Vegas celebrities and fun narratives on the menu.
HENDERSON HOLDS HO’OLAULE’A & PACIFIC ISLANDS FESTIVAL: The Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho’olaule’a & Pacific Islands Festival will showcase the aloha spirit with traditional music, dance, food and crafts on Saturday and Sunday, Sept.12-13 at the Henderson Events Plaza starting at 10 a.m. each day. Other highlights will include a car show and an indoor career, business and health fair. Admission is complimentary.
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND JOHN PRINE PAIR UP AT THE PALMS: Legendary artists Kris Kristofferson and John Prine will appear in a special co-headlining performance in the Pearl at the Palms on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Kristofferson is a three-time Grammy winner, singer-songwriter who has recorded 27 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of The Highwaymen. Grammy-award winning songwriter Prine has stayed at the top of his game as a performer with his trademark guitar finger-picking and songwriting voice. He has penned songs for and extensive list of music stars including Kristofferson.
‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ WILL HEADLINE PH SHOWROOM OCT. 22-24: The upcoming million dollar winner of the milestone Season 10 of “America’s Got Talent” will headline an exclusive engagement of “America’s Got Talent Live,” a stage show version of the TV show in the PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 22-24. Tickets will go on sale after the winner is announced during AGT’s season finale on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
DOUBLE BARREL ROADHOUSE® LAUNCHES DB LIVE!: As part of the Monte Carlo’s front façade, Double Barrel® is an indoor-outdoor space overlooking the Strip. Last Saturday, Double Barrel Roadhouse® launched DB Live! with Las Vegas country rock band Crossroad South at 9 p.m. Featuring live music and a lineup of local bands every week, partygoers can dance from 9 p.m. until closing. Crossroad South will perform again on Saturday, Aug. 22 and John Reno will work on Aug. 29.
BRAD GARRETT HOLDS CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT AT MGM GRAND: MGM Grand will host comedian and Emmy Award-winning actor Brad Garrett’s sixth annual Maximum Hope Foundation Charity Poker Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 19 at noon on the casino floor between Wolfgang Puck and the KÀ Theatre. The fundraising tournament offers participants the opportunity to play alongside Garrett, other celebrities and professional poker players. The poker tournament is a No-Limit Hold’em event with a $250 entry fee. The winner will take home a guaranteed $10,000 first-place prize.
QUEENSRŸCHE AND DOKKEN BOOKED AT LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER: Legendary progressive heavy metal group Queensrÿche supported by classic metal band Dokken will rock the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Saturday, Aug. 29.
In 1988, the band released the monumental album “Operation: Mindcrime,” which became one of the top best-selling concept albums of all time. Dokken formed in 1978 has sold 10 million records worldwide and been nominated for a Grammy Award.
BOOTLEGGER BISTRO CELEBRATES ‘COPA’ ROOM OPENING: The Bootlegger Bistro on the far South Strip will celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting on Aug. 19 for the “Copa” Room, a nightclub ambiance special event center accommodating up to 300 guests. The owner is former Lt. Governor Lorraine Hunt-Bono whose family has been in the restaurant business over the past 65 years. Her mother Maria is still active in the business as Executive Chef at age 98.
SHERRY GORDY PRESENTS WEEKLY LIVE SHOW AT FIESTA RANCHO: Sherry Gordy, daughter of the legendary music mogul Berry Gordy, celebrated the second anniversary of her hit weekly show, “Sherry Gordy Presents Take The Stage” this month. Her open-mic talent showcase takes place at Club Tequila inside Fiesta Rancho on Thursday nights. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover is $5 at the door before 9 p.m. and $10 after.
PALAZZO SHOWS LAST SUMMER WATERFALL ATRIUM TRANSFORMATION: The final and third transformation of The Palazzo® Waterfall Atrium and Gardens summer floral installation is complete. The display, which evokes imagery of Venice’s Carnivale di Venezia, is in its final “look” with the nine-feet tall Venetian topiary women modeling dresses inspired by fantasy fall fashions. The next seasonal atrium design will begin installation Sept. 7 and be done on Sept. 11. The autumn installation will feature cattails soaring 15 feet into the air, and two large floral pumpkins made of orange carnations. They will be surrounded by fall flowers, and birch trees with giant fall leaves suspended from the ceiling.
FAST TRACKING ITEMS: Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay who is the face and executive producer of “Master Chef” and “Hell’s Kitchen” has signed a new two-year contract with the FOX network. The screaming will continue. The Las Vegas Golf Show featuring the largest showcase of golf equipment, apparel, accessories, golf destinations, etc. under one roof will be held at Cashman Center Sept. 5-6 opening at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door; kids are free. Like the old days in Vegas, the El Cortez is offering a $10.95 Prime Rib special 24/7 at the new Siegel’s 1941restaurant where The Flame used to be. Downtown’s eatery Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky debuted a new happy hour menu and some extended late night hours. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. offering $2 PBR drafts, $3 well cocktails and $8 Bowl & Beer – any ramen or rice bowl. On Fridays and Saturdays a full menu is available with DJs until 3 a.m. Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar and all Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill locations will welcome Monday Night Football with drink specials and takeout packages throughout the season beginning Monday, Sept. 14. Aliante will hold weekly parties and gaming contests throughout the NFL and NCAA football seasons from Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Aliante’s award-winning “$100,000 Airin’ it Out Football Contest” returns offering a 17-week game day challenge. Each entry is $25. Monday Night Football parties will be held in the Access Showroom. Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor will toast the unofficial end of summer with Labor Day weekend specials Friday-Monday, Sept. 4 to 7. Happy hour will also be extended through the weekend with $5 Dos Equis beers and Jose Cuervo shots, $6 frozen Cuervo margaritas and strawberry Cruzan daiquiris, and $7 chicken wings and quesadillas. Downtown Therapy restaurant now offers a new lunch menu available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily by Executive Chef Daniel Ontiveros. In honor of Floyd Mayweather’s potential boxing finale, Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris will host two nights of musical performances by DJ Drama and hip-hop artist Wale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept.12-13. UFC star Willie “Whoop Ass Willie” Gates will host a fight night viewing party for the UFC 191: Demetrious “Might Mouse” Johnson vs. John “The Magician” Dodson at the Crazy Horse III gentlemen’s club on Saturday, Sept. 5 starting at 5 p.m.
WET’N’WILD HOLDS SENIOR AND HEROES PROMOTIONS: Wet’n’Wild’s Senior Citizen Days free park entry promotion will run Aug. 21-23 for senior citizens ages 65+ with complimentary tickets at the ticket windows. On Sept.12 and 13, the Salute To Our Heroes promotion will offer free general admission with ID or badge to active members of the U.S. military, veterans and first responders, including active-duty police, sheriff, highway patrol, firefighters, EMT and paramedics. Heroes may also purchase up to six discounted admission tickets at $19.99 for family members.