Holograms, Peyote, and Alice in (Vegas) Wonderland

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Vegas Only Entertainment


Contributed by Jackie Brett

WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM CONCERT WILL DEBUT AT HARRAH’S: The boundary-breaking hologram concert spectacle, “An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Concert,” featuring the entertainer and her superstar voice virtually performing among a live band, backup singers and dancers while being surrounded by cinematic special effects will make its North American debut with an extended residency at Harrah’s starting Oct. 26, 2021. Tickets for the 6 p.m. performances Tuesday through Sunday range from $49 to $89. “An Evening With Whitney” takes audiences on a musical journey through Houston’s storied career using unmatched theatrical stagecraft paired with a live four-piece band, backup singers and dancers all set to digitally remastered arrangements of Whitney’s biggest hits and fan favorites, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “The Greatest Love of All” and an on-your-feet cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.” Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No.1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 Album Charts at No. 1 and the only artist with eight consecutive multi-platinum albums. She was certified by The Guinness World Records as “The Most Awarded Female Artist of All Time” with more than 400 awards, including six Grammys, 22 American Music Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, two Emmy nominations and one win. Houston also had success on the big screen with starring roles in “The Bodyguard,” “Waiting To Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife.” The innovative show coming to Harrah’s is produced and created by BASE Hologram in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and in association with GFour Productions. It is presented through state-of-the-art, proprietary holographic technology.

PEYOTE TO BRING RETRO DESERT CHARM TO FERGUSONS DOWNTOWN: Ryan Doherty, founder of Corner Bar Management, the company behind some of Downtown Las Vegas’ top bars and restaurants, will bring retro desert charm and a touch of glamour to Fergusons Downtown Motel with the company’s latest boutique restaurant and bar, Peyote, opening in early September. Hours will be 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and noon to 2 a.m. Fridays through Sundays. Guests will be encouraged to bask in the sun on the open-air terrace for a fresh brunch from noon to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Fergusons is a retro haven where modern desert architecture, captivating retail and live music collide as one eclectic community. A 3,400-square-foot, color-soaked oasis, Peyote will enhance the mix with distinctive brunch and dinner dishes, creative cocktails and funky, laid-back décor. A cactus and succulent garden will welcome guests upon arrival. A collection of local culinary, cocktail and design architects join Doherty as partners in Peyote. Courtesy of Keegan Arthur Olton, the artist behind Corner Bar’s other light installations at Discopussy and Lucky Day, Peyote’s patio will be adorned with desert-hues and a custom 3D-mapped LED bistro-light canvas. Contrary to the average bistro light, more than 1,500 individually addressable lights include full color RGB pixels to work together, creating a glimmering mirage from above that responds to music controlled by custom lighting control software.

RAISING CANE’S PLANS TWO-STORY RESTAURANT ON STRIP: The well-known chicken finger restaurant chain Raising Cane’s, with its fan base referred to as Caniacs, has plans to open an outlet on the Las Vegas Strip around the end of this year. The new venue will be Cane’s first two-story dining establishment in the country, operate 24-hours a day, and be located near the T-Mobile Arena.

RESORT PLANS INAUGURAL TROPICANA WINE MIXER: With partying in mind, the Tropicana encourages marking you calendar for their inaugural weekend Tropicana Wine Mixer for locals and tourists Sept. 24-26. Guests can immerse themselves in a choose-your-own-style weekend filled with wine, food, learning, and fun at the hotel. Festivities will celebrate the world of winemaking, tasting, and pairing with three days of world-class wine selections, classes, an opening Friday welcome party, a Saturday lunch and dinner party, and a fitting Sunday hangover brunch. The fun begins Friday night, Sept. 24, with a welcome party of wine and hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday offers a day packed with six special classes. The Saturday Happy Hour will feature sampling all the flavors of the day with vendor booths, meat and cheese pairings, a silent auction, and live music. Saturday evening ends with dinner paired with a choice of red or white wine while a Sommelier teaches about wine pairings. Tickets can be purchased for individual events and classes starting at $40, or guests can purchase an all-access weekend pass for the entire weekend for $200 plus tax and fees. A schedule of events and classes, and to purchase tickets, are online at troplv.com.

BOB ANDERSON BRINGS MUSIC AND IMPERSONATIONS TO SOUTH POINT: “People” magazine once called Bob Anderson the very best singing impressionist in the world. Out of all the current tribute artists on Broadway or on tour, VH1 named him No. 1. Anderson will be back in Las Vegas for three nights performing “Music to Remember” at the showroom at South Point Aug. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. Anderson’s story reads like a novel. Anderson was at the right place at the right time when Nancy Sinatra’s opening act at the Sahara got into a disagreement and quit on show day. He did a quick audition and within seven hours was her opening act. Later, Anderson was invited to a party at Merv Griffin’s home where he was discovered doing impressions of the great singers of that time. Griffin booked him on his television show and introduced him as “The Singing Impressionist.” Soon thereafter, Anderson became a regular on every talk and variety show making more than 200 national and international television appearances. He appeared on the “Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson twice in one week. With all the television exposure, Anderson was given his own room at The Top of the Dunes Hotel where his show ran for 10 years. Right from opening night, Anderson was the talk of Las Vegas.

MARTIN NIEVERA WILL RETURN TO M RESORT: Multi-platinum recording artist and international star Martin Nievera will return to the M Resort alongside Best Actor nominee Travis Cloer for his starring role in “Jersey Boys,” for a live performance on Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Nievera, known as the “Concert King” of the Philippines, has appeared as a celebrity judge on “The X Factor Philippines” and has numerous top-selling recordings to his name including 18 platinum, five double-platinum, three triple-platinum, and one quadruple-platinum album. Nievera will perform his famous love songs and ballads including the award-winning “You Are My Song.”

‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’ FILLS SUNDAYS IN AUGUST: A unique production of “Alice in Wonderland” will be performed at The Space every Sunday in August at 2 p.m. After two highly attended afternoons in July, the musical and puppetry production of the timeless classic has been extended. All tickets are $25 online at thespacelv.com or at the door pending availability. The Space encourages local children’s charities to reach out and claim up to 30 complimentary tickets per performance. The Space is committed to bringing a wide variety of family-friendly programming to the community-based performing arts center. In this visually engaging production created by DLUX Puppets, all the characters who encounter Alice are intricately engineered life size puppets, hand built and voiced by the company’s founder Derek Lux, who is a multi-talented performer who starred in “Beach Blanket Babylon” in San Francisco for four years while writing the show and building the puppets during the day. His wife Lauren Lux plays Alice in the production. She is a fourth-grade teacher at a charter school in Henderson and DLUX Puppets’ education director. “Alice in Wonderland” made its debut in May 2017 in Walnut Creek, Calif.

2CELLOS TO PERFORM AT VIRGIN HOTELS NEXT APRIL: The 2022 U.S. tour for 2CELLOS will make a stop at The Theater at Virgin Hotels on Thursday, April 14. The news arrives on the heels of duo’s latest single release, “Demons,” a haunting version of the Imagine Dragons’ hit song, and their 10th anniversary as an act. 2CELLOS is the eclectic duo comprised of two classically trained cellists who reached video viral fame on YouTube from their 2011 rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” The pair, Luka Šulić and HAUSER, have since created a name for themselves with their electric and dynamic playing style. Together, 2CELLOS have amassed 1.3 billion YouTube views, 5.5 million YouTube subscribers, 1 billion streams, and sold nearly 1 million tickets. 2CELLOS have taken the cello to unimagined heights as their signature style breaks down the boundaries between genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. Known for their electric live performances, 2CELLOS have sold out shows around the globe and performed alongside musical greats Steven Tyler, Andrea Bocelli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and George Michael, to name a few, and they were hand-picked by Sir Elton John to perform both as an opener as well as part of the iconic singer’s live band.

LIVE MUSIC – EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND RETURN TO ARIZONA CHARLIE’S: Arizona Charlie’s, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd., will bring live entertainment back to the Naughty Ladies Saloon stage with a performance by popular Eagles tribute band, American Eagle USA, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7. Guests must be at least 21 years of age and admission will be free. American Eagle USA will pay tribute to the award-winning rock band by playing every classic song including “Take it Easy,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “One of These Nights,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Hotel California,” and more. The cover band features musicians who have played alongside artists including John Paul Jones of Led Zepplin, The WHO, The Righteous Brothers and others. In addition to the American Eagle USA performance, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur will offer live entertainment from 9 p.m.–1 a.m. every Saturday in August. Across town Arizona Charlie’s Boulder offers live entertainment every Friday from 9 p.m.–1 a.m.

JEFF CIVILLICO FILLS IN FOR MAC KING AT EXCALIBUR: The Excalibur’s new afternoon headliner Mac King had been booked out of town for a week before his new residency began. However, his pal Jeff Civillico will fill in headlining with his high energy, family-friendly show next week at 1 and 3 p.m. Aug. 3-7. Civillico spent 10 years headlining more than 5,000-plus shows on the Strip. By his own choosing, his last public show on the Strip was at Paris on Dec. 18, 2019.

LITTLE VEGAS CHAPEL OFFERS DISCOUNTS ON NATIONAL COUPLE’S DAY: Married couples can renew their love at The Little Vegas Chapel located within downtown Las Vegas’ Neon Gateway near the famed Arts District on National Couple’s Day, Wednesday, Aug. 18 with special vow renewal offers. Couples married five years or more will receive a percentage off the total cost of the vow renewal package of their choice equivalent to how many years they have been married. For example, couples married 10 years will receive 10% off. Couples married four years or less will receive a complimentary unity candle ceremony with the purchase of a vow renewal package. Couples should call 702-385-5683 to book a reservation.

LAS VEGAS BETTER HOME SHOW RETURNS: The Las Vegas Better Home Show will take place at the Rio Hotel Pavilion Ballroom on Aug. 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking will be free in the Pavilion Lot. After taking more than a year off due to the pandemic, the relaunch of the show will unite hundreds of local Las Vegas businesses back with the community and home improvement inspiration. Tickets for admission are complimentary with pre-registration. This interactive consumer show features top-line appliances, kitchen and bath remodeling, floor coverings, pools and spas, furniture, home builders, home theaters, interior designers, health, home decorating, sunrooms, and much more. Guests can visit with home and garden experts, explore the latest technology in home improvement and customer service, participate in DIY workshops and sign up for exhibitor giveaways and attendee-only deals. The first 250 attendees each day will receive a swag bag of goodies to sample. Additionally, over $2,000 in Gift Card Giveaways will be given throughout both days, plus exhibitor giveaways and free samples. The home show is co-located with the Las Vegas Southwestern Women’s Expo, making it one of the largest two-day events in Las Vegas. Registration on Eventbrite gets you into both shows.


Local luxury reseller and consignment shop Max Pawn at 6040 W. Sahara Ave. near Jones is serving free ice cream and popsicles from a vintage Good Humor cart every Thursday in August from 2 to 4 p.m. Main Street BBQ specialists Soulbelly will have Nashville artist and band David Graham and The Eskimo Brothers on stage, bringing honky tonk straight from Music City on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. Every Wednesday evening from 8-11 p.m. (excluding Aug. 18) Soulbelly hosts Live Band Karaoke with Hot Sauce. Drink Specials include $2 PBRs and $5 well cocktails. Fergusons’ Market in the Alley returns this Sunday, Aug.1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special event to benefit Market organizer Ian Karaer, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Karaer’s community is coming together to assist with medical expenses and needs during this difficult time. All booth fees will go directly to support Karaer, as well as proceeds from special items with each vendor. Three Hash House A Go Go locations – W. Sahara, W. Charleston and N. Stephanie in Henderson – will offer a complimentary Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade on Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. to celebrate National Watermelon Day. CraftHaus will feature new seasonal Micheladas every Monday – from Hatch Green Chile Micheladas to Traditional Haus Made Micheladas and Mangoneadas, each starting at $6.50. Pair your Miche with Elote Nuts for $4.50.