BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by: Jackie Brett
KEITH URBAN SET TO RE-OPEN THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will reopen with four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban’s “Graffiti U World Tour” featured in back-to-back shows on Sept. 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. Urban’s performances will mark the debut of the newly-enhanced giant showroom and the first to utilize the venue’s new main floor general admission capability. Tickets start at $59 and go on public sale Friday, July 19. The reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year headliner’s concerts feature many of his 24 chart-topping songs including Graffiti U’s “Coming Home,” Ripcord album’s “Wasted Time” and “The Fighter,” which features Carrie Underwood, mega hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” and seminal No. 1’s including “Somebody Like You,” “Days Go By,” “Long Hot Summer” and “Stupid Boy.” On May 14, Urban released “We Were,” his first new single of 2019. The celebrated Grammy winning artist and member of the Grand Old Opry has also won 13 Country Music Association Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, four People’s Choice Awards and four American Music Awards.
FASHION SHOW IS FIRST VEGAS LOCATION FOR IKE’S LOVE & SANDWICHES: Last week, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches debuted its first Las Vegas location inside Fashion Show Las Vegas. Ike’s Las Vegas expansion follows the recent announcement of plans to grow to more than 100 locations by the end of 2020. This year alone, Ike’s has already opened 10 new restaurants and has 64 restaurants across California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and recently Texas. Ike Shehadeh is the founder and face behind the brand. Each location opens with its own exclusive sandwich, imaginatively named for the community. For Las Vegas, Ike’s is introducing the inaugural High Roller Menu with three decadent sandwiches: the “Howard Hughes” valued at $100; for smaller appetites the “Queen of Hollywood’s Royal Cheesesteak” at $69; and the “Bugsy Siegel” also $69. wo new regular-priced sandwiches have been added in Las Vegas: “Don’t Put Me On The Backburner” and vegetarian option “Silver Slipper” paying homage to the former casino, “Silver Slipper.” The ample menu includes more than 500 vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free sandwich options. Ike’s Love & Sandwiches first opened in 2007 under the name “Ike’s Place” in San Francisco and quickly developed a cult and celebrity following, due to the creative offerings on Dutch Crunch bread with “Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce.” Ike’s Love & Sandwiches is open daily 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Sunday.
ICEBAR WILL OPEN AT LINQ PROMENADE IN NOVEMBER: ICEBAR, a brand-new project created by Noel Bowman of Minus5 Ice Experience, will be a new ice adventure opening this November at The LINQ Promenade. The new chill vibe attraction will replace Sprinkles Cupcakes next to the Promenade’s fountain. ICEBAR like Minus5 will offer the frozen ambience and frosty cocktails as well as new immersive features such as dynamic projection mapping. Construction on ICEBAR will transform the existing space into cool, blue and green décor elements and signage on the exterior. Most of the space will be devoted to the 1,200-square-foot ice attraction with more than 100 tons of hand-carved ice. The space will be maintained at 32 degrees Fahrenheit by a sophisticated, state-of-the-art refrigeration system. In addition, there will be a warm spot, a 1,000-square-foot covered patio facing the Promenade’s fountain with a bar and lobby at the front entrance. ICEBAR will be open to the general public daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The venue will also be available for private events with a capacity for up to 500 guest using the indoor and outdoor space.
‘TERRY BRADSHAW SHOW’ AT LUXOR HAS SPECIAL OFFERS: “The Terry Bradshaw Show,” featuring legendary professional football player and memorable big personality entertainer, Terry Bradshaw, has introduced exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities and special ticket options for his 8 p.m. Aug. 1–4 performances at the Luxor.Tickets prices start at $65.99. VIP tickets for each show start at $217.99 and include a front row seat inside the Atrium Showroom plus a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Bradshaw following each show. Discounted ticket prices are available offering 50 percent off for military and 30 percent off for M life Rewards members. Vocalists Lorena Peril and Anne Martinez, both headliners in the award-winning revue “Fantasy” at the Luxor, will join Bradshaw on stage. Anita Mann, who produces “Fantasy,” has directed Bradshaw’s show, which has been written by Jon Macks with original songs by David Goldsmith and John Kavanaugh. Bradshaw, the only NFL player with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has starred in Hollywood hits including “Failure to Launch” and “Father Figures,” NBC’s “Better Late than Never” with co-stars William Shatner, Henry Winkler and George Foreman, and most recently on FOX’s new hit, “The Masked Singer.” Bradshaw is also a gospel and country singer, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author and breeder of championship quarter horses.
‘LEGENDS’ AT TROPICANA HAS NEW SUMMERTIME LINEUP: “Legends in Concert,” Las Vegas’ longest-running show in its 36th year, introduced a new lineup of powerhouse talent for summer this month at the Tropicana.The new superstars being represented include Nair Cardozo’s tribute to Adele; Tino Ilbach’s homage to Stevie Wonder; Daniel Durston’s portrayal of The King, Elvis Presley; Nellie Norris’ colorful homage to Cyndi Lauper; and John Anthony’s Rod Stewart impression. Equally important for the ongoing success of “Legends in Concert” is the ever-changing impressive production value which includes a live band, backup singers, dancers, and distinctive wardrobe changes including dazzling historic showgirl costumes curated directly from past Vegas productions, creating a special tribute to the showgirl glamour, which was synonymous with the Entertainment Capital of the World. “Legends in Concert” is performed Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.99.
NEW LATE-NIGHT TEASE ROOM OPENS AT THE NERD AT NEONOPOLIS: The Princess Wendy Late Night Tease Room will begin on Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. at The Attic’s stage at The Nerd on the 2nd floor of Neonopolis downtown. This underground playhouse will be hosted by Princess Wendy and highlight her wacky rotating cast of characters presenting a raucous evening of comedy, burlesque and sexy circus acts. Tickets start at $34.95 for the weekly Friday and Saturday shows. The show was conceived by the creative husband and wife duo of Heidi Brucker Morgan and Matthew Morgan and directed by the latter. Both are entertainers, clowns, actors, comedians and producers who travel the world. In addition to running their own theater company Shotspeare; they perform, write and create numerous live theater productions and circus shows across the globe, such as “Stinky Monkey.”
LAS VEGAS PUBLICLY CELEBRATES OSCAR GOODMAN’S 80TH BIRTHDAY: The downtown Las Vegas community will congregate for a special 80th birthday celebration for the former 21st city of Las Vegas Mayor and famous mob attorney Oscar B. Goodman on Thursday, July 18 at the Fremont Street Experience Main Street Stage. The event will open at 5 p.m. with entertainment and a birthday program beginning at 6 p.m. Las Vegas showman Frankie Scinta will emcee and welcome local entertainers and special guests. The special event will include a memorable 80 martini salute poured by 80 bartenders in coordination with the United States Bartenders’ Guild Las Vegas Chapter and Bombay Sapphire, the Mayor’s gin of choice. Tickets are $20 online for folks 21 and older to attend and will include a commemorative poker chip. All proceeds will benefit Keep Memory Alive (KMA), the nonprofit organization which supports the Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.. Following the Fremont Street Experience birthday event, guests can walk to Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza to continue the party as Goodman and his friends and family celebrate over dinner with live music, showgirls, and a special surprise at evening’s end. Diners can also order the special prix fix three-course meal “What Oscar Eats” featuring his favorite dishes, which will be available from July 18-26 for $80, with a portion of the meal’s proceeds also benefitting KMA. In addition, the Hizzoner martini will be featured as “What Oscar Drinks.” Customers who order the Bombay Sapphire martini with jalapeño garnish will receive a commemorative martini glass (while supplies last), and 50 percent of the cocktail’s proceeds will be donated to KMA. Oscar’s Steakhouse will host Goodman’s wax figure from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas during his birthday week July 18-26, allowing restaurant guests the opportunity to take a selfie with his double. Goodman’s likeness, which is dressed in clothes from his personal closet, was added to the museum in 2008.
R&B ‘90S ARTISTS VISIT ORLEANS ARENA: Iconic R&B artists of the ‘90s will bring their top hits to the fifth-annual Throwback Sizzling Jam at the Orleans Arena on Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. Featured artists include Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown, Blackstreet, Ginuwine, 112, Silk, Michel’le and Public Announcement. Tickets start at $45. Keith Sweat took the R&B world by storm in 1987 after his debut album “Make It Last Forever” sold more than three million copies. He went on to win the American Music Award for Favorite Male R&B/Soul Artist in 1997. Bobby Brown rose to fame in the late ‘70s as a member of the R&B group New Edition and later pursued a solo career. He released one of his most famous albums “Don’t Be Cruel” in 1988. Grammy Award-winning group Blackstreet rose to fame in the mid-90s after releasing their 1996 hit single “No Diggity” featuring Dr. Dre.
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL PARTICIPATES IN BEER PARK’S EXPANSION OPENING: Beer Park at Paris celebrated its new 10,000-square-foot interior expansion with a grand opening party last week featuring special guest Shaquille O’Neal. “Beer Park is a special place to party in Las Vegas because there are so many different beers from around the world,” said O’Neal. “There’s a great view of the Strip and it’s a great place to hang out in Vegas.” The outdoor rooftop and grill, which opened in early 2016, introduced a new indoor area for dining, drinks, karaoke and games. O’Neal kicked off the opening party by posing for photos on the red carpet, accompanied by entertainers and local performers, including the cast of “Fantasy.” More than 500 guests were greeted with complimentary beers and culinary offerings.
CRISS ANGEL CELEBRATES 100th SHOW AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD: Criss Angel, his cast and crew recently commemorated the 100th performance of Criss Angel MINDFREAK® at Planet Hollywood. After the show’s finale, the superstar magician was surprised on stage with a MINDFREAK-themed cake presented by his partners at Caesars Entertainment and BASE Entertainment. The show which opened last December, marks Angel’s triumphant return to Planet Hollywood where he filmed the first two seasons of his acclaimed television series “Mindfreak.” Angel’s residency show is performed Wednesday-Sunday at 7 p.m.
IT’S SHARK TIME AT INFLUENCE, THE POOL AT THE LINQ HOTEL: Influence, The Pool at The LINQ Hotel + Experience for adults-only offers complimentary admission daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and will transform into a shark-themed retreat for revelers to enjoy “fin-tastic” poolside programming, drink specials, shark swag and more. For the second year in a row, the daylife destination is offering a social media sweepstakes through Wednesday, July 31 for the chance to win a two-night stay in a Cabana Suite, a $250 dining credit and complimentary bottle service at the pool. To enter, follow @linqpool on Instagram and post a splashy photo using the hashtag #SinkYourTeethSweeps. Guests who show their entry at any Influence bar will receive a complimentary signature cocktail.
DINING • BEVERAGE NEWS
Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will celebrate National Tequila Day with a week of shot specials Monday-Friday, July 22-26. Cabo Wabo will offer discounted blanco tequila shots at 50 percent off with select tequila brands, including Cabo Wabo Tequila, Espolòn and Camarena. In addition, a wide selection of signature tequila cocktails including the CW Margarita for $13, and the Cocorita for $14 will be featured. Downtown’s Mexican eatery La Comida on S. Sixth Street will keep the tequila flowing for National Tequila Day on Wednesday, July 24 and offer buy-one, get-one free tequila shots on all brands available at the restaurant. In addition, specialty margaritas, including the Spicy Cucumber Margarita, will be $14. Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Summerlin will celebrate National Tequila Day July 24 with more than 40 tequila selections, its signature Cadillac “Naughty Maggie” Margarita for $13.50, and 2-7 p.m. happy hour. Lavo Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo just launched a new weekend, Saturday-Sunday, Lavo Endless Italian Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This summer, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering its Summer Regional Menu Series, a changing rotation of prix fixe menus inspired by Italy’s most renowned culinary regions. Each four-course menu is $49 while wines selected to complement each menu are offered at special prices as well. The current Summer Regional Menu spotlights Apulia through July 25.
Local children’s author and philanthropist C.A. Hartnell will hold a book signing and reading at Barnes & Noble in Henderson on Sunday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hartnell is an award-winning author of a historical fiction four-book series, The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann, which provides readers of all ages a glimpse into real-life issues of the 1950s. Her books are “Scary Spring,” “Sinister Summer,” “Ferocious Fall,” and “Wild Winter.” Her chapter-book series and coloring books recently earned her a “Mom’s Choice Gold Award,” and others including the “Moonbeam Children’s Book Award” and “Literary Classics Award.” The 11th annual Little Black Dress Party fundraiser with music, bottle specials and a silent auction is being held at on Saturday, July 20 from 8-11 p.m. at Blue Martini in Town Square. Tickets are $10 and will include one complimentary cocktail drink ticket for a welcome glass of Moet & Chandon champagne or Belvedere cocktail. All the ticket sales will be donated to The Shade Tree of Las Vegas. For reservations call 702-596-8534 or for information contact Leah Lowe at LeahL@bluemartini.com. Downtown Container Park will hold a beach-inspired Kids Camp event on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Lawn. Each $10 ticket available online includes unlimited slips and slides through an inflatable water obstacle course, sky-high water slide and other sun-soaked activities. At the end, beach bums can gather around for photo opportunities and snacks. The 50th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is over and the numbers remain impressive. There were 8,569 entries for the main event with a $10,000 entry fee, which was the largest number since 2006. The net prize pool was $80,548,600 and the 1st place prize was $10 million.
Canadian rapper Nav and singer Ella Mai were spotted partying with Mustard when he headlined the Baller’s Ball at TAO’s Worship Thursday party in Las Vegas. Also spotted at TAO Nightclub were Atlanta Hawk’s head coach Lloyd Pierce, Dion Waiters of the Miami Heat, Derrick White of the San Antonio Spurs, and former NBA pro Sheldon Mac. Nikki Glaser, stand-up comedian, actress, and podcast, radio and TV host, experienced FLY LINQ with national on-air radio personality Bobby Bones. They were joined by actor Andrew Collin and comedian Emil Wakim. Last week, New Jersey Devils defenseman Connor Carrick, Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Mitch Marner, and Ottawa Senators right winger Connor Brown attended the “Absinthe” 10 p.m. show at Caesars Palace. Also, Mexican TV personality Sophia Rivera Torres was in attendance.