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Vegas Debuts, Summer Concerts, Food Days

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Jackie Brett

BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW

contributed by Jackie Brett 

FOREIGNER HAS 2020 RESIDENCY AT THE VENETIAN: Foreigner will have an group on balconeyexclusive headlining residency show at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® Resort beginning Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Foreigner still rocks the charts more than 40 years in the music game garnering 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits including the worldwide No. 1 song, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Albums sold, now exceeds 80 million. Foreigner’s lineup includes founder, visionary maestro, and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mick Jones; lead singer Kelly Hansen; multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel; noted bassist Jeff Pilson; Michael Bluestein on keyboards; guitarist Bruce Watson; and Chris Frazier on drums. Tickets starting at $49.95 and go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 9. The 10 performances going on sale are Jan. 24, 25, 29, 30, Feb. 1, and April 17, 18, 24, 25.

MAMA RABBIT BAR WILL OPEN AT PARK MGM: Mama Rabbit Bar featuring Las Vegas’ most extensive collection of mezcal and tequila will make its debut at Park MGM thistequila bar month. Mama Rabbit is an ode to Oaxacan culture curated by James Beard Award-winning mezcalera Bricia Lopez, who is widely credited for the rise of mezcal in the United States. The first chance to visit Mama Rabbit Bar will be on Aug. 28 at an evening industry party open to the public and featuring the first taste of Mama Rabbit’s signature cocktails, spirits and light bites, along with live entertainment. Celebrations continue Mexican Independence Day weekend with a VIP invite-only grand opening party Sept. 13, and opening to the public that day at 11 p.m.

STRAT DEBUTS NEW LINK SLOT LOUNGE AND PHASE OF CASINO REMODEL: In  partnership with Aristocrat Technologies, The STRAT Hotel, Casino and sky loungeSkyPod has unveiled the new Link™ Slot Lounge, along with the first phase of a casino remodel. Both are located on the resort’s main floor near the new BLVD & MAIN Taphouse and View Lounge. The Link Slot Lounge showcases 44 games from Aristocrat’s most entertaining and successful titles. The 2,346-square-foot lounge is modern in design and feel, with triangular mirrors suspended from the ceiling and rich contemporary seating. The first phase of the casino floor remodel spans 10,371 square feet with 236 machines and reveals The STRAT’s new design and branding, inspired by the sky, sun, stars and moon with tones of blue and amber; the signature color the same sky blue that is used in the property’s new logo. The entire 80,000-square-foot casino, encompassing 750 machines and 44 tables, will be fully remodeled by the end of 2019. Other new features include new directional signage, new video walls at check-in and behind the box office, and an intimate casino lounge is under construction with an opening expected for fall.

FASHION SHOW DISPLAYS NEW NATURE-INSPIRED STAIRCASE MURAL: In partnership with local hometown artist Michael Dodson and curator Patrick Duffy, Fashion Show mall on the Strip has debuted a larger than life three-dimensional mural on thebug mural northern Plaza staircase near Neiman Marcus. The nature-inspired painted installation titled, “Be Kind to Bugs” pays tribute to Nevada’s desert landscape. The artwork features more than 50 colors, painted entirely by freehand, and took the artist 15 days to complete. Dodson holds a Bachelor of Science, with an emphasis in studio art from Skidmore College in New York, and master’s degree from Christie’s Education in New York City. In 2015, Dodson worked with art galleries, auction houses, web-based art galleries and print studios in New York City. He now serves as Artist-in-Residence at Opportunity Village’s New Opportunities for Visionary Arts (NOVA) initiative.

CARLOS SANTANA HOUSE OF BLUES’ RESIDENCY CONTINUES IN 2020: Photo: CRoberto-FinizioFamed guitarist Carlos Santana will continue his residency in 2020 at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Some dates are already set starting on Jan. 22. Tickets for “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live” start at $99.50. This year marked the 20th anniversary of Carlos Santana’s groundbreaking album “Supernatural” and the 50th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock. Staying relevant, Santana’s latest album release in June is “Africa Speaks.” To date, Santana has won 10 Grammy awards and three Latin Grammys. He won a record-tying nine Grammy awards for a single project for 1999’s “Supernatural” including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth” as well as three Latin Grammys.

‘O’ AT BELLAGIO EXTENDS SHOW SCHEDULE TO NIGHTLY: “O” by Cirque du Soleil, which debuted in 1998, for the first time is extending the show schedule to performances every night of the week at Bellagio. The spectacular production will add performances on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in January 2020. More than 17 million guests have viewed the aquatic production featuring incredible acrobats and synchronized swimmers including nine Olympians, performing 60-foot high dives in a 1.5-million-gallon pool. The timeless masterpiece now includes 85 additional cast and crew members to accommodate the new schedule.

FANTASY FOOTBALL EVENTS WITH EXPERT MATTHEW BERRY: Fantasy football guru, Matthew Berry is set for a weekend of events Friday, Aug. 16 at Caesars Palace and Saturday, Aug. 17 at The LINQ. Berry will share stories, answers questions and discussman with football favorite picks for this year’s draft on Friday at Cleopatra’s Barge inside Caesars Palace at 8 p.m. Afterwards he’ll move to Montecristo Cigar Bar for a meet and greet. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $75 for VIP. On Saturday, Berry continues his visit at The Book at The LINQ. He will host two fantasy football drafts at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Space is limited; check for more information and tickets. Berry is known from the award-winning shows “Fantasy Football Now” and “The Fantasy Show” and other television appearances.

COLLECTIVE SOUL HEADLINES FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE: Multi-platinum American rock band Collective Soul as part of the free Downtown Rocks concert series at the Fremont Street Experience will perform on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. The chart-topping band will take over the 3rd Street Stage under the Viva Vision canopy to deliver a full-length performance. The Downtown Rocks concert series will continue throughout the year. Upcoming free shows this month include Buckcherry on 1st Street Stage Aug. 17, and on the 3rd Street Stage Cheap Trick on Aug. 24 followed by The Wallflowers on Aug. 30. I Love the 90s featuring Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, All-4-One, Tone Loc and Coolio will appear on Sept. 1 on 3rd Street Stage.

FERRARO’S OFFERS UNDER THE STARS DINING EVENTS: Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar’s late-night, all-you-can-eat patio grilling event Sotto le Stelle – Under the Stars will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Guests will enjoy award-winning Executive Chef Francesco DiCaudo’s traditional Italian grilled meats as well as pasta, risottos, and vegetables. The alfresco party will take place every two weeks and with different dishes each time. Cost is $25, which includes a complimentary drink from the bar. Wines will be offered at 50 percent off and spirits at 25 percent off.

SHOE QUEEN SARAH JESSICA PARKER VISITS BELLAGIO AND ARIA: Sarah Jessica Parker, actor, businesswoman and designer, will visit her SJP boutique at Bellagio on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The bubbly fashionista will help guests select and style their SJP shoes and accessories. On Sunday, Aug. 11 around 6 p.m., following her time at Bellagio, Parker will pop into Terrene at ARIA, a fashion boutique which features her shoe line.

JOHNNY WAS OPENS STORE AT FASHION SHOW: The women’s clothing and accessory brand Johnny Was based in Southern California since 1987 opened a store in Las Vegas and first in Nevada this month at Fashion Show as it continues to expand its national retail presence. The brand operates 53 retail boutiques nationwide. Johnny Was designs timeless clothes and accessories reflecting an effortless elegance and relaxed lifestyle. The brand includes a full line of fabrics, signature prints and detailed accessories. The 1,252-square-foot Las Vegas store features hand-painted wall murals by artist Christopher Lord. The store greets customers with a curated selection of custom embroidered jackets, dusters, kimonos, blouses, and accessories.

THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH HOLDS SUMMER CONCERTS: A free public Summer Concert Series is being held at The District at Green Valley Ranch every Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. through Aug. 31 in the courtyard off Main Street. The lineup will feature Jonny Hazard Aug. 9; progressive rock musician Mikey Tucker Aug. 10 and 31; TJ Gage Aug. 16; Gracen Reign Aug. 17; Sonia Baracelona Aug. 23; Cameron Dettman Aug. 24; and Richard Mann Aug. 30.

RED ROCK HOSTS NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTION WEEKEND: Red Rock Resort will host the 7th annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Aug. 9–10. The weekend will include a special meet and greet, amateur fight, and gala for the two-day affair. The weekend will start with Meet & Greet: The Fan Experience inside the Charleston Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to get autographs, take photos and converse with boxers and contributors to the industry. Tickets are $50. The WBC Green Belt Challenge Amateur Fight presented by the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) will take place inside the Charleston Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. Admission is free. The 7th Annual NVBHOF Gala Dinner Ceremony will conclude the weekend inside the Summerlin Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 7-10 p.m. VIP weekend package, which starts at $250, is required to attend the ceremony.

HENRY WINKLER VISITED TERRY BRADSHAW’S SHOW: Henry Winkler visited two men on red carpet“The Terry Bradshaw Show” to support his buddy’s recent three-night headlining gig at the Luxor’s Atrium showroom. The legendary professional football player and award-winning actor became fast friends while filming their hit NBC adventure travel show, “Better Late Than Never.” There’s no question when they were handing out mesmerizing fun personalities, an extra dose was given to Bradshaw. If he ever returns to do a show again, it’s a worthwhile experience with Bradshaw singing, storytelling, showing videos and providing laughs. He was joined on stage by singers Lorena Peril and Anne Martinez and an outstanding band.

BOULDER STATION CELEBRATES 25 YEARS SERVING LOCALS: Station Casinos’ second property, Boulder Station, which opened Aug. 23, 1994, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month with a variety of month-long dining specials, daily gaming promotions, and live entertainment. On Saturday, Aug. 24, guests can celebration on the casino floor with cupcakes and champagne from 6 to 8 p.m. Guadalajara is serving $1 crunchy ground beef or chicken tacos and $5 margaritas all month long. All casino bars are offering special 25th anniversary commemorative glassware and $4 Miller Lite and $5 Jack Daniels shots with a “Keep the Glass” promotion through August. Live entertainment in honor of the celebratory three-day Thursday-Saturday weekend at The Railhead will include Boulder Blues with Hadden Sayers on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. ($5 cover at the door); Bailongo a La Mexicana with Banda Destructora on Aug. 23 at 11 p.m. (two-drink minimum; ladies free); and San Francisco big-hair band Night Ranger, known for the ballad “Sister Christian” and the guitar-shredding “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. (tickets start at $27.50).

SILVERTON HOSTS ONE DRUNK PUPPY WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER: The annual One Drunk Puppy wine tasting event to benefit The Animal Foundation will be held attwo women with cocktails the Silverton on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 6–9 p.m. Event attendees will enjoy complimentary appetizers, silent auction, entertainment and a wide selection of international wines from Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Nevada. This year, the wine wall returns where guests pay $20 and choose a number from a bowl, which is matched to a numbered bottle of wine on the wall. Admission is $35; day of event $40.

PVP ZONE HOLDS BLACK SALT COREUPTION ESPORTS TOURNAMENT: The first eSports Tournament for two-time Award-winning Black Salt Coreuption fighting game will take place at PVP ZONE, 24-hour eSports destination at 6250 W. Charleston Blvd., Saturday, Aug. 17. Tournament entry is $15 and the winner will receive a $500 cash prize. All entries will receive an HBO Award-winning Black Salt short-film DVD and a digital Black Salt comic book.

SLATER’S 50/50 FEATURES TWO BURGERS TO BENEFIT FIREFIGHTERS: Slater’s 50/50 Las Vegas at 457 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd. #100 is offering two special burgers – “The Crew” and “The Flashover” – now through Sept. 3 with 15 percent of each burger sold going to the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation. Burgers are $17.99.

THE MILLIONAIRE PROGRESSIVE AT VENETIAN RESORT HAD A WINNER: For the sixth time since its inception late last year, The Millionaire Progressive at The Venetian® Resort crowned another winner who was dealt a spade royal flush while playing three card poker at The Palazzo casino and won $1,013,539. The Venetian® Resort launched one of the largest table games progressives in the city last year, which begins at $1 million and increases incrementally, and is eligible by placing a $5 side bet. To win, the player must be dealt a natural royal flush. The progressive is available on several table games: Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride, Caribbean Stud, Crazy 4 Poker, and Mississippi Stud in both The Venetian and The Palazzo casinos.

ABOUT TOWN

Mary J. Blige will headline The Joint at Hard Rock on Friday and Saturday, Aug. Photo Global Media Group16-17. Tickets start at $50.50. TV personality Brody Jenner last weekend took over the DJ booth at TAO Beach with Devin Lucien. Later he and a group of guys dined at TAO for a dinner of dim sum and sushi. Las Vegas Ballpark® in Downtown Summerlin will host a “Guns ‘N’ Hoses” baseball game in partnership with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. The “friendly” game between select firefighters and police officers will be held Sunday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 with a portion of event proceeds benefitting both organizations. PKWY Tavern Flamingo is throwing a winter wonderland pool party complete with an inflatable water slide and pool, LED teeter totters, an ice luge and 10 tons of snow on Saturday, Aug. 24 beginning at 9 p.m. The MAGIC fashion tradeshow will be in Las Vegas Aug. 12-14 and is expected to attract 78,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

ACKNOWLEDGING NATIONAL FOOD DAYS

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn will celebrate National S’mores Day on Saturday, Aug. 10 with a twist on the campfire favorite by serving its S’morescampfire pie Flatbread. The dessert pizza is made with a rich, tantalizing mix of white chocolate, milk chocolate, graham cracker crumbles and toasted marshmallows on soft pizza dough and priced at $13. El Dorado Cantina close to the Strip is known for its tableside guacamole and spicing things up by celebrating National Guacamole Day, Sept. 16 all throughout August and September serving specialty guacamoles: Tropical; Tres Chiles Blend; Blue Cheese and Bacon; and Shrimp. Prices $16 and $21 for Shrimp. Hofbräuhaus will celebrate National Bratwurst Day on Friday, Aug. 16 with a limited-edition specialty dish, the Giant Sausage, a two-foot-long jalapeño-cheddar brat served on a toasted extra-large baguette with pound of crispy French fries.