BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
JONAS BROTHERS BRING ‘REMEMBER THIS’ TOUR TO PARK MGM: Global superstar trio Jonas Brothers are back on the road after the success of their “Happiness Begins” tour in 2019 sold more than 1.2 million tickets and grossed over $120 million dollars. This time the brothers’ “Remember This” 44-date tour will kick off at Park Theater at Park MGM Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20-21 with multi-platinum country superstar Kelsea Ballerini. Tickets for the 7 p.m. performances start at $79.95. Leading up to the tour, the Jonas Brothers have kicked off a partnership with NBC Universal which is inspired by the themes and anticipation of the Tokyo Olympics featuring a unique activation surrounding the band’s new single “Remember This.” The in-Games version of the single will include new lyrics inspired by the Tokyo Olympics and Team USA. Most recently, the band released a new Amazon Original documentary entitled “Happiness Continues,” which captured the band’s live concert experience. Kelsea Ballerini released two acclaimed albums in lockdown last year. In March 2020, she debuted her self-titled third album “Kelsea.” The debut single from the album, “homecoming queen?”, was certified platinum, marking her fastest single to achieve this milestone. Her third single from the album, “hole in the bottle” reached Gold RIAA certification and earned Ballerini her sixth No. 1.
MIND READER, BANACHEK, JOINS ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP AT THE STRAT: Mind reader Banachek will showcase his unrivaled talent for the first time as the headliner of the Las Vegas Strip production “Banachek’s Mind Games Live.” His show will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 4 in the 600-seat STRAT Theater with performances at 4 p.m. daily except Tuesday. Tickets start at 29. According to Banachek, this show is the culmination of his life’s work. His escapes from underground have been unlike anything any other illusionist has performed, during which he has nearly died…twice. Banachek is the most in-demand consultant by the world’s top magicians and mentalists, including David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Criss Angel and David Blaine. He is the most awarded mentalist in the nation and is an esteemed recipient of the Psychic Entertainers Creativity award and The International Magicians Society award. Banachek has performed on more than 50 major TV shows from “CNN Live” to “Today” and has had hundreds of appearances on TV shows around the world. He has appeared on and produced more than 100 TV programs for Angel, alone, and has been highlighted in almost every major magazine and newspaper from the “New York Times” to the “National Enquirer.” He is also a regular on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
THE SAND DOLLAR LOUNGE WILL OPEN AT THE PLAZA: A longtime classic Las Vegas bar and music venue, The Sand Dollar Lounge, will open a second area location inside the Plaza this fall, bringing to downtown an outlet dedicated to late-night live music and entertainment. It’s a good fit with the Plaza celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In 1976, the Sand Dollar Blues Bar opened its doors, and almost instantly became one of Las Vegas’ relished bars. Some of the greatest blues legends, as well as many other famous musicians, graced its stage for more than 30 years. People like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and even Mick Jagger would swing into the Sand Dollar when they were in town. In 2007, the Sand Dollar Blues Bar closed its doors, but it was resurrected in 2009, when The Sand Dollar Lounge opened on Spring Mountain Road honoring the tradition and history of the nostalgic venue. In 2015, the Sand Dollar Lounge was taken over by the current owners Nathan Grates and Anthony Jamison with an eye on bringing back and building on its original luster. The Sand Dollar Downtown will be in a nearly 5,000-square-foot space adjacent to the Plaza’s casino floor. Plans are to offer its full menu of craft cocktails with pizzas made by Pop Up Pizza at the Plaza. Live music, both local acts and other headliners, will take the stage in the evenings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The vintage outlet will focus on recreating the classic age of electric blues and Rock ‘n Roll in the Downtown corridor.
FLYOVER EXPERIENCE WILL DEBUT ON THE STRIP THIS FALL: Global attractions and hospitality company Pursuit will launch FlyOver, an immersive ride attraction, to Las Vegas this fall. The attraction will be located next to the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. The ride will take guests on a multi-sensory journey soaring over popular locations and natural wonders in the American West. Las Vegas’ cutting-edge FlyOver flight ride is modeled after Pursuit’s FlyOver attractions in Vancouver, Canada, and Reykjavik, Iceland. The Las Vegas concept will boast a massive space with two flight-ride theaters, pre-show entertainment areas and a full-service bar. During the ride, a 52-foot vibrant spherical screen will surround guests as they gently glide through picturesque destinations in a mesmerizing, high-definition space. The attraction will use a state-of-the-art moving platform with six degrees of motion, providing guests the chance to feel every sweeping movement of the journey as their feet dangle above the American Wests’ most stunning locations.
‘RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE LIVE!’ WILL BE RETURNING TO THE FLAMINGO: The queens will be back when “RuPaul’s Drag Race!” reopens at the Flamingo beginning Thursday, Aug. 5. Each show features six queens, including Asia O’Hara, Derrick Barry, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Vanessa “Vanjie” Matteo and Yvie Oddly. From the creative team behind the Emmy® Award-winning series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the critically acclaimed Las Vegas revue is everything you love about the TV show and then some. With over-the-top costumes, visually stunning sets and jaw-dropping performances, “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!” serves the audience a drag experience like most folks have never seen before. The show is branded as “the most sickening eleganza extravaganza in Las Vegas herstory.
‘THE TERRY BRADSHAW SHOW’ SET TO RETURN TO THE LUXOR: Four-time NFL champion and entertainer Terry Bradshaw will bring his one-of-a-kind hit production, “The Terry Bradshaw Show,” back to the Luxor this fall with the first show scheduled Thursday, Sept. 9. With self-deprecating hilarity, Bradshaw chronicles his life through music, comedy, and storytelling in a way only he can deliver. The intimate 70-minute production in the Atrium Showroom highlights Bradshaw’s incredible talents in a show welcoming the audience into an up-close-and-personal account of his storied life, from growing up in Louisiana to his latest role as a reality TV star in “The Bradshaw Bunch.” He delivers his entertaining performance with the same straight-shooting humor that has made the football great an all-time favorite as an Emmy Award-winning co-host and analyst on “FOX NFL Sunday.” Tickets for the 8 p.m. performances start at $65.99. Bradshaw has scheduled four September dates, 10 in October, two in November and six in December.
NCBA HOSTS NEVADA BEER BASH AT ELLIS ISLAND: The Nevada Craft Brewer’s Association (NCBA) will hold its first 2021 beer festival, Nevada Beer Bash, on Aug. 21 from 6-10 p.m. at The Front Yard inside Ellis Island. Guests will enjoy craft beers from breweries across the Silver State. Beers will vary from signature brews to collaborations, rare releases and one-off craft pours. At Eventbrite, brew lovers can get VIP tickets for $80 to enjoy an hour of early access, five portions of food pairings specially crafted by The Front Yard, a welcome cocktail, and a swag bag with brewery merchandise and discounts at NCBA member breweries. General admission tickets still give Nevada beer fans three hours of unlimited tastings of the best beers the state has to offer for $50.
YONUTZ TO CELEBRATE WITH GRAND OPENING BASH JULY 23: Yonutz, a two-time winner of “Dessert Wars,” the largest dessert festival in America, will open its first Las Vegas location with a smash on Friday, July 23. The first 50 people in line will receive a free Smash Donut, Yonutz’s signature over-the-top donut-ice cream creation. Attending guests will also have the chance to smash a piñata to win free SMASH Donuts for a year as well as win Yonutz’s SMASH Cash. The grand opening celebration will be in Centennial Hills at 5765 Centennial Center Blvd. The event will feature a DJ and face painter, plus a ceremonial ribbon cutting beginning at 10 a.m. Founded in 2013, Yonutz was purchased by entrepreneur, Tony Bahu, who took the award-winning sweets nationwide. The creative franchise also caught the attention of Kevin Harrington, a former “Shark” from NBC’s hit show, “Shark Tank.” The fantastical 1,500-square-foot donut and ice cream shop will feature an array of Yonutz’s award-winning treats, including the Nutella Crunch Smash Donut, a fluffy donut stuffed with cookie dough ice cream, smashed and hot-pressed, topped with Oreos, cereal crunch and Nutella drizzle; the Unicorn Smash Donut, stuffed with candy ice cream, smashed and hot-pressed, topped with cotton candy bites and sparkly unicorn glitter; and the Birthday Cake Smash Milkshake, prepared with birthday cake ice cream and ‘birthday Oreos,’ topped with a mini donut. Other selections include SMASH ice cream deluxe cones, like the O-REE Yonutz in an Oreo cone; signature ice cream by the scoop; and dozens of mini and big donut creations, including the apple pie, big birthday, Boston cream, crunch berry bang deluxe, peanut butter and jelly, and more. Yonutz also offers packages donut decorating kits, boxes of mini and big donuts, gender reveal donuts and Smash ice cream pints. Yonutz will also bring their award-winning creations direct to your event, where donuts are made onsite. Yonutz hours will be 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL WILL RETURN THIS SEPTEMBER: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church will hold its 48th Annual Greek Food Festival over three days Sept. 10-12 on the Church’s beautiful grounds at 5300 South El Camino Road in Las Vegas. Times will be Friday 3–11 p.m., Saturday noon–11 p.m., and Sunday noon–10 p.m. Check out the event’s website for more information or call 702-221-8245. The cultural family-friendly event features fabulous Greek food and pastries, authentic Greek music and dancing along with a Kids Fun Area. St. John the Baptist held the first Las Vegas Greek Food Festival on March 23, 1973, at the Stardust Hotel.
OPENING OF ‘IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH’ ON THE STRIP DELAYED: It seems to be Van Gogh mania going on in Las Vegas. Every week there is news from one of the two exhibits in town highlighting the post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh’s works. Recently “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” exhibit at AREA15, which opened in May and was supposed to close around July 4, was extended through July and then again through fall 2021. Now, the second anticipated “Immersive Van Gogh” art installation, has announced unforeseen construction delays, due particularly to supply chain issues, has forced the delay of the opening a second time and will now open Sept. 15 on the Las Vegas Strip at the all-new Lighthouse Las Vegas located on Level 3 at The Shops at Crystals adjacent to Aria. Tickets range in price from $59.99 to $99.99. Even though there are unexpected delays, the “Immersive Van Gogh Las Vegas” exhibit will be one of the most ambitious and elaborate in the country as the creative team are utilizing a space that has never been used before for this type of installation. In addition, Las Vegas is one of the few exhibits outside of New York to enlist the talents of David Korins, the award-winning designer of numerous Broadway hits including “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” Korins is sculpting the “Immersive Van Gogh” public spaces and bringing his creative technology to make a series of illuminating, interactive and one-of-a-kind elements offering ways to learn more about Vincent van Gogh, his life, his body of work and to take a deeper more meaningful look at how his work resonates with modern-day audiences.
DEFTONES BOOKED AT THE CHELSEA NEXT APRIL: The multi-platinum Grammy® award-winning alternative rock band, Deftones, will headline The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan Friday, April 22, 2022, with a special guest performance from Gojira. This booking comes on the heels of the band’s immense success with 10 million albums sold worldwide as of 2019. Tickets start at $49.95. Emerging from Sacramento in 1988, Deftones created a name for themselves after touring endlessly and promoting their debut studio album “Adrenaline.” Quickly paving a path to success, the group received creative and critical high watermarks on 2000’s “White Pony,” which later earned them their first platinum certification by the RIAA. The band went on to receive a Grammy® award for “Best Metal Performance” in 2001 for the hit single “Elite.”
RESTAURANTS HONOR NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY
Cabo Wabo Cantina, El Dorado Cantina, and Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant are celebrating National Tequila Day, Saturday, July 24 with specials. Cabo Wabo Cantina, located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, is celebrating with signature cocktails, a special tequila-infused appetizer and more on July 24. The spicy “El Santo” cocktail made with Sammy’s Mezquila will be $15.20; “Mango Margarita” $15.20; and the popular “CW Margarita,” created with Cabo Wabo Tequila and Grand Mariner $14.20. Cabo Wabo will also highlight “Sammy’s Tequila Shrimp,” made with Baja shrimp, garlic and Tequila-Lime Sauce, served with garlic bolillo bread for $16.95. All three El Dorado Cantina locations will feature El Dorado Cantina’s classic margarita featuring Cazadores Tequila for $5. Made from 100% blue agave, Tequila Cazadores® requires a seven-step fully sustainable and zero waste production process including a double distillation, double fermentation, and a careful maturation process overseen and crafted by maestro tequilero Jesus Susunaga. In honor of National Tequila Day, Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, located in Downtown Summerlin, will offer featured tequila shots, margaritas and over 40 tequila selections on July 24. During the tequila fiesta, shots of Patrón will be available throughout the day, priced at $6.95 each. Pancho’s will also celebrate with its signature Cadillac “Naughty Maggie” margarita for $13.50.
NIGHTCLUB BAR & SHOW DONATED 6,000+ MEALS TO THREE SQUARE: Following the close of the 2021 Nightclub & Bar Show, the premier bar and restaurant event donated more than 6,000 meals and water to Southern Nevada’s largest food bank, Three Square. Led by celebrity chef Brian Duffy, his team prioritized donating the remaining food and water and gathered more than 7,000 pounds of produce, meat, water, and dry goods to be given to Nevadans in need. Nightclub & Bar Show will return to Las Vegas March 21-23, 2022.
Landini’s Pizzeria, located at 9440 W. Russell Rd., will celebrate National Lasagna Day with a cheesy two-for-one offer, available exclusively on Thursday, July 29. Landini’s Pizzeria will offer a free slice of meat or vegetarian lasagna with the purchase of another lasagna. Both are priced at $11.50. The offer is available for dine-in and takeout orders from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stars of “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” took over hotspot Kassi Beach House, the new European style restaurant and lounge inside Virgin Hotels, last week. Hannah Godwin, Dylan Barbour, Blake Hortsmann, Katie Morton and Clay Harbour enjoyed a poolside lunch. The master planned community (MPC) of Summerlin®, a development of The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC), marked the first half of 2021 with strong new home sales, earning the No. 3 spot nationally on a list of country’s best-selling MPCs, according to a report released by national real estate consultant RCLCO. With 962 new home sales for 2021 as of June 30, which represents a 50% increase in home sales over mid-year 2020, Summerlin is the only MPC in Nevada to place on the list’s top five.