BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS ANNOUNCES TWO U.S. SHOWS AT RESORTS WORLD: Multi-platinum pop icon Enrique Iglesias has planned two exclusive U.S. shows in 2022 at the 5,000-capacity Resorts World Theatre on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17 at 9 p.m. In celebration of Mexican Independence Day Weekend, the Latin recording artist will bring his chart-topping hits, with special guest, Los Tres Tristes Tigres, to the newest stage on the Strip. Known for his musical versatility across pop and urban genres of music in Spanish and English, Iglesias has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide, released 11 studio albums and currently holds the record for most number ones on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart’s history with a total of 27 No. 1 singles.
‘BAT OUT OF HELL–THE MUSICAL’ WILL HAVE GLOBAL RESIDENCY AT PARIS: The award-winning hit production “Bat Out of Hell – The Musical,” featuring Jim Steinman’s book, music and lyrics and Meat Loaf’s greatest hits, is set to perform in two entertainment destinations – the Las Vegas Strip and London’s West End. The theatre experience will debut its ongoing residency at Paris on Sept. 27. The show will also return to London for a limited season at the Peacock Theatre beginning Feb. 17, 2023. Steinman’s “Bat Out of Hell – The Musical” is a Rocky-Horror, Romeo-and-Juliet celebration of star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of the tracks caught in a city teetering on the brink of disaster. When Raven falls in love with the rebellious Strat, all bets are off in this love-at-all-costs, rock-and-rollercoaster story based on uncompromising youth. For the stage musical, the chart-topping rock songs propel an epic story of rebellious youth and passion as Strat, the immortal leader of The Lost, has fallen in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler Falco. “Bat Out of Hell” by Meat Loaf became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. Sixteen years later, Steinman scored again with “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell,” which contained the massive hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”
BOULDER STATION WILL OPEN NEW FOOD COURT: Boulder Station will open an all-new food court in the coming weeks with a collection of six popular, fast-casual restaurants. Boulder Station Food Court will offer various cuisines including American, Mexican, Asian, Italian and more. The convenient one-stop dining destination, Boulder Station Food Court will feature a variety of local and chain eateries: Tacos El Pastor; La Flor de Michoacán for those with a sweet tooth; SBARRO known for New York-style pizza slices; Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop; Teriyaki Madness; and Wingstop. Located along the casino floor, the food court will offer a fresh and bright atmosphere surrounded by light wood and white marble accents. The food court ambiance will bring a fresh, unique vibe with neon signs, greenery and televisions. Lastly, the 12,700 square-foot space will feature multiple seating areas with approximately 315 seats. Hours will be daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
RED ROCK REVEALS NEW HIGH LIMIT ROOM: Red Rock Casino elevates its gaming experience with the debut of a new 24-hour sophisticated High Limit Room this month, which is one of many enhancements coming to resort this year. The 9,000-square-foot gaming room features top-tier high limit games double deck blackjack, shoe blackjack, baccarat, single zero roulette, as well as a dedicated cage, 11-seat bar, and plush seating spaces for socializing. Upon entering, guests are welcomed with warm tones, soft lighting, and a service-focused gaming area. Two additional spaces inside offer guests selected high stakes wagers in an intimate setting. As an additional amenity, players are treated to the resort’s outstanding butler service while gaming. The room’s ambiance is capped by a dramatic centerpiece designed and fabricated custom for the space. Made of a bronze mesh and suspended from the ceiling, the piece is 64-feet long and winds along with the ceiling. Beautiful art pieces complement and enhance the warm interiors throughout.
FLIGHT CLUB WILL OPEN AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES THIS YEAR: Opening later this year, the renowned “eatertainment” concept Flight Club will bring its innovative, super-charged social gaming experience to the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian® Resort. Flight Club was founded in 2015 to bring unexpected joy to pub-goers. With nine locations in the U.K. and three in the U.S., Flight Club surprises guests with a fusion of premium food and beverage offerings mixed with a high-tech game experience making darts approachable and fun to play whether someone is a beginner or a master. Each venue is unique. Prominent Las Vegas native, Tony Leitera will be the executive chef to lead the development of the dining programs for Flight Club Las Vegas. His expertise stems from years of experience working with renowned chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, where he began his career, and famed chef Guy Fieri where he traveled around the country to open additional Kitchen + Bar locations. The Vegas destination will offer a super-charged social gaming experience with multi-player games set in semi-private playing areas. Inspired by the heritage of darts from the British pubs and fairgrounds, Flight Club, the home of Social Darts, has taken the traditional game of darts and revolutionized it with ground-breaking technology that enables automatic scoring and runs exciting multi-player games for groups of six people up to groups of 400.
CORNER BAR MANAGEMENT OPENS WE ALL SCREAM AT FREMONT EAST: Corner Bar Management, the creators behind some of Vegas’ more imaginative destinations, has opened its art-filled nightclub and ice creamery, We All Scream, featuring music and complimentary ice cream at 517 Fremont Street. The distinctive two-story, 10,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor Downtown nightclub is a floor-to-ceiling celebration of street art, saturated with murals from renowned groups PichiAvo and Bicicleta Sem Freio. Each colorful painted wall is a photo opportunity. The back-alley club features a ground-level patio with an ice cream truck-turned-DJ booth, and a rooftop dance floor offering 360-degree views of downtown’s grit and neon glow. Believe, but not confirmed, the hours are Thursday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
‘MAD APPLE’ BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL MADE GRAND AIRPORT ARRIVAL: Cast members from the new Cirque du Soleil production, “Mad Apple,” marked the show’s arrival to the city with a Cirque stunt at Harry Reid International Airport’s baggage claim. A cocktail of music, comedy, magic and more, “Mad Apple” will make its home at New York-New York, with previews beginning May 12 and grand opening night on May 26. In the eye-catching stunt, Danila Bim, a Mad Apple hair hang performer, appeared to have traveled long inside a suitcase from New York to celebrate the show’s debut in the Entertainment Capital of the World, arriving at the airport’s baggage claim inside Mad Apple-inspired luggage. Mad Apple hoop diver Lucas Morales Bravo hoisted the suitcase off the carousel, opened the bag and revealed Bim within, before a crowd of surprised travelers. Marking the sixth Cirque du Soleil production on the Strip, “Mad Apple” will be the first Cirque show to star a headlining comedian, kicking off with the Brad Williams. From pre-show magic and boozy libations at the stage bar, to a band playing hits inspired by NYC’s most famous musicians and composers, “Mad Apple” will blur the lines between circus, live entertainment and New York nightlife culture.
NEW ORLEANS ROCKERS COWBOY MOUTH HEADLINES AT ORLEANS: It’s been more than five years since Cowboy Mouth graced the Las Vegas stage with their blend of blues, rock and punk. The band’s hiatus ends this month when the Louisiana rockers return for a one-night-only performance on Friday, May 20 at The Venue inside The Orleans. General Admission standing room only is $37.66. Known for his engaging performance style, frontman and drummer Fred LeBlanc co-founded Cowboy Mouth in the 1990s with guitarist John Thomas Griffith. Now backed by bandmates Matt Jones on guitar and Brian Broussard on bass, LeBlanc and Griffith have led Cowboy Mouth on a wild, critically acclaimed ride. Selling more than 500,000 albums domestically, Cowboy Mouth has performed for more than 10 million fans and shared the stage with influential music legends like Bo Diddley. They are now approaching their third decade together.
LAS VEGAS DAYS CELEBRATE WITH PARADE, FESTIVAL AND HISTORY: The free Las Vegas Days Parade and Las Vegas Days Festival will be held downtown on Saturday, May 14, and the city’s four historical documentaries will air on KCLV-TV 2. The annual event celebrates Las Vegas’ history and founding in 1905. May 15 will mark the 117th anniversary of the land auction in 1905, which marks the beginning of Las Vegas. The parade celebrating Las Vegas’ heritage was created in 1935 as the Helldorado Parade. The Las Vegas Days Parade will start at 10 a.m. with the route going northbound on Fourth Street from Gass to Stewart Avenues. The Las Vegas Days Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Centennial Plaza at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street. There will be a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, live entertainment, interactive artwork on the plaza, food trucks, etc.
COUNTDOWN TO 53RD ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF POKER®: The 53rd annual World Series of Poker® (WSOP) will kick off at Bally’s, which will be the future Horseshoe, and Paris on Tuesday, May 31, and run through Wednesday, July 20. The WSOP is the longest-running, largest, richest and most-prestigious gaming event in the world – and now it’s back in an even bigger way being held for the very first time on the iconic Strip. The WSOP has awarded more than $3.5 billion in prize money. In 2021, the event attracted 127,075 entrants to the Rio and awarded more than $237 million in prize money. The WSOP’s new home on will include all convention space at both Paris and Bally’s, creating the largest tournament capacity in the event’s history with more than 150,000 square feet and 600 poker tables. The 2022 WSOP will host a wide variety of tournaments ranging in price from $400 to $250,000.
L’ÉTAPE BY TOUR DE FRANCE PLANNED FOR LAS VEGAS IN 2023: L’Étape by Tour de France, the world leader in mass participation cycling events offering amateur cyclists the ability to race or ride a stage of the Tour de France in their own back yard, is coming to Las Vegas May 13-14, 2023. L’Étape Las Vegas by Tour de France is one of only two planned L’Étape by Tour de France events planned in the U.S. for 2023 and will launch from Las Vegas Ballpark®. The event will include 75-mile, 50-mile, and 25-mile route options, along with family and kids rides, and a fan fest at Las Vegas Ballpark patterned after the Village Départ, the legendary gathering point for the Tour de France. All routes will take off from the Las Vegas Ball Park and head west into the scenic Red Rock Canyon. Riders will compete for an authentic Yellow Jersey and will get the chance to ride with a Tour de France Champion.
‘PURPLE REIGN’ AT TROPICANA HAS SPECIAL BOGO OFFER: “Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show” at the Tropicana is celebrating the life and legacy of Prince with a special two-for-one offer to commemorate “The Artist” on the anniversaries of his death on April 21 and birth on June 7. To redeem the offer through June 30, tickets must be purchased in person at the Tropicana Box Office with the code PRINCEBOGO. Performances are Wednesdays through Mondays at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $57.50. This show seamlessly re-creates the blistering performances and raw energy of Prince in his prime and returns guests to the era that made “The Artist” an international superstar. Featuring a tribute to Morris Day and The Time and Vanity 6, this award-winning show is a must see for fans.
‘O’ BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RELAUNCHES LA GRANDE EXPÉRIENCE: “O” by Cirque du Soleil reintroduces the premium VIP package, La Grande Expérience, where guests are submerged into a world of wonder during the show. The behind-the-scenes experience begins with an intimate pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres, followed by a guided video tour and an exclusive meet and greet with “O” artists. Guests will take in elevated views of the water-inspired masterpiece from the privacy of a lavish VIP Suite with a gourmet treat and private cocktail service with champagne. To commemorate the evening, guests are gifted a champagne flute and their photo with the cast. The one-of-a-kind offer is on sale for $500.
‘SMASH MAGAZINE’ PRESENTS HAIL THE SUN AT ROCKSTAR BAR: Hardcore rockers Hail The Sun are returning to Las Vegas for a special performance on Monday, May 23 at Rockstar Bar, 6730 Las Vegas Blvd., alongside special guests Strawberry Girls, Andres and Amarionette. Presented by “Smash Magazine,” tickets start at $20 online at smashmagazine.com or eventbrite.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Hail the Sun continues to push what is known as post-hardcore. The band has been actively writing and touring together for over a decade. Their newest album is “New Age Filth.”
CELEBRATE NATIONAL TIARA DAY WITH 5TH TIARA’S & TEQUILA EVENT: In honor of National Tiara Day, Mystic Mona will host the fifth annual Tiara’s & Tequila event to benefit HELP of Southern Nevada on Tuesday, May 24. The fundraiser will take place at Sierra Gold, 2400 N. Buffalo Dr. #125, from 6–8 p.m. and feature an evening of psychic readings, tequila tastings, raffle prizes and more. Registration online at tiarasandtequila.com is $30 per person and includes a tequila cocktail and swag bag for the first 50 guests. Guests can pre-purchase a $5 small or $10 large tiara online or at the door to be entered to win an assortment of prizes throughout the evening. Five-minute psychic readings by Mystic Mona will be available for $20 on a first-come, first-served basis.
REFUGE FOR WOMEN HOLDS FUNDRAISING PAINTING EVENT: Refuge for Women Las Vegas (RFW), the nonprofit organization supporting survivors of human trafficking, is holding a special painting event at Pinot’s Palette, at 2260 Village Walk Dr. Suite 104 in Henderson on Tuesday, May 17 from 6-8 p.m. Guests of all skill levels will participate in a two-hour painting class where they’ll create a beautiful poppy prism work of art. Light snacks and appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $42 and all event proceeds will benefit RFW.
The Sahara will host a job fair on May 17 and 18 for Balla Italian Soul, a new Italian concept by James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain slated to open this summer. Boyd Gaming customers throughout the Las Vegas Valley scored multiple jackpots of $10,000 or more in April at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, Cannery, California, Fremont and Main Street Station. In all, more than $32 million in jackpots was awarded last month. Lady celebrities Chrissy Teigen and actress Emma Hunton recently visited “Magic Mike Live” at the Sahara. Teigen caught the sexy show before heading over to Planet Hollywood for her husband John Legend’s show. Hunton is best known for her role on Freeform’s “Good Trouble” and many Broadway credits including “Wicked,” “Rent” and “Next to Normal.” Grammy Award-winning singer, Kylie Minogue, was spotted attending the hit show “Atomic Saloon Show” at the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian Resort®.