BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
contributed by Jackie Brett
DOOBIE BROTHERS HAVE EIGHT-SHOW RESIDENCY AT VENETIAN: The Doobie Brothers, who as first-time nominees will be inductees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Class of 2020, will perform their first Las Vegas residency presented by SiriusXM in The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian® Feb. 7-22. Tickets start at $49.95 for their 8 p.m. shows. As part of the Class of 2020, Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons and John McFee of The Doobie Brothers will be enshrined in a ceremony/concert on Saturday, May 2, at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. For the first time, the ceremony will be broadcast live on HBO starting at 8 p.m. on May 2. The Doobie Brothers over more than four decades have sold more than 48 million albums and won four Grammy® Awards. The group continues to write and record new material and tour the world.
‘THE TERRY BRADSHAW SHOW’ SCORES RESIDENCY AT THE LUXOR: NFL Hall of Famer and Emmy Award-winning co-host and analyst on “FOX NFL Sunday,” Terry Bradshaw showcased his knack for comedy, singing and storytelling headlining “The Terry Bradshaw Show” in Las Vegas and Atlantic City last year. Now the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers football star will kick off a residency at the Luxor starting Thursday, March 19 in the Atrium Showroom. Ticket prices start at $65.99 for his 7:30 performances. Bradshaw chronicles his fascinating life through the 70-minute comedy, musical and storytelling production. His endearing personality and overdose of charisma are a perfect recipe for audiences to love him even more. Yes, he can sing and is backed by a live band and a pair of lovely talented singers. Show dates are already scheduled through July. With his straight-shooting humor, Bradshaw has plenty of stories to tell. He’s the only NFL player with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, two-time Super Bowl MVP and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. On the acting front, he’s starred in movie and television hits including “Failure to Launch,” “Father Figures,” “Better Late than Never,” and “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.
MAT FRANCO HAS FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION AT THE LINQ: On the heels of announcing he has acquired full ownership of “Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly,” Caesars Entertainment has extended magician Franco’s award-winning show for five more years at The LINQ where it opened five years ago. Franco was the first magician to win “America’s Got Talent” and redefined the genre with his signature interactive magic. Now he’s an established Las Vegas headliner performing in the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ nightly at 7 p.m. with additional 9:30 p.m. shows on select days.
JEFF DUNHAM WILL MAKE A TOUR STOP AT CAESARS PALACE: Jeff Dunham and his delightful irreverent cohorts, Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J. and Achmed the Dead Terrorist are setting out on their brand-new international tour, “Jeff Dunham: SERIOUSLY!?,” hitting 63 cities crisscrossing North America and Canada. The show will visit Caesars Palace on Sunday, Feb. 16. Tickets start at $46 for the 7:30 p.m. performance. In addition to his usual cast of accomplices, “SERIOUSLY!?” includes the newest member of the troupe, “Larry,” as the President’s personal advisor working at the White House. Dunham has just released his second Netflix original stand-up special, “Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself,” taped June 21 and 22 at the American Airlines Center in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. This is his ninth stand-up television events. Dunham in 2017 was recognized for his more than two decades of superstardom with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dunham’s autobiography, “All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me,” was on the New York Times’ Best Seller list three weeks in a row, and he was awarded “Billboard’s Top Comedy Tour” for three years based on box office sales.
BON JOVI KICKS OFF 2020 WITH NEW ALBUM AND TOUR: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Bon Jovi is kicking off 2020 with new music and a tour, and will stop at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $34.50 to $755. Jon Bon Jovi has spoken in interviews recently of the depth and breadth of the forthcoming album, set for release later this year from Island Records. Every ticket sold will include one CD copy of “Bon Jovi 2020.” With a career spanning more than three decades since the group’s formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
COMEDIAN JOEY DIAZ RETURNS TO TREASURE ISLAND: Stand-up comedian and actor Joey Diaz will perform live at the Treasure Island Theatre on Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $27.95. Diaz discovered his stand-up skills while serving a short stint in a correctional facility in 1988. When the prison’s projector would sometimes break on weekly movie nights, Diaz would fill in with stand-up comedy, which was his calling. After his short comedy series “The Testicle Testaments,” Diaz starred in his first hour special “Socially Unacceptable,” tackling topics of drugs and his wild youth. Most recently, he appeared in the Netflix standup comedy series “The Degenerates.” While touring as a comedian, Diaz began acting and appeared in television shows such as “My Name is Earl,” “Children’s Hospital” and “The Mentalist.” He has also held recurring sketch roles on “Stand Up Revolution” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In his most recent movie, Diaz played Robert De Niro’s boxing coach in “Grudge Match.” Other films include “The Longest Yard,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Taxi.” In the podcast world since 2012, Diaz has bi-weekly hosted “The Church of What’s Happening Now” joined by friends, fellow comedians and actors, and he is a regular guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
HARD ROCK HOTEL HOLDS A ‘CLOSING’ PARTY: The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will cap off 25 years of memories with The Last Great Party weekend Thursday, Jan. 30 through big game day Sunday, Feb. 2. The resort will be closed while it gets rebranded and reopens at the end of the year as the newest Virgin Hotel. Over the weekend, there will be 1995 drink specials, music memorabilia giveaways, live broadcasts, and a final toast event on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. There will be live music at the Center Bar, Fu Asian Kitchen and Peacock Lounge. The Growlers will be the last artists performing in the Vinyl showroom with 8 p.m. shows Jan. 30-Feb. 1 and tickets starting at $45.
FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS WILL HEADLINE AT PARIS: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will perform three 8 p.m. shows from April 9-11 in the Paris Theatre at Paris, where “Jersey Boys” played a nine-year run closing there in 2016. Valli encountered fame in 1962 as the lead singer of The Four Seasons. Thanks to the success of the Tony-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” which chronicles Valli’s life, his legendary group, and their classic hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” the group is still all the rage. Tickets begin at $65. The Four Seasons group members 1960–1966 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and joined the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. With 71 chart hits including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight No. 1’s, they are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time. Valli is the only group member from its inception who currently tours.
‘PSYCHICS & SPIRITS: THE LIVE SHOW’ WILL OPEN AT BINION’S: Dallisa Hocking, a fifth-generation psychic medium, transformational coach and intuitive energy practitioner, will open a 90-minute experience at Binion’s Gambling Hall downtown featuring live readings with the audience, plus questions and answers. Starting in February, “Psychics & Spirits: The Live Show” will offer four showings per week in the Apache Showroom on Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 3 and 8 p.m. with special masters of ceremonies and assistants. Tickets start at $49. Hocking founded Spirit & Spark, a global company devoted to teaching people how to live with intention, fearlessness and authenticity. Before becoming a nationally recognized psychic medium, she was a local hospitality executive until a life-changing trip to New York. While staying with a friend, Hocking was visited in her dreams by the spirit of her friend’s aunt, who had died hours before. Since then, her gifts were unlocked with clients around the world. Hocking has also worked on cold cases and unsolved mysteries, offering closure to families who have lost loved ones under questionable circumstances.
RISING STAR DERMOT KENNEDY MAKES TOUR STOP AT THE PALMS: Dermot Kennedy, whose rapid rise is astounding, will make a 2020 tour stop at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Friday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. In two short years, he has gone from playing his first U.S. club show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, N.Y., to announcing his Radio City Music Hall debut in New York City, along with his 33-city North American tour, and releasing his debut album, “Without Fear,” last October. Tickets start at $35. Kennedy’s U.S. television performance debut was on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and he also appeared on “The Ellen Show.”
HOFBRÄUHAUS CELEBRATES ‘SWEET SIX-STEIN!’ ANNIVERSARY: The beer hall and garden Hofbräuhaus will commemorate its 16th anniversary with the largest celebrity keg tapping in its history, along with a special menu and complimentary cake for guests on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Queen of Vegas, Frank Marino, who was recently announced as the permanent emcee of the long-running “Legends In Concert” at the Tropicana, will serve as the official Bürgermeister, or Master of Ceremonies, for the event leading Las Vegas celebs from sexy shows including “Chippendales,” “Fantasy,” “Thunder From Down Under,” “X Burlesque,” “X Country” and “X Rocks,” before tapping the first keg of the venue’s seasonal dark wheat beer.
MORE CHINESE NEW YEAR HAPPENINGS
Downtown Summerlin will hold its third annual Lunar New Year Parade on Saturday, Jan. 25 beginning at 6 p.m. near Champs on Park Centre Drive to usher in the Year of the Rat. The parade concluding at H&M will include an oversized Chinese dragon, lion dance, percussionists and fan dancers. Representatives will also randomly distribute red envelops filled with chocolate coins and gift cards while supplies last. Premier luxury retail destination, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, has illuminated a massive 950-pound Chinese dragon display. The steel structure 22-ft. long, 6 ft. wide and 12 ft. high covered in 30,000 red and amber LED lights is on display near the interior casino entrance to the mall through the end of February. For the 24th year, students from the Meadows School will perform the traditional dragon parade throughout The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Jan. 29 featuring 60 students from kindergarten and 60 from fifth grade beginning at 10 a.m. Also, at The Forum Shops, visit on Friday, Jan 31 and Saturday, March 1 and pick up a Red Envelope, which will bestow good wishes and luck special offers and prizes including a limited number of shopping gift cards ranging from $25-$100. Boyd Gaming’s Gold Coast will welcome The Year of the Rat Lion’s Dance parade throughout the casino floor on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 and 9 p.m. The parade will include several dragons, a percussion procession and characters making several stops to pull ceremonial lettuce from the ceiling and toss the leaves to spectators as a symbol of good luck. Honey Salt restauranteur Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla will celebrate with a Chinese New Year Feast on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at 1031 S. Rampart Blvd. This celebration of luck and fortune features traditional Chinese New Year fare including mushroom dumplings, wok-seared shrimp and crispy orange beef. Tickets are $49 with an optional wine pairing for an additional $25.
MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY RETURNS IN FEBRUARY: Major League Rugby (MLR) Vegas Weekend will return to Las Vegas’ Feb. 9 and Feb. 15-16. The games have been moved from Las Vegas Ballpark to the 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium. MLR is a professional rugby league entering its third season this year and represents the highest level of competition in North America. The league has evolved from seven teams in 2018 to 12 teams in 2020, featuring 11 from the United States and one from Canada.
Michael Grimm, who won Season 5 of “America’s Got Talent,” appeared this week on the “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” He will be appearing at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center with his show “A Night of Southern Rock N Roll” on Jan. 26 and again on Feb. 18. Tickets are $30 to $49. Two-time and reigning NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Las Vegas native Kyle Busch will return to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Feb. 20 to compete in the Star Nursery 100 Super Late Model Open Comp.
ABOUT TOWN & SIGHTINGS
Up With People, featuring about 100 students performing international songs and dances, will perform at the Henderson Pavilion on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. The cast represents 15-20 countries and more than 15 states. Tickets are $15 and host families are being sought to host the students from March 9-16. The Artisan Craft Festival will be held at the Suncoast Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with free admission, parking and Kids Area. Super Summer Theatre produces shows inside during winter at its 80-seat indoor theatre at 4340 S. Valley View, Suite 208. The new Broadway musical “First Date” will be showcased Jan. 30-Feb. 16. The plot is about a blind date between newbie Aaron who is set up with serial-dater Casey. A casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a high-stakes dinner. Tickets are $20.
Netflix’s “Dancing Queen” star Alyssa Edwards was spotted in the audience at “Celestia” at The STRAT celebrating her birthday in Vegas. The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum and a group of friends, including Coco Montrese, sat on stage at the immersive production’s brand-new VIP experience and took a photo with the show’s performers afterwards. “Shark Tank” star Daymond John recently dined at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan after the UFC fight. Also, members of MTV’s “The Challenge” cast, including Josh Martinez, Rogan O’Conner and Joss Mooney recently enjoyed a meal there. Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves treated their three children to a performance of The Beatles™ “LOVE™” by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage. Also spotted at “LOVE” was MMA juggernaut former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell who caught a performance.