What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – June 2019.
Neon Museum Announces Neon2020 Expansion Plan
The Neon Museum recently announced the next phase of development: Neon2020. The centerpiece of this project involves the acquisition of the shuttered Reed Whipple Cultural Center, which sits directly across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Neon Boneyard. This 32,000-square-foot addition doubles the size of the museum’s presence on Las Vegas Boulevard and will provide space for an indoor gallery, storage space for its ever-growing collection of vintage Las Vegas signs, as well as space for classrooms and future administrative offices. Remodeling will commence this summer and the first phase of completion is slated for first quarter of 2020. The building will be named Ne10, representing neon’s chemical symbol, Ne, and atomic number, 10. A second component of the project will see the Neon Boneyard expanded upward, taking shape as a 30-foot-high grid structure on its northern end. With ground space at a premium in and around the Boneyard, this grid will allow the museum to display more signs above the ground. Electrified signs slated for exhibition on this grid include the Las Vegas Club, Binion’s and other classic designs.
Celestia to debut at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod
Celestia, an all-new, one-of-a-kind immersive production experience, will debut at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod with a grand opening set for Wednesday, June 5. Produced by Intrigue Shows, this tour de force of acrobatics, technology, artistry and imagination will perform eight shows a week in a unique 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art theatrical tent located along the Las Vegas Strip.
Mariah Carey Announces Return of “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
Mariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, has announced that she will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this November with her acclaimed Christmas concert series “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for five dates from Nov. 22 through Nov. 30, 2019. Additionally, Mariah has announced six new dates from Feb. 14 through Feb. 29, 2020 for her headlining Las Vegas residency, “The Butterfly Returns” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Wynn Las Vegas to Debut Contemporary Mexican Restaurant
Wynn Las Vegas will expand its culinary offerings with the unveiling of a new contemporary Mexican restaurant in an exclusive partnership with Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes, and Santiago Perez, the team behind acclaimed restaurants Cosme and Atla in New York City and Damian, which will debut later this year in Los Angeles. Enrique Olvera, internationally lauded chef and owner of the celebrated fine dining restaurant Pujol in Mexico City and author of cookbooks including the best-selling Tu Casa Mi Casa , will partner with Daniela Soto-Innes, recent recipient of elit™ Vodka World’s Best Female Chef and Santiago Perez, investment banker turned passionate restaurateur. The award-winning team will create a highly anticipated restaurant that combines authentic Mexican flavors, exceptional service and a high-energy social atmosphere, making it the perfect addition to Wynn’s extensive dining portfolio.
Terry Bradshaw Returns to Las Vegas with “The Terry Bradshaw Show”
Legendary professional football player and iconic entertainer Terry Bradshaw will return to the Las Vegas Strip with “The Terry Bradshaw Show,” a limited engagement at Luxor Hotel and Casino August 1 – 4. Bradshaw will bring his endearing personality and charisma to the Atrium Showroom with a 70-minute production that chronicles his life’s journey through comedy, music and storytelling. Joining Bradshaw on stage are bombshell vocalists Lorena Peril and Anne Martinez, both headliners from the award-winning Las Vegas Strip revue, FANTASY.
Lee Canyon Announces Major Transformation with New Hillside Lodge
Lee Canyon, Southern Nevada’s premier year-round destination and a POWDR company, recently announced it will build a new 10,000-square-foot Hillside Lodge that will transform the year-round guest experience at the resort. The two-story building is designed with a modern feel and considers the environment and guest experience by offering indoor and outdoor spaces with sweeping views of Lee Canyon. The Hillside Lodge will boast outdoor heated terrace and patio dining spaces, a ski-in, ski-out bar for Vegas’ best après, a bistro with reimagined food and beverage options, a grill for everyday resort fare, and expanded restroom facilities that will cover every adventure need. The new Hillside Lodge will also include event space for meetings, special events and weddings, and is expected to open in December 2019.
“Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl” Announces Dates at Flamingo Las Vegas
Singer, dancer, choreographer and pop legend Paula Abdul will headline her new Las Vegas residency “Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl” at Flamingo Las Vegas beginning Aug. 13, 2019. The remarkable multimedia experience will highlight Abdul’s incomparable career through song, dance and stories of her three-decade career ride atop the charts and entertaining millions of fans worldwide. She will sing and dance her way through her biggest hits and even reveal some behind the scenes fun during American Idol.
CASBAR Lounge Now Open at SLS Las Vegas
The $100 million transformation of SLS Las Vegas continues as the resort unveils the elegantly-appointed CASBAR, a stylish 24-hour lounge featuring craft cocktails and inviting seating areas perfect for assessing the action from the casino floor. Offering both airy spaces for socializing in large crowds, as well as intimate nooks for candid conversations, CASBAR creates an elevated lounge experience capable of accommodating an array of tastes and needs. A selection of reds, whites and bubbles complement the generous range of craft cocktails specially designed for CASBAR by the resort’s award-winning beverage team.
Other Mama Hospitality Debuts Hatsumi in Downtown Las Vegas
Executive Chef and Owner Dan Krohmer of Other Mama Hospitality has officially opened the doors to his newest restaurant concept, Hatsumi, in Downtown Las Vegas. Located in the heart of the ever-evolving Fremont East District and within the recently revitalized Fergusons Downtown market square, Hatsumi has already established itself as one of the city’s most exciting new restaurant openings of 2019.
Integrated & Experiential Bar, Re:Match, Now Open at The LINQ Experience + Casino
The latest evolution of gaming and entertainment is set to debut with the opening of Re:Match at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. Enhancing the traditional casino lounge and bar experience, Re:Match features an indoor/outdoor setting directly on the famed Las Vegas Strip and is designed for guests to engage and interact with the environment. With 27 touch screens that create a cohesive underwater world, and interactive games, Re:Match is a first-of-its-kind marvel.
First Live Action Thriller by Cirque du Soleil to Premier at Luxor
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is excited to announce R.U.N – a groundbreaking new show and the entertainment group’s first live action thriller, premiering at Luxor this fall. R.U.N is an unprecedented entertainment experience, using live action performance, cutting-edge technology and multimedia to explore the world of stunts. Audiences will be plunged into a sensory experience where special effects collide with human performance, pushing viewers to the edge of their seats. Chapter by chapter, guests will be taken through a gritty, cinematic story featuring bold, rebellious and fearless characters. The show will follow two clans in an adrenaline-filled adventure where a striking bride leads a series of fast-paced chases, combat and stunts through the fictional dark underground of Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Book Festival Returns October 19
The Las Vegas Book Festival (LVBF) returns to downtown Las Vegas Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The annual festival is free and open to all ages. As Nevada’s largest literary event, the LVBF is a celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word. It will celebrate its 18th year with well-known authors, programming for readers of all ages, poetry, workshops, music, exhibits, panel discussions and more.
True Food Kitchen Opening at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Spring 2020
Globally recognized as the premier destination for luxury shopping and dining, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will further enhance its culinary offerings with the addition of True Food Kitchen, the award-winning seasonally-inspired restaurant and bar that has pioneered healthy-driven dining. True Food will also open a first-of-its-kind “True Bar” adjacent to the restaurant in the distinctive Reflecting Pool area. True Food Kitchen is set to open in Spring 2020 on the Street Level of The Forum Shops near the iconic Spiral Escalator. Founded in 2008, True Food Kitchen has received national recognition as a culinary leader, with a health-driven menu of seasonal dishes and natural beverages guided by the principles of founder Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid.
AREA15 Las Vegas Signs Mixed Reality Experience: Nomadic
AREA15, the experiential retail and entertainment complex offering live events, immersive activations, art installations and much more, announces a new tenant: the premier mixed reality (MR) experience, Nomadic. Founded by veterans of the film, gaming, and retail sectors, Nomadic blurs the line between ‘virtual’ and ‘reality’ by creating video-game-like experiences guests can physically engage with as they step into the action. These unique experiences incorporate physical props, set design and environmental effects into story-driven VR content. Nomadic will occupy 6,000 total square feet of the 200,000-square-foot complex and will be located near AREA15’s anchor tenant, the art collaborative Meow Wolf.
“America’s Got Talent” Finalist Samuel J. Comroe to Debut Residency at The STRAT
Starting Monday, July 8, Samuel J. Comroe will headline a stand-up comedy residency inside the L.A. Comedy Club at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod. A top four-winner on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Comroe will perform his routine live at 6 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday. Comroe’s career leaped from the stage to the screen during his television debut on popular comedian Conan O’Brien’s cable show, “Conan,” as well as an appearance on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” with Kevin Hart. Comroe has won two high-profile comedy competitions, Ricky Gervais’ “Just Sayin’ App” contest and The San Francisco Comedy Competition. Popular for the tagline, “I’ve got 99 problems, but a twitch ain’t one,” Comroe spotlights his life with Tourette Syndrome with relatable and comical impressions in his routine, aimed to help break down stereotypes.
Vegas Superkarts Officially Launches
Vegas Superkarts (VSK) by Exotics Racing is the brand-new go-kart attraction, offering a true racing experience. Las Vegas locals, families and visitors can drive the new fleet of 4-stroke, gas-powered Sodikart SR5 270 CCs on the city’s longest, widest and fastest outdoor go-kart racetrack.
Caesars Entertainment and Producers Prep Sharp Dressed Man Narrative Musical
Caesars Entertainment’s team led by Michael Gruber and Jason Gastwirth along with lead producers Carl Stubner and Prem Akkaraju are developing Sharp Dressed Man, a rock musical featuring ZZ Top hits. The show is expected to open in 2020 in Las Vegas and will include ZZ Top members, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, as executive producers. Sharp Dressed Man is an outrageous, bawdy musical romp about a Lone Star auto mechanic who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing hearts — and car parts — with the help of his merry band of beer drinkers and hell raisers. Featuring ZZ Top’s most beloved songs including “Legs,” “La Grange,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Cheap Sunglasses,” Sharp Dressed Man is a rock musical with a wicked sense of humor and a heart as big as Texas.
Courtesy Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).