by Z.Z. Zorn
The World’s Greatest Rock Show live at the STRATOSPHERE is a Rock Legends Tribute
Concert and audiences are seeing and hearing a dream rock concert with some of
the most classic rock bands of all time. The World’s Greatest Rock Show has a
line up of Las Vegas’ most talented tribute artists who deliver live rock
music performances just like the original artists The Rolling Stones, KISS,
Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC,
Aerosmith and more! The night I saw the show the performers were: Bruce
Springsteen and the E-Street Band (fronted by Reckless in Vegas founder
Michael Shapiro), Van Halen (with Drew Hart performing the Diamond David Lee
Roth leaps and yelps), Heart (with Anne Martinez of “Baz” and Cassie Stone, late of “Zarkana)” Journey (starring Paul Johnson of “Rock of
Ages” as Steve Perry),Meat Loaf (with Jared Dalley, also from “RoA’),
and Kiss. “Rock Show” also has video, backup dancers, great staging, some
pyrotechnics and the inimitable Lon Bronson’s Band.
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After nearly 600 performances of
his first-ever Las Vegas residency, magician, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED
NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel &
Casino, the LINQ Theater is being renamed in his honor. The Mat Franco Theater is going
into effect for performances starting July 10. Since long before taking the
stage in his first-ever resident production, the 28-year-old magician has
worked tirelessly to cultivate his talents and personal brand in hopes of, one
day, achieving every entertainer’s dream of having a theater named in
recognition of their career.
Named “Best Magic Show” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and “Best Strip Show” by
Las Vegas Weekly, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY
continues to receive rave reviews from fans and critics alike since opening in
MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY
continues to amaze and inspire audiences Thursday through Tuesday
at 7 p.m., with a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday. Tickets start at
Gordon Ramsay booth at Vegas Uncork'd event
Ate, ate and ate more. How could
I and all guests included not eat and enjoy with all the gastronomical
delicious food from the foremost Chefs at the Grand Tasting Event for Vegas Uncorked by Bon Appétit at
Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool. What and event, at what a gorgeous
location. The luxurious Garden of the
Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars
Palace hosted the ultimate culinary event, The Grand Tasting. Food
enthusiasts gathered for an epicurean experience of a lifetime with a
staggering variety of signature dishes, as well as free-flowing wines and
spirits while mingling with more than 50 award-winning chefs including Bobby
Flay, Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, Charlie Palmer, Chris Santos, Giada De
Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Lorena Garcia, Michael Mina many
more top well-known chefs.
There were a multitude of other winning chef
events, but this one was exceptional.
So many other good events and another one was Vegas
Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro, hosting ‘Sweet
Escape: An Evening of Buddy, Beignets, Bonbons & Booze.’ Held at The
Aquatic Club at The Palazzo poolside where live music played throughout
songwriter, actress, producer, DJ and activist, Erykah Badu
, is returning to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The Linq Promenade for a
performance on Thursday, July 20, at 8:30 p.m. Badu’s musical style blends
R&B, hip-hop and jazz, and has often been compared to the likes of Billie
Holiday and the label “neo-soul” is most often applied to her music. Her
blending of soul and hip-hop, while incorporating elements of funk and jazz,
also ties in themes of contemporary culture and human struggle. Erykah Badu
, also an accomplished actress with appearances in films such as “House
of D” and “The Cider House Rules,” demonstrates the skills of a true
storyteller in each of her performances and is ready to bring that energy back
Super Summer Theatre
Spring Mountain State Park kicks off its 42nd season of bringing
affordable, high-quality productions with “
The Wedding Singer,”
performing June 7 – 24. Super Summer Theatre announces its second show of the
season, “In the
Heights,” playing July 12 – 29. Before there was the musical theater
sensation “Hamilton,” its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda
introduced Broadway to “In the Heights,”
universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights
neighborhood. The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2008, was nominated for 13
Tony Awards, winning four including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best
Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It also won a GRAMMY Award for Best
Musical Show Album and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The cast of 24 alongside four live
musicians on stage perform “In the Heights”
13,14,15,20,21,22,26,27, 29. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show.
Children ages five are free. Tickets purchased online at
www.supersummertheatre. Theatre parking is available starting at 5 p.m. and
the meadow opens at 6 p.m. All performances of “In the Heights” begin at 8:05
p.m. Guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair, as well as a picnic
dinner, or may purchase dinner from one of several food vendors onsite. Chairs
are available for rent for $1.
The 10th annual
Las Vegas Film
Festival (lvff) celebrated a decade of
bringing storytelling, culture and community to Southern Nevada at its 2017
festival entirely at
Brenden Theatres in
the Palms Casino. The LVFF
screened a selection of feature films, documentaries, shorts and music videos.
Additionally, this year’s Festival once again included CINEVEGAS PRESENTS AT
LVFF, featuring a selection of films curated by the CineVegas team of
Trevor Groth and Mike Plante. I had done media coverage for the original
Cinevegas that was such a great film festival. The screening room had movable
fabulous leather seats. Brenden Theatre is in the process of
future upgrading their screening rooms this way.
Two of the winning films I saw and
were very well done were “5 Stages of Dying” (A young man
spirals through a wild array of emotions when diagnosed with a terminal
illness.) Director: Nima Shoghi and the best feature was
two Korean American brothers run their late father’s shoe
store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. They
strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African
American girl, Kamilla. Racial tensions build to a breaking point in L.A. as
the “infamous” L.A. Riots break out). Director: Justin Chon
- also played the lead actor.
“Man in Black: A
Tribute to Johnny Cash” will bring Cash’s classic hits to The
Showroom on June 30 and July 1 at 8 p.m. Since 2005, Shawn Barker
his celebrated “Man in Black” tribute show all over the world. His high-energy
performance recreates Cash’s iconic sound and signature style down to his
acoustic guitar and harmonica. Barker’s show features hits from Johnny Cash’s
entire musical career, including his duets with the late June Carter.
Johnny Cash rocked the country music scene with his
unique baritone vocals and acoustic guitar. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s,
Cash released more than 100 hit singles, making him one of the most
influential musicians of the 20th century. The country music legend
also went on to become one of the best-selling artists of all time, with more
than 90 million records sold worldwide. Cash’s music has crossed over multiple
genres, which won him inductions into the Country Music, Gospel Music and Rock
and Roll Halls of Fame.
R&B and hip hop legends of the
1990’s will bring their top hits to the fourth-annual
Sizzling Jam” at the Orleans
Arena Saturday, July 15.
The 1990’s marked the golden age of R&B music and
Oakland, Calif.’s Tony! Toni! Toné! dominated the music scene with
soulful hits “It Never Rains (In Southern California),” “Anniversary” and “Lay
Your Head on My Pillow.” The band’s popularity earned them a certified double-
Platinum album, “Sons of Soul.” The R&B group’s current lineup includes
Dwayne Wiggins, Timothy Christian Riley and Amar Khalil.
Baltimore, Md., R&B supergroup Dru Hill is best known for their #1
singles “How Deep Is Your Love,” “In My Bed” and “Never Make a Promise.”
Throughout the group’s career, they recorded seven Top-40 hits and released
four albums, Dru Hill features original members Larry “Jazz” Anthony, Mark
“Sisqó” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin and newest member Antwuan “Tao” Simpson.
Silk hails from Atlanta, Ga. with
their hit songs “If You (Lovin Me),” “Girl U For Me” and “Happy Days.” In
1993, Silk released their debut album “Lose Control” with their #1 single
“Freak Me,” which went double-Platinum. The group continued to produce top-100
hits with Tim “Timzo” Cameron, Jimmy Gates, Gary “Big G” Glenn, Jonathen
“John-John” Rasboro and Gary “Lil G” Jenkins.
Throwback Sizzling Jam also includes performances by Total, H-
Town and hip hop powerhouse The Alumni featuring Dana Dane, Chubb
Rock, Kwame’, Moni Love, and Special Ed. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at
$40 Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; online at www.orleanscasino.com or at the venue box office.
A world of rock in ALICE: A Steampunk Concert Fantasy is based on the
writings of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the
Looking Glass,” ALICE: A Steampunk
Concert Fantasy will perform the second Monday of each month at
inside Red Rock Resort, beginning Monday, July 10. ALICE: A Steampunk Concert
Fantasy combines original arrangements of favorite pop/rock
songs with unforgettable vocals, dancers and a nine-piece band, to create a
wild theatrical experience. ALICE
: A Steampunk Concert Fantasy
is directed by Ryan Kelsey and Anne Martinez, choreographed by Ryan Kelsey
and Claudia Mitria, featuring Ashley Fuller, April Leopardi, Eric Morgan,
Adolfo Barreto, Jeffrey DeBarathy and the BBR Band.
Cover for ALICE: A Steampunk
Concert Fantasy is $25 at the door, which includes a complimentary
specialty cocktail. Doors and a special cocktail hour begin at 9 p.m., with
the show beginning at 10 p.m. Guests must be 21 years or older.
Contact! show with Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson
M&M American Dance
show CONTACT! with Michael
Kessler and Melinda Jackson along with their wonderful cast
and band were truly awesome. So many well-known performers who dance and sing
at the same time have been using their own backup voice. Not so with Michael
Kessler! He sings while he dances at the same time even with the most
difficult scenarios and is great. Melinda does this too and they even do this
as a duo. Together they are magical. If you missed them this time, I’ll let
you know when they will be performing again.
singer-songwriter is performing a limited residency until August
at the Golden
Nugget on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8p.m. If you have never
seen Clint Holmes, his shows are a must see for an unforgettable experience.
His show is an amazing narrative of his life. Audiences love him not only for
his incredible singing of a vast repertoire of all genres of music, but for
also singing some of his originals and recordings. His latest is a new Jazz
album “Rendezvous.” Clint is an exciting energetic entertainer making
audiences feel as if he is performing just for each one. His top-notch band is
exceptional with Pablo Gadda, Rocco Barbato, David Ostrem, Ja ku bu Griffing
and Christian Tabor. I’ve seen Clint Holmes perform many times and always
keep going back as he is so great and makes each show a different experience.
LV Follies - Rhythm
Rizzo’s Las Vegas Follies is presenting “Rhythm”
STARBRIGHT THEATRE July 8th at 7 p.m. and July 9th at 2
p.m. “Rhythm” stars triple threat impersonator, Jimmy Emmerson
extraordinaire, star of La Cage along with singing sensations Karin Denise
star of Splash, with vocalist Larry Carroll. Others featured are Gino Venezia
and the comedy of Shirl the Whirl. Individuals of course are the beautiful
showgirls in The Las Vegas Follies, sultry Suzanne Jipson, Kimberly Renee,
Cecile Rizzo, Maureen Wray and The Vintage Babes including the zany Judy
Danes, These great showgirls execute the edgy styles of choreographer
Rich Rizzo is the man highly responsible for two
of the most successful shows on the Las Vegas Strip; the “Lido de Paris” and
the colossal “Jubilee.” Tickets $20. Box office 702 240
Jennifer Romas star of Sexxy with Z.Z.
Jennifer Romas now presents The Summer of Sexxy at
Westgate. With over 500
performances there are now new numbers, new costumes, new choreography, new
song, lighting and more, making The Summer of Sexxy show even hotter. The Summer of Sexxy new show
launch was celebrated at an invited party at the Elvis Presley Villa atop the
Westgate; an extraordinary area to behold.
SEXXY, Las Vegas' Topless Revue by Jennifer
Romas, is in the Westgate Cabaret. Audiences are told to leave your inhibitions at the
door as you enter this erotic, forbidden, tantalizing world of everything
SEXXY. SEXXY brings you through a journey of sensual, sexual,
fun and enticing vignettes that will arouse a standing ovation in one way…or
Coming to The Space is the Las Vegas premiere of “Thrones! The Musical
Parody.” The critically-acclaimed musical parody of Game of
Thrones hits the stage for a limited, nine-show run Friday, July 14 – Sunday,
July 23 at 8 p.m.
One for die-hard fans to truly indulge in, the
talented cast sing and dance their way through their own warped and hilarious
version of the popular series’ plots and twists, with a few extra of their own
thrown in for joyful measure. Thrones! looks in on six friends –
Leslie, Jen, Ross, Brad, Tom and Nicole as they gather for the season finale
“Game of Thrones.”
Soon the group discovers the ultimate travesty; one of the members
does not watch the show. Over the course of the next 90 minutes, the group
bands together to act out all six seasons for the Thrones newbie, including
dashing men battling white walkers, ravishing maidens riding fire-breathing
dragons, the infamous “walk of shame” and much more.
Thrones! is brought to the stage by the same creative team behind “50 Shades!
The Musical Parody” Tickets are $35 and up on sale online at www.thespacelv.com.
is founded by Las Vegas entertainer and philanthropist Mark Shunock.
Paquita La Del Barrio
Paquita La Del Barrio is a
supporter of women's rights. Many of her songs highlight female empowerment
and she was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 2016 Premio lo
Nuestro awards. Paquita La Del Barrio, the Mexican Grammy nominee
will be performing at Star of the Desert Arena in
Primm on Saturday, August 19 at 8 p.m.
Paquita will delight audiences with songs including "Si Yo Fuera Varon," "Rata
De Dos Patas," "Las Mujeres Mandan" and "Las Rodilleras." Tickets start
at $30 on sale now at 702.386.7867.
We all know how wonderful the
performers are in the
Cirque du Soleil
shows. Not only are the performers so great but many are artist and The Collective,
an extraordinary collection of artworks created by the company’s performers,
technicians and staff in Las Vegas will unveil its 12th annual art exhibition.
Serving as a creative outlet for employees, the exhibit will be on display for
a limited time, June 1 – 30 at The Metropolitan Gallery of Las Vegas Art
Museum, available Wednesdays through Saturdays
from 12 – 5 p.m. For the first time in the program’s 12-year history, each
employee will be able to submit up to three works of art instead of one,
allowing them to express themselves creatively through different mediums. All
formats of artwork will be featured throughout the month.
In addition to the original works created, The
Collective will also display Cirque du Soleil-owned art pieces, props and
costumes from various productions.
Cirque du Soleil has seven permanent
resident shows in Las Vegas. These productions are: Mystère at Treasure
Island, “O” at Bellagio Resort & Casino, Zumanity at New York-New York
Hotel & Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Beatles™ LOVE™ at
The Mirage Hotel & Casino, MINDFREAK® LIVE! at Luxor Hotel & Casino
and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay.
The fully renovated rooftop
Pool at the Plaza Hotel & Casino,
which opened last July will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a special
Plaza Pool Nights
Fourth of July party on Saturday, July 1, with live entertainment,
drink specials, and a barbecue buffet. The festivities will
culminate with a spectacular fireworks show.
This summer, the Pool at the
Plaza introduced Plaza Pool Nights, dance and swim parties held under the
stars on Saturday nights. On Saturday, July 1, the Plaza Pool Nights party
will be the biggest yet this season to celebrate the pool’s anniversary and
upcoming Fourth of July holiday. On July 1, there will be music throughout the
day and in the evening, guests will enjoy live entertainment from Flashbax.
Beginning at 7 p.m., the cocktail bar at the Pool will offer a holiday drink
On the pool deck, there will be
a special barbecue buffet with all-American favorites. The buffet is all-you-
can-eat for $25 per person. At the end of the night, the Plaza will shoot live
fireworks from multiple rooftop locations at approximately 10:45 p.m. The show
will last approximately 4 minutes, and while the best views will be from the
Plaza’s rooftop pool party, the fireworks will no doubt be seen in the sky for
miles around. Entry to all other Plaza Pool Nights, including July 1 is free.
The Otheroom, the stylish and unique
bar concept that has long been a favorite of the fashionable set in LA and New
York is preparing to open its doors in Las Vegas at The
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
. Known for its sexy atmosphere and premium
selection of fine wines and craft beers, The Otheroom Las Vegas will also
boast a new addition – a signature cocktail line and gourmet bites.
For more than 30 years The Otheroom
has attracted celebrities and tastemakers. The upscale lounge and dining
concept is the latest addition to The Forum Shops, which now celebrates the
25th Anniversary of opening.
The San Gennaro Feast a
favorite Las Vegas event twice a year, dedicated their past event to the
memory of Tony
Sacca, who passed away on January 30th. Tony Sacca was the Host
and main act at San Gennaro in Las Vegas, for the last 32 years.