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Sunday night, August 11, entertainer and beloved crooner/showman Matt Goss celebrated his 10-year anniversary as a Las Vegas Strip headliner with a special performance playing to a full house at 1OAK Nightclub inside The Mirage. As part of the evening's festivities, he was presented with not one, but two different Humanitarian Awards – one from the United Nations and a Humanitarian Medal from the Royal Society of St. George, England’s premiere patriotic organization. The entertainer was honored with the awards for all the work he has done behind the scenes for charity.
Daniel Emmet - Photo credit: Denise Truscello
Debbie Gibson - Photo credit: Denise Truscello
FANTASY - Photo credit: Denise Truscello
Mayte Garcia - Photo credit: Denise Truscello
Murray Sawchuck - Photo credit: Denise Truscello
Robin Antin - Photo credit: Denise Truscello
Sonny Charles and Pia Zadora - Photo credit: Denise Truscello
TJ Lavin and the Dirty Virgin dancers - Photo credit: Denise Truscello
Goss began his Las Vegas residency career in 2009 and now headlines an extended engagement at The Mirage.
Matt Goss celebrates 10 years as a Las Vegas headliner and receives two Humanitarian Awards
Known for his intoxicating vocal performances, big band instrumentals and old school glamour, guests can expect something different every show. Goss brings his celebrated act – including a multi-piece band, sultry backup singers and Dirty Virgin showgirls – to a scintillating live-music experience scheduled each Sunday.
Macy’s Fashion Show Mall hosts Beauty & Fashion Bash in support of Tyler Robinson Foundation
Macy’s Fashion Show Mall hosted Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) families and community members during a Beauty & Fashion Bash on Saturday, Aug. 17. The event included pop-up stations throughout the store where attendees enjoyed makeovers, face painting and a balloon artist as well as kite-making, and a potting station for kids and parents to pot their very own plant in STORY. The afternoon also included a fashion show featuring TRF families wearing the season’s latest trends.
Photo courtesy of Macys Fashion Beauty Bash
Photo courtesy of Macys Fashion Beauty Bash
Macy’s presented TRF (the nonprofit organization of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling band Imagine Dragons) with a check for $2,000 to support the organization’s mission to strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a childhood cancer diagnosis by providing grants to offset out-of-pocket life expenses.
Additional recent and upcoming 'happenings' in and around Las Vegas include.
Friday evening, August 9, “ELVIS PRESLEY’S HEARTBREAK HOTEL IN CONCERT” celebrated its 100th performance at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Following the performance, show producers Scott Prisand and Seth Fass from Robbins Lane Entertainment surprised the cast on stage with a custom-made cake.
Celebratory cake - Photo courtesy of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert
Photo courtesy of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert
Cast members include Eddie Clendening (guitar and vocals), Matt Codina (guitar), Bill Morey (upright bass), Cole Maxwell (drums), Colte Julian (piano and Music Director), Geno Henderson (guitar), Jackie Wiatrowski (vocals), Tymara Walker (vocals) and Fana Hughes (vocals).
“Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” is the ultimate Elvis hit-driven story-telling concert experience. Presenting the music and the story of Elvis’ meteoric rise to fame all in one night’s immersive experience, the show features nearly two dozen Elvis songs that came to define “rock ‘n’ roll” as we know it today, while four giant LED walls present authentic imagery and scenes from his extraordinary life. “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” is the only Elvis production in Las Vegas authorized by Authentic Brands Group, owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, LLC. “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” performs Wednesday through Monday at 8 p.m. with an additional 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The show is dark Tuesday. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49. Additional fees may apply.
Wednesday evening, August 16, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees & legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons DEF LEPPARD launched their exclusive headlining residency show, Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency, to a sold-out crowd at ZAPPOS THEATER AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO. Produced by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, the rock spectacle features a selection of the band’s greatest hits, including “Love Bites,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Animal.” Marking the first rock music residency at Zappos Theater, Def Leppard also treated their fans to an intimate acoustic set of songs, some of which have never been played live for an audience. Tickets for performances through Sept. 7 are on sale now starting at $69, plus applicable tax and fees and may be purchased in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.
Las Vegas Ballpark, home of the LAS VEGAS AVIATORS, has a major national award to add to its accomplishments, with the announcement that new facility is the winner of www.BaseballParks.com's 20TH ANNUAL BALLPARK OF THE YEAR AWARD. Every year since 2000, BaseballParks.com has presented this honor to the new or remodeled baseball stadium with the best combination of site selection, exterior appearance, architectural design, and fan amenities.
“We love making baseball history with Las Vegas Ballpark and are thrilled to receive this merit-based award,” said Don Logan, President and COO, when informed of the honor. “It’s truly a winning stadium that is setting a new standard for professional baseball nationwide.”
“Las Vegas Ballpark joins City National Arena, practice facility of the Vegas Golden Knights, to make Downtown Summerlin® a major sports destination, not just for the immediate Summerlin community but for everyone in Southern Nevada,” said Summerlin President Kevin T. Orrock. “As owner of the Las Vegas Aviators, The Howard Hughes Corporation is committed to nothing but the best for both the team and the fans, ensuring the stadium experience is exceptional. We couldn’t be more pleased to be recognized by BaseballParks.com with this award.”
On Friday, August 16, DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER (located at the corner of Third Street and Carson Avenue across from The D Las Vegas) celebrated its FIFTH ANNIVERSARY with a thrilling concert by co-headliners YOUNG THE GIANT and FITZ AND THE TANTRUM. The outdoor performance also included a special opening performance by indie alternative songstress ALICE MERTON. Since its debut, DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER has hosted hundreds of events including unforgettable concerts and EDM shows, sponsored sports viewing parties, open-air boxing matches, food festivals and much more. What was once the Clark County Courthouse building has developed into a burgeoning area for modern art and entertainment.
Downtown Las Vegas Events Center has a full lineup of events planned for the rest of 2019, including an entire season of Raiders watch parties, the Bite of Las Vegas Food Festival (September 14), Las Vegas Pride (October 11-12) and more.
On Thursday, August 22, DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER will partner with FOX5 Las Vegas to throw the largest Raiders watch party in the city – the OFFICIAL RAIDERS WATCH PARTY at the Downtown Watch Zone. Returning to the venue for its second year, the event will bring fun experiences including a meet-and-greet with Raiders Alumni, the Raiderettes and Raider Rusher – the team’s youth ambassador; a live DJ; official Raiders merchandise; stadium-style food; Man Caves and much more. Doors open on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with a live broadcast of the Raiders taking on the Green Bay Packers in Winnipeg onFOX5 News starting at 4 p.m. from the venue. The event will be FREE admission and open to all ages.
PALACE STATION HAS PARTNERED WITH VITALANT, a non-profit community blood service provider, to host a BLOOD DRIVE on property at its Grand Ballroom on August 23. Open to the public, guests and team members are invited to give the gift of life from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in hope to save many lives. As a thank you for this great donation, DONORS WILL RECEIVE A FREE FEAST BUFFET VOUCHER to redeem at Palace Station after their session is complete. To schedule an appointment, sign up at www.bloodhero.com and enter PALACE STATION or contact Vitalant at (877) 827-4376.
With INTERNATIONAL DOG DAY approaching on August 26th, SmartAsset crunched the numbers to identify THE MOST DOG FRENDLY CITIES NATIONWIDE and LAS VEGAS RANKS IN THE NUMBER ONE SPOT! Moving up from third place in last year’s version of this study, Las Vegas offers many dog-friendly parks, restaurants and shopping centers as well as very few days with precipitation. Vegas ties for the fifth-highest number of dog parks per 100,000 residents out of all 100 cities in our study. The city also has the 18th- and 17th-highest number of dog-friendly restaurants and shopping centers, respectively. Plus, Las Vegas is a relatively affordable place for dog owners to live compared to other big cities. The city’s median home value is $245,500, according to the Census Bureau’s most recent data.
The STRAT HOTEL, CASINO AND SKYPOD will partner with ISI GROUP to host a LIVE ART AND SILENT AUCTION supporting local artists on the SkyPod’s indoor Observation Deck at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, Friday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Dec. 20. Hosted by Arturo Cecena and DJ Edoc, 20 artists will paint theme-centric pieces available for bidding in a silent auction. All auction proceeds will go directly to the local artists. Art themes include “Call of the Wild” in August, “Nightmare on ElmSTRAT” in September, and of “Pop Culture” in December. Bidding on the pieces will close at 11 p.m. each night. Admission to the SkyPod is priced at $25, plus fees. In addition to stunning, 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding mountains, the Observation Deck offers gourmet paninis, ice cream, coffee and more at 108 Eats by James Trees, as well as signature cocktails at 108 Drinks.
THE LAS VEGAS-CLARK COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT is teaming up with the VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS during LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH in September. Valley residents can #GetCarded and discover the endless possibilities that their library card offers, including notification on thousands of classes and events, world-class musical performances, art gallery showings, and access to millions of library resources, both online at LVCCLD.org and in any library branch … ALL FREE. During September, the public is invited to stop by their neighborhood branch to sign up for a new library card, or if desired, swap out their old card for a brand-new design. LVCCLD offers multiple card designs, including the official Vegas Golden Knights card, which features the beloved hometown hockey team’s signature colors and official slogan, “Vegas Born.”
Hard Rock International is kicking off its annual celebration of the life and music of the legendary FREDDIE MERCURY by hosting “FREDDIE FOR A WEEK” from Thursday, September 5, 2019 – Freddie Mercury’s birthday – through Thursday, September 12, 2019. In honor of the iconic frontman, HARD ROCK CAFE® LAS VEGAS will be rocking in Freddie’s honor with Freddie-themed events, a limited-time milkshake and exclusive merchandise that benefits The Mercury Phoenix Trust, a UK charity created in memory of Freddie Mercury by Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor together with their manager Jim Beach to support the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Those looking to celebrate while wearing Freddie-inspired merchandise can stop by the Cafe’s Rock Shop® to purchase limited-edition t-shirts and a pin featuring an iconic image of Freddie on stage.
To commemorate Freddie with a celebration as memorable as the rock legend himself, Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas will host “Freddie for a Week” September 5-13 with a performance of The Killer Queens, an all-female tribute to Queen, on Sept. 5 from 7-10 as well as the Freddie’s Mustache Milkshake event all week.
THE SUPER SUMMER THEATRE continues its 44TH OUTDOOR SUMMER SERIES with the final show of the summer season, “NOISES OFF” playing Thursday, September 5 through Saturday, September 21. Called the “funniest farce ever written, “Noises Off” presents a manic menagerie of wayward actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and a wandering plate of sardines all factor into the plot of this hilarious and classically comedic production. Presented by Poor Richard’s Players, (the award-winning producers of “Young Frankenstein The Musical”) and Super Summer Theatre and directed by Benjamin Loewy and Maxim Lardent, this production of “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn will have guests snickering under the stars as the play within a play comes to life on stage at the ranch. Tickets for the Summer Series are priced at $15 for general admission. Parking opens at 5 p.m. and Meadow Seating begins at 6 p.m.with curtain time at 7:05 p.m. Super Summer Theatre is located at Spring Mountain Ranch, just 10 miles west of the 215/West Charleston intersection or 5 miles east past Blue Diamond from the intersection of Hwy 159 and Hwy 160.
AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, made by Mars Wrigley, will open the doors to its ETHEL M® CHOCOLATE FACTORY, (located at 2 Cactus Garden Dr, in Henderson) to select Title 1 schools in the Henderson, Nevada area on Friday, September 6th as part of its “READING AND DISCOVERY EXPERIENCE” PROGRAM in partnership with the nonprofit social enterprise, First Book. The program is designed to address some of the challenges and resource gaps impacting students from low-income households. This activation will give 180 local students the unique opportunity to experience a hands-on chocolate-making demonstration, explore a 600-species cacti garden, tour the brand’s factory operations and participate in a Reading and Discovery Experience. The Candy Bomber: The Story of Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” chronicling Gail Halvorsen’s airdrop of candy to Berlin’s children after WWII will be read aloud and each student will also a brand-new copy. Each participating school principal will also receive a $1,000 check to be used for educational resources.
The LOST 80’s LIVE TOUR returns to DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER on Saturday, September 7. Celebrating its 16th anniversary with 16 powerful acts, the tour will feature some of the most recognizable performers from one of the greatest decades in entertainment. The night of nostalgia will be hosted by world-renowned DJ Richard Blade and will include performances by hitmakers including A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Dramarama, Boys Don’t Cry Missing Persons; The Tubes; Farrington and Mann, the original vocalists of “When in Rome UK;” The Motels; The Vapors; John Parr; The Escape Club; Trans X; Real Life; Tommy Tutone; former members ofOingo Boingo; and Christopher Anton, formerly of Information Society. Hosting the show of throwback tunes will be legendary Sirius XM DJ Richard Blade, who served as instrumental part in introducing New Wave bands to the mainstream in the 80’s and is now the number one morning drive personality in California.Tickets start at $25.50 plus applicable fees. Doors for the event open at 5 p.m., with performers hitting the stage at 6 p.m.
BEER PARK AT PARIS LAS VEGAS will become the VEGAS HEADQUARTERS FOR FOOTBALL FANS with live entertainment, next-level tailgate fare and more than 75 high-definition TVs showing college and professional games starting Sunday, Sept. 8. BEER PARK will kick off the season with a party starting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8, commemorating the first Sunday professional football game of the season. In addition to a DJ playing fun party music in-between plays, BEER PARK will offer complimentary face-painting for fans wanting to sport their team colors. Sunday football games throughout the season will offer giveaways, complimentary face-painting, a brunch menu and Bloody Mary and mimosa selections. Premium seating, with 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. start times, is available with a minimum food and beverage spend of $75 per person. Thursday and Saturday college football games will feature live performances from local DJs and premium seating will be available with a minimum food and beverage spend of $50 per person.
Longstanding comedy club and entertainment company, THE COMEDY WORKS, will bring nationally acclaimed stand-up comedians and up-and-coming talent to the classic showroom at the PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning Thursday, Sept. 12. The Comedy Works at the Plaza lineup includes many well-known comedians including: September 12 – 14: Headliner for opening weekend – JIM FLORENTINE, best known for hosting seven seasons of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” and as a regular on The Howard Stern and the Opie & Anthony shows. September 26 – 28: NICK DI PAOLO has performed on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Conan O’ Brien. The Comedy Works at the Plaza will offer shows Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 9 p.m., and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. with ticket prices starting at only $20.
After a successful run at Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas, six-time Grammy Award-winning musical icon, DIONNE WARWICK, returns to The Strip in September 2019 with her limited engagement “AN EVENING WITH DIONNE WARWICK,” AT CLEOPATRA'S BARGE AT CEASARS PALACE. All shows begin at 8 p.m.Tickets for Warwick’s limited engagement are on sale now at any Caesars Palace Las Vegas box office. General ticket prices begin at $125, plus applicable tax and fees.
Comedian and actor FELIPE ESPARZA will perform at the TREASURE ISLAND THEATER Friday, September 13 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $39.95, plus taxes and service charges
QUEEN BEE MARKET will ‘bee’ back in Las Vegas just in time for fall shopping with a two-day market on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14 at THE CONFERENCE CENTER OF LAS VEGAS. This will be the 29th Queen Bee Market since its creation in 2010, with artisans showcasing an array of handmade home décor, accessories, clothing, paper arts, vintage items, furniture and more. Attendees can also expect workshops and make-and-take stations. Tickets will be priced at $5 per person and will be available for purchase at the door. Children 12 years old and younger and military with ID will receive free entry. Ahead of the expo, Queen Bee Market will also host a Craft Night, led by Kiki Comin at The Conference Center of Las Vegas 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. The Craft Night will feature food, drinks, giveaways, swag bags and three take-home crafts. Tickets to Craft Night are priced at $85.
Singer KELLY VOHNN will be performing “THE WOMEN IN ME”, a tribute to iconic female country legends Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Shania Twain at GREEN VALLEY RANCH EVENTS CENTER on Saturday, September 14 at 8 p.m. The 90 minute fun show is filled with music and lots of laughter. Kelly embodies each character flawlessly in voice, looks, and mannerisms while adding a comedic flair, guaranteeing a very entertaining experience for all ages. General admission tickets are $19 not including fees.
THE LAS VEGAS MEN'S CHORUS (LVMC) will perform its new SEPTEMBER CONCERT, “BECAUSE I'M HAPPY”, under the direction of Mr. Ryan Duff, esteemed CCSD educator and 2017 Heart of Education award recipient, at 4:00 p.m, Sunday September 15th, at The Flamingo Library, 1401 E. Flamingo near South Maryland Parkway. The Chorus will sing arrangements of songs popularized from movies, Broadway and other artists in a new show that will highlight how singing and music influences communication, sentiment and overall well being. Tickets are $20 at the door. As part of its mission, the chorus will also be supporting Project 150, a local charity that provides assistance to local homeless teenagers, by organizing a donation drop off for teen appropriate food, hygiene products and other necessities.
With more pickleball courts than any Las Vegas hotel/casino, the PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO is again the official hotel and title sponsor of the LAS VEGAS PICKETBALL OPEN, Sept. 24-28. The annual competition saw registration more than double in its second year and expects to welcome nearly 650 players in 2019. Hundreds of amateur and professional pickleball players from across the United States and around the world, including Japan, Mexico and Canada, will participate in next month’s event. Players also span multiple generations, from 12 to 81 years of age. Many players from last year are also returning, including top pros Simone Jardim and Kyle Yates to defend their mixed doubles title.
The Las Vegas Pickleball Open offers professional players a competitive prize package of $25,000 split between grand prize, silver and bronze medalists. The Plaza will again construct special grandstand seating for championship matches that will be streamed live on the event website. The tournament will offer men’s, women’s, and mixed amateur doubles matches as well as men’s, women’s, mixed and senior (50-plus) professional doubles matches. Matches will be played from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with the scheduling of the championship matches to be announced. Spectators can attend any of the matches, including the semi-finals and championships, for free. Players can register for the tournament online at www.lasvegaspickleballopen.com
Monday, August 19...
Rick Allen, drummer from the award-winning English rock band, Def Leppard, visited Club Tattoo at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Local piercer Michael Christopher of Club Tattoo took to Instagram to post a photo of himself and Allen during his visit. Allen purchased jewelry for himself and mingled with fans inside the studio.
Rick Allen, drummer from the award-winning English rock band, Def Leppard - Photo courtesy of Club Tattoo
Saturday night, Aug. 17...
During the Psycho Las Vegas music festivalat Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, High on Fire lead man Matt Pike took a break from the festivities to get married. Pike wed Alyssa Maucere in an intimate ceremony at the Silver Wedding Chapel where they were married by Matt’s best friend in full garb.
High on Fire - Photo credit: Danger Ehren Photography
Matt Pikes wedding - Photo credit: Danger Ehren Photography
Emmy award-winning actor Darren Criss, widely known for his role on FX’s hit series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and wife Mia Swier, along with Lauren Lopez and Joey Richter from the Team Starkid production “The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals”were spotted attending the hit show Opium at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Friday, Aug. 16...
Actor Vince Vaughn, widely known for his roles in comedy films such as “Wedding Crashers,” “Swingers” and “The Internship” was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. After the show he went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire and the alluring Green Fairy.
Vince Vaughn attends ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld Photography
Monday, August 12...
Following the evening's performance of Hans Klok: The World’s Fastest Magician at the Thunderland Showroom inside Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Klok was joined backstage by fellow Las Vegas Strip headliners, Murray SawChuck, Douglas “Lefty” Leferovich and Niels Sayers.
Niels Sayers, Murray Sawchuck, Hans Klok, and Doug Lefty Leferovich - Photo courtesy of Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Sunday, August 11...
Guests shopping at Bellagio and ARIA boutiques on August 11 and 12 were greeted with a familiar face to assist. Actor, businesswoman and designer Sarah Jessica Parker welcomed customers into the stores and delighted guests by serving as their personal shopper.
Sarah Jessica Parker - Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International
SJP exterior - Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International
Parker spent time individually styling and thoughtfully advising her fans as they picked out a new pair of shoes or accessory at her Bellagio boutique and Terrene at ARIA. On Monday afternoon she met additional shoppers with a second visit to her Bellagio boutique.