CHRIS ROCK RETURNS
TO THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE
heavy-weight Chris Rock is bringing his critically acclaimed No
Apologies tour to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Aug. 29 and 30.
Tickets for the extended Labor Day weekend 11 p.m. performances are $95,
$115, $135 and $175, call 702-474-4000.
Rock is one of our generation's strongest comedic voices. The
Brooklyn-raised comedian has garnered three Emmys Awards, three Grammy
Awards and has seen his former eponymous talk show become one of HBO's
highest-rated programs. Rock joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night
Live in 1989. At the conclusion of his SNL career, he taped his first
HBO special Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes and began a successful
relationship with HBO that helped catapult him to the highest ranks of
BELLAGIO OPENS THE YELLOWTAIL SUSHI RESTAURANT & BAR
The Light Group, a Las Vegas hospitality and lifestyle development
organization, has added Yellowtail Sushi Restaurant & Bar to its
culinary portfolio. The new modern high-end eatery overlooking the
resort's lake with the fountain show is opening July 18 at Bellagio,
just steps away from The Light Group's Caramel Bar & Lounge, FIX
Restaurant & Bar and nightclub The Bank. Yellowtail offers an extensive
Japanese menu of fresh, ingredient-driven cuisine for both the sushi
novice and connoisseur. Seasonal fish and ingredients flown in daily
from the finest markets and purveyors around the world are being
showcased in sushi, sashimi, tempura and hand rolls.
Designed by the
world-renowned Rockwell Group of New York City, Yellowtail's elegant
wood and stone decor fosters a vibrant atmosphere. The restaurant's
signature design element, a 25-by-13-foot, wall-mounted installation at
the entrance, has been created by using bronze metal scales that
resemble the dorsal side of the eponymous fish. The dining room offers a
cozy setting with screens composed of woven twigs set inside antique
Yellowtail offers a hand-selected extensive sake collection,
encompassing several different types from the classic to the
avant-garde. Large bottles of sake and souchu are displayed at the
Yellowtail offers a 180-seat dining room, 30-seat intimate lounge, and
30-seat private dining room. It is open daily at 5 p.m. For information,
visit www.lightgroup.com or call
BODIES…THE EXHIBITION IS MOVING TO THE LUXOR
Exhibition is moving to the Luxor after a wonderful two-year run at the
Tropicana and will open its doors there on Aug. 2. Bodies will be the
first to debut in the
Premier Exhibition's new 36,800-square-foot center at the Luxor.
Described as a "life-changing experience," BODIES…The Exhibition
showcases more than 260 full body, organ and partial body specimens.
These real human bodies have been meticulously dissected, preserved
through an innovative process called polymer preservation and
respectfully presented, giving visitors the opportunity to view the
beauty and complexity of their own organs and systems.
Ticket prices are $31 for adults, $29 for seniors, $23 for children 12
and under, and $28 for Nevada residents and Luxor hotel guests. The
Exhibition will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For information
and tickets, call 800-557-7428.
HALL & OATES WILL APPEAR AT THE HARD ROCK AUG. 15
& Oates will headline at the Hard Rock on Friday, Aug. 15. Tickets start
at $49.50. After more than 40 years of knowing each other, Daryl Hall
and John Oates are still very much at the height of their powers making
their own kind of soul. Hall & Oates have toured consistently around the
world and they've continued to record both together and separately with
impressive results including Hall's third solo album, Soul Alone.
Most recently, Hall & Oates saluted their deep soul roots with 2004's
Our Kind Of Soul - an album that found them recording inventive
re-workings of some of their favorite soul classics like the Spinners'
I'll Be Around and the Four Tops' Standing in the Shadows of Love, as
well as three new originals with a decidedly classic soul feel. In 2004,
Hall & Oates' body of work was inducted together into the Songwriter's
Hall of Fame.
MINT MONDAYS POOL PARTIES AT THE TROPICANA
The Tropicana has introduced its new pool party concept, Mint Mondays,
with food, the signature cocktail Effen Black Mint, live bands and
dancing every Monday from noon to 11 p.m. A DJ blasts tunes from noon
until 7 p.m. and a live band performs on the poolside stage from 7 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m. All bands are published artists and the DJ wraps up the
A similar version of the pool party can be experienced every Friday and
Saturday throughout the summer, call 702-739-2222 for information. All
three weekly pool events
held in a beautiful tropical oasis are open to the public and offer free
MIGRATION OF PARROTHEADS WILL FLOCK TO HOOTERS
During the weekend of July 25-27, Migration '08 will take place at the
pool at Hooters Casino Hotel located one block off the Strip. Admission
is $50 and that includes admission to all events on Friday night,
all-day and night Saturday and Sunday. All party-goers will also receive
a ticket for a cheeseburger "in paradise," a drink and raffle tickets
for prizes and a silent auction.
Live bands will be playing all weekend. The lineup will include Jim
Morris and The Big Bamboo Band, Stars on The Water, Bob Karwin, Jim
Hoehn, Jimmy and The Parrots, Tommy Rocker and Conched Out, James "Sunny
Jim" White, John Frinzi, and Coral Reefer Madness.
Caught a screening of the delightful, uplifting, happy movie MAMMA MIA!
and was surprised to see a quick dream segment highlighting Las Vegas.
Nice touch! The play MAMMA MIA! at Mandalay Bay set yet another
benchmark for Broadway musicals in Las Vegas when it celebrated its
fifth anniversary at the resort on Feb. 13, 2008. Due to popular demand
MAMMA MIA!, which was previously scheduled to end in August after more
than 2,300 performances, will now play through Jan. 4, 2009. Surely the
movie hype is helping.
At the Hard Rock on
Sept. 12, Billy Idol will be performing tracks from his latest album The
Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself. His new career-spanning CD
gathers together the music that Idol has taken to stages all around the
world, as well as two brand new songs. Idol really smashed through with
his 1984 double platinum album, Rebel Yell. Tickets start at $59.50.
This Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29 - 31, the Las Vegas Showgirl
Invitational Bowling Tournament will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary
(1983 - 2008) at the Gold Coast
Bowling Center. More than 400 gay bowlers from across the United States
are expected to compete this year. This bowling tournament began 25
years ago with the serious purpose of raising money and awareness of the
threat posed by HIV / AIDS. To participate, register online at
Pure Nightclub inside Caesars Palace will host a 21st birthday bash for
90210's alluring actress AnnaLynne McCord on Friday, July 25
Andre Agassi's annual Grand Slam for Children fundraiser will be held on
Oct. 11 at a new venue. After 12 of the events have been held at the MGM
Grand Garden that seats 7,000 people, it will move to a smaller room at
Wynn. It will be a more exclusive event since only tables will be sold.
Bette Midler with her The Showgirl Must Go On spectacular at The
Colosseum at Caesars Palace will return on Oct. 9 after this weekend's
performances end on July 20. One night during this current visit,
approximately 400 Midler fans got a real treat when the Divine Miss M
decided to hold a surprise book signing after her show. Bette made the
announcement to her audience and she was greeted to a massive line on
The Colosseum steps. From about 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., Midler signed
autographs for customers who purchased her book The Adventures of Baby
Divine and her new greatest hits CD Jackpot.
CANNERY WILL FEATURE ERIC BURDONAND THE ANIMALS AND RARE EARTH
Burdon and The Animals and Rare Earth will perform at The Club inside
the Cannery in North Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 13. Tickets start at
$11.95, call 702- 617-5585 or 866-287-4643.
Eric Burdon's tenure with The Animals made him one of the seminal
figures of the 1960's British Invasion. Some of Burdon's hits include
House of the Rising Sun, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, and We Gotta Get
Out of This Place. Burdon and The Animals were inducted into the Rock 'n
Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Formed in Detroit in 1967, Rare Earth was the first white act signed to
the legendary Motown Records label. Their heady mix of rock, soul, funk
and pop melodies clicked
with both the critics and the audience who appreciated the bands
excellent musicianship and electric live show. Rare Earth's hits include
Get Ready, (I Born to Wander and
I Just Want to Celebrate.
DJ PREMIER WILL
PERFORM AT BLUSH JULY 22 AND AUG. 31
Following a performance for a packed house during Memorial Day, hip hop
legend DJ Premier will return to Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn for
two scheduled dates this summer on Tuesday, July 22 and Sunday, Aug. 31.
DJ Premier is acclaimed as one of the most respected and successful hip
hop producers of all time, crafting classic recordings for such legends
as Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Nas.
Known to many as a member of the renowned group, Gang Starr, DJ Premier
recently added a new title to his repertoire - record label founder.
Year Round Incorporated was developed from Premier's love of music and
his desire to restore skills, soul and integrity to hip hop.
HEADLINES THE RIVIERA COMEDY CLUB
Marty Rackham will headline the Riviera Comedy Club with Marty Pollio
and Fritz Nothnagel beginning Monday, July 28 for seven nights. Show
times for the Riviera Comedy Club are 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are
$24.99, call 702-794-9433.
Rackham has had a successful career in television and in stand-up
comedy. His acting credits have included appearances on NBC's L.A. Law,
Lady Boss, and Seinfeld, ABC's Civil Wars, Murder One, Matlock, Murder,
She Wrote and CBS's Murphy Brown, Bless This House, and Raven. He also
appeared in cable television comedy specials including Caroline's Comedy
Hour and Comedy on the Road. Pollio is a mime, acrobat and juggler, and
stand-up comic. He's opened for Ray Charles, Doc Severenson, Muddy
Waters, Billy Crystal, Spyro Gyra, and Laura Brannigan. He's also
appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and been featured in the
movies The Godfather, Punchline and Far Out Man. This will be the first
appearance for Nothnagel.
CHUBBY CHECKER RAMPART ENGAGEMENT INCLUDES A BUFFET DINNER
legendary Chubby Checker will visit the Rampart Casino in the northwest
part of the valley for a one-night engagement Sunday, Aug. 3. The
performance will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the adjoining JW
Marriott starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 with a complimentary meal at
the Rampart Buffet included.
When he was a small boy, Checker vowed to someday enter show business.
In 1959, he recorded The Twist, and in the summer of 1960 it became a
No. 1 hit. Record industry history was made when The Twist re-entered
the charts and by January of 1962, it was back in the No. 1 position. No
other record before or since has accomplished that feat. Some of his
other hits include The Fly, Loddy Lo and The Hucklebuck.
Checker is the only artist to have five albums in the top 12 and the
only artist to have nine double-sided hits. He was the first artist to
have a platinum record.
WALK TO CURE DIABETES FUNDRAISER AND MUSIC EVENT TO BE HELD OCT. 11
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will hold its annual Walk
to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas. The Rock the Walk musical event, a prelude to the walk, will be
held on Friday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Springs Preserve
Amphitheatre. Open seating starts at a $25 donation and includes a
barbeque dinner catered by Wolfgang Puck and family entertainment
including Christy Molasky & The Music Junkies, call 702-732-4795.
More than 4,000 walkers are expected this year and walks are held in
more than 200 cities worldwide. Nationally, nearly 500,000 people walked
to cure diabetes last year
and collectively raised more than $93 million.