IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP REVEALED - NEW DAYTIME 'FESTIVAL VILLAGE' FOR MUSIC FANS ADDED!
Clear Channel announced the artist lineup for the biggest live concert event in radio history, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, taking place in Las Vegas on Sept. 20 and 21. This year's lineup includes: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, J. Cole, Elton John, Muse, Tiësto, Chris Brown, Keith Urban, fun., Miguel, Bruno Mars, Phoenix, Zedd, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi, plus a rare live appearance by legendary rock band Queen + Adam Lambert, this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, The Summer Set and other special surprise guests to be announced later. Ryan Seacrest, host and producer of the top-rated nationally syndicated LA Morning drive-time show "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" will return for a third year to host the Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The Festival will broadcast LIVE across Clear Channel radio stations in 150 markets nationwide, and this year will air as a two-night special on The CW Network on Sept. 30
This year, the Festival gets even bigger with the addition of the "iHeartRadio Music Festival Village" on Saturday afternoon. The Festival Village will feature live performances on two stages by nearly a dozen artists, including Miley Cyrus, The Wanted, Jason Derulo, The Band Perry, Avril Lavigne, Krewella, Cher Lloyd, twenty one pilots, Pete Tong, AWOLNATION and a special guest Ne-Yo. The Village will also feature fan zones, games, concessions and interactive experiences hosted by the iHeartRadio Music Festival and Festival Village brand partners. The Village will take place at The Lot, which spans 15 acres along the Las Vegas Strip across from the Luxor.
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CARMINE'S IS OPEN INSIDE THE FORUM SHOPS AT CASEARS
Famed New York Italian restaurant Carmine's is now open inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. The Strip's colossal 750-seat eatery serves up "wow-sized" portions of Southern Italian cuisine and marks the restaurant's sixth location with others in Manhattan, Atlantic City, Washington, D.C. and Atlantis in the Bahamas. Carmine's Las Vegas incarnation has six private dining rooms and can easily accommodate large, walk-in groups.
This is not a fine dining for two experience; the philosophy is food is be shared so it is served family-style with portions that feed four to six people. A couple signature selections include the nine-inch high Eggplant Parmigiana, indulgent pastas and oversized beef or veal meatballs along with desserts like Tiramisu and the Titanic Ice Cream Sundae.
The 27,000-square-foot restaurant features the trademark touches that grace all Carmine's locations - high ceilings, antique chandeliers and warm, homey colors. Walls are lined with black and white photographs depicting the Southern Italian families whose culinary traditions inspired the restaurant's timeless menu. The restaurant opens daily at 11:30 a.m.
BLT STEAK WILL OPEN AT BALLY'S IN EARLY 2014
Bally's Las Vegas and ESquared Hospitality announced BLT Steak will open inside Bally's in early 2014. BLT Steak will occupy the space that is currently Bally's Steakhouse but will expand to 9,300 square feet, which is more than twice the size of the current restaurant, with more than 250 seats. It will have a curving bar and accompanying lounge with 50 seats before you enter the main dining room, which will seat 184 and be separated into small, intimate dining rooms that can be utilized for large parties or special events up to 100 guests. Two separate private dining rooms will seat up to 10 and 12 guests, respectively. A fireplace will serve as the centerpiece of the dining room. Rich wood finishes with a back drop of warm neutral tones will be highlighted with accents of polished stainless steel, amber, and tangerine.
BLT Steak is part of Bally's center-Strip revitalization which includes the addition of the show "VÉRONIC Voices," Drai's After Hours and remodel of Bally's South Tower, which is in progress now.
BLT Steak first opened in New York in 2004 and has become recognized for its signature popovers, airy golden Gruyère-laced puffs of dough served warm, that start every meal.
MCFADDEN'S SALOON OPENS IN TOWN SQUARE
Hoping the third time is a charm, the primarily East Coast party bar McFadden's Saloon has opened in the huge restaurant space on the second floor above Yard House in Town Square that was previously Ranch House Kitchen and before that Cadillac Ranch. Established in New York City in 1977, McFadden's Saloon in Town Square offers dinner, a late-night menu and has a 4 a.m. liquor license. The place is casual with multiple bars and one outside.
GOLDEN NUGGET BOOKS 'SPANK! THE MUSICAL' FOR SHORT RUN
"SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody," the new musical bringing out the naughty fun of the best-selling book, will play from Oct. 18-Nov. 9 in the Golden Nugget's 600-seat showroom. The audience's inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this new imagining of the book's characters like the hunky leading man as they come to life in musical numbers and with sharp-witted comedy. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55.
KID ROCK HEADLINES THE D LAS VEGAS' ONE-YEAR CELEBRATION
In celebration of the downtown property's first year, the D will host three major concert events on the 3rd Street Stage of the Fremont Street Experience. The epic lineup will include: Uncle Kracker Thursday, Sept. 26; Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Friday, Sept. 27; and five-time Grammy nominated Kid Rock Saturday, Sept. 28.
JOHN SCHNEIDER FILLS IN FIVE NIGHTS FOR DONNY OSMOND
Marie Osmond will welcome John Schneider as the special guest performer at the "Donny & Marie" show at the Flamingo July 23 – 27. Schneider will join Marie while her brother and regular performing partner Donny Osmond recovers from an injury.
Schneider is a long-time friend of Marie's, as the two co-founded the Children's Miracle Network together in 1982. He will join her on stage for select duets and also perform a few of his own numbers. Schneider is best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard" and playing Jonathan Kent on the television series "Smallville." Schneider is currently starring in Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots" on the Oprah Winfrey Network, which was just picked up for a second season.
SILVER SEVENS LAUNCHES NEW ERA
Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino held a fabulous VIP/media event to acquaint everyone with the remodeled rooms and to light the new sign. The property formerly Terrible's has undergone an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation with enhancements including a fully-renovated sports book operated by William Hill, a new Corona Cantina bar, the addition of a new hospitality suite and a new guest service center. Even the door handles are now "7s." To kick off the Silver Sevens celebration, guests can have a $7.77 steak and lobster dinner inside The Sterling Spoon Café every day in July from 2 to 10 p.m.
'LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL' ANNOUNCES CULINARY EXPERIENCES
The Life is Beautiful (L.I.B.) Festival has revealed the lineup of culinary programming and experiences for the inaugural festival taking place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27 with a kickoff event on Friday, Oct. 25. With more than 60 chefs and restaurants, 24 wineries and 24 breweries participating in the culinary part of the festival alone, L.I.B. will present a full-scale food festival experience in Downtown Las Vegas.
The culinary programming includes experiences that are included in the price of a general-admission festival ticket, such as The Culinary Village, a Moroccan-style bazaar featuring stations manned by more than 60 well-known chefs, The Alchemy Garden, Chefs on Stage, as well as unique ticketed events that do not require a festival ticket like the Grills & Guitars kick-off party hosted by Blue Ribbon Restaurants and the Take a Stand charity soiree; an eight-course dinner hosted by Elizabeth Blau & Hubert Keller benefitting Three Square Food Bank and Communities in Schools.
The regular two-day general admission tickets are $159.50 and VIP $349.50, visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com. Other ticketed events include: Flights Tastings in The Alchemy Gardens; Grills & Guitars; and a three-hour Culinary Crawl.
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NEW SAMMY'S RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN HENDERSON
A new Sammy's Restaurant, Bar & Grill is set to open in Henderson this September on the corner of Green Valley Parkway and Pebble Road, just north of I-215. Sammy's will blend cuisine, cocktail, live entertainment and a gaming tavern in an 8,000-square-foot eatery highlighted by a one-of-a-kind 3,000-square-foot "living room" framed along three sides by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking lush landscaping and filled with oversized furniture and cozy nooks. An oversized bar will separate the living room from the dining room and there will be two private rooms accommodating 16 to 30 guests.
The new Sammy's will offer a vast selection of its renowned wood-fired and artisan thin crust pizzas, a tapas menu, various gluten-free items, and vegan and vegetarian options.
FINAL TABLE SET FOR WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT
The 44th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship - commonly referred to as the Main Event - is down to its final nine players. The "November Nine" – a diverse and international group – is all that remains of the massive field of 6,352 players from 83 different nations who entered the iconic tournament seeking poker's most coveted title and a top prize of more than $8.3 million.
The final nine players represent five countries: Canada, France, Israel, Netherlands and the United States. The players will return to the Rio on Monday, Nov. 4 to vie for poker's ultimate trophy – a WSOP gold bracelet – and the first-place prize of $8,359,531, with the other eight players sharing another $18,302,535.
VEGAS FILLS WITH LAUGHTER
The Improv at Harrah's featuring three different comedians each week is the longest-running comedy club on the Las Vegas Strip. The comedians performing July 23 - 28 are: culturally insightful Dat Phan, the original winner of NBC's "Last Comic Standing;" Marc Price best known as "Skippy," Michael J. Fox's sidekick on NBC's '80s mega hit "Family Ties;" and Tracey Macdonald who exploded onto the American comedy scene after winning on CBS's "New Star Search" with host Arsenio Hall.
South Point has some comedians booked into the showroom beginning with Pablo Francisco July 26–28. Francisco is commonly recognized for his hit MySpace Comedy page and appearances on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. Veteran comedian Ralphie May will take the stage Aug. 16–18 with his southern down-home wit. He also had success on the first season of "Last Comic Standing." Comedian Christopher Titus will bring his edgy and confrontational brand of humor to the South Point stage Sept. 13–15. He is most commonly recognized for his critically-acclaimed sitcom, "Titius," which ran from 2000 – 2002.
IN THE KNOW TIPS
While recently in Las Vegas, actor Neil Patrick Harris was spotted at "Absinthe" at Caesars Palace defying the laws of gravity as he stood up on top of Tony "Tightropes" Hernandez's shoulders and was taken across the high wire from one end to the other.
Deadline for the Downtown Las Vegas Photo Competition is July 31 for amateur and professional photographers 21 years or older.It's free to enter and winning photos will be announced at the Symphony Park Lecture on Sept. 25.
In celebration of what would have been Andy Warhol's 85th birthday on Aug. 6, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) is commemorating the iconic artist's life with a special $8.50 admission price to its current exhibition "Warhol Out West" from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 5 - 7:30 p.m. nightly, Aug. 7–12. All gallery visitors will receive a complimentary BGFA souvenir with admission throughout the week, while supplies last.
Strip House inside Planet Hollywood will offer specials to celebrate National Oyster Day Aug. 5, National Filet Mignon Day Aug. 13, and International Bacon Day Aug. 31. For information, call 702-737-5200 or visit www.striphouse.com.
Emeril Lagasse's Las Vegas restaurants, Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian, Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand and Table 10 at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo, have created special lunch and dinner menus to celebrate Lobster Week. The menus run July 29 through Aug. 4.
Broadway Bound and Studio One's Summerlin Dance Academy will present "Hello, Dolly!" at the Summerlin Library Theater Aug.16–24 sponsored by Rudy Foundation. Net proceeds from Broadway Bound shows are donated to Broadway Bound Kidz. Tickets are $15, call 702-838-5131.
WEEZER WILL PERFORM AT COSMOPOLITAN'S BOULEVARD POOL
Legendary alternative rock band Weezer will perform at the Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool on Saturday, July 27 at 9 p.m. General admission is $50. Selling more than 10 million albums and playing countless live shows, Weezer has been around since 1992, and in its present form since 2001.General admission is $50.
ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR SUPER RUN HUBCAP ART GALLERY
The city of Henderson is seeking artists of all ages and skill levels to participate in the 2nd Super Run Hubcap Art Gallery. Hubcaps are $5 and may be purchased now through Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water Street. Applications are available at HendersonLive.com.
Hubcaps will be displayed inside the Henderson Convention Center Sept. 27-29 during the 14th annual Super Run Classic Car Show. Artists may donate their artwork for the Hubcap Art Gallery Silent Auction benefitting the City Lights Youth Scholarship Fund. Southern Nevada's largest car show features 1,000 vintage vehicles, hot rods and muscle cars on display, rock 'n' roll and country music concerts and exciting competitions. Admission for spectators is complimentary.
Local metal artist Chris O'Rourke will be the featured artist this year building a large abstract metal sculpture using dozens of hubcaps and other metal materials to put on display. For a complete schedule of events, visit HendersonLive.com and to enter a vehicle superrun.com/entryform.html.
RESTAURANT THROWS BRAZILIAN OUTDOOR FESTIVAL
The Brazilian Outdoor Festival will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 2 to 11 p.m. throughout the parking lot surrounding Via Brasil Steakhouse at 1225 S. Fort Apache Road. It will be a celebration of the Brazilian Independence Day featuring: live bands, samba dancers, fire performers, Capoeira performers, family friendly and kids entertainment, shopping, Brazilian food, beverages and cocktails. Advance tickets are $5, call 702-804-1400 or visit www.viabrasilsteakhouse.com.
STRATOSPHERE HOLDS OPERATION TOWER CLIMB
Registration is now open online at www.stratosphereclimbs.com for the first Operation Tower Climb event at the Stratosphere, where hundreds of participants will transform the Stratosphere Tower on Saturday, Oct. 26 into a vertical stair climb for the community. Participation is $100 with net proceeds benefiting two local charities: American Red Cross – Southern Nevada Chapter Fire Hurts division and Operation Fire H.E.A.T. – a Holiday Emergency Assistance Team.
Operation Tower Climb is Stratosphere's competitive stair climb for service men and women. Firefighters, police officers, military personnel and their families are encouraged to participate. Awards will be presented based on division and weight classes. Participants and service individuals in full gear will climb 108 floors (1,455 stairs) to the indoor Observation Deck.
A Mini Practice Climb, climbing levels 101-108 (no gear) between 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. for $50, is scheduled for Oct. 25 to familiarize registrants with the tower before the big climb.
UPCOMING LAS VEGAS MARKET SHOWS UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH
The upcoming Las Vegas Market, which is an international furnishings showcase, has attracted 1,200 new and expanded lines in just 18 months. At Las Vegas Market, July 29-Aug. 2, more than half of the growth has come from the rapidly emerging gift category with 510 new permanent gift showrooms and lines, and 405 new gift temporaries. Meanwhile, in the home furnishings category, buyers will see more than 300 new exhibitors.
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