Sep 2 14

The National Finals Rodeo Signed 10 Year Deal with Vegas!

by Katie Miller

The National Finals Rodeo will now be held in Las Vegas for the next 10 years! Come see the best rodeo participants of the year compete for the chance to be called the “World Champion” of their event!

Popularly known as the “Word Series of Rodeo” and the “Super Bowl of Rodeo”, this annual championship is hosted by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), which established the event in 1958, the first was held in NFR Vegas 20141959, in order to determine the world leader in rodeo’s seven main events: calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, and team roping (separated into two categories: “Headers”, roping the steer’s head, and “Heelers”, roping the steer’s hind feet). Participants who qualify for the NFR are the top 15 money-winners of the year in each of these categories. Texas born Trevor Brazelle is currently the 19-time world champion with 11 all-around titles, three in tie-down roping, three in steer roping, and one in tie-down roping. Come see if this year will be number 20!

The main event will not be the only scene in town; Sin City is transforming itself into a country spectacle with the famous “Cowboy Christmas”, plenty of country music entertainment, and a cowboy gift show, which will be held at Las Vegas Convention Center while the rodeo is in town.

Be there in person to see the champions of the year compete against each other! Reserve your NFR 2014 tickets now!

National Finals Rodeo
Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV
December 4 – 13, 2014
Begins at 6:45pm each day

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Sep 1 14

Life Is Beautiful Festival Expands Lineup!

by Katie Miller

Returning for a second year is the three-day music, art, food, and learning festival from October 24-26 in downtown Las Vegas.   Already set to perform are headliners Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Lionel Richie, Skrillex, Fitz & the Tantrums, Panic! At The Disco, The Flaming Lips, Ms Mr, Kacey Musgraves and more than 50 others.

Life Is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014Just announced is Swedish electro pop band Little Dragon, acoustic thump-hop Nahko and Medicine for the People, indie rockers Bear Hands, DJ-producer Baauer, best known for his hit “Harlem Shake,” and Australia-based singer Kimbra, who sang on Gotye’s smash “Somebody That I Used to Know,”.

Along with amazing musical talent, treat your stomach to Captain Crunch topped doughnuts from O Face Doughnuts or gourmet mac and cheese from Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas, among many other mouthwatering fair food type vendors. Then, head on over to the art displays for some eye candy and treat your brain to the learning exhibits, which have yet to be announced.

Whatever your forté, the Life is Beautiful Festival is sure to be a entertaining festival for the whole family to enjoy!

 

Life is Beautiful Festival
October 24th-26th
Downtown Las Vegas

Aug 30 14

Recycled Percussion is now at the Quad in Las Vegas

by Connie Shearer

Recycled Percussion was voted the most interactive show on the Strip. That would be because when you go to the show and take your seat you’re also given a drumstick and “instrument” to play along to their “junk rock” is only part of the fun of this show you add in the world-class acrobats, their talented dance moves serves as other fun elements in the show.

You may have seen Recycled Percussion on America’s Got Talent and if you knew them before that you would have been at the high school talent show where they premiered the debut concert of Recycled Percussion to their high Recycled Percussion Las Vegasschool. They may have known they were destined for greatness but I wonder how many in their hometown thought “that” show was the one destined for Vegas. I say that with all due respect, I say that because these amazing artists can take anything from a ladder to the kitchen sink and make music so who am I to call it anything but WOW.

The boundless energy in this show will just blow you away, if the sounds do not, this is the loudest show on the strip also. Recycled Percussion combines extreme percussion, captivating humor and extraordinary athleticism to bring you one of the most original shows on the Strip in many years.

Recycled Percussion tickets in Las Vegas for shows at the Quad are available every night except for Friday night for shows at 7pm there is no age limit for audience members this show is child friendly.

Let’s meet the band, coming to us from New Hampshire, Recycled Percussion introduced “junk rock” to the scene and drummer Justin Spencer was crowned the Worlds fasted Drummer, fellow drummer Ryan Vezina, guitarist Matt Bowman and DJ Jason Davies. The group has played in over 250 shows a year since their high school debut.

Aug 29 14

Comedy Pet Theater now in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood

by Connie Shearer

The world-famous Gregory Popovich has brought his awesome show to the V for all of us to come enjoy. Especially anyone who happens to love saving animals or supporting people or companies that they know that do support saving animals. I bring this up because 15 of each of the shows cats and 10 dogs were once strays rescued from various animal shelters. The most beloved family show in the world uses more than 30 performing pets ranging from common dogs and cats to parrots, even geese and mice!

Comedy Pet Theater VegasCritics describe the show as a unique blend of physical comedy and world class juggling by Popovich who is a fifth generation circus performer.

Now after years of love and attention they love showing off and performing and getting to be stars in Las Vegas instead of in the bottom of a kill barrel. So Thank you Comedy Pet Theater for that life-saving contribution to each of these animals! Each stray is now an active participant in the show performing skits, and a variety of stunts. They love their new life and it shows in their enthusiasm for what they’re doing now.

Coming off a world-tour where over 20 countries were visited Popovich brings his extravaganza to the V where audiences will be captivated by the European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets. It’s a show for both kids and adults alike.

Aug 28 14

Beacher’s Madhouse at the MGM Grand Las Vegas

by Connie Shearer

The first time Jeff Beacher had a residency in Vegas the Mayor loved him so much he gave him a key to the city. This funny man has had his show all over the country his longest running residency is Las Vegas I would garner to bet that is because Vegas is the only city able to put up with Jeff’s larger than life personality that fits in here like it was actually manufactured here in Vegas in an alley behind the Stratosphere, but seriously folks this show is hilarious. Instead of a review of the show I thought if you were given a run-down of the characters you would be so interested you would go see this show.

Beachers Madhouse Las VegasHis comedy and variety show that is playing at the MGM Grand Las Vegas is over the top hilarious, Jeff Beacher is more than just a comedian he is a born entrepreneur who learned to be entertaining as a means of survival, Jeff Beacher is a force to be reckoned with – and the whole world is about to know it.

Host Pete Giovoni, he makes the guys laugh and the girls scream between his hosting job and his used car sales position I am surprised he always looks so fresh.

Amazon Ashley is the newest addition the cast of characters Beacher has at his house. You may remember her from Miley Cirus’ twerking extravaganza we were all subjected to well this fine young lady was the exceptionally tall lady whose derrière Miley had her face in. She also was in the video for the number 1 hit single “We Can’t Hold On”.

Beacher’s Babes imagine if you mix old time elegance with LA sexy and that is what you have here. Beacher’s Madhouse also has a whole list of mini me’s from Mini Katy Perry, Mini Brittany Spears, Mini Lady Gaga, Mini Miley Cirus and Robin Thicke, Mini Kanye West, Mini Psy, Mini Michael Jackson and the list just goes on and on.

You are not going to be disappointed so come on out get a whole group together and make it date night.

Aug 27 14

Forever Doo Wop can now be seen at the Riviera

by Connie Shearer

Packed with proper musicians who know the music, and a leader like Early Clover Forever Doo Wop and Motown is sure to be a huge success!

During an interview Early said, neither he nor does any of the cast call what they do work, because they each come together each day to do something they all love. He said his father told him when he was very young that he would never work a day in his life if he found a job that he loved. So that is what he did. Little Richard, Ray Charles, Stevie Forever Doo Wop Vegas 2014Wonder, Otis Redmon, are just some of the people that influenced Early Clover. Do not underestimate the amount of hard work it takes to pull off what they do! Not by any means do not do that. For the ordinary joe we could not walk on site and make the magic happen like they do that is not a skilled profession where you can just hire any Jane or John to do their job, but what he is saying is that each and every single person they have been lucky enough to hire were all born to do this job. They all work very hard before, during and after to make each performance happen.

So come on out with your whole family to see Forever Doo Wop at the Riviera nightly at 7 pm. They exude so much joy and energy that you can’t help but get into the show! Their harmonies sound as if they have been singing together for years and many if not all of the shows sounded like the original.

Aug 26 14

The Annual Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt for Charity is Back!

by Katie Miller

Grab a buddy and join hundreds of Las Vegas residents and visitors for the Las Vegas Strip Scavenger Hunt for Charity! If you want to experience “The Amazing Race” right here in Las Vegas and are looking for a high intensity Annual Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt for Charity 2014challenge or just want to partake in a low key, fun Saturday activity with your family, then you will love this (INSERT). The Little Miss Hannah Foundation is hosting a fun afternoon of clue searching all over the city; receive clues to each location and earn plenty of prizes along the way!

Proceeds to benefit the Little Miss Hannah Foundation – Enhancing the quality of life for children diagnosed with rare, life-limiting, complex medical conditions, and children who have been placed in hospice or palliative care in Las Vegas. “By working hands-on with families that are faced with losing their child due to a medical condition, the Little Miss Hannah Foundation will strive to empower, educate and support families during the most emotionally-charged times of their lives.”

The race begins at Kahunaville Vegas in the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino at 2pm; don’t miss your chance to get some exercise in the sun for a good cause, register at http://www.littlemisshannah.org/scavengerhunt, but hurry, sales end September 6th.

 

Las Vegas Strip Scavenger Hunt for Charity
Saturday, September 6 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Treasure Island Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV

Aug 25 14

Daniel Tosh brings his Aces of Comedy Tour to Vegas

by Connie Shearer

With dates in September on the 26th & 27th then again in October on the 10th & the 11th and your FINAL chance this year to see Tosh here in Vegas is November 7th & 8th. You may want to consider getting a sitter for the youngsters I mean they will love him but you will not love that whole well then why are we here moment so just make it date night or double date night, you know your therapist said at least once a month is healthy for every relationship. So spend time together watching someone who can make anyone laugh, this kid is absolutely hilarious!

Daniel Tosh Vegas 2014He has a unique brand of comedy that has earned him a spot on the Aces of Comedy tour featuring such comedians as Ray Romano, Ron White, Lewis Black, George Lopez, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, Chris D’elia, Gabriel Iglesias, and Ray Romano & David Spade together.

Earlier in his stand-up career, Tosh evolved his show into one of the most popular and successful college acts of all time. He has performed at more than 700 campuses in his career. Daniel’s casual laid back style while delivering his material really opens him up to the crowd without him having to have a lot of audience interaction.

He was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2005. Personally anyone who has watched him loves watching his confusion, amusement or whatever emotion he has rolling across his face is almost worth the money for the entire show but that would just be weird. While his audience is mostly directed towards a younger age bracket many adults love to look at his humor as a fond way to remember when.

Aug 23 14

Million Dollar Quartet Comes Back to Las Vegas

by Connie Shearer

I bet those superstars never dreamed on that cold December night in 1956 that all these years later there would be a musical based on those actual events.

Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins are the who and the where was Sun Records Studios in Memphis, TN is where the guys had an impromptu jam session that spawned a musical. An article about the session was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar under the title “Million Dollar Quartet.” The recording was first released in Europe in 1981 as the Million Dollar Quartet with 17 tracks.

Million Dollar Quartet VegasMillion Dollar Quartet brings that night to life in a alluring tale of trials and triumphs of betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. You’re able to relieve the era through the fascinating portrayal of amazing human beings and with a score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, r & b, and country hits, performed on-stage live by world-class actors and musicians hits like “Blue Suede Shoes” “Fever” “Walk the Line” “Great Balls of Fire” and so many more.

Here is the cast of characters you have to look forward to seeing:

“Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins) since originating the role of Carl Perkins in 2006, Robert has starred in every production of Million Dollar Quartet. He also writes and produces original music that he performs. Said Vegas.com

“Benjamin D. Hale joins as (Johnny Cash) and is thrilled to join the cast after a six year run in Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular (Raoul v/s Swing)” Said Vegas.com

Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis) comes to us from the National Tour of MDQ. Having crossed the ocean to brave his trade dancing on tables around the world or so says vegas.com.

Justin Shandor (Elvis Presley) is an amazing vocalist with a 4 octave range, an accomplished pianist, guitarist and actor and Graceland has named Justin their Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist in 2010. Vegas.com

You’re going to be so glad you came out to enjoy this tribute to an event in history being played out on stage in Las Vegas.

Aug 22 14

Support the UNLV Basketball Team at the MGM Grand Showcase!

by Josh Moore

Don’t miss four of the top 25 college basketball teams compete at the MGM Grand! The two games which will be featured live at the MGM Grand Basketball Showcase are UNLV versus Utah and Washington versus Oklahoma. Not only do ticket holders have the opportunity to enjoy top teams go head to head but they are also contributing to the Coaches versus Cancer foundation.

MGM Grand Basketball Showcase 2014The games will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The massive arena offers comfortable seating for up to 16,800 people, excellent views from every point of sight, and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting, and sound.

Don’t miss your chance to see your favorite team compete at the MGM Grand Showcase in December!

 

MGM Grand Showcase Tickets (Oklahoma vs Washington, UNLV vs Utah)
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Saturday, December 20 at 6:00 pm