Nov 23 15

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas

by Connie Shearer

If you’re Thanksgiving holiday will be spent anywhere near the famous four-corners in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada you should try these tourist approved and highly recommended places to dine.  The SW Steakhouse at the Wynn located at 3131 Las Vegas Blvd offers a steak that’s just to die for, succulent, melt in your mouth prime rib and Black Angus beef with a variety of sides to choose from is rated as one of the best places to dine in the whole Vegas valley.  The STK Steakhouse at the opulent resort and casino inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas located at 3708 Las Vegas Blvd, offers patrons an exquisite dining experience located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, a menu with a wide variety of choices for the whole family, beef, chicken, salads and soups.  If you’re looking for something new and interesting try the Italian/Contemporary restaurant Sinatra inside the Encore Las Vegas located at 3131 Las Vegas, Blvd. S for the best menu featuring Italian cuisine in Las Vegas.  If French cuisine or a classy wine bar is what you’re interested in finding or experiencing come to Marché Bacchus located at Lakeside Center 2620 Regatta Dr. Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV to enjoy an impressive wine selection, paired with dishes direct from Paris that will create a Thanksgiving memory that you and your loved one will have forever.  For the discerning under-the-sea patron make sure to head over to Lakeside contemporary/seafood restaurant inside the Wynn, Las Vegas or try the Seafood buffet at the Rio or the Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian to enjoy the best selection of fresh water seafood, beef and the many comfort foods available at Delmonico Steakhouse to choose from.  For those who would like to enjoy a classic American, small plate Thanksgiving in the lap of luxury known as Las Vegas they should head over to the CRUSH eat, drink, love restaurant inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino located at 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.  The best place in Las Vegas rated #1 by tourists this year is Andre`s Monto Carlo inside the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino located at 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S. which offers French Cuisine, while eating in a dining room lavishly decorated in a brown two-tone décor with modern accents and splashes of blue this establishment is sure to make your Thanksgiving dinner a delightful experience and give you a lasting memory to hold onto forever.  Enjoy your holiday in style at one of these or any of thousands of choices available in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada!

Nov 18 15

Caesar’s Palace Unveiling the Newly Renovated Julius Tower

by Connie Shearer

Caesar’s Palace located in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada will be unveiling the newly renovated 587-room Julius Tower, formerly the 567-room Roman Tower, it will feature new designs, sleek, modern rooms and suites, hip décor, stone accents, and extravagant Roman-inspired artwork, making every guest feel like royalty.  The renovations were completed just in time for the 50th anniversary since Caesar’s Palace first opened.  With the Golden anniversary fast approaching guests are excited about the unveiling of the Julius Tower whose name is paying homage to Julius Caesar, the hotel’s namesake.  Julius Tower rooms will still offer the same great views of the strip the previous tower offered.   The main renovations were made to upgrade the already existing rooms available and add 20 more rooms to the tower.  The $75-million project is expected to welcome its first guests January 1, 2016 with rates starting around $200 a night.  Designed by Michael Medeiros of KNA Design, the classically inspired yet modern interior of the new Julius Tower rooms combine a soothing neutral palette combined with a refreshing splash of freesia yellow and a bit of Aegean blue.  The combination and textures and calming colors create a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle and excitement going on beneath you on the casino floor.  The focal point of each room will be the custom-upholstered headboard incorporating bronze framed mirror panels that add sparkle while opening the space up making it more inviting.  Also upgraded and included in each room are the 55” TV’s, luxurious Beautyrest Bouvet Island Mattresses, a  mini bar, English-themed Gilchrist & Soames toiletries and amenities.  The rooms’ entry and bathroom are inlayed with a two-toned stone pattern and the bathroom feature a double sink floating vanity.  A stone shower with glass enclosed features two sides of glass and offers both handheld shower and shower head.   Some rooms offer a custom-designed chaise lounge inspired by a Greek Klismos chair, all rooms feature custom artwork that combines photographs of roman statues with artistic hand drawn costumes meant to inspire the notion of a Caesars Palace themed Vegas “show girl”.   Gary Selesner, Caesars Palace regional president said “As we enter into our milestone anniversary year, we continue to reinvent Rome… and Las Vegas.  We set the standard of luxury when we first opened our doors almost 50 years ago and are proud to continue to raise the bar for excellence in every way.”  Caesar’s Palace voted “Best Strip Hotel” by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, features 3,980 hotel guest rooms and suites including the all-new Julius Tower, and the 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace.   The resort spans 85-acres and offers 25 diverse dining options including the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, a host of celebrity chef-branded restaurants, a five-acre pool oasis known as the Garden of the Gods.  The entertainment being spotlighted at the 4,300-seat Colosseum, Billboard Magazine’s Venue of the Decade, and the new 75,000 square-foot OMNIA Nightclub includes international stars like Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld and Mariah Carey.  Shopping at The Forum Shops at Caesars is world class offering more than 160 boutiques and restaurants.  Caesar’s Palace remains at the forefront of innovation and the ultimate luxury destination to stay.

Nov 16 15

Terri Clark performing at The Grand Dec 6th

by Connie Shearer

Terri Clark is making her way to Las Vegas as part of the National Finals Rodeo Entertainment line-up coming to the Vegas Valley for one night only.  Fans can see Clark on Sunday December 6 with the show starting at 10pm, at The Grand at the Golden Nugget Hotel located at 129 East Fremont Street in beautiful downtown Las Vegas, NV.  The Grand at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino boasts a seating capacity of 1,200 so hurry and get your tickets to the highly anticipated all-star line-up of entertainment for the National Finals Rodeo, that the Golden Nugget has in store for you and your guests.  Find great discounted prices for Terri Clark tickets here for her upcoming concert at The Grand.  The National Finals Rodeo will be in town from December 3 – 11 and many of the venues around town have special events planned for the upcoming annual event.  Clark is a successful Canadian country music artist who has released ten studio albums that have earned her more than twenty singles, including six No. 1 hits.  While not touring Clark currently co-hosts America’s Morning Show on Nash FM with Blair Garner and Chuck Wicks.  Over her career she has collaborated with artists like Reba McEntire, Jann Arden, Dierks Bentley, Tanya Tucker and Dean Brody.  Terri Clark puts on a sensational show that will feature a set list that includes music from her entire career.  Performing live for one night only at The Grand at the Golden Nugget, Terri Clark puts on a sensational live performance her songs are fun, fast paced and will have the audience on their feet dancing and singing the night away!

Nov 12 15

Charlie Daniels Performing at the Orleans Showroom

by Connie Shearer

Southern rock superstar, Charlie Daniels is performing at the Orleans Showroom as part of the Boyd Gaming’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo entertainment line-up.  The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at The Orleans Showroom located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., on December 12 and 13 with show times starting at 8 p.m.  Offering more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, and an 827-seat showroom with comfortable theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena so come to The Orleans ready for a magical evening!  The Charlie Daniels Band is comprised of members Shannon Wickline, Charlie Hayward, Pat McDonald, Bruce Brown and Chris Wormer.  Daniels has known fame since winning a Grammy Award for his signature release in 1979, “Devil Went Down To Georgia” which topped the charts in country and pop charts.  Find discounted prices for Charlie Daniels Band tickets at The Orleans for his upcoming part in the Boyd Gaming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.  Fans get your dancing boots on and come out to hear the legendary singer, guitarist, and fiddler, began his career writing and performing in the 1950’s.  Releasing a string of hits on the rock, country, pop, and Christian charts, Daniels has earned numerous awards from the CMA, Academy of Country Music, TNN/Music City News Awards and the Gospel Music Association.  Showtime is 8 p.m. for fans coming out to see the iconic Daniels, who was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009.  This show will be an unforgettable two-day experience being put on by one of the greatest musicians performing live today.

Nov 9 15

Trace Adkins at The Grand at Golden Nugget Dec.5th

by Josh Moore

Las Vegas will be leaving the lights on for Trace Adkins on Saturday December 5 at 10 p.m., at The Grand at Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino located at 129 East Fremont St., on the world-famous Las Vegas, Fremont Experience.  Adkins is performing as part of the National Finals Rodeo Entertainment line-up.  The iconic singer and actor made his debut in 1995 with his hit album “Dreamin’ Out Loud,” going on to release ten more studio albums and two Greatest Hits compilations as well as charting more than twenty hit singles on the Billboard country music charts, Adkins fan base has no boundaries and crosses not only age and gender but all classes.  His string of hits include the No. 1 “This Ain’t No Thinking Thing,” “Every Light in the House,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” and all but one of his studio albums have went gold or platinum certification in the United States; with his highest selling album to date being his 2005 ‘Songs About Me,” that album has been certified 2x Multi-Platinum for two million copies shipped.  Vegastickets has great discounted prices on all of the upcoming National Finals Rodeo events coming to the Vegas Valley so hurry and get your Trace Adkins at The Grand, NFR event tickets here!  Come out to The Grand at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is a 16,920 square foot opulent ballroom that boasts a seating capacity of 1,200 and has featured some of today’s top entertainers including Third Eye Blind, Whoopi Goldberg and even Michael Bolton has graced The Grand’s stage.  Fans love the distinctive baritone singing voice that Trace Adkins is known for having, his sweet smooth southern voice is unique and as recognizable as his longtime buddy International superstar, Toby Keith.

Nov 6 15

Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan Opens Nov.21

by Connie Shearer

High above the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, for the 4th consecutive year, The Cosmopolitan will transform the Boulevard Pool into, The Ice Rink. A wintery wonderland overlooking the heart of Las Vegas where guests can skate on real ice, experience snow showers and take in the playful atmosphere and breathtaking views. From the dates of November 21- January 3, The Ice Rink will be open Monday – Friday 3:00 PM to Midnight and Saturday & Sunday from Noon to Midnight, holiday hours will change December 21 – January 3 to the hours of Sunday – Saturday Noon to Midnight, snow showers are Wednesday – Sunday 6 PM to 10PM. Pricing for the event will be: $15-All Day Pass, $10-All Day Skate Access for Nevada residents (valid only Mon-Fri) there is a $5 Skate rental fee and a $10 Skating Aid Rental fee with admission to The Ice Rink being free with the only restrictions being that children 17 or younger are accompanied by an adult that is 21 years old or older. This is no ordinary event there will be special events held on some nights throughout the entire month like, Mondays Date Skate, where you can enjoy a date night on ice as scenes from our most beloved holiday movies play on the 65’ digital marquee, share hot cider and roast s’mores beside the fire for the ultimate date night holiday experience, come out on Wednesdays Industry Skate Night when Las Vegas renowned DJs turn The Ice Rink into an outdoor club scene unlike any other, Throwback Thursdays beg you to dig out your leg warmers and dust off your disco gear as the best music of the 70s, 80s, and 90s are combined with this unforgettable luxury skate experience. Special tickets can be purchased so you can enjoy Friday, November 20th, The Cosmopolitan and Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation present “Ice Out Cancer Over Vegas” in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The event will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton and will feature British national champion Steven Cousins, world and U.S. national champion Kimmie Meissner and many others and guests will have the opportunity to skate with Scott and the other pro-figure skaters and get autographs during the event.

Nov 5 15

Las Vegas Invitational Basketball Tourney Nov 26-27

by Connie Shearer

The Orleans Arena is excited to be presenting the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational this November 26 & 27 with special room rates available at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, inside the Orleans Arena.  Competing in the 15th annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational – CTLVI, will be the California’s men’s basketball team.  This season’s sensational line-up includes: University of California, West Virginia University, San Diego State University, University of Richmond, East Carolina University, Sam Houston State University, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Bethune-Cookman University, and Stetson University.   Always a highly anticipated early season tournaments of the college basketball season.  Hurry and don’t miss your chance to get great discounted prices from vegastickets for the upcoming Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational basketball event! You can find all your tickets here!  The eight-team event will split into two four-team brackets for the games in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena.  Prior to those games the other four host programs (Cal, Richmond, San Diego State and West Virginia) are expected to host two games against the teams in the other bracket.   Two teams out of the eight reached the NCAA tournament in 2015, West Virginia lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 and San Diego State fell to national champ Duke in Round 32.  Reaching the quarterfinals was Richmond who played in the Postseason NIT.  FOX Sports 1 presents coverage of four of the games being played at Orleans Arena.  FOX Sports will assume control of the CTLVI and the Las Vegas Classic, effective this season they will run all details from ticket sales, sponsorships, and TV productions.

Nov 2 15

Whoopi Goldberg and a night of laughs at TI

by Connie Shearer

Mystère Theatre in Treasure Island – TI is excited to present for one side-splitting hilarious night Whoopie Goldberg, the award-winning actress and comedian will be performing live.  The 90 minute show will take place on November 13 at 9 p.m. and audience members must be 18 years old, no exceptions.  For great discount prices get your Whoopie Goldberg tickets here for her upcoming TI one night only show!  When thinking of Whoopie Goldberg and what she is best known for her success in the choices are too vast for only one to win out.  She has succeeded at a wide variety of television, screen, and Broadway show as well as a successful career in the music industry.  Hers has been a non-stop fast track to international fame and superstardom.   She has a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Tony.  Making her film debut in “The Color Purple” in 1985 where her performance earned her a Golden Globe Award.  Numerous roles ranging from comedy to drama without a misstep one to now being one of the moderator’s and co-hosts of the show “The View” which keeps her very busy.   Due to her hectic work schedule Goldberg rarely has an opportunity to perform her stand-up so don’t miss your chance to see Whoopie Goldberg in Las Vegas.  The Mystère Theater inside Treasure Island Hotel Casino boasts a seating capacity of 1,600 and is located at 3300 Las Vegas Blvd S.

Oct 30 15

NFR 2015 in Las Vegas Dec. 3-12

by Connie Shearer

The National Finals Rodeo (NFR), organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is commonly called the World Series of Rodeo or the Super Bowl of Rodeo.  The NFR is sponsored by Wrangler Jeans and is considered one of the premier events in the United States to showcase the talents of the PRCA’s top 15 money-winners in each event as they all vie for the world title each December, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).  The event is aired live on CBS Network.  The dirt used for the rodeo is unique and is stored on the UNLV campus for use in each NFR. Events are scheduled to start Monday, November 30th with the Miss Rodeo America event doors opening at 9:30 AM and is free to the public.  Early registration for the PRCA starts at noon on the 30th and goes until 4pm.  Tuesday, December 1 at 7am-4pm will continue the PRCA National Convention Registration at the South Point Convention Area with the annual meeting of the members of the PRCA starting in the South Point Ballroom from 8am until 10am.  The PRCA National Convention Personnel Trade Show & JCCF Silent Auction starts at 12:30 in the South Point Exhibit Hall going until 4:30 pm.  PRCA registration continues Wednesday, December 2nd from 7am until 4pm.  Special events like the Cowboy Christmas are being held again at the Las Vegas Convention Center and can be expected to continue all the way until the last day falling on December 12th.

Originally the NFR was held in Dallas, Texas in 1959 and continued there until 61, when Los Angeles won the bid and hosted the event from 1962-64.  The bid was successfully won by Oklahoma in 1964 and for more than two decades stayed in Oklahoma until Las Vegas’ own cowboy and visionary Benny Binion along with Las Vegas Events and its then president, Herb McDonald decided it was time for the NFR to call Las Vegas home.   So in true Las Vegas style the duo offered the NFR a deal they couldn’t refuse, a chance to offer the cowboys and contractors more money and more exposure.  The first NFR was held in Las Vegas in 1985.  Since 1985 the NFR has been held at The Thomas Mack Center and is their biggest client, the event brings in more than 170,000 fans over the ten days.  In 2001, PRCA Commissioner Steven J. Hatchell made an agreement with Wrangler to become the first title sponsor of the National Finals Rodeo in hopes to elevate the professional rodeo to a new level.  For all of your National Finals Rodeo tickets and information use our easy to navigate website or call one of our professional staff members with any questions or concerns, if you need help finding great deals or even just directions we can help you.  The NFR is the final rodeo event of the PRCA season and the World Championship titles are awarded to the individuals who earn the most money in each of these events. Bareback riding, steer wrestling also known as bull dogging.  Team roping which was divided in “headers’ and “heelers” in 1995 with headers being cowboys who rope the steer’s head and heelers are cowboys who rope the steer’s hind feet, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping which is also known as calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding.  The World All-Around Rodeo Champion Cowboy title each year is awarded at the end of the NFR to the highest-earning cowboy.  2014 All Around World Champion was Trevor Brazile for the 12th year in a row.  Last year’s NFR World Champions are as follows: Kaycee Field for Bareback Riding, Luke Branquinho for steer wrestling, Clay Tryan, won as header and Jade Corkill as heeler in the team roping event.  World Champion in the saddle bronc riding event was Spencer Wright, Tuf Cooper was the 2014 tie-down roping event, Fallon Taylor (barrel racing), and 2014 World Champion in Bull  Riding was Sage Kimzey.  Sage Kimzey, the 20 year old from Strong City, OK had one of the finest seasons in history, taking not only the world title but also the Wrangler NFR average buckle, and he also won the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year award and the RAM Top Gun truck.  In 2011 the NFR recorded 260 consecutive sold out performances and with the popularity of the NFR only growing it sells out all seats for all events and now many casinos carry the events live in the sports books or host special parties to accommodate the needs of the visiting fans with special booking, country themes in the hotels and giving some of the regular shows an extended winter break.  In the ten days that the NFR is spent at The Thomas & Mack Center, the basketball team schedules their away games to accommodate the NFR.  You can find any and all of your NFR tickets needs at or call 877-467-4697 and speak with one of our courteous representatives if you have any questions.  Bids were made by Dallas, Texas and Kissimmee, Florida to become the new host cities starting 2015.  However, on January 24, 2014 the PRCA signed a contract extension through 2024 with the official Las Vegas sponsor, Las Vegas Events.  If you are unable to make it to a live event, sports book or a scheduled resort party to watch the event, as of 2014 the National Finals Rodeo moved to CBS Sports Network so everyone can enjoy the exciting event.  What is the end result other than title of World’s best?  The NFR consists of ten days that are made up of events where each go-round in each event has its own prizes having the best combined results over the ten day that are referred to as “the average”.  Payouts are based on the total prize pool.  For every $208,000 in the prize pool, the top six in each go-round receive $620, $490, $370, $260, $160, and $100, and the top eight in the average receive #1590, $1290, $1020, $750, $540, $390, $270, and $150.  If you have not had the pleasure of watching a wiry 120lb cowboy hold onto the back of a 2,000 lb bull, you do NOT want to miss this show!

Oct 27 15

Just in Time for the Holidays in Las Vegas

by Connie Shearer

Officially fall means very little in the desert outdoors, however travel just a bit and you can find East Coast seasons right here in the middle of the Mojave. Impossible you say? The Bellagio and Palazzo have switched their horticultural exhibits to match the changing season. The design teams have featured giant autumnal leaves suspended from the ceiling, 3,000 preserved giant (up to 16-foot-tall) cattails and topiary pumpkins, thousands of carnation blooms, the largest coming in at 930 lbs. On display at the Palazzo through November 16th. Meanwhile, the Bellagio’s ‘Artistry of Autumn’ is a display of warm colors, lofty leaves, giant dangling pine cones, fairytale-like trees, giant pumpkins and gourds, a central arbor, mill house with a working water wheel, that can be viewed live through November 27th.

One thing about Las Vegas that locals and tourists can agree on is there will never be a shortage of interesting, exciting and new eateries to try. With places popping up all the time the only trouble is keeping up with who’s who and where are they located. Here are some new places on and off strip that are sure to please even the most discerning patron.

The Second Annual Inferno Curry Challenge is taking place through the month of October at arguably the best Indian restaurant in the city, Mint Indian Bistro located at 730 E. Flamingo Rd just off strip. Take a cab or walk if you’re into that sort of thing the distance of barely a mile down Flamingo east from the Strip and you can take the ultimate heat challenge. After signing a waiver you are offered a meal that features ingredients marinated in the hottest chilies in the world and offers three different preparations – veggie, chicken thigh, or boneless lamb. This is offered daily between 3pm and 11:30 PM (they don’t recommend ordering too close to bedtime). To date more than 1,800 people have attempted this, and only 30 have succeeded. What’s the prize you ask for besting this gastronomical beast? You will win a $50 gift card for the restaurant so you can return and try a meal that won’t leave you in tears and an entry for a chance to eat free for a year.

Skyfall, Rivea now open at Delano

Both of Alain Ducasse’s new locations have opened at the Delano to rave reviews. In the sky lofts previously occupied by chef’s mix restaurant and lounge and boasting 180-degree majestic views of the city, Rivea has brought a taste of the French Riviera to the Las Vegas valley. With a menu offering French and Italian coastal cuisine and décor of white and “maritime blue” including a “Wave Wall” designed to mimic lapping water the Rivea is fresh, unique and possibly exactly what this desert atmosphere needs. Skyfall Lounge is described as a club-like experience “perched in the heavens”, the mixologists, DJs, and special events are in-line with the norm on a Las Vegas night.