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Jack Houston

Jack is the editor of Las Vegas Magazine, having joined that publication’s staff in 2006. He has covered entertainment, dining, nightlife and attractions for Las Vegas Magazine and serves as an occasional contributor to the Las Vegas Sun, writing concert reviews.

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Wet Republic features an ever-evolving pool party scene
Friday, May 8, 2015
Top DJs like Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Hardwell and Tiësto make the roster.
Drai’s Beach keeps the weekday blues at bay
Friday, April 17, 2015
Going up on a Tuesday is now a reality at The Cromwell’s rooftop pool club.
Photos: Steely Dan as hot as it gets, reels in the years at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Common wisdom has it that Steely Dan is just Walter Becker and Donald Fagen with an anonymous, rotating cast of backing musicians. True, Steely Dan has not been a ‟band” in the formal sense since around 1974.
Any way you choose, Vice Versa offers a great bar experience
Friday, April 10, 2015
Eat indoors or out on the patio, and choose from a terrific beer, wine and cocktail list.
Warren G bringing the G-funk sound to Brooklyn Bowl
Friday, March 20, 2015
He produced some of the genre's greatest hits, and he's still got plenty left in the tank.
Drai’s Beach Club gearing up for big changes in its second season
Friday, March 6, 2015
Things are about to get wetter and wilder.
March marks the return of Drai’s Beach Club
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
The only rooftop pool experience on the Las Vegas Strip opens for the season.
Michael Mina tempts palates all over again at Bardot Brasserie
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
The renowned chef goes French at Aria with typically superb results.
Mariah Carey’s 18 No. 1 hits, ranked
The Colosseum’s newest headliner plans to put all of them on display beginning May 6. We've taken a look back at each one.
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Where did your favorites land?
New Year’s Eve or not, there’s always a party at Drai’s Nightclub
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
Iggy Azalea gets things "Fancy" with a special Dec. 31 performance.
Q&A: Light Group chef Brian Massie ventures off-Strip with stellar results
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Red Rock Resort’s Hearthstone is the New York native’s latest achievement.
Broadway favorite ‘Pippin’ catches third wind on national tour
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
At The Smith Center, big names bring cachet to touring production of classic musical.
9 Under-the-Radar Bands to Check Out at Life is Beautiful
There is life after Kanye. We promise.
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Festival hosts a variety of sounds hailing from both near and afar.
A Songwriter’s Journey
Gordon Lightfoot keeps the flame alive
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Gordon Lightfoot carved out a career as singular as any in pop music.
Don’t Call It a Comeback
With his career's second wind, Andrew Dice Clay gives the public what it wants
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Three years after a guest arc on Entourage, Andrew Dice Clay’s second act is still not complete.
Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket stick to the hits at Mandalay Bay Beach
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, who celebrated his 50th birthday this month, was upbeat and in fine voice as he dug into set opener “Round Here,” twisting the phrasing of the lyrics as he prowled the edge of the stage.
Adam Duritz of Counting Crows: ‘You’re always competing with your own level of quality’
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz isn’t shy about revealing the inspiration behind his most famous songs. Ask him about his band’s first original material in six years, however, and he becomes noticeably guarded, defensive even.
9 Biggest Vegas Celebrities
The desert soil has proved fertile for a few lucky one-time residents
Friday, July 25, 2014
You’ll never guess which stars call Las Vegas their home.
9 Songs About Sin City
There are literally dozens of tuneful tributes that are not sung by Elvis. Really.
Friday, July 11, 2014
It’s not that we don’t like Elvis's ode to our beloved city.
‘Pawn Stars’ tribute gets another upgrade
The stage version of the popular History series gives the people what they want—even more Rick, Corey, Chumlee and the Old Man
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The stage version of the popular series gives the people more of what they want.
Olivia Newton-John extends run at Flamingo
Singer’s ‘Summer Nights’ continues into autumn and beyond due to popular demand
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Singer’s ‘Summer Nights’ extends into autumn and beyond due to popular demand.
In Brunch We Trust
Pink Taco bridges the gap between the night before and the party after
Friday, July 4, 2014
Brunch without a few cocktails is like a Las Vegas pool party without sunshine.
9 Things You Can Only Find in Vegas
Treasure the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make our city an international destination
Friday, July 4, 2014
If you want bottle service from an elephant’s derrière, there’s only one place to go.
9 Greatest Las Vegas UFC Fights of All Time
Low blows. Epic comebacks. Name-making showdowns. Controversial decisions. They’re all here, and they all happened in Sin City.
Friday, June 27, 2014
According to Dana White, UFC 33 sucked. Fortunately, Vegas UFC fights have gotten much better.
9 Larger-Than-Life Steaks
In the city that does everything bigger, massive cuts of beef are still king
Friday, June 20, 2014
Size matters when it comes to cuts of beef on the Las Vegas Strip.
Q+A: Derek Trucks enters new phase of career with Tedeschi Trucks Band
Friday, May 30, 2014
It’s been a busy past 15 years for Derek Trucks, who, besides leading his own solo band, toured with Eric Clapton and Phil Lesh during his Allman Brothers run. Now, he returns to Las Vegas with The Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Where No Diva Has Gone Before
Celebrating a truly fierce and funny anniversary
Friday, May 23, 2014
After 25,000 shows, Frank Marino is truly a Las Vegas icon.
Bringing It All Back Home
Lead guitarist brings renewed focus to the Tedeschi Trucks Band
Friday, May 23, 2014
With his Allman Brothers stint winding down, Derek Trucks looks ahead to Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Off to the Races
Entertainers channel spirit of Viva Las Vegas on film's 50th anniversary
Friday, May 16, 2014
Frankie Moreno and Lacey Schwimmer re-create Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret’s famous Viva Las Vegas moves.
The Party’s Always Looking Up at Drai’s
Dual-purpose space features action both day and night
Friday, May 9, 2014
Nightlife impresario Victor Drai brings paradise to the Cromwell rooftop.
9 Summer Concerts to Get Excited About
As temperatures rise, the music only gets hotter in Las Vegas
Friday, May 2, 2014
Big amphitheater tours are shunning Vegas, but there's plenty of music just around the corner.
Review: Amos Lee at Smith Center — Philly singer-songwriter … and lady-killing soul man?
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Forgive yourself if you pegged Lee as a coffeehouse act gone big time. His most popular work would not sound out of place in a Starbucks, and his association with Blue Note Records, which has produced all five of his albums since 2005, doesn’t exactly carry an edge.
Spas to the Stars: When it’s time to relax, Las Vegas’ top performers know exactly where to go
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
In recognition of Spa Week, the Sun's sister publication Las Vegas Magazine is highlighting some of the Strip's celebrities and the spas they favor.
Terry Bradshaw taking on another stage — a Las Vegas one
Thursday, June 27, 2013
It’s not unusual for a man named Terry to entertain audiences at the Mirage. It’s just that it’s usually the ventriloquist Fator, not the football legend Bradshaw. The variety-themed show finds Bradshaw in storytelling mode, reflecting on everything from his Louisiana upbringing and four Super Bowl wins to his marriages and broadcasting career.
Photos: Scott Weiland is unhinged and a hot mess at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, June 2, 2013
The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman’s performance at Pearl at the Palms was, at best, gloriously ragged. At worst, it was a giant eff you to the ...
Photos: Scott Weiland is unhinged and a hot mess at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, June 2, 2013
The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman’s performance at Pearl at the Palms was, at best, gloriously ragged. At worst, it was a giant eff you to the fans ...
Photos: Intimate Zac Brown Band deviates and surprises at The Cosmopolitan's Chelsea Ballroom
Sunday, April 28, 2013
With the opening notes of “Enter Sandman” ringing out, the singer stepped to the mic. Only it wasn’t Metallica’s James Hetfield. Nor was it Zac Brown, ...
Photos: Intimate Zac Brown Band deviates, surprises at Cosmopolitan
Sunday, April 28, 2013
With the opening notes of “Enter Sandman” ringing out, the singer stepped to the mic. Only it wasn’t Metallica’s James Hetfield. Nor was it Zac Brown, the ...
Photos: Coachella-bound Vampire Weekend stops at The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Vampire Weekend’s Friday night show at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was the venue’s third concert by a Coachella-bound act in ...
Photos: Coachella-bound Vampire Weekend stops at The Cosmopolitan
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Vampire Weekend’s Friday night show at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was the venue’s third concert by a Coachella-bound act in ...
Review: ‘Anything Goes’ navigates love’s stormy seas at the Smith Center
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013
Actress Rachel York has her work cut out for her in “Anything Goes” -- and not just because the vocally and physically demanding role ...
Review: ‘Anything Goes’ navigates love’s stormy seas at Smith Center
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013
Actress Rachel York has her work cut out for her in “Anything Goes” -- and not just because the vocally and physically demanding role of Reno ...
2012 NYE photos: Red Hot Chili Peppers turn up the heat at Cosmopolitan
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
On a chilly New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, two of the night’s most anticipated performers chose to go shirtless -- and it was hardly a surprise. ...
2012 NYE photos: Red Hot Chili Peppers turn up heat at Cosmopolitan
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
On a chilly New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, two of the night’s most anticipated performers chose to go shirtless -- and it was hardly a surprise. Yes, ...
Photos: Furthur calls to mind ghosts of Grateful Dead concerts past
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
So what are Deadheads to do when it’s 2012 and the band they once worshiped has ceased to exist for the past 17 years? Go Furthur. On Thursday night, ...
Photos: Blink-182 -- and the Travis Barker Show -- at the Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
Tom DeLonge can’t play anything on his instrument that compares with Travis Barker’s drum fills. That might seem like a harsh criticism of ...
At last, Rita's Water Ice shows up
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012
In Henderson, it's called Rita's Ice Custard Happiness.
Photos: Fun, frontman Nate Ruess are more fun pop than indie at Boulevard Pool
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
Nate Ruess stood center stage and glanced up at the live video feed of himself on the marquee. Plenty of frontmen would kill to have themselves ...
Photos: Fun is more fun pop than indie at Boulevard Pool
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
Nate Ruess stood center stage and glanced up at the live video feed of himself on the marquee. Plenty of frontmen would kill to have themselves reflected back on ...
Photos: Moves like Jagger? Moves like Foster the People at Cosmopolitan
Sunday, July 8, 2012
If given the choice, Foster the People would probably return to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas every four months for the rest of their career. ...

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