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For John Payne, it’s EDM and smile; ‘Baz’ performs quick change at Light
Friday, July 3, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau was set up for a time Wednesday night at Barnes & Noble at Rainbow Promenade, where Holly Madison hosted a book-signing event for her new tome, “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures ...
‘Ace,’ an original musical, cleared for takeoff at UNLV
Thursday, July 2, 2015
In Las Vegas, Richard Oberacker is known principally as the music director of the band in “Ka” at MGM Grand, among the most widely respected production ensembles in the city.
No festival action set for MGM Festival Grounds until ’16; Michael Grimm resets Vinyl schedule
Thursday, July 2, 2015
After speculation that a fall event would serve as a follow-up to Rock in Rio USA at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, it appears that nothing will be staged at the parcel on Sahara Avenue and the Strip until next spring.
Human Nature continues to evolve its Australian-born Motown revue
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The group is now offering a soundcheck/meet-and-greet experience before shows at the Venetian.
Frank Marino relishes victory in ‘the fight’ for same-sex marriage
Monday, June 29, 2015
“What we have been fighting for, aside from the paper making it legal, is for people who are in gay relationships to have the same benefits of anyone who is in a straight relationship,” Linq Hotel headliner Frank Marino said during a phone conversation Sunday.
Monday By the Numbers: Action at ‘Melody Sweets’ Big Top Circus & Burlesque!’ at Caesars
Monday, June 29, 2015
Monday By the Numbers focuses principally on the Spiegelworld Tent at Caesars Palace, where Melody Sweets of “Absinthe” performed her latest headlining show, “Melody Sweets’ Big Top Circus & Burlesque!”
After Miss Nevada judging process, it’s time to toast
Sunday, June 28, 2015
It was late Friday night at the Flamingo, after the judging panel for the Miss Nevada America and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen competition had returned to the hotel from the Smith Center. The two pageants ...
‘The Mistress of Sensuality’ enlivens Golden ‘Ribbon of Life’ charity show
Saturday, June 27, 2015
We know HIV/AIDS by that title, but there are millions of other names connected to the disease. For performer Edie of “Zumanity” at New York-New York, Joe is ...
New regime piloting Westgate entertainment; Somers shimmies back after summer
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau is reeling from a visit to Tuscany’s T Spot lounge where I encountered for the first time the metal band Tinnitus fronted by Jeff Tortora of the Blue Man Group band.
Boot scootin’ fun: Country hits the Colosseum with Reba, Brooks & Dunn
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Reba is largely responsible for the early success of Brooks & Dunn, and also for this residency.
Circus action with Incredible Shrinking Jeff Beacher at MGM and Flying Wallenda at Caesars
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is bracing for a barnburner of a weekend, though the actual burning of a barn seems not in the offing.
2015 EDC Las Vegas plays out as an imperfect spectacle
Monday, June 22, 2015
Fans who trudged to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night talked of myriad methods to make future events more efficient and user-friendly. “They need to work on the organization of the parking lot. It took us three ... ”
Monday By the Numbers: Mac King’s total audience count at Harrah’s; Bryan Cranston’s set at EDC
Monday, June 22, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Beat Coffeehouse on Fremont East. I’ve written from here before, and will again, enjoying my freshly brewed coffee and the vinyl audio entertainment of “Slanted & Enchanted” by ’90s indie rockers Pavement.
BMG, Jabbawockeez shuffle involves Beacher’s Madhouse; Recycled Percussion adds ‘V’ to schedule
Monday, June 22, 2015
We now understand that Blue Man Group is to move out of Monte Carlo and into the theater currently occupied by Jabbawockeez at Luxor, likely in August ...
With five minutes of fury, Skating Aratas wheel to fame on ‘I Can Do That’
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The Skating Aratas are paired with Joe Jonas and Nicole Sherzinger on NBC’s “I Can Do That.” But can the celebs really perform the demanding and dangerous skating act? We’ll find out Tuesday ...
Kerkorian’s generosity will influence generations
Sunday, June 21, 2015
On a night in 2011, Andre Agassi was about to tell the audience of about 1,000 dignitaries and supporters that Kirk Kerkorian had made a donation of $18 million to his foundation. “But before I tell you that gift, let me tell you that if it wasn’t for him and his kindness to my family, I wouldn’t be standing in front of you today. ...”
EDC Night 2: Who are these people, and what are they doing here?
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Right now, the place is hopping, for real, with 130,000 or so energetic fans bounding to electronic dance music, flashing lights and exquisite staging. The arched Kinetic Field entrance, leading tens of ...
Review: Reba, Brooks & Dunn scoot and boogie at Colosseum
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Some middle-of-the-road music fans will say what Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn perform at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a lot like rock. Heck, at one point the backing band and Brooks & Dunn are playing a half-dozen guitars. They rock it so effectively ...
Holly Madison signs off on ‘Rabbit Hole’; numbers crunch led to Grimm decision at Vinyl
Friday, June 19, 2015
Holly Madison is to promote her new book “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny” on July 1 with a book signing at ...
Final notes being played at famed Center Bar in Hard Rock Hotel
Thursday, June 18, 2015
That Hard Rock Hotel's Center Bar is long overdue of an overhaul, and this week hotel officials announced plans to redesign that space beginning June 29.
‘Unforeseen circumstances’ cut short Michael Grimm’s run at Hard Rock Hotel
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Michael Grimm’s latest foray into a Las Vegas residency has been cut short. His run at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel was canceled effective today. A hotel spokeswoman who issued the announcement cited ...
Something Blue is brewing at Monte Carlo; venue-shuffling action with Frankie Moreno, YBR, Lon Bronson
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The buzz is strong, and it’s been relatively sudden, about the activity at the Monte Carlo. Reported elsewhere is the fact that the hotel is due for some high measure of rebranding.
Musical theater comes to Light Nightclub
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Baz brings a different kind of show to the Mandalay Bay nightclub.
Monday By the Numbers: Carrot Top and his 8 trunks, 300 sound cues and 3.25 stars
Monday, June 15, 2015
You know you’ve written something special when Steve Martin is e-mailing the link to Martin Short. A few weeks ago, Carrot Top met up with Short backstage at Terry Fator Theater in the Mirage.
Latest stadium plan is visionary, but still a long shot
Monday, June 15, 2015
Someone far wiser than I — maybe it was Steve Wynn or the late Bob Stupak — once said to be wary of a man and his renderings. Regretfully, you could paper the Strip with the fancy and fruitless concepts proposed for our city through the years: the UNLV Now stadium, the downtown Las Vegas Arena, the downtown Las Vegas soccer stadium. So what to make of the Fusion Project, a project of F Group International, and its ...
Boosted by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, Keep Memory Alive gala is equal parts power and love
Sunday, June 14, 2015
This was a customarily Las Vegas-fashioned event, the style and scope of which happens only here. A festival of love, philanthropy and opulence, the 19th annual Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala played out Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Yuman linking Las Vegas to Broadway with Estefan musical; ‘Frank’ to run through Frank’s 100th birthday
Friday, June 12, 2015
Las Vegas meets Broadway by way of Chicago in the current run of “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan.” Co-producing the show is Las Vegas entertainment manager Bernie Yuman, who was of course …
Carrot Top is half-man, half-horse and all-in for Melissa McCarthy film
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Given the choice between appearances in two surefire hit movies, “Zoolander 2” starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson and an upcoming comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, Carrot Top opted for … the centaur.
1923 Burlesque lops burlesque as Holly Madison paints stark picture of ‘Rabbit Hole’
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Less than two weeks before Holly Madison’s book about her tumultuous time at the Playboy Mansion is to be released, the club she helped launch at Mandalay Bay is announcing a “repositioning.”
Dr. Cummings, Ruvo Center’s Babe Ruth, is still swinging for the fences
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The quality of what is offered at what is considered one of the Top Five medical facilities in the country far outpaces the amount of revenue on hand.
Monday by the Numbers: Hitting 140 mph in a Ferrari and 13 million on Broadway
Monday, June 8, 2015
This week, Monday by the Numbers touches on such vehicles as Ferrari and Lamborghini and Porsche as the crew at Exotics Racing celebrated the opening of a Welcome Center at the attraction’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway home.
The Amazing Johnathan hosts watery celebration; Burlesque Hall teases with new exhibit space
Monday, June 8, 2015
As always, The Kats Report Bureau is between mani-pedi appointments. More will be explained here, of course. But a rare manicure-pedicure and interview at the salon Color, the Michael Boychuck groovy grooming fortress at Caesars Palace, highlighted the weekend.
How much would you pay for a 50 Cent cocktail?
Sunday, June 7, 2015
A famous rapper shakes things up downtown, big names prepare for EDM conference and more details announced about the nation's biggest Hooters ...
Andre Agassi likes Novak Djokovic to join Grand Slam royalty at French Open
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Andre Agassi called it. Or, he has called it so far. Agassi has consistently picked those to advance through the men’s side of the draw at the French Open, and he likes top seed Novak Djokovic to win Sunday morning’s final ...
The goal for ‘Baz’ at Light: Walk in and get cool
Friday, June 5, 2015
Shane Scheel remembers that moment when he felt his little production show might well become something grand and fantastic. That moment centered on Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and ...
In the end, guitar great Tony Drake did not play solo
Friday, June 5, 2015
The news of Tony Drake’s death hit our large pond in April, splashing down heavily like a boulder of bad news. Several weeks later, we are still feeling the ripples of sadness. The guitar great who was part of ...
Myron Martin dealt ‘Late Show’ four-of-a-kind; Dee Snider praises(!) ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Dee Snider seems to be doing what they term in political campaigns as “walking back” some comments he made last week.
As Kristen Hertzenberg prepares for a Texas move, Las Vegas loses a performing luminary
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
"We are not abandoning Las Vegas, or running away from it. We will never just leave Las Vegas in the rear-view mirror.”
Frankie Moreno adds dates to already-stacked Cabaret Jazz schedule
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
In an impressive, often staggering series of performances, Frankie Moreno and his backing band have learned and played a unique show each week.
Monday By the Numbers: Earl Turner and Checkmate Charles check in at Suncoast
Monday, June 1, 2015
Today’s Monday By the Numbers is inspired by Earl Turner, The Checkmates (especially Sonny Charles) and George Wallace. These favorite Las Vegas entertainers met Saturday and Sunday night at Suncoast Showroom during Turner’s latest residency there.
Palms finds a new friend in Hooters
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Set to open sometime this summer, likely in July, is a Hooters restaurant just off the casino floor in the former Heraea space. The spot originally was a Garduno’s Mexican restaurant ...
Vinyl spins with Michael Grimm; new CEO taking over Downtown Grand
Saturday, May 30, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau checked in with Michael Grimm on Friday night at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel. He’s beginning a residency at the 600-seat rock club that lasts through the end of August. The nights are ...
Robert Plant captures time and space at Brooklyn Bowl
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Robert Plant squinted toward the audience Thursday night and implored, “Put the cellphones down.” Mockingly, he held an imaginary smartphone in his left palm and ...
‘American Ninja Warrior’ gets shot of ‘Absinthe’ as Almas Meirmanov storms course
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Almas Meirmanov is the type of guy who can perform a one-handed handstand at any waking moment and, therefore, is not to be trusted.
Dee Snider takes on ‘Rock Vault’ (again), says Twisted Sister ‘is one of the best live bands ever’
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Dee Snider says “ ‘Rock Vault’ is a tribute band of a bunch of add-on people who were not the people who played on these classic albums except for (guitarist) Howard Leese.”
Carlos Santana reunites with his classic bandmates for a new, throwback album
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
“We’re still chipping away, like Michelangelo chipped away at David."
Matt Goss gets ‘Strong’ with Komen, Yuman partnerships; Garrett (and his book) headline MGM Grand
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
One of the city’s pre-eminent entertainment managers over the past several decades, Bernie Yuman is now in partnership with Matt Goss in a consortium titled MBM.
Monday by the Numbers: EDC and its confetti-helicopter dance fest
Monday, May 25, 2015
On this Memorial Day, Monday By the Numbers is focusing on the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnival, which is set for June 19-21 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Suzanne Somers’ debut at Westgate is in the nick of time
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Suzanne Somers opened her “Suzanne Sizzles” headlining series Saturday at Westgate Cabaret in Westgate Las Vegas, and she was in fine form. Let’s announce that at the top: Somers is 68 years old, and it does not matter, as she sings and sashays to great aptitude, her legs seeming to belong on a dancer ...
Mob stories never get old for Goodman — or audiences
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Up next for Goodman on his mini-tour of Vegas speaking engagements is a discussion about Chagra’s fanciful life as a high-stakes gambler and his highly theatrical legal battles. “Oscar’s Case of the Century: The Life and Crimes of Jimmy Chagra,” which also might be the case of this century, is set for May 28 at the Mob Museum ...

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