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The Kats Report: Lon Bronson’s All-Star Band marks 25 years with a Smith Center doubleheader
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
“When the Smith Center came along, it was a step up the ladder. It’s just reinvigorated the band.”
New club Jewel to shine where Haze fell dark at Aria
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Hakkasan Group took over Haze in Aria in its purchase of the Light Group in December and is partnering with MGM Resorts and Dubai World to end a more than yearlong absence of a major nightclub in the opulent Strip resort. ...
Monday By the Numbers: ‘Alice’ goes skyward; Kenny Davidsen summons the ladies
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers draws data from column favorites “Alice — A Steampunk Concert Fantasy” and Kenny Davidsen’s bow-tie-palooza at Tuscany. “Alice” returns to the stage and ...
Rick Harrison: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ was never a ‘Pawn’ shot
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Rick Harrison made time for his presidential favorite, Marco Rubio, on Friday evening at the grand opening of Pawn Plaza. But Harrison has had no time for the TV show once hosted by Rubio’s rival, Donald Trump.
Janet Jackson’s May date in Las Vegas is Las Vegas Arena
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
After Janet Jackson’s cancellation of her two shows at Planet Hollywood, the arena for her return to Las Vegas was listed as “MGM Arena.” That led to speculation that Jackson would be ...
Hard Rock Cafe has been part of Vegas lore for 25 years and counting
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
The Hard Rock Café marked its 25th anniversary in September. In its honor, here are 25 facts about the venue ...
The Judds double down on that warm, family vibe
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Ya gotta love The Judds, for whom every day is Mother’s Day. Naomi and Wynonna have opened their series of nine performances, a mix of music and mirth, at Venetian Theater. ...
It’s Play time at Light and Daylight at Mandalay Bay
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
It might not be business as usual, but rather a return to form, for the new/old hierarchy at Light and Daylight at Mandalay Bay. Two men who helped open the clubs on Memorial Day Weekend of 2013 as ...
L.V. Burlesque Festival, Pitbull, Smith Center and ‘Showstoppers’ permeate scene
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
On the topic of doling awards, the performer who wins this year’s award for the Best Show I Expected Not to Enjoy Nearly As Much As I Did goes to Pitbull.
The Kats Report: Fright Dome’s Jason Egan continues his fearsome expansion
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
The creator of the popular haunt celebrates 13 years at the Adventuredome—and his rapidly growing empire
Hakkasan Group is out of Light — and so is Cirque du Soleil
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
In one fell swoop, Cirque du Soleil has shed its ownership interest in Light and Daylight at Mandalay Bay, while Hakkasan Group also has ended its management agreement to operate the two entertainment venues on the Strip. ...
Monday By the Numbers: NBT, Cirque in step for ‘A Choreographers’ Showcase’
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
The performances are Sunday, and again Oct. 18, at Mystere Theater in Treasure Island. These one-of-a-kind showcases are at 1 p.m.; tickets are $25 and $45 and available at

Youngest Trump talks hotel, politics and dad
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Eric Trump toggles his time between Las Vegas and New York as a top-level executive at Trump International and the highest-ranking official at Trump International Las Vegas. He also juggles responsibilities as ...
Route 91 uses more than one route to appeal to masses; Phish talk abounds
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is once more Route 91 Harvest Country Music Fest at Las Vegas Village. Huge operation. As Hilary Rodham Clinton once said, it takes, like, an entire community … a township …
‘Frank: The Man, The Music’ to close Nov. 28 at Palazzo Theater
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Bob Anderson’s inspired production “Frank: The Man, The Music,” will not quite make Old Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday celebration. The show is closing Nov. 28, a couple of weeks shy of ...
Failing bus doesn’t stop A Thousand Horses at Route 91; ‘Rock Vault’ shuffles lineup
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Performing to great response as the sun goes down is A Thousand Horses, who earlier today were calling out, “My kingdom for a thousand horses,” as the band’s bus broke down en route to ...
‘Green River’ meets Canal Shops as John Fogerty set for eight-show spree at Venetian
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
The onetime home of “Phantom” is welcoming John Fogerty. Announced today is a quickie residency by rock icon Fogerty at Venetian Theater from Jan. 8 to 23. This confirms information ...
Jerry Lewis celebrates No. 93 before No. 90; where’s Miss Jackson to perform?
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Jerry Lewis wielded the shtick and the stick in accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award at the G2E Entertainment Awards at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel on ...
No MGM Resorts: It’s now Las Vegas Village and Las Vegas Festival Grounds
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Turns out these “MGM Resorts” titles have been a little too, shall we say, narrowly focused. Today the names of the wide-open spaces that host music and cultural festivals on the Strip are ...
Citing voice issues, Janet Jackson calls off Axis performances
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
According to a news release sent by Live Nation, which is booking Janet Jackson’s tour, the 49-year-old superstar is following medical advice to rest her vocal cords. ...
Charlie Daniels hits December gold with official NFR song
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Charlie Daniels owes his affiliation with Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe. And Frank Sinatra. And Willie Nelson. This rodeo ride to Las Vegas does make sense, as it has led ...
Can arena lure Mayweather into ring to fight Pacquiao again?
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
Based on the announcement that George Strait will be one of the first entertainers to play at Las Vegas Arena, there was a strong feeling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. indeed would fight ...
Buddy, ‘Baz’ and Burton top notes on the scene
Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
I have to reinforce my support of “For the Record: Baz” here, as the long-ago column from … what, Thursday? … seemed to indicate I have a waning confidence in the show’s prospects in Las Vegas. ...
Viva Imagine Dragons: Band is kicking around ‘Vegas’ song idea
Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
Imagine Dragons needs a Las Vegas song. Not a song that is sort of ambiguously about their history in Las Vegas. “It’s Time” is that sort of song. But a song that describes the city ...
Look twice: After seven years on the Strip, Criss Angel isn’t done making magic
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
He’s determined to log at least a decade on the Strip, which would place him in a rarefied class of magicians who have prospered in Las Vegas. There was a time when professional ...
‘Baz’ can learn from success of Chippendales, Tyson Beckford
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
As long as Chippendales at the Rio continues to lure the fit and famous as guest stars, oft-shirtless heartthrob Tyson Beckford will have no trouble finding a ...
George Strait to borrow dance moves from Britney Spears? You never know …
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
“Maybe I’ll go see Britney Spears while I’m here,” George Strait says, flashing his famous grin. “I can pick up some choreography. I keep seeing where I’m no frills. I need some frills now. This is Las Vegas.”
It’s Strait to Las Vegas for Las Vegas Arena
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
The first entertainer announced to perform at Las Vegas Arena is a solid, and Strait, individual. The man dubbed the King of Country Music and a proven Las Vegas commodity, George Strait, was announced today as the ...
Monday By the Numbers: Pitbull and poetry; Lionel Richie and his ’84 Olympic party
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
This week, after a brief respite of one (or, 1) week, Monday By the Numbers is back and focusing on this obvious pairing: Lionel Richie and Pitbull. It’s not such an ill-fitting duo given ...
Thirty years, one list: Frank Marino celebrates his queendom on the Strip
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
Frank Marino's history on the Strip dates to 1985 when he began a 25-year run in "An Evening at La Cage," and he's outlasted even the Riviera. ...
Mr. Las Vegas is back: Wayne Newton returns to Shenandoah
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
Wayne Newton, for decades an icon of the Las Vegas entertainment scene, thought he’d never return to Casa de Shenandoah, where he’d lived since 1968. Buzz Aldrin seemed more likely to return to ...
J.Lo promises ‘All I Have’ during big closing night at iHeartRadio Festival
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
This year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup was as robust as ever, although late drops by Janet Jackson (for an ear malady) and The Who (viral meningitis for Roger Daltrey) cut into ...
The Killers show off swivel with ‘Viva Las Vegas’ at iHeartRadio’s opening
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
It should be a rite of passage assigned by community caretakers such as Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak that every singer or band who headlines in Las Vegas performs “Viva …
Casa de Shenandoah shines amid stars; Piff parlays ‘AGT’ run into headlining gig
Friday, Sept. 18, 2015
The Wayne Newton museum is now open, and the VIP party Thursday drew an impressive and wide-ranging collection of Las Vegas name-checks. Carrot Top; Lance Burton; Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton-Holmes; Sabrina Bryan; Melody Sweets of “Absinthe”; Mark Shunock, Troy Burgess and Robert Torti of “Rock of Ages”; Jennifer Cox; Chippendales guest host Tyson Beckford; and ...
Opportunity Village rocks for Santana; UNLV’s top-rated jazz program geared up for Ham Hall gig
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Carlos Santana called the experience “better than Woodstock, better than the Grammys.” He was talking of the medley of some of his hits performed by The OVertones, the Opportunity Village music act making its debut ...
The Kats Report: Wayne Newton opens his home to the public
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
This week, Newton opens Casa de Shenandoah to the public.
Door is open for Jerry Seinfeld in Las Vegas, especially if he’s holding it
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Jerry Seinfeld is on the other line, and he is explaining how his inventive mind can still open doors to new material. That is actually how he develops a new joke, sometimes. ...
He kept the party going on Fremont Street
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015
Jeff Victor, president of the Fremont Street Experience, has been instrumental in organizing nightly events in downtown Las Vegas and has less than a month left on the job. Today, live performances are staged every night at ...
Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Andre Berto: Sights and sounds from MGM Grand Garden Arena
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Berto engage in "High Stakes" at MGM Grand, with the stakes for Mayweather very high as he puts his unbeaten record on the line ...
Jerry Lewis makes trophy case; Siegfried & Roy deal four of a kind
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Wayne Newton will be awarding Jerry Lewis a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Gaming Expo during the G2E awards ceremony Sept. 30 at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel. The ...
Kerry Simon was our first, and only, rock ’n’ roll chef
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Kerry Simon will be forever remembered as the rock ’n’ roll chef, a title he didn’t attach to himself but was bestowed upon him by Rolling Stone magazine. He was not the first star chef in Las Vegas when he and partners Elizabeth Blau and Peter Morton opened ...
SLS Las Vegas-Fred Segal ‘productive collaboration’ closes out
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
For the hotel’s first year of operations, Fred Segal was the exclusive clothing and accessories retailer at SLS Las Vegas. The hotel now has other plans.
Lionel Richie is up next as Axis at Planet Hollywood headliner
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Lionel Richie’s run will not be so extensive, as mini-residencies typically run from about nine to 12 shows. But his appeal is inarguable, proven during his more recent appearances in Las Vegas.
The Kats Report: A Colosseum return reinforces Celine Dion’s spot among Las Vegas’ performing legends
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Even amid personal trauma that took her offstage, she is soldiering on and delivering shows for the ages—because that's what legends do.
How ABBA wound up playing in Las Vegas church; Lisa Marie Smith signs for another year in ‘Pin Up’
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015
“Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” keyboard virtuoso Tom Lipps has a pretty spirited side gig: He fills in occasionally at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 2300 Sunridge Heights Parkway in Henderson.
‘Alice’ rolls into Brooklyn Bowl
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015
The rock musical/production show “Alice — A Steampunk Concert Fantasy” is back onstage Oct. 13, booked for a one-off at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade. ...
Monday By the Numbers: Undergarments tossed at ‘Rock of Ages’; athletes tossed at World Wrestling Championships
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
The 2015 Labor Day edition of Monday By the Numbers (MBTN is now the shorthand reference) invokes the 1,000th performance of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, which is to be marked Sept. 19.
After 45 years, Tiffany Dry Cleaners is movin’ on up
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015
After 45 years in Commercial Center, the preferred cleaner of many Strip productions is relocating to a larger space.
Headliner action at Axis; Flavor Flav lights up Carrot Top’s show at Luxor
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015
This was Friday in a nutshell — a nutshell wrapped in neon — for The Kats Report Bureau: A Q+A column about Naomi Judd. Afternoon rehearsal action with Criss Angel as he preps his “Supernaturalists” production ...
Naomi Judd: ‘I’m psyched’ for The Judds’ run at Venetian
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Naomi and Wynonna Judd are riding into the Wild West village of … well, the Venetian Theater, on Oct. 7. The Judds are booked for nine shows in the former “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular” theater. The dates …

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