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Cosmopolitan Entertainment VP Fedor Banuchi: I truly have a dream job — live music is my passion

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Eric Church performs at the Chelsea on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Kraftwerk at the Cosmopolitan

Kraftwerk at the Chelsea on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Bruno Mars at Chelsea: Feb. 16, 2014

Bruno Mars at Chelsea on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Eric Church at The Chelsea

Eric Church performs at the Chelsea on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Robin Leach has finished his annual summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, and many of our Strip personalities again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. As Robin enjoys the final birthday week of his working vacation with his family, we continue today with our popular guest columns. Here is Fedor Banuchi, who presented Bruno Mars and John Legend in concert this past weekend, for an inside look at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ entertainment lineup.

As the vice president of entertainment and nightlife at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Fedor plays a strategic role in providing leadership and direction for all live music events on property, including headliner concerts at The Chelsea, Boulevard Pool and entertainment at The Chandelier, Bond and Book & Stage, while overseeing the entertainment team.

He also directs the nightlife host sales team for all resort-managed bars, lounges and pools. These energetic, live music and nightlife offerings have added to the resort’s overall guest appeal and set the Cosmopolitan apart as a leader in providing unique and unforgettable experiences to locals and visitors alike.

By now most readers have heard about the Cosmopolitan’s campaign bringing “The Right Amount of Wrong” to the Las Vegas Strip. Since the resort opened in December 2010, we’ve offered a new and different perspective. We want guests to leave with stories to tell and a feeling worth returning to, which is why there is so much to discover here at the heart of the Strip.

The Cosmopolitan boasts luxuries such as a world-class restaurant collection, a dynamic gaming experience and innovative, curated-cocktails; however, my passion lies in another key area — entertainment.

Live music and entertainment have always been my passion. I started my career in the nightclub business. I managed clubs in Boston, where I worked at the No. 1 concert venue in the city. I held director roles with major companies including Harrah’s, Spirit New York and Avalon New York before I arrived at the Cosmopolitan in 2010 and never looked back.

I truly have a dream job — I work in the best casino resort in the world where I get to collaborate on a daily basis with top talent. With the support of my fellow entertainment team and our entertainment partner C3 Presents, we’ve doubled the number of headliner shows year over year since we opened, and our goal is to be the market leader for live music entertainment on the Strip.

In 2014, we added comedy to the lineup from Chelsea Handler to HartBeat Weekend hosted by Kevin Hart from Sept 5-6. Our mission is to book cutting-edge acts, musical and nonmusical, across all genres and from all generations — from Kraftwerk to Iggy Azalea, Lorde and so much more.

The opening of The Chelsea has allowed the resort to expand its entertainment offerings immensely. We can expand the scope of the artists we book and now have the opportunity to provide an intimate, yet luxurious live music experience in a venue that only holds 3,500.

Inspired by some of the world’s most iconic venues, the high-tech venue is a 40,000-square-foot transformable space featuring remnant brick tiling, an eclectic collection of stage production props, a vintage lobby bar, private VIP opera boxes and a memorable grand staircase complete with a dramatic chandelier.

So far, we’ve hosted luxury sports-viewing experiences like Hoops & Hops, kicked off a sold-out series of concerts by Bruno Mars this past weekend along with John Legend and The Strokes before them, boasted show-stopping headliners including Lana Del Rey, Eric Church and Empire of the Sun, booked standup comedians Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer, scheduled a boxing match with Top Rank on HBO this month, and there’s still more to come — Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Weezer and so much more!

Visitors have the option to experience entertainment high above the Strip at Boulevard Pool, a multilevel pool experience by day that becomes an intimate outdoor concert venue with unobstructed sight lines of the stage and the Strip by night. We’re in the middle of our annual “Set Your Life to Music” series. The series provides a unique summer entertainment experience unlike any other at the heart of the Strip offering guests the opportunity to see world-class performances as part of a dynamic concert lineup.

We’ve taken 20 weeks and mixed them up with headliners, local talent and a few bands who fit in between. The weekly Thursday night music series lineup includes performances by Rebulution, Jurassic 5, Juicy J and Interpol. Others headliners this summer: Slightly Stoopid, Iggy Azalea, Fall Out Boy and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

True to the Cosmopolitan’s curious nature, entertainment can happen anywhere, even in places you’d least expect it. Walk past The Chandelier and find a progressive DJ spinning the hottest beats or a band playing the latest in mainstream, big band, jazz and underground music. Stop by Bond and take in the hotspot-turned-gaming pit’s mashup of LED art, performances and upbeat house music.

Come by on any given night and allow the Cosmopolitan to entertain you. You never know what you might discover!

Upcoming performances at the Cosmopolitan include Ed Sheeran (Friday and Saturday); Keith Urban with Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge (Sunday); Thirty Seconds to Mars (Sept. 20); Broods (Oct. 9); and Amy Schumer (Dec. 6). More info at CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.

Be sure to check out our other guest columnist today, Eric Brashear of Shoot Las Vegas. On Tuesday, we’ll meet John Saccenti, who presents Las Vegas Bowl this fall, and Riviera Entertainment VP Charlyn Corvino.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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