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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 | 6:58 p.m.
Actor and singer Mark Shunock, who portrays Lonny the narrator in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, hosted his fourth monthly benefit show “Mondays Dark” on Monday night at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel, and Shunock and his guest artists performed to the music of Queen.
Mark’s cast of celebrities included hypnotist Anthony Cools, magician Murray Sawchuck, juggler Jeff Civillico, singers Jaime Lynch, Savannah Smith and Maren Wade and cast members of “Rock of Ages,” “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas and “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s Las Vegas.
Father Joseph O’Brien thanked the performers for donating their services to benefit St. Therese Center/HIV Outreach. Shunock started “Mondays Dark” with the goal of raising $100,000 for local charities in one year.
Speaking of “Rock of Ages,” “Glee” star Darren Criss recently had a reunion backstage at “Rock of Ages” with former castmate Jon Robert Hall, who portrays rocker Stacee Jaxx in the Venetian headliner show. Criss was at the rock musical Saturday night and posed for photographs with cast members.
Our thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery from “Mondays Dark.”
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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.
Vinyl, which opened in August 2012, is the intimate live entertainment venue at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, featuring a diversity of genres, including rock 'n' roll, jazz, blues, pop and even country.
The multifunctional room provides an intimate setting that puts the audience within an arm's reach of the performers.
The space, which is just under 7,000 square feet, can accommodate 650 guests. With a speakeasy atmosphere, Vinyl has an industrial look from its Chicago-common brick and cinderblock, distressed wood floors and an exposed, sky-high ceiling.
An elevated VIP section houses leather banquette seating and offers guests their own wait staff and an exclusive bar. The perimeter features a bar where guests can watch all the action. A state-of-the-art entertainment system offers high-definition screens on both sides of the main stage.