Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 | 7:34 p.m.
Grammy Award winners and Las Vegas regulars Zac Brown Band performed the first night of a two-evening stand Saturday night at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel (the second show is tonight).
The popular band’s hits include nine that have reached No. 1, among them “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Highway 20 Ride,” “Free,” “As She’s Walking Away” and “Colder Weather.”
The seven-member Zac Brown Band, with lead singer Zac Brown, who sported his signature beanie Saturday night, also has performed in Las Vegas at Mandalay Events Center, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Check out Las Vegas Sun A&E reporter Andrea Domanick’s Q+A with Zac Brown Band bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins posted Saturday ahead of the first concert.
Thanks to contributing photographers Erik Kabik of Retna and Tom Donoghue for their photo gallery of Zac Brown Band on Saturday night. Kabik was at the Joint on Friday night for Linkin Park.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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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.