Friday, March 14, 2014 | 6 p.m.
It’s a weekend where one could accurately say, “In with the new, but not out with the old.” As a brand-new concert venue officially opens on the Strip with more modern acts, we have several legends still in the spotlight, plus, the official openings of some familiar dayclubs means that winter is officially over in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
At the new-look New York-New York, its transformed and dynamic Strip-front plaza is officially opened with new shops and outdoor attractions with a three-day St. Patrick’s Day Weekend celebration and a green ribbon-cutting ceremony. For the first time, the fountain showcasing Lady Liberty will be dyed green, and green lights will spotlight her for added Irish cheer.
There’s no question that the new Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq is going to make a serious run at toppling the shows normally booked at Pearl at the Palms and the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. That war of the rock royals starts this weekend.
Back East in New York’s largest borough, Brooklyn Bowl made its mark booking everybody from Kanye West to Adele to Guns N Roses. The owners plan to be just as robust with their new Linq hotspot complete with Blue Ribbon sushi service at every one of the 32 bowling lanes.
To prove that they mean business, first up tonight is Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” house band The Roots, followed by Saturday and Sunday shows with Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvis Costello. The Roots’ leader, Questlove, also will DJ a late-night Bowl Train party after Saturday’s show.
Roaring onto the scene with a totally different sound will be the cars and teams competing Saturday in the iconic General Tire Mint 400 in nearby Jean. The event has attracted numerous celebrities over the years. As the most prestigious race in North America since 1967, it’s the ultimate off-road desert race with 57 trick trucks taking part in the challenges.
After the dirt and grime from racing the 100-mile loop of treacherous sand and silt is washed off, there’s the traditional Miss Mint 400 with eight stunning finalists. Sadly, our 11 hometown contestants didn’t make the final envied eight. Tonight’s kickoff parties and Sunday’s awards are at Golden Nugget, with Saturday’s victory party at Insert Coin(s) downtown.
Kenny Rogers and Bill Cosby are the music and comedy legends headlining this weekend, while Tool and Kathy Griffin are hoping to one day own that same legacy.
St. Patrick’s Day appears on the calendar for Monday, but you know Las Vegas as well as I do, so it becomes a four-day festival to celebrate the Irish religious holiday of drinking and partying. Time-honored regulars such as Flogging Molly, Killian’s Angels and Machine Gun Kelly are all set this weekend.
Here it’s not so much “Ireland Forever” with “Erin Go Bragh” as it is Erin will go bra-less. There’ll be green beer galore up and down the Strip, so “Slainte” — and may your shamrocks always be a four-leafed clover. Enjoy the Irish Foreign Ministry’s YouTube salute to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day
So we want to see Irish eyes smiling and hear the lullabies of leprechauns as we hoist a Guinness or two. May the luck of the Irish enfold you as you weave your way through this week’s green edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, MARCH 14
Kenny Rogers is at Eastside Cannery.
The Roots are at Brooklyn Bowl.
Jon Batiste and Stay Human mix Louisiana jazz roots with funk and soul at the Smith Center for two nights.
“Rhythm of the Dance,” an Irish music extravaganza with more than 20 dancers, is at Orleans Showroom all weekend.
Nashville Unplugged with hosts Brian McComas and Aaron Benward features Travis Meadows at Sunset Station.
Smashing Alice is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
The sexy, all-girl Darling Stilettos strut their rock and roll with energetic, innovative choreography at Lounge at the Palms for two nights.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Bill Cosby, who is “Far From Finished” after decades of comedy, performs at Treasure Island ahead of yet another new NBC sitcom.
Henry Cho is at South Point for two nights.
Jon Manfrellotti and Penny Prince are at Riviera Comedy Club all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for The Cult at the Joint on April 19.
Tickets go on sale for Red Rock Resort’s Sandbar Summer Concert Series with Lifehouse on May 3, Kansas on May 17, The Fray on May 31 and The Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White T’s on Aug. 1.
Tickets go on sale for Cheech & Chong and their “War Up in Smoke Tour” at the Joint on May 16.
Tickets go on sale for Chris Tucker at Pearl at the Palms on May 24.
Tickets go on sale for Queen and Adam Lambert on July 5 and 6 and Boston with guest Cheap Trick on July 26, both at the Joint.
Tickets go on sale for Jonny Lang at Boulder Station on Aug. 2.
MOPAR Midnight Mayhem street legal racing is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The “Supernatural Convention” with stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki is at the Rio all weekend.
The Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championships are at Orleans Arena for two days.
The Mountain West Conference Basketball Championships continue through Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is at MGM Grand Garden Arena through Saturday.
Azure Pool at Palazzo opens for summer.
Wet Republic at MGM Grand opens for summer.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15
Elvis Costello & The Roots are at Brooklyn Bowl for two nights.
Flogging Molly and guest Ozomatli are at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan for their 10th annual green tour.
Tool is at the Axis at Planet Hollywood while Britney Spears is on a break.
Shawn Barker is at Suncoast.
Cultura Profetica is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Kathy Griffin is at the Mirage.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The 13th Annual “Run Away With Cirque du Soleil” 5K run and 1-Mile Fun Walk to kick off One Drop World Water Week is at Springs Preserve.
Sandy Hackett’s “My Buddy” is at Starbright Theater in Summerlin.
Ri Ri Las Vegas celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with performances by Ruaille Buaille, The American Diddle Idols and High Stool Prophets, plus, giveaways, Irish dancers and more through Monday.
New York-New York’s annual Celtic Feis Festival kicks off with the opening of the outdoor Strip-front plaza through Monday.
O’Sheas’ legendary St. Patty’s Day Block Party is at the Linq with entertainment, drink specials, beer pong and more through Monday.
It’s the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets at Cashman Field for two days.
Celebrate National Sports Car Day with the Richard Petty Driving Experience at LVMS.
SUNDAY, MARCH 16
It’s the VIP opening night for Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq with Elvis Costello & The Roots.
Hyde Bellagio hosts “Game World” and encourages everyone to dress up in video-game characters.
MONDAY, March 17
The downtown D Las Vegas goes green with its St. Paddy’s Day “Pot o’ Gold” Bash.
Machine Gun Kelly and Killian’s Angels perform at Brendan’s Irish Pub at the Orleans.
Be sure to check out the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend guide compiled by our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly.
We’ll be back Sunday with the first report of the weekend highlights and on Monday a chat with Olivia Newton-John as she gets ready for her “Physical” residency at the Flamingo while Donny & Marie Osmond are away.
May your glass be ever full, may the roof over your head be always strong, and may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead!
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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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.