The Light Group
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 | 3:51 p.m.
The new nightclub Light at Mandalay Bay, the first by Cirque du Soleil and The Light Group, officially opens April 26. The first four resident DJs are Skrillex, Sebastian Ingrosso, Zedd and Bauer, with others to be announced in coming weeks.
The first two artist’s renderings of Light were unveiled this morning. The incredible video producers at The Moment Factory will be installing the video walls and club imaging.
MONSTER MONEY: In a new rundown of the 100 highest-grossing nightclubs in America on the website Celebrity NetWorth, writer Brian Warner reported Tuesday that 22 are here on The Strip. I’m not convinced of his accuracy, though, because there’s no mention of 1OAK in The Mirage, and he lists Lagasse’s Stadium in the Palazzo at #81.
California leads with 25 (15 are in L.A.), New York has 10, and Chicago has five. Las Vegas has nine of the Top 10 (grosses are estimates): 1) Marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, $80 million, 2) XS at Encore, $70 million, 3) Tao at The Venetian, $70 million, 4) Pure at Caesars Palace, $60 million, 6) LAX at the Luxor, $45 million, 7) Haze at Aria, $45 million, 8) Surrender at Encore, $45 million, 9) The Bank at the Bellagio, $45 million and 10) Lavo in the Palazzo, $45 million. Liv in Miami is #5.
On or off target, it’s monstrous money. I believe that Las Vegas has a $1 billion nightclub industry; we’ll learn the most up-to-date numbers when the Nightclub and Bar Show comes to town next month.
NEW MASTER DINNERS: Nine new events for a total of 28 will take place at this year’s Vegas Uncork’d food fiesta May 9-12. Tickets go on sale today for the new Master Series Dinners with Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Mina, Brian Massie, Joel Robuchon, plus, the return of Bobby Flay and Michel Richard.
The seventh-annual gathering of culinary kings and queens also includes a beer brunch at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Caesars and a steak dinner nearby at Old Homestead, also in Caesars where Nobu and Gordon will host in their new restaurants.
RANDY RUGBY: In town for this week’s USA Sevens Rugby tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium, the English and Welsh teams met up for an informal match in the lobby of Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity Theater at New York-New York to see who could take the best team photos.
They even showed British athletic diplomacy, posing for a photo together before Tuesday night’s show. One “lucky” member of the English team was pulled up onstage for the “Gentle Orgy” act where Edie, Mistress of Sensuality, asked him the million-dollar question: “Have you ever been in an orgy?” His answer: “Yes. Twice. But what happens in a scrum, stays in a scrum.”
CHARITY BENEFITS: The cast of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas have teamed up today with chef Jean Joho from the Eiffel Tower restaurant there for a first-time cooking demonstration with taste treats passed to guests, all as a fundraiser for Southern Nevada Red Cross Service to Armed Forces.
Comedian Ron White has recruited fellow comics Kathleen Madigan, Ralphie May, Brian Regan, Josh Blue and John Caparulo for his evening of star-spangled banter in a comedy salute to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. Tonight’s show at Terry Fator Theater in The Mirage will be recorded with the live audience for broadcast later. Said Ron: “We do our best to raise the soldiers’ spirits and at the same time raise funds for a great cause. It is an honor and a privilege and the duty of each of us to give back to those who give so much -- the bravest men and women on this planet.”
OFFICIAL OPENING: The new feminine-themed Heraea restaurant and sports lounge gets its grand opening Feb. 17 at the Palms. Doug Bell is the executive chef, and the decor was inspired by the first athletic competition for women in ancient Greece: the Heraean Games.
The Life Is Beautiful music festival at Artifice features Same Sex Mary, The Perks, American Cream and Rusty Maples.
Cuban comedian Antolin El Pichon joins Manolin and his orchestra for Latin sounds at Sam’s Town.
Like Moths to Flames, Silverstein and Secrets are at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, we preview the $500 per-person dinners at the Bellagio by chefs of Diaoyutai Palace in Beijing using recipes from the 11th century Jin Dynasty. Plus, a look at chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert as they prepare for the Good vs. Evil battle at the Palms on Saturday.
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.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.
Follow Vegas DeLuxe on Twitter at Twitter.com/vegasdeluxe.
Follow VDLX Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.