Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 | 6:24 p.m.
The Academy of Country Music Awards is set for Sunday, April 7, at MGM Grand Garden Arena, but the third-annual ACM Music Festival Experience hosted by Brad Paisley will become a two-night outdoor festival at The Orleans on April 5 and 6. Tickets go on sale for “ACM’s A-List” on Wednesday and continues through Friday.
Kix Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, The Eli Young Band and Florida Georgia Line are set to perform, with more to be announced.
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will co-host the 48th annual awards. Voting began Monday, with fans deciding who’ll win New Female Vocalist, New Vocal Duo or Group and New Male Vocalist.
WOLF’S WINES: Congratulations to chef Wolfgang Puck, who recently launched four wines with proceeds being earmarked to benefit our beloved charity Keep Memory Alive. This past weekend, the Beverage Testing Institute awarded it a gold medal and 90 points as a best buy rating.
RIC’S ROBES: WWE wrestler Ric Flair is set for three days of autograph signings and fan photos at Tri-Star Sports Memorabilia in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops and has requested that he walk through the mall each day in his robes to reach the venue.
SHANIA’S SALE: Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain has given the OK to her hometown of Timmins, Ontario, to sell her museum and its adjoining goldmine tour, and put the $5 million price to better community use. Her memorabilia will be moved to other locations, and the mine’s statues will be relocated and used at locations around town.
VIDEO BREAKOUT: Stunning spokesmodel Mayra Veronica, who is the new face of Bettie Page Clothing headquartered at Miracle Mile, just learned that her new video “Ay Mama Mia” has landed at #1 on the Billboard dance music charts. It features our Las Vegas burlesque queen Tempest Storm and Bettie from pinup photo days. It also is the theme song of the new movie musical “Sons of The Buena Vista Social Club.”
NEW RESTAURANT: Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian steakhouses are well known across Detroit with nine locations. Now he’s opening out of state for the first time Feb. 1 at the D hotel Downtown to add to its other Motor City attractions. Critics have called it Detroit’s best Italian for more than 20 years.
Michael Eisner, ex-chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co., gave the keynote at the opening of the International Builders Show at the Convention Center today.
Music producer Marion “Suge” Knight was at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel until 5 a.m. listening to DJ Donald Glaude and DJ Loczi.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was at Body English the next night for Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest on the decks.
Season 5 “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, who kicked off his new yearlong residency at Paris on Monday, arrived a day early so that he could dine at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars and taste the popular Innis & Gunn beer.
Taylor also had lunch Monday at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris with Las Vegas entertainers Penn Jillette, Anthony Cools, Carrot Top, The Amazing Johnathan and yours truly swapping jokes and magic tricks and solving math problems. He left early to set up his stage.
“Donald Trump” rapper Mac Miller, “America's Next Top Model” winner Eva Pigford and singer boyfriend Kevin McCall were at the Palms over the weekend. Mac celebrated his 21st birthday after midnight in Moon and, being filmed for his MTV2 reality TV show, flashed a gold grill in his tie-dyed hoodie. All, including the addition of Richard Sherman, managed to make it to Ghostbar Dayclub the next day. Richard kept the party going into the evening at Coco Austin’s “Peepshow” in Planet Hollywood.
A touch of class comes to this column and town with two nights of the prestigious Joffrey Ballet from New York at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. It’s their first visit to Las Vegas, but they were the first U.S. ballet company to perform in Russia.
The outrageous cast of “Absinthe” at Caesars is honored with a Lost Angels party at Hyde Bellagio, and they’ve promised to go loco.
Scott Henry, Don Barnhart and Jodi Borrello headline at Harrah’s Improv through Sunday.
And Role Models, Young Rapscallions and Kick Ass are at Beauty Bar.
What’s the impact likely to be on our multimillion-dollar gun shops and ranges business that employs dozens to host celebrities and tourists if gun restrictions are passed? The controversy is already under way. Plus, Counter Intelligence of Hot off the Grill culinary news.
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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True to its namesake, The Orleans gives visitors a year-round Mardi Gras feeling with a New Orleans French Quarter environment.
Located just a short way from the center of gambling on the Strip, The Orleans offers a collection of attractions that helps to draw in a mix of locals and visitors.
In addition to the 1,885 hotel rooms and 134,000-square foot casino, the property has a 70-lane bowling center, an 18-screen movie theater, an 850-seat showroom and a 9,500-seat arena, home to the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team.
The hotel also has 14 dining options, including Canal Street, The Prime Rib Loft, Koji Sushi Bar & China Bistro and Big Al’s Oyster Bar.