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Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 | 6 p.m.
Enthusiastic jazz fans turned out in such force for the rotating pop performers in Scott Bradlee’s “Postmodern Jukebox” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas during New Year’s Weekend that the format could become a mainstay of the theater club. “Postmodern Jukebox” has masterfully amassed 1.5 million subscribers and more than 315 million views on YouTube.
Ever since the avant-garde, “Absinthe”-type “Vegas Nocturne” departed RRL, the club now owned and operated by the Cosmopolitan has been experimenting with what might work best full time. Call this jazz, torch cabaret, scat and Gatsby era music and jazzy covers of current pop songs.
The crowd cheered and sang along to hits including Beyonce’s “Halo,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” The group’s founder, Scott, even took to the stage to perform a rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” at the request of fans.
In the restaurant section of RRL, another crackerjack band belted out jazzy renditions with an assist from two wandering sassy female singers and a handsome hunk of a hip-hop singer. Diners loved it, all happily setting aside cutlery to applaud loudly.
Cosmopolitan execs told me that the general-admission format whereby they removed seats, benches and tables for standing room in the club has ramped up the party energy. (You can still book a private box if you want to sit.) “We’re looking at all the options with standing room only,” I was told.
“We’re not wed to that yet, but it really pumps up the energy, and the crowd can dance to the music without being boxed in.” One senior exec added: “We’ve been really pleased with this format. We’re seriously looking at how to continue it as the new main attraction for the room.”
Scott and his “Postmodern Jukebox” musicians are on tour in Europe for 2016 due to their extraordinary YouTube successes, so the Cosmopolitan will be adding acts but keeping the jazzy format — much welcomed in a day and age of prerecorded music!
POKER DATES: The 47th World Series of Poker, the longest-running, richest and most prestigious tournament series, will be back in action starting Tuesday, May, 31 at the Rio. It will run for 50 days until the WSOP Main Event has its Final Nine players Monday, July 18.
It kicks off with the return of the world’s largest poker event, which has been revamped to make it even bigger and better. Colossus II will feature an additional $2 million (thus a $7 million prize pool, up from $5 million) and two additional entry flights and guaranteed $1 million first-place prize.
Colossus II will be a $565 buy-in re-entry No-Limit Hold’em tournament with flights Thursday, June 2, June 3 and June 4. After a record 22,374 entrants last year and with a first-place prize of $638,880, WSOP plans to set a new record for the largest poker tournament in what this year will be officially Event #2.
The pinnacle of poker play arrives with the globe’s longest-running poker tournament, the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em WSOP Main Event slated to run over 10 consecutive days from July 9-18 and featuring three starting flights: Saturday, July 9, July 10 and July 11.
2016 CES HIGHLIGHT: For the 17th year, Canon USA will host its celebrity red carpet event and reception to raise funds to benefit the National Center for Missing Children with TV hero John Walsh of CNN’s “The Hunt” who founded the center for child-safety awareness to prevent abductions, sexual predatory attacks and missing children.
“Desperate Housewives” star Richard Burgi will MC the fundraiser that raises $500,000 every year. Las Vegas resident Jaki Baskow, celebrating her 40th year in business here, is collaborating with John Amos of Canon USA for the 12th year in producing the event.
More than 50 celebrities will attend Thursday’s party and Friday’s Celebrity Golf Tournament at TPC Summerlin.
FOUR-DAY WHISKEY PARTY: It’s been done for cigar smokes and champagne and wine celebrations, but now comes America’s most exclusive whiskey experience set for a 96-hour nonstop party at Steve Wynn’s Encore starting Wednesday, March 2, to showcase the best whiskey and brandy in the world.
The spectacular event will permit worldwide whiskey aficionados to taste, savor, discuss and learn more about fine rare whiskey. The opening night kicks off with an exclusive Glenlivet Whiskey Dinner at chef Joel Robuchon’s restaurant in MGM Grand. It’s followed by a High Roller Whiskey speed-dating event at Tableau in Wynn.
On Thursday, March 3, there will be High Roller Super Pours with rare whiskey valued at more than $ 3,000 a dram. The world’s most expensive bottles of whiskey will be on display with a total value of more than $3 million.
TV ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY: Since Tony Sacca began producing his Las Vegas variety show 30 years ago, he has collected and cataloged thousands of hours of rare entertainment and historical footage. In 1995, the producer, director and host renamed his show “Entertainment Las Vegas Style.” Now 20 years later with 500 episodes, the show is being renamed again to “Entertainment Las Vegas Style: A Look Back.”
The show will air episodes as they originally aired featuring entertainment that was appearing at that given date in time. Viewers will experience a Las Vegas entertainment moment in history that will be never be duplicated with Tony’s interviews of yesteryear’s headliners, production show casts, specialty acts, show openings and other attractions.
The show is broadcast on the CW, Prisom TV, Direct TV and the Dish network. Last September, Tony celebrated 30 years as producer and host of the longest-running TV entertainment variety show here.
Supermodel Charlotte McKinney handles grand-opening duties for Encore Players Club.
Disney on Ice’s “Frozen” opens at the Thomas & Mack Center and continues through Monday.
A new show from L.A. heads to the Venetian, and we’ll have all the details from the Hollywood theater, plus a preview of blonde bombshell Susan Anton’s return home to her weekend Smith Center concerts.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.