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Strip Scribbles: ACM lineup expands, Super Bowl 50 chefs, Fetish & Fantasy Ball

Kenny Chesney Big Revival Tour: 4/3/15

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Kenny Chesney’s “Big Revival Tour” at The Joint on Friday, April 3, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel.

2014 ACM Week: Party for a Cause Night 1

Chase Rice at the 2014 ACM Party for a Cause on Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Linq. Launch slideshow »

2014 ACM Week: Party for a Cause Night 2

Guy Fieri and Lee Brice attend Day 2 of the 2014 ACM Party for a Cause at the Linq on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

The Academy of Country Music has announced that Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride, Maren Morris, Chase Rice and A Thousand Horses will perform at the 4th ACM Party For a Cause Festival, rounding out the full lineup at Las Vegas Festival Grounds from Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 3.

It was previously reported here that Carrie Underwood will headline on opening night, Dierks Bentley will headline the second night, and Kenny Chesney will wrap up the three-day superstar party during the weekend of the 51st ACM Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Carrie’s party will be a “Women of Country” salute with an all-female lineup including Brandy, Martina, Kellie Pickler, Cam, Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer and Lauren Alaina.

Guests with Dierks include Chris Young and Dustin Lynch, while Kenny’s guests include Brett, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion. Three-day passes and tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.

Super Bowl XLVII: Miss America at Taste of the NFL

2013 Miss America Mallory Hytes Hagan attends Taste of the NFL at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Launch slideshow »

SUPER CHEFS FOR SUPER BOWL: Three Las Vegas celebrity chefs are teaming up for a Super Bowl 50 dinner in San Francisco with tickets at $5,000 per person to benefit Culinary Institute of America.

Mandalay Bay and Four Seasons uber-chef Charlie Palmer joins with Bellagio and Aria’s Michael Mina and Todd English to cook with TV kitchen kings Ming Tsai and David Burke for the Feb. 4 event at Michael’s restaurant in San Francisco.

Leon Bridges will provide entertainment, and NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk will answer questions and provide play tips to look for in the battle between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

My question: How on earth can Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis play with a broken bone in his right forearm that he sustained when Arizona Cardinals tight end Darren Fells collided with him last weekend?

2015 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball

The 2015 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Joint on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

FINAL FETISH & FANTASY: It’s a highlight of every Halloween, at least since I moved here in 1999. But this year’s 21st Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball will be the last one at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Oct. 29.

Panic not because I know that in 2017, the mad merriment will find a new home here to continue the sexual antics and wild, erotic costumes.


* Celebrity chef Rick Moonen will appear Thursday on the Master Chefs-based episode of Bravo’s new TV series “Recipe for Deception,” which debuted this month. Rick competes with three other Master Chefs, with Josh Altman of “Million Dollar Listing” and Andy Buckley of “Odd Mom Out” as guest judges.

Rick is hosting a viewing party Thursday night at his RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room in Mandalay Place. The event will benefit our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which also was the beneficiary of Rick’s winnings on the show.

* Las Vegas restaurateur and hospitality consultant Elizabeth Blau hosts a screening party at her Andiron Steak + Sea in Downtown Summerlin for her CNBC debut tonight on “Restaurant Startup,” the reality-TV show that has chefs pitching restaurant concepts to investors Joe Bastianich, Tim Love and now Elizabeth, who joins them for three episodes.

* The new Vegas PBS series “Outdoor Nevada” premieres tonight and marks the return of the popular local production that originally aired from 1995 to 1999. “Outdoor Nevada,” hosted by John Burke, unravels our Silver State’s natural history and present day as experts discuss discoveries here as one of the planet’s most unique and often extreme environments.

There will be 26 half-hour episodes in the first run, with four segments in each broadcast airing Wednesday night, with repeats Saturdays and Sundays. Land Rover of Las Vegas and Jaguar of Reno have provided financial support for programming that will entice you to get outdoors and explore scenery and adventures.

DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: Nearly 130 short films will be screened during the 23 programs of this year’s 12th Annual Dam Short Film Festival from Feb. 10-13 at the Boulder City theater 20 miles from the Strip in Boulder City. The schedule of films and events is at


Santana Receives Key to the Strip

Carlos Santana, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Roxana Drexel, director of the Hermes Music Foundation, during a ceremony at House of Blues on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Mandalay Bay. Santana and Hermes Music U.S. were honored for their donation of 80 guitars to Monaco Middle School's music programs. Launch slideshow »

Guitar god Carlos Santana resume his residency at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay, with his wife, Cindy Blackman, now a full-time member of the band.

Local DJs Sincere and Direct Earwaxxx get a big break in their Sound Takeover debut at Light in Mandalay Bay.

The Soft Moon headlines at Backstage Bar & Billiards downtown.

Nieve Malandra performs at Piazza Lounge in Tuscany.

And The Italian American Club has a music tribute to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.


Long-distance runner Helene Neville, just out of hospital a few weeks ago after cancer surgery, takes on the superhuman challenge of a nonstop 135-mile run back and forth along the Strip in less than 40 hours without sleep. She tells Vegas DeLuxe how she’ll conquer the impossible.

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