• 02-JAN-2018

Las Vegas News Briefs - January 2018

Las Vegas ACES - Latest from Vegas - January 2018
MGM Resorts Selects ‘Las Vegas Aces’ as New Name for WNBA Franchise
MGM Resorts International recently announced that its WNBA franchise will be called the Las Vegas Aces. Las Vegas’ first major professional basketball team – formerly the San Antonio Stars – will begin play in its new home in the 2018 season. Las Vegas Aces President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Bill Laimbeer was joined by MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle and WNBA President Lisa Borders to reveal the team’s name and logo at a news conference at Mandalay Bay. For more information, visit lasvegasACES.com.

Frank Sinatra’s Granddaughter AJ Lambert Launches Monthly Las Vegas Residency
For the first time ever, multi-talented songstress and Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, AJ Lambert will perform in Las Vegas with a monthly residency at The Space beginning Friday, Jan. 12. AJ will rotate between performing two of her grandfather’s albums – the 1955 pioneering concept album “In The Wee Small Hours,” as well as his 1958 album, “Only The Lonely.” In this show, AJ shares her deeply intimate recollections of her grandfather Frank Sinatra, as only she can, while singing the iconic albums in their entirety with a voice all her own. The stripped-down presentation of Nelson Riddle’s classic arrangements (with piano accompaniment by John Boswell) allows for a rare opportunity for intimacy with these incredible pieces of American music. Whether you know the albums by heart or always wanted to know more, this show makes for a very rewarding evening. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, kelly@thepublicitylab.com.

LAS RAGEOUS Music Festival Returns to Downtown Las Vegas
After a successful debut in 2017, which drew rock and metal fans from around the world with sellout crowds of 10,000 each day, Las Rageous returns for its second year on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. The two-day music festival created by Live Nation will take over two square blocks, in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and will feature performances from A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Ghost, Judas Priest, and more, on two stages. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, kelly@thepublicitylab.com.

Earth, Wind & Fire Launch First Las Vegas Residency
Legendary music group Earth, Wind & Fire announced a very special limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® Las Vegas. The show will be held on May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. This will be the band’s debut residency in Las Vegas. The Earth, Wind & Fire live tour legacy is considered groundbreaking with rich history of state-of-the-art production and surprises. The residency will showcase a spectacular stage production like never seen before. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, kelly@thepublicitylab.com.

China Lights Festival Coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park
The Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co. Ltd., in cooperation with Zigong City and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce, recently announced that world-class China Lights lantern festival will debut in North Las Vegas as part of a cultural trade mission. From Jan. 19 through Feb. 25, Craig Ranch Regional Park will be illuminated with 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, comprised of more than 1,000 components using state-of-the-art LEDs and animation. The festival will also include cultural demonstrations and displays, traditional Asian and western dining options, and nightly live stage entertainment.  For the inaugural year, Boyd Gaming will be the exclusive gaming sponsor, with opportunities for other local businesses to sponsor the lanterns throughout the exhibit. For more information, contact Blaire Ritter, one7 communications, blaire@one7communications.com.

Alexxa’s Bar Opens inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
ALEXXA’s, a modern bar with a unique twist, debuted on Dec. 30, 2017 inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, bringing a sangria-focused element, global small dishes and live music to The Strip. As the muse of its adjoining restaurant HEXX kitchen + bar, ALEXXA’s bar will boast an upscale design with a sexy vibe. ALEXXA’s bar, connecting to HEXX kitchen + bar, will open to beautiful patio doors directly onto Las Vegas Boulevard. The bar will feature nine sangria options to choose from, including sparkling sangria, cider sangria and seasonal sangrias. A selection of curated cocktails made with fresh juices will also be available at ALEXXA’s bar. For more information, contact Kayla Agnello, Revenue Media Group, kayla.agnello@revenuemediagroup.com.

The Mob Museum to Debut The Underground, a Permanent Prohibition History Exhibition Featuring Working Speakeasy and Distillery
The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will reinvent the way guests experience history when it unveils The Underground, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of Prohibition, in April 2018. Guests touring The Underground will learn about Prohibition-era bootlegging and rum running. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground will take visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time: Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground will house a real working distillery and speakeasy. While visiting these vibrant, immersive environments, guests will be compelled to ponder the time when consuming alcohol was not only a criminal act, but also bred secret watering holes that became the most glamorous places to be. For more information, contact Erika Pope, Vox Solid Communications, epope@wearevoxsolid.com.

Lady Gaga Announces Two-Year Special Engagement at Park Theater
Six-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee superstar entertainer Lady Gaga will bring her one-of-a-kind talent and creativity to the stage at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas beginning in December 2018.  On the heels of a year that included a stunning Super Bowl performance and a wildly celebrated sold-out tour, Lady Gaga's energy and raw talent will forever change the Las Vegas entertainment landscape. With a show designed specifically for this intimate venue, Lady Gaga will launch a two-year, multi-date love affair with Las Vegas. For more information, visit parktheaterlv.com.

Donny & Marie Residency at Flamingo Las Vegas Extended to 2018
Having already spent more than five decades in the entertainment spotlight, the unwavering talent and lasting showmanship of Donny & Marie remains so popular that the multi-talented duo have announced the extension of their critically-acclaimed residency in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas through the end of 2018. With competition in Las Vegas more heated than ever before, Donny & Marie have proven to deliver one of the most dynamic and high-energy shows in Las Vegas.  Since beginning in Sept. 2008, the singing duo has now performed more than 1,300 shows. What began as only a six-week concert engagement ended up being so well received that by popular demand, the residency was extended again and again. With sold-out rooms featuring high-energy performances, their distinctive blend of talents will go on for another year, enabling them to hit a milestone decade on the famed Strip. For more information, contact Brandee Taeubel, Caesars Entertainment, btaeubel@caesars.com.

Palms Casino Resort Fires up A.Y.C.E. Buffet
Palms Casino Resort, the iconic property now part of the Station Casinos' family, recently opened A.Y.C.E., the reimagined buffet concept with a distinct approach to culinary offerings and preparations in a swanky environment. A celebration of "All You Can Eat," A.Y.C.E. Buffet is part of the Palms' recently announced $485 million renovation plan, which will touch virtually every aspect of the property. Worldly cuisine presented in an innovative, technique-focused fashion will be the signature of A.Y.C.E., which will host guests in an open food hall setting. Wood burning grills, large rotisseries, and smokers offer an interactive chef-driven experience, while communal tables provide for unexpected social engagements. For more information, contact Ella Mokamba, Allied Integrated Marketing, emokamba@alliedim.com.

Inferno, the Fire Spectacular, Brings the Heat to Paris Las Vegas
The heat is on this winter as INFERNO, the fire spectacular that has taken Europe and Asia by storm, lands at Paris Las Vegas. A dazzling display of pyrotechnics, fire stunts and spectacular illusions, INFERNO has been called “a perfect show that surprises over and over again!” Performances begin at the Paris Theater on Jan. 24. Led by critically acclaimed European illusionist Joe Labero and the most exciting fire, pyro and aerial group in the world, The Fuel Girls, INFERNO blends death-defying stunts, jaw-dropping illusions and more fire than you can imagine into a gasoline-soaked spectacular. For more information, contact Brandee Taeubel, Caesars Entertainment, btaeubel@caesars.com.

Masters of Illusion Celebrates Mystifying Opening
Masterfully weaving a series of grand illusions with mind-blowing sleight-of-hand, and everything in between, Masters of Illusion features engaging performances by magicians Jason Bird, Farrell Dillon, Greg Gleason, Chris Randall, and Tommy Wind. Each with their own extensive career in magic expertly showcased, this team of illusionists has joined forces to create an exciting and hilarious evening of entertainment that’s fun for the whole family. Mixing jaw-dropping magic and side-splitting comedy with fresh artistry and technology, the Las Vegas production of Masters of Illusion is set to bring the hit CW television series of the same namesake to life for audiences nightly. For more information, contact Brandee Taeubel, Caesars Entertainment, btaeubel@caesars.com.

"Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" Announces New Stars
"Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" is entering 2018 with two new headlining stars: Scheana Shay and Chester Lockhart. Shay, an actress, model, and reality television personality will make her Las Vegas stage debut alongside recording artist and MTV star Lockhart on Thursday, Jan. 4 at Paris Las Vegas. Tickets for 2018 performances are now on sale. For more information, contact Stephen Will, Allied Integrated Marketing, swill@alliedim.com.

Tropicana Las Vegas to Debut Asian-Inspired Restaurant Concept
Tropicana Las Vegas will soon debut an all-new restaurant concept, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen. Set to open early 2018, the new eatery will feature an approachable Asian-inspired menu, offering both lunch and dinner options - bringing a fresh and fun dining experience to the property. From Thailand to Japan, Korea to China, and Vietnam, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen will offer the 'greatest hits' of Asian-inspired cuisine and will showcase traditional Asian dishes prepared with a Westernized flair. For more information, contact Ella Mokamba, Allied Integrated Marketing, emokamba@alliedim.com.

Renegades Debuts at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace
The rebels of sports are taking over the Las Vegas Strip with Renegades, a new interactive and totally unique show. Opening Thursday, Jan. 25 inside Cleopatra’s Barge, the intimate 180-seat theater at Caesars Palace, Renegades gives sports fans an up-close and personal experience with three of their favorite sports stars. The starting line-up includes baseball great Jose Canseco and two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over starting Thursday, Feb. 8. The shows will be hosted by comedian Martin Montana, and its roster will rotate athletes every three months. For more information, please contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, kelly@thepublicitylab.com.