• 09-AUG-2021

Las Vegas News Briefs - August 2021

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Backstreet Boys Return to Las Vegas for “A Very Backstreet Christmas Party”
The Backstreet Boys, one of the best-selling bands of all time, are returning to the Las Vegas Strip with “A Very Backstreet Christmas Party,” a series of 12 holiday shows at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino this November and December. The festive Las Vegas performances will mark the group’s first ever holiday shows, filled with classic holiday favorites, new originals and their biggest hits. Show dates will be November 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21 and
December 16, 18, 19, 22, 23. For more information, contact Robert Jarrett, Caesars Entertainment, rjarrett@caesars.com.

Trumpeter and Vocalist Brian Newman Returns to NoMad Las Vegas with Late-Night Show
Trumpeter and singer Brian Newman will bring his late-night show Brian Newman: AFTER DARK, back to NoMad Las Vegas for six performances this summer. Newman will perform at the NoMad Library August 12 – 14 and August 19 – 21 with all shows scheduled to begin at 11:30 p.m. Previously serving as the bandleader for the LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO resident show at Park Theater, Newman designed Brian Newman: AFTER DARK as an ode to vintage Las Vegas, creating a late-night rendezvous filled with great music and good friends. NoMad Library also will offer handcrafted cocktails, wine and small bites for showgoers to enjoy during Newman’s performances. For more information, contact Katharine Sherrer, MGM Resorts International, ksherrer@mgmresorts.com.

“Boots on the Boulevard” Concert Series Returns to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announces the return of the Boots on the Boulevard Concert Series to The Chelsea for the fifth consecutive year during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 4 – 11 in Las Vegas. The series kicks off with country star Brantley Gilbert (Dec. 4) followed by all-star performances from Cody Johnson (Dec. 8 & 9) and multi-Platinum entertainer Dierks Bentley (Dec. 10 & 11). For more information, contact Megan Haney, Kirvin Doak Communications, thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com.

Derek Hough: No Limit Headed to The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Multi-talented entertainer, two-time Emmy Award winner and eleven-time nominee for Best Choreography, Derek Hough, is taking the stage at The Venetian® Resort this fall with his new show, Derek Hough: No Limit, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. This new show is the first production announced to take the stage in The Summit Showroom, the newly renamed performance venue at The Venetian Resort. The dance-centric show will incorporate all-new production elements, designed specifically for the astounding versatility of The Summit Showroom, and, as always, Derek's magnetic stage presence. Fans will journey through a true fusion of dance and music, as Derek explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa, hip-hop and everything in between. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, kelly@thepublicitylab.com.

Ninth Annual UFC International Fight Week Takes Over Las Vegas, Sept. 21-25
The 9th Annual UFC International Fight Week™ will take place in Las Vegas from Tuesday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 25, headlined by UFC® 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega, presented by Modelo. The event-filled week will also include the traditional 2020 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 23, and a two-day, interactive UFC Fan Experience® on Friday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 25. Fans will be able to take part in an easily accessible and fully interactive, free, two-day UFC Fan Experience that will feature meet and greets, autograph sessions, and partner activations that provide unprecedented access to UFC champions, top-ranked contenders, Hall of Famers, and other UFC personalities. For more information, contact Brian Smith, UFC, bsmith@ufc.com.

Lisa Vanderpump to Open Second Las Vegas Venue, Vanderpump à Paris, at Paris Las Vegas
Restaurateur, television star and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump is set to bring her signature stunning and innovative design aesthetic to Paris Las Vegas for her second Las Vegas venue, Vanderpump à Paris. Like her highly successful first Vegas location, Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace, Vanderpump à Paris will feature delectable dishes, whimsical and unique cocktails, and a lush, elaborate atmosphere with eclectic, Parisian-inspired design details. Vanderpump à Paris is anticipated to open this winter. For more information, contact Chelsea Ryder, Caesars Entertainment, cryder@caesars.com.

The Sand Dollar Lounge to Open at the Plaza Hotel & Casino
The Sand Dollar Lounge will open a second location inside the Plaza Hotel & Casino this fall, bringing to downtown Las Vegas a venue dedicated to late-night live music and entertainment. In 1976, the Sand Dollar Blues Bar opened its doors. Some of the greatest blues legends, as well as many other famous musicians, graced its stage for more than 30 years, like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and even Mick Jagger. In 2007, the Sand Dollar Blues Bar closed its doors, but it was resurrected in 2009, when The Sand Dollar Lounge opened on Spring Mountain Road honoring the tradition and history of the iconic Vegas venue. In 2015, the Sand Dollar Lounge was taken over by the current owners Nathan Grates and Anthony Jamison with an eye on bringing back and building on its original luster. For more information, contact Amy E. S. Maier, The Warren Group, amy@twgpr.com.

Lovers & Friends Festival Coming to Las Vegas Festival Grounds Saturday, May 14, 2022
The Lovers & Friends Festival, presented by Live Nation, Snoop Dog and Bobby Dee, will take place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds Saturday, May 14, 2022. As one of the world’s largest R&B and Hip Hop festivals, Lovers & Friends will treat fans to rare, blast-from-the-past performances from legendary artists including Usher, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Ciara, Ludacris, Ashanti, TLC, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and many others. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, kelly@thepublicitylab.com.

Football Fans Will Score Big at MGM Resorts Stadium Walk Experience
As football fans count down the days to the season’s kickoff, they can start planning their only-in-Vegas experience with MGM Resorts Stadium Walk. Host properties Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Luxor Hotel & Casino are offering sports-related festivities and live entertainment options programmed throughout the season. On each Las Vegas gameday, the Bud Light Beer Garden will become an electric interactive environment beginning four hours before kickoff. Located on The Strip at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Hacienda Ave., the Bud Light Beer Garden is set to become the ultimate outdoor gameday getaway as fans come from around the country to root on their home team in Las Vegas’ new stadium. With complimentary admission, the Bud Light Beer Garden will be an immersive venue for fans attending the game or simply looking to be a part of the gameday energy. For more information, contact Allyson Wadman, MGM Resorts International Public Relations, awadman@mgmresorts.com.

Wakuda, by Chef Tetsuya Wakuda to Debut at The Venetian Resort in 2022
In Spring 2022, the Las Vegas dining scene will get a game-changing new offering with the debut of Wakuda Las Vegas -- the first high-end, purely Japanese restaurant at The Venetian Resort.  Wakuda is the brainchild of decorated chef Tetsuya Wakuda and restaurateur John Kunkel’s 50 Eggs Hospitality Group -- a vibrant, artful collision of time and culture, capturing the tension between traditional and modern Japan in a bold and thoughtful way through cuisine, design and art. For more information, contact Claudine Grant, The Venetian Resort,  ClaudineGrant@VenetianLasVegas.com.

Caesars Palace Unveils Plans for Multimillion-Dollar Main Entrance Renovation
Already one of the most iconic resorts in the world, Caesars Palace is not resting on its laurels. Instead, it embarks on a multimillion-dollar renovation of the original main entrance, main casino and porte-cochère to create an extravagant entryway, redesigned gaming areas and a new lobby bar. Construction is slated to begin in early July, with most of the project set to be complete by New Year’s Eve. For more information, contact Chelsea Ryder, Caesars Entertainment, cryder@caesars.com.

Resorts World Las Vegas to Open Fred Segal Market Powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out Technology
Resorts World Las Vegas recently debuted the first-ever store in a Las Vegas resort to use Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, the Fred Segal Market powered by Just Walk Out technology. The Fred Segal Market will offer a special assortment of drinks, candy, snacks, souvenirs, and Grab & Go food items in a location adjacent to and connected with the Fred Segal Men’s shop. Shopping at Fred Segal Market powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology is designed to be an effortless experience. Guests will simply enter the market using a credit card and the technology will detect what shoppers take from or return to the shelves in the store. When guests have completed their shopping experience, they can just leave the store and their credit card will be charged for the items they took. For more information, contact Sarah Martinez, Allied Global Marketing, ResortsWorld@alliedglobalmarketing.com.

Fremont Street Experience Cranks Up Free Entertainment Offerings
Fremont Street Experience, the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, continues to ramp up its 2021 free entertainment options with two new live performances. Cult favorite rock band Barenaked Ladies join the 2021 star-studded Downtown Rocks Concert Series lineup with a newly added show on Saturday, Oct. 9. On Wednesday, Nov. 24, Fremont Street Experience will throw an epic block party encompassing the entire destination with its inaugural DrinksGiving celebration and free concert featuring Mötley Crüe front man Vince Neil. Tourists, locals, and rock fans alike are invited to celebrate in Downtown Las Vegas with soon-to-be announced drink specials, pub crawls, drinking games and more. For more information, contact Alexandra Leach, Kirvin Doak Communications, fsepr@kirvindoak.com.

Wrangler NFR Payout Climbs to Record $13.3 Million in 2021
The ProRodeo Cowboys Association® and Las Vegas Events recently announced the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo® will see an increase in the payout at the world’s largest rodeo in December. The Wrangler NFR, which returns to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Dec. 2-11, will have a record-setting competition payout of $10,257,048. This amount includes guaranteed prize money of $1.2 million for all NFR qualifiers and $9,057,048 in competition prize money. Known as the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world, the Wrangler NFR attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding to compete for a share of the increased purse and the coveted PRCA Gold Buckle. For more information, contact Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events, michael@lasvegasevents.com.

Go Down the Rabbit Hole with Family-Friendly Alice in Wonderland at The Space
Join your favorite characters from through the looking glass as a unique production of the famed Alice in Wonderland comes to The Space every Sunday in August. After two highly attended afternoons in July, the musical and puppetry production of the timeless classic has been extended due to popular demand. The production of Alice in Wonderland is every Sunday in August at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Michelle Wilmoth, PR Plus, michelle@prpluslv.com.

AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM CONCERT Debuts at Harrah’s Las Vegas
The boundary-breaking hologram concert spectacle, AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM CONCERT, featuring the voice of one of the world’s greatest entertainers virtually performing among a live band, backup singers and dancers while being surrounded by cinematic special effects will make its North American debut with an extended residency at Harrah's Las Vegas starting Oct. 26, 2021. AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY takes audiences on a musical journey through Houston’s storied career using unmatched theatrical stagecraft paired with a live four-piece band, backup singers and dancers all set to digitally remastered arrangements of Whitney’s biggest hits and fan favorites, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “The Greatest Love of All” and an on-your-feet cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.” For more information, contact Tawny Strelic, Kirvin Doak Communications, tstrelic@kirvindoak.com.

East-West Shine Bowl College Football All-Star Game Heads to Las Vegas in 2022
The East-West Shrine Bowl™, America’s longest-running college football all-star game, which supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®, will be played on Feb. 3, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium, the home of the Las Vegas Raiders as part of NFL Pro Bowl week. The Thursday evening event will bring approximately 125 of the nation’s top college seniors to be coached by NFL staffs for a week of preparation in front of hundreds of NFL scouts, professional agents and media, all leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, which will also be held in Las Vegas. For more information, visit ShrineBowl.com.

Iconic Artists Join Together for The After Party at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Iconic multi-platinum artists are joining forces to create The After Party featuring *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone, Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Nick Carter, and Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris, bringing fan favorite hits to The Sands Showroom inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas August 19 – 22, 2021. Fans will enjoy an evening of number-one hits, experience classic boy band dances, and relive their nostalgic good times. For the first time ever, these notable artists, along with surprise guests, will come together on one stage to perform a variety of classic songs with a live band. With over 200 million albums sold collectively, the set list will change nightly. Be prepared for comedy, music and intimate conversations, as this group will even share some never-before-told stories from their time on the road. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, kelly@thepublicitylab.com.

Terry Fator Takes New Show “Terry Fator: Who’s the Dummy Now?” to New York-New York’s Liberty Loft
Famed singer, comedian, ventriloquist and “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator is following up his record-breaking Las Vegas residency with an all-new show, “Terry Fator: Who’s the Dummy Now?” Fator previewed the show for several weeks at the New York-New York Theater inside New York-New York Hotel & Casino and will move into his new space at the resort’s Liberty Loft beginning Wednesday, Aug. 11. Featuring new songs by more than a dozen iconic singers, “Terry Fator: Who’s the Dummy Now?” takes Fator and his audience on a whimsical journey of discovery, as we learn how and why the world-renowned ventriloquist created many of his beloved cast of puppets. Fator is joined onstage by a cast of characters that includes: Winston, the Impersonating Turtle; Maynard Tompkins, the Elvis impersonator; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor; legendary country singer and ladies’ man, Walter T. Airdale; crooning soul singer Julius; and many others. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, kelly@thepublicitylab.com.

Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas Named New Home of Leagues Cup Final for 2021 and 2022
Major League Soccer (MLS) and LIGA MX recently announced Allegiant Stadium – home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders - and Las Vegas have been awarded the 2021 and 2022 Final of Leagues Cup, the official annual single-elimination tournament that features clubs from MLS and Mexico’s top-flight leagues, building on the rivalry between both leagues and offering intense, high-level international competition for clubs and fans alike across North America. The 2021 Leagues Cup Final will be played at Allegiant Stadium on Wednesday, September 22. For more information, visit LeaguesCup.com.

From America's Got Talent to The Strip - iLuminate Set to Light Up The STRAT
Get ready for world-renowned performance group iLuminate™ (pronounced “i” “luminate”), as they invite audiences to ‘get lit’ during their brand new production show at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod beginning this summer. With the show’s 10 p.m. timeslot, iLuminate™ is the ultimate Vegas night out and the most fun you’ll ever have in the dark blending music, dance, comedy, technology, and art from the group named “Best New Act in America” by America’s Got Talent. Featuring some of the city’s best dancers and comedic hosts, iLuminate™ will take viewers on an exhilarating and interactive journey through several styles of dance and music in this mind-blowing, multi-sensory night out. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, Alissa@prpluslv.com.

The Venetian Resort Announces The Summit Showroom
The Venetian Resort recently announced The Summit Showroom will be the new name for the Sands Showroom, the famed performance venue at the iconic Las Vegas resort. The Summit Showroom pays homage to the “Summit at the Sands” series of performances by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford, held during the 1960 filming of the movie “Ocean’s 11.” Over a 21-day period, the movie’s five stars performed on stage together at the Sands, which was considered to be the birth of the Rat Pack. The intimate 750-seat showroom has been home to several popular shows during the past two decades, and will officially receive its new name on Sept. 22, in time for a new 30-show residency by “Dancing with the Stars” alum Derek Hough. For more information, contact Abigail Miller, The Venetian Resort, Abigail.Miller@venetianlasvegas.com.

The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas to Open on December 1
Las Vegas Events recently announced The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas will open on Wednesday, Dec. 1 – one day earlier than originally scheduled – from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. PST for a special preview shopping experience and official tree lighting. The show will then continue daily at the Las Vegas Convention Center Dec. 2-11 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. After the special opening date and ceremony, The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas will run concurrently with the Wrangler NFR over the next ten days and feature more than 500,000 square feet of show floor and just under 350 exhibitors from across the United States. For more information, contact Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events, michael@lasvegasevents.com.

Menopause The Musical® Returns to Harrah’s Las Vegas
Menopause The Musical® recently returned to Harrah’s Cabaret inside Harrah’s Las Vegas Thursday, July 22, marking the musical’s historic 16th year on the Las Vegas Strip. The joyful musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s has audiences cheering and dancing in the aisles. For more information, contact Nicole Easley, The Publicity Lab, nicole@thepublicitylab.com.

Schedules Announced for Vegas Golden Knights and Henderson Silver Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights announced the full schedule for the 2021-22 regular season. The team will open their fifth season against the newest NHL team, the Seattle Kraken at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Vegas’ first road game will be two days later at the Los Angeles Kings on October 14, 2021. The 2022 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend will take place in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena on Feb. 4-5. The 2022 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend will include the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills™ on Friday, Feb. 4, and the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 5, and will feature various hockey-themed events, entertainment and activities. Additionally, the Henderson Silver Knights announced the full 68-game schedule for the 2021-22 regular season. The Silver Knights will start the season playing at the Orleans Arena on Friday, October 15 vs. the Colorado Eagles. The Silver Knights will move to the Dollar Loan Center on Saturday, April 2, where they will face the Bakersfield Condors in their first ever contest in their new home. Henderson will play a total of eight games at the brand new, state-of-the-art community facility to finish the regular season. For more information, contact Sage Sammons, Vegas Golden Knights, ssammons@vegasgoldenknights.com or Brian McCormack, Henderson Silver Knights, bmccormack@hendersonsilverknights.com.

PanIQ Escape Room Opens New Flagship Location at Grand Canal Shoppes
PanIQ Room, one of the fastest growing escape room franchises in the nation, is excited to announce that its flagship location at Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas is now open. PanIQ Room offers guests a unique entertainment experience, featuring multiple next-generation escape rooms. Players are placed in a room and have 45 minutes to accomplish a mission as they search for clues, complete puzzles, crack codes, and take on other challenges. At the Vegas location, among other themes, adventure seekers can explore underwater ruins in Atlantis Rising, learn the art of magic in Wizard Trials, travel back in time in A Steampunk Story, or play with the paranormal in The Haunted Manor. For more information, contact Courtney Cruz, Allied Global Marketing, grandcanalshoppes@alliedglobalmarketing.com.

Las Vegas and Allegiant Stadium to Host Inaugural Las Vegas Rugby Cup
World-class international rugby will make its debut at the iconic Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in October 2021 with the announcement today of the inaugural Las Vegas Rugby Cup. The USA Men’s National Rugby team, the Eagles, will host Ireland in a landmark rugby event on Saturday, October 30, 2021. The event is expected to occur annually with Las Vegas as the host city. For more information, contact Catherine Cole, R&R Partners, Catherine.cole@rrpartners.com.