• 02-MAR-2022

Las Vegas News Briefs - March 2022

Mad Apple Cast - PC Denise Truscello

Cirque du Soleil's New Las Vegas Show Mad Apple to Debut This May
With nearly four decades at the forefront of groundbreaking entertainment, Cirque du Soleil will debut a completely new and wickedly fun Las Vegas production – Mad Apple – at New York-New York Hotel & Casino on May 26, 2022. Mad Apple will be a delicious Cirque du Soleil cocktail of music, comedy, magic and mayhem that puts NYC nightlife under the Las Vegas lights. Featuring comedian Brad Williams, freestyle rapper Chris Turner and vocalist Xharlie Black amongst the incredibly talented cast of 39 people, Mad Apple will be a nonstop New York thrill ride from the moment guests enter the theater. From pre-show magic and boozy libations at the stunning stage bar, to the band playing hits inspired by NYC’s most famous musicians and composers, Mad Apple will blur the lines between circus, live entertainment and New York nightlife culture. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.

Crossroads Kitchen to Open at Resorts World Las Vegas in Spring 2022
Resorts World Las Vegas recently announced the forthcoming debut of two new restaurants by acclaimed chef and plant-based visionary, Tal Ronnen, including the first Crossroads restaurant outpost outside of Southern California as well as the launch of an entirely new fast-casual concept, CB | Crossroads Burgers. The beloved Los Angeles institution and its quick-service counterpart is anticipated to join Resorts World Las Vegas’ growing food and beverage portfolio late spring 2022. Crossroads Las Vegas will bring a new, upscale dinner service experience where vegans, flexitarians, omnivores and meat eaters can cross paths to share a delicious meal and a good time. For more information, contact Gia Silvaggio, Allied Global Marketing, ResortsWorld@alliedglobalmarketing.com.

Vegas Knight Hawks Inaugural Season to Start March 18
The Vegas Knight Hawks, an Indoor Football League (IFL) franchise operated by the Foley Entertainment Group, recently announced the full 16-game schedule for their inaugural season in 2022. The Knight Hawks will start the season at home at the new, state-of-the-art Dollar Loan Center on Friday, March 18 vs. the Northern Arizona Wranglers. The March 18 Knight Hawks opener will be the second event hosted at The Dollar Loan Center, a new 6,000-seat sports and entertainment arena currently under construction in Henderson. The Dollar Loan Center will open March 8 when it hosts the Big West basketball championships. For more information, including full schedule, visit KnightHawksFootball.com.

Iconic Chinese-American Chef and Author Martin Yan to Open First Las Vegas Strip Restaurant
James Beard Award Winner and public television star Chef Martin Yan will bring his internationally loved style and flavors to the newly rebranded Horseshoe Las Vegas in the third quarter of 2022. The Chef’s first Las Vegas restaurant, M.Y. Asia, will celebrate many of Asia’s beloved dishes and preparations and bring authentic Asia to the resort, which will begin a transformation from Bally’s Las Vegas into Horseshoe Las Vegas in the spring of 2022. The title star of public television station’s (APT) Yan Can Cook, Chef Yan’s high-energy hosting, extraordinary charm, and approachable recipes have brought Asia into American homes since 1982. True to Chef Yan’s style, M.Y. Asia diners will enjoy flavors from across the continent including specialties from China, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand. Peking Duck, hand-pulled noodles, dim sum, and fresh live seafood anchor the seasonal menu. Chef Yan and his team will create a menu that offers traditional dishes and fresh takes. For more information, contact Kathryn Palmer, Authentic Public Relations, Kathryn@authenticpublicrelations.com.

BOOMBOX! A Vegas Residency on Shuffle Brings the Party to Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
Las Vegas will be the ultimate destination for ‘80s, ’90s, and ‘00s music fans this spring with “BOOMBOX!” at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino May 11 – 15 and May 18 – 22. This Vegas residency on shuffle will feature live performances from some of the most iconic artists from the past few decades, including CeeLo Green, Naughty By Nature, Kid ‘N Play, J.J. Fad and Thea Austin of SNAP! In addition to high-energy performances of their own multi-generational hits, the artists will alternate back-and-forth and collaborate on the concert stage together, accompanied by a live DJ and drummer, nostalgic videos, dancers, and a whole lot more. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, KF Publicity, kelly@kfpublicity.com.

Villa Azur Brings One-of-a-Kind Dinner Party Experience to Las Vegas This Summer
A new restaurant and lounge opening this summer will immerse patrons in an experience of authenticity and elegance by pairing the upscale European lifestyle with the vibrant Miami touch in a lively space at Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas. The destination, Villa Azur, will serve a feast for the senses, delivering a unique experience each night with upscale cuisine in a high-energy ambiance that inspires guests to dance the night away. At the cornerstone of the Villa Azur experience is the food, featuring a taste of the south of France and the east coast, pairing seasonal ingredients and international flavors with stunning presentation. Villa Azur will bring a little bit of extravagance with late night entertainment, glamorous greeters, DJs, musicians, dancers and other entertainers performing throughout the restaurant, evoking the effervescence of an authentic cabaret and giving guests the energy and after-dinner vibe of the French Riviera. For more information, contact Carrie Giverson, OneSeven Agency, villaazur@onesevenagency.com.

Wynn Nightlife Announces Talent Lineup and Adds Date to its Popular Day-to-Night Music Series ‘Art of the Wild’
Wynn Nightlife announces the return of its highly anticipated day-to-night festival, Art of the Wild, March 18 – 21 at Wynn Las Vegas. In partnership with Framework, Wynn Nightlife welcomes celebrated brands CircoLoco, Elrow, Higher Ground, Animale, and Realm to its famous stages at XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club. Reemerging for its fifth installation with a talent lineup that’s sure to bring down the house, Art of the Wild welcomes both returning favorites and fresh faces. RÜFÜS DU SOL, Damian Lazarus, Gorgon City, Claptone and more will grace the stage for another epic event. For the first time this year, the three-day series extends for an additional day, concluding the four days with a Tulum-inspired jungle party branded “La Selva” featuring music by Carnage’s house alias, Gordo. For more information, contact Krystle Anttonelli, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, Krystle.Anttonelli@wynnlasvegas.com.

Luke Bryan Kicks off First-Ever Las Vegas Headlining Engagement
Country music superstar Luke Bryan recently debuted his exclusive Las Vegas headlining engagement, at the new Resorts World Theatre. The five-time entertainer of the year set the tone for his highly anticipated shows at Resorts World Las Vegas with an electric sold-out performance that had fans on their feet and rocking out to top hits such as “That’s My Kind of Night,” “One Margarita” and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).” Due to incredible ticket demand, the country music star is adding nine new show dates to Luke Bryan: Vegas. The new dates are: June 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25; Aug. 31 and Sept. 3, 4. For more information, contact Nick Flynn, Allied Global Marketing, ResortsWorld@alliedglobalmarketing.com.

Usher Announces New Headlining Las Vegas Residency at Park MGM
Global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY Award-winner Usher will headline a new Las Vegas residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM, beginning Friday, July 15, 2022. Usher’s move to Dolby Live at Park MGM is the next generation follow-up to his extraordinarily successful 20-show Las Vegas residency in 2021, which sold-out every date, bringing in record grosses. Presented in partnership by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International, the show will be custom-designed for the expansive Dolby Live stage, allowing fans to feel like they are not just watching a performance, but are a part of it. The immersive new show will incorporate audience interaction and staging throughout the 5,200-seat entertainment venue, where every guest will have an up close and personal experience with the superstar. The exclusive, only-in-Vegas spectacular will be packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning the multi-talented showman’s 20-year career, as well as new music. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, KF Publicity, kelly@kfpublicity.com.

The Count Room Live at Flamingo Las Vegas Now Open Inside Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse
Featuring vintage vibes with a modern twist and the melodies of swing and funky jazz music, the new speakeasy bar The Count Room Live at Flamingo Las Vegas is now open inside Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse. Guests will be transported back to the “Old Vegas” era at The Count Room Live at Flamingo featuring live performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. The new speakeasy entertainment experience is tucked away in an intimate bar past the steakhouse dining room. The Count Room Live features craft cocktails and savory bites served to the sounds of “Prohibition Pop” with a mix of swing and funky jazz music performed by The Moonshiners. The speakeasy also offers an exclusive Build-Your-Own Old Fashioned beverage cart experience presented by a skilled mixologist. Guests can choose a spirit, citrus, syrup and bitters to create an old fashioned unique to their taste with this interactive presentation. For more information, contact Kristin Soo Hoo, Caesars Entertainment, ksoohoo@caesars.com.

Pollen Presents Announces Tony Hawk's Weekend Jam in Las Vegas
Leading technology company Pollen Presents has announced they are teaming up with iconic skateboarder Tony Hawk for an unforgettable experience in Las Vegas. Taking place from May 12-15, Tony Hawk's Weekend Jam will bring together skateboarding, live music, video games, food trucks, and much more for a unique experience hosted by the legend himself. Skateboarders showcased at the experience will include legendary names alongside rising stars, including legends from the X Games like Andy Macdonald, Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg, Sandro Dias and more. The experience will also include live performances from artists that define the skateboarding zeitgeist, including Grammy-nominated indie rock act Modest Mouse, Los Angeles punk and hardcore legends Descendents, "Whip It" creators DEVO, Los Angeles rock group X, the Wesley Eisold led group Cold Cave, Orange County punk band The Vandals and more. For more information, contact Jordan Calvano, Infamous PR, jcalvano@infamouspr.com.

Wrangler NFR Payout Climbs to Record $14.1 Million in 2022
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association® and Las Vegas Events announced that the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo® will see an increase in the payout at the world’s largest rodeo in December for the second consecutive year. The Wrangler NFR, which is scheduled this year at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Dec. 1-10, will have a record-setting competition payout of more than $10.9 million. This amount includes guaranteed prize money of $1.2 million for all NFR qualifiers and $9,700,098 in competition prize money. Between 2015 and 2020, the NFR paid out a total of $10 million – $8.8 million in competition prize money and $1.2 million in guaranteed prize money to qualifiers. The total purse increased to $10,257,048 in 2021. For more information, contact Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events, michael@lasvegasevents.com.

The Chainsmokers and The Kid LAROI to Headline World’s First NFT-Gated Festival
The Chainsmokers and The Kid LAROI are the first headliners to be announced for the First Annual Afterparty NFT Art and Music Festival. On March 18 and 19, NFT art, music and a creator-led Web3 community will collide in Las Vegas for the world’s first token-gated festival – NFTs are the “ticket” in. An additional 25 supporting music acts and more than a dozen world-class NFT artists will join The Chainsmokers and The Kid LAROI as part of the two-day lineup. For the first time NFTs will be showcased as the festival centerpiece to celebrate the NFT movement in-real-life. For more information, contact Lindsey Henn, Lindsey@afterparty.ai.

Derek Hough: No Limit to Return to The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
By popular demand, multi-talented entertainer, three-time Emmy Award winner and eleven-time nominee for Best Choreography, Derek Hough, is returning to The Summit Showroom stage at The Venetian® Resort with his show, Derek Hough: No Limit. Performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, May 18 through Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. The dance-centric show will feature new elements and dance numbers 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, KF Publicity, kelly@kfpublicity.com.

BTS to Continue World Tour with ‘BTS PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE - LAS VEGAS’ in April
Twenty-first century pop icons BTS recently announced that ‘BTS PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE - LAS VEGAS' would be held on April 8, 9, 15 and 16. ‘BTS PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE - LAS VEGAS' will take place at Allegiant Stadium in front of a live audience. Additionally, the in-person live broadcast event “LIVE PLAY in LAS VEGAS” will be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena on all four days. The concert will also be streamed online on the last day of the tour on April 16. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, KF Publicity, kelly@kfpublicity.com.

Cheapshot to Open This Spring, Bringing Down ‘n’ Dirty Entertainment to Downtown Las Vegas
Come one, come all to Cheapshot, a palace of varieties at 517 E. Fremont St. Suite 100 opening in early April. Presented by the notorious “Miss Behave” Amy Saunders, and Corner Bar Management, the creators behind some of Vegas’ most imaginative destinations, Cheapshot will showcase loose, live, and down ‘n’ dirty entertainment. Cheapshot will reign as the most intimate showroom and discotheque in Las Vegas at 3,000 square feet with seating for 99. Elegant booths and plush seating will surround the stage, which will present an ever-changing lineup of bawdy performances. Bartenders will serve cheap, stiff drinks with a wink and a grin, priming the audience for a night of irreverent entertainment. For more information, contact Torrey Bailey, Wicked Creative, CornerBar@WickedCreative.com.

L.A. Comedy Club to Continue to Bring Big Laughs with its Bigger Dragon Room
The award-winning L.A. Comedy Club has cemented its home at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod with its recent move to a bigger, brand-new Dragon Room. Known as the spot “where comedy comes to party,” the long-running comedy club’s new, custom-built showroom adds more than 100 seats with a 270-seat showroom right off the main casino floor. The new 5,700-square-foot showroom welcomes guests with a separate bar and lounge inside the main entrance to enjoy drinks before and after shows. Inside the showroom, which has an awning of low-hanging acoustic panels and a curtain allowing flexibility to seat from 120 to 270, is a second bar, plus chairs and booth seating. For more information, contact Richard Robinson, Wicked Creative, LACC@wickedcreative.com.

The Downtown Loop Adds New Stop for Popular Brewery Row
The Downtown Loop, a free shuttle servicing popular attractions in the city core, recently added a new stop for Brewery Row. The newest stop for the service is in the 1500 block of South Main Street, allowing quick and easy access to the popular Brewery Row. The new Brewery Row stop joins existing stops that include Circa, The STRAT, Symphony Park, City Hall, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, and more. To see all the stops, visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/downtownloop. The city has offered incentives to attract craft breweries, wineries, wine rooms, tap rooms and distilleries downtown to be part of Brewery Row. The 18B Las Vegas Arts District now has seven breweries and three tap rooms, and more are on the way. For more information, contact Jace Radke, city of Las Vegas, jradke@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Cliff Atkinson Named President of Fontainebleau Las Vegas
Celebrated hospitality leader Cliff Atkinson has been appointed President of Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a vertically-integrated luxury hotel, gaming, entertainment, and meeting destination conceived by Fontainebleau Development. Atkinson has already assumed leadership of Fontainebleau Las Vegas as it continues to build its in-house team, and he will continue to execute the strategy laid out by Fontainebleau Development as the resort is readied for its global debut on the Las Vegas Strip in the fourth quarter of 2023. For more information, contact Amy Rossetti, Rossetti Public Relations, FBLV@rossettipr.com.

Adam London’s Laughternoon ‘Quacks Up’ Audiences with New Residency at The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Rubber duck-obsessed comedy magician Adam London returns to the Las Vegas stage this month with a new residency at “The Venue” inside The Orleans Hotel & Casino. London’s Laughternoon, an hour-long family-friendly show replete with astonishing sleight of hand and good-humored hilarity, is presented by Ivory Star Productions and runs Thursday through Sunday at 4 pm. Having perfected his craft in comedy clubs throughout the globe, including the world-famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles, the Southern Utah native has been charming Las Vegas showgoers of all ages for nearly a decade with the performer’s unique blend of wit and whimsy -- while incorporating an inordinate number of his trademark rubber ducks into the side-splitting spectacle.For more information, contact Jeremy Lettiere, Ivory Star Productions, Jeremy@ivorystar.com.

Resorts World Las Vegas Receives LEED Gold Certification
Resorts World Las Vegas is proud to announce that all three of its hotel brands, Las Vegas Hilton, Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords Las Vegas, LXR Hotels & Resorts, have earned Gold Certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The prestigious Gold Certification positions the resort amongst the best energy-efficient facilities in the world. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification is considered the benchmark in the green building industry, with only six other LEED Gold buildings within the hospitality and lodging sector in Nevada. LEED certification provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building strategies. The LEED Gold Certification encompasses nearly four million square feet of gross floor area within the Resorts World Las Vegas complex. For more information, contact Gia Silvaggio, Allied Global Marketing, ResortsWorld@alliedglobalmarketing.com.