• 02-JUL-2018

Las Vegas News Briefs - July 2018

1967: Evel Knievel jumps over the Caesars Palace Fountains
HISTORY®, Nitro Circus and Caesars Palace Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Evel Knievel’s Legendary Jump
HISTORY®, Nitro Circus and Caesars Palace have partnered for, “Evel Live,” an unprecedented three-hour live event airing on Sunday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on HISTORY®. “Evel Live” will see motorsports superstar Travis Pastrana pay tribute to Evel Knievel, the founding father of motorcycle stunts, and aim to the push the limits even farther than the American icon. Caesars Palace, world-famous home of memorable moments in both sports and entertainment and the site of Evel Knievel’s legendary fountain jump 50 years ago, will host the grand finale jump, both for a national TV audience and a packed Las Vegas crowd. For more information, contact Celena Haas-Stacey, Caesars Entertainment, chaas@caesars.com.
*Photos and video via the Las Vegas News Bureau will be available on the LVCVA Newsroom following the event
Los Angeles’ Houston Hospitality to Open First Las Vegas Nightlife Venue at Park MGM
Los Angeles-based Houston Hospitality, founded by trendsetting fraternal twin brothers Jonnie and Mark Houston, will redefine the Las Vegas Strip's nightlife landscape with the Dec. 31, 2018 opening of On The Record at Park MGM. The three-room venue will include both indoor and outdoor spaces, a world-class cocktail program and an escape into an immersive and entertaining hidden club experience driven by their award-winning interior design. After conceiving and operating numerous successful venues in Los Angeles over the past 10 years, including hotspots Break Room 86, Black Rabbit Rose, No Vacancy, Good Times at Davey Wayne's, and La Descarga, among others, On The Record (OTR) will be the Houstons' first Las Vegas venture. For more information, contact Lisa Long Adler, Lisa Long Adler Communications, lisa@llac.com.
Florida Georgia Line Announces a Limited Engagement at Zappos Theater
Bringing Music City to Las Vegas for five-nights-only, world-class entertainers Florida Georgia Line will elevate their revolutionary status with a limited residency on the iconic Strip. “FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS” begins Saturday, December 1 inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Fans are invited to join Florida Georgia Line for anything-goes shows on December 1, 5, 7, 8, and 11. The multi-platinum hitmakers’ headline-worthy live performances will open each night with Big Loud Records and Atlantic Records artist Mason Ramsey. For more information, contact Talia Rothman, Caesars Entertainment, trothman@caesars.com.
Wynn Las Vegas Announces Exclusive Retailers Joining Wynn Plaza
Wynn Las Vegas announces an update to the collection of world-renowned luxury, contemporary, and lifestyle brands joining Wynn Plaza, the resort’s unique new 70,000-square-foot retail destination located directly on Las Vegas Boulevard. Brands that can only be found in Las Vegas at Wynn Plaza include Cipriani, Urth Caffé, SoulCycle, Céline, Balmain, Loewe, James Perse, Cotton Citizen, Marie France Van Damme, and Vitra Eyewear, with more to be announced in the coming months. Additional boutiques include Stella McCartney, Kiton, Omega, RIMOWA, Breitling, and Le Labo. Wynn Plaza is scheduled to open in October 2018. For more information, contact Eric Kreller, Wynn Las Vegas, Eric.Kreller@wynnlasvegas.com.
Wolfgang Puck Debuts Spago Overlooking Bellagio Fountains
When Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago opened 25 years ago in Las Vegas, the level of influence he and the restaurant would have on the city was unimaginable. The revolutionary restaurant is recognized for igniting Las Vegas’s dining scene into a culinary epicenter. Wolfgang’s relentless drive to transform continues today as the chef recently debuted the new Spago Las Vegas at Bellagio Resort & Casino, bringing two internationally renowned brands together. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.
Celine Dion Announces New Residency Show Dates at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Due to ongoing ticket demand, Celine Dion has announced 24 additional show dates for her Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The performances are scheduled October 30 through November 17 and December 28 through January 20, including a performance on New Year’s Eve. Since March 2003, Celine has performed over 1,000 shows to over 4 million fans at The Colosseum.  Her second Las Vegas residency, presented by AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment, is directed by legendary Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich and features her biggest hits mixed with timeless classics including her newest song, “Ashes,” from the box office blockbuster “Deadpool 2.” For more information, contact Talia Rothman, Caesars Entertainment, trothman@caesars.com.
Palace Station to Debut New Restaurants this Summer
Palace Station, the original Las Vegas locals' casino, will ante up this season with the debut of new first-to-market restaurant concepts and a brand-new award-winning Feast Buffet, as part of a $192 million modernization of the property. Set to debut this summer, guests will soon be able to enjoy exciting new food and beverage offerings such as bBd's (Beers Burgers Desserts), Boathouse Asian Eatery, Mumfresh Asian Eats and the next evolution in Station Casinos' popular Feast Buffet - providing for an enticing array of updated dining experiences in the classic tradition of Las Vegas. bBD's, Boathouse Asian Eatery, Mumfresh Asian Eats and the all-new Feast Buffet will join the acclaimed 18-seat Oyster Bar, Little Tony's created by 12-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani, and Station Casinos' popular steakhouse concept, the Charcoal Room. For more information, contact Lori Nelson, Stations Casino, lori.nelson@stationcasinos.com.
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Launches The Hangover Bar
Grab the wolf pack and head over to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, where The Hangover Bar is open for all to enjoy a full-service bar offering specialty drinks inspired by the hit movie "The Hangover." Guests will be transported to the scene of Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug's rooftop toast that kicked off "The Hangover" film's uproarious series of events. Industrial design elements that invoke the roof of Caesars Palace, where the scene takes place, include ducting tables and pipes, an aircon feature, an LED backdrop of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline, and more. The Hangover Bar is the latest addition to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and The Hangover Experience, which currently features the notorious hotel suite and wedding chapel, as well as figures of Alan (portrayed by Zach Galifianakis), Phil (portrayed by Bradley Cooper), and Mike Tyson. For more information, contact Allied Integrated Marketing, MadameTussaudsLV@alledim.com.
Perez Hilton Joins Chippendales as Special Celebrity Guest Host
Get ready to “Party with Perez” this summer when Perez Hilton, the original celebrity social media influencer, joins Chippendales as the special guest host at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  Hilton’s limited six-week engagement runs from July 26 through Sept. 2, 2018 (Thursday through Sunday performances). For more information, contact Talia Rothman, Caesars Entertainment, trothman@caesars.com.
Topgolf Las Vegas and TruFusion Launch Yoga with a View
Welcome summer with a salutation in the form of a yoga fusion class that offers a one-of-a-kind view as Topgolf Las Vegas and TruFusion partner up to launch Yoga with a View. Yogis of all levels are welcome to practice their chaturanga atop the fourth floor of the venue with a view that overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. Yoga with a View classes are for guests 21 and over, and will take place at 10 a.m. every other Sunday beginning Sunday, June 24. The first 10 guests to come to each class will receive a free Topgolf yoga mat. Yoga with a View classes are open to all skill levels, and are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Munoz, PR Plus, nicole@prpluslv.com.
Harrah’s Laughlin Completes $20 Million Redesign of 410 South Tower Rooms
Surrounded by the Colorado River and desert mountains, Harrah’s Laughlin has completed a $20 million renovation of all 410 guest rooms and suites in its South Tower. Harrah’s Laughlin features more than 1,500 guest rooms and 170 suites, with convenient access to a variety of exciting experiences offered at the premier riverfront resort destination. Designed by WESTAR Architects, Harrah’s Laughlin’s South Tower guest rooms and suites overlook the golden glow of the Colorado River. For more information, contact Kristin Soo Hoo, Caesars Entertainment, ksoohoo@caesars.com.
Japanese Artist Kisho Mwkaiyama Displays New Artwork at Bellagio Resort & Casino
Notable Japanese artist Kisho Mwkaiyama begins work on a new artwork, “Vendarta 100: Six Elements and The Seasons,” in a temporary public studio at Bellagio Resort & Casino. From June 29 through January 2019, Mwkaiyama will work on a commissioned artwork comprised of 24 square gouache paintings. The artist studio space is located next to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and features a guest lounge for viewing and learning more about Mwkaiyama’s artistic practice. For more information, contact Samantha Roper, MGM Resorts International, saroper@mgmresorts.com.  
Blue Moon Bar Coming Soon to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Beer lovers have a new spot to get their fix of creative and unique beer offerings on the Strip with the introduction of the Blue Moon Bar which opened recently at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The brand-new space, located in front of Zappos Theater, will include Blue Moon’s flagship beer, Blue Moon Belgian White, as well as seasonal and limited-release beers from Blue Moon Brewing Company. For more information, contact Chelsea Ryder, Caesars Entertainment, cryder@caesars.com
“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” Opens in Buca di Beppo inside Bally’s Las Vegas
“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” has found the perfect venue in Buca di Beppo inside Bally’s Las Vegas. The joining together of two renowned brands means the production will continue to bring lighthearted entertainment to Las Vegas, and this time the wedding will be catered with family-style Italian meals from Buca di Beppo. The interactive comedy will perform Friday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, The Publicity Lab, Kelly@thepublicitylab.com.
Neon Museum Announces Hot Yoga in the Boneyard
The Neon Museum announces its summer 2018 Hot Yoga in the Boneyard calendar. Taught by Certified Instructor Eileen Lorraine, the one-hour sessions will take place on nine Saturdays this summer from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on the Neon Museum’s outdoor patio: June 23, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. Yoga at the Neon Museum Boneyard is restricted to participants 18 years of age or older or children 16 and older accompanied by an adult guardian. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com.
Rod Stewart Adds New 2018 Concert Dates to Las Vegas Residency
Iconic singer and songwriter Rod Stewart has announced new fall 2018 show dates for his record-breaking Las Vegas residency “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The six new shows scheduled November 21 – December 2. For more information, contact Talia Rothman, Caesars Entertainment, trothman@caesars.com.
Wynn Las Vegas Announces the Return of Diana Ross
Following a highly-successful second run, world-renowned entertainer Diana Ross will make her return to Wynn Las Vegas for a third headlining engagement this fall. The Lifetime Achievement Award-winner will once again take the stage at the intimate Encore Theater for nine performances beginning October 31, with additional performances November 2-17. For more information, contact Erica Benken, Wynn Las Vegas, erica.benken@wynnlasvegas.com.
First American FlixBus Fleet Arrives on the U.S. West Coast
The first American FlixBus fleet is finally hitting the streets, starting with 180 connections across California, Nevada and Arizona. The momentous launch marks the 28th country of operation for the beloved German-born tech and travel pioneer – and the company’s biggest launch to date. FlixBus’ inaugural destinations include the region’s most popular hubs like Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix and others, offering one-way and round-trip routes in a luxury motorcoach at prices that often cost less than a coffee. For more information, contact Ryan Marquardt, FlixBus, press@flixbus.com.
Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group Returns to the Las Vegas Strip
The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc. (SWRG), a collection of iconic American steakhouses headquartered in Boston, is thrilled to announce its return to the Las Vegas Strip with an all-new Smith & Wollensky Las Vegas restaurant. Set to debut spring 2019, the highly-anticipated “America’s Steakhouse” branded restaurant will soon call the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas home. For more information, contact Sara Ryan, Allied Integrated Marketing, sryan@alliedim.com.  
Celebrate the Season with Wynn Las Vegas’ New Holiday Show
This holiday season, Wynn Las Vegas will unveil “The Holiday Show,” its first-ever seasonal production. Created and directed by Philip Wm. McKinley with choreography by Marguerite Derricks, who were both most recently involved in the re-imagination of Wynn Las Vegas’ award-winning production “Le Rêve – The Dream,” this musical production combines a score of holiday hits like “Santa Baby” and “This Christmas,” festive comedy and multi-genre dance numbers that will light up the stage at the intimate Encore Theater November 30 – December 30, 2018. For more information, contact Erica Benken, Wynn Las Vegas, erica.benken@wynnlasvegas.com.