• 06-SEP-2022

Las Vegas News Briefs - September 2022


By Popular Demand Usher Announces New Dates for Headlining Residency
Global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY Award-winner Usher has announced 25 new dates from March through July 2023 for his Las Vegas residency, which has sold-out all shows to date and is on track to sell out all 25 of the 2022 dates. The 25 new shows going on sale are: March 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18; April 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29; June 28; and July 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 12, 14, and 15. A limited number of tickets are available for the following previously announced performances: Sept. 3, 4, 9, 10 and Oct. 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29. Custom-designed for the expansive Dolby Live stage and presented in partnership by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International, the show gives audiences an extraordinary immersive experience with extravagant costumes and state-of-the-art technology in lighting, video and special effects. The exclusive, only-in-Vegas spectacular is packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning the multi-talented showman’s 20-year career. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, KF Publicity, kelly@kfpublicity.com.

The Bedford by Martha Stewart Celebrates Debut at Paris Las Vegas
Global lifestyle icon Martha Stewart brings delicious recipes and farmhouse charm to the Las Vegas Strip with her first restaurant, The Bedford by Martha Stewart at Paris Las Vegas. Developed by Martha and her team of experts, The Bedford’s menu features flavorful dishes from fresh ingredients sourced locally. Transporting guests to an authentic dining experience at Martha Stewart’s famed country farmhouse, the restaurant boasts French-inspired cuisine and a combination of Martha’s favorite recipes. Designed by Martha herself, the 194-seat dining destination offers guests an authentic glimpse of how Martha lives and entertains in her own home. The Bedford by Martha Stewart draws inspiration from her 1925 country farmhouse, including an accurate replica of her own brown faux-bois dining room. For more information, contact Kala Peterson, Caesars Entertainment, kpeterson1@caesars.com.

Las Vegas' Circa Resort & Casino Celebrates Expansion with New Meetings & Conventions Facility
Circa Resort & Casino’s 35,000-square-foot meeting and convention space is now open and available for booking. The state-of-the art facility marks the second phase of development for the downtown Las Vegas resort, providing meeting planners contemporary, tech-forward options to book events, galas, meetings and more, off the Strip. Circa’s meeting spaces offer groups top-tier, turnkey audio and visual capabilities and customizable rooms for up to 1,000 guests. Featuring a ballroom, breakout and banquet rooms, adjacent pre-function space and a 1,600-square-foot outdoor terrace, the spaces are outfitted to complement Circa’s mid-century, art deco and modern design motifs. For more information, contact Hannah Hurlburt, Kirvin Doak Communications, hhurlburt@kirvindoak.com.

Ocean Prime Las Vegas Scheduled to Open Spring 2023
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' (CMR) Ocean Prime brand is pleased to announce its first Las Vegas restaurant and 18th location, which will be the anchor restaurant in 63. CMR plans to invest nearly $20 million into this flagship location, centered at the bustling and iconic corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue. Ocean Prime Las Vegas is scheduled to open in Spring 2023 and the restaurant will be over 14,500 square feet with a nearly 2,500 square-foot rooftop terrace, and will include over 400 seats, two bars, and three private dining rooms. This premier location, four stories above the Las Vegas Strip, will offer unparalleled views from the entire restaurant and outdoor patio lounge. 63 will debut in Fall of 2022 with the second phase opening in early 2023. For more information, contact Celena Haas-Stacey, CHS Communications, celena@chscomms.com.

New York-New York Hotel & Casino Launches $63 Million Guest Room Remodel
In August, New York-New York launched a $63 million room remodel project of its 1,830 rooms and 155 of its suites. When completed in the summer of 2023, the accommodations will feature vibrant new designs and upgraded in-room amenities that will appeal to travelers from around the world. Crafted by hospitality design firm HVS Design in partnership with MGM Resorts International Design Group, the design aesthetic draws inspiration from the energy and excitement of two of the world’s great cities -- Las Vegas and New York City. The remodel features design details that harken to New York City, such as rooms with exposed faux brick walls and accent colors such as Big Apple Red and Taxicab Yellow. These elements subtly bring the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ to life in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Reflecting a thoughtful use of space, rooms will incorporate modern conveniences such as moveable work surfaces, readily available USB/USB-C power outlets and additional shelving and closet space.  Completion of all guest rooms and Spa, Marquis and Players suites is scheduled for summer 2023 with the first collection of standard and premier rooms available for guest stays in late October 2022. For more information, contact Arlene Bordinhao, MGM Resorts International, arlene@mgmresorts.com.

Iconic Ghostbar Opens High atop Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas
The return of the beloved Ghostbar at Palms Casino Resort is official. Originally debuting in 2001, this widely popular bar and lounge perched high atop the 55th floor made a spectacular return welcoming its first guests back into the sky-high ultra-lounge, highlighted by a funk-filled countdown toast led by Las Vegas’ own Skye Dee Miles and General Manager Cynthia Kiser Murphey. As in the past, the stunning views of the entire Las Vegas skyline stole the show, but this go-around, Ghostbar is home to Dee Miles' sexy, soulful Midnight Skye, featuring a live band, sultry dancers, specialty acts and surprise guests. For more information, contact Michelle Loosbrock, michelle@jeffwagneragency.com.

Wynn Las Vegas Debuts Extravagant Wine Dinner Series with Napa Valley's Renowned Domain H. William Harlan
Wynn Las Vegas is partnering with Napa Valley’s famed Domain H. William Harlan for an ultra-exclusive wine dinner series launching this fall. The series offers attendees an opportunity to sample a variety of the most elusive labels from Harlan’s time-honored wineries – including Harlan Estate, BOND and Promontory – paired with specially curated menus from Wynn’s acclaimed chefs. The series includes three once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences hosted by a key figure from Domain H. William Harlan and a Wynn executive chef. Priced at $10,000 per guest, each intimate dinner is limited to 20 guests and will take place in a unique setting at Wynn Las Vegas. In addition, guests will be granted immediate membership to the featured winery’s wine club – bypassing the lengthy waitlist. The three dinners include Harlan Estate with Chef Mark LoRusso – Saturday, Sept. 10; BOND with Chef Joshua Smith – Saturday, Oct. 15; and Promontory with Chef Min Kim – Saturday, Nov. 12. For more information, contact Jesse Williams, Wynn Las Vegas, Jesse.Williams@wynnlasvegas.com.

Fontainebleau Las Vegas Reveals Innovative Retail Experience
Fontainebleau Development, a designer, builder, owner, and operator of premier hospitality, commercial, retail, and luxury properties, is revealing the first details for the new luxury retail experience to debut within Fontainebleau Las Vegas, the company’s highly anticipated luxury resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip. As momentum builds toward a winter of 2023 opening Fontainebleau Development is embracing the property’s unique integrated design to create a shopping district that will span 90,000 square feet and feature approximately 35 luxury retail concepts across two levels. The Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort shopping district is conveniently connected and highly visible from the larger resort ecosystem, as every space will be designed with accessibility top of mind – neighboring, either adjacent or above, Fontainebleau’s 173,000-square-foot casino, dining experiences, and other offerings. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kramsky, Rossetti Public Relations, FBLV@rossettipr.com.

Yesco Installs Two Brand-New 50-Foot Showgirls for City of Las Vegas
YESCO, the 102-year-old company known for creating, repairing and maintaining internationally recognizable signs, and the city of Las Vegas announce the installation and official lighting of two brand-new, 50-foot-tall showgirls on the corner of Main Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. These new showgirl signs are double the height of the prior showgirl icons installed in 2018, which each stood 25-feet tall. The showgirls lit up for the first time on Aug. 31 at dusk. The previously installed, 25-foot-tall showgirl signs are currently undergoing refurbishment due to weather damage. They are scheduled to be installed in the Las Vegas Arts District this fall on the corner of Fourth Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, in front of the Las Vegas Deuce double decker bus stop. For more information, contact Vanessa Thill, The Vox Agency, vanessa@thevoxagency.com.

Vegas' First Yacht Rock Residency: The Docksiders Ready to Make Waves at Rio Starting September 8
America’s favorite Yacht Rock Band, The Docksiders, launch Las Vegas’ first official Yacht Rock residency this fall. Bringing soft rock hits of the ‘70s & ‘80s to the Entertainment Capital of the World, The Docksiders will immerse fans into a bygone era with costume changes, enhanced visual production, and a world-class performance. Led by three-time Grammy nominee Kevin Sucher, The Docksiders embark on Thursday, September 8 at The Duomo inside Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. With a frequently updated assortment of top hits, fans can expect no two shows to be the same, with renditions of favorites like Olivia Newton-John, Toto, Kenny Loggins, Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross, and Ambrosia. The Docksiders will perform five nights a week at 6 pm, dark Fridays and Sundays. For more information, contact Courtney Fogle, Authentic Public Relations, courtney@authenticpublicrelations.com.

Voltaggio at Bellagio Returns to Harvest Restaurant
The popular Voltaggio at Bellagio experience returns as television stars, judges, and celebrity chef icons Michael and Bryan Voltaggio debut a new set of masterful dishes during their second Harvest restaurant takeover at Bellagio Resort & Casino, August 30 - September 10. The exclusive event will feature an a la carte menu of classic Italian American dishes featuring the duo’s own family recipes and unique creative twists, all presented with the innovation and culinary excellence for which the famous brothers are known. Menu items such as bruschetta, chicken picatta, margherita pizza, osso buco, peas and eggs, and much more will showcase one-of-a-kind flavor profiles and unique presentations conceptualized exclusively by both chefs and only available at Voltaggio at Bellagio. Applauded for their ingenuity and attention to detail, the Voltaggio brothers will yet again surprise and delight guests during this curated special event. For more information, contact Robert Flicker, Kirvin Doak Communications, MGM@kirvindoak.com.

NFR Access ONLY Ticket Returns in 2022
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and Las Vegas Events recently announced the NFR Access ONLY Ticket will return in 2022. The NFR Access ONLY ticket will provide access to the Thomas & Mack Center, but not a seat. It provides access to all the experiences at the NFR – Cowboy Corral, Aces High – Saloon & Exhibit, Bull & Barrel Saloon and ProRodeo Zone – and allows fans to watch the rodeo in the designated areas. 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. In 2021, the event had a total attendance of 169,539 over the 10 days of competition at the Thomas & Mack Center and has sold out more than 340 consecutive performances in Las Vegas. For more information, contact Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events, michael@lasvegasevents.com.

Chef Shawn McClain Brings Balla Italian Soul to SAHARA Las Vegas September 30
James Beard Award Winner Shawn McClain, with partners Richard and Sarah Camarota, will open their newest Las Vegas restaurant, Balla Italian Soul, at SAHARA Las Vegas on Friday, September 30. The regional, seasonal menu offers fresh and vibrant plates to locals and tourists alike. After opening its doors to the public on Friday, September 30, Balla Italian Soul will offer dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Balla Italian Soul’s menu embraces the lighter, brighter and more seasonally driven aspects of Italian cuisine. It focuses on a parade of best-in-season vegetable dishes, preparations honoring the purity of great seafood and handmade pastas and pizzas designed to make guests swoon. Carnivores need not worry as extraordinary meats will be curated and prepared the in the wood-fired oven. For more information, contact Kathryn Palmer for Balla Italian Soul, Kathryn@authenticpublicrelations.com or Erika Pope for SAHARA Las Vegas, erika@thevoxagency.com.

Authentic German-Style Oktoberfest Celebration Pours Into Las Vegas This Fall
With fun for the whole family to enjoy, Seven Oh Brew is excited to bring the most authentic Oktoberfest to Las Vegas this fall. Running Thursday, September 29 through Sunday, October 2 at The Orleans Arena Festival Grounds, Seven Oh Brew Oktoberfest will celebrate all things German culture, delighting festival goers with an array of authentic tastes, entertainment, and activities. The event will be held at The Orleans Arena Festival Grounds. For more information, contact Savannah Goodall, Authentic Public Relations, savannah@authenticpublicrelations.com.

Jonas Brothers Announce Return of Jonas Brothers: Live in Las Vegas
Due to popular demand, global pop icons Jonas Brothers announce the return of Jonas Brothers: Live in Las Vegas at Dolby Live at Park MGM for three exclusive nights with three unique set lists on November 10, 11 and 12, 2022. The announcement follows the band’s exclusive five-night Las Vegas residency at the venue this June and their recently wrapped REMEMBER THIS Tour. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, KF Publicity, kelly@kfpublicity.com.

Las Vegas' First 24/7 Bacon-Inspired Restaurant to Open at the D Las Vegas This Fall
This fall, the D Las Vegas is bringing bacon, bacon and more bacon to downtown with the launch of an exciting new restaurant concept, Bacon Nation. Located on the newly renovated second floor of the Fremont Street Experience hotspot, the restaurant’s 24/7 menu will be centered around a love for all things bacon. The sizzling concept from Downtown Hospitality Group (DHG) will feature 14 variations of house-cured bacon with flavors ranging from lemon pepper to brown sugar, teriyaki, Cajun, jalapeno, buffalo, salt and vinegar, applewood bourbon, truffle, and chocolate-dipped. For more information, contact Hannah Hurlburt, Kirvin Doak Communications, hhurlburt@kirvindoak.com.

Duran Duran Announces Two-Show Extension and First-Ever Halloween-Themed Performance at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, Oct. 30 & 31
In addition to two sold-out Labor Day Weekend venue debut performances at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, Duran Duran will return to the intimate venue for an additional two-show run this Halloween Weekend. Due to high demand, the band will make their highly anticipated return for an extended run of their FUTURE PAST North American headlining tour on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 and Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. For the first time ever, Duran Duran will present a Halloween-themed performance in celebration of their love for the holiday on Oct. 31, 2022, incorporating haunt-inspired decor onstage and performing covers of Halloween classics alongside their beloved hits. Guests are encouraged to join the band in celebration of Spooky Season by also attending in costume. Costumes are subject to Wynn Las Vegas and Nevada Gaming Control Board restrictions. For more information, contact Erica Benken, Giant Noise, erica.benken@giantnoise.com.

Carver Road Hospitality to Debut Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Following a successful launch in Salt Lake City, Carver Road Hospitality is bringing its Flanker food and beverage concept to the Las Vegas Strip with the Summer 2023 debut of Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Located at the entrance to The Shoppes at Mandalay Place just steps from the walkway to Allegiant Stadium, the home of the Las Vegas Raiders, Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar combines Carver Road’s premier dining and drinking offerings in a highly curated environment. Flanker’s extensive menu of elevated American fare features scratch burgers, sliders and shareable tacos, salads and bowls and weekend brunch items round out the offerings. Food items can be paired with an expansive selection of draft and bottled beer. A full beverage program is being created by award-winning mixologist Francesco Lafranconi, Carver Road’s vice president of beverage and hospitality culture. The “Flanker To Go” walk-up window will serve grab-and-go fare and bevvies for sports fans making their way to and from Allegiant Stadium. For more information, contact Jim Havey, LLAC, jim@llac.com.

Las Vegas Aviators® Announce 2023 Regular Season Schedule
The Las Vegas Aviators® professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, today announced its 2023 regular season schedule in the franchises 40th anniversary season (1983 – present). The Aviators schedule will feature a total of 150 games with 75 away games and 75 home games at Las Vegas Ballpark®. The Las Vegas Aviators will open the 2023 campaign in Northern Nevada against intrastate rival, the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in a three-game series from Friday, March 31- Sunday, April 2. The ’23 home opener will be on Tuesday, April 4 against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The six-game series against the Dodgers will be from Tuesday-Sunday, April 4-9. For more information, contact Jim Gemma, Las Vegas Aviators, jgemma@aviatorslv.com.