LAS VEGAS IS ‘ON HOLD’

Over the years, Las Vegas has had to conquer many challenges, but the Coronavirus pandemic is by far the most overwhelming. In just one week in March, the city went from being a fun party town to closing shows, resorts, casinos, restaurants, etc. Locals, like the rest of the country, are trying to hunker down with the eerie feeling you’re waiting for a tsunami you can’t even see.

The closures are too numerous to list making it necessary to call before you head out. The irony is Las Vegas’ main attraction is holding events which attract huge crowds and now everyone is asked to not be in groups. While this experience will end, no one can predict a date or time. Thus, the closures being made will be executed on short intervals until there is an “all clear.” For that reason, this month’s column will focus on headliners booked later this year hoping we’ll be over the hump.

Entertainment

Garth Brooks will be the first concert/non-football event on Aug. 22 at the new $2 billion, 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium and home to the Las Vegas Raiders. 

Tony Bennett, the 93-year-old,19-time Grammy Award-winning artist, will return to The Venetian for an exclusive engagement, “I Left My Heart in Las Vegas,” Aug. 12, 14 and 15 with his daughter Antonia Bennett opening. Sarah Brightman will follow bringing her “HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert” tour to The Venetian for three dates Oct. 7, 9 and 10. “HYMN” is Brightman’s 15th full-length album.

For the first time ever, Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum global superstars Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin are hitting the road together. They will visit Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Comedian-actor Gary Owen is set to return to the Pearl Theater inside the Palms on Saturday, July 11. Poison will follow with its original lineup featuring Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett on Friday, Sept. 4. The Beach Boys marking more than a half century of making music will pull into town to perform at the Palms on Saturday, Nov. 7.   

Neo-soul singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko with the release of her third album titled “Chilombo” will stop at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan Saturday, May 30 on her 2020 “The Magic Hour Tour.” Opening performers will be Queen Naija and Ann Marie. EGOT winner John Legend will visit there on Saturday, Sept. 19 as a stop on his “Bigger Love Tour” with an opening act by soul duo The War and Treaty. 

Comedy legend Sinbad will make a return visit to the Grand Events Center inside Green Valley Ranch on Friday, July 3. 

The Ladies of the 80s” show at Texas Station in the Dallas Events Center on Saturday, July 11 will feature international pop superstars Taylor Dayne, Jody Watley and Lisa Lisa.  

Multi-Latin Grammy Award winner Alejandro Fernández will make a stop in Las Vegas in celebration of Mexican Independence Day at Mandalay Bay Events Center Tuesday, Sept. 15. His “Hecho En México’ World Tour” coincides with the release of his new album of the same name.

While Cirque du Soleil has had six successful original shows featured in major showrooms on the Strip before the virus, they finally hit a roadblock with “R.U.N,” which opened at the Luxor last October and closed on March 8.

Dining

Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin, renowned for his hand-pulled noodles and as founder of the popular Noodle Man restaurant concept, has joined the Sahara’s culinary team. In his new role, he will sit at the helm of an all-new Chinese culinary concept being launched there later
this year. 

Golden Fog Coffee will open in Downtown Las Vegas’ Arts District new 63 one-bedroom units, three floor residential apartment complex shareDOWNTOWN, which is supposed to open in May, and be its first retail tenant. The 30- to 40-seat venue is a new venture conceived by husband and wife, Derek and Juliet Douglas, and will merge the couple’s individual passions for art and dining. Las Vegas native Derek is an artist professionally known as SNIPT specializing in pop culture mixed media mashups and murals. Golden Fog Coffee will exclusively carry Sightglass Coffee, an independent, sibling-owned coffee company based in San Francisco making its Las Vegas debut, and feature numerous plant-based items. 

About Town

The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino 13 months after breaking ground topped out on its expansive third hotel tower. The announcement came in conjunction with newly released room renderings highlighting the design of the studio king and one-bedroom suite offerings for the seven-floor, 495-room tower.

The Mob Museum ranks No. 4 in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award rankings for Best History Museum. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, this award is the museum’s most recent accolade.

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company, is the recipient of two prestigious Diamond Awards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance and compliance.

 The AVN Show has signed a three-year extension with Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, formerly the Hard Rock, to exclusively showcase the GayVN Awards, AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Awards at the newly renovated property in January 2021.