Mint 400, Silent Disco and AIDS Walk

BRETTS VEGAS VIEW

Contributed by: Jackie Brett

DOWNTOWN GRAND REACHES MILESTONE WITH THIRD TOWER: The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino 13 months after breaking ground has topped out on its expansive, third hotel tower. The announcement comes in conjunction with newly released room renderings highlighting the design of the studio king and one-bedroom suite offerings. The new seven-floor tower is on track to begin booking the new 495 rooms this spring for stays starting in September 2020. The resorts existing inventory is 629 rooms. To accommodate the additional rooms, the property has also begun work on expanding the footprint of its current fitness center in the existing casino tower to more than 1,500 square feet. The third tower will redefine the intersection of 4th and Ogden with clean-lines, contemporary architecture and modern suites.

MORRISSEY SCHEDULES FIVE-NIGHT RESIDENCY AT CAESARS PALACE: Morrissey will headline Morrissey: Viva Moz Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for five nights with 8:30 p.m. shows this summer: June 26-27 and July 1, 3-4. General tickets begin at $59. Morrisseys Vegas dates, his latest stateside shows after a string of acclaimed tour dates with alt-rock icons Interpol last fall, comes on the heels of the announcement of his 13th solo album and third studio album for BMG, defiantly titled I Am Not A Dog on a Chain, set to be released March 20. Morrisseys headlining gig at Caesars will serve as an intimate, invigorating dive into his expansive career from his early days to the new album.

JABBAWOCKEEZ TIMELESS PRODUCTION PREMIERES AT MGM GRAND: Jabbawockeez, Americas Best Dance Crew, will debut their newest Las Vegas engagement Timeless on Friday, March 6 in the refreshed Jabbawockeez Theater at MGM Grand. The world-famous dance crew will step into the new decade with a show focusing on original and innovative choreography and synchronized dance moves set to heart-pounding music. Performances will be Thursday-Monday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 Thursday-Saturday. Beginning Wednesday, April 1, Timeless will be performed nightly. Tickets start at $49.99. This year marks Jabbawockeezs 10th anniversary of their latest Las Vegas residency and a decade of creative performances and collaborations. The debut of Timeless, the groups fourth stage production, commemorates a relationship with MGM Resorts which began in 2010 with MS. I.C. at MGM Grand and Monte Carlo, followed by Prism at Luxor, and Jreamz at MGM Grand. Jabbawockeezs first national television appearance was onAmericas Got Talentin 2006 and they won on MTVs Randy Jackson Presents Americas Best Dance Crew in March 2008, The troupe has stayed on the pulse of pop culture including a recent appearance on NBCs Saturday Night Live.

FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY MOVES TO PARIS:The hit showFRIENDS! The Musical Parody moves to the Strip opening atParis onMonday, March 9 with performances Friday-Wednesday in the Anthony Cools Showroom at 7 p.m.with added matinees at 3 p.m. on March 14, 21 and 28, April 4 and 11. Tickets start at $52.27 and for matinees $46.82. After a successful run Downtown, FRIENDS! was one of the shows displaced by a remodel which included closing the showroom at the D resort. The show is a musical which lovingly lampoons TVs Friends celebrating and poking fun at the misadventures of a group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. No question the Friends fan base continues to be enthusiastic and loyal.

MINUS5 ICE EXPERIENCE AT VENETIAN UNDERGOES COMPLETE REMODEL: Ice renovation of the Minus5 Ice Experience, made entirely of ice at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort, has begun a complete redesign which will be completed on March 6. When nearly 100 tons of ice shipped from Canada and Minnesota arrive, 12 professional ice carvers will work around-the-clock to construct the ice bar and create stunning sculptures to fill the 1,000-square-foot space. New highlights will include a Venetian architecture-inspired bar with large ice columns, a magical ice forest, and poolside daybed cabana. Fun factseach ice block weighs 250 pounds, requiring four men to lift and hoist them into place. Prior to arriving in Las Vegas, the ice is created by utilizing a special process that removes all air bubbles, resulting in the clearest ice possible. Hours when Minus5 Ice Experience reopens will be daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

PLAZA LAUNCHES PODCAST, ON THE CORNER OF MAIN STREET: The Plaza Hotel & Casino downtown on Feb. 19 launched On the Corner of Main Street, a new weekly podcast offering listeners an inside scoop on events, gaming developments, and people making downtown Las Vegas an amazing fast-growing destination. The initial 12-episode series is available on the Plazas website as well as on Spotify and the Apple Podcast App, airing weekly on Wednesdays. On the podcast, Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel is joined by special guests, including entertainers, gaming industry leaders, local officials and partners. Some special guests will include downtown developer Sam Cherry; former mob attorney and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman; the Plazas bingo manager, Weldon Russell; and William Hill US CEO Joe Asher.

MUSIC ICON ARTIE BUTLER SHARES LIFE STORY AT SMITH CENTER: Artie Butler, a celebrated composer, arranger, songwriter, music director and record producer, will appear live in concert atMyrons Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Centerwith two special performancesSunday, March 1 at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $39 to $59.Butler will take his audience on a five-decade journey through the hits that shaped his career as one of the most respected arrangers and composers in the music business. Butler has arranged more than 75 hit records, played on hundreds of other recordings and been awarded more than 60 gold and platinum albums. His arrangement and featured piano work on the hit recordFeelinAlrightby Joe Cocker remain a true classic in American pop music. Butler received a Grammy nomination for his arrangement ofI Know Ill Never Love This Way Againfor Dionne Warwick and is a three-time Emmy nominee. He traveled as arranger and musical conductor for Neil Sedaka, Peggy Lee and Joe Williams. He also conducted at the White House for presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George H. Bush as well as for the Royal Family in London with Peggy Lee. One of the most prolific people in the music business, Artie has scored numerous TV films and series, radio and TV commercials and has been musical director for many TV specials and mega events.

GORDON RAMSAY SURPRISED ONE MILLIONTH GUESTS AT HELLS KITCHEN: Last weekend, Gordon Ramsay Hells Kitchen at Caesars Palace reached another milestone when Chef Gordon Ramsay welcomed and surprised the restaurants one millionth guests, Gema and Darryl Beck, from El Dorado Hills, Calif., presenting them with a celebratory Beef Wellington and champagne toast. The special commemorative Beef Wellington was so large it was brought out on a trolley and flanked with butter-poached lobster, foie gras and shaved black truffle. In addition, the Becks received an exclusive gift bag with branded merchandise and personally signed chef coats. Since opening in January 2018, Hells Kitchen has served more than 307,376 Beef Wellingtons; 183,449 Pan Seared Scallops; 160,838 orders of Lobster Risotto; 311,262 Sticky Toffee Puddings; and 51,848 Notes from Gordon cocktails.

COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST CHASE BRYANT HEADLINES AT ALIANTE: Celebrated guitar player Chase Bryant will appear at Aliante in the Access Showroom on Friday, March 13 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Bryant burst into the country music scene with his guitar-wielding debut single Take It on Back, which reached the Top-10 of the Country Billboard Chart. Inspired by his familys musical background, Bryant taught himself to play guitar at the age of three. As he rose to fame, he worked on several tours, including Tim McGraws Shotgun Rider Tour, Brantley Gilberts Let It Ride Tour, Kip Moores 2016 Wild Ones Tour and Brad Paisleys Weekend Warrior Tour.

MINT 400 OFFERS COMMEMORATIVE ART AND DECANTERS: With NASCAR weekend over, the next focus for race fans can be the Mint 400 known as The Great American Off-Road Race. Part of the race is captured in memorabilia like the Mint 400 Decanters and Stefan Marjorams The Art of War Exhibit. Mint 400 Decanters will be sold at all El Cortez bars during the Off-Road Festival Thursday-Friday, March 5 and 6.The 2020 Mint 400 Decanter is filled with City Lights Shine Whiskey Moonshine and pays respect to the three time and 2019 Overall Champion Justin Lofton on the front and includes every two and four wheel Mint 400 Overall Champion since the inaugural 1968 race on the side. Each banded racer will receive a bottle as part of their entry. In 2018, The Mint 400 and City Lights Shine brought back the decanter for its 50th Anniversary. The art of Stefen Marjoram will have 12 new pieces displayed and sold on Fremont Street during the Off-Road Festival on Thursday-Friday, March 5and 6. Marjoram will also be onsite to sketch the sights of The Mint 400, creating new pieces of digital content while the event unfolds.The prints are printed on fine art archival museum quality papers with light fast aqueous pigment inks and embossed with The Mint 400 seal. All prints come with an official letter of authenticity.

SILENT DISCO SUNDAY SERIES RETURNS TO CONTAINER PARK: Silent Disco Sundays in partnership with Quiet Events returns to Downtown Container Park on Sunday, March 1, and will continue every first and third Sunday from 5-9 p.m. The regular all-ages silent disco dance partiesfeature rotating and battling DJs, drink specials and more.At this event music lovers dance to the beat of their own headphones. For $5 per headset, listeners can muse over the electronic waves delivering all genres of music. Attendees can move with the masses or sway to the melody of solitude, guided by the corresponding colors of each guests headphones. The first 50 guests to RSVP to Container Parks Silent Disco Sunday will receive complimentary headphones. Guests attending are required to present a credit card upon entry for headphone rental.

MARQUEE DAYCLUB OPENS WITH BEATWAVE MUSIC SERIES RETURNING: MarqueeDayclub at The Cosmopolitan will open on weekends only startingFriday, March 6.The official grand opening weekend will kick off with Cheat Codes onFriday, March 20andMustardonSaturday, March 21,followed by the fourth season launch of theBeatwave Music SerieswithRobin SchulzonSunday, March 22. A full season of pool parties hosted by the worlds most influential DJs will follow.

LACE UP FOR AFANS 30TH ANNUAL AIDS WALK: Aid for AIDS of Nevadas (AFAN) will hold its 30th annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas on Sunday, March 22 from 7-11 a.m. at Sunset Park. For the first time, this years walk will feature a 5K fun run. The walk is free, and registration for the 5K run is $45 for adults and $20 for youth under 18. Celebrities Penn & Teller will again serve as grand marshals for the 19th consecutive year and are encouraging walkers and runners to take the Penn & Teller Challenge, matching every challengers $250+ donation dollar for dollar.The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and walk kicks off at 10 a.m. Las Vegas entertainers will begin at 9 a.m.with performances from casts of Celestia, Chippendales, Extravaganza at Ballys, Human Nature, Potted Potter, and WOW The Vegas Spectacular. In between, walkers can visit booths from a variety of community partners and snack on treats from food trucks.

LAS VEGAS SPIRIT FEST: The Las Vegas Spirit Fest presented by Grace City Events in collaboration with SOS Radio 90.5 will take place Friday March 20 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. The food and music festival, which is planned to be one of the largest Christian Faith based festivals in Nevada, will feature headlining performances from some big names in Christian music such as eight-time Grammy Nominee Natalie Grant, plus bands/musicians, gospel singers, carnival rides, games, arts/crafts, food trucks and vendors. Tickets start at $15 general admission to $75 for VIP. Children 48 inches and below are free if they bring a nonperishable food item at the gate admission to donate to Project150.

ABOUT TOWN NEWS

Due to popular demand, acclaimed rock band Chicago will return to The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian for the third year in a row for an eight-show limited engagement Feb. 28 through March 14. New this year, the famed aquatic O by Cirque du Soleil show at Bellagio has added performances on Mondays and Tuesdays. The show now performs nightly at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Gilleys Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island features live country music with a cover charge ranging from $10 to $20 on select performance dates usually Wednesday-Saturday. Some acts performing in March include Daniel Bonte, Matt Farris, Rob Staley, Scotty Alexander, and Michael Austin. A casting producer is looking for contestants for Game Show Networks hit show Catch 21 to try their luck at a chance at $25,000. Submission information including name, location, age (must be 18 years of age), cell number, email, social media links, brief bio and recent photo can be emailed to castingcatch21@gmail.com. Must be available to film one day in Las Vegas this year in May-June. The Tropicana will kick off its 2020 pool season on Monday, March 9, with innovative food and beverage offerings. Locals and tourists alike are welcome to experience a tropical oasis complete with various poolside amenities between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

DINING NEWS

Restaurateur Robert Earl, founder of Virtual Dining Concepts, launched Wing Squad delivery-only restaurant providing wings, sides and desserts via food delivery services including GrubHub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates.The online menu atWing Squadoffers wings in six different flavors, including BBQ, Honey Garlic, Cajun, Garlic Parmesan, Sweet Chili, and Buffalo. In honor of National Pancake Day, 60 PTs Taverns locations will offer its $4 junior three-stack of buttermilk pancakes, all day, on Thursday, March 12. Distill at 6945 S. Rainbow Blvd. will host its first Wine Pairing Dinner with J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines on Thursday, March 12 in the upstairs event space at 7 p.m. Tickets for the five-course dinner are $59.95. The Front Yard, Ellis Islands new beer garden, restaurant and entertainment venue, is now serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu features a reimagined twist on traditional brunch items. Strip-side Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will become a destination for spring break parties with drink specials, live entertainment, breakfast and late nights throughout March.

RECENT SIGHTINGS

Grammy-nominated artist Kid Rock was spotted attending the hit show Absinthe at Caesars Palace at Caesars Palace. After the 10 p.m. show, he went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire. Comedian and actress Jade Catta-Preta in town to perform her show at the Plaza Showroom, dined with friends, including fellow comedian Cort McCown, at Morton GroupsLa Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn. Fight weekend brought out countless athletes and celebrities including Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Floyd Mayweather Jr., who partied at Drais Nightclub at The Cromwell Hotel. Mayweather was celebrating his 43rd birthday in style.