Sober Crowds and 2-for-1 Specials: The Thriving Daytime Acts of Vegas

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Sin City visitors show increasing interest in shows before sunset, where the tickets are cheaper and the gags involve plate spinning and guinea pigs; ‘this is not Cirque’

LAS VEGAS—Let Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Penn & Teller and the other headliners reign over this city when the sun goes down.

The daylight hours belong to people like Mac King, a magician whose act features a dime-store yellow poncho he dubs the “cloak of invisibility” and an assistant who dons a bear suit. Or Jeff Civillico, a juggler whose skill set includes balancing a ladder on his chin.

Or Pete Vallee—aka “Big Elvis”—a 500-pound-plus singer with a velvety baritone who indeed may be the world’s biggest Elvis impersonator. He croons his way through “Viva Las Vegas” during a free lounge show that wraps up at 6 p.m.

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Before his morning commute to Harrah’s Las Vegas, Mr. King gets up early and drives his teenage daughter to school. Before Ms. Dion has chirped a single note, he has eaten dinner with his family and maybe fit in a game of croquet in the backyard.

“I’m usually asleep by 10,” he says.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the surprisingly mundane lifestyles of Las Vegas’s daytime entertainers, who make a much more “reasonable” living performing in front of smaller audiences, often for less than $50 a ticket (and way less if there’s a 2-for-1 discount).

To succeed in this world, it helps to have a gimmick—preferably something that appeals to people who haven’t started drinking yet. It also helps to have a healthy sense of humility.

“I’m really the least ambitious person I know,” says Mr. King, 56 years old, who has played afternoons in Vegas for close to two decades, making him the unofficial dean of the daytime set.

Mr. King’s antics include rope tricks and a bit involving an especially well-behaved guinea pig. Carl Anderson, a retiree from Toronto, has seen Mr. King’s show at least a half-dozen times in the course of visits to Vegas. “It’s just a good, fun afternoon,” he says.

READ MORE: http://www.wsj.com/articles/sober-crowds-and-2-for-1-specials-the-thriving-daytime-acts-of-vegas-1475677902

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New path to stardom: promoting Las Vegas slot machines

Trend alert: Both Vanna White and “Seinfeld’s” “Soup Nazi” actor made celebrity appearances for Vegas slot machines on Tuesday.

At the Global Gaming Expo, Mayor Carolyn Goodman presented a key to the city to White on the 20th anniversary of the ubiquitous “Wheel of Fortune” slots, which have taken in $3 billion and paid out 1,000 millionaire jackpots, says slot maker IGT.

Meanwhile, actor Larry “Soup Nazi” Thomas did the “ta-da” reveal for new “Seinfeld” slots at the Scientific Games booth in the Global Gaming Expo.

For years, the Strip has launched slot machines with slight celebrity appearances, but this marketing plan seems to be ramping up lately.

“Party girl”/actress Tara Reid helped get press for TMZ’s interactive slots at the Hard Rock Hotel on Aug. 29.

If stars do red carpets at nightclubs and restaurant events, why couldn’t the next place red carpets roll out regularly be casino floor slot machines?

 

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Las Vegas: 6 beer-worthy stops to celebrate Oktoberfest (including Shacktoberfest!)

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Las Vegas channels its inner Munich this week with a string of Oktoberfest events. Whether you crave German beer or food (or both), Vegas embraces the Bavarian harvest celebration more than ever.

First off, Germany’s Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig) hosted the first Oktoberfest in Munich in 1810. It’s now a festival that draws 6 million visitors to the Bavarian city each fall.

1. That history and tradition are well represented at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas at 4510 Paradise Road, a re-creaton of the legendary Munich beer hall. There will be partying through Oct. 31. On upcoming Fridays and Saturdays, Vegas celebrities will drive a metal spigot into a wooden barrel to tap kegs of beer. Impersonator Rich Little does the honors on Friday followed by BMX pro Ricardo Laguna on Saturday.

2. Consider Beerhaus at the recently launched gathering spot the Park as a good place to begin beer-hopping. Friday through Sunday the bar will be filling commemorative half-liter and full-liter steins with seasonal beers from breweries, including Germany’s Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr and Spaten. The beers make for perfect pairings for homemade bratwurst, German potato salad and fried apples with caramel dip.

3. Just a short stroll up the promenade, Shake Shack at New York-New York hotel-casino will be serving its Shacktoberfest beer through Sunday. Also, adults and kids can enjoy special Oktoberfest concoctions: the apfelstrudel and Black Forest shakes.

 

READ MORE: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-las-vegas-oktoberfest-events-20160923-snap-story.html

 

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Rick Moonen Shares His Favorite Restaurants in Las Vegas

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The chef behind RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room has some fun places to dine

 

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Las Vegas is bicycle-friendly?

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By Lennard Zinn Published Sep. 21, 2016

For a decade or so, I’ve been riding my bike from downtown Las Vegas to Boulder City for the Interbike Outdoor Demo (ODD) at Bootleg Canyon, and it just keeps getting better. Now, about 40km of the 44km distance is on paved bike paths. It’s a joy to ride such a long way through a busy city without any concerns about cars. Add yesterday’s overcast, cool weather, as opposed to the normal sunbaked, triple-digit temperatures, and it was even better.

I have something of an allergy to taking motorized transport when a riding option exists, and I feel particularly strongly about this at Interbike, given that it’s a bike show, after all. I prefer pedaling to taking an air-conditioned bus, particularly one that you have to wait in line for. Nonetheless, every year I seem to be part of a miniscule minority riding to and from ODD. That said, I am not a big fan of riding up a steep hill into a setting sun that renders me hard to see for drivers on busy, six-lane roads choked with cars and traffic lights, and most on-road routes back from Outdoor Demo involve some of that.

But this particular set of bike trails avoids those roads completely, allowing enjoyment of incredible Las Vegas sunsets without concern for my safety. The route goes from Warm Springs Dr. (one of the less-congested major Vegas arteries) in the north along I-215 and then the Union Pacific Railroad through Henderson. A short piece of quiet road under I-515 links to another trail over Railroad Pass directly to Boulder City’s Bootleg Canyon, which hosts the Outdoor Demo. The bike trails through Henderson alone are amazingly extensive, and they connect to a 35-mile paved loop trail circumnavigating the River Mountains containing Bootleg Canyon and following the western lakeshore in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Except for underpasses, this trail’s road crossings are generally at grade, and some of them can be tedious and even a bit confusing at huge traffic arteries. But contrary to what you might expect, Las Vegas-area drivers tend to be exceedingly considerate at the crosswalks. Even when you don’t push the button for the yellow flashing pedestrian lights, which equip almost every minor road crossing in Henderson, almost all of the cars tend to stop when they see you on the edge or in the median, waiting to cross.
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Why Vegas Might Be Adele’s Best Bet: Mat Franco Shares His Take on the Magic of Sin City

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By DR. NANCY BERK @nancyberk

 

What music-loving American wouldn’t love to have Adele move over to this side of the pond? Rumor has it that after her global tour ends this year, Adele plans to refrain from touring for 10 years in order to be with her son. Tabloids have mentioned the possibility of a Las Vegas residency—which would mean having a family-centered home base with a designated performance space just minutes away. Not a bad solution for someone who was born to sing and wants be able to be available for all of those child-rearing moments and milestones.

So, I decided to do some unsolicited research for Adele in order find out what life is like when you take on a Vegas residency and become a familiar and favorite face on the Strip. I recently caught up with magician and America’s Got Talent winner Mat Franco, who began a residency at The Linq Hotel and Casino in 2015. FYI Adele: It looks like Franco is a big Vegas and Vegas residency fan. Here are his answers to my pop quiz….

Other than the travel factor, is the experience of performing and creating in Vegas different than performing on the road?

A residency stage becomes like the performer’s home, and the audience is invited to come over and play. Vegas is the best place to experience big shows in an intimate way.

What was one of the best surprises about doing a Vegas residency?

I was caught off guard by how comforting it is to perform in the same venue nightly. Before I started, I was concerned that I might get bored. Instead, that consistency brings much needed balance to my life.

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Las Vegas Hosts Ultimate Mexican Independence Day Celebration With Latin Concerts, Ceremonies And Festive Dishes

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El Grito Festivities to Feature top Latin Music Headliners, Fight Nights, Dining Specials and more

LAS VEGASAug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Visitors looking to celebrate Mexican Independence Day this year should look no further than the Entertainment Capital of the World. Next month, El Grito enthusiasts will enjoy some of the world’s top Latin music headliners, festive events and authentic cuisine within the destination. Each year, an impressive array of diverse international and domestic visitors come to Las Vegas to celebrate El Grito in an extraordinary way.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will partner with InVegas Magazine to kick off festivities with an official opening ceremony on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The ode to El Grito will start with a Mexican Consul bell ringing, followed by strolling mariachis and folkloric dancers. Guests can also qualify for special offerings from retailers within The Forum Shops by visiting the InVEGAS hospitality and welcome desks, where they will receive an official wristband. This event is free and open to the public.

On Sept. 16, Mayweather Promotions Presents Fight Night, featuring Ishe Smith vs. Frank GalarzaFueling the El Grito excitement, the square-off will take place at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasGeneral admission prices start at $29 and reserved prices start at $49. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

To complement the destination’s top-notch entertainment offerings, Las Vegas boasts an array of premier culinary experiences. South-of-the-border bites and celebratory beverages will leave fans and foodies chanting, “Olé!” China Poblano inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will unveil a “Viva Mexico” menu, featuring dishes such as Flautas de Pato con Mole Mihuateco, Chile en Nogada and more. In collaboration with the noodles and tacos restaurant, 123 Tequila will be on-location serving up Mexican-inspired libations. Hussong’s Cantina at the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay joins the celebration with all-day food and drink specials on Sept. 16. Diners may indulge in $3 solo tacos and $6 nachos, or enjoy a special back-to-the-roots menu created by Chef Noe Alcala.

World-class Latin performers taking over iconic venues in Las Vegas include:

  • Carlos Santana at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 14Sept. 16Sept. 17-18.
  • Mexican mariachi singer Alejandro Fernández at the MGM Grand Garden Arena inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Sept. 15.
  • Latin pop greats Emmanuel & Mijares at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Sept. 15.
  • Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull at The AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Sept. 15-16.
  • Mariachi and Latin pop legend Juan Gabriel at Mandalay Bay Events Center inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 16.
  • Latin music superstar Enrique Iglesias at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Sept. 16-17.
  • Mexican singer/songwriter Gloria Trevi at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasSept. 17.
  • Julión Alvarez Y Su Norteño Banda at Mandalay Bay Events Center inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 17.
  • Marc Anthony at The AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Sept. 17.
  • MANÁ at the MGM Grand Garden Arena inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Sept. 16.

To plan your unforgettable trip to Las Vegas, including air and hotel packages, show tickets and more, visit www.LasVegas.com

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Herbs & Rye Crowned the Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar

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Las Vegas knows it, and now so does the rest of the world.

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By Xania Woodman

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A guy opens a Las Vegas bar on a shoestring budget at the start of the Great Recession. Seven years later, he returns from the Academy Awards of bartending having been bestowed one of the greatest honors in the beverage industry. Of course, a lot happened at Herbs & Rye (3713 W. Sahara Ave., 702-982-8036, HerbsAndRye.combetween those two milestones. There were epic menu changes, multiple renovations, philosophical culture shifts, staff turnover and personal challenges. Progress came with a price, but not without a payoff, which came on July 23 when Herbs & Rye was named the Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail, America’s preeminent gathering of the spirits and bar industry.

“To be the first [Las Vegas bar] to ever make it to the Top 4 was enough for us. To actually win—it was surreal,” Herbs & Rye owner Nectaly Mendoza says. “I truly feel that it’s always been within our reach, we just had a tougher path than a lot of the other major cities. I always knew it was obtainable, I just didn’t know when or how we were going to get there, and now we’re here.”

“There are so many other things you can do [in Las Vegas] besides have cocktails. But, obviously, we’ve changed that now.” – Nectaly Mendoza, Herbs & Rye owner

In a sense, Mendoza just walked on Mars. In winning this Spirited Award, Herbs & Rye has put Las Vegas on a map that previously bore only such boozy hubs as New York, San Francisco and London, and paid little mind to what, if anything, was going on out here in the desert. And what’s been going on is that Herbs & Rye has hit its stride, consistently cranking out historically accurate classic cocktails (as many as 1,300 in a shift) alongside house-butchered steaks, and crisscrossing the world for popups and charitable efforts.

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Dine Like a VIP with These Secret Menu Items in Las Vegas

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Impress your friends, your date, your family by boldly announcing that you want to order this dish that’s not even on the menu. Your server will nod in affirmation and deliver these off-the-menu dishes at restaurants on the Strip. Lobster galore, super secret vegetarian dishes, cocktails and beers all make the list.

Now, granted, all of the dishes listed are from MGM Resorts restaurants. But guess what? You can add to the list.

Note: Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order. See something missing? Drop it in the comments, start a forum post showing your love or hit up the tipline

1 Beerhaus

You never know what you might find on tap at Beerhaus at The Park. Six of its taps feature a constantly rotating selection of rare craft beers. Whether it is an extremely limited release from a local Las Vegas brewery or the only barrel of foreign ale they were able to bring to Las Vegas, the beers on the Rarities & Unusuals menu change every day and are only available for an extremely limited time.

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