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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Go for the weird: 4 oddball attractions in Las Vegas

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Not into casinos or shows? Try the Pinball Hall of Fame, the Neon Museum or other tourist draws weirdly suited to Sin City.

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So you’re going to Vegas! Not your first choice, you say. You’re tagging along. Well, there’s the exciting casinos to visit, and — what’s that? You don’t gamble? Hmm. Well, how about a show? There’s probably a Cirque du Soleil in your hotel.

You don’t like shows? Or poolside lounging? Don’t worry. It’s not all gambling, gaping and groping in Vegas. Here are four of the city’s most unusual points of interest.

Pinball Hall of Fame

In a nondescript building on a road by the airport, there’s a world of binging, bonging, clacking examples of coin-operated joy. Four hundred pinball machines from every era are here, most in working condition. Stubby-flipper old tables from the ’60s with groovy designs, snappy machines of the ’70s complete with Elton John in platform shoes, and the manic and often incomprehensible tables of today. Looking for your college pinball machine? They probably have it, next to the one you played at the small-town ice cream parlor in the town your family visited each summer.

Note: You don’t have to play to appreciate the place. It’s not quite right to call this a museum, since you can play the exhibits. But it is a museum, devoted to a medium that doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves: stylized pop-art paintings that range from traditional to psychedelic. It’s like looking at panels of comic books from a parallel dimension — everything is a bit off, a bit peculiar, the postures wrong, the faces frozen in eternal unnerving glee.

The Fremont Street Experience

In old downtown Vegas, the bulbous man is not entirely naked. His groinal parts are contained in a piece of fabric the size of a toddler’s sock. He’s here for your Outrageous Tourist Selfies. Drop a buck in the pot, pose with the naked dude. Whoo! Vegas!

Overhead: A vast canopy shields the street from the sun. In a few hours it will explode with light, and all the neon signs that line the street will come alive. For now, in the afternoon, the lights are off — a strange, weird rebuke to the always-on Strip. Fremont doesn’t particularly care about the glitz and the ballyhoo. It’s an experience no matter when you show up. Just look down there: an enormous slot machine three stories high, known as Slot­Zilla. Every few minutes people fly out of it on zip lines, amateur angels screaming fear and delight as they soar over Mostly Naked Dude and the rest of the impromptu crowd. The casinos are open, of course; Binion’s, where you can be photographed with a million dollars. The Four Queens, the Golden Nugget — classic names over smoky dark caves where the penny-slot crowd hunches around burbling machines.

 

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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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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting http://www.vrtv.vegas/.   For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.lasvegas.com.

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FORMULA E CONFIRMS VIRTUAL RACE IN LAS VEGAS

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Las Vegas will host an eRace at the beginning of next year

Formula E has confirmed that a virtual race will be held in Las Vegas at the beginning of next year.

All twenty Formula E drivers will be involved in the eRace, which will be held at The Venetian Hotel to coincide with the Sports Business Innovation Summit between the 5th and 7th of January.

There will also be an opportunity for ten fans to join the race through a ‘Road to Vegas Challenge’, which will involve a series of online qualifying races with the top drivers being invited to fly out to Vegas to drive against the Formula E field.

Each racer will be competing for the chance to win a share of a $1 million prize fund.

Formula E will be using Playseat gaming rigs running rFactor 2 software for the race, with Cloud Sport providing technical support.

CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, said that the initiative once again showed the commitment of the series to involving fans as much as possible.

“Formula E takes one more giant step in engaging with our fans. Gamers from all over the world will be able to participate in the ‘Road to Vegas Challenge’ and earn themselves the opportunity to race against the Formula E drivers in a unique eRace,” he said.

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Yoga in a Ferris wheel? Only in Vegas

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By Jay Jones

The High Roller is now hosting daily, one-hour yoga sessions with the Strip and the nearby mountains creating a unique backdrop.

Having boarded one of the wheel’s cabins, participants will don headphones for guidance from a Silent Savasana yoga school instructor. According to a news release, the headphones allow guests to focus both on the instructor and the views.

A 60-minute session equals two rotations of the wheel. Guests can use the mats provided or bring their own.

Las Vegas Club, one of downtown’s oldest casinos, closes

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By the time the Las Vegas Club shut down just after midnight today, there wasn’t much left to which customers and employees could say goodbye.

Many parts of the historic casino had already closed: the table games, for instance, dealt their last hands over the weekend, and the property’s hotel rooms were notably shuttered more than two years ago.

Nonetheless, a small group of loyal gamblers and others came to try their luck at the remaining slot and video poker machines, and to take one last look at the historic downtown casino that was recently sold to the owners of the D.

It lacked the energy that accompanied the Riviera’s closure on the Strip earlier this year, but the Las Vegas Club’s final evening was still marked by a strong sense of nostalgia among those who were there.

Gambling writer John Mehaffey said he became a repeat customer of the Las Vegas Club after finding a video poker machine he liked there years ago. Taking a break from playing at one such machine late Wednesday, he said the workers helped keep him coming back.

“The employees here made the place,” he said. “The more time went on, the more appreciative they were of the people who still came here. They took care of the regulars for sure.”

The Las Vegas Club, which traces its roots to 1930, is now in the hands of Derek and Greg Stevens, the brothers who also control the D and the Golden Gate resorts. Derek Stevens said in a previous interview that they did not purchase the casino name, so whatever he eventually reopens at the corner of Main and Fremont streets will be called something else.

“It’s emotional,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of PlayLV, which has been operating the Las Vegas Club as well as the Plaza. “It’s not the biggest sendoff, but it happened so quickly, there wasn’t time to do much.”

Jossel said he felt like “it’s not the end” because aspects of the casino — including many employees and gambling machines — will be transferred over to the Plaza, which PlayLV is still running.

Las Vegas Club assistant slot supervisor Melissa Takeuchi, who worked at the casino for 11 years, is among the workers who will be continuing at the Plaza and she said she hoped to retain many customers there, too. The Las Vegas Club felt like home, she said, “but the Plaza will be our new home.”

Local residents Mark Harlan and Leslie Dill won $500 playing a video poker machine less than an hour before the casino was set to close. Harlan said he wasn’t too sad that the casino was closing because it had a rich history, and he was excited for what’s in store for the property.

“I think the Las Vegas Club had a very good run,” he said. “I’m ready for the next horse. Bring it.”

The gift shop will remain open through the end of the month, according to Jossel. Derek Stevens has said it’s still too soon to tell exactly what he will do with the property moving forward.

SOURCE: http://vegasinc.com/business/gaming/2015/aug/20/final-goodbye-las-vegas-club-shuts-its-doors-fremo/

‘America’s Got Talent’ winner to headline a Las Vegas show

Are you a fan of “America’s Got Talent”? A season 10 winner hasn’t even been crowned yet but already the lucky performer has a Las Vegas show set.

One of the perks for the winner will be headlining “America’s Got Talent Live,” a stage-show version of the TV series, Oct. 22-24 in the PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort.

Singers, comedians, dancers and variety shows are competing in the current season. The winner gets $1 million as well as a headlining role in the show that travels the country.

Other former winners already have productions up and down the Strip. Season 9 winner Mat Franco just opened his show at The Linq. The first magician to win the show features new material in his production.

Season 2 winner Terry Fator has his own show at the Mirage. The singing impressionist features 100 impressions and 16 different puppets in his act.

Season 5 winner Michael Grimm occasionally headlines in Las Vegas with his catalog of songs.

Tickets for the Planet Hollywood show go on sale after the competition’s winner is announced during the “America’s Got Talent” season finale on Sept. 16.

SOURCE: http://www.latimes.com/travel/lasvegas/lasvegasnow/la-tr-lvn-las-vegas-shows-americas-got-talent-live-20150816-story.html

NHL expansion bids for Vegas, Quebec City move to Phase 2


Bill Foley is the head of the Las Vegas group bidding to land an NHL expansion franchise. The group has already secured more than 13,200 season-ticket deposits for a potential team.

Las Vegas and Quebec City are moving on to the second of three phases in their bids to land NHL expansion franchises, the respective groups announced Wednesday.

Bill Foley, who heads the Las Vegas bid, issued a statement on his group’s website, “Vegas Wants Hockey,” that the league has invited it to advance. Quebecor, a Montreal-based communications giant, announced on its Twitter account that its Quebec City bid is moving forward.

Foley said Phase 2 will feature bidders’ providing the NHL additional information regarding their respective markets and arena plans. The bidders will also gain access to certain league-related information.

The Las Vegas group has already secured more than 13,200 season-ticket deposits for a potential team. And there’s a multipurpose arena under construction near the Las Vegas Strip set to open next spring.

There is a third phase to the process, though it’s unclear when that will begin. Bids must also be approved by the NHL board of governors.

The NHL isn’t expected to expand until 2017 at the earliest. Commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed an expansion fee of $500 million. That’s a significant jump from the $80 million fee paid by the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, when the NHL last expanded to 30 teams in 2000.

Out of 16 expansion applications, Las Vegas’ and Quebec City’s were the only ones accepted by the NHL last month.

As part of their applications, the two groups were required to submit a $10 million down payment, $2 million of which was nonrefundable.

SOURCE: http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/13383321/las-vegas-quebec-city-nhl-expansion-bids-advance-phase-2