With 2017 coming to a close, we are now looking ahead to 2018, and there is a lot to look forward to here in Las Vegas. Joining us this morning from the LVCVA is Senior Vice President of Marketing Cathy Tull.
Some notable news for 2018:
MGM Resorts Selects ‘Las Vegas Aces’ as New Name for WNBA Franchise
MGM Resorts International recently announced that its WNBA franchise will be called the Las Vegas Aces. Las Vegas’ first major professional basketball team – formerly the San Antonio Stars – will begin play in its new home in the 2018 season. Las Vegas Aces President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Bill Laimbeer was joined by MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle and WNBA President Lisa Borders to reveal the team’s name and logo at a news conference at Mandalay Bay. For more information, visit lasvegasACES.com.
Frank Sinatra’s Granddaughter AJ Lambert Launches Monthly Las Vegas Residency
For the first time ever, multi-talented songstress and Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, AJ Lambert will perform in Las Vegas with a monthly residency at The Space beginning Friday, Jan. 12. AJ will rotate between performing two of her grandfather’s albums – the 1955 pioneering concept album “In The Wee Small Hours,” as well as his 1958 album, “Only The Lonely.” In this show, AJ shares her deeply intimate recollections of her grandfather Frank Sinatra, as only she can, while singing the iconic albums in their entirety with a voice all her own. The stripped-down presentation of Nelson Riddle’s classic arrangements (with piano accompaniment by John Boswell) allows for a rare opportunity for intimacy with these incredible pieces of American music. Whether you know the albums by heart or always wanted to know more, this show makes for a very rewarding evening.
LAS RAGEOUS Music Festival Returns to Downtown Las Vegas
After a successful debut in 2017, which drew rock and metal fans from around the world with sellout crowds of 10,000 each day, Las Rageous returns for its second year on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. The two-day music festival created by Live Nation will take over two square blocks, in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and will feature performances from A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Ghost, Judas Priest, and more, on two stages.
Earth, Wind & Fire Launch First Las Vegas Residency
Legendary music group Earth, Wind & Fire announced a very special limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. The show will be held on May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. This will be the band’s debut residency in Las Vegas. The Earth, Wind & Fire live tour legacy is considered groundbreaking with rich history of state-of-the-art production and surprises. The residency will showcase a spectacular stage production like never seen before.
China Lights Festival Coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park
The Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co. Ltd., in cooperation with Zigong City and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce, recently announced that world-class China Lights lantern festival will debut in North Las Vegas as part of a cultural trade mission. From Jan. 19 through Feb. 25, Craig Ranch Regional Park will be illuminated with 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, comprised of more than 1,000 components using state-of-the-art LEDs and animation. The festival will also include cultural demonstrations and displays, traditional Asian and western dining options, and nightly live stage entertainment. For the inaugural year, Boyd Gaming will be the exclusive gaming sponsor, with opportunities for other local businesses to sponsor the lanterns throughout the exhibit.
Alexxa’s Bar Opens inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
ALEXXA’s, a modern bar with a unique twist, debuted on Dec. 30, 2017 inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, bringing a sangria-focused element, global small dishes and live music to The Strip. As the muse of its adjoining restaurant HEXX kitchen + bar, ALEXXA’s bar will boast an upscale design with a sexy vibe. ALEXXA’s bar, connecting to HEXX kitchen + bar, will open to beautiful patio doors directly onto Las Vegas Boulevard. The bar will feature nine sangria options to choose from, including sparkling sangria, cider sangria and seasonal sangrias. A selection of curated cocktails made with fresh juices will also be available at ALEXXA’s bar.
The Mob Museum to Debut The Underground, a Permanent Prohibition History Exhibition Featuring Working Speakeasy and Distillery
The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will reinvent the way guests experience history when it unveils The Underground, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of Prohibition, in April 2018. Guests touring The Underground will learn about Prohibition-era bootlegging and rum running. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground will take visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time: Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground will house a real working distillery and speakeasy. While visiting these vibrant, immersive environments, guests will be compelled to ponder the time when consuming alcohol was not only a criminal act, but also bred secret watering holes that became the most glamorous places to be.
Lady Gaga Announces Two-Year Special Engagement at Park Theater
Six-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee superstar entertainer Lady Gaga will bring her one-of-a-kind talent and creativity to the stage at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas beginning in December 2018. On the heels of a year that included a stunning Super Bowl performance and a wildly celebrated sold-out tour, Lady Gaga's energy and raw talent will forever change the Las Vegas entertainment landscape. With a show designed specifically for this intimate venue, Lady Gaga will launch a two-year, multi-date love affair with Las Vegas. For more information, visit parktheaterlv.com.
Donny & Marie Residency at Flamingo Las Vegas Extended to 2018
Having already spent more than five decades in the entertainment spotlight, the unwavering talent and lasting showmanship of Donny & Marie remains so popular that the multi-talented duo have announced the extension of their critically-acclaimed residency in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas through the end of 2018. With competition in Las Vegas more heated than ever before, Donny & Marie have proven to deliver one of the most dynamic and high-energy shows in Las Vegas. Since beginning in Sept. 2008, the singing duo has now performed more than 1,300 shows. What began as only a six-week concert engagement ended up being so well received that by popular demand, the residency was extended again and again. With sold-out rooms featuring high-energy performances, their distinctive blend of talents will go on for another year, enabling them to hit a milestone decade on the famed Strip.