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Neon Trees joins rock 'n' roll royalty with a memorabilia case dedication at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

American rock band Neon Trees, best known for mega-hits “Animal” and “Everybody Talks,” was honored with their first-ever memorabilia case at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Thursday, July 31. The group, comprised of lead singer Tyler Glenn, guitarist Chris Allen, bassist Branden Campbell and drummer Elaine Bradley, unveiled the case in front of dozens of screaming fans.

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Neon Trees
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Glenn took a few minutes to acknowledge his appreciation of his fans and of the property, stating “We’ve been coming to this hotel for seven or eight years now… It’s a deep honor because we’re such music fans as well to be included in something that’s relevant and part of modern music. We put so much into everything we do visual to have some of that in a case for people to see is deeply exciting as artists. I’m so thrilled.”
Campbell, a Las Vegas native, said “When you think of the company we keep, when you walk throughout this hotel and you see all the other artist that are here, and for us to be included among those artists is really an honor.”
He also acknowledged his Las Vegas roots, continuing by saying the hotel has always been important to him because his father helped construct the property’s signature roof-top guitar. “It’s a piece of our family, to come here and always see all the work that has been done. It goes beyond music.”
The display, curated by Hard Rock Hotel’s memorabilia coordinator Beau Dobney, features items from the “Sleeping with a Friend,” the band’s current single, such as Glenn’s cupcake suite, Campbell’s base guitar, Allen’s suit and ukulele, Bradley’s snakeskin heels, a house costume as well as clothing from the album cover.

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Neon Trees memorabilia case
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 Neon Trees returns to Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 24 to play the Life is Beautiful festival.

Prince Tribute Show “Purple Reign” Celebrates New Residency at The D

Purple Reign, the Prince Tribute Show recently celebrated its new residency at The D in downtown Las Vegas where Prince lookalike/soundalike, Jason Tenner and his powerful band continue to rock the house with dynamic renditions of the artist's greatest hits. The high energy show also features a tribute to Morris Day and The Time along with a new addition, sexy dancer Jennifer Romas who boosts the sizzle factor  with her hot moves.

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Cast of Purple Reign
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 “We love the party atmosphere of downtown Las Vegas and couldn’t be happier to return to the D,” said Jason Tenner, front man of Purple Reign. “The D’s new showroom allows us to incorporate exciting elements to our signature acts and we think our audiences will enjoy the intimate layout of the venue.”

Recognized as the world’s #1 Prince Tribute Band, Purple Reign is a must see for Prince fans and music lovers alike.  When it comes to duplicating the real thing, Jason Tenner and band reign supreme.

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Jason Tenner and Jennifer Romas
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Kendrick Harmon as Morris Day
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Jason Tenner
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Video credit: Stephen Thorburn

Video credit: Stephen Thorburn

Video credit: Stephen Thorburn

To experience Purple Reign in its new home downtown, guests can purchase tickets at the box office. Showtimes are Thursdays – Sundays at 10:30 p.m

Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

DISTILL - A LOCAL BAR opened its second location on Saturday, July 19. Located at 4830 W. Pyle Ave. off of Decatur Blvd., just south of Silverado Ranch Blvd. in Southern Highlands, the restaurant/bar offers guests the same fun atmosphere, house-made cocktails, handcrafted food and VIP gaming club popular local hangout and the perfect place to get together with old friends or meet new ones.

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The new Distill location is the latest creation from the owners of Remedy’s Tavern and Elixir, and the third addition to their popular restaurant portfolio in the last year alone. The successful expansion is due the philosophy of winning over guests with modern, yet intimate atmospheres; friendly and knowledgeable staff members on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week; comfortably priced artisan cocktails and delicious culinary twists on classic tavern fare.  The Southern Highlands location also boasts a non-smoking dining area open to diners of all ages.

For the gaming aficionados, Distill features 15 brand-new 20” LCD gaming machines carrying more than 55 poker, blackjack, slot and keno games providing the perfect place to kick back and play. By joining the VIP Gaming Club, players will enjoy slot promotions, exclusive parties, scratch cards and $10,000 lotto bucks every hour.

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Distill billiards
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Distill bar
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Similar to the Summerlin location, Distill features a state-of-the-art juke box with access to thousands of songs that is easily accessed through smart phones to supply the soundtrack to any occasion;  18 high-definition televisions to catch all the sport action, or if chalking up the cues and racking up for a game of nine-ball, striking down some pins or “hitting the links” are top priorities, there are two pool tables, Silver Strike Bowling and Golden Tee Golf.  In addition, patrons will be enjoy scheduled events, promotions and specials.

Due to popular demand, beloved internationally-renowned singer-actress OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN has extended her “Summer Nights” residency inside the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas through Jan. 2015.

The Board of Directors of EPICUREAN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION OF LAS VEGAS and AVERO LLC have selected Art Institute of Las Vegas senior, Wendy Pimentel, as the winner of the 2014 Avero New York City Restaurant Education Experience.  The annual experience sends one deserving ECF scholarship recipient, along with their respective mentor, to New York City for a four-day immersion into the food and beverage industry. The selected student earns the opportunity to meet and learn from leading chefs, managers, restaurateurs and hoteliers while visiting some of the city’s most prominent dining establishments. Pimentel will enjoy New York City from Monday, Aug. 11, through Thursday, Aug. 14, alongside her ECF mentor, Adam Odegard. Odegard serves as founder and president of Epicurean Strategic Partners and is one of 25 leading hospitality and food and beverage executives that make up the ECF Board.

Tickets for the second annual MISS ASIAN LAS VEGAS PAGEANT will go on sale on Friday, Aug. 8. The event will be held inside The Palazzo Theatre at The Palazzo Las Vegas on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. The event provides a platform to help build leadership, friendships, community involvement, etiquette and talent for its contestants. In addition to traditional pageant rounds such as interviews, swimwear and evening gowns, the production will feature glamorous displays of Asian culture and costume. This year, the pageant will have representatives from Teen, Miss, Ms. and Mrs. categories with ages ranging from 15 – 52. A grand prize winner will be chosen in each category as well as a Chinese representative who will go on to compete in the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant. Ticket prices start at $28 (plus applicable service fees) and can be purchased at any Venetian or Palazzo box office.

Canadian born comedian ANGELO TSAROUCHAE headlines the Laugh Factory at the New Tropicana the week of August 11, through Sunday, August 17. Also lineup also features Chris Bader, with Kristeen Von Hagan hosting. Nightly showtimes are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., with tickets priced at $34.95 and $44.95.

HUSSONG'S CANTINA will host the official kick-off party for “VEGAS TO RENO RACE”, the Longest Off-Road Race in the United States, at their Las Vegas location, inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, Saturday, August 16 from 12pm – 4pm.  Azuñia Tequila will be on-hand with samples and a slew of giveaways. Jim Beaver, host of the #1 action motorsports radio show “The Down and Dirty Radio Show” will be broadcasting live from the Baja-inspired cantina. Guests can join drivers in an official end of race party, hosted at Hussong’s Cantina’s Reno location inside the Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino. Azuñia Tequila will be on-hand once again to help celebrate the end of the desert race.

WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO is offering ELVIS PRESLEY fans ways to remember him on Saturday, August 16, the 37th Anniversary of his Death. The property (originally The International Hotel, later the Las Vegas Hilton and most recently the LVH- Las Vegas Hotel & Casino)  where he performed 837 consecutive sold-out shows, has on display a collection of authentic Elvis Presley memorabilia for guests to visit and admire including clothing, jewelry, costumes and the last car he owned. Presley fans can view the many artifacts on display throughout the property from The King’s Ransom Museum. The property also houses the legendary 5,000-square-foot penthouse “Elvis suite” located on the 30th floor and the life-size bronze statue  of Elvis located in the Westgate lobby.

The August edition of “MONDAYS DARK WITH MARK SHUNOCK” will take place on Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. at Vinyl inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  Following the success of last month’s CLASSIC VEGAS night, 100 percent of the ticket proceeds from the August show will benefit HIS LOVE STREET and will feature Earl Turner, Clint Holmes, Chadwick Johnson, Skye Dee Miles, Mary Wilson, LV Tenors, Lisa Mack and others to be announced with the evening titled “Soul Funkdafied”.Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door, and can be purchased by visiting and are limited to 300 tickets per event. For more information please call 702-485-1262.

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PAWN SHOP LIVE! – The Lost Episode”,  a gritty new comedy based on HISTORY’s popular series “Pawn Stars”,  closes at The Riviera Hotel & Casino on Thursday, August 21.

RIVIERA HOTEL & CASINO is partnering with THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK to help feed the hungry during Fall Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Beginning Friday, August 22, a portion of the proceeds from the new Three Square Menu at R Steak & Seafood Restaurant will be donated to Southern Nevada’s only food bank to help feed thousands of residents in Valley.

SLS LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO, the highly anticipated Las Vegas property, located on the iconic grounds of the Sahara Hotel & Casino,  will open its doors to the public on Saturday, August 23. Construction on The Strip’s newest resort is wrapping ahead of schedule, allowing guests to experience the property earlier than its projected Labor Day Weekend debut.

Comedian ADAM CAROLLA brings his popular live podcast, “The Adam Carolla Show,” to Treasure Island Theatre for one night only on August 29 at 9 p.m.  The show will feature Carolla with co-hosts Alison Rosen and Bald Bryan performing fan favorite segments including “Blah Blah Blog,” “GayWalking” and “The News” featuring pictures and video of the most current news topics. A special guest joining Carolla, Rosen and Bryan will be announced at a later date.  Tickets are available from $42.50, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at the TI Box Office.

THE WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO has announced that it will host the 2014 NORTH AMERICAN CHINESE INVITATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT August 30 – September 1, 2014. This event is rich in history and tradition and this will mark the first time that this tournament will be located outside of its standard six-city rotation. Although San Francisco is technically the host city for 2014, they have chosen to have the tournament at the Westgate Las Vegas for their turn.  This marks the 70th year for the tournament.

The North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament will be held in the Paradise Event Center at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.  The tournament schedule can be found at

Celebrity Sightings:

Saturday, Aug. 2...

Floyd Mayweather was spotted in a VIP suite at The Legends of Hip Hop featuring DMX, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Naughty by Nature, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, Black Sheep & Rob Base at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Friday night, August 1...

Former Lightweight, Welterweight and Jr. Middleweight boxing champion, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, was spotted attending ABSINTHE at  Caesars Palace. Following the performance, Mosley met with ABSINTHE’s outlandish producer, The Gazillionaire, and his raucous assistant Penny Pibbets.

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"Sugar" Shane Mosely with the Gazillionaire and Penny
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Redfoo of LMFAO, and the entire La Freak Crew, also known as the Party Rock Crew, was spotted at TAO Nightclub. Between taking photos with guests and interacting with the crowd all night, Redfoo joined Eric D-Lux in the DJ booth for an impromptu performance.

Monday night, July 28...

Katy Perry and her entourage of close friends headed to XS nightclub, where the group occupied several stage-side tables while waiting for Diplo to take over the DJ booth for his Mad Decent Mondays residency. Earlier in the evening, Katy was spotted dining with Diplo at celebrity hotspot Andrea’s in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. The cozy pair was part of a group of 14 celebrating a friend's birthday.

Saturday, July 26...

English actor (“Gossip Girl”) and musician Ed Westwick, joined by a group of 15 friends, and NBA Champions the San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker were spotted at Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand. The group partied the night away as Hakkasan resident Calvin Harris spun his hits into the early hours of the morning.