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A Capella Group MO5AIC Launches New Show at Ballys

After performing in several Las Vegas venues including opening for comedian George Wallace during his residency at the Flamingo and headlining their own show at the Silverton, the phenomenal a capella group Mo5aic returned to Las Vegas with a brand new show at Bally's Windows Showroom on June 5, that along with great musicality, includes humor and audience interaction.

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Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The band, which is compromised of Josh Huslig, Heath Burgett, Jake Moulton, Corwyn Hodge and Roopak Ahuja, may look like rock stars, but they perform a mix bag of music genres including rock, funk, pop, R & B, jazz, songs from the Top 40 with even a bit of opera thrown in. What makes them stand out from the usual singing group, is they use nothing but their own extraordinary voices, a microphone and no instruments. In other words, all the sounds and instrumental tones are produced by their amazing vocal talents and that alone. Each of the guys gets a chance to showcase their individual voices and instrumental mimicry.

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For their new show at Bally's the group has added a variety of new songs to their repertoire including hits by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, a tribute to “The History of Vegas” that honors songs such as “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin to local superstar band, Imagine Dagon's  2014 hit “Radioactive”. In another segment of the show, which proves to be informative as well as highly entertaining, Josh Huslig demonstrates the creation of a vocal loop by using a mashup of his vocal tracks.

“MO5AIC is thrilled to once again be performing in Las Vegas,” said Josh Huslig, who founded MO5AIC in 2002.  “We are honored to be part of the Bally’s line-up of performances and tradition of great talent. We couldn’t ask for a better home on The Strip.”

As a welcome addition to the lineup of great entertainers on ths strip, Mo5aic's family friendly show brings music to your ears in a spectacular, exceptional way.

At the Official Grand Opening event, which took place on Monday, June 22, VIPs and local celebrities were in attendance.  Among the red carpet arrivals were: Chris Hodgson of Fifty Shades The Smash Hit Parody; Melody Sweets of Absinthe; comedian George Wallace; singer/entertainer Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie; singer Nieve Malandra; Jason Kappus and Graham Fenton of Jersey Boys; rocker Phil Lewis vocals/guitarist of the LA Guns; Mark Shunock and Tiffany Engen of Rock of Ages; Victor and Jenny Arata aka The Skating Aratas; comedy juggler Jeff Civillico; mentalist Frederic da Silva of Paranormal, The Mindreading Show; former American Idol contestant Haley Scarnato; Ricardo Laguna BMX Pro/MTV Reality Star; Lisa Song Sutton 2014 Miss Nevada United States; singer Chadwick Johnson; Fantasy star Jamie Lynch; and Rich and Fitch of Puppetry of the Penis.

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Chadwick Johnson
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Chris Hodgson
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Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie) and Nieve Malandra
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Dennis Blair, James Bean, Nancy Ryan, John Bizarre
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Frederic da Silva
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George Wallace
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Graham Fenton
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Haley Scarnato
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Jamie Lynch
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Jason Kappus
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Jeff Civillico
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Melody Sweets
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Mrs. Nevada USA 2015 Jennifer Snowden
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Phil Lewis
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Rich and Fitch of Puppetry of the Penis
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Ricardo Laguna and Lisa Song Sutton
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Victor and Jenny Arata aka The Skating Aratas
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Tiffany Engen
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Tony Sacca (right)
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 At the conclusion of the show, Mo5aic were presented with a cake in celebration of the launch of their new show at Ballys.

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Celebratory cake marking the opening premiere
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The immensely talented MO5AIC performs 9:30 p.m, Thursday to Monday, in the Bally’s Windows Showroom. Tickets can be purchased at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Welcomes Summer with its Dazzling Under The Sea Exhibit

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes summer with the unveiling of its new display that takes guests into the depths of the ocean with schools of acrylic fish and bright barnacles.

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The West Garden features a multi-tiered, 26-foot-tall coral reef with cascading water walls. Nearby, a sunken fishing vessel with treasure chests overflowing with twinkling jewels is burrowed below the sand and flowers. Steps away, gardens showcase a fisherman’s wharf, a sandcastle replica of Bellagio and a beautiful mermaid with a tail comprised of 1,500 fresh-cut flowers settled next to colorful seahorses.

The Summer exhibtion at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is on display through September 12. Admission is FREE and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Towbin Dodge Hosts Animal Adoption Drive in Partnership with Nevada SPCA

Towbin Dodge, located at 275 Auto Mall Drive, hosted an animal adoption drive in partnership with the Nevada SPCA, on Sunday afternoon, June 21.  The Towbin Dodge showroom played host to a variety of dogs in need of loving homes. In conjunction with the adoption drive, Towbin Dodge donated $150 to the Nevada SPCA for each vehicle sold on Saturday.

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Josh "Chop" Towbin with volunteers
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Josh "Chop" Towbin chats with volunteers
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Volunteer from Levi Strauss with potential adoptee
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"Oz" saying goodbye to a volunteer before being adopted
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Volunteers from the Nevada SPCA and Levi Strauss were on site handling the animals, assessing potential adopters and answering questions. Some of the dogs found their forever homes while many more will continue to receive care from the SPCA with Towbin’s donation of more than $2,000 from the day’s car sales.

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

Legendary comedian VINNIE FAVORITO, aka “The Italian Don Rickles”, recently opened  his show “Vinnie is My Favorito” at the Tommy Wind Theater at 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Performances are 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Ticket prices are $39.95 GA, $59.95 VIP and $79.95 Super VIP plus fees.

Global music superstar, PITBULL will perform a seven-night limited engagement at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino with a unique Vegas show, “Time Of Our Lives,” Sept. 23 through Oct. 7, 2015. Tickets for the following shows go on sale Friday, June 26 at 12 noon PT: Sept. 23, 25, 26, 30 and Oct. 2, 3, 7. All shows begin at 9 p.m. Tickets range in price from $39 - $169, plus fees.

CELEBRITY MAGICIAN MURRAY SAWCHUCK & HIS WIFE CHLOE will be featured on the National Geographic Channel's Brain Games Season for June 28th on the Episode 'Positive Thinking'. Murray and Chloe along with the producers hosted a Brain Game called Positive Thinking shot at the Container Park in downtown Las Vegas earlier this year. Check out how peoples mind and how they think make for interesting decisions. You can also catch Murray when he went to the streets for some cutting edge Street Magic on Pop TV's Don't Blink on July 6.  Then on July 10 he also will be appearing on CW's Masters of Illusion showcasing his Comedy Magic for the first time ever.

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Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Louise Crawford
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FRESH52, Las Vegas’ largest certified farmers market, will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 4 with military discounts, interactive chef demonstrations including festive meal ideas as well as tips and tricks for the perfect BBQ, a special kids area in the park, product specials and more. Ranked among the top 25 markets throughout the entire United States, fresh52 now hosts over 50 one-of-a-kind vendors offering unique products along with the freshest ingredients available in Las Vegas. Guests can stroll the streets of Tivoli Village every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. exploring the wide variety of vendors and discovering new items weekly.

Active military members will enjoy an additional 10% discount on all products purchased at fresh52 on the holiday. Families and kids looking for a unique way to spend the morning will find an interactive craft area with 4th of July crafts and face painting. Market vendors will feature specials and discounts on everything to prepare for July 4th barbecues at home including fresh corn and other seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, handmade desserts, and rare, exotic spices.Northwest Career College will also be on site at the Tivoli Village fresh52 farmer’s market offering the Imagine America Foundation Scholarship, valued at $1,000, to each enrolling student.

Popular entertainer and comedy star CARLOS MENCIA will perform his stand-up act at The Orleans Showroom July 3 and 4. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

Suncoast Hotel and Casino is offering a new way to cool down this summer, with a no-cover POOL PARTY CONCERT SERIES featuring live music and food and drinks served poolside from Suncoast’s new sports bar and grill, The Game. The pool party concert series kicks off on Friday, July 3 with “90’s FLASHBACK NIGHT,” co-sponsored by Mix 94.1 and host JC Fernandez. Guests can rock the night away with all of the best hits from the 1990s with live entertainment by Empire Records. The pool party concert series welcomes those 21 years of age and older from 5-10 p.m.

Downtown Grand is kicking off its SUMMER CONCERT SERIES on the Fourth of July with a bang. High-energy alternative rock band, LIT, will perform on downtown Las Vegas’ only rooftop pool deck on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and local favorite Ashley Red will start the night as the opening band at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $20 each, include a free drink.

Corner Bar Management Group, the dynamic team behind COMMONWEALTH AND PARK ON FREMONT, will celebrate Independence Day with cocktail specials on Saturday, July 4. All specialty cocktails are priced at $8, and are available at both venues.

Fremont Street Experience’s ROCK OF VEGAS CONCERT SERIES will partner with UFC® in presenting a free concert with multi-platinum recording artists DROPKICK MURPHYS on Friday, July 10, as part of the 4th Annual UFC International Fight Week™. The concert is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Las Vegas will be getting in on the UFC Fight Week™ action with several UFC events taking place at Fremont Street Experience, including meet-and-greets and autograph signings with UFC fighters on Friday, July 10 and the Ulti-Man 5K with UFC President Dana White on Saturday morning, July 11.

UFC star Joe Soto will host a fight night viewing party for the highly anticipated UFC 189: JOSE “JUNIOR” ALDO VS. CONOR “THE NOTORIOUS” MCGREGOR at award-winning gentlemen’s club CRAZY HORSE III on Saturday, July 11 starting at 5 p.m.The 40,000-square-foot+ venue is located minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, just a few blocks west of I-15 on Russell Rd.

Rock legend GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS will return to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Sunset Amphitheater, located poolside, at Sunset Station on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.  Tickets, which are priced at $23.50, $33.50, $38.50, $50 and $60 plus tax and applicable fees are ON SALE NOW at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas.

World-famous dance crew the JABBAWOCKEEZ PRESENTS WOCK AS ONE: SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE 2015 RO BENEFIT AID FOR AIDS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA (AFAN) AND SUNRISE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. This exclusive experience invites intermediate and advanced-level dancers of all ages to meet, learn and embrace the ways of the Jabbawockeez on July 15, July 16 and July 17.  Featuring dance workshops from some of the best choreographers and performers in the hip hop and dance worlds, Wock As One: Summer Dance Intensive 2015 includes two days of multiple-session trainings at The Rock Center for Dance at 8210 South Maryland Parkway. The final day of training will be at the Jabbawockeez Theatre inside Luxor Las Vegas, where participants will perform a number on the PRiSM stage for invited guests and family members. Celebrity instructors/choreographers include Lyle Beniga (Justin Timberlake), Charles (Poreotics/Kinjas), Maryss (Beat Freaks), Koncrete (Street Kingdom) and Flo Master (Usher), who are ready to bring this extravaganza to a whole other level.

In the spirit of colliding the creative with philanthropy, Jabbawockeez will donate a portion of all proceeds from Wock As One: Summer Dance Intensive 2015 to Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) and Sunrise Children's Hospital.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday evening, June 25...

Running back for the New Orleans Saints, CJ Spiller, joined by friends, was spotted at TAO’s Worship Thursday,  taking in the sounds of DJ FIVE.

Wednesday, June 24...

Following the NHL Awards, which were held earlier in the evening at MGM Grand, host Rob Riggle performer Chris Daughtry and James Norris Memorial Trophy winner Erik Karlsson were seen in high spirits as they enjoyed their evening at at LIGHT Nightclub inside Mandalay Bay. Also spotted reveling in the night were retired NHL legends Daniel Alfredsson and Anson Carter. Turntable sensation DJ Mustard kept the energy going all night by spinning fan-favorite tracks for hockey fans and clubgoers who were in attendance for the extravagant affair.

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DJ Mustard
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Erik Karlsson
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Rob Riggle and Chris Daughtry
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Tuesday afternoon, June 23...

Phil Pritchard, The Hockey Hall of Fame's “Keeper of the Stanley Cup” and the the NHL (National Hockey League) pestigious championship trophy Stanley Cup enjoyed the views of Las Vegas from 550 feet in the air, on the world’s tallest observation wheel from their air-conditioned cabin.

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Phil Pritchard on the High Roller
Photo courtesy of the Linq

Professional wrestler and recent WWE Hall of Fame inductee Solofa Fatu Jr., better known for his ring name Rikishi, was spotted with friends at Blue Man Group inside Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Following the performance, the athlete went backstage for a private meet-and-greet with the Blue Men and cast members.

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Saturday night, June 20...

Global phenomenon and award-winning recording artist Justin Bieber made two surprise visits to Drai's at The Cromwell in the midst of EDC Weekend - he showed up at Drai’s Beachclub and did an impromptu performance of the song “Where are Ü Now?” for the 3,000 excited pool partygoers and then returned to the rooftop hotspot 11 stories above the famed Strip and hit the drums live on stage at Drai’s Nightclub before Chris Brown kicked off his concert for Drai’s LIVE.  Once Chris Brown took the stage, he was joined by surprise guest French Montana.

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Justin Bieber
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Justin Bieber plays the drums
Photo courtesy of Drai's Beachclub

Singer Scott Hoying of the a cappella group Pentatonix was spotted dining at TAO Asian Bistro, with eight friends.

Friday, June 19...

Jahan Yousaf of Krewella and Frank Zummo of Street Drum Corps were spotted at Blue Man Group inside Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Following the performance, the EDM superstar and American punk rock drummer went backstage for a private VIP meet-and-greet with the Blue Men and cast members.

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Jahan Yousaf of Krewella and Frank Zummo of Street Drum Corps
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