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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Bring World Tour to T Mobile Arena

More than 3 years after ending his run at Wynn Las Vegas, the world's most successful solo artist, country music superstar Garth Books has returned to Sin City.  This go around its all about bringing his World Tour, in which he is joined by wife, fellow award winning country singer Trisha Yearwood, to the T Mobile Arena for six performances, beginning Friday evening, June 24.

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Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks
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Prior to his debut in the arena later in the day, there was a press conference on Friday afternoon, June 24 with Brooks and Yearwood.  The two spoke about the World Tour, what they have in store for their audiences, and even offered up some personal insight into their lives behind the scenes, and what it means for them to work together on stage.

Dates and times for Garth Brooks Shows at the T Mobile Arena are: Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Monday, July 4 at 5 p.m. Tickets are priced at $85 (inclusive of applicable taxes and service fees).

Click on the following link to hear the entire press conference.

Check out Bobbie Katz's interviews with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood in this week's edition of www.lasvegasroundtheclock.

Read Dianne Davis' review of Garth Brooks opening night performance at T Mobile Arena in this week's edition of her Views of Vegas column.

Over 400,000 Celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas

More than 400,000 passionate festival goers came together in Las Vegas the weekend of June 17-19, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) - a milestone year in dance music. The momentous, sold-out 20th edition of EDC came to a close at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Monday morning as fireworks lit up the Electric Sky above dance music fans from around the world as they experienced the brand new, redesigned festival landscape complete with eight innovative stage designs, stunning new art installations, beautifully costumed theatrical performers and nightly, jaw-dropping firework displays.

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EDC attendees experienced the debut of the new kineticTEMPLE stage, encompassing an ancient temple of the owl community and surrounded by technology of the future. Spanning 446 feet wide and standing 95 feet tall, The Tree of Imagination served as a novel centerpiece, celebrating life, creativity, and the memories upon which EDC was built. The kineticTEMPLE lineup included unprecedented sets from the likes of Alesso, Anna Lunoe, Axwell Ingrosso, Dada Life, Hardwell, Jauz, The Magician and more.
 
Throughout the weekend, kineticTEMPLE also delivered multiple surprise performances, including a crowd serenade from John Legend, who performed “All of Me” and his brand new track “Summer Nights” on stage with Tiesto Sunday night. In addition, Moby made an appearance on Friday night and Robin S. performed on Saturday, both taking part in a meaningful midnight ceremony celebrating the unity of the dance music community through iconic EDC visuals and a vibrant fireworks show.

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On Friday night, fans lounging under the beautiful, wooden SkyBridge art installation were treated to a surprise performance by Kaskade, playing a classic Redux set until sunrise. Perched on the vast grassy field, cosmicMEADOW, hosted by Audiotistic, took fans on a journey through an eclectic mix of live music formats, from electronic and hip-hop to turntabilsm at its finest, including sets from Zedd, Flux Pavilion, Knife Party, Marshmello, Hannah Wants and more.
 
EDC Las Vegas delivered a weekend filled with entertainment that went well beyond the stages.  Festival goers were immersed in a carnival experience that featured games and 18 full-scale rides, including Big Splash Water Flume – the newest and most popular attraction. Guests wandered through a sprawl of mock shops and vendors in the bustling EDC Town, and 14 whimsical art cars wove their way through the crowd each day. Along Rainbow Road, Headliners could scale through the 46-foot long jungle gym known as Jejunum, emitting a glowing light through each of its winding, steel ribs.

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New additions to EDC Las Vegas’ VIP offerings included dedicated viewing areas at four different stages and at neonGARDEN, a dedicated lounge with plush day beds. Additionally, the tradition of love continued with couples celebrating their commitment to each other during vow renewals and legal wedding ceremonies within EDC’s two new wedding chapels, located inside EDC Town.

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

In celebration of National Spandex Day, cast members from ABSINTHE took over the newly opened XCYCLE studio inside Boca Park for a special one-day-only ride on Saturday, June 25.

Absinthe cast members pose with attendees and owners Jen Barnett and Ginger Melien Credit Densie Truscello
Absinthe cast members pose with attendees and owners Jen Barnett and Ginger Melien
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Joy Jenkens from Absinthe entertains riders throughout the special themed class Credit Denise Truscello
Joy Jenkens from Absinthe entertains riders throughout the special themed class
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Select cast members from Absinthe Take Over XCYCLE Credit Denise Truscello
Select cast members from Absinthe Take Over XCYCLE
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While unaccustomed to physical exercise, The Gazillionaire, his assistant Joy Jenkins and his ever-present bodyguards were all on hand to entertain riders with their mutual appreciation of spandex. ABSINTHE recently celebrated its fifth anniversary at Caesars Palace and in addition to having free range throughout the packed class, the cast posed for pictures with excited cyclists.

This summer Comedy Magician ADAM LONDON celebrates kids of all ages who have a summer birthday. In honor of Adam London's very own June 26th birthday, those with a birthday in June, July or August can come see his 4 p.m show, Laughternoon, at the D Las Vegas for FREE from June 26 through July 26. All birthday goers and patrons with a paid ticket will also receive a free cup of Anderson Dairy Ice Cream as a nostalgic throwback to London’s job selling ice cream as a teen. The free cup of ice cream promotion lasts through Labor Day for paid audience members. Having perfected his craft in comedy clubs around the world, including the world famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles, Adam London’s Laughternoon is performed daily at 4 p.m. inside The Showroom at the D Las Vegas. Tickets start at $19.95.

In a NEW STUDY BY SMARTASSETLAS VEGAS ranks as the THIRD MOST AFFORDABLE U.S. VACATION SPOT for a family of four and fourth most affordable for single travelers. The average family of four can expect to spend an average of around $2,496 on restaurant meals, flights, a rental car and a couple of hotel rooms.

Fremont Street Experience’s ROCK OF VEGAS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES will feature a FREE concert on Independence Day Weekend from CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES, Saturday, July 2 at 9 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage. The popular ska-swing band will play everything from their breakout hit “Zoot Suit Riot” to songs off their newest album The Boop-A-Doo.

The Plaza Hotel and Casino will celebrate the Pool at the Plaza's grand opening with festivities beginning Saturday, July 2 and including a fireworks celebration at 9:30 p.m. that night. Please find below and attached more details. Please let me know if you need more information. Thank you. Amy

The Plaza Hotel & Casino will celebrate the POOL AT THE PLAZA’s official grand opening with festivities throughout the July Fourth holiday weekend, starting with a weekend-long BBQ beginning at 11 a.m. each day featuring entertainment from a local DJ. In the evening, on Saturday, July 2, the Plaza will hold a grand opening celebration with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. for a special performance of the Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash’d Out at 8:30 p.m. The night will culminate with a fireworks show off of the roofs of the Plaza’s two towers by Advanced Entertainment Services at 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, the Plaza will also host a Pickleball exhibition and round robin in conjunction with players from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA).

BEER PARK, the rooftop bar and grill, at Paris Las Vegas will celebrate Fourth of July with Budweiser’s Ameri-cans, as well as food specials, live music from 7 to 9 p.m. and  a firework viewing party on Sunday, July 3 beginning at 9 p.m.

The entire Las Vegas valley is invited to celebrate Independence Day at the 22nd annual SUMMERLIN COUNCIL PATRIOTIC PARADE, Southern Nevada’s largest and most colorful Fourth of July parade that will take place 9 am – 11 am. The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Rd. and Hills Center Dr. in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south toward Village Center Circle, then west on Trailwood Drive. The parade ends prior to the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane.

This year, Senator Dean Heller and Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison will kick off the procession. Parade grand marshals are Brigadier General Jeannie M. Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and Chief Master Sergeant Shawn L. Drinkard, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the parade. The parade is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early, bring water and wear sunscreen.

This Fourth of July weekend, SLS Las Vegas invites holiday-goers to kick the celebration into high gear with a mix of top-notch talent at The Sayers Club, Foxtail Pool and Foxtail Nightclub. As part of SLS’ NEON COWBOY COUNTRY SERIES, The Cadillac Three will take the stage at Foxtail Pool on Saturday, July 2 with Elvis Monroe. Partygoers can also enjoy a home-style country barbecue and drink specials during this rockin’ outdoor concert. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are starting at $19. Earlier that day, EDM heavyweight, BORGORE, will take over Foxtail Pool and spin his famed beats during an unforgettable Foxtail Pool Live! set. Also a part of festivities, local superstar DJ, KID CONRAD, will hit the turntables on Friday, July 1 and Sunday, July 3. Tickets to both Borgore and Kid Conrad, on sale now, start at $20 for women and $30 for men.

Well-known local rock band ADELITAS WAY performs live with special guest CONFLICT OF INTEREST at SLS’ raw live indoor music venue, The Sayers Club, on Friday, July 1. On Saturday, July 2, up-and-coming country singer and songwriter MATT MORGAN takes over The Sayers Club with his signature acoustic set in his first-ever SLS performance. Admission to both events is FREE.

Guests can also stop by Foxtail Nightclub on Friday, July 1 and dance until the early morning hours to beats by DJ Wellman. Tickets start at $20 for women and $30 for men.

Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino announces a jam-packed weekend full of entertainment and special events for Independence Day weekend 2016, including a special concert with Squirrel Nut Zippers on Saturday, July 2 at Citrus at the Grand Pool Deck.On Sunday, July 3rd’s activities will feature a Downtown Grand Neighborhood Barbecue on 3rd Street between Stewart and Ogden from noon to 5 p.m. The family-friendly event will include specialty food, bluegrass music, a dunk tank and carnival games. There is no cover to attend the event. There will be a charge for food as well as carnival games, including the dunk tank, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. There will also be Ultra DJs spinning poolside, nightly entertainment and more. All entertainment and events are FREE and open to the public.

YouTube sensation and storied entertainer RICHARD CHEESE AND HIS BAND, LOUNGE AGAINST THE MACHINE will perform at The Gordie Brown Showroom inside the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. Showtime each night is 8 p.m.
 
OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE has partnered with FINDLAY RV, one of Nevada’s top RV dealerships, for a SUMMER FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN. Now through August, Findlay RV will donate $100 to Opportunity Village for every RV sold. Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization serving children and adults in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them.

FILHARMONIC, the Filipino-American a cappella group that was brought into recognition when they won NBC’s “The Sing-Off”,   will be in Las Vegas July 13 – July 14 to perform the National Anthem at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League Game 6. This year's event will feature 11 playoff teams from the 2015-16 NBA season, including three of the four Conference Finalists in the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State and Toronto Raptors.

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FABLETICS, the activewear brand co-founded by Kate Hudson has announced the upcoming opening of its new store at Downtown Summerlin. This marks the first location in Nevada and the latest in a series of retail openings as Fabletics continues to evolve beyond e-commerce into brick and mortar.  The store is set to open in July, joining over 115 stores and restaurants in this streetscape-shopping and dining destination. Shoppers can find the new Fabletics store in a 1,800-square-foot space near Dillard’s, across from Express at Downtown Summerlin.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday night, June 25...

UFC heavyweight fighter Mark Hunt and NFL stars Olivier Vernon, defensive end of the New York Giants, and Sam Brenner, offensive lineman from the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos took in Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH at MGM Grand.

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Mark Hunt and Sam Brenner with Mike Tyson
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Olivier Vernon and Mike Tyson
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British singer and songwriter, Jay Sean made his DJ debut at the fountain-side hotspot with an electrifying set. Following an appearance on the red carpet, the international entertainer took the stage and delivered an unforgettable DJ set to the packed Vegas club, hyping up fans as he created an electrifying atmosphere with a remix of hip-hop beats including “Big Rings,” “Trap Queen” and “Tom Ford.”

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Jay Sean and Thara Prashad
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Jay Sean performs at Hyde Bellagio
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Also enjoying the night at Hyde Bellagio with a group of friends was Canadian actress and YouTube personality Nicole Arbour.

Playboy Playmates, Kennedy Summers and Shanice Jordyn, hosted an epic night of partying at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas. Also spotted at the club was MMA fighter, Jon Fitch.

Friday, June 24...

Horny Mike from History Channel's “Counting Cars” was spotted attending the 10 pm performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Following the show, the reality TV star met with The Gazillionaire, who was flanked by his personal security detail, and his raucous assistant Joy Jenkins.

Horney Mike attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 6.24.16 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
Horney Mike attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace
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Actor/dancer Channing Tatum was spotted at LAVO Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo Friday night having dinner with his wife and a large group of friends.

“High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu kicked off his bachelor weekend at TAO in The Venetian. The group, which included fellow “High School Musical” cast member Lucas Grabeel and “Grease Live” actor David Del Rio, had dinner at the restaurant before heading up to the nightclub.

Corbin Bleu at TAO
Corbin Bleu
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Corbin Bleu Celebrates his Bachelor Party at TAO
Corbin Bleu
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Tuesday, June 21...

FIZZ, located at Caesars Palace, was the first Las Vegas stop for Pittsburg Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby, to celebrate his team’s championship win against the San Jose Sharks in the NHL Finals. Crosby arrived alongside former Pittsburg Penguin, Pascal Dupuis to enjoy a night in Las Vegas to honor their team members and celebrate their win in grand fashion.

Singer/actor Harry Connick Jr. was spotted at Jenna and Michael Morton’s La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway in Wynn Las Vegas. The soon-to-be talk show host was attending a private event where he mixed and mingled with colleagues from NBC before leaving for the evening.

In the afternoon, NHL hot shots, Pernell Karl “P.K.” Subban, defenseman for the Montreal Canadians and NHL Foundation Award nominee, and Kevin Weekes, retired goaltender of the New Jersey Devils, were spotted at Jenna and Michael Morton’s La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway.

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