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Tenors of Rock Celebrates Opening Night with an Electrifying Performance at Harrah’s Las Vegas

TENORS OF ROCK, made up five vocal sensations from the U.K., each with a background in musical theater, celebrated the opening night performance of their first-ever resident production in the Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas on Thursday night, January 19.

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Backed by a fantastic band and four female dancers from the famed Sunset Strip burlesque troupe, Little Miss Nasty, the burly brits, Gareth Richards and his brother Dai Richards (from Wales), Jimmy Denning (from Scotland), Jonny Williams (from Wales), and Tommy Sherlock (from Liverpool) were met with  numerous standing ovations from the packed theater throughout the evening, as they delivered reimagined renditions of the most beloved rock anthems and biggest songs of all time.

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TENORS OF ROCK at Harrahs Las Vegas
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“This has been our dream, and you guys are making it happen here tonight,” shared band member and longtime West End veteran Jonny Williams while greeting the full house. The larger-than-life production features dynamic and harmonically complex reimaginations of beloved classic hits from the ‘60s British invasion groups and top rock bands from the U.S. through today including The Kinks' “You Really Got Me”, The Beatles' “I Saw Her Standing There”, The Rolling Stones' “Satisfaction”,  Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, and many more. A stunning 36’x20’ LED wall with vibrant graphics, impressive lighting design and cutting-edge sound technologies epically complemented the group’s high-energy vocals and charismatic personalities.

TENORS OF ROCK is now bringing audiences to their feet inside the Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas Wednesday through Sunday at 8 p.m.(no shows on Monday or Tuesday).

Health Binge Celebrated Grand Opening of its First Retail Location

Health Binge celebrated the opening of its first retail location in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 23. The grab-and-go style health market, which was created and founded by former NFL athlete and entrepreneur Gerome Sapp, is unique in that every item on the menu is 100% gluten free and focuses on fresh, nutrient-rich, gourmet meals ranging from breakfast, lunch and dinner to snacks and juices, at the ease of a fast food establishment. Complete with more than 60 gluten-free menu options, every Health Binge meal is portion-controlled, nutrient-rich and incorporates elements of the G-BOMBS Diet (greens, beans, mushrooms and seeds). In addition, instead of sugar, all of the menu items are sweetened with either honey or agave.

 

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Health Binge celebrates the opening of its first retail location in Las Vegas with a ribbon cutting on Monday Jan. 23, 2017. Founder and CEO Gerome Sapp is joined by his Executive Chef Jackie McMahan and Sous Chef Thorton Holt as he cuts the ribbon.
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Health Binge Founder and CEO Gerome Sapp is joined by his Executive Chef Jackie McMahan, Sous Chef Thorton Holt and culinary team members Christian Jiminez and Shyann Myers, as they celebrate the opening Health Binge’s first retail location near Jones Blvd and the 215 Hwy on Monday Jan. 23, 2017.
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The evening kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the storefront near Jones Blvd and 215 Hwy. Sapp was joined by his Executive Chef Jackie McMahan, culinary team and retail store staff as he commemorated the official grand opening. Once inside, guests were treated to select bites-sized portions of top-selling menu items including, Turkey Meatballs with Marinara, Rocket Pesto Shrimp with arugula and spinach, Mini Almond Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps, and the crowd favorite, Mini Gluten-free Strawberry Banana Muffins with homemade walnut cream cheese. Vegan patrons also had the chance to samplings of the Southwest Veggie Bowl. Along with food options, attendees could sip each of the three cold-pressed juices; Shamrock, Bitter-Sweet and Gold-Coast. 
 
Sapp told guests the story of Health Binge, explaining how he originally conceived the idea while in college at Notre Dame, and further developed the concept when he was assigned to create a business model in one hour by a professor at Harvard Business School. He noted, “The idea of creating a way for people to eat healthy food while on-the-go came out of necessity. I was starving and I didn’t want to eat vending machine food. I came up with the idea of blending the convenience of fast food with healthy menu options. He continued, “We’ve crafted a menu with over 60 dishes because we wanted to give people a menu they won’t get tired of.”

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Health Binge is located at 6040 W. Badura Ave., Ste 140, Las Vegas, NV 89118, near Jones Blvd and 215 Hwy and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

XCYCLE Las Vegas Hosted Charity Ride to Benefit to Nevada Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA)

XCYCLE Las Vegas , the top destination for indoor cycling,  hosted its first Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) charity ride to benefit the organization on Saturday, Jan. 21.

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XCYCLE NSPCA Charity Ride

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With high-energy and uplifted spirits, 35 riders participated in a 45-minute RYTHMX class that was set and choreographed to high-energy music in the state-of-the-art cycle studio, located in Boca Park at 750 S. Rampart Blvd . Riders that participated in the event raised $2,253 and donated over $500 worth of items in support of the organization.

Throughout the charity ride, XCYLE hosted the NSPCA and helped facilitate two adoptions of the organization’s dogs. The NSPCA is an organization that works to place rescued animals in loving homes. Red Rock Periodontics & Implantology sponsored the charity ride for the local non-profit.

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

Widely known for its popularity throughout Asia, the new TRICK EYE EXPERIENCE is on display at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino encouraging passersby to become part of the art with life-size interactive 3-D paintings. Created by Melanie Stimmell and her team of artists at LA-based street art company, We Talk Chalk, the concept is designed to entice guests to explore the work, insert themselves into the scenario and pose for photos, bringing the vibrant paintings to life.  Located on BLVD Plaza at Monte Carlo, two one-of-a-kind, hand-painted murals invite visitors to strike a pose and snap a photo "inside" the art.

As part of Hooters Casino's $20 million makeover, magic and music duo, JARRETT & RAJA, who have been featured on “America’s Got Talent’ and “Shark Tank” and as regulars on TV's  Masters of Illusions, will be opening their new dinner show and residency inside the venue beginning March 24.  Showtime in the new Jarrett & Raja showroom is 7 p.m.Thursday through Monday. Tickets are $79 for general admission, $99 for VIP and $119 for Platinum VIP .  All tickets include dinner.  Guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Read more about the latest “happenings” at Hooters in this week's edition of Burt Davis' column.
 
For the first time, Terry Fator is bringing fans behind the curtain of his show, TERRY FATOR: THE VOICE OF ENTERTAINMENT and into his private dressing room for exclusive meet and greet opportunities beginning Jan. 30, 2017. Fans of the show will have the opportunity to meet the entertainer in person, meet his puppets from the show and receive a complimentary commemorative photo. Tickets for Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment start at $59, plus applicable taxes and fees. Meet and greet tickets are sold separately and do not include admission to the show. Meet and greet tickets are available for an additional $64 per person, plus applicable taxes and fees. Meet and greets are available select Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please visit terryfator.com for availability.

Las Vegas' original sushi burrito concept, JABURRITOS, debuts the first restaurant of its kind on the world-famous Strip at The LINQ Promenade on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The first 100 guests will receive a complimentary chef's speciality burrito of their choosing.  Jaburritos serves made-to-order sushi burritos stuffed with savory Japanese and Mexican inspired ingredients and flavors. The LINQ location will be open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight.  

Residents in the Northwest receive a new local hangout in the neighborhood as DISTILL opens their third location in Centennial Hills on Friday, Feb. 3. Guests of Distill will be treated to the same fun atmosphere, house-made cocktails, handcrafted food and VIP gaming club that makes Distill a popular local spot and the perfect place to get together with old friends or meet new ones. A ‘Home Away from Home,’ the newest Distill location will be located at 6430 N. Durango Dr. Guests should enter off N. Juliano St. and use the underground parking, a convenient feature of Distill Centennial Hills.

In celebration of the opening, DISTILL CENTENNIAL HILLS is hosting a GRAND OPENING PARTY the evening of Feb. 3 beginning at 7 p.m. that is open to the public. Guests will enjoy gaming, food and cocktail specials, live entertainment by Parametric and more than $2,000 in cash and raffle prizes given away every half hour. In addition, the first 100 guests who arrive will receive a grand opening gift. Guests of the grand opening party must be 21 or over, with valid ID.

The hysterical stand-up comedian, writer and actress ALI WONG performs at KÀ Theatre inside the MGM Gran Hotel & Casino  Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Wong will take the stage for a night of can’t-miss stand-up comedy beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets priced at $44.99, $59.99 and $79.99, plus service charges and taxes.

Sunday, February 5 the DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER (DLVEC) will welcome back football fans to its “BIG GAME BASH,” the largest Big Game viewing party in Downtown Las Vegas. From luxurious VIP packages to delicious food vendors, the venue will become an action-packed place for fans to cheer on their favorite teams during the most highly anticipated sporting event of the year.  DLVEC will turn its 85,000-square-foot venue space into a true sports arena with a replica of a football field, stadium seats, concert-like surround sound and the best viewing experience in the city. Mouth-watering food and beverage specials will be available for purchase from food vendors such as American Coney Island, Wing King, Poppy Pizza Truck, Cousin’s Maine Lobster and Road Kill Grill.  In addition, DLVEC will partner with CBS Radio to bring a host of favorite shows including Mix 94.1, x107.5, 98.5 KLUC, and Q100.5, broadcasting live from the party. Additionally, American sports talk radio personality Scott Ferrall of “Ferrall on the Bench” will also broadcast from Vue Bar at the D Las Vegas January 30 – February 3. Doors will open at noon. The event is open to the public for ages 21 and over.

CABO WABO CANTINA, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will host a special BIG GAME VIEWING PARTY on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Strip-side cantina will offer a variety of tailgate favorites with its all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet, priced at $200 per person. The buffet will include hot dogs, sliders and a build-your-own tacos and nachos station. Thirsty fans may enjoy buckets of beer including Dos Equis with their meal. No football viewing party would be complete without high-definition TVs, which are visible throughout the cantina, including 80-inch screens at the bar and 75-inch screen throughout the cantina.  Game day viewing will also be shown in Cabo Wabo’s private upstairs lounge, The LOFT, on numerous flat-panel big-screen TVs, including a 201-inch projector, a 192-inch flat screen and two 80-inch high-definition TVs.

As part of their 2017 World Tour, THE ORIGINAL HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS are bringing their ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment to the T Mobile Arena on Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm. After the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).  Ticket prices start at $26.50.

Freedom Beat at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino kicks off the sound-breaking concert series, ALBUMPALOOZA on Feb. 10 with the best of Crosby Stills Nash and Young Greatest Hits album (followed by: The Beatles Abbey Road Live – Saturday, March 18 and The Eagles Their Greatest Hits Live – Saturday, April 8), Albumpalooza is not a wig and costume show, instead it features some of the best musicians anywhere performing the songs note for note, the same way they sounded back in the day when the needle hit the vinyl.  The Albumpalooza concert series showcases unmatched musicianship with each classic and timeless album played with expert precision and heartfelt passion in an exciting concert production live on the stage at Freedom Beat. The one-night-only shows are FREE for all those 21-and over and begin at 9 p.m.

Insult comic LISA LAMPANELLI will perform at the Treasure Island Theater Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $59.95, plus taxes and service charges.

Singer/actress/comedian BARBARA BRIGHTON presents a taste of Broadway and a taste of comedy delivering classic songs and genuinely funny comedy at Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, on Saturday, February 11 at 2 pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 on concert day.

Rock and roll doo-wop stars SHA NA NA will bring their high school hop dance hits to Suncoast Showroom on Feb. 11-12.
Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19.95 plus tax and fees, and can be purchased in-person at The Orleans Box Office, and gift shops inside Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino in conjunction with Life is Beautiful Festival and global art curator Justkids has partnered with CONTEMPORARY STREET ARTIST SHEPARD FAIREY AND ENGLISH MULTIMEDIA ARTIST D*FACE TO UNVEIL NEW MURALS IN DOWTOWN LAS VEGAS on Saturday, Feb. 11. Located on the exterior of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, the works are the latest additions to Downtown’s ever-growing outdoor art gallery curated by Life is Beautiful.  Fairey, best known for his Obey campaign, Barack Obama “Hope” poster and most recent “We the People” work, will bring his favorite signature imagery to the Plaza Hotel, which is the tallest building he has painted in Las Vegas. Recognized for his pop-art style, D*Face will create a unique mural using bright colors, graphic shapes and comic book images.

BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas will host a VIEWING PARTY FOR UFC 208 FIGHT BETWEEN HOLM AND GERMAINE “THE IRON LADY” DE RANDAMIE, on Saturday, February 11. BEER PARK’s full menu will be available, plus the fight will be shown on dozens of high-definition TVs throughout the venue.  BEER PARK also recently introduced an in-house sportsbook, becoming one of just a few places in Las Vegas outside of casino sports books to offer betting. No charge will be required for viewing.

Grammy Award-winning producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and R&B sensation R. KELLY brings his legendary talents to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, February 17 at 9 p.m. Tickets starting at $49.95 (plus applicable service fees) can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel box office.

DESERT GROWN FARMS, Las Vegas’ premier marijuana production facility, has opened its 54,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, pharmaceutical grade cultivation and processing facility, located less than two blocks from the famed Las Vegas Strip.  The Desert Grown Farms cultivation center is expected to produce more than 20 strains and 10,000 pounds of cannabis per year. Established in 2017, Desert Grown Farms features several distinctive production techniques to ensure the preeminent, highest-quality and most consistent medicine on the market.

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday, January 29...

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of the hit show Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Following the show, Marshall met with members of the cast for photos and to share his enjoyment of the production.

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Denver Broncos Linebacker Brandon Marshall Attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 1.29.17
Photo: Courtesy of Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Thursday, January 26...

Holly Madison and her husband, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella, were spotted having dinner with friends  at LAVO inside The Palazzo.  
    
At TAO inside The Venetian, Paul Martin and Douglas Murray of the San Jose Sharks were seen at the nightclub's Worship Thursday weekly party taking in the sounds of DJ Five with friends.

Vanderpump Rules reality stars Brittany Cartwright (in town to celebrate her birthday), and Stassi Schroeder were spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of the hit show Absinthe at Caesars Palace.  Following the performance, the group stayed for photos with the cast.

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Vanderpump Rules Stars Brittany Cartwright and Stassi Schroeder Attend ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 1.26.17
Photo: Courtesy of Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Tuesday, January 24...

Vanderpump Rules star Brittany Cartwright celebrated her birthday with a wild bash at Hyde Bellagio alongside Scheana Shay, Kristen Doute, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Stassi Schroeder and Ariana Madix.

Monday, January 23...

Top charting artist 2 Chainz was spotted at TAO restaurant in The Venetian enjoying dinner with friends.

Sunday, January 22..

Chart-topping rapper Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) launched his highly-anticipated Drai’s LIVE residency with an epic debut performance at the crowded Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell. Professional skateboarder and close friend of MGK, Ryan Sheckler was spotted enjoying the late-night set from a private VIP booth with friends.

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Machine Gun Kelly Launches Drais LIVE Residency at Drais Nightclub Las Vegas 1.22.17
Photo credit: Mike Kirschbaum

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Machine Gun Kelly Launches Drais LIVE Residency at Drais Nightclub Las Vegas 1.22.17
Photo credit: Mike Kirschbaum

Saturday, January 21...

Dallas Cowboys players Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot partied the day away at Marquee Dayclub Dome in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Joined by friends, the players took in the winter daytime pool party from a VIP cabana.

Friday, January 20...

Celebrity chef Hubert Keller dined with his wife and a small group of friends at La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway inside Wynn Las Vegas.

Adult industry star, Jesse Jane, celebrated her retirement at award-winning gentlemen’s club Crazy Horse III after the evening’s festivities at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. Jane arrived at the gentlemen’s club around 1 am. with a group of close friends, including adult actress and model Olivia Austin.

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Jesse Jane
Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo

Thursday, January 19...

At metal rock band Steel Panther's epic return to Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell, Pantera co-founder and drummer Vinnie Paul was spotted enjoying  the group's  high-octane performance from a private VIP booth.

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Steel Panther Makes Epic Return to Drais Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas 1.19.17
Photo: Courtesy of Mike Kirschbaum/Tony Tran Photography

Dallas Cowboys players Dak Prescott, Jason Witten, Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith partied the night away at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian The teammates took in the night from a VIP table with friends as DJ Five manned the decks.


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