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"The Terry Bradshaw Show" Debuts at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Terry Bradshaw premiered The Terry Bradshaw Show inside the Atrium Showroom at Luxor Hotel & Casino on Thursday night, August 1. The four night, limited engagement,  which ran though Sunday, August 4, marked the return of the legendary professional football player and entertainer to the Las Vegas Strip.

Terry Bradshaw walks the red carpet during the premiere of his show The Terry Bradshaw Show at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
Terry Bradshaw walks the red carpet during the premiere of his show "The Terry Bradshaw Show" at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

Fellow entertainers in attendance to support Bradshaw’s opening night included Boxing Hall of Fame announcer Al Bernstein and cast members of FANTASY and Thunder From Down Under. Bradshaw was also joined on the red carpet by President and Chief Operating Officer of Luxor, Cliff Atkinson, as well as several family members including wife Tammy Bradshaw, daughter Rachel Bradshaw, daughter Lacey Hester and son-in-law Noah Hester.

Bradshaw entertained the excited crowd with a charismatic, 70-minute production that included singing, dancing, comedy and storytelling. He opened the show with “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” followed by original songs, “Goin’ Deep” and “Humble Beginnings,” showcasing his impressive vocal abilities. He also performed other popular songs including “Bye Bye Love” and his 1976 hit, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” among others.

Produced and directed by Emmy Award-winner Anita Mann and written by Jon Macks, the show included stories from Bradshaw’s childhood in Louisiana, the journey behind his four Super Bowl rings, video clips from his appearances in movies and on TV, and even a live Q+A session with the audience. Bradshaw also was joined on stage by a talented backup band of musicians and two powerful and vivacious singers, Lorena Peril and Anne Martinez, both headliners from Luxor’s award-winning female revue, FANTASY. They performed original songs written by David Goldsmith and John Kavanaugh with musical direction by Smokin’ Joe Escriba.

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Anne Martinez and Lorena Peril - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

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Clifford Atkinson - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

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FANTASY dancers - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

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Anita Mann - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

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Thunder From Down Under - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

Following the show, Bradshaw had a surprise reunion with one of his Louisiana Tech University football teammates, Clyde Harrison. The duo, who had not seen each other since 1975, shared several laughs and enjoyed catching up with each other.

Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan Bring Largest Korean BBQ and Teppan Experience to the Las Vegas Strip

Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan, the first authentic Korean BBQ experience on the Las Vegas Strip and the largest in the state of Nevada opened July 31 inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. This is the first U.S. restaurant from parent company Ebadom, bringng more than 20 years of experience and operate more than 200 world-class dining destinations in Korea, China and beyond.

“Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan goes beyond the barbecue,” said Executive General Manager: Eli Kim of Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan. “We are ready to show the U.S. an unforgettable and authentic dining experience with Las Vegas flair from our thrilling teppanyaki shows to unique BBQ items exclusive to our restaurant that will be revealed on opening day.

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Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


Guests can choose from two dining experiences; barbecue selections grilled at their seats, or a teppanyaki show at custom cooking tables. Both options can be complemented by Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan’s curated sushi menu. The expansive 13,000-square-foot dining space boasts 30 Korean BBQ tables, 12 teppanyaki tables, with seating for up to 485 guests. The restaurant also offers VIP private dining rooms, equipped with their own Korean BBQ tables and a special VIP menu for diners. Guests on the go can stop by Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan’s outdoor patio and walk-up bar area adjacent to Harmon Avenue.

“We are excited to welcome such a unique dining experience to Miracle Mile Shops,” said Vice President, General Manager: Robert Buchanan of Miracle Mile Shops. “Adding Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan to our dining portfolio is the ideal way to offer more dining options to guests.

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Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


The menu features classic table-grilled meat options like Pearl Steak, a hidden unexplored jewel of beef known for its exquisite flavor and only retrieved by the most skilled chefs and Boneless Galbi, the highest-grade short rib flavored with Ebadom’s own signature seasoning. There’s no need to be a grill master, full-service grilling from Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan’s servers is offered for all patrons. Guests looking to dine on less meat-centric items have a full sushi menu to choose from including the Volcanic Yellowtail Roll with spicy yellowtail, cucumber, micro cilantro, sliced jalapeno and ponzu sauce; and a Creamy Crunch Roll with cream cheese, avocado, shrimp tempura, crab, eel sauce and sweet mayo. To complete the Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppanexperience, a full soju and sake menu is offered with the likes of Chamisul Soju and Junmai Daiginjo Sake. Guests can also indulge in specialty cocktails like the Knight’s Voyage made with Tanqueray Rangpur gin, Aperol, house-made orange bitters and fresh lemon juice.
Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan is open daily from 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.

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Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Additional recent and upcoming 'happenings' in and around Las Vegas include:

A LUCKY LAS VEGAS LOCAL (who wished to remain anonymous) hit big playing bingo at ARIZONA CHARLIE'S BOULDER, located at 4575 Boulder Hwy., with a $39,999 win on Monday, July 22. An Arizona Charlie’s regular, Beth Allen, was playing Charlie’s Double Progressive Bingo, a coverall game that can only be won within the posted number of balls, starting at 32 and progressing up to 35 numbers called and won on 33.

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Beth and Douglas Allen - Photo courtesy of Arizona Charlie's Boulder

Then, on Saturday, August 3, another lucky Las Vegas local hit big playing CHARLIE’S DOUBLE PROGRESSIVE BINGO at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder with a $30,774 win This was the third winner in under three weeks to win big while playing Charlie’s Double Progressive Bingo. Plus, a Las Vegas local and Arizona Charlie’s regular, Claudette, hit the Top Progressive jackpot on a new Treasure Ball machine on Wednesday, July 31, winning $10,101.

For the sixth time since its inception late last year, THE MILLIONAIRE PROGRESSIVE at The VENETIAN RESORT Las Vegas. has crowned ANOTHER WINNER. On Sunday, July 28, a guest, who wished to remain anonymous, was dealt a spade royal flush while playing three card poker at The Palazzo casino, and won $1,013,539.

In partnership with local artist Michael Dodson and curator Patrick Duffy, Fashion Show Las Vegas – the area’s premier shopping, dining and experience venue – has debuted LARGER THAN LIFE THREE DIMENSIONAL MURAL on the northern Plaza staircase. The nature-inspired painted installation titled, ‘Be Kind to Bugs’ pays tribute to Nevada’s desert landscape.

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Fashion Show Be Kind to Bugs - Photo courtesy of Fashion Show Mall

The longest-running headliner in Las Vegas history, female impersonator FRANK MARINO, will join the longest-running production show, LEGENDS IN CONCERT in its legendary home at Tropicana Las Vegas. Marino will guest host as comedic legend Joan Rivers from September 11 – November 19.

As part of the center’s summer concert series which will feature a different local artist each Friday and Saturday evening June 1st through August 31st, THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH invites the community to attend the following SUMMER CONCERTS. Progressive rock musician MIKEY TUCKER will take the stage on August 10; solo acoustic musician TJ GAGE performs on August 16; indie pop musician Sonia Barcelona performs August 23 and August 31, and musician CAMERON DETTMAN will entertain crowds with a variety of funk, Blues, pop, rock, indie, alternative and soul hits August 24.  All concerts take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are FREE and open to the public. Performances are held in the Courtyard off Main Street, 2225 Village Walk Drive in Henderson.

A 24-HOUR POLE DANCE MARATHON TO SET A WORLD GUINNESS RECORD, hosted by legendary porn stars JAYDEN COLE AND LISA ANN will take place on August 11, 2019 at CRAZY HORSE 3. More importantly, the event will be promoting FealGood Foundation which supports 9/11 responders. The event will feature many names from the adult industry taking their turns during the 24-hour pole dance marathon. The ladies will attempt to set the record for ‘longest pole dance marathon’ and will be adjudicated by Guinness upon reviewing film of the event within five days of the record setting attempt. Participants will appear in shifts, dancing to live or recorded music. At least one participant must be dancing through the 24-hour period with no significant pauses for the record to be made official. There will be a doctor and nutritionist on hand during the marathon in case of emergency. Donations for FealGood Foundation and its worthy cause can be made at www.FealGoodFoundation.com. Users who wish to donate in advance of the event will, upon presentation of proof of the donation, have guaranteed in-person access to the event, be eligible for meet and greets with the hosts and several invited guests and have exclusive access to autographed merchandise available for purchase at the event.

Join the ultimate Fantasy Football Guru, MATTHEW BERRY, for a weekend of events on the Las Vegas Strip, on Friday, Aug. 16 at Caesars Palace and Saturday, Aug. 17 at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. On Friday, Aug. 16 at 8 pm. Berry will be at Cleopatra’s Barge inside Caesars Palace to share stories, answer questions and discusses favorite picks for this year’s draft. Following his appearance at Cleopatra’s Barge, the fun continues at Montecristo Cigar Bar for a meet and greet where he will be available to sign autographs, take photos with guests and maybe even divulge a few additional insider tips. Tickets are $20++ for General Admission and include the meet and greet. VIP tickets are $75++ and include premium seating, open bar at Cleopatra’s Barge, the meet and greet and a Knob Creek open bar at Montecristo.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, Berry continues his Vegas fantasy football tour at The Book at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. Berry will host two fantasy football drafts at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will share his wealth of knowledge, as well as grade your picks.

Rock star and artist Rick Allen presents works from his latest collection titled RICK ALLENLEGENDS & DREAMS 2019 for the full run of the Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency at PLANET HOLLYWOOD August 14through September 7, 2019. Rick Allen’s Artwork will be showcased on the balcony inside the venue on all concert nights. All purchasers of Rick’s art will have the opportunity to spend time one on one with The Thunder God himself. Rick’s art will also be available just outside the concert venue in the Zappos store, which will be open during the regular hours of the Miracle Mile Shops: Sunday-Thursday: 10am-11pm; Friday-Saturday: 10am-Midnight. A portion of the proceeds from each and every sale during this extraordinary event will be donated back to Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program, sponsored by his charity foundation the Raven Drum Foundation.

THE DOWNTOWN ROCKS CONCERT SERIES at the Fremont Street Experience continue to entertain fans with upcoming FREE shows that include: Aug. 17 – BUCKCHERRY on 1st Street Stage; Aug. 24 – CHEAP TRICK on 3rd Street Stage; Aug. 30 – THE WALLFLOWERS on 3rd Street Stage.

AAILAYAH is joining the rest of the ‘90s crew in MADAME TUSSAUDS’ throwback room for all of her fans to pay homage to the Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number songstress. Launching Thursday, August 22 to the public, fans can go Back and Forth with Aaliyah as they jam and reminisce with the iconic singer at the famed attraction, located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

HAPPY PLACE, an interactive, immersive pop-up exhibit with larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms, will turn Sin City into “Grin City” with their newest location at MANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO opening Friday, Aug. 23. On a mission to spread happiness across the world, “the most Instagrammable pop-up in America” (Urban Daddy) has helped more than half a million people “find their happy” while exploring 12 vibrant rooms. General admission tickets start at $30 plus additional fees.

As part of BONKERZ COMEDY LINEUP for 2019, standup comedian BENHJI AFLAO, known for his biting and mean comedy, takes the stage at TOPGOLF Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24 Doors for Topgolf Laughs open at 8 p.m. and show time is 9 p.m. All shows are 18+ show only and all seating is general admission.

PKWY TAVERN, with locations all across the Las Vegas Valley, invites partygoers to an unprecedented WINTER WONDERLAND POOL PARTY complete with an inflatable water slide and pool, LED teeter totters, a thirst-quenching ice luge and 10 tons of snow on Saturday, Aug. 24 beginning at 9 p.m. Guests can beat the heat at PKWY Flamingo while sipping on a variety of festive Pinnacle Vodka libations including pool party punch, Half and Half, Ocean Breeze and Winter Berry Fizz, as well as Coors Light and Archer drink specials starting at just $5. Throughout the evening, PKWY Tavern patrons can enjoy Pinnacle and Coors Light branded giveaways and dance into the early morning hours as Blueprint Sound delivers the hottest beats.

LAS VEGAS BALLPARK, located at 1650 S. Pavilion Center Drive, will host a “GUNS ‘N’ HOSESBASEBALL GAME in partnership with LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT AND LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE.  The friendly game between select firefighters and police officers will take place on Sunday, August 25 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Aviators box office A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Metro Foundation, Injured Police Officers Fund and the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association.

THE+SOURCE, located at 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd. in Las Vegas, will host a PET ADOPTION PARTY in celebration of National Dog Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26. The award-winning dispensary has partnered with the Animal Foundation to hold a pet adoption event in The+Source’s adjacent events space, Treehouse, throughout the day. More than 15 dogs will be available for adoption, with fees starting at $25. Customers adopting dogs on National Dog Day will receive a complimentary frisbee, leash, branded bag and lighter. The+Source’s pet adoption event earlier in 2019 led to the successful adoption of more than 20 pets on-site.

On Saturday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. Los Angeles-based alternative rock band, WEATHERS will take the stage  at THE SCENE POOL DECK AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD HOTEL & CASINO. Cameron Boyer, Cameron Olsen, Cole Carson and Brennen Bates have used challenging life events to create music that boasts a unique acoustic sound. The concert is FREE and open to the public, age 21+.

“O” BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, one of the best-selling theatrical performances of all time, will, for the first time ever, offer guests the chance to experience the wonder every night of the week at Bellagio Resort & Casino. The breathtaking spectacular will add performances on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in January 2020; tickets for the additional performances are on sale now.


MAYTE'S RESCUE, a local nonprofit animal rescue, will open a new animal shelter and adoption center in addition to BOOGIE TIME, an adjacent space offering boarding, grooming and daycare services, on Tuesday, August 13. Located at 3345 East Patrick Lane in Las Vegas, Mayte’s Rescue has dogs and cats available for adoption, and Boogie Time offers a wide range of services to care for pets including boarding, grooming and day care.

Based in Southern California, women’s clothing and accessory brand JOHNNY WAS opened a store in Las Vegas at Fashion Show on August 2nd.

The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod has unveiled the new LINK™ SLOT LOUNGE, a partnership with Aristocrat Technologies, along with the first phase of a casino remodel. Both are located on the main floor near the new BLVD & MAIN Taphouse and View Lounge.

Marshall Retail Group has opened its newest dual store concept inside THE MIRAGE LAS VEGAS – a redesigned PARADISO women’s apparel store and WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS GIFT SHOP. Paradiso, a “ready to wear” shop, offers popular women’s brands as well as a shop-in-shop jewelry and accessory department plus an assortment of playful yet sophisticated luggage and weekend travel bags.The Welcome to Las Vegas Gift Shop boasts an elevated aesthetic from its original concept featuring vintage Las Vegas graphics, which pay homage to the original Castaways Hotel & Casino property that once occupied the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. The one-stop gift shop provides guests with an extensive assortment of Las Vegas-branded souvenirs, novelty gifts, keepsakes, and apparel.

Former Cupcakery Summerlin location has re-opened as CAKED LAS VEGAS with a new menu.The one-stop bakeshop offers everything from a wide variety of sweet and savory cupcakes, cakes, sweet treats and more.Caked Las Vegas is located at 7175 W. Lake Mead Boulevard, Suite 118, in the Rock Springs Shopping Plaza and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday night, August 3...

Brody Jenner took over the DJ booth at TAO Beach with Devin Lucien.  Later that night, Jenner and a group of guys dined at TAO.

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Brody Jenner - Photo credit: Global Media Group

Wednesday night , July 31...

Legendary magicians, Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, attended the performance of Hans Klok: The World’s Fastest Magician at the Thunderland Showroom inside Excalibur Hotel & Casino. The renowned magicians joined Klok and his Divas of Magic backstage for photos, following the show. Klok, whose show debuted on July 29, is longtime friends with Siegfried and Roy, after meeting them as a teen at a magic convention in Amsterdam.

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Siegfried Fischbacher, Hans Klok, and Roy Horn - Photo courtesy of Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Sunday night, July 28...

Comedian and “The Price is Right" TV game show host, Drew Carey was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

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Drew Carey Attends ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Friday night, July 26...

In town to host the Pop 2000 Tour stop at Downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience on Saturday, singer-actor-producer, Lance Bass, best known for his time with boy band sensation *NSYNC,  was spotted attending Las Vegas’ hottest production, MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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Lance Bass at MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas - Photo courtesy of MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas

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