The Las Vegas Connection

The Las Vegas Connection

By Bart Torres

March 19, 2012 - March 25, 2012

2 New Shows and Farmers Market Open up Downtown

More energy is being brought to downtown as 2 Vegas properties are adding new entertainment choices. Earlier this month, Country Superstars, formally known as Country Superstars Tribute, at the Golden Nugget launched a new format with the addition of Cody Collins, former lead singer of Lonestar. Tributes will be paid to country-western artists such as Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Big & Rich, and Wynonna. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with tickets beginning at $25. A Dinner & Show package is also available from $34.99 per person which includes the Nugget’s buffet and admittance to the show. Tax and fees are extra. For reservations call (866) 946-5336. Nearby, the Plaza Hotel and Casino presents “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” beginning Saturday, March 31 with nightly performances at 5 p.m. Tickets begin at $59.95 for general admission. Call (800) 793-9332. A new place to get fresh veggies and baked goods is the recently opened indoor farmer’s market behind Binion’s. It is open Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring farm-fresh produce from Nevada, Utah and California, a variety of fresh baked goods, food trucks, kid’s zone and cooking demos from local chefs. Remember, you can not transport fresh vegetables and fruits into another state, so be sure you enjoy them while you are here in Nevada!


Stratosphere’s Headliner Frankie Moreno Now Playing Four Nights a Week

By popular demand, Frankie Moreno Live at Stratosphere has increased his shows from three to four a week with the addition of a Thursday night performance. Moreno, backed by his ten-piece band now plays Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. inside Stratosphere Theater. This is one of the best and affordable entertainment choices along the Strip with tickets just $29.99 and hotel guests and local residents paying only $19.99, plus tax. Guests must be 21 and older. For reservations, call (800) 998-6937.


Downtown Cares Pub Crawl Debuts this Week and Fitzgerald’s gets a New Name

El Cortez will be one of the major stops for the debut of Downtown Cares Pub Crawl this Thursday, March 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. Participants will get to know the area by visiting a number of pubs including El Cortez, Lady Silvia, Hennessey’s and Mickie Finnz while knocking back a few. The crawl concludes at El Cortez with a raffle drawing, food truck rally and live concert. Twenty percent of the proceeds from participating bars will be donated to Downtown Care, a new organization created to continue the revitalization efforts in downtown Las Vegas. More news from downtown is the name change for Fitzgeralds.’ It is not only in the middle of a $15 million makeover, it is now called the D Las Vegas. The D symbolizes its new majority owner and CEO Derek Stevens who is called D by his friends. Stevens, along with his brother Greg purchased the property in October and are also co-owners of the Golden Gate with another player Mark Brandenburg. Improvements planned, which should be completed sometime in the fall, include a revamp to the 638 hotel rooms and suites, dancing table game dealers, new carpeting, state-of-the-art sound system. Already in place is the Longbar, considered to be the longest bar in the state at close to 100 feet. Behind the Longbar are 15 70-inch flat-screen TVs. The D will keep the two-story gaming floor and video screens will be installed along the casino’s interior escalator showing vintage shots of Vegas from the past. Once the work is finished, the D expects to help out the unemployed population by adding 100 to 150 to their staff.


Don Rickles Kellie Pickler, The Las Vegas Tenors and Marty Allen Coming to Vegas Showrooms

Get ready for some big laughs at The Orleans as legendary comedian Don Rickles returns for a two-night engagement March 24 and 25. “Mr. Warmth”, as he is affectionately known, has been performing since 1957 when he was discovered by Frank Sinatra. Tickets for his 8 p.m. show start at $74.95 plus tax and fees and may be purchased at any Coast Casino Box Office and by calling (702) 365-7075. The Cannery will present the harmonic sounds of The Las Vegas Tenors on Saturday March 24 at 8 p.m. Show time is 8 p.m. with tickets a reasonable $19.95 plus tax and fees. Call (702) 507-5757. Over at Silverton, one of the former finalists on Season 5 of “American Idol,” country artist Kellie Pickler will light up the resort’s Veil Pavilion on Friday, March 30. Show time is 8 p.m. (doors open at 7) with tickets priced at $30 and $45 for VIP seating. Tickets are available at Silverton Casino Hotel Box Office or online at See history in the making this week at Palace Station where comic Marty Allen will commemorate his 90th birthday and more than six decades on the stage March 24 at the Louie Anderson Theater inside Palace Station. Prior to his performance, Allen will be presented the “Key to the City” by Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Also on stage for the prestigious honor will be former Mayor Oscar Goodman, Louie Anderson, Penn Jillette and other close friends. Allen and his wife Karon Kate Blackwell will perform March 24-25 and return April 21-22. All shows begin at 4 p.m. with tickets starting at $49.95 plus tax and fees. All local residents and Station Casino hotel guests will receive a $15 discount on all tickets. Stop by any reward center or The Fiestas. You may also call (702) 547-5300.


Riviera Strives to Give Best Odds on the Strip

Players are feeling the love at the Riviera with the great odds on various table games. Earlier this year, the resort introduced single 0 roulette and 3:2 single deck blackjack, which is unavailable anywhere else on the Strip. Last week, the Riv got even more generous with 1,000x odds on the craps pass line. Don’t miss out on this upcoming event! The Riviera, the only Strip property with a bingo room, will be hosting their $200,000 Superstar Bingo Extravaganza on March 28-29. 20 games will be played each day with a minimum payout per game of $3,000 plus a $25,000 Superstar Coverall at the end of both sessions. Buy-in for the tournament only is $150 and room/bingo packages are available for $225for double occupancy and $275 for single occupancy. Both include all the bingo action, a three-night stay, $20 in dining certificates, $10 in free slot play, a free bingo gift and two daubers. Book by March 23 and you will get an additional $100 in free slot play. Call (702) 794-9527 or (866) 890-5571. Pre-registration for Superstar Bingo is available beginning March 27 but players can reserve seats immediately at


2012 Academy of Country Music Awards Broadcasts Live from MGM Grand Garden Arena

The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will honor the country music’s top musicians and the up-and-coming future artists in the world of country in a live telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. Because of the delayed PST the show will actually begin at 5 p.m. The star-studded awards show is produced for television by Dick Clark Productions. Tickets are on sale for $155, $325 and $475 at any MGM Grand box office, through Ticketmaster locations and by calling (800) 745-3000.  There is a limit of eight tickets per person. The following evening, Monday, April 2, the ACM will tape an all-star concert special honoring Lionel Richie and Friends-A Lifetime of Hits in the same venue. Tickets for the 5 p.m. concert are $102, $152 and $202. Call the above numbers for reservations. There is a limit of 6 tickets per person. In honor of the ACM weekend, downtown’s Fremont Street Experience gets in the spirit with two days of free all-star concerts Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 from 7 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. prior to the ACM telecast. Featured will be a variety of emerging country performers who have been nominated for awards in various categories for the live show.


Enjoy Spring Break with Specials at RHUMBAR’S, Tacos & Tequila and Rockhouse

Several Strip properties are celebrating Spring Break with dining and drink specials for the next couple of weeks. RHUMBAR at the Mirage has a Caribbean-themed spring break party going on through April 7, Monday-Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. $5 cocktails including Rum Punch, Coors Light and vodka mixed drinks will be flowing, along with buckets of domestic beer for $25. RHUMBAR will offer a house selection cigar for $8. Tacos & Tequila, located inside Luxor Hotel will offer partygoers a month-long (through April 1) “Seis y Seis” package with six specialty tacos and six bottled beers for $29, a great meal deal to share. Also there will be a $5 happy hour menu, every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with drinks and appetizers plus other affordable alcoholic beverages. Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub will feature Spring Break with an inexpensive “Spring Broke” party through April 7. Rockhouse will offer free entry every night before midnight with a valid college ID and if you are at least 21 years of age. Plus everyday drink specials, including an open bar on Wednesdays starting at $5 for gals with college ID and $10 for guys from 9 p.m. to midnight. Ladies drink free on Thursdays from 10:30 to midnight and on Fridays and Saturdays enjoy two-for-one drinks, beers, $5 shots with beer pong available all day, every day.


MGM Resorts International Hosting Spring Break Live! with Special Package Deals

Plenty of spring break activities will be going on at MGM Resorts International south-Strip properties including MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur.  Through April 30, the participating resorts will offer special room packages and live events. To book a Spring Break Escape Package and see the breakdown of planned events and prices, visit

PBR Rock Bar & Grill Celebrates International Waffle Day

Here’s another trivia fact you didn’t know. March 26 is international waffle day and to celebrate in Vegas style, PBR Rock Bar & Grille at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops is offering classic Belgian waffles with berries and whipped cream served all day long for a mere $5. Chicken and waffles are just $15 plus a decadent Ice Cream Sundae is on the menu for $5.

Check with resorts for all current offers published. Hotels have all rights and may cancel or modify at anytime. On your drive up to Vegas tune your radio to The Highway FM 98 & 99 for my up-to-date Las Vegas reports. GOOD LUCK!

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