CARNEVALE with Sammy Hagar’s Tiki Party: Rockin with The Wabos and Chef Emeril Lagasse

13 Jun

Since Monday, May 27, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas has celebrated CARNEVALE in honor of the summer festivals of Italy. Guests are treated to experiences of entertainment, art and fashion, games, sports, music and wine through September 8.

This past weekend at The Venetian Pool, the properties hosted Sammy Hagar’s Tiki Party with Sammy Hagar and The Wabos rocking for an hour-and-a-half with hits like “I Can’t Drive 55” and “Right Now”, as Emeril Lagasse put his famous “BAM!” at the grill on slow-roasted Hawaiian pork on sweet Hawaiian rolls, BBQ baby back ribs, and New Orleans creole boiled fresh corn on the cob, just to name a few delicacies, for the more than 1,200 fans.

For a full list of more than 300 events visit venetian.com /carnevale or palazzo.com/carnevale.

 CARNEVALE

The Venetian Las Vegas
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-1000

 The Palazzo Las Vegas
3325 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 607-7777

Through September 8, 2013

Sammy Hagar (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

Sammy Hagar (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

 

Emeril Lagasse with his team and their slow-roasted pig. (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

Emeril Lagasse with his team and their slow-roasted pig. (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

 

Slow-roasted Hawaiian pork on sweet Hawaiian rolls (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

Slow-roasted Hawaiian pork on sweet Hawaiian rolls (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

 

The Venetian Photo Credit Tom Donoghue

Photo Credit Tom Donoghue

 

 

 

 

Beauty Queens + Miss USA 2013 Contestants = A Happy Birthday for Terry Fator

12 Jun

Terry Fator was all smiles as he celebrated his birthday with 51 contestants from the Miss USA Pageant at his Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment hit show at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Taylor Makakoa, his wife, and Nana Meriwether, the reigning Miss USA, presented the ingenious entertainer with a birthday card signed by audience members and fans and colossal cake provided by The Mirage. Lucky audience members received a wonderful cupcake from local favorite Freed’s Bakery.

Photo credits: Cashman Photo and Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Organization.

Miss USA
LIVE from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Sunday, June 16

9 p.m. EST on NBC

Current Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator, Taylor Makakoa and the 51 Miss USA Contestants by Cashman Photo

Current Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator, Taylor Makakoa and the 51 Miss USA Contestants by Cashman Photo

Miss USA Contestants at Terry Fator by Cashman Photo

Miss USA Contestants at Terry Fator by Cashman Photo

Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa by Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Organization.

Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa by Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Organization.

 

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Memorial Day Weekend

28 May

Friday, May 24 ~ THE JOINT
“KINGS OF THE MIC” Tour
LL Cool J, DJ Z-Trip, De La Soul, Ice Cube and Public Enemy.

Kings of the Mic Tour at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

LL Cool J during Kings of the Mic Tour at The Joint.
Photo Credit: Scott Harrison

 

 Kings of the Mic Tour at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

Ice Cube during the Kings of the Mic Tour at The Joint.
Photo credit: Scott Harrison

 

   Kings of the Mic Tour at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

Public Enemy during Kings of the Mic Tour at The Joint.
Photo credit: Scott Harrison

Saturday, May 25 ~ PARADISE BEACH
Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Beach party with Felix Cartal and Seven Lions.

JUICY BEACH AFTER DARK
BODY ENGLISH NIGHTCLUB & AFTERHOURS
Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest), DJs and producers Cartal and Lions, Donald Glaude and Steve Castro.

5.25.13 MeekMill hangs out  at REHAB in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, credit Scott Harrison

MeekMill hangs out at REHAB.
Photo Credit: Scott Harrison

SUNDAY, MAY 26 at REHAB DAYCLUB
Hosted by and a live performance from Diddy with Lil Wayne and  Meek Mill joining him on stage.  Music was also provided by DJ Whoo Kid and resident DJs Richard Beynon, DJ Shift and DJ Wellman.

 “REHAB OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY” at VANITY NIGHTCLUB
Hosted by Diddy with celebrities Kevin Hart, Fabolous and Lil Wayne taking in the festivities.  Music was by DJ Whoo Kid and resident DJs
Richard Beynon
and DJ Shift.

Diddy celebrates Memorial Day Weekend at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NVDiddy and Lil Wayne hang out  at REHAB.
Photo Credit: Scott Harrison

Diddy celebrates Memorial Day Weekend at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

Diddy hosts and performs at REHAB.
Photo Credit: Scott Harrison

 

Getting “Soul-chestra” with Violin ‘Soul-o-ist’ Karen Briggs and the 20 Pearls Foundation of Las Vegas

30 Mar

Karen BriggsBack in January the 20 Pearls Foundation, the charitable arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Theta Omega Las Vegas Chapter, of which I and my mother are proud members, presented “An Evening with Violin ‘Soul-o-ist’ Karen Briggs with special guest Freddie B,” for a concert in support of the HerShe Group Foundation, Inc., an organization preparing girls in foster care for successful transition into adulthood.

Me and my mother Patti

Me and my mother

I remember asking, “Who is Karen Briggs?” when it was requested I write and distribute the press release on behalf of our chapter’s 20 Pearls Foundation. Seriously, I had no idea who she was, and I fancy myself “in the know” when it comes to popular jazz artists (See my Jazz Groupies post), so not having name recognition had me less than excited, as well as being told “she toured with Yanni” had me thinking the 90s, world music, a mustache and a mullet. Any enthusiasm to write the news release was all but removed.

Karen Briggs on stage with bandCome to find out after a little digging, I could not have been more wrong. Karen Briggs is a highly sought after featured soloist who has perfected the melismatic style (I had to look that term up, and for those of you that don’t know what the word means either, it is defined as “A passage of several notes sung to one syllable of text, as in Gregorian chant” ~The Free Dictionary by Farlex.) Her musicianship is reflective of her exposure to countless music genres including jazz, gospel, Latin, classical, African and Middle Eastern.

 

Karen Briggs with band 2She is world renown and has played Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Apollo Theater, and the Kennedy Center.  Her nickname, “The Lady in Red” was given to her by her fans (I am now one of them) after extensively touring with Yanni.  She was a part of his critically acclaimed and live multi-platinum recorded album Yanni Live at the Acropolis (1993) which became “one of the best-selling PBS specials of all time and was broadcast in 65 countries.”

She began her professional career with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra after graduating from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. Several years later she released her self-titled debut album Karen (1992), her sophomore album Amazing Grace (1996), followed by Soulchestral Groove (2009). And has collaborated with many influential musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Swinging into the 21st (2012) and Selections from Swingin’ into the 21st (2011); Ledisi, Lost & Found (2007); Kenny Loggins, More Songs from Pooh Corner (2000); Vertu’, Stanley Clark, Lenny White and Richie Kotzen (1999); Diana Ross, Every Day Is a New Day (1999); and Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams, The Hopeville Tour/DVD (2009), to name a few and there are many to name.

 

Karen Briggs talking to a fan.

Karen Briggs talking to a fan.

That was a great night and she is one funny lady who really loves and appreciates her fans. At one point we were all grooving when I noticed she had us all clapping along to a square dance song. It felt like Hee Haw for a minute. I was waiting for a Minnie Pearl look-alike to appear on stage.

I highly recommend you catch a show when you can. She has her schedule on Facebook at Karen Briggs, Violinist Page II. She will be in Austin, Texas on Friday, April 5 at the Women in Jazz Association, Inc.’s JAZZ IN P!NK CONCERT.

Summer Lovin’ with Kaskade

4 Mar

Kaskade Summer Lovin' 2013 ResidencyHot off the press release! Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub will have  Fire & Ice Grammy-nominated DJ Kaskade host SUMMER LOVIN’ starting in May and ending in August. That’s 12 weeks of daylife poolside and nightlife in the club at the Nightclub & Bar number one ranked venue in the nation.

If you live for electronic dance music there are VIP “All Summer Long” packages for diehards:

Package 1 ($900 pp): Move to the front of the line and get a commemorative ticket package mailed to your home.

Package 2 ($18,500 pp): Terrace Studio two night accommodation, VIP entry and premium open bar for two people with a personal room coordinator at the hotel and a personal host at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub with available table upgrades and a commemorative mailed ticket package.

Package 3 ($25,000 pp): Premium wraparound Terrace Suite two night accommodation, VIP entry and premium open bar for two people with a personal room coordinator at the hotel and a personal host Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub with available table upgrades and a commemorative mailed ticket package.

For reservations email: allsummerlovin@marqueelasvegas.com.

Summer Lovin’ with Kaskade at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South
(702) 698-7000

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Filet and Lobster

27 Feb

steak-lobsterIt’s the little things that make life exciting, like the Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar filet mignon and North Atlantic lobster tail combination back for spring until April 7. I’m thrilled because lobster with drawn butter is my mother’s favorite (I’ll be taking her soon) and this savory combo, at only $37.95 (excluding tax and gratuity), comes with a choice of the wedge salad or French onion soup to start, and sautéed spaghetti squash with lime butter with entrée. Simply add wine and dessert.

This treat is only available at all locations and upon request and I suggest a reservation, however eating in the bar is fun too!

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
8721 West Charleston Boulevard (Summerlin)
Las Vegas, NV 89117
702-838-4774

 

Inside Hakkasan Las Vegas

5 Feb

hakkasan-LogoOn Facebook, Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub shared a video on the progress of the mega dayclub/nightclub/restaurant, which I mentioned in my January 15 post Hey DJ Won’t You Play That Song And Keep Me Dancin’…

Click here to view the video called “First Look…”

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