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

NIGHTCLUB                                                                       DAYCLUB

Saturday, May 4                                                               Sunday, May 5    

Saturday, May 18                                                             Sunday, May 19  

Saturday, May 25                                                             Sunday, May 26    

Saturday, June 1                                                               Sunday, June 2    

Saturday, June 8                                                               Sunday, June 9    

Saturday, June 22                                                            Sunday, June 23 

Saturday, July 6                                                                 Sunday, July 7    

Saturday, July 20                                                              Sunday, July 21      

Saturday, August 3                                                          Sunday, August 4    

Saturday, August 10                                                        Sunday, August 11    

Saturday, August 17                                                        Sunday, August 18    

Saturday, August 31                                                        Sunday, September 1    

 

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…”

Hey DJ Won’t You Play That Song And Keep Me Dancin’…

15 Jan

hakkasan-LogoLately, there has been so much nightclub buzz around Hakkasan, the $100 million dollar and then some gigantic dayclub/nightclub/restaurant taking residence on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue in the former Rain Nightclub space at MGM Grand, and it’s exclusive DJ contracts as reported by the Las Vegas Sun with Deadmau5, Avicii, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris, to name a few, you would think it will be the only place to get your groove on. But that is not the case. There are still plenty of DJs and nightclubs to go around.

Here are two new DJ announcements:

Dirty-SouthWynn Las Vegas just announced it has “42 Electronic Dance Music DJ Residencies” on its dayclub and nightclubs roster for 2013 including will.i.am, John Dahlbäck, Max Vangeli, Bassnectar, and Dirty South. You can see the entire list at WynnSocial.com.

PaulyDMTV Jersey Shore alum and current star of his own show The Pauly D Project, Paul DelVecchio, was added to The Light Group DJ roster as a resident with his own night called TURN UP at HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino debuting Saturday, January 19.


And don’t forget, Vegas has so many nightclubs and lounges (not all are listed) with something going on every day of the week, and when spring rolls in so does daylife and that’s an entirely new list.

10 Aok

Chateau Nightclub & Gardens

Ghostbar

Hyde Bellagio

Lavo

LAX Nightclub

Marquee Nightclub

Moon

Pure Nightclub

Savile Row

SHe

Surrender Nightclub

Tabu Ultra Lounge

TAO Nightclub

The Act

The Bank

Tryst

Vanity

XS

 

After the Countdown

7 Jan

On New Year’s Eve I was celebrating with my three-year-old great-niece Brielle, my mother and brother (Happy New Year!) watching the fireworks from atop the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower from my mother’s kitchen window. If I wasn’t such a wonderful aunt to stay in so my nephew Alex could go out, I would have hit up at least one of three great parties (A Vegas New Year’s Eve 2013) and sipped champagne all night. Instead I opted for a Ciroc Peach martini and some sparkling wine from Trader Joes that’s been in the wine fridge for a while.

New Year’s Eve would have been spent at Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club. They held a New Year’s Eve Gala hosted by Robin Thicke. I’ve been a fan of his since the Evolution of Robin Thicke album – 2006. It was a fashionable night with beautiful people.

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke performs. Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke with his gorgeous wife and actress Paula Patton. Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

Lucent Dossier. Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

Lucent Dossier. Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

The celebration kept going the next night at Hyde Bellagio at their “Lost Angles” party, a Tuesday night industry event. Common performed live with The Sayers Club on New Year’s Eve. Definitely a more relaxed night out full of celebrity.

Former mixed martial artist and UFC Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz and friends. Photo credit: Hyde Bellagio

Former mixed martial artist and UFC Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz and friends. Photo credit: Hyde Bellagio

Lil Jon parties in a VIP booth with friends. Photo credit: Hyde Bellagio

Lil Jon parties in a VIP booth with friends. Photo credit: Hyde Bellagio

I love Las Vegas.

Adrienne xo

 

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