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September 2018

Everything changes in September and it all starts with the weather…the end of the summer heat brings everyone back to town. Conventions start coming to Vegas en masse, and with that, headliners swarm the city. Football is back! The kids of Clark County have gone back to school. There is a lot of stuff going on this month. It’s also time to change the watering schedule for the yard.

Soundtracks, with Clint Holmes and Earl Turner, will be closing on September 22 at the Westgate. It’s a great show, and I hope that you get the opportunity to see it before it leaves. To fill this void in the fall, the Westgate will start a program of rotating headliners.

GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow announced his hit show MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! has been extended at the historic Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! made its debut in May 2018 to rave reviews and sold-out audiences. The 85-minute show celebrates Manilow’s greatest hits, which includes an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits.

Chippendales will be moving to Planet Hollywood.

After 15 years, a Halloween tradition has come to an end. Since 2003, Fright Dome has been providing scares to the Las Vegas Valley at Circus Circus’ Adventuredome. The team behind Fright Dome announced that the haunted attraction would not be returning to Circus Circus for the 2018 season.

America's all-time top-selling rock ‘n’ roll band, Aerosmith, is bringing the heat to the Las Vegas Strip with their headlining residency, AEROSMITH: DEUCES ARE WILD. Shows begin Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency, promoted by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International, will bring you face to face with America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll band in one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas. The show features never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions. GRAMMY Award winning producer Giles Martin, known for creating the soundscape for The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, will create a spectacular show experience.

The Joint serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment destination. It features seven luxury suites, a VIP level, a state-of-the-art sound system, a superior video system and a production package that surpasses all expectations to make The Joint the most dynamic, sophisticated and authentic venue in Las Vegas.

Cedric The Entertainer
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
Ms. Lauryn Hill Performing the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with Protoje and Iman Omari
Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.
The Australian Pink Floyd Show – Time: 30 Years of Celebrating Pink Floyd
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m.
Goldenboy Promotions: Pablo Cesar Canno vs. Ruslan Madieva
Thursday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.
Felipe Esparza
Friday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m.

Comedian, actress, writer and producer Whitney Cummings is returning to Las Vegas for four special headline performances at the world-famous Comedy Cellar at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Cummings will perform 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. sets on Monday, Sept. 17 through Tuesday, Sept. 18 and return Monday, Nov. 12 through Tuesday, Nov. 13.

54th Annual Pahrump Fall Festival to Launch September 27
Patrons will enjoy bull riding, monster truck races, carnival rides, delicious food and so much more. One of Pahrump’s biggest annual festivals returns to Petrack Park for four days of hometown fun September 2018. The family-friendly event will feature bull riding, monster trucks, motocross, midway games, carnival rides, several food and craft vendors, a car show, live entertainment, contests, and so much more.

First Friday Foundation announced that September 7th First Friday’s theme is Renew. This theme encompasses the renewal of all things, new beginnings.

First Friday encourages everyone this month to find rejuvenation in some form.

Key elements for this month include:

First Friday's Featured Artists – Nova May and Joel Spencer create mixed media work on a large scale with bright expressive colors and playful lines and shapes. They have a passion for the unconventional, creating multi-sensory installations using found objects, sand, glitter, light, crystals, and an assortment of other avant garde materials. Big and playful with a modern twist on pop art would best describe their work. The duo owns and operates ARTDEPT.VEGAS, a creative firm.

Live Entertainment – Check website for complete list. 7:00 pm Proclamation for City Wide Day of Play by Mayor Goodman; 7:15 pm Credit One Spokesperson and Gear Duran unveiling; 7:30 pm Mr. and Mrs. R; 9:15 pm Peaceful Retreat.

Poster Contest – First Friday held a poster contest with Las Vegas Academy art students in August. With over 55 creative entries, a winner was selected and this month’s event poster was created by an LVA student, Eve Barron. Also, 7 runners up were chosen, and all these students’ work will be featured in a large tent during the September event.

The summer of 1969 brought the world the historical Woodstock Music & Art Fair, and within those three days of peace and music, fans around the world were introduced to the Latin-infused sounds of Santana. This fall, as Carlos Santana continues his residency at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, we revel in the magic that took place 49 years ago with a celebratory ticket offer for locals in honor of Woodstock’s 49th anniversary. Locals purchasing tickets for the remaining 2018 dates can purchase a general admission ticket to An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live for just $49*, plus applicable taxes and fees, with the code WOODSTOCK. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas, will celebrate military heroes on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9 with free entry for all military personnel and veterans. Active and retired service members with a valid Military ID or badge will receive one (1) free general admission ticket and may purchase up to six (6) discounted general admission tickets for $15 each.

I LOVE THE ‘90S - THE VEGAS SHOW has added the iconic voices of En Vogue, known for their high energy performances, to the lineup. With timeless looks that match their stellar artistry, the Platinum-selling trio joins the exciting bill of iconic acts coming to Paris Las Vegas. As previously announced, Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4-One will kick off the residency Friday, Oct. 12, and the show will feature a rotating lineup of other crowd favorites including Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Kid ’n Play and Dru Hill. This 90-minute, immersive dance party will feature a live DJ, nostalgic video content, dancers and more, giving audiences the opportunity to rediscover the music that influenced and defined a generation and contributed to making the ‘90s a decade to remember.

Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), the show known for bringing new songs back into the old stream and classic sounds back into the mainstream, will perform for eight evenings at the Terry Fator Theatre in November.

Penn & Teller will return to their hit show at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Aug. 18 following a brief hiatus to allow Teller to recover from back surgery. Teller has since made a full recovery and is excited to return to the long-running residency. In celebration of the magic duo’s upcoming 25th anniversary, Penn & Teller will extend their contract at Rio Las Vegas for an additional three years. The show originally opened at Rio Las Vegas in January 2001.

Fremont Street Experience will begin its $32 million renovation of Viva Vision, the world’s largest single video screen located in historic downtown Las Vegas, February 2019. Spanning five city blocks above one of the most vibrant streets in Las Vegas, the upgraded Viva Vision canopy will illuminate the pedestrian mall with 16,433,152 pixels and 5,000 Nits, making it seven-times brighter than the existing canopy with four-times the resolution. In partnership with the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority, renovations to the iconic, city-owned Viva Vision canopy will be completed for the unveiling on Dec. 31, 2019.

Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend, the leading bodybuilding contest for fitness enthusiasts, will return to the Orleans Arena Sept. 13-15. For the 13th consecutive year, the Mr. Olympia contest – an annual bodybuilding competition sanctioned by the International Federation of Bodybuilders Professional League (IFBB Pro League) – will bring top bodybuilders and fitness professionals to the stage at Orleans Arena. Bodybuilding legends such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman, and Las Vegas’ own Jay Cutler – have all earned multiple Mr. Olympia titles during their reign.

After more than a decade of dominating the world of magic as the biggest name on the planet, Criss Angel will unveil an over-the-top visual spectacular unlike any other in existence – Criss Angel MINDFREAK®, in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino opening Dec. 19, 2018. The brand-new production incorporates cutting-edge technology and boasts more than 75 illusions with 20 never-before-seen effects that will give fans the ultimate immersive experience, showcasing the iconic Angel on a massive scale.

Mermaid School will be held at the Westgate! Class is in session! Held at the newly-renovated, third-floor Westgate Pool, Mermaid School is taught by renowned mermaid expert Mermaid Farasha, founder of Las Vegas Mermaids. Each 90-minute Mermaid School session will include stretching poolside and instructions on tail safety, tail removal in the water, treading water in tail, breathing instructions and dolphin kick/mermaid undulation. Classes will conclude with a mermaid code of ethics discussion, including mermaid manners and kindness, and a Mermaid Meditation cool down. Class openings are limited and participants must be between seven and 12 years old, must be a skilled swimmer and must have their parents or legal guardian present.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas has raised the standard for entertainment in downtown Las Vegas with its acclaimed 52 Fridays Concert Series. The resort presents a diverse lineup of weekly acts, from GRAMMY award-winning pop artists to rock and roll royalty.

Taylor Dayne – September 7 at 8 p.m.
From platinum pop songs to chart-topping dance hits, Taylor Dayne is one of the most popular vocalists of the modern age. She has enjoyed Top 10 hits in three consequent decades, selling a combined 75 million singles and albums along the way. With the release of her first two albums, Dayne racked up three number one singles, "Tell It to My Heart," "Love Will Lead You Back" and "Prove Your Love to Me."

The Outlaws
– September 14 at 8 p.m.
The Outlaws are an American southern rock/country rock band best known for their 1975 hit "There Goes Another Love Song" and extended guitar jam "Green Grass and High Tides" from their 1975 debut album, plus their 1980 cover of the Stan Jones classic "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky". They earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as The Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones.

Gary Puckett and The Union Gap Band
– September 21 and 22 at 8 p.m.
Gary Puckett and The Union Gap had six consecutive Gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording artist, including the Beatles. Their first big hit, "Young Girl," topped the charts in both the US and the UK. Other big hits include "Woman Woman," "Lady Willpower," and "Over You." Gary and the UGP perform to sold out crowds doing over 150 performances a year. Don't miss their exciting return to the Golden Nugget Las Vegas!

The Association
– September 28 at 8 p.m.
The Association was one of the more underrated groups to come out of the mid- to late '60s. The group's smooth harmonies and pop-oriented sound (which occasionally moved into psychedelia and, much more rarely, into a harder, almost garage-punk vein) made them regular occupants of the highest reaches of the pop charts for two years -- their biggest hits, including "Along Comes Mary," "Cherish," "Windy," and "Never My Love," became instant staples of AM play lists.

From royal courts to enchanted forests, Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the 25th Annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival as it returns to Sunset Park Oct. 12 – 14, 2018. This three-day event will immerse visitors in the Renaissance era with numerous villages and different guilds, activities, historical reenactments, live performances and an array of authentic period foods and beverages – truly an event that’s fun for the entire family! The festival presents various shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans – including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman – to demonstrate and sell their wares.

Those looking to really get into the heart of the action and camp like royalty can opt to go all out with the Preferred Plus Yurt Camping Package for $499 which includes a 14x14 pre-assembled yurt.

J. Cole has announced the additional support acts that will join him on his 34-date tour in support of his chart-topping new album KOD, with special guest Young Thug. Jaden Smith and Earthgang will join the tour when it makes a Las Vegas stop at T-Mobile Arena Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Comedian and Cash Cab host Ben Bailey is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Grand Events Center inside Green Valley Ranch Resort on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. Before he got behind the wheel of the Cash Cab, Ben Bailey began his career as a stand-up comedian

Legendary disco and funk band KC & The Sunshine Band will return to Las Vegas Saturday, September 15, 2018, alongside special guests the Village People, to help celebrate the Grand Re-opening of the newly-modernized Palace Station.

Musical genius Paul Shaffer along with his talented full band, The Shaf-Shifters, will return to the iconic Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace to perform a limited three-week engagement on select dates in September, October and November 2018. Fans will experience an intimate set of pop, funk and R&B hits mixed with anecdotes and stories from over four decades of working with the biggest names in music, film and television.

Nitro Circus, known throughout the world for its spectacular arena and stadium live shows, Nitro Circus is creating its first-ever resident stage show to open at Bally’s Las Vegas in Spring 2019. This electrifying all-new production will feature the world’s most talented action sports athletes performing spectacular feats and unbelievable stunts in a fully choreographed, adrenaline-charged event. The innovative show will take over the Jubilee Theater, to be reimagined, redesigned and renamed the Nitro Circus Theater, offering guests an up close look at all the action. With thrills, excitement and comedy, this show will be a 90-minute thrill ride that guests will never forget.

Five-time GRAMMY-nominated country music singer and songwriter, Hunter Hayes, will take the stage for an unprecedented full-length performance at M Pool as part of M Resort Spa Casino’s concert series on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The King of Bachata, Romeo Santos, confirmed details for the second leg of his highly popular Golden Tour, which wrapped in April of this year. The newly announced fall run of dates, produced and co-promoted by Live Nation, will kick off Saturday, Sept. 15 in Las Vegas at MGM Grand Garden Arena, just in time for Mexican Independence Day.

Laugh the night away with Emmy and GRAMMY Award-winning comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt. He will perform his can’t-miss stand-up comedy routine for one night only at KÀ Theatre Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. This past October, Oswalt released his critically acclaimed Netflix special, “Annihilation,” addressing his own devastating loss and dealing with the unexplainable, while making it painfully funny. Last year, he won multiple accolades including an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special” for his sixth comedy special featured on Netflix, “Talking for Clapping,” and a GRAMMY Award for his comedy album of the same title.

The Original Wailers and Ozomatli with Chali 2na will perform at Mandalay Bay Beach as part of Mandalay Bay’s Concerts on the Beach 2018 summer lineup sponsored by Coors Light and Pepsi Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.

Hard rock innovators KORN celebrate 20 years of one of the most seminal alt-metal records of all time, Follow the Leader, with a handful of intimate performances. In celebration of the milestone, the band will be performing three very exclusive shows including Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort at 8 p.m.

In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, GRAMMY-Award winning saxophonist Kenny G will appear at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts this fall for a one-night-only performance, Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Since the early ‘80s, Kenny G’s combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.

Queen + Adam Lambert will rock the Las Vegas Strip with a 10-date limited engagement, “The Crown Jewels,” at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas. Shows will be held September 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. One of their performance dates, Saturday, Sept. 8, lands on Queen Day in Las Vegas, which former Mayor Oscar Goodman declared in 2004. Queen + Adam Lambert have come a long way since first sharing a stage for the American Idol finale in May 2009. Since then, the critically acclaimed creative partnership has proved to be a global phenomenon, having played over 150 shows in all corners of the world. Filling stadiums and festivals, Queen + Adam Lambert’s awe-inspiring show has drawn across-the board rave notices.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, bestselling author, and the Director of the Hayden Planetarium, will be speaking at The Smith Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 27. Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has guided the Ship of the Imagination to transport viewers to the nucleus of an atom and the farthest reaches of the universe as he explores humanity’s quest for understanding.

GRAMMY Award-winning country band Zac Brown Band brings their eighth headlining tour Down The Rabbit Hole Live to the intimate Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort on Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Three-time GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have had five consecutive albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and four consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. To date, the group has sold more than 25 million singles and 8 million albums.

Jerry Seinfeld fans can catch the legendary comedian as he returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to perform his critically-acclaimed stand-up comedy on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8. Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: Seinfeld. The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.

When one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music, Alanis Morissette, announced a performance this summer at the intimate Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort, the show quickly sold out. Due to that popular demand, the singer added a second date and will return to the newly renovated theater on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. With sales of more than 60 million albums worldwide, Alanis Morissette’s deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, 14 Canadian Juno Awards, seven GRAMMY Awards (with an additional 14 nominations), a Golden Globe nomination, and in 2015, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Alanis has acted on the big and small screen with roles in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Dogma,” “Sex and the City,” “Weeds,” “Up All Night,” and has appeared as a celebrity guest mentor on “The Voice.”

Luis Miguel, one of the most successful artists in Latin American history, has announced a return to Las Vegas in celebration of Mexican Independence Day Weekend with two performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14. Luis Miguel will return to The Colosseum for an impressive ninth year as part of his successful ¡México Por Siempre! tour, named after his most recent studio album.

Legendary rock band YES, featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, are celebrating their remarkable career, which has spanned decades, with a new world tour, including a return to Las Vegas. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will bring the Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour to the historic International Theater inside Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 8 p.m.

With his over-the-top success and overwhelming demand from fans, Felipe Esparza announces 11 additional new dates to his “Bad Decisions” tour, including a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino during Mexican Independence Day Weekend on Friday, September 14. The comedian has been the talk of the town with his sold out shows and hilarious bad decisions.

Global sensation Enrique Iglesias has announced his only North American shows of the year will take place in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace over Mexican Independence Weekend on September 15 and 16, 2018. Enrique Iglesias has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, released ten studio albums plus two greatest hits compilations, and is a multiplatinum artist in almost every country around the world. He has headlined ten world tours to more than 10 million fans throughout his career having performed in literally every corner of the world from New York to Sydney to Cape Town to Minsk to London to Belgrade to Santiago to Mexico among many more.

GRAMMY Award-winner Peter Frampton to perform live at the intimate Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at 8 p.m. Frampton recently reissued his critically lauded album Fingerprints via his own imprint Phenix Phonograph. Originally released in 2006, Fingerprints won the 2007 GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album and Frampton’s cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” off the album was also nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The album is available on vinyl for the first time.

With more than 30 million albums sold, 18 million digital single sales, billions of streams and 12 iconic hits combined, 3 Doors Down and Collective Soul are inviting fans aboard The Rock & Roll Express Tour this summer. The tour rolls into the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at 8 p.m. GRAMMY Award-nominated multi-Platinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down has been captivating audiences around the world for nearly two decades. With 20 million albums sold globally, their success has been fueled by hits including “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” “Here Without You,” and “It’s Not My Time.”

In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Latin music legend Alejandro Fernández will perform at Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. Fernández is a world-class artist and representative of traditional and modern Mexican music. He first pursued a solo music career after the success of recording the hit song “Amor de los dos” with his father, Don Vicente. In 1992, his self-titled album was a huge success and broke record sales for the Ranchero genre. He surprised audiences with a fresh approach to traditional Mexican music, introducing the genre to many countries and people regardless of class or age, and has continued to maintain a connection with youth through his more than 14 million social media followers.

Following the huge buzz surrounding last week’s announcement that two of the world’s greatest rock bands – DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY – are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour, special fan presales and VIP packages have now been announced, as well as additional on sale details. The tour will make a Las Vegas stop at T-Mobile Arena Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

And as students are heading back to school, think of this… Why do magicians do so well in school?
They’re good at trick questions.

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