Las Vegas News Brief – October 2016

Backstreet Boys Announce Headlining Residency at Planet Hollywood
The best-selling boy band of all time, with over 130 million albums sold worldwide, is coming to the Las Vegas Strip. The pop juggernaut Backstreet Boys announced they will begin an exclusive Las Vegas headlining residency show, “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life,” inside The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The show, promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, will further cement Las Vegas as the entertainment capital of the world. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. PT. For more information, contact Talia Rothman, Caesars Entertainment, trothman@caesars.com.
The Final Presidential Debate of the 2016 Election Comes to Las Vegas
The eyes of the nation – and many around the world – will be on Las Vegas Oct. 19 for the final presidential debate of 2016.  This event marks the first time Las Vegas will host a presidential debate and the first time a destination has partnered with a university for the opportunity. Candidates will tackle issues inside UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center that could decide the election. Media from around the world will gather in the destination, with the debate televised live by all major networks. For more information, contact Courtney Fitzgerald, LVCVA, cfitzgerald@lvcva.com.
Stevie Nicks Announced as First Performer at New Park Theater
Rock ‘n’ Roll legend and singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks will be the first artist to perform at the new Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino when it opens its doors S Dec. 17. Nicks, joined by special guests The Pretenders, is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. The multi-platinum selling artist is the first of many of the world’s premier music talents who will be part of Park Theater’s opening lineup. Additional artists and performance dates will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Erica Benken, Kirvin Doak Communications, ebenken@kirvindoak.com.
The Ice Rink Returns to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
For the fifth consecutive year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will welcome the return of The Ice Rink as Boulevard Pool transforms into a winter wonderland high above the Las Vegas Strip beginning Nov. 25, 2016 and running through Jan. 2, 2017. Overlooking the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard, visitors will enjoy skating on over 4,200 square feet of real ice, roasting s’mores by the fire, light snow showers, seasonal culinary selections and breathtaking views. For more information, contact Renata Follmann or Samantha Grimes, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.
The Bronx Wanderers Rock Bally’s Las Vegas
The Bronx Wanderers are charming audiences with the best 90 minutes of America’s Rock ‘N’ Roll songbook all on one stage at Bally’s Las Vegas. Up close and personal, yet larger than life, the father-and-son trio, flanked by their top-notch band, effortlessly perform hits made famous by the likes of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Dion, the Beach Boys, Queen, Bruno Mars and many others spanning from the beginning of Rock ‘N’ Roll right through today’s tunes, seven nights a week. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, kellyafrey@yahoo.com.
McCarran International Airport Unveils New Vegas-Themed Art
Travelers arriving at McCarran International Airport’s Terminal 1 will now enjoy a very “Vegas” welcome thanks to a unique new art piece. The intricate mosaic made of Terrazzo flooring material is located in the heart of Terminal 1’s Baggage Claim area and was created by award-winning designer and native Nevadan Randy Heil. Laid-out as a 40-foot-diameter circle with a border reminiscent of a poker chip, Heil was inspired by the iconic landmarks that have defined the Las Vegas skyline both past and present. For more information, contact Christine Crews, McCarran International Airport, christinec@mccarran.com.
Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas Completes Major Renovation
Chef Charlie Palmer—arriving in Vegas as one of the original pioneers of the dining scene in 1999—announced the completed transformation of Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas. Seventeen years after opening its doors in the Four Seasons Hotel, the steakhouse reveals a renovated interior and facade, as well as a new Executive Chef and Pastry Chef, along with two Master Sommeliers leading a renewed wine program. Chef Palmer and local Innovatino designer Nancy Paolino collaborated on the multi-room interior changes, resulting in a progressive design inspired by Nevada’s micro-landscapes. For more information, contact Christa Weaving, Charlie Palmer Group, cweaving@charliepalmer.com.
Thomas & Mack Center Debuts Strip View Pavilion
The Thomas & Mack Center recently unveiled the new modernized venue. One of the more noticeable embellishments is the 35,000-square-foot addition of the Strip View Pavilion. The Strip View Pavilion is a multi-purpose event space that can be used during the basketball season for UNLV Athletics, private events, meeting space and expanding current events. It will provide an additional 9,200 square feet of event space and 2,500 square feet of patio space that will overlook the Las Vegas Strip. Other renovations at the center include upgrades to the entrance allowing for better accessibility, and a new state-of-the-art sound system. For more information, contact Ariel Azoulay, Thomas & Mack Center, ariel.azoulay@unlv.edu.
Spirit Airlines Adds Nonstop Service from Northeast Ohio
Spirit Airlines announced new daily nonstop service from Akron-Canton Airport to Las Vegas beginning April 27, 2017. For more information, contact Stephen Schuler, Spirit Airlines, stephen.schuler@spirit.com.
Harrah’s Las Vegas Introduces Fully Renovated Tower
Located at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, Harrah’s Las Vegas offers guests an unforgettable experience without having to spend a fortune. Touting the newest renovated hotel tower on the Strip, guests have the option to retreat to one of 600 standard guest rooms and 72 suites. Part of an ongoing resort transformation of the beloved Caesars Entertainment casino brand, the Valley Tower features sleek décor with warm tones of gray and purple accents. A modern vanity with backlighting can be found in every room, allowing guests to be picture-perfect for a night out on the town. Standard and premium rooms also come with one king bed or two queen beds, a table with two chairs and a desk.
Caesars Entertainment Launches Hotel Booking Service on WeChat
Continuing its longstanding relationship with the leading social communication app WeChat, Caesars Entertainment launched a hotel booking function on the WeChat platform, becoming the first U.S. company of its kind to market its resorts to Chinese tourists through China’s most popular social app. The first phase of WeChat booking began Sept. 15, connecting nearly 24,000 rooms across the nine Caesars Entertainment affiliated resorts in Las Vegas to Caesars Entertainment’s official account on WeChat. Chinese users can explore these luxurious accommodations and, for the first time, book their U.S. hotel room without an intermediary like an online travel agent or tour operator. For more information, contact Adrienne Prather-Marcos, Caesars Entertainment, aprathermarcos@caesars.com.
Cherry Boom Boom Makes Boomin’ Debut at Tropicana Las Vegas
Cherry Boom Boom, the awe-inspiring, immersive, engaging and interactive new show with a fresh and masterful mix of amplified choreography, made its boomin’ debut at the historic Tropicana Theater at Tropicana Las Vegas on Sept. 14. Packing a powerful punch, Cherry Boom Boom is the ultimate playground for excitement , music, love and rock ‘n’ roll. Strong and sultry enough for a man; smart and sassy enough for a woman. The movement and music will have heads banging and hips swinging all night long. Guaranteed. Cherry Boom Boom is leading a movement about empowerment for strong, sexy women – with a great storyline threaded throughout a visceral rock ‘n’ roll performance. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com.
MGM Grand Announces New Losers Bar
With the closing of Rouge Lounge at MGM Grand Sept. 4, the space will re-open in Dec. 2016 as Losers Bar—a popular dive bar concept from Nashville, TN. The high-energy venue will feature live music, draft beers and surprise performances from musical artists. More details on Losers Bar will be made available in the coming months. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.
Freedom Beat Cooks to Its Own Tune at Downtown Grand
With dining offered round-the-clock, Freedom Beat opened Sept. 19 at Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino with a deliciously diverse take on items for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night. Like a roadie’s ode to the best dishes discovered on-tour traversing America, the menu at Freedom Beat is a star-spangled culinary adventure. Created by Chef Scott Commings—Hell’s Kitchen Season 12 Winner—the restaurant takes its cues from the best dishes found throughout the U.S. For more information, contact Michelle Loosbrock, Jeff Wagner Agency, michelle@jeffwagneragency.com.
Comedy Daredevil Makes Daring Premiere at Hooters Casino Hotel
Comedy Daredevil, featuring America’s Got Talent stars Ryan Stock and AmberLynn, made its daring premiere at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas on Sept. 15. The danger-packed stunt spectacular debuted at the Night Owl Showroom. There is truly no show in town like this—chainsaws, sledgehammers, power drills and a lawn mower—this danger-packed sideshow spectacular has been the brainchild of Stock and AmberLynn since they met over a decade ago. The tension is cut throughout by the ‘Comedy’ part of Comedy Daredevil, with Ryan and AmberLynn trading jokes and jabs onstage alongside their more daring antics. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com.
The LINQ Promenade Welcomes VR Adventures
The LINQ Promenade welcomed its newest offering, VR Adventures. This cutting-edge, never-before-seen immersive experience plunges guests into a three-dimensional virtual world. Guests put on high-tech goggles and are transported to a virtual reality. Unlike other video games, VR Adventures requires gamers to use hand movement, walk, sidestep or jump to explore or fly through the virtual world. Located next to Goorin Brothers, VR Adventures offers gamers up to four unique experiences to escape from everyday games and into the virtual world. For more information, contact Adrienne Prather-Marcos, Caesars Entertainment, aprathermarcos@caesars.com.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum to Open Hands-On Laboratory
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is converting a 1,200 square-foot space into a working laboratory that will have three objectives; to serve as a paleontological and archaeological prep lab for college students, a research facility for science professionals and a live exhibit for Museum visitors of all ages. The Lab, the only one of its kind in Nevada, will align with the Museum’s mission to inspire, through educational exhibits and programs, a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The Lab will open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 8. For more information, contact Emma Williams, Preferred Public Relations, emma@preferredpublicrelations.com.