GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT OVERVIEW
Las Vegas is called the "Entertainment Capital of the World" for good reason. Since its Rat Pack Days, the city has been associated with legendary shows and entertainers, Cirque du Soleil spectaculars, world-renowned concert headliners, Broadway-caliber productions, award-winning magicians and unique-to-Las Vegas production shows.
Today, the Las Vegas entertainment scene still has plenty of classic glamour, but it has evolved to include so much more.
The Las Vegas entertainment scene offers something for everyone. You can always find something new - like KISS at the Hard Rock Hotel, Olivia Newton John at the Flamigo, "Blue Man Group" at Monte Carlo, Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: One" at Mandalay Bay and "PANDA" at The Venetian.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is the centerpiece of downtown Las Vegas' Symphony Park development. The state-of-the-art facility contains three theatres, including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall. The Smith Center is also the home of the Nevada Ballet Theatre and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Rock ‘n' roll legends KISS celebrate 40 years as music icons with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas starting Nov. 5-23. Four decades after beginning its exemplary journey as one of the leading rock ‘n' roll bands in the world, KISS continues to make waves with one of the loudest, most over-the-top, non-stop parties at The Joint. Designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live, the chart-topping band will unleash its signature elaborate set designs, jam-packed set list, intense pyrotechnics and much more for nine of the biggest shows in KISS performance history.
With 15-plus years of chart-topping hits under her belt, pop star Britney Spears is back and better than ever in her Planet Hollywood Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me. Britney performs all her infectious dance songs, as well as tracks from her latest album. But don't expect a recreation of her music videos. Her intense performances are way more electrifying - some even dreamlike and daring. Whether Britney's flying across stage, singing in a ring
of fire or dancing in front of multiple mirrors, this shining diva knows just how to work it.
Get ready for some summer lovin' and "have a blast" as Olivia Newton-John made the Flamingo her new home with her "Summer Nights" residency. Performing inside the Donny & Marie Showroom, the beloved internationally-renowned singer-actress takes audiences on a musical journey through her life in film and music, featuring an eight-piece band. With more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia's successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People's Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, ten #1 hits and more than 15 top 10 singles.
The original queen of crossover country-pop Shania Twain invites you to kick up your cowboy boots and sing along to all the hits in her "Shania: Still the One" spectacular at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Known as the world's best-selling female country artist of all time, she's in the middle of a groundbreaking residency as The Colosseum's first country artist. Her collection of chart-topping hits includes "Any Man of Mine" and "From This Moment On." She shimmies, shakes and sings her way through number after number, often interacting off stage in the audience.
World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Elton John gives fans exactly what they're looking for in his Las Vegas show, "The Million Dollar Piano." Playing exclusively at The Colosseum inside Caesars Palace, the show's centerpiece is the namesake piano. This engineering marvel displays more than 68 LED Yamaha video screens. The visuals complement Elton's performances perfectly. It also weighs more than 3,000 pounds-the weight of an average car. While the piano dominates the stage, the surrounding set design is also a beauty, so expect lots of gold and stunning visual effects.
Rod Stewart's thrilling Las Vegas show proves that some guys really do have all the luck. Backed by a 13-piece band, the legendary rocker moves and grooves better than ever in his record-breaking "Rod Stewart: The Hits" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Packed with a roster of the icon's chart-topping singles, this night of Las Vegas entertainment is a high-energy concert celebration. The notorious Celtic Football Club fan even shows off his playful side, kicking soccer balls and running into the audience to interact with fans.
Superstar siblings Donny and Marie Osmond just can't get enough of Las Vegas. The brother-sister duo has been performing their stage spectacular, Donny & Marie, since 2008. Having each been in show business since they were young children, the timeless Donny and Marie have both recorded multiple albums, toured the world and hosted their famed television variety show. Their timeless roster of material is captured in this homage, showing off both their well-known pop duets and covers as well as solo numbers.
No one can bring as much style and swagger to a Las Vegas showroom as hit Brit singing sensation, Matt Goss. Goss' show features a dynamic blend of musical talent and an awe-inspiring performance. Boasting a palpable charm and breathtaking voice, the tuxedo-clad crooner brought back the classic Vegas lounge show with a dynamic, modern twist. A household name in Europe, Goss has sold more than 17 million records worldwide and sold out shows from Wembley Stadium to the Royal Albert Hall. His debut album went 7 times platinum, spawned 13 top 5 hits, and remained on the U.K. charts for an astonishing 84 weeks.
Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning R&B vocal group, Boyz II Men began an extended residency at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in early 2013. The trio, featuring baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, perform in the Terry Fator Theatre.
Cirque du Soleil and its ethereal combination of acrobats and special effects dazzle audiences all along the Strip. The group produces shows for a variety of properties in the destination. The two newest productions include "Michael Jackson ONE" at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and "Zarkana" at ARIA Resort & Casino.
The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil joined forces to create a permanent show based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson. In collaboration with the estate of Michael Jackson, Circue du Soleil has created a visual spectacle set to the incomparable music of the King of Pop with "Michael Jackson ONE" at Mandalay Bay.
"Zarkana" is a visually stunning modern acrobatic spectacular ARIA Resort & Casino. Following hugely successful engagement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Arena Madrid and Moscow's Kremlin State Palace Theatre, "Zarkana" opened in November 2012. Set in a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary of Cirque du Soleil, "Zarkana" has been seen by more than 1.5 million people during its triumphant 2011-2012 international run.
PANDA! recently celebrated its world premiere at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. The first-ever Chinese production to take up a residency on the famed Las Vegas Strip, PANDA! is a hold-on-to-your-seat spectacle that combines high-flying acrobatics, mesmerizing martial arts, music and dance, and includes a talented cast of award-winning performers from the China National Acrobatic Troupe and Shaolin Monastery Kung Fu Monks Troupe. Directed by creative genius An Zhao and produced by a team whose impressive credits include the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, PANDA! is set against stunning LED backdrops on a newly renovated stage.
Hailed as the most inventive and daring show to open on the Strip in years, Absinthe combines cabaret and acrobatics in this provocative variety show. Once you enter the white tent, you're transported to a whole different world. Absinthe at Caesars Palace is the fantastical blend of carnival and spectacle, featuring wild, outlandish acts on an intimate, circular stage. And, talk about a close-up: the theater is designed to truly transport you in the middle of the circus action, so you can get quite up close and personal with the performers. Though this racy, adults-only show is downright hilarious, it's definitely not for timid audiences. It has all the elements of an R-rated movie, but with more glam and allure.
"PIN UP," inspired by classic pin up girl calendars, has taken the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel &
Tower by storm. Featuring PLAYBOY's 2011 Playmate of the Year and Bettie Page clothing model Claire Sinclair, "PIN UP" features an impressive cast of dancers, singers and a live six-piece band with a horn section led by acclaimed trumpeter, conductor and composer Dave Perrico. The fast-paced production transports audiences to another time where beautiful women are clad in corsets and garter stockings and accented by ruby red lips.
"Million Dollar Quartet" tells the untold story of four rock ‘n' roll legends-Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins. The Tony Award-winning performance is at Harrah's Las Vegas in the Harrah's showroom.
Additional Cirque shows include "Mystère" at Treasure Island celebrating more than 15 years on the Las Vegas Strip; Bellagio's "O" was the troupe's first foray into aquatic theater, featuring a cast of 81 artists performing in and above a pool containing 1.5 million gallons of water; "Zumanity" at New York-New York is billed as the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil; "KÀ" at MGM Grand defies gravity and performs on a verticle stage; "The Beatles LOVE" at The Mirage is based on the music of The Beatles and is presented in a custom-built theater featuring 360-degree seating; "Criss Angel BeLIEve" is a partnership between the master illusionist and Cirque du Soleil showing at Luxor.
"Le Rêve," French for "The Dream," calls Wynn Las Vegas home. Franco Dragone produced this show, which resides in the Wynn Theater. Water serves as the backdrop for the more than 70
performers who move in and out of a one-million-gallon pool.
Set in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, "Rock of Ages" at The Venetian tells the story of Drew, a boy from south Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. "Rock of Ages" takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!
Bally's Las Vegas is one of the only places left in the world to see real performing showgirls. An entertainment legend in itself, Jubilee has outlasted every showgirl production-and every Las Vegas show in history-since its 1981 debut. Jubilee maintains the glitz and glamour of a classic Vegas revue complete with topless performers flocked in feathers and rhinestones. It's truly a Sin City showgirl institution. While retaining its historical character, Jubilee has undergone an extensive transformation. At the helm of the modernization is illustrious choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr. As director and choreographer, Gatson took the beloved elements of Jubilee and refreshed the production, adding in new choreography, a story narrative and an empowering message. The revamped spectacle maintains the integrity of the original version, but adds a culturally contemporary twist.
"Blue Man Group's" Las Vegas production can be seen at Monte Carlo in their custom-built, multi-million dollar theater. "Blue Man Group" is a colorful, interactive show. The groundbreaking performance-art trio playfully incorporates everything from PVC pipes to energetic, percussive music in their productions.
The "Bad Boys of Magic" can be seen at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The "Penn and Teller" show is an edgy mix of comedy and magic involving knives, guns, fire, a gorilla and a showgirl. While Penn and Teller supposedly reveal the secrets to their tricks, they still manage to leave audiences wondering how they do it.
"Jersey Boys," the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical at Paris Las Vegas, takes visitors behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The show features golden greats such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and many more.
Classic Las Vegas showrooms may offer a close glimpse of superstars with seating that accommodates several hundred to more than 4,000 guests. Las Vegas' larger arena-style venues can host crowds well into the tens of thousands.
Event centers and arenas sell out regularly and have featured myriad celebrity acts, including U2, Rolling Stones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Cher, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Keith Urban, Jimmy Buffett and many more.
Las Vegas Arena Company, owned by AEG and MGM Resorts International, broke ground recently on a world-class, privately funded, $375 million indoor arena set to open in spring 2016. Located west of the Las Vegas Strip, between New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, the new 20,000-seat arena will host boxing, UFC and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows and special events. Expected to host more than 100 events annually, the arena designed by industry-leading architect Populous, will house multiple locker facilities, premium dressing rooms, complete broadcast facilities and a variety of staging innovations that will bring the biggest stars and most important events to Las Vegas' newest landmark. Designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's standards for LEED Gold Certification, the arena will feature 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings never before featured in a facility of its kind.
An entertainment tradition for more than 24 years, the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of UNLV, is the host to multiple tent-pole events in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Events include UNLV Intercollegiate Athletic events for both men and women, Professional Bull Riders World Finals, National Finals Rodeo, family shows, special event concerts, festivals as well as conventions and private parties.
Palms Casino Resort's concert venue, The Pearl, seats 2,400 guests and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that links to their in-house studio for recording live albums.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena is a 17,157-seat special events arena that can accommodate concerts, sporting events and awards shows.
Performers as versatile as the destination itself have played to capacity crowds at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Three Tenors, Ricky Martin, Juan Gabriel, Barenaked Ladies, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Eagles are just some of the artists who have brought their talents to the venue. World championship boxing and other sporting events are also held at the Events Center.
The $95 million The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is the contemporary interpretation of its ancient namesake in Rome. The 4,000-seat facility is home to Shania Twain, Elton John, Celine Dion and Rod Stewart. The facility is adaptable to various types of entertainment when resident shows are dark. In addition to accommodating headliners, it can be configured to host special events, including boxing.
Similar to its Los Angeles counterpart, legendary and up-and-coming musical artists have made stops at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues, an intimate venue with a capacity of 1,800. Performers have included Norah Jones, Everclear and Cheap Trick.
The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino is a 7,000-seat, state-of-the-art venue partnership between Caesars Entertainment and Live Nation Entertainment. The newly-renovated theater features innovative amenities and the venue's first artist-in-residence, Britney Spears.
Hard Rock Hotel has a premiere concert venue, The Joint, featuring a cutting-edge sound and lighting system and offering seven luxury suites. Inheriting its name from the legendary original Hard Rock Hotel performance venue, the new Joint carries on the up-close and personal feel with the furthest seat in the house only 155 feet from the stage. In addition, the venue contains four dressing rooms; a top-notch green room and meet-and-greet room; Wi-Fi access with full blogging station for press covering events; ability to transform for boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts events, corporate functions and trade shows; as well as red carpet movie premieres and advanced screenings.
The Orleans Arena, an 8,000 seat Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation's leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events.
The South Point Arena & Equestrian Complex is the finest indoor horse facility in the country. With a 4,600-seat arena and 1,200 climate controlled horse stalls, the South Point Equestrian Center hosts some of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. The Center features a 250' x 125' show arena floor and overlooking bar. The Arena is also available for other events, including basketball, motorsports and various indoor sporting events.
The Chelsea is the newest event and performance space to open at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. An abandoned glass factory turned working theater was the inspiration for this venue with a stunning combination of industrial grit and artistic glamour. This 40,000 square-foot venue split over two levels offers guests a more avant-garde approach to meetings and entertainment than traditional venues in Las Vegas. The transformable space features cast glass chandeliers, a vintage lobby bar, private VIP opera boxes and a decorative grand staircase. Located just steps from the resort's restaurants, bars and gaming floor, The Chelsea combines flexible design and the latest technology with the resort's purpose-driven planning services.
Following in the footsteps of the original Brooklyn location, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas features live concerts, 32 lanes of bowling and food by celebrated restaurateurs, Blue Ribbon. With three levels spanning nearly 80,000 square feet, it is one of the largest music venues in America, and offers programming throughout the day and late into the night, with concert headliners that include Elvis Costello & The Roots, The Avett Brothers, Jane's Addiction, Phil Lesh & Friends, The String Cheese Incident, Cake and Primus. Over 2,000 concert goers can enjoy performances from the standing room general admission area, the luxurious bowlers lounges adjacent to the lanes where bowlers can relax on leather sofas and enjoy the full menu of food and beverages, or the private lounge boxes overlooking it all.
Mainstream comedians such as George Wallace, Dennis Miller, Rita Rudner, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Drew Carey, Jay Mohr, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho and Kevin James headline many hotel showrooms and are regulars on the Las Vegas Strip.
Having toured and performed to sold-out venues across the globe over the last 28 years, comedian Jeff Dunham will be calling Las Vegas his exclusive home with the announcement of his residency show "JEFF DUNHAM: Not Playing with a Full Deck" opening Friday, Nov. 28 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Joining Dunham on stage in his new Las Vegas home is his famed troupe of sidekicks: Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border José Jalapeño, and Peanut's own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster himself. They may have all been conceived and hand crafted by Dunham, but his characters, who are anything but dummies, have now taken on a life of their own, each with their own legion of fans.
A perennial favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000, Rita Rudner will be bringing her unique style of comedy and epigrammatic one-liners back to Harrah's Las Vegas with her show, "An Evening with Rita Rudner." Over the course of a 12-year run and 2,000-plus shows, Rudner has sold one and a half million tickets and has become the longest-running solo show in the history of Las Vegas.
There's only one female singer in Las Vegas who can give audiences an eclectic mix of concert experiences in one show. In her first stage residency, singer/comedian/entertainer Véronic DiCaire pays homage to the most popular female recording artists of all time in Véronic VOICES, co-produced by Celine Dion. Combining impersonating and impressionist talents with her genuinely out-of-this-world vocal talent, Véronic is a one-woman phenomenon at the Jubilee! Theatre.
Comedy-magician Mac King at Harrah's Las Vegas, presents "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" through 2015 to complete a historic 15-year run. "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" has entertained more than a million audience members in more than 5,200 shows since opening in 2000.
Located inside the MGM Grand, Brad Garrett's Comedy Club welcomes the hottest names in standup along with regular appearances by Brad Garrett and his hilarious friends, all at a brand-new theatre custom-built for comedy. The lineup of top-tier talent is nonstop and so are the laughs.
The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas host Lipshtick, a new female-driven stand-up comedy series at the Vegas resort's showroom. The resort is tapping into a new trend -- that 'girls rule' when it comes to comedy. "Lipshtick - The Perfect Shade of Stand Up" is resident comedy series that marks the first time in the storied entertainment history of Las Vegas that the comedy stage will be taken exclusively by female performers. The new series brings regular stand-up comedy performances to The Sands Showroom from an opening slate of 14 critically acclaimed comediennes, including Joy Behar, Jennifer Coolidge, Whitney Cummings, Susie Essman, Jen Kirkman, Lisa Lampanelli, Natasha Leggero, Wendy Liebman, Loni Love, Heather McDonald, Caroline Rhea, Rita Rudner, Liza Schlesinger and Wendy Williams.
The Laugh Factory brings an amazing, one-of-a-kind brand of comedy not only to the Tropicana entertainment lineup, but also to the Vegas Strip. It doesn't matter what night of the week or what day of the month it is, the Laugh Factory schedule is always full of the hottest comedians in the business - many are superstars from the big screen, others are up-and-coming Las Vegas comedians.
Voted Best Las Vegas Comedy Club year after year, The Improv Comedy Club at Harrah's Las Vegas is the ideal place where you can laugh it up to the funniest, freshest faces in comedy. Each week, new comedians perform at The Improv Las Vegas in a Vegas comedy show that is always unique and definitely funny. Stick around after the show - most of the time, comedians will stay for a meet-and-greet, sign autographs and sell merchandise. Plus, the written jokes plastered on the outside of the theater's walls are a riot! Past Improv Comedy Club stars include Jay Mohr, Chris Reid (better known as Kid from "Kid ‘N Play") and Chris Rock.
Lauded as having the best comedy series in Las Vegas, the Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage is sure to tickle any funny bone. Performing inside the Terry Fator Theater are nationally recognized comedians, including Daniel Tosh, Gabriel Iglesias, George Lopez, jay Leno, Ron White, Ray Romano, David Spade and more.
LAS VEGAS NIGHTLIFE
No place rivals Las Vegas for sizzling nightlife. Must-see clubs include Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, LIGHT at Mandalay Bay, Hakkasan at MGM Grand, Drai's at The Cromwell, LiFE at SLS Hotel & Casino, and many more.
Las Vegas is a unique place year round, but the summer season really defines the destination
for leisure travel. The destination has invested significantly in creating a vibrant culture of daylife and nightlife that is unlike any other in the world.
Touted as the hub for dance music, Las Vegas offers a lineup of exciting DJs that will heat up anyone's night. Las Vegas has become a nightlife capital of the world, and on any given night there are thousands of people filling the clubs. Internationally-acclaimed DJs with Vegas residencies include Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Kaskade, David Guetta, AVICII, DJ Vice, Lil Jon, Red Foo, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong and many more.
Five-level restaurant and nightlife experience, Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has already established itself as a premier destination for electronic music aficionados with performances and residencies with some of the world's most celebrated DJs, including GRAMMY Award-nominated Tiesto and deadmau5. Both famed electronic music icons recently signed exclusive residencies with Hakkasan Las Vegas.
Operating as two venues in one, Drai's Beach Club|Nightclub offers panoramic partying on The Cromwell's rooftop. Created by renowned nightlife and hospitality visionary Victor Drai, the combined space features 65,000-square-feet and an unparalleled view 11 stories high. Luxe design, LED lighting and modern technology systems fuse to create the sensual Las Vegas club's social, multi-sensory atmosphere.
LiFE isn't just another Vegas nightclub-it's an unbridled celebration of sight, sound, scene and form in one multi-level venue. Housed in the former Sahara Theater's 20,000 sq. ft. space under 60-foot ceilings, LiFE features a smartly curated combination of both premier and up-and-coming DJ talent, a Funktion-One sound system, and a series of aerialists and performers that
A rebirth of the social club, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a modern twist on clubs of the night-a truly communal venue that blurs the lines between restaurant, bar, club and live entertainment to create a grand social experiment; one that arrives in spontaneous moments throughout the evening. An ever-evolving experience, a place made for conversation and destined for social magic -Rose. Rabbit. Lie. adheres to no standard model, follows no written rules.
LIGHT is the first-ever nightclub turned on by the creative minds behind Cirque du Soleil. Located in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, no two nights are the same, guests enter the realm of the unknown, where everyone in the club is part of the show. In what is truly the ultimate theatrical nightlife experience - headlining DJs and performers lead the charge, coupled with exclusively built performance elements and visuals which include - revolutionary video mapping, avant-garde costumes and unique choreography. The production and artistry you will experience at LIGHT are something you won't see anywhere else in the world.
North America's largest electronic music festival Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is held annually at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in June. EDC features a music line-up of more than 100 artists and head liners, which have included AVICII, Marcus Schulz, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto and David Guetta. The 2014 festival featured more than 200 performers, including dancers, fire twirlers, aerialists, and stilt walkers, plus numerous full size carnival rides and attractions free for all ticket holders. The 1,000-acre Las Vegas Motor Speedway transformed into a fully immersive audiovisual experience as large-scale art installations created interactive environments amidst the multiple stages, along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound production.
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational social platform dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Every year the Life is Beautiful Festival brings amazing music, world class food, iconic public speakers and phenomenal art together for an incredible three day event. Tens of thousands of people descend upon Downtown Las Vegas in search of inspiration, friendships and life experiences. The Life is Beautiful festival welcomes them with open arms. The festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year.
Rock in Rio, the world's biggest music festival, has joined forces with entertainment giants MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil and Ron Burkle for the festival's U.S. debut in Las Vegas in May 8-9 and 15-16, 2015. An alliance founded on a shared commitment to creating innovative entertainment, Rock in Rio, MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil will redefine the modern music festival for U.S. audiences with a monumental combination of the biggest names in music and a fully immersive entertainment experience, all housed in a spectacular, custom-made "City of Rock." The permanent open-air concert venue will be located on The Strip near the corner of Sahara Avenue and have the capacity for 80,000 people per day. The design and layout will be signature Rock in Rio, complete with five stages; themed streets boasting the sights, sounds and foods of Brazil, the U.S. and the United Kingdom; thrilling rides, including a zip line; food courts, shopping areas and other activities.