In the immortal words of Elvis, Viva Las Vegas! No city in the world has the reputation and the experience to back it up like Vegas, baby. It is the entertainment capital of the world, with show after show, star upon star and a heaping dose of electric neon signage. Once the glamorous hangout of movie stars, gangsters and outrageously successful entrepreneurs, the city dove into seedy decline during the 1980s. A huge influx of capital, infused with a dose of artistic culture and a polished-up image, started a straight-up recovery in the ’90s that never looked back. Today’s list of entertainment options, gorgeous hotels and international shows are testament to the city’s popularity. If you want to have fun, see some amazing art, eat some iconic food and just have a good time, Las Vegas is your kind of town. And if you want to watch an entertaining show, there is no better place to go.
Ahhh, the shows. Where do we even begin? Sir Elton John’s Million Dollar Piano is a performance of amazing talent, enhanced by 68 LED video screens. At the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, Sir Elton is accompanied by drummer Nigel Olsson, bassist Matt Bissonette, percussionist John Mahon and keyboardist Kim Bullard. Word is that Ray Cooper may drop in on percussion. Now that is a show. Country royalty Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform their award-winning hits along with some personal favorites in their Soul2Soul show at the Venetian. Pairing up for duets as well as separating for solos, they go all out in this show that earned it the status as the highest-grossing country music tour of all time. With a combined total of 70 million records sold, this duo is a popular pair that puts on a fantastic show.
Alvin Ailey opens the American Dance show at the Smith Center March 22 and 23. Another new dance performance at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, entitled Rhythm of Dance, is scheduled for March 14-16. Both performances are suitable for all audiences. While not typical Las Vegas shows, Spring Training will pit the Chicago Cubs baseball team against the New York Mets at Cashman Field on March 15 and 16. While NASCAR racing at the Motor Speedway on March 7, 8 and 9, provides fast and exciting track action. Last but not least, the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball tournament is scheduled for March 12-
15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. If you’ve filled out your brackets and have insight into who will be playing, shhhhh, don’t tell! Just make your plans and show up to join the fun. You realize, of course, that it’s also St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Las Vegas loves a good party and presents a great Irish show with Flogging Molly and special guest Ozomatli on March 15 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Get your Irish on and enjoy Pac-12 in the same trip. Sláinte!
Las Vegas is known as Sin City because of its gambling, clubs and general debauched reputation. But with the amount of entertainment options Las Vegas has to offer, it would truly be a sin to miss those.