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Free Asia Concert will Rock Downtown

Free Asia Concert will Rock Downtown

The Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas concert series continues Saturday with a free performance by Asia.

The arena-rock band from the 80s will take the stage at 9 p.m., on the First Street Stage. The group is known for hits like “Heat of the Moment” and “Sole Survivor.”

Trumpeter Chris Botti Performing at Smith Center

Trumpeter Chris Botti Performing at Smith Center

Botti performed at Green Valley Ranch earlier this year.

For a guy who claims he's never had a hit, Chris Botti's not doing too badly.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Five-Casino Fireworks Display for Fourth of July

Five-Casino Fireworks Display for Fourth of July

 

One of the largest Fourth of July fireworks displays in Las Vegas will be put on by Station Casinos.

The nine minute show will feature fireworks shot off from the tops of five properties, including Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch Resort, and Red Rock Resort. Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho will be a shared location.

Grucci Fireworks created and will shoot off the display. They are the same group responsible for the New Year's fireworks on the Strip. Planning for the show started eight months ago. It is timed to synchronize with music that will play on the following local radio stations: KKLZ 96.3 FM, KOAS 105.7 FM, KCYE 102.7 FM The Coyote, BOB FM 107.9 FM and KDWN AM720.

“If they have the song “Money,” you will see dollar signs. You will see everything that makes people go: ‘ooh and ahh’," Larry Goetz with Grucci Fireworks said.

The show is slated to start sometime after 9 p.m. Wednesday. 

Las Vegas Academy Invited to National Showcase

Las Vegas Academy Invited to National Showcase

Members of the Las Vegas Academy Theater Department have been invited to perform at the Thespian Festival June 30 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

For more than 75 years, the festival has been a prestigious national showcase for the performing arts. The academy's show was one of just nine selected for the festival. They will perform "Big River", a musical based on Mark Twain's timeless classic "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

"We all thought we had something really special. I think being invited; bringing it back on the stage, watching it get even better is a joy to me. It is a lot of hard work," John Morris, chair of the theater department, said.

The academy is performing the musical at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the academy theater, 315 S. 7th Street, to help raise money to pay for the trip to Nebraska. Tickets are $18.  

Ultimate Elvis Competiton is Back

Ultimate Elvis Competiton is Back

The king is back… or at least people impersonating him are for the third annual Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

The competition is from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday at the 3rd Street Stage at the Fremont Street Experience. The winner will move on to compete to be the ultimate King in Memphis during Elvis Week 2012. A panel of judges including Sam Thomson, Elvis’ long-time bodyguard and friend, will decide the winner.

A parade of Elvi will start each night’s competition. There will also be a special Elvis-themed presentation on the canopy arching over Fremont Street. A special Elvis karaoke will be featured on the 3rd Street Stage following the tribute artist competition.

The event is free and open to the public. Special VIP seating in front of the stage is $20. Those seats are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Smith Center Announces Summer Lineup

Smith Center Announces Summer Lineup

Tickets for the performances go on sale Friday.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has announced a summer line-up, set to kick off in June, that includes legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, jazz songstress Diana Krall, instrumentalist Chris Botti, the multi-talented Steve Martin and a variety of other performers.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas Philharmonic Falters in Pops Concert

Las Vegas Philharmonic Falters in Pops Concert

Reviewer: an OK concert that could have been much better.

Oh, that's right: Because it was a Las Vegas Philharmonic pops concert, it meant that Conductor/Music Director David Itkin would be wearing a white tuxedo jacket, leaving the black tails of a "formal" concert on the hangar.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal