Curtain Up: Imagine Dragons, ‘iLuminate’, Usher, and more Vegas showbiz news


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Imagine Dragons performs at The Event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 2.

October is the month of gigantic fundraising events with superstar entertainment lineups. Thanks to the performance of Justin bieber, Kelly clarkson, Snoop dogg, Andra’s Day and imagine Dragons, The Event, the inaugural gala to benefit the Shaquille O’neal The foundation hosted by Shaq himself was able to raise more than $ 2.7 million at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night (October 2) for the Boys & Girls Club and Communities In Schools programs in Las Vegas and Atlanta. Next up is the 25th Annual Power of Love Gala benefiting Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, taking place on October 16 at Resorts World. Power of Love this week announced its celebrity lineup taking the stage and red carpet this year, including Robinson smoke, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Bruno Mars, Anthony anderson, Tori kelly, Kenny connects, Wanya morris and Shawn stockman of Boyz II Men, Charlie wilson, Greg Phillinganes, Jon Taffer and more. Visit to find your way to the event. And then, on October 22, the Tyler Robinson Foundation’s seventh annual Rise Up Gala will take place at Wynn’s Outdoor Pavilion, hosted by Joel McHale and featuring, as always, a performance by Imagine Dragons, the Vegas-born group that created the foundation to support families struggling with pediatric cancer. Find tickets at

It happened quickly, you might have missed it: “Illuminate”At the Strat took a break to re-equip and it’s back to Strategic theater on Friday October 8, with new technology, additional actors, new dance numbers and a new program. It will perform at 10 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday with a bonus matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The innovative dance act named “Best New Act in America” ​​on “America’s Got Talent” was tweaked and refreshed for Vegas audiences after its August debut.

The headliners of the residents of the Las Vegas Strip Bailiff and Carlos santana announced additional performances this week. Santana will be entering her 10th year at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay in 2022, adding 16 concerts to the program in January, February and May; it is already ending this year in force with 16 shows from November 3 to December 12. And Bailiff, which opened its first residence in Vegas at the Coliseum at Caesars Palace in July with plans to return for New Years Eve, added two shows earlier this week, on December 23 and 24. His shows from December 28 to January 1 are almost sold out.

Other new concert and live event announcements this week include: Punk Legends Pennywise will play the House of Blues on November 27; Comedian, actor and singer Rodney Carrington will be back in Las Vegas for rodeo week, performing December 3-4 and 10-11 at David Copperfield Theater at the MGM Grand; The Bonkerz Comedy series at Red Rock Resort continues with Ben brainard November 26 and Mrs. Pat December 11 to Salon des Roches; Alternative rock favorites 311 will again bring 311 Day to Las Vegas with two nights of music at Park theater at Park MGM on March 11 and 12; and New Kids On The Block will lead the Mixtape Tour in Michelob Ultra Arena, also comprising Salt-N-Pepa, Rick astley and Fashionable, May 29 at Mandalay Bay.

Spiegelworld’s “Opium”, Recently reopened at Cosmopolitan, scored 1,001 performances on September 30, a significant number if you’re in the know. Hint: it’s a sci-fi comedy. “We should have celebrated our 1001st performance on March 26, 2020, but the pandemic has derailed our shuttle to Uranus,” said the show’s impresario. Ross mollison, introducing a new word into our Vegas vocabulary. “It was a long struggle to finally bring ‘Opium’ back to space, but the excitement of our cast and crew and especially our audience made it worth the wait.” The Starry Eyes Experience continues from Wednesday to Sunday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

We still do not know the name or location of the new Las Vegas production and the experience of Criss angel and Franco Dragone, previously advertised as “Mr. Smiles and Molly.” But thanks to a recent casting, we know the creative duo are looking for contortionists and other circus-style quirks, “alluring female performers with unique skills” such as fire manipulation, ballerinas and other dancers, comedians and performers. of characters, and auditions. take place this month. Stay tuned and maybe sneak around Planet Hollywood the next time you get a ticket to Angel’s magical “Mindfreak” show, which runs Wednesday through Sunday at 7pm.

Terry fator will bring a lot of holiday cheer to his show at Liberty Loft in New York-New York next month. “A Very Terry Christmas” is the name of Fator’s special performances from November 26 to January 1, which will continue to feature the ventriloquist’s characters and original and cover songs as well as season favorites. Tickets are on sale now at

Human nature will be home for the holidays – the singer group’s second home, that is – when the former Strip headliners return to Las Vegas to perform vacation-themed shows at the South Point Exhibition Hall from December 17 to 19. These will be the Australian singers’ first performances in town since leaving the recently renamed Summit at the Venetian theater and it could indicate that Human Nature expects to return to a regular concert in Vegas in 2022. Find tickets at

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas launched a new entertainment offering this week, a weekly indoor open mic party the shag room (the hidden lounge next to the Commons Club lobby bar) animated by the local music pillar Shawn eiferman. It returns on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and local musicians and singers who wish to participate should arrive early. All entrants will be entered into an evening draw to win an overnight hotel stay.

Save the date October 18 – this is the live world premiere of Pauly Shore and the Crustys, a band that plays music, at the Sand dollar fair. As will happen during the legendary bar’s Nightmare on Spring Mountain Halloween pop-up, it’ll be extra crisp, uh, crazy.


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