You know we’re giving away Caddys this month in the $5 Million Cadillacs & Cash Super Swipe at every Station Casino, but did you know there were so many classic Cadillac songs? Enjoy this collection, let us know if we missed one, and let us know which is your favorite. See you nightly at 8:15 at any Station Casino in Las Vegas until May 28th.
WE’RE VERY EXCITED about our Las Vegas 2011 concert schedule here at Station Casinos. We pride ourselves in providing value, and great music for every taste, with a touch of comedy for your funny bone from time to time, too. So excited and proud, in fact, I’ve agreed to blog in this space about the shows each month with a preview and a little inside information of what you can expect. If you would like to attend any of our shows this month, or look even further ahead on our 2011 entertainment schedule, here’s our spot to buy Las Vegas concert tickets.
Enjoy the shows, we look forward to entertaining you!
Vice President of Entertainment, Station Casinos
December 2011 Concerts In Las Vegas
Happy Holidays everyone! Wouldn’t you agree that giving the gift of concert tickets is better than say, a sweater? This month, we asked a question around the office: “What’s the best concert you have seen, and why?”
My favorite by far was Waylon Jennings at Texas Station. He was a favorite in my household growing up. When I was able to bring him to a Station Casino, I actually teared up for the first and only time when an artist walked onto one of our stages. He has subsequently passed away, but I am always proud that his last two plays in Las Vegas were with us.
Here are a few of the responses to our “best concert” question that we got back from various team members at our offices:
Pink Floyd. Division Bell Tour -Soldier Field
I was just a casual fan at the time, and that show changed my life. It wasn’t just a concert, it was a religious experience.
P.S. I was sober; no really, I was sober, I swear. Marc – Art Director
About 5 years ago I was working at the Hard Rock Hotel in the marketing department and we put on the most epic night in the history of that casino. It was Rolling Stone Magazine’s 40th anniversary party and we went all out. We had 50 Cent and Angels and Airwaves performing at the pool, Linkin Park in the parking lot, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton at Body English and then a private invite-only performance by Kanye West in the Joint. All at the same time!!! There were only about 500 of us in the Joint as Kanye was putting on an amazing show. All of a sudden, the lights all went out and Jamie Foxx walked through the middle of the crowd , jumped up on stage, and they started performing Golddigger! Everyone went wild.- Kyle – Director of Nightlife
String Cheese Incident with Keller Williams in Tulum, Mexico. December 1998. When you combine a high energy band and a Mayan temple things get mystical, magical and decadent real fast. - Rich – Web Developer
It was Led Zeppelin, at the Los Angeles Forum, during the Presence Tour, June, 1977. Why? It was Led Zeppelin, that’s why! - Jeff – Sr. Copy Writer
My most memorable concert experience was this past summer at the Revolution Party for the People summer Concert Series at Red Rock Sandbar Pool. Lifehouse was performing and we had to open the doors about 20 minutes late because it might rain. Well we got the concert going and it was a great night, Lifehouse did a great show and as they finished up a song the stage went black and they walked off stage leaving the crowd wondering if that was the end. A few minutes later the lights came back on and they came back out performing one of their top hits, just a little into the song it lightly started to rain and the crowd just erupted with everyone dancing in the rain. That night was an amazing show and a great experience. - Tim, Nightlife Interactive Media Development
Lenny Kravitz at Retama Park. I got second-hand stoned. You probably can’t use that, but it’s true. - Anonymous (we promised)
Before working at Red Rock I had been to a whole two concerts. Spice Girls in fifth grade, (awesome by the way) and some Country Fest with my parents. When the Revolution Concert Series started I was stoked. I attended every show and loved them all! Puddle of Mudd was by far the most eventful concert to me. The line wrapped all the way out the doors, passed the movie theatres, into the bowling alley, and back around. I had never seen so many familiar faces in one place! It was like an unplanned family and friend reunion! To top it all off, it started raining on the last few songs of the concert. Everyone loved it and just continued to dance, sing, and cheer! The night continued with the after parties at the Cabana Club, Rocks Lounge, then at the Cherry Suite! By far the most amazing concert experience. I’m pretty sure the sun was up when I got home. - Lexi, Nightlife Guest Development
Best concert I’ve seen would have to be Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull at Red Rock Resort a couple months ago. I was with a great group of people so I already anticipated an enjoyable night but once Pitbull hit the stage my expectations were blown away. Not only did the performers put on a stellar performance but the energy in the venue was AMAZING and highly contagious. Seeing 9,000 people in one area going wild with excitement was a unique experience that carried it’s energy into the rest of my night. What a great memory! - Tricia, Nightlife & Special Events Manager
I think I have about 50, but Rage Against the Machine at Denver Colosseum during the Battle Of Los Angeles tour stands out. I traded lousy tickets for floor tickets with a friend who wanted to put the moves on some girls. Rage was at their peak, and Tom Morello blew my mind with insane guitar solos that I can remember vividly 13 years later. The entire arena was a ball of energy and now I have the visuals to go with the classic songs I still listen to. - Nate, Social Media
I ask you, when you’re out shopping for that sweater or socks…. think about giving the the gift of concert tickets and maybe making someone’s “best concert” list. I’m booking shows for 2012, and I’m proud to say there are excellent shows coming! To name a few, Joe Nichols has 2 shows next weekend at Santa Fe Station, Aaron Lewis’ amazing acoustic performances always sell out, and Styx, Joe, George Thorogood, the Little River Band are sure to create memories!
November 2011 Concerts In Las Vegas
This month is about charity. The beautiful and talented Leann Rimes was set to kick off the giving season with a performance on November 3 at Green Valley Ranch, but due to an unfortunate illness the day of the show, the benefit concert has been rescheduled and moved to Santa Fe Station on December 3. The $9.55 tickets went quickly, but a few may become available. Check ticket availability here.
Green Valley Ranch and our friends at RagTag Entertainment have a very busy month ahead. We’ll go into details on these shows for you this week, but in the meantime visit this page to see a lineup of great performances.
Classic Rock fans won’t want to miss Blue Oyster Cult live at Boulder Station’s Railhead on Nov. 18th and we’re getting funky with Average White Band at Green Valley Ranch’s Ovation on Nov. 12th.
October 2011 Concerts In Las Vegas
We kicked off a groovy October with the blues rock legends, ZZ Top at Sunset Station, and we have a giant weekend planned Oct. 7th & 8th at Red Rock! The Amphitheatre will be rockin’ for the Honda Civic Tour featuring blink-182 & My Chemical Romance on Friday night, and doing it again for international superstars, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull on Saturday night!
This month, Louie Anderson celebrates one year at Palace Station! (Watch for more information next week about some special announcements & events).
More legendary performers are set to perform for you in October: Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac (Aliante Station Tickets), Little Feat (Boulder Station Tickets), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Fiesta Rancho Tickets) and Martina McBride visits Green Valley Ranch (Tickets).
Don’t forget two of our favorite monthly entertainment offerings:
- Nashville Unplugged – GVR Oct. 7 & Oct. 21. and Santa Fe Station on Oct. 8th Only $5.00 for consistently-great show filled with laughs and songs performed by some of country music’s brightest songwriters.
- Las Vegas locals’ favorite rock band, Otherwise, performs live at GVR on Oct. 8 and Aliante Station on Oct. 28. Here’s a video for one of the most patriotic songs you’ll hear, “Soldiers,” the newest from Otherwise:
September 2011 Concerts In Las Vegas
Just because the days are getting cooler this month, that doesn’t mean the Las Vegas Concert scene isn’t as hot as ever. We’ll be hosting dozens of indoor and outdoor shows this month. All are convenient and affordable for Vegas locals and out-of-town guests. Sunset Amphitheatre at Sunset Station gets the spotlight this month (had to draw straws).
See Country stars, Billy Currington (Friday, September 9th. Tickets) and Gary Allan (Saturday, September 17th. Tickets). We welcome listeners from four local radio stations to these three Free Las Vegas Concerts at Sunset Station in September:
- X107.5 hosts a Free Las Vegas Concert, XFEST: Free Music For The People. Featuring The Airborne Toxic Event, Sleeper Agent, Redlight King and Otherwise. Saturday, Sept. 10th. 21+
- 107.9 FM The Alternative hosts a Free Listener Appreciation Concert by Lit on Friday, September 16th. 21+
- Listeners of 95.5 FM KWNR and 102.7 FM KCYE can get free tickets to see The Frontmen, Featuring Richie McDonald of Lonestar, Brad Mates of Emerson Drive & Tim Rushlow of Little Texas. Friday, September 30th. 21+ Tickets are also available at the Sunset Station Rewards Center.
The Airborne Toxic Event headlines X107.5′s Free XFEST Listener Appreciation Concert at Sunset Station on Sept. 10th.
August 2011 Concerts In Las Vegas
Hi again everyone, here’s a segment from the Fox 5 MORE show we filmed this week about the Red Rock Revolution Concert Series.
July 2011 Concerts In Las Vegas
Can you believe it’s July already!? We’re halfway through 2011, and we’re headed for more great shows.
No matter what you’re into musically, Station Casinos likely has a concert for you in July. There’s Soul (70’s Soul Jam), Jazz (Dave Koz and Najee), Alt Rock (Neon Trees and Lifehouse), Banda (Banda Maguey, Los Baby’s & Los Bondadosos) Comedy (Last Comic Standing Winner, Iliza Shlesinger) and Country Classics (David Frizzell & Shelly West). Also, American Idol finalist Casey James performs at Santa Fe Station on July 30th. See all of the upcoming Las Vegas concerts at Station Casinos here.
I enjoy reading your comments here on the Station Casinos blog, and we also read our facebook pages and twitter every day. We see that we have lots of Buckinghams and Daughtry fans on our pages, for example, and we know you love our weekly entertainment, too.
Now I want to learn more about the shows you want to see! So, please comment below the three shows you’d most like to see, and which Station Casinos venue would best host the show.
Thanks for reading and thanks for the feedback!
June 2011 Concerts in Las Vegas
We’re off and running with our Summer Concert Season at Station Casinos, and boy, did the Barenaked Ladies start us off with a Bang at Red Rock Resort for Memorial Day Weekend! Coming up this month – some of the most exciting Las Vegas Concert News of the year: the Grand Opening of the Red Rock Casino Amphitheatre is June 18th! This is where we’ll all enjoy Motley Crue, Poison and the New York Dolls (6/18), Toby Keith with special guest Eric Church (8/6), The Honda Civic Tour Presents Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance (10/7) and Enrique Iglesias with Pitbull (10/8)! Click here to buy your tickets to these shows that will all likely sell out.
We’re planning to post a tour of the new Amphitheatre soon, so keep checking back here on the blog to see an up-close view of the new home of the best concerts in Las Vegas.
Not all the fun in June is at Red Rock though. For our East-side concert fans, don’t miss out on TG Sheppard (Boulder Station, June 10), John Waite ( Boulder, June 11) [ Boulder Station Concert Tickets ] and the Legendary Doobie Brothers (Sunset Station, June 17) and country music icon Randy Travis! (Sunset, June 18) [Sunset Station Concert Tickets]
It’s not too soon to start planning your 4th of July weekend… Station Casinos will host the biggest 4th of July Fireworks Show in Las Vegas again this year, and to add to the fun, we’ve brought along the red-hot Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (Red Rock, 7/1), Ted Nugent (Sunset, 7/2), and the Salute to Freedom Concert with Mark Wills & Mark Chesnutt (Sunset, 7/3).
See you next month!
May 2011 Concerts in Las Vegas
Hi again everyone.
We’ll start with the BIG news that we’re building a new concert venue in Las Vegas, and even bigger news is that we have two giant shows booked for it already: Motley Crue, Poison and the New York Dolls are set to perform June 18, and Toby Keith with special guest Eric Church on August 6 will be rockin’ the new Red Rock Casino Amphitheatre! We’ll talk more about the amazing new amphitheatre at Red Rock in upcoming posts but for now I can tell you that the Toby concert will be all reserved seating, so get your Toby Keith tickets early as they go on sale this Saturday (April 30) at 10am.
As I write this, we’re finishing off a busy April, and kicking off the biggest summer concert season in Station Casinos’ history. Probably the biggest in Las Vegas history! There are more shows than ever at Station Casinos throughout the valley, with something for every music fan’s taste.
Robert Cray, Sean Kingston, Echo and The Bunnymen and the Barenaked Ladies all play at May concerts Red Rock. How’s that for diversity? We can’t say enough about the pool-party-concert-extravaganza we have in store for Las Vegas in the Revolution Party for the People with the Barenaked Ladies on Memorial Day weekend (May 27). $30 gets a Local a lot of Love.
We’re also excited to welcome our old friend, Michael Grimm, to his Green Valley Ranch home, at Ovation on May 9. You know him as the winner of America’s Got Talent in 2010. We know him as the good guy/amazing musical talent who performed at many Station Casinos’ lounges and steakhouses throughout the past several years. Another repeat performance of sorts during May is the return of the musical Rent at GVR, which will run every Tuesday in May and June after sold-out performances earlier this year.
Our Country fans tell us they’re excited to see the Merle Haggard show at the Sunset Amphitheatre at Sunset Station on May 13, our Jazz fans are headed to Santa Fe Station for Norman Brown and Richard Elliot’s Summer Jam, and the ro
ckers will love Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at Aliante Station on May 28.
Two more great shows in May I want to mention and we hope will enjoy are Blues guitarist and music legend Johnny Rivers, Secret Agent Man, at Aliante Station on May 6, and Dokken & Quiet Riot are playing a free Listener Appreciation Concert at Sunset Station. Listen to 97.1 KXPT and 92.3KOMP for ticket giveaway details.
It’s really heating up around here!
April 2011 Concerts in Las Vegas
No foolin’ – here at Station Casinos, we love April. The weather warms up, pools open up and most importantly – later this month the outdoor stages go up.
Our first outdoor show of 2011 is a big one: the Darius Rucker concert at Sunset Amphitheater on the 29thfeaturing. Darius just did a stunning show on the ACM Awards so we expect another amazing performance. Then, the following night, Great White and Slaughter perform for 97.1 KXPT and 92.3 KOMP’s Listener-Appreciation Concert. Be sure to listen to those two stations to find out where you can pick up your free concert tickets in Las Vegas. Folk rocker Livingston Taylor will perform inside at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid (9th).
MORE OUTDOOR CONCERTS: Check out the poolside concert lineup at Red Rock starting May 3!
Last Saturday (2nd), Rock legends Heart performed at the Grand Events Center at Green Valley Ranch. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson rocked the capacity crowd with all the classics! If you enjoyed the Heart concert (see pictures below), and be sure to mark your calendar for the 29th for the Foreigner concert at GVR, as well. (Did you know they have sold an amazing 70 million albums?) We also announced that the musical Rent, after a very well-received run the last two months, will be coming back to GVR’s Ovation. Tickets for the musical Rent, Tuesdays in May and June, are just $15 plus tax/fees and available now.
Boulder Station’s Railhead hosts April Las Vegas concerts with Eddie Money (15th), Eric Burdon & The Animals (22nd), and Edwin McCain (23rd). If you haven’t seen a concert in Las Vegas at the Railhead, you should catch any of these shows, plus – they are all priced very reasonably. We’re told it’s one of the best places in Vegas to see a concert!
George Thorogood And The Destroyers will perform classics such as “Bad To the Bone,” and “Move It On Over” at the Dallas Events Center inside Texas Station on April 30th
Fiesta Rancho hosts Michel’Le & Christopher William (8th) and Chico DeBarge on (29th). Chuy Lizarraga (3oth) also performs in Club Tequila at Fiesta Rancho. His first hit “La Peinada (La Peinadita),” broke into the Top 10 of the Billboard charts.
Aliante Station’s Access Showroom is the place to be on April 8 if you like 60’s Soul Sounds. The Rascals & Mitch Ryder roll into Las Vegas to perform songs you know, such as: “Good Lovin’,” “Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly,” and “It’s a Beautiful Morning.” At nearby Santa Fe Station, on April 23, you can catch BJ Thomas (all-ages) at Chrome, and you can get “Hooked On A Feeling” and appropriately for April, hear “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.” BJ Thomas concert tickets start at just $20+tax/fees for this show.
You can Party On The Rocks five times this month at Red Rock! Come see The Edgar Winter Group (2nd); Morris Day & The Time, one of the best live shows you’ll ever see on the 9th; Bruce Hornsby (16th) treats us to a rare appearance in Vegas; Cowboy Mouth (23rd), who sold out this same room last summer; and the recent Grammy Award Winner Leon Russell (30th). Can you believe these Party on the Rocks tickets are just $20+ tax/fees?
March 2011 Concerts in Las Vegas
March is sure to be a great month for music fans in Las Vegas at Station Casinos: 10 great concerts, 1 comedian and 4 plays, to be precise.
This month brings us something very special to Ovation inside Green Valley Ranch with the Ragtag Entertainment production of the Broadway classic, RENT. Benefitting Golden Rainbow, these shows are each Wednesday night in March (9, 16, 23, and 30). What’s more, tickets to see RENT in Las Vegas are only $15 + tax & fees. Don’t miss it!
Music-wise, start things off March 4 at Boulder Station’s Railhead with The Alan Parsons Live Project. (Get your Alan Parsons tickets quick, they’re going fast!) Classic Country music fans will want to be back the following night at the Railhead for Roy Clark. Also March 5 across town at Red Rock see the harmonica guru known for his days as the front man of Blues Traveler, John Popper and The Duskray Troubadours. Rocks Lounge is such an exciting and intimate place to see a band like this - so much diversity.
Exclusive Video of Aaron Lewis performing live at Aliante Station, January 2011
Christian Rock fans in Las Vegas should be excited for March 11 at Santa Fe Station. Stryper is touring and celebrating their new album, The Covering – a tribute album compiled of the band’s influences. Here’s a tip: There’s a very special VIP Meet and Greet ticket upgrade for Stryper available.
March 12 at Green Valley Ranch is another huge name you know: Huey Lewis and The News! We’re refraining from Hip-To-Be-Square calls to action, so let’s just agree to hurry and grab your Huey Lewis tickets while they last. Same night in Summerlin at Red Rock is Vertical Horizon, who went Double Platinum with their album, Everything You Want, back in ’99. Brought to you by Belvedere Vodka, Party On The Rocks tickets at Rocks Lounge are just $20 + tax & fees.
Al Stewart returns to Vegas at Sunset Station on March 18, and the hilarious Comedian Doug Stanhope is back at Sunset inside Club Madrid the following night.
Aaron Lewis of Staind plays back-to-back acoustic shows at Green Valley Ranch’s Ovation on the 19 and 20. (Important note: Aaron Lewis will perform two different sets on Saturday and Sunday, so don’t miss this unique opportunity). We have some exclusive footage from his recent sold-out January show at Aliante Station. As you can see, Aaron Lewis puts on a great show.
Toad The Wet Sprocket rounds out March inside Rocks Lounge at Red Rock for a show on March 26. The Red Rock facebook fans told us that they had a blast with Toad last time around, and we’re excited to have them back!
Our February Las Vegas Concerts
There are no less than 19 fantastic Las Vegas shows lined up for music fans in February starting with Eddy Raven this Friday 4, at Aliante Station (Access Showroom tickets start at $15 plus tax/fees) Did you know he had 17 consecutive Top 10s between 1984 and 1990?
On Feb. 5, the legendary Blue Oyster Cult will rock Boulder Station’s Railhead, one of the best music venues in Las Vegas. Those tickets start at just $26.50 plus tax & fees. Red Rock will also be partying on the 5th, with the launch of the second season of Party On The Rocks concerts and the Gin Blossoms. Tickets are always $20 + tax/fees for this series, with the “Party” portion of the night brought to you by our friends at Belvedere Vodka.
On Feb. 11, Las Vegas Jazz music fans get a real treat at Boulder Station with the return of Guitars & Saxes featuring super-talents Gerald Albright, Peter White, Jeff Golub and Kirk Whalum. Last year, this show sold out well in advance. Also on the 11th, Mix 94.1 has partnered with Aliante Station to bring you Ryan Star, and the tickets for this show are just $9.41 + tax/fees! It’s been a while since concert ticket prices were that low! Comedian, SIRIUS Radio show host and avid metal music fan, Jim Norton, will crack up comedy fans at Sunset Station that same night, and he’ll be fresh off an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Feb. 12 brings The Georgia Satellites (Red Rock), Christopher Cross (Sunset Station) and Johnny Gill for Las Vegas R&B music fans at Texas Station.
Guitar hero Robin Trower returns to the Railhead on Feb. 18. If you like a great guitar solo, don’t miss Trower in such a perfect venue to match his style. That same night, Al DiMeola will spice up Green Valley Ranch with his Latin-influenced jazz fusion.
Country music legend George Jones performs Feb. 19 at the Dallas Events Center at Texas Station. That same night, Southern Rockers The Atlanta Rhythm Section will be Partying On The Rocks in Summerlin at Red Rock.
Fiesta Rancho hosts Donell Jones on February 25. You may recognize Donell Jones’ No. 1 song, You Know What’s Up, featuring the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Tickets start at $30 + tax/fees.
On Feb. 26, we’re really excited to welcome back legendary Country music artist, Mel Tillis, to Boulder Station’s Railhead. Lastly, if last year’s packed BoDeans show was any indication, their show at Red Rock (Feb. 26) will keep guests at Red Rock rocking into March at full tempo.
A GOOD TIME for a good cause!
The 7th Annual “Toys For Tickets” All-Star Jam will be held Sunday, December 5 in the Ovation Lounge at Green Valley Ranch. Special performances during the charity event include The Band Perry, Uncle Kracker, Josh Thompson, Louie Anderson, Max Carl and more! Doors open at 6pm with showtime at 7pm.
For tickets to the event bring a new, unwrapped toy to a 95.5 KWNR Toys for Tickets drop-off location listed below. 1 Toy = 1 Ticket. 2 Toys = 2 Tickets. And so on…
You should know:
- There is an 8-ticket per person, per visit, limit
- Each toy must be unwrapped with a $10 value
- Requested donations include stuffed animals, books and board games
- The All-Star Jam is General Admission with limited seating and standing room only
- Concert attendees must be 21+ with ID
- There’s no outside food or beverage allowed inside Ovation
TOY DROP-OFF LOCATIONS AND TIMES (look for 95.5 KWNR truck in casino parking lots)
- Sunset Station from 11am – 1 pm
- Green Valley Ranch from 5 – 7 pm
- Palace Station from 7 – 9am
- Red Rock from 5 – 7pm
- Texas Station from 11am – 1pm
- Santa Fe Station from 3 – 5pm
- Palace Station from 11am – 1pm
- Green Valley Ranch from 7am – 9am
- Aliante Station from 11am – 1pm
- Sunset Station from 11am – 1pm
- Red Rock from 5 to 7pm
- Boulder Station from 10am – 12pm
- Palace Station from 1 – 3pm
- Land Rover (5255 W. Sahara Ave.) from noon – 2pm
Toys may also be dropped off at KWNR’s main office Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm at the following address: Clear Channel Radio, 2880–B Meade Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102
Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa
Sponsorship donations will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Alliance
GREG FITZSIMMONS HAS been extremely busy “whoring myself out for the past 20 years,” so the SC Blog was shocked – ahem, make that thrilled – when he gave us a 15-minute phone interview from his home in Venice Beach, Calif. to talk about his Nov. 5 comedy appearance at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid.
A familiar face from VH1’s Best Week Ever, numerous appearances on late night talk shows and two standup specials on Comedy Central, it might be a bit surprising that the NYC native says most people recognize him by “my voice.”
Fitzsimmons’ bi-weekly podcast FITZDOGRADIO is one of the most downloaded on iTunes. He has made more than 60 visits on The Howard Stern Show and hosts his own weekly radio show on Sirius XM’s Howard 101. A four-time Daytime Emmy Award winner as a writer/producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fitzsimmons’ first book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons, is due for release by Simon and Schuster on November 9.
We told you the dude was busy.
“The book shows that I pretty much did the opposite of everything that I was told to do my entire life,” he said.
“I remember when following someone was a bad thing,” he said.
Fitzsimmons is no stranger to Las Vegas (see video below). He had a gig at Harrah’s. He most recently played the Palms. “I even had my bachelor party in Vegas,” said the father of two, Owen, 10, and daughter JoJo, 7. His show at Club Madrid marks his first time playing a Station Casinos club.
|Greg Fitzsimmons – Las Vegas|
“Hey, I love Henderson,” said Fitzsimmons, flashing a little local’s knowledge. “I’m always psyched for a Vegas show.”
Plum out of any more interesting interview questions, the SC Blog asked Fitzsimmons what question he would like to be asked by the media as he embarks on a book-signing tour.
“I would like to be asked what I do when groupies approach me after a show,” he quickly replied. “Because that might make some groupies approach me after a show.”
Here’s your chance, groupies: November 5, 8:30pm at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid.
More comedy is coming to Sunset Station!
Brian Posehn (Jan. 14) | Jim Norton (Feb.11)
I was here all day looking for my name – Louie
OPENING NIGHT OF the Louie Anderson Theater saw Louie at his best. Hilarious, hospitable and humble, Louie played to a packed house last night in his new showroom at Palace Station’s Las Vegas comedy club. Here are some punch-line highlights and pictures from the big opening night:
- We all want to win a million dollars so we can make that call, “I’m not coming in today.”
- I like blackjack because you don’t have to know how to play. Just sit in between two people and they’ll tell you.
- I’m lazy. I’m not going to stand and lose money. Once they get lay-down craps…I’m there.
- If I could spin this show would be another 30 bucks…Cirque du Louie.
- When you see a box with handles, pick it up – wisdom from dad
- I’m on the patch now. I’m up to three and half patches a day.
- They have a new patch for diets. You put it right over your mouth.
- I’m trying to be healthy. I go to anytime fitness sometimes.
YO WESTSIDE! WHAT’S shakin’ Summerlin? Howdy North Vegas. Love ya Lone Mountain.
Here are the happenings for our Westside casinos – Texas, Santa Fe, Palace, Red Rock, Aliante, Fiesta Rancho – including concerts and entertainment, gaming and dining for an unforgettable Las Vegas Labor Day weekend.
Las Vegas Labor Day Weekend: Gaming
- On Labor Day (that’s Monday Sept. 6) all casinos are offering 5X Points on Video Poker and 7X on Video Reels and Reel Slots.
- $1 Million Jumbo Cash Wheel, where 10 winners at each casino get to spin for instant cash at 8:15 on Friday and Saturday (actually every Friday and Saturday in September but here we’re blogging about Labor Day Weekend).
- This one just fell off the turnip truck: Our newest Gaming/Dining promotion at all Feast and Festival Buffets starts Sunday where you earn points with your play to get free buffets.
Las Vegas Labor Day Weekend: Entertainment
- Revolver at Santa Fe Station should be wicked fun all weekend, kicking off Thursday with radio personalities Dave & Mahoney’s Cheap Ass Drink Night Toga Party Sleep Over
- Beloved Comedian Grandma Lee’s last nights of a very successful run at Palace Station are Friday and Saturday
- On Friday former pro-football-player-turned-Country-singer Kyle Turley is playing a free concert at Aliante Station’s Access Showroom at 8pm. There’s also a meet and greet with Turley in the Sports Book at 7pm
- The Red Rock Cabana Club has a Kick-Off Party Saturday, Blondes vs. Brunettes Volleyball on Sunday and End-of-Summer White Party on Monday, all starting at 11am
- More Country on Saturday as Jack Ingram saddles up in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station
- Cool concert with jazzy Chris Botti Saturday night at Texas Station’s Dallas Events Center
- R&B band ZAPP’s End-of-Summer Concert is Sunday at Fiesta Rancho’s Club Tequila
Las Vegas Labor Day Weekend: Dining
- A new build your own 3 Course Meal deal is at Coco’s (Boulder, Sunset and Palace).
- Our Taco, Taco, Taco Mexican dinner deal is at Gardunos at Fiesta Rancho, and Cabo Mexican Restaurants at Palace, Santa Fe and Red Rock.
- $20 Taste of Italy for Two at Palace Station’s Pasta Palace, San Lorenzo at Santa Fe and IL Vino Cucina at Aliante.
Have a great Labor Day weekend on the west side of the Las Vegas Valley…or where ever you may roam!
STANDING ON STAGE in the room at Palace Station that will soon brandish his name, Louie Anderson tells members of the media that he’s getting old and that at this phase of his career he has accomplished everything that he ever wanted when he began in comedy some three decades ago.
“I thought 50 was just a number. Fifty is a condition,” he said.
Don’t be fooled.
Louie, now 57, is better than ever. He recalls, to the day (November 21, 1984), when he was performing with the likes of Jim Carrey, Andrew “Dice” Clay and Bob Saget at the Comedy Store at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.
Louie, with more than 30 years in the biz, still incessantly tests new material, perfecting his act that will open at the new Louie Anderson Theater at Palace Station on September 7. “After 31 years of stand-up comedy, I’m happy to say I have never been better on stage,” he said.
Louie is our new headliner at the new Louie Anderson Theater. His show, officially titled Louis Anderson LOL presented by Bonkerz Comedy Productions, opens September 7 at 8:30pm. Louie will perform nightly Tuesday – Saturday at 8:30pm. He has already invited big-name guests to perform at his theater, name-dropping Roseanne Barr, Arsenio Hall and Carrey as possible future “announced and unannounced” guests.
Here’s video of Louie at the media event explaining why he and Station Casinos are very much a good match.
Here are a few more zingers from Louie’s media day, followed by Louie’s appearance on the Craig Ferguson show, plugging his big opening at Palace Station.
- That’s how you judge life, by the food spread they put out for you. I remember my first opening… bread sticks.
- I like when they put lights on it so you can find your way to the food.
- Should I have a theater named after me? Why not?
- I am user-friendly. I’m the new Apple product. I’m the new lumpy iPad. I’m the iPaddle.
AFTER TWO LONG months of good behavior, Steel Panther is welcomed back with open arms to Green Valley Ranch’s Ovation beginning Saturday, June 19. Best known for its embodiment of all that is rock ‘n’ roll, the ’80s glam metal parody band rocks the stage with its colorful repartee, loud costumes and graphic body language, in addition to paying homage to great bands like Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Poison.
We caught up with lead singer, Michael Starr, to talk about what’s new with Steel Panther in this, the first of two interview blog entries.
*Consider yourself warned, some of the language in this interview is as colorful as an 80’s spandex jump suit. The opinions expressed in this interview are not necessarily those of Station Casinos, Green Valley Ranch Resort, the management, the web team, our internet host, any of the casino hosts, the door guys at Ovation, or anyone else we may have forgotten. If you’re easily offended, jump over to one of our wonderful recipe blog entries instead. They’re delicious!
SC Blog (SCB): You’re back at GVR after some “time away.” Can you talk about this restraining order situation? What happened?
Michael Starr (MS): Kind of a long story… after our shows, we like to do a little after party thing at the Drop Bar to hang out and drink with chicks. So last time we played GVR, we set up shop, got some girls, got some drugs, then we went up to our suite to party and after we were, you know… done, we were smoking in bed and sort of set a mattress on fire. Well, it wasn’t really on fire, just sort of smoldering. Fire alarm went off. Everyone was really f’d up and we didn’t really know what was going on. Cops came. It was not cool.
You know, GVR loves us. They let us party and do whatever we want, pretty much… but when we start burning their $#%! down, they don’t dig that.
SCB: For those new to your show, what can they expect to get from a Steel Panther concert?
MS: Well, I can tell you what you won’t get: You won’t get a boring show. You won’t be bummed out, and you won’t want to go to bed right after the show. The first thing you’ll see is four dudes that look really cool, rockin’ in sync on stage, doing a bunch of huge kicks and jumps and it just looks bitchin’ – by the time you get past looking at us, and get into the music, you’re probably 4 or 5 songs into it. Then you realize- this is really fun! These guys look killer and the lead singer can lip-sync really well!
SCB: So when can we see you back at Green Valley Ranch?
MS: Saturday, June 19th – but this is important: we’re doing Saturdays now. We used to be there on Fridays for a long time, but now we’re doing Saturdays, and we’re excited about it. It should be easier for people who come from out of town to catch our shows.
SCB: Any special celebrity appearances planned?
MS: You might know that we started residency at the House of Blues on the strip a while back, and that’s moving to Fridays in July. We’ve had Carrot Top, Criss Angel and a bunch of famous actors and actresses and people who I’m not really into, but we actually get more famous people at Green Valley Ranch. Because it’s not right on the strip, they can go there and party – without the press – when they get out there having fun and are partying with chicks that they shouldn’t be, they don’t want that in the paper, ya know what I mean?
We don’t normally have celebrities lined up to play with us, but we have had Scott Ian from Anthrax, and the lead singers from lots of great bands like Great White, Warrant, Nickelback… you know, that was fun… But a couple weeks ago at the Key Club we had two chicks come on stage and make out. That’s cooler than Nickelback, right?
SCB: What’s your favorite part about Ovation?
MS: The backstage area is bitchin’. You can sneak chicks back there really easy and discreet. I have a monitor that I can just talk into and we have a roadie who takes coordinates, you know, latitude and longitude scenarios, and goes out and gets the girls who are there with their boyfriends and stuff. For every guitar solo, I’m in back with a girl. Oh, and the sound is pretty good, too.
SCB: So, after the show, we hear you like to hit the table games?
MS: Anyone who knows me, knows that after the show and after the party at Drop Bar, you can always find Michael Starr kicking ass at blackjack! They have masseuses giving massages and hot waitresses serving up cocktails, and we even have our own chip with our name on it! What else can you ask for?
In Part 2 of our interview, learn about Steel Panther’s upcoming television pilot for the Comedy Channel, the new beer commercial, and PETA. We also play a game of “Who’s Gnarlier?”
LAS VEGAS – COMEDY LEGEND LOUIE Anderson announced today that he will begin a new headlining residency at Palace Station on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, performing in what is currently Bonkerz Comedy Club Showroom. The change in venues is spurred by the comedian’s love of performing in a comedy club-style venue, while still remaining accessible to both locals and tourists alike. The new show will be a family-friendly show for all ages.
“I’ve had a great run at the Excalibur, but it’s time for a change and I love the intimacy of Bonkerz and its mix of both locals and tourists gives me more room to expand my routine,” said Anderson. “I’m also excited to get to work with Joe again after so many years – the guy is as good as they come in this industry.”
Joe is Bonkerz Comedy Club owner Joe Sanfelippo who owns and operates the national chain of comedy clubs.
“We’re thrilled to have a comedian of Louie Anderson’s caliber headlining in our venue,” said Sanfelippo. “This is a great opportunity for us to continue our success with longer running headliners, but now at a much higher level.”
To compliment the move, Palace Station will be renaming the showroom in Louie’s name. The change will also include transformation of the 250-seat room with Anderson memorabilia decorating the walls. In addition, Anderson will also be bringing his acclaimed “Standup Boot Camp,” which he co-founded with comedian Kyle Cease, to Palace Station. “Standup Boot Camp” is an interactive seminar where Anderson and Cease mentor aspiring comedians in every aspect of the entertainment industry, from comedic delivery to hiring the best representation. More information can be found at www.standupbootcamp.com.
“For a long time we’ve been interested in Louie Anderson, so when he decided to make a move a few months ago, we jumped at the chance. We’re ecstatic that of all the places he could headline in Vegas, he chose Palace Station,” said Judy Alberti, vice president of entertainment for Station Casinos. “Comedy has been a mainstay at Palace for several years, but we’ve never before had someone with Louie’s marquee value.”
About Louie Anderson
Two-time Emmy Award winner Louie Anderson is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics and was named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” Anderson’s big break came in 1984 when he appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Relating stories about growing up in the Midwest, being one of 11 children and dealing with an alcoholic father, provided a plethora of material for the comic and audiences across the country relate to his take on everyday life situations.
The multi-talented performer went on to do television and movies starring in his own CBS sitcom “The Louie Show” and his own comedy specials for both HBO and Showtime, as well as several films including “Coming to America” opposite Eddie Murphy. The multi-talented comedian/actor’s resume also includes the syndicated hit series, “Family Feud” and being executive producer and creator of the two-time Emmy Award winning animated series on FOX “Life with Louie.” Anderson is also a bestselling author and has written three books including the best selling first book Dear Dad-Letters from an Adult Child in 1989.
Review Journal Poll: The Best of Las Vegas 2010 – Thanks, Las Vegas, For This Year’s 25 Awards!
STATION CASINOS AWARDS
- Best Players Club – Station Casinos Boarding Pass (11 Years In A Row) – Readers’ Pick
- Best Football Contest – Station Casinos Great Giveaway (16 Years In A Row) – Readers’ Pick
- Best Coffee / Cappucino – Starbucks – Readers’ Pick
- Best Sub Sandwich – Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop (GVR, Red Rock & Aliante Station) – Readers’ Pick & Review-Journal’s Pick
PALACE STATION AWARDS
BOULDER STATION AWARDS
- Best Pizza – Metro Pizza – Readers’ Pick
- Best Local Rock Band – Yellow Brick Road – Readers’ Pick
- Best Doughnuts – Winchell’s Donut House – Review-Journal’s Pick
SUNSET STATION AWARDS
- Best Blackjack – Sunset Station – Readers’ Pick
RED ROCK AWARDS
- Best Steakhouse – T-Bones Chophouse – Readers’ Pick
- Best Keno – Red Rock – Readers’ Pick
- Best Coffee Shop – Red Rock – Readers’ Pick
- Best Asian Restaurant – Hachi – Readers’ Pick
- Best Bowling Alley – Red Rock Lanes – Readers’ Pick
GREEN VALLEY RANCH AWARDS
- Best Spa – The Spa at GVR – Readers’ Pick
- Best Brunch – Feast Buffet – Readers’ Pick
- Best Seafood – Tides Oyster Bar – Readers’ Pick
- Best Lounge Performer/Tribute Act – Sin City Sinners – Review-Journal’s Pick
- Best Ice Cream – U-Swirl – Review-Journal’s Pick
ALIANTE STATION AWARDS
- Best Karaoke – Superstar Karaoke – Review-Journal’s and Readers’ Pick
FIESTA HENDERSON AWARDS
- Best Video Poker – Fiesta Henderson – Readers’ Pick
FIESTA RANCHO AWARDS
- Best Video Poker – Fiesta Rancho – Readers’ Pick
- Best Mexican Restaurant – Garduno’s – Readers’ Pick
WILDFIRE GAMING AWARDS
- Best Bowling Alley – Wildfire Lanes – Review-Journal’s Pick
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