The Weekend in Vegas is a new entertainment-news program that focuses on the latest destination happenings in Las Vegas each weekend. The show takes place in front of a live audience at The LINQ Promenade in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip with the iconic High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, as its backdrop. Jeff Civillico, headliner at Flamingo Las Vegas, is the show’s host.
The Weekend will cover all facets of Las Vegas – music, food, shows, nightlife, art, charity events, fashion and more. While much of the show is filmed at The LINQ Promenade, a variety of Vegas experiences are covered both on and off The Strip. Segments include the “Lucky 7,” seven best bets for the weekend in Vegas, the LiveNation “Music Minute,” the “60-Second Wedding,” the “Taste of Vegas” restaurant spotlight, the “Give a Darn” Las-Vegas charity feature, as well as celebrity interviews, and national and emerging artist musical performances.
The stage for The Weekend in Vegas is an attraction in itself. A shipping container has been repurposed into a portable two-story studio and is placed on top of The LINQ Promenade fountains each week with the assistance of a crane. The lower stage features guest musicians, celebrity performers, and interactive games or the live audience. Upstairs, The Weekend house band entertains the crowd. Audience members who come to the show in person have a chance to be on TV and win prizes including free drinks, show tickets, and even a cruise.
“Since we’re in the Entertainment Capital of the World, we knew we had to create a show to highlight all the great things happening in this city,” Executive Producer Gary Harmon said. “The Weekend in Vegas captures red carpets, celebrity sightings, concerts, shows, restaurant and nightclub openings, and brings the Vegas experience to our viewers around the world.”
The show officially launches on Thursday, August 18th with a red carpet at The LINQ Promenade fountain at 8 p.m., and the show’s taping at 9 p.m. Beloved entertainer and Flamingo Las Vegas headliner Olivia Newton-John is scheduled to appear on the show. Venetian headliners Human Nature will perform songs from their new hit show “Jukebox. Tapings will continue every Thursday following at The LINQ Promenade fountain from 9 to 11 p.m. A 30-minute version of the show airs every weekend on KTNV, the Las Vegas ABC affiliate owned by SCRIPPS BROADCASTING HOLDINGS, LLC. The full-length 60-minute version of the show streams online at Vegas.com’s Facebook page every Thursday at 6 p.m. PT. Clips of the show can also be viewed in-room by guests staying at Caesars Entertainment properties, and in taxis through Taxi TV. The show’s sponsors include Vegas.com, LiveNation, and Brooklyn Bowl.
“The LINQ Promenade is excited to partner with ISE Entertainment for the production of The Weekend in Vegas,” said Shaun Swanger, vice president and general manager of The LINQ and High Roller. “Our property offers a unique blend of dining, retail and entertainment options along with the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet, making it the perfect backdrop for this entertainment-news show.”
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The Fremont Street Experience partnered with CBS RADIO stations: 98.5 KLUC, Mix 94.1, Q100.5, X107.5, and Newstalk 840AM KXNT, to host a SlotZilla Charity Challenge to benefit St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. On Monday, August 1 from noon – 6 p.m., 100% of SlotZilla revenue from flights on the lower Zipline and upper Zoomline went to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, totaling $15,787.
“Fremont Street Experience is honored to raise money for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children as they do incredible work and have helped improve the lives of many children and families throughout our community,” a spokes-person for the Zipline said. “The support from the local CBS RADIO stations and the community was fantastic. It was great to see everyone flying down SlotZilla and having fun for a tremendous cause.”
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that saves the lives of traumatized children. For 50 years, the charity has helped abused, neglected and homeless children and young adults, ages 0 to 25, by providing customized therapy and tools to break the cycle of abuse, as well as by keeping families and siblings together. The ultimate goal is to help these individuals find a forever family and achieve self-sufficiency. Approximately 60% of the children have been physically abused, 40% sexually abused, many have suffered both physical and sexual abuse, and 100% have been neglected. For more information visit www.stjudesranch.org and get social with us at facebook.com/stjudesranch
Hip-hop blues trio G. Love & Special Sauce and legendary reggae group The Original Wailers will bring their can’t-miss performances to The Yard inside Topgolf. G. Love & Special Sauce will perform Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, with tickets starting at $30, and The Original Wailers will groove Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, with tickets starting at $20. Both shows begin at 8 p.m.
Love certainly has come a long way in the 20 years since drummer Clemens discovered him performing in a Boston pub. The two started playing together and, after Clemens brought in upright bassist Prescott, G. Love & Special Sauce was born. Their self-titled debut, featuring the hit “Cold Beverage,” wound up going gold. The band became known for their live shows and performed around the world. G. Love has played with and without Special Sauce over the years, but now the trio is back together and it feels right. G. Love believes the current manifestation of the band is stronger than ever and is riding a creative high. The band’s 10th studio album Love Saves the Day, is set to be released in October 2016.
Carrying the torch passed on by Bob Marley himself, original guitarist Al Anderson has united with a group of handpicked musicians to honor the history and integrity of Marley’s music, with The Original Wailers. Al Anderson first joined Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1973, going on to play with Bob until his untimely death in 1981. He was an integral part of the Bob Marley & The Wailers sound, forever imprinting his guitar solos and production skills on the catalog that has sold more than 75 million records and touched so many around the world.
Doors for G. Love & Special Sauce and The Original Wailers will open at 7 p.m. and show times are 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit www.topgolf.com/lasvegas, or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. This is an all-ages show. VIP experiences, including premium hitting bays overlooking the performance, are available by contacting [email protected].
Topgolf Las Vegas operates Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Bay pricing starts at $30 per hour for up to six players and varies depending on bay location and time of day. General admittance into Topgolf is free of charge. For cabana and VIP reservations, please contact [email protected].
Well, gang, that’s about it for this week. Have you gone to see Clint Holmes yet? And don’t forget to visit the Laugh Factory, on the mezzanine level of the New Tropicana Resort, where some of the best comedians in the country perform nightly. Tommy Savitt does his unusual and very funny show nightly at 5 p.m. except Tuesday and Wednesday when he rests.