Tips For Your First Visit to Las Vegas

I have lived in Las Vegas since 2004. I have worked in the same hospitality/entertainment company for the past thirteen years. For nine of those years, I worked in two different casinos so my ‘office’ was on Las Vegas Boulevard or the Strip as it is commonly called. Most locals who work on the Strip really don’t want to hang out where they work if they don’t have to, but I make it a point to stay at hotels on the Strip whenever I have some vacation time. I love it!  There is always something new and exciting happening. I can imagine how exciting it must be for someone who has never been here before.  I can always see it from the first-timer’s eyes and I do know enough to share some worthwhile tips for those of you who plan to visit this sparkly city for the first time. It is Hot and DRY If you are going to be visiting in the next couple of months, you probably already… Read More

$75,000 Slot Tournament Hosted at Paris Las Vegas

I was recently invited to play in a slot tournament for select Total Rewards members. This is the loyalty program of Caesars Entertainment, the company that owns casinos such as Harrah’s, Planet Hollywood, and The LINQ to name a few. The offer came with complimentary room accommodations and I chose to stay at Planet Hollywood which is located next door to Paris Las Vegas where the tournament took place. For those of you who have never played in a slot tournament before, you may find this a bit intimidating.  The truth of the matter is, there really is no special skill required other than the ability to hit a button really fast. There are some who believe that they may be able to influence the outcome of a spin, but truly it is a game of chance. Slot tournament formats are all basically the same. When you sign up for a tournament, you are assigned a machine and a slot session time to play.  For this tournament, the participants each… Read More

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears for Fears in Las Vegas

While Downtown Las Vegas was throwing it back to the 90’s at the I love 90’s: The Party Continues Tour, everyone else was on the Strip at the T-Mobile Arena rockin’ to 80’s music with Daryl Hall & John Oates with Tears for Fears! It initially sounded like a mismatched combination, but their distinctive personalities really gave the audience a beautiful blend of one singing style and genre to another. Tears for Fears started a little earlier than expected. Everyone was rushing to their seats in the middle of their first song. Tears for Fears opened with “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” and sang their big hits, “Head Over Heels,” “Change,” and “Shout.” They also surprised the audience and did an amazing cover of Radiohead’s “Creep!” Although they didn’t bring anything new to the cover by pretty much staying faithful to the original, they still managed to effectively give a fantastic performance. While Tears for Fears generally kept their music sounding like it did in the 80’s, with of… Read More

Things to Do In Las Vegas: Shows This Weekend July 21 – 23

There are some great concerts and shows this weekend!  Click Read More below to see the full list! Enjoy the weekend! Friday, July 21 Downtown Las Vegas Events Center I love The 90’s: The Party Continues TLC, Color Me Badd, Coolio, C+C Music Factory Show: 8 pm Click HERE for ticket information The Axis at Planet Hollywood Pitbull: Time of Our Lives Show: 9 pm Click HERE for ticket information XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas The Chainsmokers Show: 10 pm Click HERE for ticket information Tropicana Las Vegas Andrew Dice Clay Show: 10 pm Click HERE for ticket information Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears For Fears Show: 7 pm Click HERE for ticket information Park Theater at Monte Carlo Las Vegas Kenny Rogers Show: 8 pm Click HERE for ticket information Saturday, July 22 House of Blues Las Vegas Blackberry Smoke Show: 7 pm Click HERE for ticket information Tropicana Las Vegas Rich Little Show: 7 pm Click HERE for ticket information Tropicana Las Vegas Andrew Dice… Read More

Camp Bow Wow Las Vegas!

There is nothing more heartbreaking than to see your puppy begin to cry when she sees you headed towards the front door.  This was always my puppy Tini’s reaction whenever I would leave to go to work or to the gym. I really never gave it much thought other than she probably wanted to come with me but I figured she would soon lie down and sleep like most dogs do.  She is housebroken and never chewed on furniture or clothes so when I would come home, everything was always in order. On a whim, I decided to put a camera on her one day. I was at the gym for about two hours and came back to review the footage. I was very alarmed to see my very quiet and obedient puppy actually howling the moment I closed the front door. It made me really sad.  I was very disappointed in myself for not seeing the signs that she was under distress when I would start to put on… Read More

Local Las Vegas: The Hellenbacks

Las Vegas locals are spoiled. We live in a city dubbed as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” with access to premier musical acts that headline the Strip venues every week!  We also have some of the best local talent performing off the Strip like the The Hellenbacks.  You seriously have to check these guys out. They collectively are a who’s who of musicians with an impressive resume: Al Serrato-drums (Jetboy and Flavor Flav), Michael “Doc” Ellis -guitarist (Sin City Sinners, Love/Hate, and Ratt), Sean Koos-bass (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts), and Jimmy Romero-lead singer (Flavor Flav and BMI writer/producer). Their years of experience in the industry are evident in their polished performances on stage. Also adding their talents are Cian Coey and Adrian Trevino. On July 21st, 9 p.m., at Count’s Vamp’d on Sahara Ave., check out their CD Release Party, with their very special guest, The Saints of LV. Vampires in the Desert features all original rock music. Here is your free download. You’re welcome! I am going to… Read More

Things To Do In Las Vegas: Concerts This Weekend!

Never a dull moment in Las Vegas. Check out the concerts this weekend! Click on the artist’s name for ticket details. Friday, July 7 Venue: T-Mobile Arena The Ultimate Fighter Season 25 Finale Doors are scheduled to open at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $50 (not including applicable service fees) Venue: The Showroom at the Golden Nugget The Grass Roots Show: 8 p.m. Tickets / information: 866.946.5336 Venue: House of Blues / Mandalay Bay The B-52s Doors: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:30 p.m. Tickets from $59 – $145 +tax & fees Venue: South Point Hotel Casino Showroom Joey Diaz Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $15.00 +tax & fees Venue: The Linq / Brooklyn Bowl Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $39.00 +tax & fees Saturday, July 8 Venue: T-Mobile Arena UFC 213 Doors are scheduled to open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $75 (not including applicable service fees) Venue: SLS Las Vegas / The Foundry West Coast Jam Starring Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, and Norman Brown… Read More

Things To Do in Las Vegas: Wine and Canvas

I am really late to the party. I just saw the movie Fifty Shades of Grey on television last week. I have never read the books so I am not going to have some enraged, long overdue reaction and complain about how the movie was nowhere near how hot the books were or say the movie was completely boring. I actually was entertained by it and thought the actor, Jamie Dornan, who played Christian Grey, was good looking. The timing couldn’t have been better because I received an invitation to a Fifty Shades Night at Wine and Canvas last Friday for a friend’s birthday party. I looked at the Wine and Canvas website and the description read: 50 Shades Night! FREE Bottomless Champagne PLUS Sexy Male Server! It had a photo of the painting we were going to paint and the photo of the server. Oh hell yeah. I was so in. If you are looking for things to do in Las Vegas for a girl’s night out or even… Read More

Ricky Martin: ALL IN

Let me just start out by saying that Ricky Martin is HOT. There, I said it and got it out of the way. There is just no denying that fact. I have never been a Ricky Martin fan nor have I ever disliked him. Whenever I use to see him perform on television, I thought he was good looking and very talented but he wasn’t someone on my playlist in the car. When I heard he was performing at the Park Theater, I didn’t run out to buy tickets. The only reason I arranged to watch him was because my sister was scheduled to visit me and she is a big fan. Her trip was moved to the end of the month so she was not able to watch, but I decided to bring a friend and go anyway. Before Ricky actually takes the stage for his All In concert, a video plays on a huge screen. Ricky is seen, in the last frame, exiting the shower in a towel.… Read More

Things To Do in Las Vegas: 2017 4th of July

With the 4th of July falling on a Tuesday this year, you can bet the partying is going to last until the wee hours of July 5th! I can’t wait! As expected, there are a million and one things to do in Las Vegas this weekend! Here is the quick and dirty on where you can catch the fireworks and parades: Fireworks Saturday, July 1 The Fremont Street Experience 10:45 p.m. Fireworks Display: 4 – 5 minutes Sunday, July 2 Lake Las Vegas 8:40 p.m. Fireworks Display: 10 minutes Caesar’s Palace 9:10 p.m. Fireworks Display: 15 minutes Tuesday, July 4 Heritage Park (Henderson) 9 p.m. Fireworks Display: 5 minutes Green Valley Ranch 9 p.m. Fireworks Display: 9 – 10 minutes Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa 9 p.m. Fireworks Display: 9 – 10 minutes Parades Sunday, July 2 The LINQ Promenade 12 p.m. Start: Las Vegas Blvd. at the LINQ Promenade to the High Roller End: Fountain Stage Tuesday, July 4 Boulder City 4th of July Parade 9 a.m. Start:… Read More