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Hello From Las Vegas! I never thought I was going to get this issue out. This was supposed to be our 10’th Anniversary Issue and we have tons of new photo sets, show reviews, new giveaways and even more to roll out.
We played with the idea of making this a double-sized issue or doing two separate huge issues. But with Las Vegas heating up again (both literally with the weather and figuratively as visitor volume starts to return), this next year in our company history looks to be the biggest ever. So I sat down and said “Let’s celebrate our 10 years for the entire coming year. More photo sets, more in-house articles, more giveaways.”
We’ve hooked up with the various hotels, shows, and attractions to do just that. We already have a “line around the block” of PR friends setting up everything with us. Stay tuned and stay subscribed. This will be an amazing year for both us at Access Vegas and Las Vegas in general.
Fourth Of July – We already have people asking what will be happening, especially as this holiday falls on a weekend. We’ve set up a Las Vegas Fourth of July page you can follow. Please note that fireworks events are typically not announced until a week or two ahead of time. When we start to hear about specific events, we’ll certainly be listing them on that page, and here in the newsletter.
Bellagio Gardens Summer Display – New (to us) photographer Greg McFalls went over and took some incredible photos of the latest display, which is open to the public at no charge. You can view the entire photo set by clicking on either picture below!
The New Tropicana? – Tropicana Las Vegas owners are vowing a major $100 million upgrade of every facet of the resort. The Tropicana was the pride of The Strip at one time and actually still continues to be a very popular resort because of the location, price and famous pool area. (See Tropicana Las Vegas pool photos).
With the financial troubles of MGM Mirage and Harrah’s (the two big companies that each own a number of hotels), I believe we’ll see quite a resurgence of some of the older properties like the Tropicana, Riviera, and Sahara over the next few years.áDon’t be surprised if Circus Circus is eventually sold off and upgraded to its former state as a prime attraction as well. Hey, it could happen.
Over the decades, the Las Vegas Strip was at its best when many different groups owned the various hotels and competition for your gambling dollar was paramount. Side Note: The rumored shut-down of The Sahara for remodeling and upgrades at this time has proved to be just that: A rumor.
Rio and Girls Of Sapphire Charity Bikini Car Wash – Last week, The Rio hosted a charity car wash… Las Vegas-style. The girls of Sapphire offered plenty of eye candy in Sapphire bikinis as they lathered up cars for the cause. All contributions were donated to the United Way and festivities included a dunk tank, McFaddenÆs-sponsored food booth and even sno-cones. The days total netted more than $1700.áClick on either photo below to view the entire photo set of the event.
I can hear many of you sayingáHey Ted, you didn’t tell us about this… I would have been there! Actually… yes we did. News of the pending event didn’t make the newsletter in time, but we posted it on both our EasyVegasDeals.com site and on our Access Vegas Twitter Feed. For instructions on how to follow our regular specials and event updates, please see our Easy Vegas Deals section later in the newsletter.
El Cortez June Food and Booze Specials – The El Cortez Hotel downtown is newly remodeled (and looking quite good, see for yourself with our El Cortez Hotel Photo Set). And… they get it. Get you in the door with some great specials and you might enjoy yourself so much that you stay and play. The following are available June 2009:
- Idaho Trout Special – The Flame Steakhouse now features Idaho trout flown in fresh weekly for the Friday and Saturday night dinner special. Idaho trout special is only $14.95.
- Cafe Cortez Dinner Specials – Visit Cafe Cortez for prime rib dinner only $7.95. Meal includes choice of soup or salad. CafÚ also offers a fajita dinner for just $8.95.
- Graveyard Specials Cafe – Cortez serves a limited graveyard menu Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Specials include:
- Two eggs with choice of bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and toast for $3.75 plus tax.
- Ham and two eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast for $7.25 plus tax.
- Martini Madness û Daily 2-for-1 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. û at all casino bars (martini menu only).
And yes… the above also already went out on our Twitter and Easy Vegas Deals feeds.
Bootlegger Open Mic Returns – For much of this decade, a popular locals secret was the Monday night “karaoke” at longtime famous local hangout Bootlegger Bistro. The place would be packed, often with celebs and performers of many popular Las Vegas shows just having a drink and having some fun.
The tradition is revived on Monday nights at 9 PM with Kelly Clinton returning as host. Bootlegger is located three miles south of Mandalay Bay on Las Vegas Blvd at the corner of The Blvd. and Robindale (just south of the huge outlet mall). Maybe not a must-do for the first time visitor, but if you are a Las Vegas regular always looking for a special slice of our special culture, this is worth a couple hours of your time.
Viva Las Vegas – The 1964 Elvis Presley movie shot on location here airs this coming week at 11:15 AM Pacific Time on Turner Classic Movies (check your cable listings). Turner airs films un-cut and has no commercials. Set your DVR’s and tape decks.
Enjoy This Issue!
Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Mark Jacobs
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Las Vegas Show Reviews
Le Reve: A Surreal Journey Above and Below A Dream
Dreams can often be ethereal and elusive, and Le Reve is no different. Watching Le Reve is in essence watching someone elseÆs dream, which is represented through a bed that floats away in the beginning of the show. Nonetheless, if most peopleÆs dreams mirrored the spectacles and intricacies in ôLe Reveö it would be baffling if anyone would ever want to be awake!
The Wynn Theater, which is home toáLe Reve, is in and of itself an act. The round and tiered theater is drenched in rich colors and fabrics and eludes a sense of comfort and tastefulness. But the eye catcher is the center, the stage, if you will, which is water. Not water as in a small pool, but entirely consisting of water. However, all of the action is not in the water alone, quite a few of the intrepid acts also take place in the air.
Anthony Cools Induces What Happens In Vegas
Crude, crass, and utterly amazing easily describes the laugh out loud performance of Anthony Cools, hypnotist and comedian extraordinaire. The Anthony Cools Experience is a tremendous exercise in what can happen when you give someone else power over your mind, pushing you to do things you probably would not consider.
As you enter the theater, you pass a sign stating that you are waiving any rights to what happens in the theater and that the Anthony Cools Experience has the right to videotape and sell what happens during the show. At the start of the show, a little white rabbit greets the audience with warnings about the vulgar language and acts that will be performed; however, the rabbit does issue caveats regarding specific words that may not be uttered. This bunny sets the few lines that Cools will not cross.
Escape To A Tropical Paradise With Hawaiian Tropic Zone’s Lei-Monade Cocktail – This June, Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside Miracle Mile Shops features the tantalizing Lei-Monade cocktail, a refreshing libation perfect for visitors looking to flee the sizzling summer heat. Boasting a flirtatious pink hue, the sinfully delicious cocktail is a swirl of Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, Patron Citronge liqueur, cranberry juice and fresh lemon sour mix. Served up by one of the beautiful and bikini clad Hawaiian Tropic Zone girls, the Lei-Monade is sure to drive taste buds wild.
Stone Temple Pilots To Play The New Joint At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino July 2 – Marking the first national tour for Stone Temple Pilots in almost eight years, the tour will bring the iconic band’s charismatic musicianship and exhilarating live show to The new Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on July 2. STP will kick-off July 4th weekend festivities in true rock style! Since the moment they appeared on the scene in the early 90’s, Stone Temple Pilots dominated the decade from start to finish, racking up 15 singles on the Billboard Top Ten, winning a “Best Hard Rock Performance” GRAMMY in 1994 for “Plush,” and having their five albums sell more than 35 million copies worldwide.
Click to read full Stone Temple Pilots To Play The Joint story.
Stone Temple Pilots Las Vegas Tickets
Blink-182 To Play The New Joint At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Friday, July 24 – blink-182 is reuniting for their first tour in 5 years and will be bringing their highly-anticipated show to The new Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, July 24. Joining blink-182 for this incredible show will be indie-rockers Chester French and punk-rockers Motion City Soundtrack. Travis Barker, Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus, better known as blink-182, set the alternative nation abuzz with excitement and anticipation earlier this year when they officially announced they are back together.
Click to read full Blink-182 To Play The Joint At The Hard Rock story.
Blink-182 Las Vegas Tickets
Limp Bizkit To Perform At Mandalay Bay Beach As Part Of UFC 100 Event Weekend – The most historic event in UFC just got bigger with the announcement that rap-metal pioneers Limp Bizkit will bring their Unicorns N’ Rainbows tour to Mandalay Bay Beach Friday, July 10. This will be the band’s first North American concert in eight years as they kick off the UFC 100 weekend. Once the hits “Break Stuff,” “Rollin” and “My Way” blast through the speakers, guests will have all the adrenaline they need for UFC 100 the next night. The concert is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. with special guest BoneyB.
Click to read full Limp Bizkit To Perform At Mandalay Bay Beach story.
Limp Bizkit Las Vegas Tickets
Easy Vegas Deals
- Minus 5 Experience Offers Cool Prizes In Hot Contest
- Tropicana Hosts ôThe Voiceö Tony Pace On June 20 2009 – Fast, Funny and Improvisational
- Dust Off Your Lava Lamp As Fremont Street Experience Kicks Off ôSummer Of æ69: Vegas or Bustö
- Get Your Drink On At JerryÆs Nugget With $1 Pacificos Beer In June 2009
- Schedule Of Bands For Free Village “Jazz On The Lake” Concert Series
- Schedule Of Bands For Free Village Classic Rock Concert Series
- Down & Derby Roller Skating Disco Night At Beauty Bar Downtown Las Vegas June 13 2009
These are only a few of the many Easy Vegas Deals we find each and every week. For a complete and constantly updated listing:
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Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!
Members Mania will return next week, and I’m happy to announce that we’ll soon have an expanded Members Mania in the form of a web forum. Long time readers probably remember that we used to have reader forums. The ancient software we were using finally pretty much ceased functioning and we didn’t revive them at the time.
I’ve been putting Las Vegas information online since 1995 and on an internet site since 1996 with our original In-Vegas.com (which ironically we are reviving in the form of a Las Vegas news feed which aggregates from a number of sources). Blogs didn’t exist and web forums were clunky at best. All of the early software we used for everything from building the site to sending this newsletter became obsolete over the years. We’ve spent the past year completely starting from scratch with (mostly) custom built solutions that will continue to grow with us over the next many years.
We are putting the finishing touches on our new Members Mania forums and you’ll obviously be the first to know when they are up!
We love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Here’s how to participate:
- Drop us an email at email@example.com – We read them all!
More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events
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Criss Angel Gets Vegas Wax TreatmentCriss Angel Believe Tickets
Carlos Santana is still smooth, and now he’s playing VegasCarlos Santana Tickets
Legendary Groups Earth, Wind & Fire And Chicago Create Unique Music Promotion To Benefit Food Banks NationwideEarth, Wind & Fire And Chicago Tickets
Marco Antonio Solis & Pepe Aguilar To Perform At The Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, September 12Marco Antonio Solis & Pepe Aguilar Tickets
Top 10 Touring Act Andre Rieu And His Johann Strauss Orchestra Waltz Into Orleans Arena June 24Andre Rieu Tickets
Roni Josef International Salon & Spa Offers Relaxing and Rejuvenating Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Packages To Celebrate The Big Day
New Cookbook Authored By Co-Founder Of America’s Legendary Steakhouse – “Morton’s The Cookbook: 100 Steakhouse Recipes For Every Kitchen” Is Now Available For Purchase
Clint Holmes, Susan Anton, Domenick Allen And Martin Nievera Blend Musical Stylings For The First Time As Vocal Soup At The Suncoast Showroom June 19-21
Firefighters Gear Up For The 10th Annual Fire & Rain Firefighter Bachelor Auction
Tickets For Disney’s High School Musical: Summer Celebration! On Sale June 1 In Henderson
Multidiscipline Artist-Designer John Van Hamersveld Named Official Artist Of Fremont Street Experience’s “Summer Of ’69: Vegas or Bust”
Vegas Club And Plaza Take A Psychadelic Trip Back In Time For “Summer of 69: Vegas Or Bust” Festival On Fremont Street
Friday The 13th Was A Lucky Day For Shark Reef Aquarium At Mandalay Bay
International Cast Brings Unique Talents To The Suncoast Showroom in Variety Live June 26-28
The Kings Are Coming To Las Vegas On A Dare From Steve Wynn!
Bullfighting Barrels Down The Strip This September
Hockey And Hollywood Stars Align In Las Vegas At 2009 NHL Awards
SuperCr3w b-boy Dance group, winner of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Performs At Krave June 6
Tickets Still Available For Share Our Strength’s Taste Of The Nation At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Relax Returns For Another Season At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
High Rise Condos Hammered by Slow Market (with video)
Fans, Friends Honor Late Vegas Entertainer (with video)
Free Friday: Las Vegas Fun for Adults and Families (with video)
Mayor Goodman looking forward to Obama clarifying tourism comments (with video)
Celebrity impersonators take over Las Vegas Strip (with video)
Historical signs renovated to improve valley neighborhood (with video)
VegasÆs Man of Many Voices Falls Silent
Las Vegas welcome sign gets historic designation
Luck running low in Las Vegas
Area in downtown Las Vegas renamed Symphony Park
Performing arts center signals Las Vegas ‘has grown up’
Las Vegas home prices continue to slide
Recession prompts 17.3 percent cut in budget at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Las Vegas Company at Center of Hi-Tech World
Even highbrow foodies will dig the comfort-food updates at Cadillac Ranch
Struggling economy leads to tripling of unused retail space
Las Vegas sees chance for Obama to make amends
Casinos serve up bargains to draw visitors back
Vegas passenger traffic down 5.9 percent in April
She’s all shook up over Vegas
Vegas May Bet On Younger Players In Future
Break out the bands: world Series of Poker gets bracelet ceremony
Triple Five Nevada shelves Great Mall plans
Station Casinos promising biggest fireworks display Vegas has ever seen
Marilyn Monroe, Elvis memorabilia at Planet Hollywood
Analysts to keep eye on new executive’s relationships with LV Sands boss
Mandalay Bay’s ‘Lion King’ magical stage production
PrivÚ nightclub boasts more relaxed vibe where patrons can feel comfortable
Harrah’s taps chief for interactive unit (online gaming)
Southern Nevada’s fallen law enforcement officers honored with memorial
Teen honored by Blue Men – High-schooler wins contest, scholarship
Calm island culture alive at Frankie’s Tiki Room
Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:
- Father’s Day June 21
- Canada Day, Canada July 1
- Independence Day July 4
- Civic Holiday, Canada August 1-3 (3 day weekend)
- Labor Day, U.S September 5-7 (3 day weekend)
- Labour Day, Canada September 5-7 (3 day weekend)
- Jewish New Year September 19
- Halloween October 31
- Veteran’s Day November 11
- Thanksgiving Day, U.S November 26-29 (4 day weekend)
- Hanukkah Dec. 2 – Dec. 9
- Christmas December 25
- New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 2 (3 day weekend)
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 18-20 (3 day weekend)
- Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
- President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 13-15 (3 day weekend)
- Chinese/Lunar New Year February 14
- Valentine’s Day February 14
- Mardi Gras February 16
- Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
- St. Patrick’s Day March 17
- Easter Sunday April 4
- Cinco de Mayo May 5
- Mother’s Day May 9
- Memorial Day, U.S May 29-31 (3 day weekend)
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