It’s getting better and better this year. Las Vegas is getting more visitors every week, and the city is expected to reopen to 100% on June 1st. That means all of the venues, restaurants, and experiences that you learned to know and love as part of the Vegas experience are likely to return as well. This includes live music, one of the final barriers to shutting down the pandemic. We don’t know any of you, but live music is one of the things we miss the most – there is no substitute for being in a big gathering and enjoying one of your favorite musicians playing your favorite songs. Here’s a list of the artists and events we’re most looking forward to.
Life is beautiful (Downtown Las Vegas) This festival took a break last year, but it’s returning stronger than ever this year – in fact, they may be the strongest line-up at the festival to date. In addition to current acts like Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion and Tame Impala, this year’s downtown festival from September 17-19 includes crowd-pleasers like Modest Mouse, Haim, ASAP Rocky and Ludacris – and that’s just scratching the surface. It may be difficult to get hold of a ticket to this one, but oh man, is it going to be worth it?
Barry Manilow (Westgate Las Vegas) His residence was and will likely remain one of the funniest cards in town when he returns on September 16th. It’s not just his ridiculous number of memorable, singable hits like “Mandy” and “Can’t” Smile Without You. “It’s the energy, the charm and the good mood that he brings to every performance.
Donny Osmond (Harrahs) Osmond, who performed here with his sister in a hit residence at Flamingo for years, had planned to open his own residence here in 2020. Best plans … But he’ll be back by August 31st, and chances are his fans are already buying their tickets as we speak. He really is the ultimate Vegas act – he sings, he dances and he appeals to all ages. Oh, and he’s really REALLY funny!
Chicago (The Venetian) This legendary ensemble has ensured that Vegas is included in its national schedule for years, and Chicago returns to the Venetian Theater on September 15th. Some music really never ages and we can’t wait to see “Saturday in the Parken” and “25 or 6 to 4” again.
usher (Caesars Palace) One thing to count on when the live entertainment is complete again: there will always be a top-class act at the Colosseum. It was home to the residences of Celine Dion, Elton John, Mariah Carey, and others. On July 16, the A list continues with the arrival of Usher’s residence. Usher is the complete package, from his hit albums to his dancing skills to his jury stints on The Voice, and we have little doubt that he’ll grab the House That Celine Built.
Billy Idol (The Cosmopolitan) Sometimes the attitude is just as important as the music itself. Idol has made itself popular with Vegas audiences over the years with successful mini-residences at the House of Blues and will be a new Vegas chapter on October 16th begin when he starts a series of dates at the Chelsea. We can’t wait, “More, more, more!” To sing.
Morrissey (Caesars Palace) Like most of you, we’re big fans of The Smiths’ solo career and frontman Morrissey – his iconic catalog can be heard practically everywhere these days, from commercials to movie soundtracks. He’s planning several appointments at the Colosseum starting August 28th, and we plan to be front and center when he says, “Every day is like Sunday.”
Michael Bublé (T-Mobile Arena) If you haven’t seen a live show at the great T-Mobile Arena, you’re really missing out. It allows for some spectacular experiences, not to mention the best acoustics on the Las Vegas Strip. And if there is ever an artist better suited to Vegas, it’s pop singer Bublé who is sure to grab the house on September 24th.
ZZ top (The Venetian) As you’d expect from their iconic videos, ZZ Top delivers a perfectly calibrated show. There are few acts that put the audience in a better party mood than the band that created Legs, Sharp Dressed Man and Tush. Their runs in Las Vegas have been hugely successful and they will continue that series when they return to the Venetian Theater on October 8th.
Enrique Iglesias (MGM Grand) There are straightforward Las Vegas acts and then there is Enrique Iglesias. It has traditionally performed in Sin City on every Mexican Independence Day for the past few years, and it sells out every year. It’s not hard to wonder why – he’s one of the most successful Latin pop acts in history. When he returns to the MGM Garden Arena on September 25th, he’ll expect the usual fireworks – and maybe a few extra, since he’s been away for so long.
Bruno Mars (Park MGM) For those who doubt he’s the hottest act right now, when Mars announced that he would be performing six dates in Las Vegas at the Park Theater starting July 3rd, his shows sold out in minutes . For those of you who haven’t bought tickets, we hope Mars will add more data when it is able to. And we’re still keeping our fingers crossed for a residence …
Carlos Santana (House of Blues) Santana has had one of the best residences in Las Vegas in Mandalay Bay for years and is finally returning on August 25th. If you haven’t seen this show before, be ashamed! It’s not every day that one of the best guitarists in rock history flips through his greatest hits, from “Evil Ways” and “Oye Como Va” to “Smooth”. Do you already have goosebumps?
Styx (The Venetian) This legendary band had to add a third Las Vegas date to meet demand. It’s not hard to see why – they really bring it on when they perform. Oh, and they also bring a set list of four decades of unforgettable hits including “Come Sail Away”, “Blue Collar Man”, “Crystal Ball” and so many others. Make sure you try to catch them when they arrive on September 25th.
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