Chuck Rounds April in Vegas!


carrot top 2Chuck Rounds’ Las Vegas Entertainment News

A monthly Las Vegas Entertainment Newsletter
April 2013
Spring has sprung! We are past the vernal equinox, and as I write this, today is Easter Sunday. And of course, tomorrow is April 1st (Fool’s Day.) Easter seemed to come earlier this year. (Time to get really academic… (You can skip down if necessary.)) Prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In that year, the Council of Nicaea was convened by Emperor Constantine. It issued the Easter Rule which states that Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. However, the “full moon” in the rule is the ecclesiastical full moon, which is defined as the fourteenth day of a tabular lunation, where day 1 corresponds to the ecclesiastical New Moon. It does not always occur on the same date as the astronomical full moon. The ecclesiastical “vernal equinox” is always on March 21. Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.

This, of course, made me think of the Easter Bunny… The Easter Bunny is to Easter; as Santa is to Christmas. And I wondered at the Easter Bunny’s origin—thinking that it was a commercialization of the holiday. But the Bunny actually pre-dates the resurrection.Like the origin of Easter, the origin of the Easter Bunny has roots that go back to pre-Christian, Anglo-Saxon history. The holiday was originally a pagan celebration that worshipped the goddess Eastre. She was the goddess of fertility and springtime and her earthly symbol was the rabbit. Thus the pre-Christian Anglo-Saxons worshipped the rabbit believing it to be Eastre’s earthly incarnation. When the Anglo-Saxons were converted to Christianity, the pagan holiday, which occurred around the same time as the Christian memorial of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, was combined with the Christian celebration and given the name Easter.
(This is the end of the academia.)

What has this got to do with entertainment in Las Vegas…nothing. It’s just cool information about this time of year.

Spring in Las Vegas is a wonderful thing…The dogwoods are blooming throughout my neighborhood, and my garden is growing beautifully. (And yes, in the face of misconceptions about Las Vegas; dogwood trees do line my neighborhood streets, and yes, I do have a garden in my backyard.) And for the rest of the country that is still experiencing the effects of winter…well, you should be here. (My buddy in North Dakota just posted a picture of his home covered in snow.)

Yes, Vegas springtime is wonderful…partly because of the weather, partly because of the sense of renewal this time of year brings, partly because of the bikini clad women at all of the pools in town, and partly because of all of the activities and events that inundate the city during this time of year.

I believe that April is my favorite month of the year…because of the weather and the blooming flora on the landscape, there are times that everything seems right with the world…and everything in sight is in bloom…then again, I don’t have allergies! It is a tough month for a lot of people, though…the Las Vegas valley seems to find whatever it is that you might be allergic to and send it your way…so allergy sufferers beware…bring all of your allergy medicine.

There are a lot of things happening in and around Las Vegas that all point to a prosperous future. There is both stability in the job market and growth in the housing industry. New casinos are being planned and a lot of new shows that are in the works.

The Best of Las Vegas Awards have just come out. There are usually two winners in each category—one chosen by the readers and one chosen by the staff of our city’s daily paper. Terry Fator and Blue Man Group were chosen as the best shows, Terry Fator and the Phat Pack as the best all-around performer, Carrot Top and Amy Schumer as best comedian, and Jan Rouven and Penn & Teller as best magician. Best Showgirls/Dancers went to “Jubilee!” and “Dancing with the Stars Live,” best singer went to Donny Osmond and Cheaza from Peepshow, best male strip show went to “Chippendales,” and best bargain show went to Mac King and Big Al’s Comedy Club.

It is getting more and more difficult to believe in these awards anymore…with a few exceptions, it is no longer a vote of who is really the best, but instead about the campaigns in which each of these shows engage. Who has the most friends on Facebook? Who has the biggest ads? I was hoping to be done with campaigns last November, but some of these shows came out with pleas and ads for votes with fervor. The best production shows (for me) are still “Jersey Boys” and “Le Reve.” The best singers are Lorena Peril in “Fantasy,” or anyone in “Hitsville.” The best magician, well…I think that Jan Rouven is a good choice. He has done a tremendous job in the short time that he has been here in Vegas, and Penn & Teller are always a good pick. Comedians – Tim Allen and Rita Rudner. The best showgirls…ok, I’ll give them that…pickings are slim for that category. I agree with Mac King for best bargain and best male review…I really don’t care.

Other great shows of note should include: “Absinthe,” and “Vegas: The Show.”

The Rio and Vizzun Entertainment present the 12th Annual Pure Aloha Festival running all weekend from April 18 to 21 outside at the Rio parking lot. The two-fold event features a Hawaiian festival and comedy/concert series. Pure Aloha features more than 100 island craft and merchandise booths, authentic food vendors and amusement rides. While guests shop and dine on ono (delicious) food, they will be entertained by local performances and bands.

Playboy’s 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair just open “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere, and she and the cast do a great job.

PEEPSHOW, Las Vegas’ mega-hit striptease spectacular is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Las Vegas Broadway Bares: The Barest Show On Earth on Sunday, April 21 at 11:59 p.m., which will be held on the PEEPSHOW stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Hosted by award-winning television personality Scott Nevins, the show features the sexiest entertainers from across the Strip coming together for a one-night-only event unlike any other, with special performances by Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis of Chippendales and “The Amazing Race,” iCANDY star Maren Wade, and ROCK OF AGES cast member Mark Shunock. All proceeds from Las Vegas Broadway Bares: The Barest Show On Earth will be donated directly to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, which is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS has drawn upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community to raise more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.

Legendary comedian Don Rickles, who has starred in Las Vegas theaters longer than any other performer in the history of the gaming mecca, has signed for a fifth consecutive year of performances with The Orleans Hotel and Casino. The much-honored comedian will launch his 53rd consecutive year as a Las Vegas headliner when he brings his one-of-a-kind humor to The Orleans Showroom on April 13th and 14th; each evening at 8 p.m. Rickles took his first step toward national fame in 1957 when Frank Sinatra wandered into the small Hollywood nightclub where Rickles was performing. The still-unknown Rickles eyed Sinatra and said, “I just saw your movie, The Pride and the Passion, and I want to tell you, the cannon’s acting was great. And, make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody.” Sinatra doubled up laughing and became one of Rickles’ biggest boosters among Hollywood celebrities. Rickles soon became the “in” comic among Hollywood stars, who flocked to his nightclub engagements to become the targets of his insults. Rickles has also starred in several films and television shows, including Casino, Kelly’s Heroes, Rat Race, Gilligan’s Island, The Andy Griffith Show, Get Smart, The Unit, Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, the latter of which was recently honored with five Oscar Award nominations. Rickles has received two Primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Musical for the 2008 HBO special Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. In 2009, cable network TV Land honored Rickles with the “Legend Award.” In 2007, Rickles made his mark in the literary world with his memoir Rickles’ Book.

Tabú, the boutique nightclub at MGM Grand, will close effective Saturday, April 6. The last night of operation will be Friday, April 5 and more details about the space will be released in the near future.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino launches REHAB’s 10th Anniversary season with an all star lineup including Sublime with Rome and a Justice DJ Set to celebrate Las Vegas’ original and most indulgent pool experience. REHAB was featured on Travel Channel’s “21 Sexiest Beach Bars” calling it “the must-see place on a Sunday afternoon.” REHAB is home to the hottest bartenders, servers and, of course, a gorgeous crowd.

PRINCE, seven-time Grammy Award winner and Multi-Platinum artist, announced today that he will be embarking on a nine-city West Coast U.S. tour this Spring. The tour will introduce to PRINCE’s fans his new, all-female backing band, 3RDEYEGIRL, featuring guitarist Donna Grantis, bass guitarist Ida Nielsen and drummer Hannah Ford. PRINCE and 3RDEYEGIRL will make a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for four shows on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. Tickets are on sale now.3RDEYEGIRL recently made their national television debut on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” in which PRINCE and the band performed his newly released song “Screwdriver” and classic tune “Bambi.” New music from PRINCE is available exclusively at, including “Screwdriver,” “Breakfast Can Wait” and “RNR Remix 7,” and more.

The Clark County Fair & Rodeo is at Clark County Fairgrounds Apr 11th to 14th. The Clark County Fair had its beginning back in 1965. Known as the Moapa Valley Fair, it was held at the Overton Community Center. Compared to the present day fair, this first fair was small in size. Nevertheless, it had all the flavor and elements of a good old county fair. From this simple beginning, the Moapa Valley Fair became an annual event. Each year new attractions were added, such as a carnival midway, junior livestock show, and a rodeo. Throughout the seventies and early eighties, the fair took place at various locations in the community such as the local park, churches and schools. Each location lacked some key elements necessary to house the ever growing and popular fair. In 1981 the fair committee decided to pursue a more permanent location for the fair. This committee, under the direction of Grant M. Bowler, was able to obtain 190 acres of ground in Logandale from the BLM. With a grant from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the State Legislature construction began. Many others also contributed their resources to aide in the development of the new fairgrounds. In 1986 the Moapa Valley Fair officially changed its name to the “Clark County Fair”. By 1988, the property had been cleared and fenced. Four buildings, a rodeo arena and various landscaping had also begun to take shape. In April, although the buildings were not yet completed, the very first Clark County Fair was held. Since that time, the fair has grown rapidly. With great effort from many volunteers, new buildings, bleachers, stages and animals facilities have been added. In 1997 due to the ever so popular Rodeo, the fair once again changed its name. Now known as the Clark County Fair & Rodeo over 80,000 patrons come to the fair every spring. It has been the combined work and efforts of many volunteers that have developed and managed the Fair and successfully produced an old-fashioned, family oriented fair for so many people to enjoy. With a part time staff of four, and over 500 volunteers working together, we pledge to continue to bring this flavor and fun to each and every Fair!

A crossover artist who appeals to both country and pop fans, Shania Twain is in a category all by herself in the music industry. She won five Grammy Awards. She sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. She landed 18 songs on various Top 10 lists. And she essentially broke the mold for women entertainers by setting a new standard for a strong, sexy, sassy and totally feminine presence onstage…which ultimately pleases men too! It has been eight long years since Twain performed live, and now — like a leopard — she’s come roaring back in fine form to embark on a two-year residency in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Shania: Still the One continues her tradition of melding country sensibilities with unadulterated pop energy, and if the show follows course, it’s sure to be a huge success. Her first shows this month will be April 2 – 6.

CinemaCon, the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), with more than 5,000 industry professionals on hand from the worldwide cinema industry, will be held from April 15 – 18, 2013, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The CinemaCon schedule will be broad, diverse, educational and fun, and will feature the largest cinema trade show in the world.

This is your chance to watch her Talk That Talk and walk that walk! Rihanna is back on stage in 2013, celebrating her new album, Unapologetic. From “S.O.S.” to “Unfaithful” to “Disturbia” and “Don’t Stop The Music”, Rihanna’s lengthy list of chart-toppers have helped her become one of the hottest entertainers on the planet. Grab Rihanna Diamonds Tour Tickets now! April 13, Rihanna & ASAP Rocky will be at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

National Association of Broadcasters will be at the LVH this year with nearly 100,000 attendees.

Celine Dion has extended her run at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for another five years.

As I said…April is a great time to be here.
April 10, Def Leppard, The Joint Hard Rock Hotel
April 11, New Order, The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan
April 12, Jerry Seinfeld, Caesars Palace Colosseum
April 13, Rihanna & ASAP Rocky, Mandalay Bay Events Center
April 12, Spiritualized, House of Blues
April 12, Garbage Pearl Concert, Theater At Palms Casino Resort
April 12, Def Leppard, The Joint Hard Rock Hotel
April 12, Vampire Weekend, The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan
April 12, Jay Leno, Mirage Hotel
April 13, The Ultimate Fighter, Mandalay Bay Events Center
April 13, Jerry Seinfeld, Caesars Palace Colosseum
April 13, How to Destroy Angels, Palms Resort
April 13, Jillian Michaels, Cox Pavilion
April 13, Def Leppard, The Joint Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
April 13, Don Rickles, The Orleans Hotel
April 13, Jay Leno, Mirage Hotel
April 14, Romeo Santos, The Joint Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
April 14, Don Rickles, The Orleans Hotel
April 15, Beach, House House of Blues
April 16, The Xx, The Joint Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
April 16, A Day To Remembe,r House of Blues
April 17, Of Monsters and Men, Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan
April 18, Hot Chip, The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan
April 17, Danzig & Doyle, House of Blues
April 19, Kenny Chesney, The Joint Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
April 19, The Postal Service, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
April 19, Daniel Tosh, Mirage Hotel
April 19, Tim Allen, Venetian Hotel & Casino
April 19, Jeff Bridges, Santa Fe Station Casino
April 20, Bon Jovi, MGM Grand Garden Arena
April 20, Joe Bonamassa, Palms Casino Resort
April 20, Band Of Horses, The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan
April 20, Kenny Chesney, The Joint Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
April 20, Daniel Tosh, Mirage Hotel
April 20, Tim Allen, Venetian Hotel & Casino
April 26, Whitney Cummings, Treasure Island Hotel
April 26, Ron White, Mirage Hotel
April 26 & 27, Prince with 3rd Eye Girl will be at the Hard Rock Hotel
April 27, Zac Brown Band, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
April 27, Ron White, Mirage Hotel
May 03, Tony Bennett at the Caesars Palace Colosseum
May 03, Kottonmouth Kings at the Hard Rock Cafe
May 03, Paramore at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel
May 03, Carlos Mencia, Treasure Island Hotel
May 03, Aziz Ansari, Mirage Hotel
May 04, Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Robert Guerrero, MGM Grand
May 04, Monster Energy Supercross Finals, Sam Boyd Stadium
May 05, Cinco de Mayo
May 08, San Gennaro Feast
May 10, PBR Professional Bull Riders, Mandalay Bay Events Center
May 10, The Osmonds, The Orleans Hotel
May 10, Kevin James & Ray Romano, Mirage Hotel
May 11, PBR Professional Bull Riders, Mandalay Bay Events Center
May 11, Foreigner, Sunset Amphitheatre, Sunset Station
May 11, the Osmonds, The Orleans Hotel
May 11, Kevin James & Ray Romano, Mirage Hotel
May 12, Mother’s Day
May 12, the Osmonds, The Orleans Hotel

For dates and times, be sure to log onto the Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide: is, of course, the place to read the reviews of all of the shows that are in town so that you can be better informed as to what you should expect from a certain production. The reviews are updated as needed to give you the knowledge you need to spend your entertainment dollars better.

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