TheTropicana is hosting a celebration of Mexican Independence day (not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo) in the form of Mariachi USA Fiesta, a 90-minute Mariachi music review that has played to sold out audiences at the Hollywood Bowl for 22 years. It is scheduled at the Nikki Beach Club, which seems to be attracting all sorts of great acts since its renovation. A good selection of both modern and traditional music will keep you dancing the entire night. For more information, head to Mariachi USA Fiesta and be sure to check out our great deal on a hotel there to complete your stay in style.
We decided to give you real-life Jersey Boys along with some reality TV Jersey in Las Vegas today, beginning with the show Jersey Boys. Simply put, this is one of the best shows you’ll find in Vegas. Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and company as they make the journey from the streets of Newark, New Jersey to international superstardom and pop culture success, and the production of such hits as “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is phenomenal. It recently celebrated three strong years on the Strip and is primed for more success. It was rated #1 Best Show in Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal. For more information, visit their web site,check out our page on them, and we have a deal for the Venetian, and also for the Palazzo where they play.
In reality television Jersey news, Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzo took over LAX in the Luxor this weekend, hosting a party there. Ronnie Ortiz-Magro hosted Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel just a day later, and fellow cast members DJ Pauly D, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Deena Nicole will be in Vegas this weekend. It seems there’s no slowing down the Jersey Shore cast, as we reported earlier.
The cast of Jersey Shore is everywhere these days–Italy, Miami, and more–but most recently, the group has been making several appearances in Las Vegas. Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino recently went head-to-head in a contest of popularity and skill, with “The Situation” even heading to Jay Leno’s show for support, while “DJ Pauly D” got to enjoy some not-so-private time with Britney Spears at one of her concerts in Montreal on August 11, as well as being signed on to part of her Femme Fatale tour. He will also spin at the Palms, Rain, Moon, and Ditch Fridays for at least the next year. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi recently signed on for Dancing with the Stars, and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley will join both Snooki and DJ Pauly D on a spinoff reality show in the coming months. JWOWW will be in Vegas through Labor Day weekend, and recently slammed Abercrombie and Fitch’s “request” for cast members to stop wearing their clothes, stating in part, “Who tells people not to shop at there store?! I WOULD NEVER discriminate anyone from buying my clothes because I love all my fans!”JWOWW has also been under criticism for her recent dramatic weight loss and plastic surgery.
The cast recently wrapped filming of the fourth season in Italy, but could the residency of guys like Pauly D full-time in Vegas mean we could see the Jersey Shore: Las Vegas? We’ll have to wait and see. For now, get information on The Palms and see if you can catch a glimpse of the Jersey cast doing their thing! Also, don’t forget to get the brand new Vegas iPhone App here and track the hundreds of restaurants and hotels we have in our database, complete with reviews, photos, ratings, and contact information. Also, be sure to check out Vegas Hipster, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
MGM Resorts and Perini Building Company are locked in a battle that could eliminate the never-opened Harmon Tower, a luxury hotel that has not had a single guest. On Monday, MGM filed to Clark County seeking approval to use explosives to bring down the tower. Perini, the general contractor for CityCenter (where the Harmon is located on the north end) who is currently involved in a lawsuit against MGM, says they can fix the errors after inspectors found improper support, OSHA violations, and evidence from an engineering firm that if a major earthquake struck Vegas, it would collapse. MGM argues that it can’t be fixed yet Perini says that if the structure is imploded, signs of structural defects will be destroyed.
The Harmon was supposed to have 47 stories, but it was cut to 27 after inspectors found the errors in 2008, and never completed. Couple that with the recession, and MGM simply wants to cut their losses and get the approval to implode from a District Judge. If approved, it would take six months to prepare the tower for explosion and four to remove debris. There are plenty of other properties MGM owns, including Circus Circus, Mandalay Bay, and ARIA, and we encourage you to check them out while this gets resolved.
Parrotheads, this job’s for you. Jimmy Buffett and the Flamingo are hiring 250 workers for a new Margaritaville minicasino scheduled to open in October. It will replace Steakhouse 46 in the Flamingo and build on the existing Margaritaville bar and restaurant that is already a big part of the hotel, essentially connecting them at Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. Among the things included in the new casino are a 15,000-square-foot casino floor, 22 gaming tables, 220 slot machines and a “Five O’Clock Somewhere” bar. Positions for table game dealers, flair bartenders, and supervisors are available, among others. Interested applicants can apply online here or at the Caesars Entertainment Employment Center on Flamingo Road. If you’re interested in booking a trip to catch Margaritaville in all its glory, we’ve got your deal!
The Venetian and Palazzo Vegas hotels have each earned the coveted AAA Five-Diamond awards for excellence in hospitality, service, and excellence in providing customers with the best experience possible. For the Venetian, this is the fifth year in a row, and for the Palazzo, the third. We love being treated well at the hotels we stay at, so these are two to watch out for. What does a company that’s just won an award for hospitality do? Give back, of course! From August 22-26, guests and visitors alike will have the opportunity to go on a scavenger hunt of sorts to discover a diamond hidden somewhere different each day throughout each resort. Contestants must follow The Palazzo on Twitter at @PalazzoLasVegas and The Venetian at @VenetianVegas to receive the resorts’ clues posted daily. Don’t forget to follow @vegashipster on Twitter while you’re at it, and click the links for for deals on 5-Star rooms at the Venetian and great rates at Palazzo Vegas as well.
Caesars Entertainment Corp., with more than 50 properties in six countries, has narrowed its debt thanks in large part to its 10 Strip-area casinos. With casinos in other parts of the country temporarily closing down due to weather or simply not making money, Vegas-area casinos have shined. Even with customers actually visiting less, they are spending more money when they do, in large part to increased room fees and good demand. As we reported earlier, Project Linq is set to go, as well as completion on 662 unfinished hotel rooms in the Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker, which had record-setting attendance and a record prize pool of $190 million in June and July. Things are looking up for Caesars due in large part to Vegas. If you’d like to check out Caesars Hotels, we’ve got the link for you HERE.
One of the longest-running restaurants in America will have a new home on the Strip in Vegas, as by the end of 2011, Caesars will house Old Homestead steakhouse. The restaurant has been around since 1968. This version will seat 250 people and is 16,000 square feet. It will be designed to feature items reflecting the East Coast history of Old Homestead. It will replace Nero’s, which was located near the Colosseum theater. They are famous for being too much to eat in one sitting and promoting the four food groups–beef, beef, beef, and beef–while challenging patrons with items such as a 32-ounce ribeye. Old Homestead does have some prior experience feeding gamblers, as the Atlantic City location proves. For a place to stay while you pig out, check out our great deal on hotels. While you’re waiting for December and the grand opening, be sure to look at Caesars’ page on our site too.
Gambling in Las Vegas is a tradition dating many years back, as is losing money from doing so (for most people). This time, however, the Tropicana in Las Vegas is offering a special deal that really works against the whole “I lost all my money at the slots” thing–if you stand in line to get a free Tropicana player’s card, there’s a +EV promotion where you can play $200 in slots or video poker, and if you lose, you get an immediate $100 back in freeplay, with $100 more in freeplay if you come back 30 days or later. It’s like breaking even, if you have the discipline and time to come back. You must walk to the player’s club and insert your card immediately into the kiosk after you lose. There’s no marker to keep track of your remaining $100, so be sure to keep track of your pulls or hands. We love deals at Vegas, and if you’re a AAA member, you can head to the Tropicana and get deals on rooms with the following link: AAA Discount, Get 15% Off as well as reading up on your plan for dominating the slots on the Tropicana page. Enjoy!
If we got a hotel bill in the sum of $642,144, we’d be a little concerned, regardless of how swanky the hotel we stayed at was. In this instance, however, the Venetian hotel owner Las Vegas Sands says the Tea Party Nation of Tennesee reserved 1,637 room nights in the hotel for the period of July 14-18, then postponed and later cancelled their event, which is where the bulk of the fee comes from. The Tea Party Nation of Tennesee cited a lack of people willing to pay for the $399 weekend pass ($125 per day). The bill also includes an 18% interest charge of $87,996. The Venetian includes a great variety of amenities and perks, and should you choose to stay there (and not cancel), we’ve got all the information for you HERE.