Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without music, from jazz to soul to swing. But what defines the city most at the moment is rock ’n’ roll. Here, a look at some of the city’s more hip happenings.
Since its November debut in Vegas’ newest hotel, the Palms Casino Resort, Ghostbar, the 55th-floor bar and loungehas attracted scores of scenesters looking for a rockin’ view — 450 feet up — of the Strip. The white and chrome Mod-industrial setting and open-air Ghost Deck are perfect for spotting visiting musicians, who lately have made this perch their hangout. Ghostbar, The Palms, 4321 West Flamingo Road, 702-938-8000. Open all night.
Earth, Wind and Fire
This multilevel, 25,000-square-foot nightclub/concert venue at the Palms has also become one of the hottest rocker spots in town. When it’s not hosting a headliner band, deejays spin dance music for those who actually like music, not techno-industrial pounding noises. It’s a little like a bigger Studio 54with fire, wind and water effects (hence its name). Rain in the Desert, The Palms, 4321 West Flamingo Road, 702-940-RAIN. Open Thursday-Saturday, beginning at 11 p.m.
For those who remember Rick Springfield from his "Jesse’s Girl" heartthrob days in the Eighties, this show is a must. The Australian singer is still as charismatic as ever and performs several highlights from his 30-year career. The show bowed in January 2001 and is set to run indefinitely. But if just Rick’s not enough for you, there are also 70 singers and dancers, 6,000 lights and, appropriately enough, given the theater’s name, 250 special effects. EFX Alive, Starring Rick Springfield at MGM, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South. For reservations, call 702-891-7777 or 800-929-1111. Showtimes are Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Self-proclaimed Elvis expert Chris Davidson opened his tribute museum to house his growing collection of memorabilia. Now it contains such treasures as an 80-foot-long mural, three of his cars (including his 1955 Cadillac limousine) and his speedboat. Of course, it also contains the requisite clothes, jewelry, piano and furniture. There are also eight live shows daily, either "All Shook Up," featuring 18-year-old tribute singer Justin Shandor singing the hits from the Fifties through the Seventies, and "The King in Concert," with Sonny Boline performing Elvis music circa the Seventies. Needless to say, a stop at the gift shop’s a must. Elvis-A-Rama Museum, 3401 South Industrial Road, 702-309-7200.Hours: 10 a.m. to7 p.m. daily.
And Still More Tributes
l If the shows at Elvis-A-Rama aren’t enough to satiate your appetite for the King and his music, check out Craig Newell, another acclaimed homage artist, doingthat swivel-hipped thing he does at Fitzgerald’s Casino Hotel on historic Fremont street. Tribute to Elvis at Fitzgerald’s Casino Hotel, 301 Fremont Street,702-388-2411. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Thursday-Monday.
l The Frontier Hotel and Casino has two shows designed to win the hearts of golden oldie fans: The first, "Rock ’n’ Roll Legends," covers rock greats like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond and, of course, Elvis, while the second, "Daytripper," focuses only on the Fab Four. Even those who don’t know all the words by heart will be happy to hum along. Tickets are $19. Rock ’n’ Roll Legends and Daytripper, both at New Frontier Hotel/Casino, 3120 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-794-8200. Showtimes daily
4 p.m. and Saturday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
l It’s almost too good to be true, but Las Vegas’ most visible (and tallest, at 115 stories) landmark, the Stratosphere, also houses one of the most entertaining tribute shows in town. This one features living legends-in-the-making, including Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson and Madonna and is suitable for fans of all ages. Tickets are $29.95. American Superstars at Stratosphere, 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-380-7711. Showtimes Sunday-Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Beauty and the Beach
Not that the pool at one of the hippest hotels in town needs any help attracting more females to its sandy shores (it’s built to resemble a beach)... but now the Hard Rock Hotel’s swimming hole is the home of a weekly party called "Pink Beach." The three-hour girlfest features free cocktails for the first hour and a plethora of beauty treatments like $5 nail polish applications, half-price Botox injections by a local plastic surgeon, seated massages and MAC cosmetics for sale.Chippendale’s dancers also provide poolside entertainment, along with the requisite deejays. And if you haven’t blown all your green on a wrinkle-free face, there’s gaming options in the main. Free admission for women, $10 cover charge for men. Pink Beach at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 4455 Paradise Road, 702-693-5000. Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.