Saturday, July 19, 2014

360 Vegas Reviews: LAVO @Palazzo Summer 2012

After the tremendous success of their Tao Asian bistro/nightclub and more recently day club at Venetian, it was only natural to expect that the Strategic Hospitality Group would be asked to setup
their second location in Vegas when Las Vegas Sands started to build Palazzo.

The results have been pretty much the same.  This time focusing on Italian cuisine, LAVO and her nightclub have been able to recapture, not only the reputation for top quality dining but also another tremendously popular nightclub frequented by those that wish to be seen.

Vegas Mate Rating - 4/5 chips

                Mark and Keren Rate - 5/5 chips                           

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Million Dollar Quartet @Harrah's Fall 2013

Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee is famous for being the studio that brought Rock n Roll & subsequently Rockabilly, to the masses.  In the 50s, Sam Phillips recorded such iconic artists as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.  To grow Sun Studio, Sam had to realizing at one point, that he’d taken Elvis as far as he could and sold Elvis’ contract Colonel Tom Parker.  It’s reported that Elvis didn’t want to leave but understood it was necessary to further his career.  He would remain close with Sam and Sun throughout his career, especially considering they were both located in his hometown.

On Dec 4th, 1956, Elvis decided to pop into Sun studios to pay a visit to Sam. While there, he had a chance to check out the latest recording from Carl Perkins, who happened to have a new kid by the name of Jerry Lee Lewis playing piano for him during the sessions.  After chatting for a while, an impromptu jam session began between the 3.  At some point during the fun, John Cash stopped by and joined in. Fortunately for the world, the sound engineer thought it would be a good idea to record the session. Sam Phillips realized the opportunity for some press and called the Memphis paper.  The next day, the paper released the iconic photo of the 4 playing together and dubbed the jam session the Million DollarQuartet.

In 2007, Million Dollar Quartet the musical came to stages and was a huge success, breaking box office records in some theatres.  It spent over a year on Broadway and has recently taken up residency at Harrah’s.

Location - Harrah's

Run Time - 90 minutes

Performance Times -
  • Mon & Thurs - 5:30 pm & 8 pm
  • Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun - 7 pm
Ticket Cost -
  • $72-97
  • Tickets available at Tix for Tonight
Restrictions - Family Friendly

  • It’s a theatrical telling of the real life jam session with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee
    Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins at Sun Studios in Memphis Tennessee

  • The music played during the show consists of some of the greatest hits from each
    artist, although the set list isn’t factually accurate.

  • Songs like Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues & I Walk the Line or Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls of Fire and a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On were not performed during this session. In fact, none of these songs were even released until 1957.
Vegas Mate Rating - 4/5 chips

Mark and Keren Rating - 3/5 chips

Sunday, July 6, 2014

E-139: The Block

Random Vegas
MGM Resorts owns the trademark rights for the term “Toptional”

Vegas Mate Review of the Week
AL from San Diego’s Review of DB Brasserie @Venetian – 4/5 chips

Twitpic of the week

This week’s winner, once again, won because of its significance to Vegas history, which, in the grand scope of things, is minimal.  It’s a photo taken by @Misnomer, or shared by @Misnomer, of the removal of the letter “L” in the LVH signage in the wake of Westgate’s purchase, a story we will get into shortly.  What is most fascinating is the scope of Vegas signage documented.  In this picture, you see that the crane carriage, symbolically removing the lettering “L”, giving proper scoop to the actual size of such a thing in Vegas.  For those of you not enjoying the enhanced podcast, it equates to about 4 to 5 times the size of a human.  While LVH will be little more than a smudge in the history of Vegas, this picture will properly document what it takes to attract the eyes of those on the strip to explore place removed from it.


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Coming Attractions

Bob Saget - 9/13   Diana Ross - 9/19   Kendrick Lamar - 9/6
Iggy Azalea - 7/26