August 2021

This is the 21st year anniversary of this newsletter. With both the entertainment news and show reviews, my goal has been to let people know what to expect when they come to town or want to go to a show. I am proud to have been able to bring you the news of what is happening in Las Vegas entertainment, and I look forward to the years to come.

August is a relatively slow month in Vegas…well; it’s just too damn hot!  July is recorded as the hottest month of the year, but it is so dry that you don’t really feel it.  August is monsoon season…so we get a lot of afternoon thunderstorms…which adds a lot of humidity to the air…so it feels a lot worse than July.  Most of the entertainment announcements in August are for productions that are months away.

Most of Vegas is open…most of the shows are open.  This new Delta variant has everyone back in masks.  We’re still in a world that we can’t count on.

August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and its predecessor, the Julian calendar. The month of August was originally named Sextilis in Latin since it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar. It became the eighth month with a length of 29 days around 700 BCE when January and February were added to the year. Julius Caesar added two days to the month around 45 BCE. It was later renamed to honor Augustus Caesar in 8 BCE. It is considered the busiest time for tourism because it falls in the main school summer holiday period. Its birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy which represents beauty, strength, love, marriage and family. The birthstone for August is the peridot or onyx.

August is an interesting is:
Admit You're Happy Month, National Golf Month, and Romance Awareness Month.
Some of the interesting day designations are:
3 National Watermelon Day
4 U.S. Coast Guard Day
5 Work Like a Dog Day
6 National Mustard Day, and Wiggle Your Toes Day
8 Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day!
9 Book Lover's Day, and Chinese Valentine's Day/Daughter's Day - 7th day of 7th Lunar Month
10 Lazy Day, along with National S'mores Day
11 Presidential Joke Day, along with Son and Daughter Day
12 Middle Child's Day
13 Left Hander's Day, it’s my day!
14 National Creamsicle Day
15 Relaxation Day!
16 National Tell a Joke Day
17 National Thriftshop Day
18 Bad Poetry Day
19 Aviation Day
20 National Radio Day
21 National Spumoni Day and Senior Citizen's Day
22 Be an Angel Day, and National Tooth Fairy Day
23 Ride the Wind Day
24 Vesuvius Day
25 Kiss and Make Up Day
26 National Dog Day and Women's Equality Day
27 Global Forgiveness Day and Just Because Day
29 More Herbs, Less Salt Day
30 Frankenstein Day and Toasted Marshmallow Day
31 National Trail Mix Day

The MAGIC convention is coming to town August 9 – 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This show usually kicks off the start of the fall convention season. The fall show of MAGIC usually brings in close to 100,000 people, but there’s no telling yet just how many people are going to show up.  MAGIC is the world's largest fashion marketplace, comprised of eleven unique communities showcasing the latest in apparel, footwear, accessories, and manufacturing. Every February and August the retail industry convenes in Las Vegas to spot and shop the latest trends. From its humble beginnings, it is now a huge convention that is in town, twice a year.


Summer just got hotter since live entertainment and special events are back at Hard Rock Live on the Las Vegas Strip! From UFC viewing parties to rock, EDM, hip hop and Latin, there’s something for everyone at Hard Rock Live.

DATE:   Saturday, August 7, 2021 / Doors open at 5 p.m.
EVENT: UFC 265 Viewing Party


DATE:   Thursday, August 19, 2021 / Doors open at 9 p.m.
EVENT: Tono Rosario


DATE:   Saturday, August 21, 2021 / Doors open at 8 p.m.
EVENT: Elation presents: Fleming & Lawrence

DATE:   Saturday, August 28, 2021 / Doors open at 8 p.m.
EVENT: RVLTN presents: MitiS
PRICE:   $25-$35 GA

DATE:   Saturday, September 4, 2021 / Doors open at 5 p.m.
EVENT: UFC 266 Viewing Party

DATE:   Tuesday, September 7 – Thursday, September 9, 2021
EVENT: Pinsanity

DATE:   Friday, November 19, 2021 / Doors open at 9 p.m.
EVENT: Grupo Niche

Shows at The Chelsea include Rise Against (Aug. 20), Dane Cook (Aug. 21), Sech (Aug. 28), Death Cab For Cutie (Sept. 15), John Legend (Sept. 18), Quinn XCII (Oct. 3), Billy Idol (Oct. 16, 17, 22 and 23), Old Dominion (Nov. 5 and 6), Evanescene + Halestorm (Nov. 12), Cody Jinks (Dec. 2 and 3) and BROCKHAMPTON (April 8).  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has remained at the forefront of the entertainment scene for more than a decade.


MINDFREAK returns an already sold out audience in its custom-designed stage in the Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.  MINDFREAK is a creative and technological wonder featuring Angel’s ground-breaking illusions and revolutionary magic, including his signature levitation voted “The Greatest Illusion of All Time” by the most prestigious magic organization in the world, the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Vanish – the largest magic publication worldwide. 


After being stuck deep in Uranus for more than 15 months, OPIUM’s Captain Kunton and his plutonic crew are ready to touch back down at the OPIUM Theatre inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sept. 24, 2021.  Passengers for the Starship OPM 73 can finally return on board with adult-only in-flight entertainment once again performed by the ridiculously talented crew including Rob the Robot, Lieutenant Harriet, Nurse Chardonnay and Chip the fresh cadet.


 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is pleased to welcome alternative rock band, Deftones, to The Chelsea stage Friday, April 22 with a special guest performance from Gojira. The much-anticipated announcement comes on the heels of the band's immense success with ten million albums sold worldwide as of 2019. Emerging from Sacramento in 1988, Deftones created a name for themselves after touring endlessly and promoting their debut studio album Adrenaline. Quickly paving a path to success, the group received creative and critical high watermarks on 2000's White Pony which later earned them their first platinum certification by the RIAA. Going on to receive a GRAMMY® award for "Best Metal Performance" in 2001 for hit single "Elite", Deftones continues to be one of the most influential and impactful alternative groups of its presence.


 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announces the return of the Boots on the Boulevard Concert Series to The Chelsea for the fifth consecutive year during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), Dec. 2 – 11 in Las Vegas. The series kicks off with country star Brantley Gilbert (Dec. 4) followed by all-star performances from Cody Johnson (Dec. 8 & 9) and multi-Platinum entertainer Dierks Bentley (Dec. 10 & 11).


Tape Face is on the move to Harrah's Cabaret! The show's residency at the all-new Harrah's Las Vegas began in 2018 at House of Tape where audience demand rapidly outgrew the space, ultimately transitioning into Harrah's Showroom last fall. Tape Face will perform at 6 p.m. in Harrah's Cabaret Wednesday to Sunday.  The Tape Face cast and crew is thrilled to remain a go-to destination for Vegas tourists. Whether guests are laughing in the crowd or invited on stage to help bring the comedy to life, Tape Face instills a sense of community during the show's interactive moments. 


 In appreciation of the warm welcome and overwhelming support since its debut, 27 – A Musical Adventure is extending a special ticket offer of just $27 (plus tax and fees) for Nevada residents. To redeem this offer, locals must use this link:

27 'A Musical Adventure' The Ultimate Tribute Concert at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas -

27 – A Musical Adventure first debuted at L.A.’s legendary Troubadour on March 10, 2020, to a standing room only crowd of more than 400 that danced and cheered for more than two hours as top tribute artists and studio musicians brought the legends of rock back to life.  Narrated by actor and television personality John O’Hurley, 27 – A Musical Adventure is produced by Ramy El-Batrawi and co-written by Batrawi and James D’Alessandro. Musical Director Erik Himel and vocal coach to the stars, Roger Love as Vocal Director, round out the team.


Daughtry will hit the road for an upcoming headlining tour this fall featuring rock legends and fellow collaborators Sevendust, Tremonti and Travid Bracht, making a stop at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, on Sunday, December 5.  Local pre-sales will take place Thursday, July 22 from 10am - 10pm local time, and the official on-sale begins on Friday, July 23 at 10am local time.


Coming off his hugely successful outdoor run, the Hot Summer Nights Tour 2020, as the first-ever stand-up comedian to embark on a drive-in comedy tour, renowned comedian, podcast host and author Bert Kreischer will bring The Berty Boy Relapse Tour to Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 25. The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.  Kreischer is known for his unique brand of comedy, which interweaves party-boy antics with humorous anecdotes about family and fatherhood. Currently, Kreischer is filming Legendary Entertainment's movie, "The Machine," alongside "Star Wars" actor, Mark Hamill – an adaptation of the viral story Bert told onstage about getting involved with the Russian mob while studying abroad in college, which has been viewed more than 85 million times online. 


2CELLOS announces dates for their 2022 U.S. Tour, which stops at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, on Thursday, April 14. The announcement is made in celebration on what marks their 10th anniversary as a duo. The news arrives on the heels of their latest single releases, “Demons,” a haunting version of the Imagine Dragons’ hit song, 2along with 2CELLOS’ staples i.e., “Thunderstruck” (AC/DC), “Smooth Criminal” (Michael Jackson), and their Game of Thrones medley.


 Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bruno Mars will postpone his Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 performances at Park Theater. The rescheduled dates are Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28.  Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates with no action needed. Should ticket purchasers not be able to attend, a refund can be requested until August 13, 2021. Once the refund window is closed, all sales are final.  Guests who purchased "A Trip to Mars" Luxury VIP Experience should call (866) 882-0432 to discuss options.


Jeff Civillico will be filling in for Mac King at Excalibur Hotel & Casino August 3-7.


The boundary-breaking hologram concert spectacle, AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM CONCERT, featuring the voice of one of the world's greatest entertainers virtually performing among a live band, backup singers and dancers while being surrounded by cinematic special effects will make its North American debut with an extended residency at Harrah's Las Vegas starting Oct. 26, 2021.  Produced and created by BASE Hologram in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and in association with GFour Productions, AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY is presented through state-of-the-art, proprietary holographic technology that creates a "breathtakingly convincing hologram of the late, great American superstar," (Telegraph UK). AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY takes audiences on a musical journey through Houston's storied career using unmatched theatrical stagecraft paired with a live four-piece band, backup singers and dancers all set to digitally remastered arrangements of Whitney's biggest hits and fan favorites, including "I Will Always Love You," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "The Greatest Love of All" and an on-your-feet cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love."


Join your favorite characters from through the looking glass as a unique production of the famed Alice in Wonderland comes to The Space every Sunday in August.  After two highly attended afternoons in July, the musical and puppetry production of the timeless classic has been extended due to popular demand.  The production of Alice in Wonderland is every Sunday in August at 2 p.m. The Space encourages all local children's charities in Las Vegas to reach out and claim up to 30 complimentary tickets per performance.  The Space is committed to bringing a wide variety of family-friendly programming to the community-based performing arts center. 


Las Vegas, get ready for world-renowned performance group iLuminate™ (pronounced "i" "luminate"), as they invite audiences to 'get lit' during their brand new production show at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod beginning this summer. With the show's 10 p.m. timeslot, iLuminate™ is the ultimate Vegas night out and the most full you'll ever have in the dark blending music, dance, comedy, technology, and art from the group named "Best New Act in America" by America's Got Talent.  Featuring some of the city's best dancers and comedic hosts, iLuminate™ will take viewers on an exhilarating and interactive journey through several styles of dance and music in this mind-blowing, multi-sensory night out. 'Getting lit through the ages' is the premise of the show which combines state-of- the-art technology with 'electrifying entertainers performing in the dark to create an incredible visual arts experience.


August is a slow month for our city…September will be crazy. 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.