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Las Vegas Sweeps Nightclub & Bar Awards

The Oscar’s are reserved for the Hollywood film elite. But the nightclub and bar industry has their own brand of national awards annually in Las Vegas. 

This year, Steve Wynn’s XS nightclub at the Encore in Las Vegas was the big winner that swept all seven nightclub categories at last week’s 2010 Nightclub & Bar Awards at the industry convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

XS won Mega-Club of the Year and New Club of the Year honors.  Tao, at the Venetian, won Nightclub of the Year. 

Much-decorated DJ Paul Oakenfold, who joined Rain nightclub at the Palms Hotel & Casino last year, won Resident DJ of the Year honors. The Palms also won Single Promotion of the Year for Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas also took home the Ongoing Promotion of the Year. 

Finally, Blush Boutique Lounge, located inside Wynn Las Vegas, gave Wynn properties three awards including the prestigious win for Lounge of the Year.

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Carlos Santana, Ganja & Bogeymen

Carlos Santana under hypnosis must feel he’s died, gone to heaven, then was  lucky enough to have been mysteriously reincarnated smack dab in Sin City.  To be honored and appear in a Las Vegas concert series no less, with ticket prices hovering in the rare ionosphere air, most likely exudes an unsurpassed nirvana feeling for the music icon that’s managed to live out his 1960s in 2009.  CarlosSantanaUSE

“Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits” is Santana’s new 72-show residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas that launches May 27, with 36 concerts planned for this year and 36 in 2010. 

With Santana anything is possible- and usually you can bank on it.  Talking and singing about love, light, and spirituality, you never know quite how to read him. 

What drives this man of superhuman music talent?  Some might arguably say it’s money and really his last stand to go for the gusto, with ticket prices for his new Las Vegas shows ranging from $79 up to $299 — which is a lot of money for many people in this economy. 

But their apparently all wrong; Santana says it hogwash:  “I have no clue about that. I’m more with, ‘This finger goes onto this note and it makes juicy sounds, and I’m going to make people dance and laugh.’  It’s not like I don’t care or I’m ignorant. It’s just that I’m not wired to have that insignificance on me other than what I’m going to get to give back to other people. 

His viewpoint on drugs, on the other hand, is a totally different matter. “I think that the solution to all of this stuff would be to legalize it, decriminalize it, reinvest all that money into teachers in schools.” says Sanatana. 

“If we would teach in schools the incredible sensation of climax that it feels to be of service to other people — like Mother Teresa, or Desmond Tutu or the Dalai Lama — smoking pot, and drinking tequila, and watching porno or whatever people do, it pales in comparison when you actually wake up to be of service to people.” 

I think we should legalize marijuana. I think Barack Obama should bring the brothers and sisters home — the soldiers. If I was to see him, I would go, ‘Listen to Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ and John Coltrane, and bring the boys home from the war now, like we did with Vietnam.’ They’re not going to come here. People in Vietnam did not come here to attack us after we left them alone. So let’s get rid of that fear, that fantasy, that stuff. Let’s get rid of the bogeyman, because the bogeyman is us looking in the mirror of each other.” 

So just maybe his residency in Las Vegas might also be his ticket for euphoric happiness, proving to offer a symbiotic relationship with his favored ganja.  Where Las Vegas is not really Amersterdam where anything does go, it’s somewhat friendly to marijuana smokers.  “Medicinal use” of course. 

After all, Nevada’s voters legalized marijuana for medical purposes in 2000. Patients diagnosed with a “qualifying condition” are allowed to possess small amounts of the drug.  They also are allowed to grow it for their own use. 

They are not allowed to grow it for lots and lots of other people and sell it to them.  But any licensed doctor can prescribe marijuana in Nevada. 

But regardless of Santana’s passion and love for good vibes, cannabis and dislike of bogeyman, his upcoming Las Vegas concert series will surely test the mettle of our local entertainment-based economy in these challenging times.

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Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel Prepares for Strong 2010

hardrockThe Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas recently topped off its 15-story, 374-room hotel tower, part of their $750 million expansion project.  The tower is expected to open this December and feature eight spa villas on the main level with direct access via walkway to the Hard Rock Hotel’s Beach Club swimming pool.  The tower will also boast seven penthouses, each with a different theme.

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Like Father, like Son: Motley Crue’s Vince Neil & Son Neil Wharton Perform in Las Vegas

neilwhartonA special free treat is in store this weekend for Motley Crue music lovers: Neil Wharton, 30, the son of Motley Crue’s vinceneilVince Neil, will make a rare stage appearance and sing as his dad in the Motley Crue tribute band Generation Swine.  The group will perform next to Vince Neil’s Ink tattoo parlor at O’Sheas casino in Las Vegas this Friday and Saturday, in free 7 p.m. warm-up parties for the weekend Motley Crue concerts at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.   The Joint performance will close the historic venue until a new one is built there and opens with the same name in April. 

Wharton, who now lives in Los Angeles and works as a full-time warehouse manager, sees his dad about 10 times a year.   Normally preferring punk rock versus his dad’s pop metal style, Neil Wharton began filling his dad’s shoes when Swine frontman Rob Gebhard suffered a heart attack last summer and the band needed a replacement. 

Wharton’s main purpose in performing is to raise money for the Skylar Neil Foundation that honors his sister, who died of cancer in 1995.

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Joint Closes Iconic Chapter in Las Vegas Music History

jointThe best bands and entertainers have performed at the legendary Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.   During its near 14-year run, The Joint has hosted the biggest names in entertainment as The Eagles, the Rolling Stones, The Beastie Boys, David Bowie, The Strokes, Robert Plant, Stone Temple Pilots, Tom Petty, Metallica, The Who, Steely Dan, Billy Joel, The Deftones- way too many to list.  But come this Saturday, February 7, the doors will shutter to the 2,000-seat venue as it is prepares for a bigger 4,000-capacity new The Joint that is planned to open in April. 

Saturday’s venue-closing performance will be from none other than the iconic rock ‘n roll Motley Crue, comprised of Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, and Mick Mars.  

Be ready for action through the last beat- and, perhaps, beyond.  The last time a similar venue closed was the Aladdin Theater in 1997.  With that closing the people left the concert and many yanked up their chairs as commemorative souvenirs.   Who know what will happen this time

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Largest Hotel in the World Planned for Las Vegas

The U.S. is in the midst of a choking recession.  But that’s not stopping a financially struggling Israel-based development group from planning to build the world’s largest hotel in Las Vegas.firstworldhotel

A holding company that includes the AFI Group, formerly known as the Africa Israel Group, is planning to soon go before the Clark County commissioners in Las Vegas for use permits to build a 6,475-room hotel, casino, and retail complex on 60 acres along Harmon Avenue, west of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. 

Currently, the largest hotel in the world is the 6,118-room First World Hotel in Malaysia.  But many of the largest hotels in the world are already in Las Vegas, including the 5,690-room MGM grand, the 4,408-room Luxor, and the 4,341-room Mandalay Bay and The Hotel resorts. 

Approval of the permits would give the group two years to begin construction on the project or seek an extension.  Permit approval would allow the development group to go to investors and banks seeking financing for the project.  No price on the project currently available.

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