Friday, Aug. 14, 2015|noon
In no chance believe that the Japanese art form of Kabuki is a spinoff of karaoke. This weekend’s spectacle of Kabuki around the Fountains of Bellagio will certainly be an amazing vision and not a sing-along!
The Strip will come alive in a manner never seen or envisioned previously. As our Senior Editor for Entertainment and Luxury Don Chareunsy wrote in the Las Vegas Sun on July 21:
“The Japanese art type of Kabuki will debut on the Las Vegas Strip in a never-before-seen phenomenon. Larger-than-life animation and water choreography will be featured in the Kabuki work ‘Koi Tsukami,’ or ‘Fight With a Carp,’ as a large fish and turbulent sea are projected onto the Bellagio Fountains in a battle scene.”
Japanese actor Ichikawa Somegoro will certainly battle with a carp from a 165-foot phase built in Lake Bellagio during the 5 30-minute programs this weekend. It starts tonight at 9:15, with two shows nightly at 9:15 and 11:30 Saturday and Sunday.
Bellagio officers tell me that interest has actually been large and far more than anticipated, so prepare for traffic tie-ups and diversions on the Strip in front of Lake Bellagio.
Group Lab and Wet, who produce the regular, remarkable dancing fountains show, have actually become part of the group with MGM Resorts International, Panasonic and Japan’s international ambassador and producer of Kabuki, Shochiku, to raise international awareness for Kabuki.
“It will be an elaborate, modern performance unlike anything Las Vegas and traditional Kabuki has ever seen,” stated one MGM officer.
Projection mapping by Japanese artists and Team Laboratory and water results by Wet will certainly bring the Japanese story to life in a Las Vegas-style production. Let’s really hope Thursday’s storm, making it the wettest day of the year, doesn’t dampen the program or the enthusiasm with tourists taking a trip from as far away as Japan for the spectacle.
As huge as this weekend’s Kabuki destination is, Las Vegas has lots of other draws to keep everyone delighted with music and funny. The only disappointment is that Aretha Franklin canceled her Caesars Palace show since of exhaustion from driving from Detroit to West Coast shows due to her long-held position of never ever flying.
Charitable occasions likewise get top billing this weekend with Planet Hollywood headliner magician Murray Sawchuck’s “Beggin’ for Magic” benefit at his Sin City Theater. Murray discussed the fundraising event on Thursday.
Special-needs kids will certainly be hosted with a day at Cowabunga Bay to benefit Grant a Gift for Autism. Our Epicurean Charitable Foundation will certainly host its Second Yearly Strikes for Scholarship bowling charity event at South Point on Saturday with cast members of The Australian Bee Gees, “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Rock of Ages” and The Spazmatics.
I likewise wish to request your support for our Make-a-Wish “Starry Night” advantage at Hyde Bellagio. Six-year-old Owen will command more interest than his red carpeting escorts NFL legend Jerry Rice, Bravo reality-TV star Mike Shouhed (“The Shahs of Sundown”) and poker star Mike Mizrahi, together with Coolio’s performance with Chyna Doll.
VIP tables are offered out, however there are basic tickets still available. The visitor list consists of the charming ladies and handsome hunks of “Absinthe,” Aussie Hunks, “For the Record: Baz,” “Defending the Caveman,” “Pin Up” and “ROA.” Owen’s mommy Kristen, now a nurse, was an aerialist at Studio 54 in MGM Grand and carried out in Cher’s programs at Caesars. Owen’s dad was an acrobat for Cirque du Soleil in “Viva Elvis” and “Michael Jackson One” and now works as a rigger at “Ka.”
The 2015 Las Vegas Movie Celebration is underway downtown with its CineVegas reunion, and let’s hope that there’s enough enthusiasm for a relaunch of CineVegas.
You can kick-start your weekend dance card of enjoyable Friday afternoon when singer-dancer Natalie La Rose hosts and performs at Ditch Fridays at Palms Swimming pool. Natalie, commemorating her single “Somebody” with Jeremih, is currently with 5th Harmony as the opening act of “The Reflection Trip.”
So let’s get our celebration weekend began as we relish the majesty of Kabuki. It resembles nothing you have actually ever seen prior to, just like our weekly Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, AUG. 14
Lee Ann Womack is at Golden Nugget Display room.
Heart is at Residence of Blues in Mandalay Bay for two nights.
Somewhat Stoopid and Dirty Heads is at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan.
Negligent in Vegas
Careless in Vegas is at the Smith Center.
Negligent Kelly is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.
Fortunate Youth and Inner Circle are at the Hard Rock Hotel pool.
Nashville Unplugged includes Danny Myrick and Felicia Barton are at Club Madrid in Sundown Station.
Gods & & Monsters is at Stone Station.
Empire Records is at the Showroom at Suncoast.
Movement Potion is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.
Dat Phan and The Alley Cats are at South Point.
OF SPEICAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Mike Love at Brooklyn Bowl on Oct. 2; Slaughter, Vixen and Steelheart at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Oct. 2; Daughtry at DLVEC on Oct. 17; Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin and Absolutely nothing More at the Acid rock Hotel on Oct. 22; Kris Kristofferson and John Prine at Pearl at the Palms on Oct. 30; and Rod Stewart’s fifth-year go back to the Colosseum at Caesars from March 19 to April 5. He covers his fourth-year run Sunday night.
Loni Love unveils Venetian Rose at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.
The Huntridge Foundation and West Huntridge Community presents Rock ‘n’ Roll High School at Huntridge Circle Park downtown.
The Kabuki water choreography phenomenon is at Bellagio Fountains all weekend.
Mat Franco’s magic program is in previews at the Linq Showroom all weekend.
Hello Kitty’s Supercute Relationship Celebration is at the Orleans all weekend.
Natalie La Rose hosts and performs at Ditch Fridays.
SATURDAY, AUG. 15
Kelly Clarkson and guest Pentatonix are at Mandalay Bay Occasions Center.
Jordin Sparks is at Fashion Show shopping center.
Michael Franti & & Spearhead is at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Typical Kings is at Brooklyn Bowl.
Phil Vassar is at Railhead in Stone Station.
James Darren is at South Point for 2 nights.
Dennis Wise’s “King for a Night” Elvis Tribute is at Chrome Display room in Santa Fe Station.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young are at the Orleans for 2 nights.
Brandon Bennett’s “Elvis My Method” is at Suncoast Display room for 2 nights
Double Barrel Roadhouse launches DB Live! with Crossroad South.
Spectrum is at the Smith Center.
Loni Love headlines Lipshtick at the Venetian.
OF SPECIAL KEEP IN MIND
“A Starry Night” benefitting Make-a-Wish of Southern Nevada is dedicated to Owen, 6, at Hyde Bellagio.
Southern Nevada Annual Boot Scootin’ Advantage at Gilley’s Saloon in Treasure Island benefiting different programs and services, including Shannon West Homeless Youth Center.
It’s Mayorga vs. Camacho at the Joint in the Acid rock Hotel.
King of the Cage is at Eastside Cannery.
Mystikal is at Foxtail Pool at SLS Las Vegas.
Flux Structure is at Rehab in the Acid rock Hotel.
Lil Jon is at Give up in Steve Wynn/’s Repetition.
SUNDAY, AUG. 16
The Jesus and Mary Chain 30tth anniversary of “Psychocandy” is at Brooklyn Bowl.
Los Van Van is at Sam’s Town.
The Ave Skate Store & & Glassy Sunhaters Program Pre Celebration is hosted by professional skateboarder Mike Mo and visitors, with efficiency by Charli XCX at Rehab.
OF SPECIAL KEEP IN MIND
Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Crawford present “Beggin’ For Magic III” benefit Show at Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood.
Minus5 Ice Bar at Monte Carlo celebrates its 5th anniversary.
Check back Sunday with reports and pictures of the stars at work and play, plus visitor columns from Yusho at Monte Carlo chef Brian Lhee and Vegas.com’s Miranda Boyd with amazing “expert” deals.
Have a terrific weekend and stay cool and hydrated as temperatures soar up into those horrible triple digits again.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has been a reporter for more than 50 years and has actually spent the previous 15 years providing readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.
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