Tag Archives: franco

Weekend Rewind: Anita Baker, En Vogue, Mat Franco and more


< img class=" photograph" src=" https://photos.lasvegassun.com/media/img/photos/2018/08/27/anita_baker_kabik_t653.jpg?214bc4f9d9bd7c08c7d0f6599bb3328710e01e7b" alt=" Image"

/ > Erik Kabik/erikkabik. com. Anita Baker has 3 more sold-out shows at Repetition Theater.

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018|midnight

Several Grammy winner Anita Baker thrilled her very first Repetition Theater audience at Wynn Las Vegas Friday night, taking the phase with an efficiency of “Woman Marmalade” before rolling out all her fan favorites and turning the glamorous room into a soul event. It was the first of 5 sold-out shows at Wynn for Baker, who’s concluding a dazzling phase career with her Farewell Concert Series tour this year. She’s back onstage August 29 and September 1 and 2 so strike those ticket apps if you wish to capture this famous vocalist live and face to face.

The two resident headliners who just recently returned to Vegas revealed extra dates over the weekend. Barry Manilow’s Westgate International Theater show is now selling tickets for efficiencies from September through February, and Barry’s on the books for dates each month through June. And Mariah Carey revealed 5 brand-new dates in the brand-new year for “The Butterfly Returns” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. She’s back on the Strip this weekend with concerts on August 31 and September 1, 2, 5, 9 and 10, while tickets for her February shows will go on sale this Friday.

Click to enlarge photo

Barry Manilow at the Westgate. Starlet Jennifer Finnigan from TELEVISION’s “Salvation” commemorated her birthday Saturday night in downtown Las Vegas with actor other half Jonathan Silverman at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Steakhouse at the D. After a customized “Redemption” carrot cake, the couple was spied partying with gambling establishment owner Derek Stevens and his wife Nicole at the Longbar.

Bear in mind that chart-topping, R&B- meets-hip-hop, collaborative cover “Whatta Man” from 1993-94? Be prepared to see it performed live when you have a look at “I Love the ’90s: The Vegas Program” at Paris Las Vegas this fall. Both great woman groups who put that song at No. 3 on the Signboard charts will be among the opening acts for the brand-new Strip production as En Style was just recently announced to be signing up with Salt-N-Pepa. Also planned for the kickoff performances October 12-27 at the Paris Theater are Rob Base (” It Takes Two”) and All-4-One (” I Swear”).

Mat Franco celebrated the third anniversary of his show “Magic Reinvented Nightly” Friday night at the Linq, honoring the milestone with Champagne and cupcakes with his crew prior to the program. The upstairs theater was called for the “America’s Got Talent”- winning magician last spring and he’s been carrying out 8 reveals a week there given that last summer.

There’s been a lot of F&B action at the Venetian and Palazzo lately and yet another brand-new location was announced recently. Mott 32, an award-winning dining establishment based in Hong Kong, will open its very first U.S. station at the Palazzo this winter, bringing a menu of authentic Chinese dishes bied far from generations. Executive chef Man-Sing Lee holds two Michelin stars and will team with Vegas-based head chef Alan Ji to create the new cooking experience.

Magician Mat Franco is feeling very much in your home at the Linq

Wednesday, Might 17, 2017|2 a.m.

Performing in a Las Vegas Strip display room with his name over the door was never ever a goal for Mat Franco. For that matter, neither was winning America’s Got Talent and its $1 million prize. The 29-year-old magician was completely delighted earning a living by revealing his things at little programs across the country before he arrived on AGT’s ninth season and took the reward; he’s still the only magic act to do so.

His life is changing again this summertime when his home on the Strip, the Linq Theater at the same-named hotel and casino, will be rechristened as the Mat Franco Theater in July. We caught up with the friendly, innovative star– winner of the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Strip Show in last year’s Las Vegas Weekly Finest of Vegas– to discuss his fast increase and the state of magic in Las Vegas.

You’ve been carrying out at the Linq for nearly two years now, around 600 shows. Still, does getting your name on the theater feel like an out-of-this-world experience? It’s actually amazing and I’m truly anticipating it. When I was told [the Linq] was going to do that, I still didn’t truly think it. It was never ever something concrete. It never crossed my mind, however having my own program in Las Vegas never ever crossed my mind. I just didn’t believe that would be a chance for me. In my mind, I was doing exactly what I liked and made a full-time living and was very happy. And I guess as an outcome of passion and effort, it blew up into something bigger. It’s one of those things I could never ever consider approved for a single second if I wanted to, it’s really beyond any goals or dreams I had maturing. I suggest, my objectives were reasonable, but even those would be considered insane; saying you wish to be a full-time magician sounds ridiculous.

You first carried out in Las Vegas as a 15-year-old at the Riviera. Exactly what was that like? Yes, it belonged to a young magicians showcase called destiny of Tomorrow at the Riviera. I sent out in an audition tape and they selected five people from all over the nation and it was a fantastic chance, and most likely somewhere in my subconscious it was something that made me aspire to do more. It was a big offer– I made the front page of the paper in my little home town and all that things. But it allowed me to book some more programs and also gave me a little taste of exactly what Las Vegas is about.

Was it your first time in Vegas? I had actually been once prior to when I was 12. I saved a bunch of loan so I could come out and study with Jeff McBride, who was a huge idol of mine growing up. He’s still living here in Las Vegas. I releaseded a three-day class with Jeff, and I saw Lance Burton [carry out], another idol of mine. I keep in mind viewing his TV specials as a kid.

It seems there utilized to be more magic programs, and more big magic-based productions, in previous ages on the Strip. What is your take on the magic landscape in Vegas today? I see magic on the up, actually. It’s rather strong. It definitely comes and goes in waves in the media and pop culture over the years, but with the mix of what you see on TV and a great deal of success in Vegas, I believe it’s really thriving at this point. I’m uncertain if the size of the production matters. Siegfried & & Roy are no longer here and Lance is retired, however it’s not disappearing. The face of magic is just altering and I think that’s a good idea. It has to progress with the times and end up being more modern, which’s exactly what I aim to do. But [Las Vegas] is certainly still the magic capital of the world.

Your theater will have a brand-new name however will there huge modifications to the show? Right now I’m working on a new introduction to the program, what people see when they can be found in and the show begins. It’s been a slow process but I’m fired up about the changes and they might be implemented prior to the name modification.

Have you been performing just recently beyond Las Vegas? I have. I simply began visiting a little this year. I did a few dates on the East Coast in Atlantic City and Connecticut and even in my home town in Rhode Island, and it’s been a great deal of enjoyable bringing the program on the roadway.

How different are those programs from the Vegas program? It’s just a different setlist, really. It’s type of the very same way artists look at it– there are specific staples I sort of need to keep in there, much like not playing hit tunes would bother individuals. It’s type of the same thing in magic. Perhaps they saw a trick on TV and wondered if it was a video camera trick, so they see it in person and know it’s genuine. But you likewise get to see different styles of locations. In Vegas, doing seven to 10 shows a week, the cool thing is you can play a smaller sized space. When you go on the road and play one program in one city, the location has the tendency to be bigger, some as big as 4,000 people. It’s actually cool to play those big spaces, and it makes the intimacy in Vegas that a lot more unique to come the home of.

After 2 years, has Vegas end up being home for you? I believe so. I thought I adjusted pretty quickly and easily but as each day goes by, I’m learning more things and discovering more things that make me question, How did I unknown this was here? It’s so cool. Now I understand a lot more, and it definitely feels like house. Vegas in many methods is type of a covert gem.

What was the last discovery that made you feel that method, that How did I not know this was here thing? Container Park! I heard a lot about it and walked by it many times … There’s a dining establishment near there that I enjoy called VegeNation, and you need to walk by Container Park to get there, however you don’t truly get the complete impact simply strolling by. I lastly stumbled in and couldn’t think there was this whole district therein.

Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly exists at the Linq Thursday through Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a 4 p.m. matinee program on Saturday. Discover more details at 800-745-3000 or matfranco.com.

Tonight in L.V.: Mat Franco TV watching, Tiesto, Sammy Ladeki, Tony Sacca


Aaron Garcia/ The Hakkasan Group

Hakkasan commemorates resident DJ Tiesto’s Grammy Award win Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at MGM Grand.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015|4:36 p.m.

Linq Headliner Mat Franco
Linq Hotel headliner magician Mat Franco.Launch slideshow “

“America’s Got Skill” champion magician and brand-new Linq Hotel headliner Mat Franco hosts the screening of his 2-hour NBC special “Mat Franco’s Got Magic” at the Linq Swimming pool. Our tour of his new headliner program and interview with Mat was posted Wednesday.

Longtime Las Vegas performer Tony Sacca will certainly be recognized with the 23rd star on the Las Vegas Strip on the walkway outside Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. Our interview with Tony discussing his three-decade career right here will certainly be posted next week.

Bubba Knight and Kathy Knight of Gladys Knight & & The Pips join with the Smith Center President Myron Martin and community leaders, plus Torrey Russell, creator of Broadway in the Hood for the inaugural gala benefit at Troesh Theater in the Smith Center for the “Sense of Happiness Theatricals” preview of upcoming productions including “Dreamgirls,” “Violet” and “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Four-time WWE champ and MMA star Alberto El Client will be the color analyst of the brand-new NBC Universal live-event series beginning at Downtown Las Vegas Occasions Center. The Combate Americas (La Jaula) cage will host co-main events with welterweight star Ozzie Alvarez facing undefeated Justin “Tactician” Patterson and relentless John “Attractive Mexy” Castaneda fighting former Marine Justin “The Therapist” Governale.

Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie and former member electronic violinist Lydia Ansel reteam for the 25th anniversary Shade Tree houseparty in Henderson.

Sammy Ladeki tosses a Treats for 2 party– pair of alcoholic drinks and a dessert for $22– to commemorate the second anniversary of his Sammy’s Dining establishment and Bar in Environment-friendly Valley to benefit the Dave Rice Structure.

Pia Zadora and George Wallace are two of the guests for Dennis Bono’s totally free radio and Web TV program taping at South Point for broadcast all weekend.

Tiesto is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand. He’ll be there for New Year’s Eve, too, it was announced this week.


Our weekly Weekend Star Preview includes brand-new Axis at Planet Hollywood headliner Jennifer Lopez pausing from shooting her detective series on the streets of New york city to explore her new theater, perform at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Celebration at MGM Grand Garden Arena and host a celebration at Chateau Club in Paris Las Vegas.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” fame has actually been a reporter for a bit more than 50 years and has invested the previous 15 years offering readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Home entertainment + Luxury Elder Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, provides 5,044 spaces and suites.

MGM Grand showcases KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.

The resort provides signature dining establishments by celebrity chefs consisting of Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & & Grill and Michelin 3 star and Forbes Five Star dining establishment, Joël Robuchon.

As part of its ongoing “Grand Restoration,” MGM Grand has actually renovated all spaces and suites in its main tower and is adding a number of new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (can be found in April 2013).

MGM Grand also showcases a cutting edge, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Day spa, Cristophe Hair salon, “CSI: The Experience” and an inviting pool complex including the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.

Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Trademark at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located nearby to the main resort.

3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas, NV 89109

Hakkasan Hakkasan is the brand-new five-level 80,000-square-foot upscale restaurant, lounge and dayclub and bar in the MGM Grand that is opening April 18 in the space formerly inhabited by Studio 54. On the very first floor is Hakkasan’s main dining-room, a Cantonese dining establishment embellished with lattice cages. The restaurant is set to open May 3 and will be captained by Chef Ho Chee Boon. It will serve supper from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The Las Vegas menu hasn’t been released yet, however the business’s other places showcase soups, small plates, seafood, meats, poultry, tofu and veggies. On the second level is a private dining-room that will cater to restaurants with deep pockets. While the menu is the very same, the space offers a breathtaking view of the dining establishment below. The third floor brings the 10,000-square-foot Ling Ling lounge, an intimate nightspot that functions as a transition to the main bar upstairs. Above that? Another club: Hakkasan’s primary club. Hakkasan’s DJ lineup will consist of some of the most significant names in the electronic music industry: DeadMau5, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki. Other artists include Danny Avila, Dada Life, Bambi and Quintino. And above it, the Structure, an Asian garden with its own bar and DJ. Hakkasan’s nightclub will be open Thursday through Sunday, from 10 p.m. up until “late.” Guests need to be 21 years or older. Cover charge and table reservation rates differ. Online tickets for upcoming events start at $30 for basic admission tickets for ladies. Charges for males most likely are greater however aren’t listed. Reservations for the nightclub can be made at hakkasanlv.com or by calling 891-3838.
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas, NV 89109

Magician Mat Franco headings at Linq Hotel, lets audience guide shows


Cashman Photos

Tianna Scartabello, “America’s Got Skill” Season 9 winner magician Mat Franco, Season 2 winner Mirage headliner ventriloquism impressionist Terry Fator and his partner Taylor Makakoa on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Mirage.

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015|5:02 p.m.

Visitor Columnist Mat Franco
Guest columnist magician Mat Franco.Launch slideshow “

Mat Franco at Terry Fator