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Jennifer Lopez performs at the Colosseum on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Caesars Palace.
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Kurt Melien of Live Country.
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Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach enjoys household time in La Jolla, Calif., after returning to the United States from his annual Italian travels, many of our Strip personalities have actually stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of knowledge. We continue today with alcoholic drink king Salvatore Calabrese and Kurt Melien, just recently called president of the Las Vegas Live Nation office.
Las Vegas is hailed as the Entertainment Capital of the World, and Kurt Melien assists make Las Vegas more effective than ever in the home entertainment classification. He supervises business for Live Country’s North American Concerts Department in the region and has high expect the city’s future.
Before transferring to Live Nation, Kurt acted as vice president of home entertainment at Caesars Entertainment, where he supervised programs and operations of Caesars’ home entertainment locations.
During his period, Caesars grew to be among the biggest performance marketers in North America (No. 6), selling more than $3.5 million in tickets in 2014, as reported by Pollstar.
How did you enter the music/entertainment market?
8 years earlier, Caesars Home entertainment (Harrah’s Entertainment at the time) offered me a fantastic chance to deal with the live home entertainment programs for their profile of regional gambling establishments.
That led to a function managing the programming for their Las Vegas theaters and eventually managing the complete business. I made the transition to Live Nation in late 2014.
What does your existing position at Live Country require?
As one of the largest performance marketers in the city, I promote performances both big and small across a variety of venues. I bring the artists to town, and through a collection of marketing efforts, my group and I make sure that fans understand about each occasion and get tickets in their hands.
Above all, a major part of my role is to act as an ambassador for the city, spending substantial time speaking with music agents and artist supervisors explaining why Las Vegas might be a fantastic fit for their customers.
Exactly what is the next big thing to come in Las Vegas entertainment?
Beyond the expansion of artist residencies, I think a brand-new generation of supper theater item will be the next big thing in live entertainment.
Individuals are looking for something beyond the traditional star chef dining establishment experience, and they wish to be entertained. There are some working titles swirling out there, and I hope one lands in Las Vegas soon.
How does nightlife/entertainment in Las Vegas compare to other cities?
From a tourist point-of-view, this city is headliner, brand or title driven. It’s that simple. If you know that, you understand the Las Vegas home entertainment scene. It applies to all categories, from magic to Broadway to music.
Entertainment in other cities serves a larger variety of tastes throughout a higher number of formats, however, here in Las Vegas, the more comprehensive population of travelers is trying to find immediate name recognition.
What do you think the entertainment industry will appear like in the next couple of years in Las Vegas?
Artist-centric programs will remain to be a growing number of appropriate. Cirque du Soleil shows like “Michael Jackson One” and “The Beatles’ Love” will certainly remain to be strong, while we will see the resident business grow with more contemporary artists presenting themselves in a way distinct to Las Vegas.
Also, the advancement of the brand-new Las Vegas Arena will play a major function in guaranteeing that the city remains dominant in the big event and show touring area by remaining competitive with international cities with huge new arenas.
Exactly what are some upcoming shows, residencies or nightlight entertainment that people should be sure to look into?
It’s an exciting time today as a growing number of artists are keen to come to Las Vegas. It’s very similar to the development in the nightclub world, where leading DJs now make the option to provide themselves in Las Vegas routinely versus other opportunities in the country and the world.
In the pop world, Britney Spears was a pioneer in this paradigm, which show has provided extraordinary value, driving added inspiration for younger fans to go to the city and creating new interest in the resident area.
Next year, we will see Jennifer Lopez sit down and start her residency; again, the only location a fan can see her in North America. No other city has that!
We are really delighted to host Pitbull for a seven-show run in the fall, one of the most vibrant male entertainers out there today.
And Big Bang, among the biggest K-Pop acts on the planet, has picked Las Vegas as one of just 4 cities in the united state to go to.
It’s thrilling to see pop stars choosing Las Vegas over other worldwide destinations like New York, London and L.a.
Check out our other visitor column today from cocktail king and master mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, who runs his Bound by Salvatore bar at the Cromwell. On Monday, Holly Madison sits for 10 Concerns, and Anita Mann provides us a sneak peek at the 2016 “Fantasy” calendar shoot.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has actually been a journalist 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 play area.
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Planet Hollywood Resort and Gambling establishment
Catering to the young and modern crowd, World Hollywood is a one-stop buy entertainment with its huge shopping mall, slew of dining establishments, spacious gambling establishment and clubs.
The setting of the casino is retro-chic fulfills modern with black granite floors throughout and vibrant LED lights throughout the space. The style brings into the 100,000 square-foot gambling establishment with 250 flat screens completing slots. The gambling establishment is also the home of 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There’s likewise the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas’ largest shopping malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Shop.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their cravings at one of the gourmet dining establishments in World Hollywood, like the non-traditional method to steakhouses at Strip Home or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still trying to find more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave bars.
Possibly among the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of “Peepshow.” The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the ordinary Vegas partially nude testimonial. The “Peepshow” phase has seen going to superstars like Frightening Spice Mel B, “Dancing with destiny” Kelly Monaco and Playboy’s Holly Madison.
3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Transportation yourself to the luxurious and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can anticipate in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 spaces and suites in 5 towers, including the brand-new luxury shop Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the completely remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of pc gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker space and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two lots dining establishments, a four-level mall, 4 pools, a medspa, Pure and Poetry clubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining alternatives consist of dining establishments from world-renown chefs Individual Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know exactly what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
3570 S. Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109