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Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters have a new album to play at the Red Rock Resort

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Rob Fenn The Boxmasters take the stage at the Rocks Lounge on July 13

. There are pros and cons to having a motion picture star as frontman of your rock and roll band. Having a built-in fan base that will purchase records and show tickets definitely assists, however it might take longer to construct a following of devoted followers dedicated to the music.

Back on the plus side, there will constantly be fascinating items to sign.

” We’ll be out there aiming to promote our record and there will be a bunch of people with ‘Sling Blade’ posters,” states Billy Bob Thornton, who won an Academy Award for composing for that 1997 movie and is also the founder and leader of The Boxmasters. “However the weirdest thing I ever signed was when this woman came up to me holding a garbage bag and said her daddy was a huge fan of mine and she had something that a lot of individuals had actually signed, and she began naming off different individuals like Johnny Cash and a bunch of others. I stated, ‘Yeah, sure,’ and she pulled his artificial leg out of the bag. It was a little odd. But I enjoyed to do it. You do not see that coming around extremely often.”

The Boxmasters, returning to Las Vegas this week to carry out for the very first time at the Rocks Lounge at Summerlin’s Red Rock Resort Friday night, have been around for more than a years and released 7 albums of 1960s-influenced, bluesy and twangy rock. The band has been at it long enough to make that committed following beyond Thornton’s popularity, and he’s grateful. “All that other stuff has actually fallen by the wayside as the years go one. You keep beating them up and after a while there’s submission,” he says with a laugh. “We truly love our fans and we have actually had some really crazy fans, in an excellent way.”

The band is presently exploring behind new album “In Stereo,” which Thornton calls the group’s most different-sounding product so far. “In terms of sounds, this record covers anything from the late ’60s to the early ’70s,” he states. “We are influenced by The Beatles and The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield and Big Star, and people like that are reviewed this record. It’s nearly like a journey that way, however it begins with the later things and as the record goes on, the additional back it goes in regards to those sounds.”

The Boxmasters’ co-founder and guitar player J.D. Andrew states the procedure of putting together the album was a bit more experimental this time around. “This one is a little various sonically. We utilized two horn players, trumpet and sax, which we have actually never done prior to. We have a song called “Tahiuk” that we composed specifically to sound like Traffic, a band that Billy likes. He took me down the journey for that one and it brought out a bit of a free jazz noise. That’s different from anything we have actually done on any records due to the fact that it’s been drums, bass, guitar. It’s enjoyable to attempt other things however at the same time, it’s still us, it simply lets us extend a little occasionally.”

The Boxmasters tape-recording schedule has the tendency to flex around Thornton’s acting roles. Recently he’s been focused on the Amazon series “Goliath,” which released its second season earlier this summer season.

” The fantastic thing about ‘Goliath’ is it shoots primarily here [in Texas] where we live,” Andrew says. “Most of the time he’s shooting a mile or two from where I live. There have actually been times when I will evacuate the devices and take it down to his trailer, established and mess around with things in between shots. Or it’s a weekend occasionally where we’ll face the studio and cut 3 or four tunes. Recording and writing is what we like to do, however you don’t get that sensation of shared admiration when you’re simply in the studio. You have to get those songs out in front of people and get feedback immediately.”

The band has done that in Las Vegas many times, most just recently playing 2 nights at Smith Center for the Performing Arts last spring. Both Thornton and Andrew enjoyed the downtown place. “That place seems like Vegas. It’s a lovely space,” Thornton states. “I ‘d enjoy to shoot a show film because location because it has such an excellent want to it and sounds really good.”

Those gigs had the Boxmasters believing they ‘d like to come back to Vegas to play a series of shows, possibly even a mini-residency.

” Our show is a rock and roll show however extremely elegant,” Andrew states. “Billy informs the audience a couple of stories and discuss exactly what are tunes about and truly engages the audience. It’s not simply sitting there and paying attention to some tunes. However we’re not kids anymore so we’re not going to be jumping up and down all night.”

” Right, we’re not going to get decreased from the ceiling,” Thornton states with another laugh.

Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters perform at 8 p.m. July 13 at the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort (11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-797-7777) and more details can be discovered at stationcasinoslive.com.

Stalled Fontainebleau casino-resort to open in 2020 with new name

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Steve Marcus A view of the stalled Fontainebleau resort, right, on Las Vegas Boulevard South on Dec. 30, 2014. Fontainebleau was sold to New york city real estate companies Witkoff Group LLC and New Valley LLC for $600 million in August 2017.

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018|7:15 a.m.

. The Fontainebleau is no more. Call it The Drew Las Vegas.

The hulking, bluish casino-resort, which has sat incomplete on the Las Vegas Strip given that 2009 and became a poster kid of the Great Economic downturn, is now set up to open in late 2020 under a partnership in between hospitality huge Marriott International and New York-based global property company Witkoff.

The new luxury property, which will feature a casino and approximately 4,000 rooms and suites, announced Monday it will likewise be the home of the Strip’s first JW Marriott.

“It is going to be a design-forward structure, when we bring it all together, people are going to state, ‘I actually wish to come back,'” Steven Witkoff, chairman and CEO of Witkoff, informed The Associated Press ahead of the statement. “The structure here is so well conceived, even from nine years back, that there are a great deal of possibilities for us to put our imprint from a style standpoint on that home.”

The website near the Circus and SLS hotel-casinos, along with the Las Vegas Convention Center, has been inactive since 2009, about two years after independently held Fontainebleau Resorts LLC began deal with the $2.9 billion, 3,900-room project. The 63-story tower was 70 percent completed when the recession stopped building and construction.

Service mogul Carl Icahn and his company, Icahn NV Video Gaming Acquisition LLC, bought the residential or commercial property from bankruptcy in 2010 for $150 million. Witkoff and Miami-based financial investment firm New Valley LLC acquired it for $600 million in August.

“We believe that development is coming and is going to come here,” Witkoff said.

The prepared resort will include 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting area, along with a variety of entertainment, night life, retail and more than 20 dining options. The structure’s style has not been finalized, however the existing 8-and-a-half-acre pool deck will be “reimagined,” Witkoff said, in a manner that it will distinguish the property from others in Las Vegas and drive customers.

Marriot’s top-end, boutique-style “Edition” brand will debut in Las Vegas at The Drew. The company, whose commitment program has more than 100 million members, will manage the 3 hotels.

The Strip has not seen a casino-resort open because 2010, when The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas began operations.

Las Vegas hospitality industry veteran John Unwin, who took control of a half-finished Cosmopolitan in 2009, will be involved in supervising the development, launch and operations of The Drew through the consulting company 2 Blackbirds Hospitality.

Tony Capuano, executive vice president and international chief advancement officer at Marriott International, stated the business was particularly attracted to this job by the half-million square feet of convention and conference space, which would be amongst the biggest on the Strip.

“Las Vegas is certainly an amazing market, principally driven by leisure transients and group business, when you look at the facilities program for the complex, it is uniquely placed to benefit from both of those strong need sectors,” he stated. “Clearly, with almost 4,000 spaces, it gives you the scale and footprint to take on much of the big, widely known casino-hotels on the Strip.”

The Drew will be among 2 resorts expected to open on the northern end of Strip in 2020. The other scheduled task is the years-delayed multibillion-dollar Resorts World Las Vegas, which will accommodate Sin City’s Chinese and Chinese-American tourists. Both websites are within a mile (1.61 kilometer) of each other, in a less-trafficked location of the traveler passage.

The combined addition of 7,000 rooms to the area will come at the very same time that a mega growth of the Las Vegas Convention Center is expected to be finished. The firm responsible for promoting the location has projected that the 1.4 million-square-foot (130,064-square-meter) expansion together with a remodelling of the existing facilities will draw in 600,000 more visitors every year.

Witkoff said a bridge will connect The Drew to the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Our company believe this is a portion of the Strip whose time has come,” Witkoff said.

Incomplete Vegas casino-resort to open in 2020

The Fontainebleau on the Las Vegas Strip, seen under construction in this undated photo. (FOX5)
 The Fontainebleau on the Las Vegas Strip, seen under building and construction in this undated picture. (FOX5) The Fontainebleau on the Las Vegas Strip, seen under building in this undated photo.

( FOX5). LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP)-. The long-mothballed unfinished Fontainebleau casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip is arranged to open under a brand-new name in 2020. The 63-story bluish tower will be changed into The Drew Las Vegas under a collaboration between hospitality giant Marriott International and New York-based real estate company Witkoff.

” Exactly what you see there now is a skeleton of what you’re visiting in the future. That’s what people are going to remember,” Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak stated.

” These are jobs that are simply … sad,” Scott Roeben with vitalvegas.com stated. ” Everyone said (Fontainebleau) with type of a French pronunciation, it sounded absurd.”

The companies told The Associated Press ahead of the Monday announcement that the residential or commercial property will include a gambling establishment, roughly 4,000 rooms and suites, convention and meeting area, and a range of entertainment, night life, retail and dining options.

” To me, it was always a symbol of big thinking. Perhaps the timing was off, but I like anything that’s the most significant of anything or the shiniest of anything,” Roeben stated.

[RELATED: Never ever finished Fontainebleau on Vegas Strip to be concealed]

The site is near the Circus and SLS hotel-casinos. The high-end home will likewise be home to the Strip’s very first JW Marriott and the business’s top-end “Edition” brand.

The Drew will be among two casino tasks anticipated to open on the northern end of Strip in 2020.

” You see the shovels go to the ground in 2018 and the ribbons being cut in 2020,” Sisolak said.

” I think there’s still a lot of big question marks. Anything over a billion marks, I ‘d say just leave it as a question mark and be positive,” Roeben said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man detained for robbing M Resort'' s gambling establishment 3 times

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0 “width =” 180″/ > Gregory Bolusan (Image: LVMPD). HENDERSON, NV( FOX5) -. A man was jailed for robbing more than$ 63,069 from the M Resort’s gambling establishment last week, according to Henderson Police.

Police said Gregory Bolusan revealed a pistol and demanded loan from the M Resort’s gambling establishment cage on Aug. 24, Sept. 10 and Oct. 28. The first time, the cage staff member fled and so did Bolusan, with no money.

In his second effort, Bolusan entered the casino wearing the exact same clothes, with the same vehicle, went into the very same door, and using a weapon that looks the very same. He required cash and got it, taking more than $29,000, police stated.

In his third effort, cops stated he robbed more than $33,000, however was “captured and apprehended by M Resort security members. He once again drove the same car, parked in the very same area and gone into through the exact same doors, inning accordance with Henderson Authorities.

His license plates were covered by plastic bags and private investigators later determined his gun was fake, authorities stated.

Bolusan deals with three counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and 2 counts of burglary.

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Rita Rudner gets some household time at Red Rock Resort

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Rita Rudner carries out at the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort this

of all time, Rita Rudner is still playing Las Vegas after all these years. The acclaimed performer and very popular writer invested years at MGM Grand, New York-New York, Harrah’s and Venetian, making her the longest-running solo comedy act in the history of Las Vegas. She’s making a return to the stage at the Rocks Lounge this weekend, so I caught up with her to discuss off-Strip enjoyable, family business and keeping it real. You have actually played the Strip longer than a lot of. Exactly what’s it like to return to Vegas now and play off-Strip at Red Rock? I’ve performed at Red Rock three or 4 times already, and I’m still there [in Vegas] a lot. I have an apartment or condo there, and I still have my in-laws there, too. There’s a lot less traffic out there, which is great. I still love carrying out on the Strip and it’s still really interesting, but Red Rock is such a lovely casino. I truly appreciate the restaurants there and I enjoy that they developed a mall for me best throughout the street. It’s extremely thoughtful, actually. They’re building a ballpark there, too. Yeah, I won’t exist. Vegas has changed a lot throughout your profession here

. Has your experience carrying out here changed as well? No, performing is

always the exact same no matter where I do it. I just find audiences wherever I go are friendly and ready to laugh. I think avoiding exactly what’s going on worldwide for an hour and a half is ending up being significantly required. Your child Molly, who is a singer and songwriter, is carrying out with you at these shows, right? Yes. She’s missing out on a little school, so do not tell anybody.

But she’s opening for me and she’s great and I do not pay her so that’s a double plus. She likewise took a trip with me all summer and we worked on cruise lines in Alaska and Hawaii. It’s a great thing because I get to keep her with me and have my eyes on her. Exactly what’s it like to view her start to build her own profession in home entertainment? It’s really relaxing. I don’t have to do anything. When I watch her play tennis, it’s gutwrenching. I do not want to see my child be beaten, however she wins a lot. It’s always very tense in tennis, however when she’s singing, I like to kick back and relax and just watch, and she’s such an excellent artist and songwriter. She plays piano and guitar. Previously this year you won the Excellence in Comedy Award at the Ladies in Comedy Festival, and more just recently you won the Gambling establishment Entertainment Legend Award here in Las Vegas.

How meaningful are these type of honors at this phase in your profession? It’s always nice when somebody compliments you because it can be a very extreme world out there. Somebody informing you you’re doing an excellent task is always welcome. The Gambling Establishment Legend Award was a little a mixed bag because it was right after the shooting. It’s going to be a long, long period of time before individuals can process exactly what went on, and why and how. However there’s a great deal of people in the neighborhood coming together, too. Did you follow the bit of funny controversy earlier this year when a few female standups entered into an internet fight discussing exactly what female comics should and shouldn’t utilize for product

? As someone who broke through when there were far less female comedians out there, do you have an opinion about that things? I believe you need to be true to yourself and speak about what you want to. Something any audience can discover is if you’re not coming from a place of honesty and who you actually are. But you should talk about what you wish to, and not just say things because you believe people may like it better. My comedy has other limitations– I’m also a mom and there are a few [female comics] out there who are moms however not a lot. I’m very knowledgeable about that, aiming to be as positive a role model as I can be for my daughter. She pays attention to my act and I desire her to be happy with her mother. You’re about to tour with Brad Garrett. What’s turning up next for you? I’m writing my autobiography, which is really intriguing. I’m recording another comedy special in November in Los Angeles.

And [husband] Martin [Bergman] and I simply composed a play we’re workshopping and reading and writing and rewording. In the meantime, I’m telling my daughter to practice. I keep informing her to compose a song like the beginning of” Hawaii Five-0,”due to the fact that the person who wrote that has probably been dead for 50 years and he’s still making a living. Rita Rudner carries out at the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort at 8 p.m. November 3 and 4. For additional information, go to stationcasinoslive.com.

Fetish & & Dream Halloween Ball relocates to Red Rock Resort

One of the country’s most famous Halloween parties is back for its 22nd-annual edition, however this year the Fetish & & Dream ball is moving west to Red Rock Resort.

The party that has typically been headquartered at the Hard Rock Hotel is getting a bit more lux this year with the relocate to Summerlin, but there’s no toning it down. All the exotic, naughty-and-nice costumes stay– it’s dress-code necessary, after all– in addition to the exposition row including all the latex, leather, lotions and potions you might prefer. You can likewise expect the human petting zoo, clowns, stiltwalkers, freaks and fetish entertainers that make the event so special, plus music from Darude, Plastik Funk, Scooter & & Lavelle, DJ R.O.B. and DJ Twin.

Halloween in Las Vegas wouldn’t be the same without F&F. For tickets and more information, check out fetishandfantasyhalloweenball.com. Fetish & & Dream Halloween Ball at Red Rock Resort, October 28.

Veranda fire at Westgate Resort triggers evacuations

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LAS VEGAS( FOX5 )- Two levels and the gambling establishment flooring at the Las Vegas Westgate Resort and Casino were left after a fire broke out on a terrace Saturday afternoon. Clark County Fire Department Chief John Steinbeck stated the fire stemmed on an outside veranda situated on the third floor of

the hotel. He added that the fire extended to the very first floor. The flames were rapidly snuffed out by the mix of the hotel’s lawn sprinkler and the firemens’ water system outside the building, stated Steinbeck.

Steinbeck validated that levels 3 and four, including the gambling establishment floor, were evacuated by officials.

The following statement was launched by the Westgate:

” Westgate Las Vegas Resort & & Casino experienced a separated small fire on a lower floor of the hotel. The Fire Department reacted immediately and is on website resolving the situation. All employee and visitors have actually been evacuated from the afflicted location. There are no injuries. The property is cooperating with authorities and keeping the safety and security of our visitors and staff member as the priority.”

Authorities said no injuries were reported. The cause and damage quotes are under investigation, authorities included.

Stay with FOX5 for updates.

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