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Sprinkler extinguishes fire in Vegas casino'' s ice cream store

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Steve Marcus An exterior view of the California Hotel and Casino on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in downtown Las Vegas.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018|8:56 a.m.

Authorities in Las Vegas state an automatic fire sprinkler instantly snuffed out a fire in a display cooler of the ice cream shop of a downtown hotel and casino.

The Fire Department says the event early Thursday morning was contained to the store on the second floor of the California Hotel and Gambling establishment and that guests and operations of the hotel and the gambling establishment weren’t affected.

The department likewise says there was no evacuation or injury and that there was minimal smoke impact.

According to the department, the fire began in the cooler unit due to an electrical issue. Damage was approximated at $25,000.

Guitar marvel Billy Gibbons talks the blues, ZZ Top and Las Vegas

You never rather understand where Las Vegas transplant Billy Gibbons might appear. In the previous few years, he’s been found at Golden Knights games, sat in with the Jimmie Vaughn Band and, naturally, introduced a residency at the Venetian with his long-running band ZZ Top.

Previously this year, Gibbons (calling himself Billy F Gibbons) released a new solo album, The Huge Bad Blues. As the name indicates, it’s a gritty collection of blues originals and covers of tunes written by Muddy Waters (“Standing Around Sobbing,” “Rollin’ and Tumblin'”) and Bo Diddley (“Crackin’ Up”). Accordingly, Gibbons’ companion Big Bad Blues Trip finds him carrying out songs from the album and select ZZ Top tracks with a trio that includes guitar player Austin Hanks and ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum.

With his usual mix of dry wit and musical information, Gibbons addressed some concerns by e-mail about The Huge Bad Blues, why he loves Las Vegas and ZZ Top’s future.

Your new album, The Big Bad Blues, is a rather smooth mix of originals and well-curated blues covers. How did the concept for this album happened? Our buddy John Burk at Concord Records wanted us to come up with an album to follow [2015’s] Perfectamundo, our trip into Afro-Cuban noises. He stated, “Why refrain from doing a blues album?” and our immediate response was, “Perfectamundo!” And the “Who’s on First?” conversation ensued. We immediately took him up on the deal, and back to the studio we went. You simply can’t state “no” to the blues!

Bo Diddley looms large on this album, between the cover of “Crackin’ Up” and your handle “Bring It To Jerome,” written by his maraca gamer Jerome Green. I know Bo also figures prominently in your individual history: You and ZZ Top helped induct him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and you have a reproduction of a guitar he provided you. How has your relationship to Bo’s music changed over the years? Bo remains a substantial impact, insofar as he showed how to do more with a guitar than just strum the strings. Bo was the consummate innovator. Keenly inspiring from the start. As a sonic stylist and sheriff-of-the-old-West fashionista, he was an original. It’s been recommended Bo wasn’t actually from this world, and it might be the case that Macomb, Mississippi, is a Martian station.

I guess we’re more analytical about his work now, and have actually invested countless hours trying to deconstruct his method. That was certainly the case attempting to unwind Bo’s menacing recording of “Crackin’ Up”– that was a Rubik’s Cube times 10– however we believe we cracked the code to a certain degree. There’s never been anybody like Bo Diddley, which is why we celebrate him whenever and however possible.

Matt Sorum– who I understand you have actually played with in the past with Kings of Chaos– is playing drums with you on this present trip. The program is letting him show off a various side to his playing: He’s an expressive drummer who deals with a great deal of this blues-based material well, with his own flourishes. What makes him such a good drummer for this trip and the material you’re doing? Matt’s got both power and nuance, which is precisely what’s required. Technically, he’s at the top of his video game, and he manages the subtleties in a remarkable and soulful way. He constantly comes up with what’s proper while making it seem effortless. What can I say? He’s a total pro.

The band configuration in general for this trip is unique: There are 2 guitarist– yourself and Austin Hanks– and the 2 of you are compromising bass responsibilities in an intriguing fashion. As a technology lover, tell us about the advanced tech/instruments that you and Austin are utilizing to have the bass [sound]– without having a bass gamer. Utilizing the Little Thunder pickups, we can select the bottom strings to get a double octave drop, while keeping the normal guitar signal intact. Andy Alt is the developer, and his crack group of audio researchers from LA have developed a special variation just for this tour that has some innovative tech. It senses the lowest notes being played and drops ’em right into the bass guitar range. What the audience gets is double the bass, while experiencing the camaraderie straight with our left-handed guitarist, Austin Hanks. Then we include some amplified “dirt” with 4 stacks on either side of our mighty powerhouse drummer, Matt.

Joe Hardy, who you’ve been dealing with for over 3 years now, co-produced this brand-new record. Why do you work so well together? Joe has belonged to our Foam Box Recording group for twenty years now, and he’s just a really instinctive feline. When you think about something, Joe’s immediately on to it and how to achieve the “whatever,” in a sonic sense. He’s a truly simpatico service technician and artist– a rare mix that makes his efforts for this project all the more valued.

You’ve been refurbishing a house in Vegas– as I understand it, the location where Brigitte Bardot got wed in 1966– and plan on moving here full-time. What is it about the city that interest you/that you’re drawn to? Are you joking? I mean, “Vegas, infant” … and all that suggests. It’s a terrific location to have a really good time with practically no constraints, however also a fantastic location to live thanks to the diversity the city offers. If you can consider it, it remains in Las Vegas– and when you think of Billy F Gibbons, you know he’ll be there, too.

Musically, you’ve had many memorable Vegas minutes– from playing at Slash’s birthday party to being in with the Jimmie Vaughan Band to covering “Viva Las Vegas” with ZZ Top live. What makes Vegas such a lively, amazing music town? Why do you like playing/performing here? Yes, Vegas has been “the scene of the criminal activity” many times over, and we just love the ambiance. The majority of everyone appears to motivate enjoying due to the fact that when you remain in Las Vegas, an unique state of mind presents itself. The lingering question always comes around to, “Why not have a good time?” … and, invariably, there just isn’t any reason not to! Just go for it.

However, [it] may be an outcome of all that electrical power coming out of the Hoover Dam or, perhaps, some necromancy Howard Hughes (a fellow Houstonian, by the way) might have made a while back. Whatever it is, it’s great mojo!

You recorded a variation of “Viva Las Vegas” for ZZ Top’s Greatest Hits album in the ’90s. The video, of course, is over the top, but it looks like it was unforgettable and enjoyable. What do you keep in mind about the experience of working on that video? We rode around the Strip in a fire truck red ’53 Cadillac convertible and satisfied the ghost of Elvis. Isn’t that enough? We shot a great deal of it late in the evening, which actually makes no distinction in Las Vegas … the crowds were thick, and it was something of a public efficiency piece other than for the poolside scenes– the wedding chapel segment. Although the song was discussed 55 years ago, it still explains what’s going on today quite fittingly. Viva!

You have actually collaborated and had fun with numerous people over the decades. Any dream artists you have not had the ability to link up with yet you ‘d like to– and, if so, who and why? We’re huge fans of ZZ Ward for apparent factors, so that may be a worthwhile collaboration. We enjoy Mississippi blues experienced Bobby Rush whose long-ago soul struck “Chicken Heads” got our attention. He put the “onk” in fonky.

ZZ Top’s 50th anniversary remains in 2019, which is rather a turning point. Do you have any strategies in the works for anything yet– and, if not, would you like to do something? Our strategy is to keep keepin’ on. It’s worked for the past 49 years, so we have actually just got to presume it will work for the next 51.

BILLY F GIBBONS with Seth Loveless. November 16, 7:30 p.m., $39-$69, Brooklyn Bowl, 702-862-2695.

Las Vegas man gets 17 years in fashion jewelry store break-in

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018|3:53 p.m.

. A Las Vegas man who robbed a precious jewelry store in 2016 with a person impersonating a FedEx staff member has actually been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nevada.

Joshua Sadat Washington, 38, was sentenced Thursday after being convicted in March on one count each of interference with commerce by burglary, displaying a gun in furtherance of a criminal activity of violence, and transportation of stolen products, officials stated.

The “sophisticated, but stopped working break-in plot” kicked into action Aug. 13, 2016, when Washington and Fedel Ezekiel Sakers came to Alfredo’s Precious jewelry shop in the 5700 block of Eastern Opportunity, officials stated. Dressed in FedEx clothes, Sakers was buzzed in by staff members waiting on a for a shipment, officials said.

Sakers pointed a gun at two workers in the shop and bound their hands with zip ties, while Washington robbed the jewelry safes, officials said.

Washington kicked one of the victims in the face, dragging her by her hair, and informed Sakers to shoot the victims, authorities stated.

Washington and Sakers stole $460,000 in precious jewelry and about $11,000 in cash in garbage bags, officials stated.

Washington later on shipped a few of the precious jewelry to himself in Miami, where a mail-carrier employee found fashion jewelry with the price tags connected and alerted authorities, authorities said.

Police recuperated extra packages in a storage locker in Miami registered to Washington, authorities stated. They took him into custody when he tried gathering a bundle, authorities stated.

Washington was also bought to repay practically $335,000 in restitution, officials said.

Sakers previously pleaded guilty to interference with commerce by robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a criminal activity of violence, authorities stated. He is serving a 16-year jail sentence.

Las Vegas singer Lisa Marie Smith commemorates brand-new music at Luxor

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Courtesy Lisa Marie Smith’s brand-new EP will be released by Fervor Records on November 16.

contact) Friday, Nov. 9, 2018|2 a.m. From the time she remained in elementary school, Lisa Marie Smith grew up in Las Vegas wanting to be an entertainer. However she had to circumnavigate the world and return to get her very first big gig on a Vegas stage.

A vocalist known for her powerful efficiencies in “Pin Up” at Stratosphere and “Baz” at Palazzo, Smith recently signed with Fervor Records and taped her first EP, which will be commemorated with a program and release party on November 12 at the Esports Arena at Luxor. It’s the first live music occasion available to the public to be held at that Las Vegas Strip venue, previously LAX bar.

After graduating from the Las Vegas Academy and the Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee, Smith was preparing to go back to Las Vegas and find her way in the robust music and showbiz landscape. “I hit the ground keeping up a lot of auditions and I generally made it to the final callback, however I wouldn’t get cast,” she states. “The feedback was always that I looked too young. I started working as a mixed drink server at the Rio’s bever-tainment program where I would serve and get up and sing, however after a while it simply felt like, this is not what I went to school for.”

She began working cruise ship gigs, taking a trip as far as Europe and Africa, until one day when she was set to take a trip house to Las Vegas and got a random call from a friend about an audition. “I got on a layover in Rome, flew home 14 hours, got to Vegas, slept 4 hours and went to this audition. I didn’t have a headshot or a resumé or a tune or anything,” Smith states. “It was ‘Pin Up’ and I was cast within a week. I got super lucky.”

Her natural talent and soulful style may have had something to do with it. She carried out in the Stratosphere’s sultry show for three years and then did “Baz” for a little less than a year, delegating rest and rehabilitate her singing cables after an injury. More just recently she’s been singing with long time Las Vegas lounge preferred Pop Rebels, previously called Generation, where that talent and style grabbed the attention of Eagerness, a Phoenix-based independent label.

Smith’s self-titled launching EP comes out on November 16. “I would say it’s dark pop and what I imply by that is it’s a little bit more brooding, with a lot of soul, but certainly pop-based,” she says of the sound she developed. “It’s simply a darker, rounded sound, not extremely bubblegum. When you listen to pop artists now, a lot of that music is not as simple to pinpoint, where back in the day it would resemble, you are bubblegum, you are acoustic rock or whatever. Now there’s a great deal of crossing categories, which I like since I like to be a chameleon.”

You can hear it for yourself by having a look at the single “Get Closer to Me” on YouTube, or better yet, catching her show at Luxor. She started hosting the Esports Arena’s brand-new 70h2uesday Residents Night recently and realized the online gaming-based location would be the best spot for her album release show, a totally free occasion set for 7:30 p.m. November 12. To find out more, see < a href=" https://www.esportsarenavegas.com/" target=” _ blank” rel=” noopener” > esportsarenavegas.com or singlisamarie.com.

Las Vegas protest organized in response to Sessions firing

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AP Attorney General Of The United States Jeff Sessions, left, and Deputy Chief Law Officer Rod Rosenstein, are seated throughout an occasion to announce new strategic actions to combat the opioid crisis at the Department of Justice’s National Opioid Top in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Washington.

( a href=” https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/nov/07/las-vegas-protest-organized-in-response-to-session/MoveOn.org “target=” _ blank “rel= “noopener”) MoveOn.org, one of the nationwide organizers. That’s because with Sessions out of the Cabinet, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will take control of the case.

The regional protest is planned for 5 p.m. in front of the Lloyd D. George federal courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, according to organizers. Moveon.org is one of about 50 progressive social groups that have spent months preparing to react to any Trump relocate to stop the Mueller investigation.

Versus President Donald Trump’s wishes, Sessions had actually recused himself from supervising cases arising from the 2016 election, mentioning his function as an active Trump advocate, entrusting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to manage it.

Rosenstein then designated Robert Mueller, the unique counsel. That investigation, activists state, is in risk of collapsing because Whitaker– who has not recused himself of any cases– will take control of for Rosenstein and he has actually slammed Mueller in the past.

In an op-ed for CNN, Whitaker composed: “Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling examination that he is dangerously near crossing.”

Democrats, consisting of Home leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer, immediately called for Whitaker to recuse himself from the investigation, citing his public remarks. Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the Home Judiciary Committee, said he desires “responses right away” and tweeted that “we will hold individuals accountable.”

” Donald Trump simply crossed a red line, breaching the self-reliance of the examination pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up,” according to MoveOn.org.

” Trump putting himself above the law is a threat to our democracy, and we have actually got to get Congress to stop him. We’re activating right away to demand accountability, since Trump is not above the law,” the group said.

No proof of collusion between the Trump project and the Russia federal government has actually been publicly recognized. The president firmly insists that the probe is a “witch hunt.”

The Associated Press added to this report.

Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf talk Vegas sports and helping children around the globe

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Courtesy Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf at the new Longines shop at the Shops at Crystals. By =” author” href=” https://lasvegassun.com/staff/brock-radke/” title=” Brock Radke staff page” > Brock Radke ( contact) Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018|2 a.m.

Switzerland-based watchmaker Longines opened its latest shop in Las Vegas last week inside the Tourbillon Store at the Shops at Crystals on the Strip. The business has more than 300 locations around the globe and has actually had an existence in the U.S. since the early 19th century, however it simply takes place to have 2 of its most popular brand ambassadors planted strongly in Las Vegas in Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf, who checked out the new shop for its debut on Halloween.

The husband-and-wife tennis legends have actually partnered with Longines for more than a years and Agassi explained why it’s been such a great fit.

” It’s the credibility of how it started,” he said. “The fact is we weren’t searching for a watch relationship or an offer. It was constructed around an overlap of shared worths. We’re very selective with what and how we do things and they came and supported [the previous Grand Slam for Children event in Las Vegas] and ended up being a sponsor the last few years and the depth of the relationship just kept growing. We do not bet on things, we bet on people, and when you see the worths and spirit of their business, we had a lot of belief that it was the right fit and it would be of more advantage than in the beginning glance.”

The most recent charitable results of the collaboration was a celebration of those 10 years together at a gala occasion in Paris over the summer season, where Longines auctioned off 10 sets of watches with the profits going to the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Graf’s Kid for Tomorrow structure. A few of those auction winners took a trip to Las Vegas this week to see the shop and hang out with Agassi and Graf.

” I believe it’s overrated to hang out with us. They always leave going, ‘They were pretty regular,'” Agassi chuckled.

Agassi’s nationwide efforts to enhance youth education are well known in Las Vegas thanks to the college preparatory campus he established on West Lake Mead Boulevard in 2001. Graf, born in Germany, founded Children for Tomorrow 20 years ago to provide assistance to kids and families who have suffered the trauma of war, exile and violence.

” We help a little over a thousand kids every years, mostly with therapy to assist recover inner injuries,” Graf stated. “We have actually pertained to recognize over the last 5 or 6 years there has been a significant increase in refugees pertaining to Germany. So we have actually tried to concentrate on dealing with the kids that have actually come through in the last few years, which has been a challenge with different languages and different cultures and what they have actually experienced.”

Her deal with the structure keeps Graf taking a trip back to Germany every couple of months, however she said the exposure and attention offered by Longines has actually been essential in the foundation’s development. “We’ve been able to raise more funds and continue to grow, and now we have the ability to go into schools and work with instructors and train teachers to comprehend trauma. We simply have a larger reach now.”

Back in Las Vegas, 2 of the city’s most famous professional athletes have actually been enjoying the professional sports renaissance ignited by the Vegas Golden Knights.

” It’s fantastic and so much enjoyable and our kids actually take advantage of it,” Graf stated. “It’s an emphasize to go see the Golden Knights and with the anticipation of what will occur with the Raiders, it’s an exciting time for our town.”

Agassi, naturally, is born and raised Vegas. “I see it over 48 years of being here and protecting this city considering that I was 16 years old traveling the world,” he stated. “We do a lot more here than what may appear from the exterior. That culture keeps pushing and constructing and broadening, and we keep supplying this great enjoyment and experiences, and sports is definitely among them.

” The Knights have actually contributed to our lives as they have the entire community, and seeing them at the practice center close to our home has actually been a reward. And I believe we’re going to show ourselves as far beyond fair-weather fans.”

Best Choices: Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, Grandmaster Flash and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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contact)Friday, Nov. 2, 2018|2 a.m. Halloween is gone and the holiday beckons. Benefit from this weekend between the insanity by taking in a concert magnificent on the Las Vegas Strip, or perhaps have a look at a hip-hop pioneer in North Las Vegas.

BARRY MANILOW Among the many highlights of Manilow’s most current Vegas production is a thunderous performance of “Mandy” which sees him duet with himself– or the 1975 variation of himself, when the tune first broke as his first No. 1 hit. It’s just one of the fan favorites from this program at the Westgate International Theater and it’s back for 6 more programs this month before returning again in February. November 2-3, info at westgateresorts.com. DIANA ROSS The age-defying icon from the Motown and disco ages returned to her brand-new Strip house at Repetition Theater on Halloween night and continues with 2 more shows this weekend and six more performances this month, sharing her timeless hits and timeless style in an intimate environment. November 2-3, information at wynnlasvegas.com. POSTMODERN JUKEBOX PMJ is understood for tweaking modern-day pop hits using flavors from various vintage musical periods. The ever-changing cumulative drops into the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage for a special limited engagement this month, carrying out through November 11. This musical experience is never the very same show two times. November 2-4, information at mirage.com. GRANDMASTER FLASH A Rock-and-roll Hall of Popularity conscript with his original group the Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash is one of the godfathers of hip-hop and originated cutting, scratching and blending, the fundamentals of being a DJ in any category. The turntable wizard lands in Las Vegas for a show at the Cannery Saturday night. November 3, information at cannerycasino.com. MAXWELL Pop-punkers Blink-182 basically own the Pearl this month but soul male extraordinaire Maxwell (“Ascension,” “Pretty Wings,” “Fortunate”) sneaks into the just recently refurbished Palms venue for smooth Sunday night session. November 4, info at palms.com.

‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Shin Lim is prepared for Vegas stage

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Courtesy Shin Lim headings five shows at Paris Las Vegas this weekend.

An experienced pianist who moved from music to sleight-of-hand magic after being detected with carpal tunnel syndrome, Shin Lim considers and develops performance in his own distinct method. He does not speak with his audience when controling playing cards and making things vanish, counting on dramatic music and perfectly timed motions to captivate the crowd.

It’s a fresh take on a traditional art, and it’s the reason he won season 13 of “America’s Got Talent” in September. Lim is headlining five shows of “AGT Live” at the Paris Theater this weekend with other finalists from the competitors show: vocalist Courtney Hadwin, comedians Vicki Barbolak and Samuel J. Comroe and trapeze and stunt artists Mary Ellen Wolfe and Tyce Nielsen, aka Duo Transcend.

For Lim, a 27-year-old artist born in Vancouver, the Paris shows are the initial step towards a strong Strip presence. He’s currently received several offers for a Las Vegas residency.

” I would love to have a residency here and it would be incredibly cool, and I’m getting a great deal of requests so that’s very good news,” he states. “Prior to ‘AGT’ I never ever even pictured that I ‘d have the ability to pick. I constantly thought I ‘d be fortunate to get provided one.”

Lim is no complete stranger to Vegas, having actually appeared on “Penn & & Teller: Fool United States” four times and making the trip to the Rio to sign up with the duo’s show two times. He gathered adequate time to go to David Copperfield’s illusion-filled spectacular at MGM Grand on this check out, however Friday night’s program at the Paris will be Lim’s very first correct efficiency.

He names longtime Strip magician Lance Burton as one of most significant impacts and inspirations: “His style was just something I was drawn in to, stylish but modest, and he had deception in his show which truly intrigued me.”

Lim discovered his own style while carrying out in China before any of his big TV appearances. He was still speaking throughout his act, and while he speaks some Chinese, the audience there was having a hard time understanding him “since I had an American accent,” he says. “I believed, I might too simply not talk. So I did it calmly to music and the responses were even louder and better. I thought, oh my God, I’m onto something, and just chose it.

” Probably the hardest thing to do is develop this dramatic environment without all the showgirls and spaceships and things like that. It has a lot to do with the subtleties of modifying the music and the act itself, changing certain things for visual appeal. You don’t require these grand things to still have a legendary atmosphere in the show.”

” America’s Got Skill Live Las Vegas” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4 at the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas (3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-777-2782) and more information can be discovered at caesars.com.

VEGAS INC, Cox Service recognize valley'' s Leading Tech Execs

[unable to retrieve full-text material] The 8th yearly Las Vegas Top Tech Officer Awards, a collaboration in between Cox Company and VEGAS INC, acknowledge Southern Nevadans who are assisting shape the future before our very eyes. These are individuals who are typically on call 24-7, asked to fix problems …