Big show this Saturday night, 6/30 at Count’s Vamp’d…the return of the The Zep Set (aka the Moby Dicks) All-Star Tribute to Led Zeppelin featuring amazing bad ass drummer Brian Tichy, outstanding vocalist Chas West, Brent Woods shreddin’ guitar & Dorian Heartstrong tearing up the bass! Special guest Kaos X rockin’ the best of the best! This show is well worth the price of admission, just 5 bucks at door for a true rock & roll experience!! Get Ready!! Eat, Drink, Rock!
About Count Vamp’d
VAMP’D ROCK BAR & GRILL (formerly Feelgoods Rock Bar & Grill) 100% owned by Danny “Count” Koker as it always was from the beginning! Great intimate concert venue with the best sound in town, excellent food, drinks & staff! C’mon down EAT DRINK ROCK!
6750 West Sahara, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Open until 4:00 am. Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 4:00 am
LAS VEGAS PREMIER ROCK BAR & GRILL! OPEN 11am-4am 7 DAYS A WEEK! *HAPPY HOUR DAILY 3PM- 7PM FULL MENU 11AM UNTIL CLOSING Takes Reservations Walk-Ins Welcome Good For Groups Take Out Catering Waiter Service Outdoor Seating
The 411 with Chuck Davison, Vice President Travel & Customer Experience – Interview by Judy Reppart
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2012 Extreme Thing All Shall Perish and Carnifex Interview
Vegas24Seven and LVMETAL were very fortunate to be granted an interview with Bay Area deathcore/metal band All Shall Perish at the 2012 Extreme Thing Festival. As an added bonus we got to chat with San Diego Carnifex as well. Both bands put on an impressive show and the crowd really got into it with a huge pit that was pretty brutal. I know I got knocked around pretty good and I’m far from a rookie. The festival was quite a success with top acts on both main stages, a hopping side stage, great local talent on the XPOZ stage, a new dubstep stage and the sports side of the festival. There was plenty of youthful exuberance and craziness all day and into the night. It was well put together with great music, food and lots of fun.
The VitaminWater mainstage had the harder music we like and that’s where we caught up with All Shall Perish and Carnifex after they performed. Frontman Hernan (Eddie), guitarist Ben and Drummer Adam spoke about what a cohesive unit All Shall Perish is, how much they love performing together and where the band is headed. They have assembled a band with some of the best talent in their genre and it shows in their music. First timers in Vegas we can only hope that they will soon be back. They like performing for the young audiences because of their energy and appreciation of the aggressive music. The band is just beginning the tour supporting their 2011 CD “This Is Where It Ends” that goes to Europe near the end of July. Carnifex is touring with them again and seemed very glad of that. Both bands seem to co-exist well together and maybe thats why they are enjoying success together. Carnifex also had a 2011 release “Until I Feel Nothing” and both bands talked of going into the studio when they return from touring Europe for their next CD’s. All in all these guys were very easy to talk to, really love what they are doing and put on a great show. What more could you ask for? I look forward to seeing them perform again some time and checking on with them then.
Hernan “Eddie” Hermida – vocals
Ben Orum – rhythm guitar
Mike Tiner – bass guitar
Francesco Artusato – lead guitar
Adam Pierce – drums
Scott Lewis, Shawn Cameron, Cory Arford, Fred Calderon, Ryan Gudmunds
We had the honor to cover the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS! We would like to thank everyone for everything! All the stars that came out were super nice and were willing to get their pictures taken! I had the pleasure to talk to a few of the stars! You can see the interviews with the pictures! Vegas24seven would love to cover the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS next year!
Country Music’s Party of the Year®, the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s best and introducing the industry’s hottest emerging talent, was broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1st, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The show was produced by dick clark productions and was hosted for the second consecutive year by Reba and Blake Shelton.
The 2nd Annual ACM Fan Jam, hosted by Zac Brown Band, took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Sunday, April 1st, 2012. This live remote location gave country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be part of the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards! Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was live ACM Fan Jam performances, via remote, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center by Zac Brown Band and other top-tier music acts. The ACM Fan Jam includes a profusion of entertainment, prizes and special giveaways only for attendees, including autographed guitars, trip packages to country music events and merchandise. The ACM Fan Jam continued after the Awards telecasts ended, with performances by Zac Brown and friends.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 47th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
Dream Racing, a new Ferrari racing experience opened this week at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Started by Enrico Bertaggia and Ado de Micheli, two former professional race car drivers, Dream Racing is the only place in Las Vegas to drive a race tuned Ferrari 430 GT that is not even street legal. On hand for the celebrations were BMX rider and host of MTV’s The Challenge TJ Lavin, NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little and EXTRA TV reporter Adrianna Costa.
The Dream Racing experience includes transportation to and from the Strip, classroom instruction, time on the 3D simulator with a laser scan of the track and getting behind the wheel of a racing Ferrari guided by an instructor. All of this takes place in a luxury environment at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Dream Racing cars feature a steering wheel paddle shift, traction control and abs system, making the experience accessible to anyone with a driver’s license. Even at speeds that would not be street legal, the Ferrari F430 GT will prove to be more responsive, easier to handle and safer than most road cars. Dream Racing brings participants as close as possible to the thrill that only professional race car drivers have of taking these incredible machines to their limit.
The Dream Racing experience includes five exhilarating high speed laps around the track, instruction from professional drivers, use of racing suit and helmet and transportation between Crystals at CityCenter and Dream Racing for an all inclusive fee of $499. Five additional laps may be purchased for a supplementary $399 fee, and those that want the thrill of the race as a passenger can ride with a professional for two laps for $179.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas’ premier destination entertainment resort, invites music fans from around the world to experience Mötley Crüe in Sin City, the hotel’s first-ever hard rock residency. During the month of February, the world’s most notorious rock band performs twelve shows at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel, offering a never-before-seen interactive and theatrical music experience. In celebration of the historic event, Hard Rock Hotel transforms into a one-of-a-kind Sin City circus extravaganza bringing to life the saying “party like a rock star,” synonymous with the hotel since its inception in 1995.
Hard Rock welcomes Mötley Crüe in Sin City through property-wide activations ranging from circus-themed games to Mötley Crüe inspired dishes and cocktails. Upon arrival at Hard Rock Hotel, guests may marvel at Vince Neil’s 1932 Ford Coupe displayed at the main entrance of the casino. Throughout the property, music lovers may live, eat and breathe the legendary rock band in a festive environment – extravagant red and white drapes above the iconic Center Bar, carnival announcers, stilt walkers, aerialists, balloonists, clowns and clowns on the casino floor funhouse mirrors leading into The Joint, themed poker chips and poker table felts. Performers parade through the casino floor on show days, offering hotel guests and visitors a sneak-peek of the Mötley Crüe in Sin City shows happening throughout the month.
We were lucky enough to catch night 2 of the “Mötley Crüe in Sin City” residency at The Joint in the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It started fashionably late and was well worth waiting for. Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee did not disappoint as they laid it all out on The Joint stage. The rocking crowd got into it and the place was packed. It was a typical Crüe show with lots of rocker dudes, hot chicks, plenty of alcohol flowing and who knows what else. If you’re a Mötley Crüe fan then you should definitely get your ass to the show and check it out before they leave town. We’re glad Mötley Crüe, The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel Casino, Kirvin Doak and MSO PR had us there.
MÖTLEY CRÜE ROOM & SHOW PACKAGES
Hard Rock celebrates Mötley Crüe’s arrival at The Joint with exciting room packages for those looking to extend their rock and roll experience. Room packages start at $319 and show dates are: February 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19.
The Orchestra Package includes one night stay and two reserved orchestra seat tickets. To book, guests may call 800.343.4346 and mention code MCCORCH.
The General Admission Package includes one night stay and two general admission tickets. To book, guests may call 800.343.4346 and mention code HMCGA.
For more on information on Mötley Crüe visit www.motley.com.
Mötley Crüe laying it out.
Vince Neil still has it!
I always did like Mick Mars shredding guitar.
Mr Nikki Sixx on the bass.
Drummer elite Tommy Lee.
About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II, a division of Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters and Carlos Santana have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Hard Rock Hotel tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $3 million in rare music memorabilia throughout the hotel; the luxurious Vanity Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa; Reliquary Salon; 4.8 acres of tropical pool paradise; REHAB, the trendsetting Sunday afternoon pool party; The Joint concert venue; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants including traditional steakhouse with an edge 35 Steaks + Martinis, tapas hotspot Johnny Smalls, Mexican cantina Pink Taco, ‘round the clock diner Mr. Lucky’s Café and world-renowned Nobu; numerous cocktail lounges including The Lounge across from Pink Taco, Peacock Lounge and Blitzed Sports Lounge; and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.
Vegas24Seven had the honor, pleasure and privilege of attending and covering the 48 Hours Festival powered by Rockstar Energy Drinks and presented by Revolver. The event was on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip just south of the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. 2 days, 22 bands and thousands and thousands of concert go-ers later we emerged drained, enlightened and entertained. I went wanting to see my personal favorites Hatebreed and Five Finger Death Punch but left the festival with a new-found respect for several local bands and several well known bands that I hadn’t seen before. The festivities began Friday night at a kick-off party at the House of Blues and Saturday morning there was a Topless Pool Party at the Mandalay Bay Moorea beach Club. We arrived at the main event early Saturday and picked up our press and photo passes and went to work. I walked the grounds and found The Rockstar tent, the Best Buy autograph centers, the Gibson/Revolver tent, the Metal Mulisha motocross Jump Show, the wrestling ring, the Rat Pack Vegas Lounge, the Old Mexico saloon, the Debauchery VIP tent, The VIP bungalows complete with pools, the Ricky Bobby lounge, the sponsor village area, the Ernie Ball second stage and the enormously impressive Rockstar main stage. Then we checked out the backstage compound, Godfather VIP area, media tent and the Red Carpet area. Now lets get to it!
Day 1 kicked off with Orange Blossom Special playing the Ernie ball second stage stage at 2pm. This California band played a quick and energetic set and got the whole festival going. Later I had the chance to talk to them on the red carpet and they said they felt a little pressure kicking off the biggest rock and roll party ever to hit the Las Vegas strip. But they pulled it off and had fun doing it.
Next was the Butcher Babies. They were a late addition and most of the guys at the festival were glad of that. They are from LA and are the undisputed darlings of the Sunset Strip. I’m not gonna argue with ’em. Scantily clad and brutal front women Heidi and Carla really whipped they crowd into a frenzy. They were a heavier metal sound and that’s just what this metalhead likes.
Leading off on the Rockstar Energy Drink main stage at 3pm was Las Vegas own Otherwise. The crowd had been gathering there waiting and were it wasn’t long until the full festival feel was present at the overwhelming stage constructed just the day before.
Brothers Adrian and Ryan Patrick put together a great set and it’s no wonder they are billed as #1 unsigned act in America by Fox news.
The next couple of hours I was bouncing back and forth from the main stage to the second stage to the red carpet and it got a little hectic. But hey I like hectic. Next on second stage was up and coming California band Hell or Highwater. Playing songs from there debut album Begin Again it was a great sound and set. By now the crowds were getting bigger and bigger and louder and louder. Art of Dyings guitarist Tavis later told me this was one of the bands he wanted to check out at the festival.
Back to the main stage at 4PM for our very own Adelitas Way. This band is really making some noise on the music scene and it’s no wonder. They kick ass!. Frontman Rick DeJesus pounds it out while guitarists Rahji and Keith sizzle. Derek’s on the Bass and manager Trevor pounding out the drums. Fresh off the Carnival of Madness Tour they played songs from recent CD Home School Valedictorian and self titled debut CD Adelitas Way. We had conflicting schedules all day and I didn’t get the interview I wanted but I did talk to Rick some and we’re going to get together later here in Vegas. Maybe at a show or maybe at Kevin Churkos Rock and Roll Hideout studio opening. Look for that interview and story in the future on Vegas24Seven.com.
4:30pm and Black Tide is tearing it up and the Ernie Ball stage. An intricate and powerful set of songs from recent Cd Post Mortem and previous releases. I was kind of rushed away from this one, to the red carpet and then to the main stage. But I enjoyed what I did hear and the crowd did too.
Now we’re starting to get to the more well known bands with Las Vegas Escape the Fate hittin’ the big stage. This band made a very quick rise to the top and has played the Sunset Strip Music Festival with Mötley Crüe and Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. And to think I saw them a couple of years ago at Extreme Thing here in Vegas. Of course this band has a HUGE local following and their crowd was ready and waiting to really get into it and lose themselves. It was a great performance and I know everyone enjoyed it.
Now I don’t have a clue why mega star metal band Hatebreed was stuck on the Ernie Ball stage but I was kind of glad they were. It’s not often you can get that close to performers the way I was. Lead singer Jamey Jasta was right beside me in the photo pit until I retired to the crowd with my pit buddy Justin. I knew most of the vocals and about screamed my brains out when played In Ashes They Shall Reap (Born to bleed, fighting to succeed Built to endure what this world throws at me) and when they finished with Destroy Everything. It was a rowdy set with probably the best moshpit of the festival. I also ranked it as the best performances of the festival. Maybe a little biased but definitely the best METAL performance of the 48 hours, This was the last artist on the second stage for the night and a fitting way to close it.
Back to the main stage for one of the crowd favorites Hollywood Undead. Even though their rap-rock style is not one of my favorites I do appreciate the way they get through to their crowd. I saw them last year at Extreme Thing and again they worked the crowd into a frenzy of hardcore dancing. They’ve also had a lot of recent success with their new CD American Tragedy.
I’ve seenFive Finger Death Punch numerous times and can’t get enough of them. They are one of my favorite bands and Ivan Moody is a character. He’s the first artist I admired for switching back and forth between clean and hard vocals. Zoltan is a great guitarist and they compliment each other well. The main stage show area was packed by now and it was electric when they hit the stage. They opened with Under and Over It from their new CD American Capitalist, They played Way of the Fist, Bad Company, No One Gets Left Behind, a Never Enough medley, White Knuckles, Bulletproof and finished with Burn It Down. I though Ivan was going to burn the place down because show administrators had to ask him to stop playing. He probably would have played all night if they would have let him, FFDP is not used to being on the undercard (and maybe shouldn’t have been). I just couldn’t seem to get close enough to the pit area during this show to get into it. The pit wasn’t quite what I am used to but it was fun and the rest of the crowd seemed to enjoy it as well.
Day 1 of the 48 Hours Festival ended with Avenged Sevenfold. They’ve got it goin’ on in 2010 they tore up the charts with CD Nightmare and really got the crowd going this night. Immediately it sounded like an arena show and probably got more response from the crowd that any other performer of the festival. They opened with Nightmare and Beast and the Harlot and by now you couldn’t move, everyone was a little lit up, hot and worked up. The concert staff did a great job of making sure everyone was OK. Almost Easy and Bat Country were really good and they finished with Unholy Confessions. This was a fitting way to end the largest rock and roll party ever to hit the strip. But was it really over…. Nope. Now on to the afterparty at the House of Blues Mandalay Bay All-Star Jam hosted by Jamey Jasta and then the limos began rolling to the O.G. Gentlemen’s Club. So even though the performances were over for the evening the party continued Vegas style right into the next day.
Day 2 continued for some people at the Mandalay Bay Beach hangover brunch with a bevy of Bloody Mary’s, some great food and Korns Jonathan Davis DJ’ing. I arrive early but not quite as early as Saturday and went straight at it. It seemed a little more organized on Sunday with more regular and scheduled arrivals on the red carpet. I was bouncing back and forth again from the red carpet to the second stage to the main stage.
California band Valora went off right on time at 2pm and started day 2 off great. Front-woman Syd Duran was a hit on the red carpet and a crowd favorite onstage as well. It was a short set but big on appeal. Look for Valora to rise quickly as their first single is due out any day now
Next on the Ernie Ball stage was Arizona band Eyes Set To Kill. Back to back lady lead singers had the male audience mesmerized and they put on a good show. By now the crowd at the event was getting bigger, the weather was heating up and so was the concert
Kickin’ off our day two main stage experience was Tennessee band 10 years. They are a well respected veteran band and put on a great show. With their recent more aggressive, harder, darker style they fit right in with the kind of music I like. The crowd liked them a lot as well.
Vegas band Taking Dawn was next and again we got the heavier music that I favor so much. A no nonsense in your face here’s our music approach is refreshing with all the “fake” bands out there. Not only did they kill this stage the next night they killed local hotspot Count Vamp’d with Adelitas Way as well.
Australian band Sick Puppies hit the main stage next and the place was really hoppin now. This one of the bands I have a newfound respect for. How could a band this good be “off my radar”? Well they’re not anymore and there were a LOT of fans there for this band. I found that ever since this band moved to LA they have been in the right place at the right time and are doing great.
I met Canadian band Art Of Dying on the red carpet, interviewed them a little bit and immediately hit it off with these guys. We joked around about them playing hockey against other bands (they’re undefeated), visiting Vegas and other bands they wanted to check out at the festival. I took a couple pictures that are a big hit on twit-pic with the chicks. They had just wrapped up the Uproar Festival also and were ready to tear up Vegas. Frontman Jonny ruled the stage, Greg and Tavis ripped the guitars and bass-man Cale and drummer Jeff completed this polished act that is just tearing up the music scene right now. They have a fairly new CD out now called Vices and Virtues and look for them to rise to the top.
Next on the mainstage was Seether and again this is another well known huge band that I had not paid enough attention to. Until you see this band you don’t really appreciate the fact that this is just 3 dudes making all this awesomeness. They have a CD just released this spring Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray and played this and songs from their 3 previous releases. Great Band, new respect, many happy fans.
4 big acts coming up in a row now and again I don’t know why the monsters Sevendust were on the smaller stage. But just like Hatebreed I was glad to get up close to this Atlanta band. Got some great pictures of Lajon up close and this was in my top three bands of the festival as well. The second stage area was completely packed for them and the few lightweights that were in the crowd were sent packing when the place erupted into a frenzy. Great presence and show put on by these guys.
No more running back and forth from stage to stage now and only one more red carpet to get to so I was able to really enjoy Canadians Three Days Grace. Big time band with big time performance getting the crowd into that “arena sound” and everyone was right on with them. They opened with The Good Life, played Break, Pain, I Hate Everything About You, Home/Lose Yourself, Never Too Late, Riot and ended with and extended Animal I Have Become. This set up the big two getting ready to assault Las Vegas.
Boston’sGodsmack took the stage at 7:40pm and look out. After shooting the opening pictures I had to go the the red carpet for a while and Voodoo came on the sound from the crowd was awesome. I had the old Goose bumps pop up on my bod when this happened. It was a strong, energetic performance that left most people drained. Most mortals would have packed it in. But not the 48 Hours Festival fans.
KOOOOOORN. Finally what this whole weekend had been building up to Korn! Hailing from Bakersfield California this band put a whooping on Las Vegas. Started out with Blind, followed up by Here to Stay, Freak on a Leash and Shoots and Ladders what a way to start a set. And the crowd went nuts. They did 6 other songs and then a 7 seven song medley and finally ended with Y’All Want a Single. When Korn said thank you and good-night we were all so alive but completely drained and just like the concert – finished.
So the first of hopefully many 48 Hours Festivals came to a close. It was at times perfect, mostly chaotic, often risqué and lewd but enormously entertaining. Can’t wait until next year.
Stephen Siegel: Expanding His Business in Challenging Times
Q: You have been able to grow your commercial and residential assets during one of the most depressed economic periods – especially in Las Vegas. How do you view the current state of the market and what do you see happening in the next year?
Las Vegas is slowly rebounding. It is still going through a rough and brutal period, but I can see it slowly coming back. The streets, restaurants, cabs, nightclubs and hotels are busy. People are not spending as much as they once did, but that will come back too over time. I feel that the next year will continue to get better and we will see improvement.
Q: Where do you see the Las Vegas real estate and hospitality market one year from now?
I see it improving day by day, month by month and definitely year by year. In a year from now the real estate and hospitality market will be in a better position than it is today; while still having a lot of room for growth and improvement.
Q: You launched a new hospitality category into the Las Vegas market with Rumor and Artisan – how do you think the “boutique” concept has worked in Vegas and do you plan on expanding the concept in the city or elsewhere?
The “boutique” concept is something that Las Vegas has needed for a long time. We were the first to bring it to town and it is now here to stay. Our customers are extremely happy that they now have an alternative from the strip and from the “cookie cutter” chains that line Paradise. We absolutely plan to expand in this city as well as in other cities. One of our goals is to also move on to the strip and to acquire one of the larger properties.
Q: At Rumor and Artisan you have cultivated a loyal following of locals – what do you think it is about those properties that has attracted that type of loyalty and fervor?
We have properties that the locals love to come to because they are treated like family when they are there. We know their name and what type of experience they are looking for. We constantly offer the locals niche concepts and events that other properties just simply cannot.
Q: With Gold Spike you took a chance on downtown Las Vegas – with the current economic client, how do you compete with the discounts on The Strip? Why do you believe someone should stay downtown?
Downtown is coming back quickly and very strong. It has its own sense of community and vibe. We don’t look to compete with the strip at all. People come to Downtown Vegas for a completely different reason than they go to the strip. They come to experience a piece of old Vegas while enjoying updated and newly branded and remodeled hotels and casinos as well as new bars, lounges, shopping and overall living. We are very pleased with the Gold Spike and all our other investments in Downtown. We are one of the first companies to step up and start the resurgence in downtown and we will be here for the long haul.
Q: You recently purchased a Class A office space in a prime area that you are going to invest in and market as a “boutique” office building – Tell us what that means and what you will be doing to the building to make it fit that category?
The location of the office is incredible. We are right across the street from the Wynn Golf Course, as well as the Howard Hughes Building. We plan to completely remodel the look, feel and vibe of the building. The aesthetics will be completely updated and made modern. We learned a lot about what people like with the conversion of Rumor, and we are going to apply some of the same thoughts here; have common area amenities for all the tenants such as Dog Park in the parking garage, pool table in the lobby, and arcade games for our building employees to utilize. Overall, we are going to create a fun work environment in our common area spaces. We are a small enough building to create a sense of community within the different businesses/tenants inside the property. Our office building is also very convenient for our tenants and their customers: unlike other business parks nearby, there are no long walks to get to the car and everything they need is close by.
Q: With Nevada having a large Hispanic population, you recently purchased a residential building and branded it Las Residencias – how does marketing to a niche audience differ from marketing to your Siegel Suite residents?
With Las Residencias we are going after a very specific market demographic and giving them a home and sense of community that they won’t find elsewhere in Las Vegas. The building is catered to their likes and needs. However, it is no different than what we do now with our apartments, it is simply going after a different demographic.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone looking to invest in a property in Las Vegas?
Make sure you understand the Las Vegas market; you need to be on the ground floor operating your property every single day. You need to understand the market and this is one of the most competitive markets in the country. We feel very strongly that there has to be a face and a name to the business like there has always been in Vegas over the last 50 years such as Jackie Gaughn, Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, etc. In Vegas people know the business by the face and name behind it, not by the corporation.
Q: Jobs are hard to come by, but you have been able to grow The Siegel Group – how many jobs do you think you have added over the last two years?
Approximately 700 and counting. We have stayed very aggressive in this down market and we will continue to do so. We continue to add to our organization with talented individual’s every day.
On Saturday September 17th Jared Lee opened for Train at the Beach at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The show was fantastic and everyone had a great time! Jared likes Las Vegas because the city is “alive”! After the show we had the pleasure to interview Jared. This interview was so easy because Jared was fun to talk to and he was really nice.
Jared said that the show at the Mandalay Bay Beach was an amazing great event for him. The crowd was really into the show and it was a great venue. He liked the beach and pool setting and felt like diving in at one time during the show. The people were having a great time, and its no wonder because two great acts like Jared and Train were performing. Jared has been to Las Vegas before for weekend getaways and trips with his friends. He has also performed here before at the The M Resort, New York New York Hotel Casino and the Cosmopolitan.
Born and raised in Boston Jared move to California about four years ago. At a young age he was influenced by performers like Brian McKnight, Sting, John Mayer and Boys to Men. He told us that he would practice the way they sang note for note in his room. Jared has played such famous clubs such at The Roxy and The Troubador. When playing in these venues he said he felt the presence of all the great performers that have played there over the years. We ask him what kinds of music he likes. He said he likes almost all kinds of music. He told us he wants to go into a mosh pit with us the next time he is in Las Vegas. When he has free time he likes to go to the beach, workout, golf, go hiking and other outdoor recreation in California.
His new CD called “Falling Through Holes” debuts Oct 4th on BMG Chrysalis Music. This CD was helmed by Multi-Platinum producer Mike K. Who has produced Nelly Furtado and Natasha Bedingfield. It includes his hit songs “Beautiful World” and It’s Over “Goodbye). These two songs were featured as background songs on American Idol. There will be a release performance and party at the Roxy in LA on October 11th. Hope we are invited! We asked him what the inspiration was for his song “Beautiful World”. He said this song was written in Nashville, he was going though a transitional period in his life and he wanted a uplifting, high spirited song to to help him though. We can’t wait to get a hold of the “Falling Through Holes” CD to listen to the rest of the songs!
Clear Channel Radio selected Jared as an “Artist To Watch – Pop” on US Top Forty Radio Websites in January 2011. “Its Over (Goodbye) debuted at #40 on the Adult Pop Chart in August and is getting played on Top Forty radio stations.
Jared is now off to spend a week in New York to perform and promote his new CD!