Rí Rá Live
Every Friday and Saturday night at 11:30 p.m., Rí Rá Las Vegas turns the lights down and the sound up as Rí Rá Live takes over the authentic Irish pub. Rí Rá Live brings an upbeat party vibe to the pub every weekend as top-40 inspired bands tear up the stage and get the crowd rocking.
Rí Rá Live fans can place song requests via Facebook and Twitter every week prior to the Friday and Saturday late-night shows. Fans can visit www.facbook.com/RiRaLasVegas, follow the pub on Twitter @RiRaVegas and post their song request to either site with the tag #RiRaLive.
Every Friday and Saturday in July and August
Planet X is a hip, new band for today’s contemporary realm that effortlessly fuses the genres of modern rock, classic rock, dance, metal and more. The band has a unique and refreshing approach with three lead singers, a dynamic stage presence and the ability to rise to any occasion. By providing audiences with the class of a showroom production, Planet X is sure to make each audience member feel as though they’re part of the show. Fronted by one of Las Vegas’ most powerful voices and backed by world-class, multi-genre musicians, there isn’t a song they can’t play.
Rí Rá Las Vegas Nightly Entertainment
Guests can enjoy live, authentic Irish music nightly during dinner and evening hours with many of the bands coming directly from Ireland.
The Bronx Boys
July 1-10 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
The Bronx Boys bring Irish Music from the heart of New York City, blending fast-paced traditional dance music with classic and contemporary songs from both sides of the Atlantic. Boasting the talents of guitarist Alan Murray, flute player Dan Lowery and Kevin Buckley on fiddle, the boys have acquired a fierce reputation for their energetic live performances in New York and beyond.
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Murray is one of the most in-demand guitarists in Irish music today. His skill on the strings is matched by his strong vocal style, which he has cultivated in recent years playing with Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones. Dallas born Lowery also tours with the Young Wolfe Tones in his time off from the Bronx Boys. He spent his youth traveling Ireland learning to play traditional Irish music. Since settling in New York and beginning his musical career, he has received much critical acclaim for his aggressive style on the flute. He also lends his guitar playing and singing abilities to the band’s show. Buckley, who sings and plays guitar in addition to the fiddle, cut his musical teeth in St. Louis where he grew up playing both Irish and rock music. He recently released an album of Irish Music and currently tops the Irish-American music charts. His fiery fiddle playing is a hallmark of the Bronx Boys sound.
The Wild Celts
July 11-17 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
The Wild Celts continue their reign as one of Las Vegas’ most popular Irish rock bands, having reached the impressive milestone of selling 20,000 records locally and abroad.
July 18 and 25, Aug. 1 and 29 at 8:45 p.m.
A permanent entertainment fixture in Irish pubs throughout Las Vegas for more than a decade, John Windsor is a multi-talented performer who uses a signature personal touch to put a smile on the faces of his audience. Windsor provides nonstop entertainment throughout his sets by blending guitar, harmonica and amazing vocals into one spectacular performance.
The Folksmen D.C.
July 19-24 and July 26-31 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
The Folksmen D.C. are a Dublin-based traditional, folk rock band, comprised of Dave Browne, who plays mandolin and guitar; Dave (Sparky) Hughes, who adds whistles and vocals while playing guitar; and Gavin Carpenter, who also provides vocals while playing the banjo. Along with guest vocalist Sharon O’Brien, the band performs a fun selection of traditional and contemporary Irish songs that provide an entertaining introduction to the historical origins of Irish music.
The American Diddlee-Idols
Aug. 2-7 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
The pure Irish American party duo from New York City mixes traditional Irish tunes and songs with party rock through a mixture of instruments.
Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones
Aug. 23-28 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones are known throughout the world for their quality musical presentation of Irish rebel songs and traditional Irish music with top class fiery introductions from their lead singer, song writer and storyteller, Derek Warfield. The group was nominated in 2009 as Ireland’s “Best Traditional Irish Folk Group.”
Aug. 30 – Sept. 4 at 8:45 p.m. nightly
Cheap Whiskey, made up of musicians Andreas Durkin and Sarah Rogers, can be found playing in pubs and clubs throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. Their unique mixture of Irish, country and popular songs provides an entertaining set that is sure to entertain all tastes and ages.
About Rí Rá Las Vegas
Crafted in the warm pub style of 19th century Ireland, Rí Rá Las Vegas is inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The authentic Irish pub features a multitude of artifacts carefully restored in Wicklow, Ireland and shipped to their new home in Las Vegas. Rí Rá Las Vegas contains an authentic Victorian Shop bar that began its life in Ireland in the 1880s, a whiskey bar adorned with an original glazed jewelry cabinet from 1900, an oak floor from a whiskey distillery and an 8-foot-tall, 500-pound carved plaster statue of St. Patrick dating back to 1850. The pub hosts live entertainment seven nights a week in a music room constructed with artifacts dating back to 1890 from the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. On the weekends, guests can kick back at Rí Rá Live, where every Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m. the best bands in town will take the pub’s stage. Born and raised in Dublin, Rí Rá Las Vegas owners David Kelly and Ciaran Sheehan have been close friends since they were 14-years-old. Kelly and Sheehan later partnered with Jay Luther, whom Kelly met while working for Guinness. Rí Rá Las Vegas is the 12th pub the trio has opened in the U.S.