Strut & Fret presents BLANC de BLANC celebrates grand opening at SAHARA Las Vegas, Wednesday, Sept. 4


Strut & Fret presents BLANC de BLANC celebrates grand opening at SAHARA Las Vegas, Wednesday, Sept. 4


Champagne flowed at SAHARA Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 4, when international cabaret sensation BLANC de BLANC celebrated its grand opening with a VIP red carpet affair. The acclaimed production, which features high-flying aerial stunts, serious booty and one fine French hunk, made its debut inside the recently renamed BLANC de BLANC Theatre with a champagne soiree attended by several Las Vegas entertainers.

Among those in attendance were Anthony Cools, Aussie Heat, David Goldrake, Eric Jordan Young, Gerry McCambridge, Jennifer Romas, Kate Shelor and Marc Savard, Melody Sweets, Ricardo Laguna, Sabina Kelley, X Burlesque, Zowie Bowie, and performers from FANTASY and Thunder From Down Under, who were seated in the production’s exclusive hot tub seats.

BLANC de BLANC is the Las Vegas debut of Strut & Fret Production House, one of Australia’s preeminent theatre and major events companies. The award-winning production, which has sold out the Sydney Opera House, London’s West End, the Brisbane Festival and the Adelaide Festival, plunges audiences into a world of overflowing champagne bottles, sparkles and glamour, leaving every spectator breathless with delight.

Devised by an electric creative team, BLANC de BLANC was conceived and directed by Scott Maidment (cabaret sensations LIMBO, Cantina, Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour), choreographed by Kevin Maher (choreographer for Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Madonna), with costumes by James Browne (costume design for musicals Cabaret, Ghost and Xanadu), lighting and set design by Philip Gladwell (Magic Mike Live, The Exorcist), and a thumping soundtrack from Danish electronic artist Kenneth Bager.

BLANC de BLANC performs Thursdays through Mondays (dark Tuesdays/Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. inside the BLANC de BLANC Theatre. Tickets range in price from $49 to $129 (Hot Tub tickets are priced for groups) and are on sale now at For more information, please visit or follow the show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

BLANC de BLANC is produced by Australian theatre and events company, Strut & Fret Production House. The company is renowned for innovative entertainment, high-flying spectacle, nu-circus, extreme theatre, and dynamic music experiences. With over 20 years’ experience, Strut & Fret have delivered hundreds of world-class events across more than 25 countries, from Brisbane to Bogota, Perth to Prague.

Led by Founding Director, Scott Maidment, the company has recently presented exclusive seasons at the Hippodrome Casino (London) and Paradise Island Resort (the Bahamas). The follow up to BLANC de BLANC, BLANC de BLANC Encore has recently completed a sold-out season at the Sydney Opera House, and cabaret sensation LIMBO has this year celebrated its 800th performance in Amsterdam.

Maidment was part of the creative team for Madonna’s 2015 Rebel Heart World Tour and has since been invited to curate and direct entertainment for Madonna’s birthday parties in the Hamptons and Morocco.

About SAHARA Las Vegas
SAHARA Las Vegas is an all-encompassing resort and casino with 1,615 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers – including the AAA® Four Diamond Alexandria Tower, more than 95,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, three resort pools including two rooftop pools and a collection of acclaimed restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The inviting casino occupies 60,000 square feet and features approximately 500 of the latest slot and video poker machines, more than 50 classic table games and Infinity – a premium gaming lounge. An impressive selection of culinary and cocktail offerings include Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™, named “Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider; CASBAR Lounge; Bella Bistro; Uno Más; Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen; Beers And Bets; Club 101; and more. The resort is also home to the BLANC de BLANC Theatre, an intimate, live entertainment venue where the international cabaret sensation of the same name performs. Additionally, SAHARA Las Vegas houses a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. For more information about SAHARA Las Vegas, please visit and stay connected on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

The 28th Annual Las Vegas Heart Ball Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.


The 28th Annual Las Vegas Heart Ball
Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.



WHAT: The Las Vegas Heart Ball is the major event of the American Heart and Stroke Association designed to bring awareness and benefit to children’s heart and stroke research, public education, and community programs. Seventy-five cents of every dollar raised stays in Southern Nevada to fund life-saving research and implementing programs that directly support the mission of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

WHO: Corporate and medical sponsors, physicians, community leaders and survivors affected by heart disease and stroke will be in attendance. It promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together.

Chair of the 2018 Heart Ball is Amy Tarkanian. The Honoree is heart survivor and entrepreneur Tricia Estey.

Top local sponsors include: EHB Companies, the Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Go Red For Women cause sponsor Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. Media sponsors include The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Luxury Las Vegas and iHeartRadio Las Vegas.

The attire for the Heart Ball is The Great Gatsby-themed black-tie.
2018 Heart Ball Dinner Entertainment – Melody Sweets
2018 Heart Ball Featured Entertainment – The Moonshiners

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception and silent auction
7:30 Dinner, program and live entertainment

WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel
3960 Las Vegas Boulevard, South, Las Vegas, NV

WHY: Despite major advancements in treatment, heart disease and stroke remain the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of Americans and Nevadans, as well as a major cause of permanent disability.

That is why the American Heart Association is committed to improving the heart and brain health of all Americans and Nevadans. The Heart Ball inspires support of the work we do to create a better future for children, families and communities.

Last year, our Heart Ball campaign nearly $60 million nationwide, allowing us to fund more than $160 million in research and programs across the country and in our community.



Tuesday, March 28 at Noon

Tom Sandoval, actor and star of hit television series Vanderpump Rules, joins Thom Greco, chairman of Nightclub & Bar Show’s advisory board, for the official opening of the 2017 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show expo hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 28 at noon.


The event will begin with local and industry celebrities walking a red carpet to kick of the opening event. Walking the red carpet alongside Sandoval and Greco will be ABSINTHE Las Vegas’ Melody Sweets; Celebrity Chef Brian Duffy; Master Blender Tom Maas; former Senior Operations Executive for Walt Disney Resort Lee Cockerell; BMX Pro Ricardo Laguna; William Grant & Sons Director, Brand Advocacy Charlotte Voisey; BarMagic Las Vegas Owner Tobin Ellis; Aussie Heat and more.


The Nightclub & Bar Show, March 27-29, 2017, is the world’s largest gathering of bar, nightlife and beverage professionals. The show offers industry professionals the opportunity to connect with suppliers, network with new businesses, discover new products and gain critical skills to ensure their success in the dynamic bar and nightclub industry. For those interested in attending the show or for more information, please visit



About Nightclub & Bar Media Group:
Nightclub & Bar Media Group, a division of Boston, MA based Questex LLC, is the go-to resource for the on-premise professional. Mirroring the fast-paced, trend-setting nature of the beverage industry, Nightclub & Bar has been providing the specific tools bar professionals, owners and managers need to grow their businesses, compete, and succeed in this hyper-competitive and dynamic industry for over 30 years. Nightclub & Bar Media Group produces the Nightclub & Bar Show, VIBE Conference, Nightclub & Bar Top Rated Lists, Nightclub & Bar Awards, and produces daily content on


Las Vegas entertainers come out to support 26th annual AIDS Walk


Las Vegas Entertainers Come Out to Support at 26th Annual 

AIDS Walk Las Vegas on April 17

Get ready to “Make Your Mark” at the 26th Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas on Sunday, April 17 at Town Square starting at 8:30 a.m. with some of The Strip’s top performers showing support.

AFAN’s largest fundraiser of the year, AIDS Walk Las Vegas saw 6,000 walkers in 2015 raising more than $400,000 to directly benefit supportive services to stabilize and empower the 3,000 clients living with or affected by HIV.

Penn & Teller will serve as grand marshals for the 15th consecutive year and leaders of the Penn & Teller Challenge, offering five tiers of fundraising incentives including complimentary show tickets to Frank Marino’s Divas and Rock Of Ages, plus tickets and VIP backstage passes to Blue Man Group. The top challenger will be awarded with complimentary show tickets, a photo opp and exclusive meet & greet with Britney Spears. For every $250 raised by a challenger, Penn & Teller will match the donation dollar for dollar. Mercedes and JC from Mercedes in the Morning on Mix 94.1 will host the opening ceremony, kicking off with Rachel Tyler of Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers singing the National Anthem. Las Vegas entertainers will show their support with performances from Absinthe’s “Green Fairy” Melody Sweets, VEGAS! The Show, Twisted Vegas, Venetian headliners Human Nature and Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers.

Several politicians will address the crowd, including Councilman Stavros Anthony, Mayor Pro Tem Steven Ross, Senator Kelvin Atkinson and Senator Harry Reid.

“Las Vegas community members donate their time, money and talents every year and show tremendous support to AFAN and its mission but there is always more work to be done,” said AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo. “HIV/AIDS is everyone’s public health issue and does not discriminate by gender, race or socioeconomic status. It is through this sense of community and duty that we can come together to truly make a difference.”

People of all ages are encouraged to participate and registration is free. For additional information and to register, visit

Annual presenting sponsors of AIDS Walk include Caesars Entertainment, Walgreens, Penn & Teller, CBS Radio, Greenspun Media Group, PDQ Printing, AGR, Jamba Juice and Snell & Wilmer.


AIDS Walk Las Vegas 2015

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Penn & Teller at AIDS Walk Las Vegas 2015

About AFAN

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2016 marks AFAN’s 32nd anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.  As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit Keep up with AFAN events and news on Facebook and Twitter.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Welcomes ABSINTHE’s Melody Sweets for Guest Performance at Harrah’s Las Vegas on April 22


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Welcomes ABSINTHE’s Green Fairy Melody Sweets to the Stage at Harrah’s Las Vegas for One-Night-Only Guest Performance on Tuesday, April 22

On Tuesday, April 22 ABSINTHE’s “Green Fairy,” Melody Sweets, will join the Las Vegas company of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET onstage for a captivating encore performance. Sweets will perform a rendition of Janis Martin’s “My Boy Elvis” alongside the cast at Harrah’s Las Vegas at the conclusion of the evening’s 7 p.m. show. Tickets are available at the Showroom box office, by visiting or by calling (702) 777-2782.

An accomplished vocalist and burlesque performer, Sweets debuted her first album “Burlesque in the Black” in 2012, showcasing her soulful sound and songs that may be heard nightly in ABSINTHE. Aside from her one-night-only appearance with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Sweets can be seen performing in ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace Wednesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The Las Vegas company of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET continues to welcome fellow performers to the stage to celebrate the music of the production’s era through live jam sessions. Sweets will join the lineup of past guest stars including Bally’s Las Vegas headliner and one-woman vocal phenomenon, Véronic DiCaire, “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, Stratosphere performer Frankie Moreno, E! reality star and Strip headliner Holly Madison, and Broadway star Pia Zadora.

The Vegas cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features Benjamin D. Hale (Johnny Cash), Justin Shandor (Elvis Presley), Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Marc D. Donovan (Sam Phillips) and Felice Garcia (Dyanne).

The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes place on December 4, 1956, when Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought iconic musicians Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with the extraordinary story of secrets, betrayal, and the once in a lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and funny.  Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,”“Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,”  “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.  For more information on MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, please visit


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET performs Monday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m.; dark Saturday. Ticket prices range from $62.70 – 86.90 plus all applicable fees and are available at the Harrah’s Showroom box office, by visiting or by calling (702) 777-2782. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950.


About Melody Sweets:
Melody has had music featured on MTV, VH1, A&E, National Geographic and more, on shows such as Celebrity Fit Club and PUNK’D. She is also the first performer in the history of burlesque to have produced, written & star in her own music video for her hit song, Slice of Heaven, now a featured song in the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace where she performs as the Green Fairy.


A lover of the arts, Melody has had the honor of performing for and collaborating with such acclaimed artists as STING, Biork, Moby, Alice Cooper, The Bravery, Marc Jacobs, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Adriana Lima & Harvey Keitel, and is featured in numerous books including renowned photographer & author Henry Horenstein’s new book titled SHOW.


This “Shimmering Chanteuse” has graced the pages of countless magazines and publications including the cover of the Sunday Styles in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Village Voice, Blackbook Magazine, Paper Magazine, Daily News, and a two-page spread in Penthouse Forum. You can see her on the hit television show Gossip Girl or hear her sing as she’s immortalized in the top-selling video game of all time Grand Theft Auto 4.


You may now see Melody up close, anywhere across America, at any time, by visiting her portrait in museums nationwide, including the Harvard Art Museum, MA and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC.



raiding the rock vault

LVH – LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO celebrated the return of RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT, Tuesday, March 4, with a black carpet event to showcase the production’s new lineup and new songs. Met with multiple standing ovations, the all-star show, featuring “Classic Rock by Those Who Rocked It” – was attended by many local celebrities and notables, including Melody Sweets (Absinthe), Ricardo Laguna, Adrien Zmed (Grease 2, T.J. Hooker), Lyssa Lynne (the band Mr. & Mrs. Smith), vocalist Lorena Peril, hypnotist Anthony Cools, Murray SawChuck, Las Vegas Wranglers President Billy Johnson, Pia Zadora, former boxing heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, Jasmine Trias (American Idol), singer Ben Stone, producer and screenwriter Mylo Carbia, and more.


“We couldn’t be happier with the show this year,” said Ron Johnson, General Manager at the LVH.  “We didn’t think it could get any better than last year, but with new musicians, new singers and new songs, it absolutely has!  We anticipate a long, successful run for this show at the LVH and it just continues to add to our ‘legendary’ status.”


Bringing the history of rock ‘n’ roll to life, RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT pays homage to rock’s greatest hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, including classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Boston, Kansas, U2, Aerosmith, Van Halen, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Heart, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Supertramp, and many more.


Refreshed for 2014, RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT has signed phenomenal rock guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), as well as two outstanding female vocalists who will trade off: Carol-Lyn Liddle (Masters of Rock) and Stephanie Calvert (Starship). Songs that have been added to the hit show include “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac), “Heartbreaker” (Pat Benatar), “Alone” (Heart), “Dream On” (Aerosmith), “Highway to Hell” and “Thunderstruck” (AC/DC).


The show’s returning all-star lineup includes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Howard Leese [Guitar] (Heart), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), John Payne [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Asia), Paul Shortino [Lead Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen [Drums] (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and Michael T. Ross [Keyboards] (Lita Ford, Hardline).

Raiding The Rock Vault - "Rockin' Revelations Night" At The Las Vegas Hotel

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Credit: Denise Truscello

“We’re thrilled to showcase our new content,” said producer Sir Harry Cowell. “The support we’ve received here in Las Vegas—from LVH, locals, visitors, and other entertainers—has been incredible. We couldn’t be more pleased.”


RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT performs Friday through Tuesday nights weekly (schedule subject to change) at 8 p.m. in the LVH Theater. Ticket prices range from $49 to $80 plus taxes and fees. A special Rock Star Package is available for $140 (which includes tickets in the first five rows, t-shirt, concert program, CD, meet and greet and VIP pass).  A special 2-for-1 locals discount will be available for a short time (must present valid Nevada ID) and there are dinner/show packages with the world-famous Benihana and Vince Neil’s Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the LVH box office or by logging onto,, or Tickets can also be purchased by calling 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.


About LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, a legendary world-class destination, offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market, incredible restaurants, endless entertainment, more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space and the world’s largest race and sports SuperBook™. LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino provides a range of culinary adventures including exhibition-style Japanese cuisine at the world-famous Benihana, fine steaks at TJ’s Steakhouse, Mexican specialties and fabulous margaritas at Vince Neil’s Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina, mouth-watering burgers at Burger Bistro, Pan-Asian dining at 888 Noodle Bar, authentic Japanese sushi at Teru Sushi, a traditional buffet that features tastes from around the world and more. LVH boasts a strong entertainment schedule led by “Raiding the Rock Vault” in the LVH Theater, as well as a variety of on-going headliners, comedy and production shows in the Shimmer Cabaret. Its proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center and its designation as a Monorail station (connecting it to the Las Vegas Strip) makes it the ideal hotel for conventions and visitors alike.  For more information or to book accommodations, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to or connect with us on our social pages: