RECAP: Hakkasan Group Hosts Benefit Concert With Headlining Artists Céline Dion, Tiësto, Zedd, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, and Many More- Tuesday, Nov. 7


Last night (Tuesday, Nov. 7) Hakkasan Group hosted an incredible Benefit Concert at OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace. In response to the tragic events that took place on October 1 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the Las Vegas-based hospitality company brought locals, partygoers, and artists together for an eventful evening to raise funds for those affected.

The nightspot opened its doors at 9:30 p.m. and welcomed some of the industry’s top turntable artists including Tiësto, Zedd, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Party Favor, Cash Cash, Nghtmre, and more in the main room, while renowned SKAM Artists Lil Jon, FAED, Turbulence, Crooked, NEVA and OB One took over Heart of OMNIA as Bojo from Vegas’ Q 100.5, kept the energy going throughout the night. Adding to the excitement, UFC’s official Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer participated throughout the night as he helped hype up the packed room and welcomed artists to the stage.

As the night went on, the nightspot was treated to an unbelievable surprise as legendary singer, and Vegas icon, Céline Dion joined DJ Steve Aoki on stage. The energy in the room reached an all-time high as she performed a special rendition of her classic song “My Heart Will Go On” alongside the popular DJ. The highly-acclaimed vocalist had the entire room in awe and singing along as she provided guests with an unforgettable and intimate performance experience. Following the incredible rendition, Aoki joined Dion atop of the DJ booth as they both showed off some of their best dance moves, while the packed nightspot collectively basked in the amazing moment.

The Benefit Concert went on into the early hours of the morning as the artists played back-to-back sets, making for a tremendously remarkable affair. With the goal of bringing the community together, and to further cement Vegas as the entertainment capital of the world, Hakkasan Group is pleased to announce that together we raised over $1,000,000 through donations, ticket sales, and all revenue earned throughout the night, all of which is being donated to the Las Vegas Victims Fund, via the Direct Impact Fund.

In addition to the event, Hakkasan Group hosted a private dinner at Searsucker inside Caesars Palace for a number of the city’s first responders. In honor of all their hard work and dedication to the community, the evening acted as a thank you and allowed them to enjoy a night out in true Vegas fashion.

Hakkasan Group would like to give a special thanks to all of the artists and the community for their support and donations, including Tiësto and Kaskade for their generous contributions, as well as our partners and sponsors including Caesars Entertainment, Pop Artist Spencer Couture, Sirius XM, Anheuser-Busch, Armand de Brignac, Bacardi USA, Backbar USA, Beam Suntory, Beau Joie, Brown Forman, Campari America, Corona, Diageo, Heineken USA, Moët Hennessy, Pernod Ricard, Plush Creative Agency, Red Bull, Remy Cointreau USA, Southern-Glazers Wine and Spirits, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and many more.

For the Love of Cocktails, Fundraiser Co-Hosted by Back Bar USA and Tony Abou-Ganim

for the love of cocktails


Event will benefit bar workers affected by breast cancer


Top mixologists and spirits brands will combine forces for a pre-Valentine’s Day philanthropic event: For the Love of Cocktails, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. on February 13 at Mix in THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay. “For the Love of Cocktails,” co-hosted by Tony Abou-Ganim, one of the most pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world and author of The Modern Mixologist, and Back Bar USA, a wine, beer and spirits marketing and consulting firm, will have stations featuring innovative cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. The event is ticketed and limited to 450 guests. Tickets are $35 in advance and may be purchased at or $50 at the door. A VIP table package is also available for $150.


A portion of the proceeds from For the Love of Cocktails will benefit the Helen David Relief Fund, which was created by Abou-Ganim. The organization provides financial  assistance to those in the beverage industry who are affected by breast cancer. The inspiration for the organization is the memory of Abou-Ganim’s cousin, Helen David, who beat breast cancer twice during her lifetime. Abou-Ganim considers David, an iconic bar owner for decades in Port Huron, MI, to be his earliest influence in the world of spirits.


“Back Bar and Tony have a strong relationship,” said Tim Haughinberry, founder of Back Bar USA. “We are happy not only to showcase the best brands with the best mixologists in Las Vegas, but to also help a cause so close to his heart.”


Craft cocktails will be created from top brands including Absolut Citron, Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, Bombay Sapphire East, Chandon, Fernet Branca, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Jim Beam Signature Craft, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Rèmy Martin V, Skyy Peach, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. The brands represent high quality and diversity in their flavors.


The mixologists who will participate have strong pedigrees in the spirits industry and are members of the United States Bartenders Guild. They will create their own unique cocktails with the signature liquors. Mixologists scheduled to participate include:


  • Michael MacDonnell, Monte Carlo
  • Max Solano, Emeril Lagasse Group
  • Nathan Greene, Imperial Tacos & Beer
  • Darren West, Jean Georges Steakhouse
  • Bobby Gleason, Beam Global
  • Raul Faria, Gordon Ramsey
  • Mariena Mercer, Cosmopolitan
  • Alenrry Iniguez, Herbs and Rye
  • Ju Young Kang, Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
  • Kristen Schaefer, Pernod Ricard
  • Nikki Afable, Venetian
  • Ricardo Murcia, Bellagio
For more information about Back Bar USA, head to; for more information about Tony Abou-Ganim, visit; and for more about the Helen David Relief Fund, check out the Facebook page or Twitter handle @helendavidrf. Back Bar USA and its sponsors encourage guests to enjoy responsibly and to not drink and drive.


About Back Bar USA
Back Bar USA is a full-service marketing and consulting firm with more than 25 years experience in the beer, wine and spirits industries. Specializing in corporate and national account beverage programs with an emphasis on gaming, resorts, nightlife and fine dining, the company provides services ranging from menu development to ground-up venue concept, design and execution. Back Bar maintains an impressive portfolio of clients and brands that include Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts, Ketel One Vodka and Corona. For more information, visit www.BackBarUSA.Com.


About Tony Abou-Ganim
Tony Abou-Ganim is widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world. He has made dozens of national TV appearances on shows including TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News and more.  Abou-Ganim is the author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails (Agate, 2010) which offers readers an in-depth look into spirits and ingredients available to today’s mixologist, both professional and amateur alike. This entertaining and informative journey will take readers from the early stages of the cocktail to what Abou-Ganim has come to deem “Modern Mixology.” Abou-Ganim also has a DVD to his credit, Modern Mixology: Making Great Cocktails at Home, and hosted the Fine Living program Raising the Bar: America’s Best Bar Chefs. Abou-Ganim has also won three Iron Chef America competitions; pairing cocktails with Iron Chef Mario Batali; with Iron Chef Jose Garces and most recently with challenger Chef Shawn McClain. His signature branded line of Modern Mixologist bar tools and his second book, Vodka Distilled (Agate, 2013), are available now at Keep current with news, appearances and special events at on Facebook and on Twitter @MdrnMixologist.