Around the Strip with Brock Radke: Stevie Wonder, Comedy Cellar and more
The last time Stevie Wonder performed in Las Vegas, it was from a massive outdoor lot for the opening night of 2015’s Life Is Beautiful Festival downtown. Before that, his Songs in the Key of Life Tour hit the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2014. Now the legend is back and he’s already two shows deep into a five-concert run at Park Theater, dubbed The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music. If you caught one of his other Vegas appearances, you know Stevie’s shows are exactly that—a celebration. Grab your tickets to the Park MGM venue for Aug. 8 and 10-11 and prepare to sing along, praise and party.
It just opened in Las Vegas at the Rio in the spring and the Comedy Cellar has already hosted shows from Saturday Night Live star Michael Che, French megastar Gad Elmaleh, The Tonight Show regular Steve Byrne, 30 Rock scene stealer Judah Friedlander and many more. In short, one of New York’s most infamous and hilarious rooms has made a big impact on Vegas in almost no time. Upcoming acts include Des Bishop, Nathan Macintosh, pictured, Ian Edwards and Kathleen Dunbar from Aug. 8-12. Don’t be the last person you know to try out this hilarious hot spot.
Menopause The Musical has marked a milestone. The Harrah’s show recently celebrated performance No. 5,000 and got more than a standing ovation that night as fellow Strip stage stars The Bronx Wanderers, Clint Holmes, Tenors of Rock and others showed up to cheer the show on. Menopause stars Laverne & Shirley legend Cindy Williams with Vita Corimbi, Jacquelyn Holland-Wright, Lori Legacy and Lisa Mack.
A big Vegas version of the popular I Love the ’90s nostalgia concert tour is coming to Paris. I Love the ’90s: The Vegas Show is set to debut on Oct. 12 at the Paris Theater, starring a rotating guest of musical favorites that begins with Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4-One. The immersive dance party will be complete with a live DJ, dancers, throwback videos and other pop stars from that memorable era, including Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Kid ‘n Play and Dru Hill.
Bearded funnyman Jim Gaffigan stuck around after his recent stand-up set at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and discovered the David Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra, the powerful 14-piece band that infuses all kinds of dynamic energy into familiar tunes at Cleopatra’s Barge Fridays and Saturdays. Gaffigan is officially a fan.
Talk about a power table: Before his show at Drai’s Nightclub, rapper Meek Mill joined New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and Sixers star Ben Simmons for dinner at the venerable (and delicious) Tao Asian Bistro at The Venetian.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com.