On the Scene With Brock Radke: K.C. & The Sunshine Band, Carlos Santana and more
Get Down Tonight
Located just west of the Strip on Sahara Avenue, Palace Station is a different kind of Vegas icon, the enterprise that spawned the phenomenon of the neighborhood casino serving locals looking for their own brand of fun and entertainment. Palace Station is celebrating its grand re-opening this week by bringing in a pair of icons in their own right, disco and dance music paragons KC & The Sunshine Band and the Village People, performing Sept. 15. With “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s The Way (I Like It),” “Macho Man” and “Y.M.C.A,” this promises to be a night of fun flashbacks celebrating the past and the future.
Making Musical Memories
The instrumental “Soul Sacrifice” is remembered as one of the musical highlights of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival, a prime example of Carlos Santana’s signature blend of traditional Latin rhythms with soaring American rock 'n' roll. It’s a safe bet you’ll catch the song when Santana returns to his blockbuster residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, Sept. 12-23. The show was just extended into 2019 and tickets are now on sale for January and February performances, marking the seventh year of this celebrated live concert experience at one of Las Vegas’ quintessential music venues. If it’s your first time taking in Santana’s greatest hits, go big with the La Zona Fiesta ticket to get up-close and personal with this music legend.
Around the Strip
Caesars Palace superstar headliner Mariah Carey has announced five additional dates in the new year for The Butterfly Returns at the Colosseum. She’s back on the Strip with concerts on Sept. 9-10, while tickets for her February performances just went on sale.
Actress Jennifer Finnigan from TV’s Salvation celebrated her birthday in downtown Las Vegas with actor husband Jonathan Silverman at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D. After enjoying a custom-made Salvation cake, the couple was spied partying with casino owner Derek Stevens and his wife Nicole at the casino’s Longbar.
Remember that chart-topping, R&B-meets-hip-hop, collaborative cover “Whatta Man” from 1993-’94? Be prepared to see it performed live when you check out I Love the’ 90s: The Vegas Show at Paris this fall. Both great girl groups who put that song at No. 3 on the Billboard charts will be among the opening acts for the new Strip production as En Vogue was recently announced to be joining Salt-N-Pepa. Also planned for the kickoff performances Oct. 12-27 at the Paris Theater are Rob Base (“It Takes Two”) and All-4-One (“I Swear”).
Mat Franco celebrated the third anniversary of his show Magic Reinvented Nightly recently at The Linq, commemorating the milestone with champagne and cupcakes with his crew before the show. The upstairs theater was named for the America’s Got Talent winner last spring and he’s been performing eight shows a week there since last summer.
There’s been a lot of F&B action at The Venetian and Palazzo lately and yet another new venue was recently announced. Mott 32, an award-winning restaurant based in Hong Kong, will open its first U.S. outpost at The Palazzo this winter, bringing a menu of authentic Chinese recipes handed down through generations.
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