On the Scene with Brock Radke: Cardi B, Mac King and more
After she won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and stood out in a sea of supercharged Super Bowl commercials for her fun turn with Lil Jon and Steve Carrell in a Pepsi ad, Cardi B truly transitioned from a social media sensation and upstart hip-hop performer to an unmistakable pop culture phenomenon.
The Palms jumped onboard by capturing her as one of the original resident headliners at its new Kaos Nightclub, and she returns to her home stage in Las Vegas on April 18. The scary part is she’s just getting started: Things aren’t slowing down for the rowdy rapper thanks to her new single “Please Me” with Bruno Mars, another hit to add to the Cardi collection. No wonder she’s one of the recipients of iHeartRadio’s Titanium Award, reserved for artists who have received 1 billion spins on stations across the country.
Must-See: Mac King
Kentucky native and Las Vegas institution Mac King flew by his 19-year anniversary performing at Harrah’s Showroom in January, and he’s not going anywhere any time soon—the good-natured magician is locked in through 2023.
“One thing I’m proud of is that it’s not just a series of magic tricks,” he says of his Tuesday through Saturday, family-friendly afternoon show, which he’s always tweaking and updating. “There’s a specific order and the stuff that comes later refers back to earlier stuff. There are all these loose ends that get tied up, all these callbacks and self-referential things. So the hard part is how to figure out what to take out when I put something new in. It’s all so intertwined.”
Around the Strip
Lisa Vanderpump has officially conquered Caesars Palace. The grand opening of Vanderpump Cocktail Garden between the Colosseum and the entrance to The Forum Shops, was one of the biggest Vegas parties of the year so far, attended by the entire cast of Bravo TV’s Vanderpump Rules as well as Camille Grammer, Lance Bass and more. Before the rosé-fueled soirée began, Caesars Palace CEO Mark Frissora welcomed Vanderpump to Las Vegas and the British-born former model and actress asked for one more favor: “I just was wondering if … maybe you could change the name to Lisa’s Palace?”
The following night, many of the reality stars from Vanderpump Rules, including Stassi Schroeder, James Kennedy, Ariana Madix and Scheana Shay, checked in at Absinthe at Caesars Palace, sneaking backstage after the show to take pictures with the Gazillionaire and the Green Fairy.
Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett attended the Vanderpump opening after popping into The Naked Magicians at MGM Grand. Supernatural actor Misha Collins caught Absinthe the same weekend, and at The Cosmopolitan, Flavor Flav was spotted partying at Marquee Nightclub while actress Cassie Scerbo celebrated her birthday there with girlfriends after dinner at Beauty & Essex.
Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx took a turn behind the wheel at Exotics Racing, pushing the limits in a red Ferrari 488 GTB at the supercar racing experience.