Downtown Life: B.J. Thomas, Thunderbird Hotel and Longbar
Catch a Feeling
B.J. Thomas is the performer behind catchy, breezy hits like “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “I Just Can’t Help Believing” and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” with a sound that combines soft rock, country twang and pop hooks, all in a pleasant, easily accessible format. Thomas’ hits have climbed the pop, adult contemporary, country and Christian charts, demonstrating the wide appeal of music that is, well, easy to listen to.
Plenty of people could sing along to “Raindrops” without knowing who Thomas is, and that goes for the rest of his hits, which are frequently (and successfully) covered by other artists. His affable, appealing presence made him the perfect person to sing “As Long as We Got Each Other,” the infectious theme song to ’80s family sitcom Growing Pains. Like a vintage sitcom, Thomas’ music is both comforting and familiar. –Josh Bell
Golden Nugget, 8 p.m. Aug. 23, starting at $29 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
Let’s Go Retro
On the grounds of the newly remodeled Thunderbird Boutique Hotel & Lounge is a real hidden gem, the Tree of Love Chapel. Bathed in florals and heavenly white décor, the gem of the chapel is the living tree rooted at the alter. When remodeling the grounds, the owners wanted to keep the almost 100-year-old tree in its place, so they built the chapel around it, and now you can say your “I do’s” in one of the coolest spots in Vegas.
And it’s not just Thunderbird’s new chapel—the whole hotel grounds offers a cool, Palm Springs-meets-Las Vegas escape, located near the eclectic Arts District and flourishing downtown scene. The 100-room boutique property offers an intimate pool area, and a spacious one-bedroom pool suite that overlooks all the action. There’s also a new lounge and entertainment space with a full menu of eats and drinks.
Delicious food items include a filling “hangover” breakfast burrito; huge, fluffy pancakes; steak and eggs; pork belly sliders; flatbreads; a veggie burger; a shrimp po’boy and a seriously delicious dessert—a made-in-house brownie topped with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream. Classic cocktails include the Hemingway daiquiri, Moscow Mule and Rum Runner. In the lounge, there are also beer pong and pool tables, plus bar-top gaming, as well as a stage for live musical performances. Connected to the lounge is a spacious outdoor patio with views of the all action on the boulevard. –Kiko Miyasato
1215 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702.489.7500
It’s the center of all the action at The D, and it fills out more than 1,000 square feet. The Longbar is reputedly the longest bar in Nevada, and offers fun both morning and night. There are also 15 large-screen TVs playing sports around the clock, and guests can enjoy classic cocktails with a twist, or grab a beer on draft. It’s also not unusual to spot the owner of The D, Derek Stevens, mingling with the crowd. –Kiko Miyasato
The D, open 24 hours. 702.388.2400