On the Scene with Brock Radke: 'Fuerza Bruta,' Mac King and more
Up in the Air
Entertainment in Las Vegas is shaped by experiences, not “shows.” That word has become an oversimplification of the adventures we seek out these days, progressing rapidly thanks to technology and creativity. Sitting in a chair and watching a performance onstage is only the starting point.
The newest “show” on the Vegas Strip has no chairs. Its stage is merely a concept. Fuerza Bruta has been touring the world for more than 15 years, thrilling international audiences with a fully immersive mix of dynamic music, emotion and aerial imagery.
Launching this week on March 7 inside a custom-built tent just outside Excalibur, Fuerza Bruta is performed at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and is poised to take Vegas entertainment in an exciting new direction.
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
MMA fighter Amanda Lucas, daughter of George Lucas, enjoyed Absinthe at Caesars Palace, while TV and film favorite Chazz Palminteri partied at Tao Nightclub at the Venetian and visited the Bronx Wanderers at The Linq.
In only a season and a half, the Vegas Golden Knights have brought dozens of celebrities and entertainers up to the Fortress to crank the siren and get the T-Mobile Arena fans fired up before the puck drops. Remember when Criss Angel and Lil Jon did the honors before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals? The team’s recent big win over Nashville was marked by one of the loudest ovations yet for Michael J. Fox, who was in town for a golf weekend with friends and took the time to don a Knights jersey and make memories with fans.
More celebrity sightings: Snowboarding superstar Shaun White, and his girlfriend, rocker Sarah Barthel of the band Phantogram, celebrated Barthel’s birthday at On the Record at Park MGM with club mavens Jonnie and Mark Houston, actors Milo Ventimiglia and Wilmer Valderrama and British pop star Rita Ora.
Tickets are on sale for Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Hideaway, an interactive musical cabaret with a rotating cast of performers from the PMJ universe set to begin weekly performances at 1 Oak Nightclub at The Mirage on April 12. The show will play 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with Matt Goss’ vintage Vegas show moving to Sunday nights.