Downtown Life: Jeffrey Osborne, St. Patrick's Day celebrations and The Longbar
Any time that snarky The Soup host Joel McHale wanted to convey the romantic melodrama of the Bachelor franchise, he’d cut to a clip from Jeffrey Osborne’s 1982 R&B ballad “On the Wings of Love.” Such is the power of Osborne’s best-known single that it can stand in for the very idea of love itself. Osborne has been crooning about romance and sensuality since his days in legendary R&B group L.T.D. in the 1970s, when he sang hits like “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again,” “Love Ballad” and “Holding On (When Love Is Gone).” As a solo artist, Osborne had a string of R&B chart hits in the ’80s, including “The Last Time I Made Love,” “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” and “She’s on the Left.” On 2018’s Worth It All, his first album of original songs since 2003, Osborne combines modern sounds with the smooth, classic R&B that he’s known for. “I still believe that there’s an audience for what my generation has to offer,” he said in the album announcement, and that audience has responded by making the title track Osborne’s first radio hit since the ’90s. The veteran loverman has still got it. –Josh Bell
Golden Nugget, 8 p.m. March 15, starting at $49 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
St. Patrick’s Day may be on March 17, but downtown Las Vegas is going to keep the celebration going for days. There’s plenty of luck of the Irish to be found!
The Plaza Hotel & Casino hosts a free party beginning at 7 p.m. March 16 at the dome entrance, including a live DJ, photo booth and games like flip cup and beer pong. While you’re there, enjoy great deals on holiday-inspired offerings like Irish sliders or a Banger on a Bun—both only $5 apiece. The whole event ends with a live green fireworks show at 10:30 p.m.
The Plaza will keep the St. Patrick’s Day fun going from March 15-17, offering drink specials at casino bars like Jameson Mules and Irish Car Bombs for $7, and Grey Goose Le Melon Mules, Jameson shots, Guinness cans and green beer pints for $5.
The Fremont Street Experience always feels like a party, but the six-block entertainment district will take things to 11 with a four-day ShamROCK celebration. Beginning March 14, ShamROCK will include strolling flash mobs, dancers and 16 live bands, including Darby O’Gill, Luck of the Spandex, Whiskey Galore and many more. In addition, the Cirque du Soleil-inspired show Sticky Sweet, featuring dancing and aerialist acts, performs nightly from 8-10 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage.
The festivities culminate on March 17 with the 13th annual Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association St. Patrick’s Day march, which begins at noon and includes bagpipers and uniformed firefighters. Come show your spirit—with a green beer in hand, of course. –Ken Miller
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’s 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