Country Connections

Chart-topping country-pop trio Lady Antebellum is more than comfortable at the Pearl Theater with its Our Kind of Vegas residency at the Palms, which wraps up its spring run with three more concerts on May 15 and 17-18.

“It’s like being among friends,” singer Charles Kelley said. “We’ve been playing amphitheaters and arenas for so long … Here we feel like we can take a breath and have conversations with the crowd and see their faces. It was refreshing, everything we dreamed of.”

Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood take advantage of the Pearl’s luxurious, intimate environment to truly connect with fans, tell stories and dip into some favorite tracks from the past. It’s a special superstar experience.

Must-See: Santana

Rob Thomas’ tour will be making a stop next month at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort and the former Matchbox Twenty frontman is still best known for the 20-year-old mega-hit “Smooth,” which he wrote and recorded with Carlos Santana. But he learned a lot from collaborating with the guitar great. “Right when I kind of needed someone to show me the difference between being a celebrity and being a famous musician, Carlos came along and really helped inform me on the kind of musician and kind of songwriter that I wanted to be,” he said recently. Of course, you don’t have to wait until Thomas comes to town to hear “Smooth.” Santana’s iconic House of Blues residency resumes May 15, 17-19, 22 and 24-25 at Mandalay Bay.

Around the Strip

In town for the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards at Mandalay Bay Events Center, Grammy winner Marc Anthony stopped in at New York-New York to catch a performance of Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil and even mingled with cast members after the show. Another star singer, Sarah McLachlan, stole some time away from her concerts at Encore Theater to visit Absinthe at Caesars Palace.

Model and actor Manolo Gonzalez Vergara, son of Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, partied and dined at JEMAA, The NoMad pool party at Park MGM, on a recent Saturday afternoon, sharing lobster rolls, burgers and a shrimp cocktail with friends while sipping on Casamigos Anejo.

The Vegas Golden Knights’ season may have ended prematurely, but the team returned to a tradition set last year with a year-end celebration at the Palms. The local hockey heroes feasted on a customized menu including chilled seafood platters, steak tartare, ribeye and salmon at Scotch 80 Prime, then kept the party going with some team time at KAOS Nightclub.

Before the Backstreet Boys played the final show of their Larger Than Life residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort late last month, Nick Carter popped in at Influence, the pool party at The Linq, for an afternoon acoustic set. The singer chilled out the crowd with cozy renditions of “As Long As You Love Me,” “I Want It That Way” and many more hits, also covering songs by Richard Marx, America and The Moody Blues.

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