On the Scene With Brock Radke: 'Atomic Saloon Show' rides into Vegas
An ‘Atomic’ New Experience
Once you sidle up to this saloon, you might not want to ever leave. That’s because the cast of characters in the new Atomic Saloon Show at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo are more than just dancers, acrobats, comedians, aerialists and, well, creatively musical nuns.
Each of them is irresistible in their own way, from the ribald Madam Boozy Skunkton to the fun-loving preacher Reverend Peabody. You’ll be dazzled by this talented team’s abilities when you’re not doubled over laughing at one of the funniest shows to hit the Strip in years, now playing nightly Thursday-Tuesday.
With three bars and ambience to spare in this double-decker theater and club, it’s a good idea to get there early and/or stay late to keep this supercharged party going all night.
It’s like a video game coming to life onstage. KÁ isn’t just a show, it’s the epic journey of two separated siblings struggling to reunite and avenge an attack on their family and way of life, and the visual spectacle created by Cirque du Soleil detailing this saga is unlike any other presentation in the history of entertainment. The stage itself is constantly moving and morphing—at one moment it’s a wall of ice reminiscent of Game of Thrones, at another it’s a sand-covered beach hiding a plethora of whimsical creatures. Cirque has constructed a vivid, astonishing world to tell this story and Vegas audiences can’t get enough. Catch KÁ Saturday through Wednesday at MGM Grand.
Around the Strip
Among the most memorable performances at this year’s Life Is Beautiful festival was Walk the Moon’s onstage collaboration for “One Foot” with dancers, aerialists and other artists from Cirque du Soleil. The band visited The Mirage the night before to rehearse with Cirque dancers and stayed to catch The Beatles LOVE. But Wayne Newton stole the show at LIB when he joined the Black Keys for a performance of “Lonely Boy.”
Chance the Rapper joined fellow two-fest headliner Billie Ellish (each performed at both Life Is Beautiful and iHeartRadio music festivals) to make a surprise appearance at the pool party at Downtown Grand.
Chance also took advantage of some rare downtime at Mandalay Bay’s Moorea Beach Club. Also in town for iHeart, Julianne Hough and John Stamos were among a group who dined at the NoMad Restaurant at Park MGM before catching Aerosmith’s residency show at Park Theater. Later that night, they popped in at the new Mama Rabbit bar, where reality TV star Audrina Patridge sipped on pineapple vodka cocktails before sliding over to the On the Record nightclub at Park MGM.
Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum partied at Drai’s Nightclub all weekend long, catching performances from French Montana and Migos. Sarah Michelle Geller and Freddie Prinze Jr. celebrated their daughter Charlotte’s 10th birthday with a family weekend in Vegas that included dinner at Tao at The Venetian, late-night snacks at Black Tap and a performance of “O” at Bellagio.
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.