Monday, August 3, 2020 / by Ken Couture
The return of big Las Vegas entertainment at arenas, showrooms, theaters and clubs is still far from becoming reality. But there is plenty of smaller-scale live entertainment programmed every week in the city’s tourism corridor along Las Vegas Boulevard.
Here’s a resort-by-resort breakdown of all the live entertainment currently scheduled on or near the Strip. Keep in mind that anything and everything is subject to change and reservations are strongly encouraged if not required, so get in the habit of calling ahead.
Aria has one of the most dramatic lobby areas on the Strip and its stylish Lobby Bar (702-590-8638), open around the clock, welcomes Vegas visitors with a pianist Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7 p.m.
The center Strip titan quickly emerged as one of the most entertaining destinations upon reopening thanks to the iconic fountain show and the equally magnetic conservatory, but the incredible musicians, singers and dancers that make the show go at Mayfair Supper Club (702-693-8876) have created plenty of buzz as well. Take it all in along with dinner and drinks Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Bellagio also has live DJs at Lily Bar & Lounge (702-692-5615) and the legendary pianists at the recently renovated Petrossian Bar (702-693-7111).
The classic and free circus acts on the second-level Midway (702-734-0410) begin every day at 11:30 a.m.
One of Cosmo’s newest venues, the Barbershop (702-698-7434) is serving up live bands from its intimate stage at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. That’s been a bit of a secret because of the place’s speakeasy-style of operations, but less under-the-radar is the modern supper club experience at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. (877-893-2001), which offers a variety of acts during dinner and operates Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. The resort’s popular club Marquee (702-333-9000) has been booked solid for weekend day and night pool lounging with DJ music, drink service and a full food menu, and you can also catch DJ performances at the casino-level Clique Lounge at 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The new indoor-outdoor beer garden and restaurant known as the Front Yard (702-733-8901) at the friendly casino and hotel just east of the Strip is currently open Thursday through Saturday and bringing live music to the stage starting at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (702-733-3302) offers music from a live soloist at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, some relaxing tunes to go with your margarita and cheeseburger in paradise. The Flamingo bar and restaurant also offers plenty of patio space.
With DJs spinning nightly at 10 p.m. on the 63rd floor Foundation Room lounge (702-632-7631) and on weekends at Daylight Beach Club (702-632-4700), plus regular live music in the restaurant space at the House of Blues (702-632-7600), Mandalay Bay has one of the busiest entertainment programs on the reopened Strip. Bonus pick: The rollicking Irish pub Ri Ra (702-632-7771) at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place continues to host beloved Celtic rock duo the Black Donnellys at 7 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
Sitting at the gateway from the casino to MGM’s restaurant row is country music hot spot the Losers Bar (702-891-3003) and it continues to offer live music nightly at 6 p.m. in its comfy saloon environment.
Sadly, the iconic dueling pianos act at the Bar at Times Square has once again been shuttered, but until its return you can find live bands rocking out at 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday at another long-standing Strip music bar, Nine Fine Irishmen (702-740-3311).
The off-Strip casino is set to bring the bands back to its live music haven, restaurant and bar Bailiwick (702-365-7111) starting this weekend on July 31. Bands and solo acts will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Just a few blocks east on Flamingo Road lies one of the liveliest lounges in Las Vegas. The staff and musicians that make up the Tuscany’s Piazza Lounge (702-893-8933) have been working hard to maintain a robust weekly schedule of music that currently includes Laura Shaffer on Mondays, Ashley Fuller on Tuesdays, Kelly Clinton on Wednesdays, Michael Grimm on Thursdays, Kenny Davidsen on Fridays, Rita Lim on Sundays and a slate of rotating performers on Saturday nights.
There are singers and musicians entertaining during the day at St. Mark’s Square inside the Grand Canal Shoppes and the twin luxury resorts are amping up the atmosphere with live DJs at nightlife spots the Dorsey (702-414-1945) and Electra Cocktail Club (702-607-1950) during weekend evening hours.
Though Wynn has reactivated its nightlife venues as lounges, including Encore Beach Club, XS and Intrigue, the only DJ music on property is at Encore’s Eastside Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.
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