Las Vegas is known around the world for being city of gambling and casinos. It is also renowned for its adult entertainment industry. However with so many people being attracted into the region the casinos have done everything to make their venue more attractive than their competitors. One of the favored ways to do this is to host world class musical performers staging concerts. The City built its reputation after the Second World War as a group of musicians and friends came together and formed the rat pack. This group generally consisted of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart.
They would play at various venues around Las Vegas as individual acts, but to add to the general excitement one or two of the pack would arrive on stage unexpectedly. Frank Sinatra was renowned around the city and he was the resident performer in a number of venues.
In fact when he started performing at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas hew became one of the pioneers performers. He followed this up by also appearing at the Sands Hotel and Casino, and Caesars Palace. The concept of having a resident performer was started by Liberace in 1944 who performed at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. As well as being followed by Sinatra, Elvis Presley also appeared with his most successful run occurring at the Hilton, Las Vegas for 837 consecutive sold out shows between 1969 and 1976.
The concept of the residency performer has been re-established in recent years and a glance at the shows currently that are running in 2018 will see a list of the music industry’s most popular acts. Elton John, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Carlos Santana and the Backstreet Boys all have extended dates.
Celine Dion is in her second spell in Las Vegas with her show “Celine” playing at the Colosseum in Caesars Place which has been running since 2011. The 70 performances every year earn her a reputed salary of 500,000 US dollars a show. This has followed her initial show between 2003 and 2007 “A New Day”, which entertained almost 3 million people over the 717 shows it played. The success of Celine Dion has now made it once again fashionable for singers to take up a long time residency. In Las Vegas there are enough venues and the city boasts a wide variety of different genres of music that is being played.
There are the major venues such as the MGM Grand and Caesars Palace that are headline by the world’s biggest stars such as Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand. However, there are other smaller venues that also provide musical entertainment such as the Nine Fine Irishmen Pub. This pub as well as serving Irish food And drinks also has an Irish band playing every evening accompanied by Irish dancing.
The House of Blues is another popular venue. Each night the music that is played makes the customers feel that they are in New Orleans as opposed to Las Vegas. Some of the best blues musicians perform including resident artist Carlos Santana. The creative music scene in Las Vegas has led to many bands emerging from the region. One of the most popular is the rock band The Killers with the group all being residents of Las Vegas and nearby Henderson. The music of Las Vegas plays a major part in the entertainment that is available in the city