Vegas Weekender: King reigns supreme in Vegas

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The greatest entertainer was The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and he returns to the stage Aug. 3 with the release of “Elvis on Tour” on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital download. In addition, 460 select movie theaters across the nation will showcase the film tonight at 7 p.m.

In Vegas, Elvis Presley continues to reign supreme. Just last week, Fremont Street Experience held the first-ever Las Vegas preliminary round for the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” contest. In addition, the Entertainment Capital of the World features shows like Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva ELVIS.”

For the first time on Blu-ray™ and DVD, get “Elvis on Tour” August 3.

For the first time on Blu-ray™ and DVD, get “Elvis on Tour” August 3.

DVD

Elvis Presley returns to the stage Aug. 3 with the release of “Elvis on Tour” in Blu-ray, DVD and digital download.

Filmed in 1972, this Golden Globe-winning documentary followed Elvis on a 15-city tour in 1972. Now it has been completely restored and remastered in high definition and surround sound. The documentary is considered the last film Presley made before his death in 1977 and features 25 musical numbers including footage from on-stage performances and backstage rehearsals.

Concert performances in the film include “Burning Love,” “Don’t be Cruel,” “Teddy Bear,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are you Lonesome Tonight” and more. The film also features Elvis’ infamous appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and Presley’s first performance of “Burning Love.”

Shows

If you’re searching for great Elvis entertainment, make sure to catch Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva ELVIS” inside Aria, featuring stunning stage design and dance numbers that will blow your mind.

Speaking of dance, fans of the growing hip-hop and dance culture can see the World Hip Hop Dance Championships from July 28 – Aug. 1 at Red Rock Resort and the Orleans. See dance crews battle for $20,000 in cash and prizes, as well as a special performance by America’s Best Dance Crew winners.

If you plan on being in town next Thursday and Friday (Aug. 6-7), the Ultimate B-Boy Championship takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. While World Hip Hop Dance Championships showcases an array of dance techniques, UBC dedicates itself strictly to the underground B-Boy/B-Girl culture and showcases break dance competitors from all over the globe. Special guests include the Jabbawockeez and The Gamblerz.

Rock out to Aerosmith with Sammy Hagar live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, July 31.
Performing the smash hits “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under,” fans of Australian pop singer Colin Hay can see him on Friday, July 30 at 10 p.m. for Monte Carlo’s Concert Series at the Pub.

While you’re driving to Vegas, check out Frankie Valli playing at Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s on Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m.

Attractions

To continue your Elvis-themed weekend, make sure to check out the King’s Ransom Museum at the Imperial Palace. Open for a limited time only, see rare Elvis memorabilia including his old library card, karate outfits, sunglasses, jewelry and even his beloved Lincoln Continental, Bible and home items.

Wet Republic at MGM Grand

Wet Republic at MGM Grand

Pools

Catch DJ Scene on Thursdays and San Diego DJ Loczi on Saturdays for live music at Liquid pool lounge at Aria.

Show off all your beautiful tattoos with Tattoosdays at Wet Republic at MGM.

Fun concerts on the sand at Mandalay Beach include Sublime with Rome and the Dirty Heads on Friday, July 30 and Adam Lambert with Orianthi on Saturday, July 31.

Sports

MMA Xplosion comes to Vegas Saturday July 31 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock. This exciting fight includes Vitor Vianna, BJ Lacy, Jorge Lopez, and Eric Bradley, Danny Davis, Angelo Antuna, Chidi Njokuanai, Otis Ruis and Michele Gutierrez, to name a few.

Nightlife

Party hearty with the Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar, at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Planet Hollywood on Friday, July 30. This bash is open to the public and admission is complimentary. Space is limited.

If you’re sticking around until Wednesday, check out Rhumbar’s “Summer Nights” with “Havanatone,” Vegas’ only Latin night under the stars. Rumba Rico, a group of top-ranked professional dancers, will salsa, rumba and cha cha to the Latin-inspired beats of live musicians. Every Wednesday at 9 p.m., Rumba Rico provides guests with a complimentary 30-minute dance instruction.

Ladies Night at First Food & Bar inside the Palazzo offers $5 Ketel One drinks all night as well as live DJ music.

Panevino Ristorante (located on Sunset Road, one block east of Las Vegas Boulevard) features Ladies Night exclusively in the bar and lounge every Friday night. Through Aug. 31, ladies receive free hand-crafted drinks from Bacardi or Ketel One (depending on the day of the week) from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Panevino also has happy hour every Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy appetizers like exotic chicken skewers, vegetarian bites, seafood and pizza.

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