Vegas Weekender: Sin City goes country

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Country fans are in for a treat this weekend in Vegas with the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards taking place on April 3 at the MGM Grand. In celebration of the awards ceremony the ACM is hosting two nights of free concerts on April 1 – 2 at the Fremont Street Experience featuring up-and-coming acts and headliners including Ronnie Dunn and Sara Evans. Foodies won’t want to miss an interactive cooking class on April 2 hosted by Dos Caminos at The Palazzo. Guests will learn tips and recipes for light and healthy spring cooking from some of the restaurant’s top chefs. Aside from the country music acts, this weekend in Vegas has plenty to offer when it comes to entertainment. The Temptations perform their greatest hits April 1 – 2 at the Orleans while Tim Allen amuses audiences with his stand-up comedy on April 1 – 2 at the Venetian.

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On April 1 – 2 country music fans can boot scootin’ boogie down at the Fremont Street Experience as the Academy of Country Music hosts two days of all-star concerts featuring headliners Ronnie Dunn and Sara Evans. The concerts are being held in honor of The Week Vegas Goes Country! ACM Weekend and the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3 at the MGM Grand. The weekend-long party downtown will be hosted by three-time ACM On-Air Personality of the Year Award winner Blair Garner. The performance schedule on April 1 is: 6:15 p.m. Sarah Darling (1st Street stage); 7 p.m. Casey James (1st Street stage); 7:45 p.m. Brett Eldredge (1st Street stage); 8:30 p.m. Chris Young (3rd Street stage); 9:35 p.m. Lee Brice (1st Street stage); 10:45 p.m. Sara Evans (3rd Street stage). The performance schedule on April 2 is: 6:15 p.m. Thompson Square (1st Street stage); 7 p.m. the JaneDear girls (1st Street stage); 8:05 p.m. Steel Magnolia (1st Street stage); 9 p.m. Randy Houser (3rd Street stage); 9:55 p.m. Easton Corbin (1st Street stage); 10:45 p.m. Ronnie Dunn (3rd Street stage). All concerts are free and open to the public.


On April 2 food lovers and cooking enthusiasts are invited to join the chefs at Dos Caminos inside The Palazzo as they host an interactive cooking class on light and healthy spring cooking. This is one in a series of classes being offered at the restaurant. The classes were created by chefs Scott Linquist and Roberto Hernandez. The three-hour, demonstration-style class is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity and includes the demonstration followed by a lunch of the featured dishes along with signature cocktails, recipes and a signed copy of the Dos Caminos Mod Mex cookbook by Chef Linquist. In addition to this, guests will be greeted with coffee, Mexican hot chocolate, fresh juices with pan dulce, muffins and fruit when they arrive at the class. Classes start at 11 a.m. For reservations please contact (702) 577 – 9550.

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On April 3 well-known house DJs and producers Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia, AN21 and Max Vangeli take over Wet Republic at the MGM Grand with the Size Matters 2011 tour and Winter Music Conference reunion. The show is sure to signify the start of another wild and crazy summer in Vegas.


Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub located in front of Imperial Palace celebrates national guitar month in April by offering partiers a free shot with every purchase of one of the bar’s signature 80-ounce souvenir guitar drink holders.

On March 31 Studio 54 at the MGM Grand hosts the main event in their search for the official 2011 ring girl. Preliminary rounds were held every Thursday night throughout March. On March 31 three lucky ladies will be awarded the title of “Miss Knockout,” which includes exclusive contracts with MGM Grand to act as both a ring girl and ambassador for the hotel and a $5000 cash prize.

World renowned DJ Tiësto creates a visual and aural experience for parties, designed exclusively for The Joint, at his 10 p.m. show on April 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel.


After more than 10 years at the Rio, Penn & Teller are still amaze audiences in with their edgy illusions in their 9 p.m. show on Sat. – Wed.

International superstar Celine Dion is back in Vegas and better than ever in her new 7:30 p.m. show at Caesars Palace April 1 – 3.

Master magician David Copperfield brings his larger-than-life illusions to the intimate Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand. See him on March 31 – April 29 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat.

Known as the “Pitbull of Comedy,” Bobby Slayton delights audience with his biting humor at his 8:30 p.m. show on March 31 – April 2 at Hooters.tim_allen

Known for his role as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor on the hit sitcom “Home Improvement,” Tim Allen still has plenty to laugh about in his 9 p.m. show on April 1 – 2 at the Venetian.

Queen fans can rock out to their favorite hit songs with tribute band Queen Nation at their 8 p.m. show on April 1 – 2 at the Las Vegas Hilton.

The Temptations perform “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” and other of their chart-topping hit songs at their 8 p.m. show on April 1 – 2 at the Orleans.

Groove to the sounds of Rebelution at their “Winter Green Tour” at 8 p.m. on March 31 at the House of Blues.

Rap veteran Ice Cube reminds everyone to “Check Yo Self” at his 8:30 p.m. show on April 2 at the House of Blues.

Rock band Heart gives audiences more to love at their 8 p.m. show on April 2 at Green Valley Ranch, Resort & Spa.

The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards honors county music’s top talent and the hottest emerging acts at 5 p.m. on April 3 at MGM Grand.

Sugarland hosts the Academy of Country Music Awards Fan Jam, a live fans-only remote at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The event features performances by Sugarland and other top-tier music acts. The show starts at 5 p.m. on April 3 at Mandalay Bay.



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