Weekender: Start off the New Year in Vegas

Legends Small CastIt’s a new year and there’s no better way to start 2011 than with a trip to Vegas. The town will be packed this weekend with convention goers  here for the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s also the final weekend for college football, so if you want to watch all of the bowl games in style, Vegas has no shortage of sports bars and sports books where you can catch all of the action. If it’s a show you’re looking for, Vegas has entertainment this weekend to satisfy anyone’s taste.


Elvis, among many other stars, polished his legend under the bright lights of Las Vegas while other performers have continued to stay in the public eye by bringing their acts to Sin City well after the No. 1 hits have stopped. But rarely have people had the opportunity to catch those legendary performers in one place.

At “Legends in Concert,” inside Harrah’s, the biggest names of entertainment’s past and present return for a 90-minute tribute show performed by some of the best impersonators in the business.

You never know who you’re going to see at “Legends in Concert,” with a rotating cast that includes Elvis, Barry White, Jay Leno, Dolly Parton, Madonna and The Temptations.

Shows run twice on Thursday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and there is one show nightly Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $48.

Pauly Shore built his image in the LA comedy club circuit and on the movie screen, but he has remained a hilarious figure in Vegas. So it is fitting that he would call his newest show “Pauly Shore’s Vegas is My Oyster.” The show takes place at The Pearl at the Palms at 8 p.m. on Jan. 9. Tickets start at $44.15.

Boyz II Men perform the last shows of a four-week run this weekend at the Flamingo. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Jan 6-9 with tickets starting at $69.47. Guests who purchase the VIP seating tickets for $142.07 receive a special meet and greet with the group after the show.

Carlos Santana returns to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel for his headlining show “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits” on Jan. 6-9 at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets begin at $60.50.

Laid back comedian David Spade brings his routine back to the Venetian on Jan. 7-8 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $85.75 and VIP tickets are $175.75 with a meet and greet after the show.

Las Vegas Circus Spectacular, which features tigers, elephants and a human cannonball, comes to Orleans Arena with shows at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 and three shows on Jan. 8-9 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets start at $16 and benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

David Copperfield brings his larger-than-life illusions to audiences at the MGM Grand at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat., through Jan. 11.

Barry Manilow sings all of his greatest hits in his show at Paris Las Vegas Jan. 7 – 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Manilow also performs classic love songs from his new album including George Gershwin’s “Love is Here to Stay” and “Where Do I Begin? (Theme From Love Story).” Tickets are priced from $95.


The stars of the adult entertainment industry take over Sin City from Jan. 6-9 at the Adult Entertainment Expo at the Sands Expo Convention Center next to the Venetian. The event gives fans a chance to meet their favorite stars. General admission one-day tickets are $80 and VIP tickets are $100. VIP tickets get guests access to the show an hour earlier among other perks.

The International Consumer Electronics Show runs Jan. 6-9 with events being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Venetian, Las Vegas Hilton, Renaissance Hotel. The event is only open to members consumer electronics industry, but there will be a Tweetup at Space Quest Lounge inside the Las Vegas Hilton on Jan. 7 from 4-7 p.m. where Twitter followers can meet the CES Social Media Team and enjoy drink specials. Follow @intlCES on Twitter for more information.

The college football season comes to a close this weekend with the remaining five bowl games being played. You can catch all the action at one of the many sports books in town, including crowd favorites like the Sports Book at MGM Grand, the Las Vegas Hilton and Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo.

The final games of the year are the GoDaddy.com Bowl at 5 p.m. Jan. 6 (Miami, Ohio vs. Middle Tennessee), the Cotton Bowl at 5 p.m. Jan. 7 (Texas A&M vs. LSU), BBVA Compass Bowl at 9 a.m. Jan. 8 (Kentucky vs. Pittsburgh), Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 (Nevada vs. Boston College) and the BCS title game at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 (Auburn vs. Oregon).


Crown Nightclub inside the Rio welcomes a special performance by J Holiday and Adrian Rivera on Jan. 6. J Holiday is known for his hit single “Bed.” The cover charge starts at $20 with open bar and VIP packages available. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel celebrates its one-year anniversary Jan. 9. Cover charge starts at $20 for women and $40 for men with the doors opening at 10 p.m.