While Las Vegas doesn’t have any major plans in the works for 2017, visitors can continue to enjoy the Strip’s newest attractions: T-Mobile Arena and Park Theater at Monte Carlo. Both entertainment arenas have injected new life into Las Vegas entertainment. In 2017 the arenas will continue to host concerts and college basketball games, priming Las Vegas for a hockey team and the possible relocation of the Oakland Raiders.
Legalization of Marijuana
Nevada’s new law legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults has Las Vegas poised to become a popular destination for the emerging industry of cannabis tourism. While the final legislative details work their way through Carson City and the newly created infrastructure readies to handle the logistics, Las Vegas and the world anxiously await the July 1st implementation of the new law.
Proponents of the law anticipate a flux of new businesses and ancillary tourism that will be beneficial to the state in the form of revenue. New innovations like the machine in the New York Post’s video, that rolls a 100 joints in five minutes, are expected to propel the new market. The law is part of a nationwide trend that has shown positive results in places like Colorado. While the results of the implementation and ultimate financial impact on the state remain to be seen, Las Vegas may pave the way for a new era in international marijuana tourism and serve as a model to other destination cities looking to do the same.
Lucky Dragon will welcome its first guests in December 2016, making it the first newly constructed hotel and casino to open near the Las Vegas strip since the Cosmopolitan in 2010 (these five since have been remodeled). While its small compared to its neighbors (it has only 206 rooms, just above the statutory minimum), it continues the city’s burgeoning boutique trend and is designed to cater to the increasing number of Asian and Asian-American tourists.
With Rock of Ages leaving the Venetian for the Rio in 2016, the resort is replacing the rock-show-themed Bourbon Room with a yet-to-be-revealed $2.5 million remodel called The Dorsey. It remains to be seen if the new lounge will retain the catwalks and dance floor of its predecessor.
GameCo Rolls Out Video-Game Gaming
In an appeal to both Gen-Xers and Millenials, casino-game designer GameCo is introducing the world’s first skill-based video game gambling machines (VGM) to Las Vegas this year. The new machines will be housed in arcade-style cabinets and use controllers familiar to those who grew up on action, sports, racing, and street fighting games.
“Classic Cher” at the Park Theater
She may be fresh off her most recent “farewell” tour, but the 70-year-old songstress isn’t ready to retire her sequined leotards any time soon. On February 8, the legendary vocalist will kick off her residency at the Monte Carlo (soon to be rebranded as the Park MGM).
The “Turn Back Time” singer promises this show will be a feast for the senses. Inspired by the unique features and state-of-the-art technology of the Park Theater, Cher’s production team chose to incorporate plenty of CGI in order to show off the theater’s custom 80-ft X 40-ft LED screen wall with 4K-quality resolution.
Cher plans to sing all of her biggest hits at the new concert, as well as make plenty of the stunning–and sometimes outlandish–costume changes that we’ve come to love about her. “Classic Cher” will run through May 25th, with more dates being added soon to the 18-show schedule.
“Magic Mike Live” at the Hard Rock
In a town that is almost synonymous with women taking their clothes off, it’s nice to know that there is something for the ladies, too. Start collecting your BFFs and fellow bachelorettes, because the highly-anticipated “Magic Mike Live” show is coming to the Hard Rock Hotel March, 2017 and you are not going to want to miss it. The Hard Rock has carved out a very special space for the new show and converted it into a real-world version of Magic Mike XXL’s “Club Domina.” Designed as a cabaret-style nightclub, Club Domina will have three elaborate bars and a stage in the middle of the room, so that the 450 nightly guests can enjoy eye-guzzling the 13 hot male dancers from every angle imaginable.
The 2012 semi-autobiographical Channing Tatum film about the seedy, sexy world of male strippers was such a hit in theaters that it not only spawned a wildly-successful sequel (2015’s Magic Mike XXL), but also Tatum’s idea to bring the show to life as a nightly all-male revue. Tatum conceived of and directed the production, and brings along with him the franchise’s choreographer, Alison Faulk. While he will be keeping his clothes on for the most part (cue disappointed booing noises from the ladies), Tatum teases that we should “not rule out” a cameo performance here and there. The shows will be held at Club Domina inside the Hard Rock Hotel Wednesdays-Sundays at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Back Street Boys 2017 Las Vegas Residency
The AXIS at Planet Hollywood is home to big acts such as Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, and come 2017 they’re about to get even larger than life with the residency that has Las Vegas buzzing. The Backstreet Boys, who is the best selling boy band in music history, will have their first performance on March 1, 2017. “Backstreet Boys: Larger than Life” will run for a total of 18 shows during a trial residency.
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