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Hosts Las Vegas: International Music Day

Las Vegas has raised the bar in both luxury and entertainment. It is the premier entertainment destination and home to many headliners including Celine Dion, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Donny and Marie, Wayne Newton and many more! In honor of International Music Day we wanted to give a nod to the city that never sleeps, where, for more than half a century, the venues of Las Vegas have hosted the biggest names in entertainment who’ve created a residency on or near the famous Las Vegas strip.

It all started with the greatest Vegas headliner of all time, Liberace.

  • Known as “Mr. Showmanship” with his lavish costumes and sparkling personality
  • Trained under classical musicians from the age of 16 to become a master pianist

While Liberace was breaking records in the music industry, Louis Prima defined lounge entertainment in Las Vegas.

  • Sharing the stage with Keely Smith, career began in the mid-1950s at the Sahara’s Casbar Lounge
  • Infamous for their songs ‘Jump, Jive an’ Wail’ and the medley of ‘Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody’
  • His music is still alive through his son, Louis Prima Jr. who performs regularly in venues throughout Las Vegas

Three of the greatest entertainers – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – are still huge influences for Las Vegas themed entertainment today.

  • They started performing in the mid 1960’s at their “home” in the Sands’ Copa Room
  • You can relive the days of the Rat Pack with their live big band today

In 1954, Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll, started a musical revolution by taking the blues, country and bluegrass and modernizing them to appeal to a more youthful audience.

  • Produced some of the most recognized songs in the history of popular music
  • Residency at the International Hotel in the late 1960s to mid-1970s

“Mr. Las Vegas”, also known as Wayne Newton, has performed over 25,000 shows in the city and is the face of Las Vegas’ entertainment history.

  • Began as part of the Newton Brothers Act at the Fremont Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas
  • Wayne went on as a soloist and played in every major hotel in the city
  • Wayne Newton can be seen at his 52-acre estate ‘Casa de Shenandoah’, which he opens for daily tours. If you’re lucky you will meet Mr. Las Vegas himself!

In 2003, one of the great Strip showrooms, Circus Maximus, was torn down to create the famous Colosseum, a home to many headliners at Caesars Palace.

  • First star to perform on stage was Celine Dion. Her success has led to other artists such as Elton John, Bette Midler, Cher, Shania Twain, Rod Stewart and Mariah Carey.

Planet Perfecto made its way to Las Vegas in 2008 with Paul Oakenfold – DJ, producer and musical clairvoyant.

  • This was a nightlife game changer putting electronic dance music in a major club and paving the way for headlining DJs in Las Vegas.

Hosts Las Vegas offers endless entertainment options for your next event. To integrate some of our destination’s musical history, you may even want to consider character performers or a musical tribute to a few of the famous musicians listed above. Contact us to learn more. Viva Las Vegas and Happy International Music Day!

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Sarah Paige-Brander, Senior Creative Services Manager, Hosts Las Vegas
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