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Las Vegas news briefs – April 2021

Wish You Were Here Group to Debut Kassi Beach House
Renowned hospitality group Wish You Were Here and restaurateur Nick Mathers, creator of LA’s Élephante and other notable venues, recently announced the opening of Kassi Beach House, a European style restaurant and lounge with Coastal Italian influences, poolside at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Mathers and his Wish You Were Here Group offer this taste of paradise which includes an authentic coastal Italian food and drink menu with DJ line-ups evoking the party lifestyle inspired by the laid-back trattorias & tavernas found amongst the Mediterranean islands. Kassi Beach House looks forward to opening to the public mid-April.


Life is Beautiful Returns to Downtown Las Vegas, Sept. 17-19, 2021
Returning Friday, Sept. 17 – 19 the three-day Life is Beautiful festival will once again take over 18 city blocks of the bustling streets of Downtown Las Vegas with unparalleled talent, world-renowned culinary offerings, experiential artists and more. Born as part of a community transformation project, Life is Beautiful has helped revitalize a critical urban core and given young creators and small businesses a reason to call Downtown Las Vegas home. Artists set to perform over the 3-day weekend include five-time GRAMMY Award-winning pop sensation Billie Eilish, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Green Day, psychedelic music phenomenon Tame Impala, award-winning rapper A$AP Rocky, electronic music star Illenium, and more.


Rock Icon Billy Idol Returns to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes the pioneer of punk Billy Idol to The Chelsea stage for an exclusive engagement, Saturday, Oct. 16 – Sunday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 22 – Saturday, Oct. 23. The limited residency helps ignite the highly anticipated return of live entertainment to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, with additional concerts and experiences to be announced in the near future. Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip- curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top forty singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including “Dancing With Myself, “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy” and “Cradle Of Love.”


Styx to Return to The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Styx, the multimega-million-selling rock band that has forged an indelible legacy both on record and onstage, will return to Las Vegas for a two-night limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas. The shows will be held on September 25 and 26, 2021 at 8 p.m. For these special performances, Styx – James “JY” Young (lead vocals, guitars), Tommy Shaw (lead vocals, guitars), Chuck Panozzo (bass, vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion), Lawrence Gowan (lead vocals, keyboards) and Ricky Phillips (bass, guitar, vocals) – has created an exclusive set list and brand new stage production.


Hyatt Flags to Fly in Las Vegas
Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into franchise agreements with an affiliate of Dreamscape Companies LLC, which will lead the renovation of the Rio Las Vegas. The multi-phase project is expected to bring multiple Hyatt full-service offerings to Las Vegas, one of the most visited leisure, group, and convention markets in the world, in the renovated Rio hotel. The more than 2,510-room Rio Las Vegas will be renovated and rebranded into multiple Hyatt full-service brand flags and will undergo a redevelopment of the current public spaces, including gaming, retail, food and beverage, spa and fitness, and pool recreation deck. In addition, the Rio Las Vegas will undergo a renovation of one of the hotel’s existing towers, and upon completion, the tower is expected to become a 1,501-room Hyatt Regency hotel with standard guestrooms averaging 580 square feet. The remainder of the Rio’s guestrooms are expected to be branded or affiliated with one or more other Hyatt full-service brands after they are renovated. Beyond redefining the hotel experience for business travellers and leisure guests, the Hyatt Regency hotel and other Hyatt-affiliated hotels will welcome meetings and event business with more than 220,000 square feet of function space and state-of-the-art meeting facilities.


Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Unlocks the Doors and Welcomes Visitors in Celebratory Fashion
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton, officially opened to the public, welcoming invited guests, locals and visitors to the newly reimagined casino-resort on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in triumphant fashion. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas delivers a one-of-a-kind integrated resort experience with 1,500 Chambers and suites, the 60,000 sq. ft. Mohegan Sun Casino, operated by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment; a five-acre desert pool oasis including a multi-functional event lawn; an exclusive portfolio of twelve food and beverage venues, and signature Virgin Hotels restaurants and bars including The Kitchen at Commons Club, The Bar at Commons Club, The Shag Room and Funny Library Coffee Shop.



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