Events galore at MGM Grand Garden
April 03, 2018 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
It happened! Just as I said it would! Our truly golden Golden Knights clinched the Pacific Division title Saturday night with a 3-2 win over San Jose. And you all thought I was just into entertainment and fluffy stuff! William Karlsson was the man to score the winning goal at the jam packed T-Mobile Arena and I got to see history as they have clinched a Stanley Cup payoff berth in their inaugural season. Go Knights!
Stellar Gospel Music Awards attendees were entertained by Snoop Dogg performing “Words Are Few” from his recently released gospel album “Bible of Love” at the Orleans Arena. Who would have ever thought a rapper would go gospel? Rhythm and blues comes from gospel but rap music? This was a big leap of faith. A great album, a great performance.
By the way, the World Men’s Curling Championship began Saturday (March 31) at the Orleans Arena and continues through Sunday, April 8. This is the first time in 10 years the Championship is being held in the United States and the very first time it has been in Las Vegas.
My friends came in to root for the Netherlands as they played against team USA. I was in red, white and blue and they were in orange. Fun was had by all.
CMA’s at MGM
The 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 15, and the phenomenal country superstar Reba McEntire will be back as host. This extremely talented woman has had an amazing 35 No. 1 hit singles and in addition to hosting this year has been nominated for the 16th time in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.
Chris Stapleton, who recently performed at Grand Garden, will be back for the CMA Awards as he is nominated for eight awards in five different categories, including Entertainer of the Year.
Country music has taken a great spot in the overall music industry since the late 1980’s. People tune in to the words, the messages, the sounds, and are really into the whole experience of country. Even if you come from a metropolitan city – country is cool!
On Aug. 25, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson will bring their Twins of Evil tour to the Arena. These goth-like rockers are so unique that if you have never been to one of their concerts, now is the time to go!
A different Rock
The SLS Las Vegas has comedian Tony Rock (no relation!) at The Foundry on Saturday, May 19, which is just ten days before this Rock’s birthday on May 29. Oh, my! By the way, I have a new four minute “Monti Minute” TV spot coming up and will fill you in on more of this breaking news as it starts to be taped.
More Cher for us
Cher – my divine, sensational, amazing Cher, has added nine shows to her residency at the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo. Tickets are now on sale for these performances: Oct. 31, Nov. 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17.
You must see her! I have been embraced by Cher fever for many years and have seen her dozens of times; each time is another dimension into the world according to Cher.
And those Bob Mackie gowns and costumes are amazing and awesome as is Cher, the Divine One.
My busy week
The Monster Jam roared through Sam Boyd Stadium recently and I could not believe how many adults and kids are into this crazy sport! Huge wheels, maniac drivers, colorful truck bodies – it was an interesting event for the Rock!
I caught the indie film “Midnight Sun” last week, starring Patrick Schwarzenegger (Arnold’s son) and he is totally divine. I perceive many heart throbs from young ladies for this upcoming star.
There was a fabulous tribute to Leonard Bernstein at The Smith Center, with selections from “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” and more. This man was perhaps the greatest composer and conductor of the 20th century. I miss his phenomenal talent.
The Nevada Women’s Film Festival held at the Eclipse Theaters downtown was very interesting. It had short films, features and a group discussion on harassment in the film industry.
Eclipse is a wonderful addition to the revival and growth of downtown. It is an upscale, concierge-style theater with eight viewing rooms. There is in-theater food and beverage service plus a bar, lounge area and outdoor patio – lots of options for a great night out.
Hail to the victor?
We will know by now if the D’s owner Derek Stevens won his $1 million bet on Michigan to win the NCAA men’s basketball title.
Stevens made the wager at the Golden Nugget and even took a photo of the ticket to show off at his popular downtown casino. Derek has been very good for helping bring downtown back to life.
Enjoy spring! Monti and Zozo the wonder dog thank you.