Mayweather goes out in style, but McGregor was worthy opposition
August 29, 2017 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
The result is in – Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor by TKO in the 10th round at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night. It was an exciting event for Las Vegas and boxing history! Mayweather gets to retire with an incredible 50-0 record – one better than Rocky Marciano – and McGregor proved he has what it takes to give Floyd, or any boxer, a real run for his money.
Of course with an event of this magnitude, the crowds flocked to Vegas. It seemed like the town was overflowing with people.
And when the crowds come, so does money – the gambling goes up, the sportsbooks are on overload, and the shows and restaurants are packed.
No other city can put on an event the way this gambling mecca does. Viva Las Vegas!
Melissa Manchester, the great “musicians’ singer,” wowed them at the Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz on Aug. 19. The cabaret is an art form I love. Growing up in NYC I enjoyed the late Bobby Short and Barbara Cook. Now, with the Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz, I am able to sate my appetite for this form of unparalleled entertainment.
I remember seeing Melissa play to a huge crowd at the Meadowlands in New Jersey about 30 years ago. She is the kind of singer who takes on the role of musician as she sings. Her many hits, including “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Midnight Blue,” “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” were sensational.
She is now into the greats of the American 20th century singers – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Mel Tormé. Her newest album “The Fellas” will be released Sept. 8.
Wake up Maggie
Where have all the rock stars gone? They have their very own residencies in Las Vegas!
One such rocker is Rod Stewart, who is at Caesars Palace in a continuing residency that is sensational! Fans keep coming back for more – and he has the greatest audience contact and appeal.
My heart stopped as I listened to him sing. His craftsmanship has always amazed me. I remember hearing “Maggie May” for the first time many years ago – it caught my heart. Rod Stewart –THANK YOU – for gracing the Caesars Colosseum stage once again!
There is a show tonight (Aug. 29) at 7:30 p.m. and again Sept. 2 and 3, also at 7:30.
SJP hits Vegas
Fashion is the way the world and Las Vegas is loaded with high-end boutiques at our fashion palaces – Crystals, Miracle Mile, the Forum Shops, The Fashion Show Mall, the Bellagio and more.
Recently, lovely actress Sarah Jessica Parker made an in-person meet and greet at her new SJP boutique at the Bellagio. This is the second store for Ms. Parker and her partner George Malkemus III, CEO of Manolo Blahnik.
For my own feet, nothing can beat the Donald J. Pliner store at Caesars Forum Shops. The staff (especially Debra and manager Sarah) has helped Monti get the most fabulous men’s footwear in town!
Labor Day hits
For Labor Day weekend – yes, summer is nearly over! – take in Air Supply (Sept. 1-3) at the Orleans. A superb easy listening group, and always great!
That same weekend, Mary J. Blige will be in the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms doing one show on Sept. 1, and Idina Menzel follows on Sept. 2. Do not miss these shows. Great sounds to make your feet and heart beat thump!
Engelbert Humperdinck’s 50th Anniversary Tour will be making a stop in Las Vegas at The Orleans Sept. 23 and 24. After all those years in the business, he’s still fabulous.
At the cinema
I saw the riveting foreign language (German) film “13 Minutes.” Done documentary style, it details the failed assassination attempt of Adolph Hitler by Georg Elser. The sub titles didn’t bother me as the film is powerful enough to overcome that.
“The Glass Castle” is a marvelous work about a dysfunctional family. Woody Harrelson plays the father who is misguided through his own “private Idahos” (demons and weaknesses). Brie Larson is terrific as the daughter who manages to survive this tortured family and become a success in life. It shows lives can change even when the odds are against it.
For great satire catch “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” with Samuel L. Jackson. It’s incredibly funny and exciting, and a great parody of the action genre. I was riveted to my seat as the action spewed forth at an incredible pace.
French Bakery Cafe on West Sahara has fantastic, freshly made sweet rolls, quiches, sandwiches, and the best pastries in town! They brew a special Peet’s coffee drink for me called a Black Tie. Wow! Sip this and you will crave more!
Monti Rock III and Zozo wish you a happy Labor Day weekend!