Pitbull and Lynyrd Skynyrd spotlight the Las Vegas concert scene

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There are myriad differences between pit bull and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Chief among them, when you shout, “Freebird!” only one actually plays it.

That would be Lynyrd Skynyrd, of course. The Southern rock legends will perform at The Theater at Virgin Hotels on December 9 and 10. These shows are conveniently held alongside the National Final Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center (tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday on ASX.com).

Lynyrd Skynyrd is also a sentimental favorite. The first time I saw the flamethrower in Vegas Franky Perez happened in October 2003, when he opened for Skynyrd at the Orleans Arena.

At T-Mobile Arena, Pitbull opens the iHeart Radio Music Festival, scheduled for September 23-24 at T-Mobile Arena. The former Zappos Theater resident headliner is followed for two nights by superstars such as Avril Lavigne, Black Eyed Peas, Halsey, Lionel Richie, LL Cool J, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Megan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen, Nicki Minaj, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Sam Smith and The black keys.

Headliners slated for Area15’s daytime outdoor stage include Lavigne, Maggie Rogers, 5 Seconds of Summer, Big Time Rush, Girl in Red, Lauv, Chlöe, Willow, Chase Rice, Latto, Carly Pearce, Ryan Hurd, Gayle and lauren Spencer Smith. The outdoor event opens at 11 a.m. on September 24. Tickets for all shows are on AXS.com and are on sale now.

The show airs live across the country on over 150 iHeartMedia radio stations. The Company’s Vegas stations are Sunny 106.5-FM, 93.1-FM The Mountain, 95.5-FM The Bull, and Real 103.9-FM. The CW Network will air a two-night television special in October. Additionally, The CW will exclusively stream both nights of the festival live via The CW app and CWTV.com.

“We are thrilled to once again return to Las Vegas for a weekend full of great live music with this year’s Festival,” To M Polish, director of programming for iHeartMedia, said in June, when the bulk of the lineup was announced. “What makes this festival unique is that we have the best artists from all genres of music playing on our 860 iHeart stations on one stage. It’s a unique chance to see so many legends happen together.

Beyond Broadcast

Radio/TV personality Bobby Bones plays a one-off at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on December 3, also aligned with NFR dates. Bones has expanded his syndicated radio show to 185 markets and is a true broadcast phenomenon.

Bones plays comedy mixed with storytelling. Garth streams, who performed in his own spinning residency at the Wynn from 2009 to 2012, is Bones’ inspiration. He says, “I always wanted to play the Wynn. It’s the norm. I saw Garth play there and made it my goal. It’s an honor to be able to play there. »

A showgirl about showgirls

Diana Palm Tree is pleased with new 50-foot-tall showgirl footage leading into downtown Las Vegas on Main Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. Palm was the last “Jubilee” business manager at Bally’s, which closed in February 2016. Palm learned the trade alongside showgirl legend Fluff LeCoque. Palm herself is a former showgirl, dating back to the days of “Lido de Paris” at the Stardust, “Casino de Paris” at the Dunes, “Hallelujah Hollywood” at the original MGM Grand and, finally, “Jubilee.”

Palm once said that there was a time when you couldn’t swing a cat in Vegas without hitting an actual showgirl. No more. As she says, “It’s a shame that the showgirls who were so closely associated and identified with Las Vegas are no longer here, but it’s wonderful to see them beautifully represented.”

Palm adds that she likes the showgirls in “Vegas!” The Show” at the Saxe Theater at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and “Legendary Divas” at the Tropicana Theater. This cuts down on the buskers who act as showgirls on the Fremont Street Experience, as well as in front of the Bellagio fountains. The thing is, the lavish feather shows led by “Lido”, “Folies Bergère” and “Jubilee” are gone and not coming back. But the image of the showgirl lives on.

Crush it

Rick Springfield, John Waite and Men at work continued the run of packed performances at the Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Rocks series.

Saturday’s performance, which was attended by tens of thousands of revelers, proved once again that ‘free’, ‘rock’ and also ‘groove’ reign at FSE.

This Saturday’s show is the rock outfit the pretty Reckless, kicking off at 9 p.m. as always on the 3rd Street Stage. Head over to vegasexperience.com for info and rules, because even on Fremont Street there are some.

Give him the keys

Kyle Martin is back with its proven concept and excellent chops. “Piano Man” is now playing at the V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops. Martin’s tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John was picked up from Mosaic on the Strip.

Marin checks in with, “The audience is alive and the numbers are amazing.” He talks about the number of spectators, but the musical numbers are also excellent. We have the song on the mic that smells like beer, and also the one where Mars isn’t the kind of place to raise a kid. Also a flamboyant band and dancers. The show is from 6:30 p.m. Thursday to Monday. Go for it.

Cool Hang(s) Alert

A triple shot of instrumentation at the Sand Dollar Downtown at the Plaza. Thursday is great sax jimmy carpenter, who has worked with an array of artists over the past 35 years and is a tremendous live performer. Friday is the “Desert Honeypot Showcase” with Mojave Sun, elevated dungeons and The Scoundrels. Saturday is The Rayford Brothers from Southern California, churning out 50s and 60s rockabilly. Groove everywhere. A cover, nowhere.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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