Updated June 16, 2021 - 7:24 pm
Bruno Mars and Van Morrison have not a lot in common as live performers. One invokes choreography and pyrotechnics. The other has amassed a long list of rock classics dating to the 1960s.
But these superstars have both proven, over the years and just today, they can sell tickets in VegasVille.
Mars has added four dates to his residency return at Park Theater at Park MGM. He’s back July 30, July 31, Aug. 13 and Aug. 14. These are in addition to his already sold-out dates July 2-3, July 9-10, and July 23-24. Tickets for the added dates start at $99.50, on sale 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster.com.
In previous shows, Mars has uncorked “Uptown Funk,” “24K Magic,” “Treasure,” grooving with his Hooligans backing band and delivering and a healthy complement of pyro.
Mars is the first resident headliner on the Strip to be back after the pandemic shutdown. Park Theater has been dark since the 311 shows March 11-13, 2020.
Mars’ shows are again “phone free,” with cellphones and smart watches prohibited and “pouched” prior to the performance.
Morrison, a recurring headliner in Las Vegas, has three shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Feb. 18, 19 and 20 . Tickets are $64.50, not including fees, on sale 10 a.m. Friday at ticketmaster.com. The shows follow the release this year of “Latest Record Project: Volume 1,” Morrison’s 42nd studio album.
Morrison most recently headlined Vegas, and the Colosseum, for five shows in January-February 2020. His next dates mark the fifth straight year performing January-February at the Colosseum.
Mundo flies anew
Column fave Mundo Juillerat and The Hot Club of Las Vegas gypsy-jazz band head up “DjangoVegas!” from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., downtown Las Vegas (yes, newbies, the formal address is not 5th Street).
Juillerat, whose nickname is The Flyin’ Hawaiian, has sky-high guitar skills. He was in the “Le Reve” band for a dozen years, an his spirited Hot Club is a celebration of the established gypsy jazz figures celebrated at “DjangoVegas!”
Vegas headliner Clint Holmes and guitarist Gretchen Menn of the rock-cover band Zepparella are special guests. Tickets are $25 for all ages (not including fees) at ArtsLasVegas.org or call at 702-229-ARTS (2787).
Trio Gadjo and Hot Club of Los Angeles are also in the lineup. Trio Gadjo features three musicians from different gypsy jazz ensembles: Italian virtuoso Daniele Gottardo, Emmett Mahoney of Gypsy 808 and Juillerat. Once dubbed “an L.A. treasure” by Jackson Browne, Hot Club of Los Angeles is dabbles in country, jazz, folk, blues and world music. The group has performed with Jack Black, Adam Sandler, Rita Wilson among others.
Tickets are $25 for all ages (not including fees) at ArtsLasVegas.org or call at 702-229-ARTS (2787).
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