More than 80,000 celebrated Mexican Independence over the weekend

It’s going to take something to beat this weekend’s record number of 80,000 fans, who made our city the epicenter of this year’s Mexican Independence weekend. Concert promoter, Live Nation, alone brought in 10 different acts at seven different venues through the 48 hours of excitement. Latin music’s hottest superstars included:

• Iconic Mexican rock band Maná became the first-ever Latin act to sell out two arena concerts over the holiday weekend, jam-packing MGM Grand Garden Arena with a total of 25,000 fans. It brought to an end Maná‘s successful international tour with a big party, performing an extensive repertoire of their greatest hits. It was a top-of-the-line production complete with a surprise mariachi for their devoted fans.

“The concerts in Las Vegas were amazing! The audience was incredible and euphoric. We had so much fun at the celebration of independence. “Viva, Mexico!” said Fher Olvera from Maná.

• Marking another milestone over the weekend was Alejandro Fernandez, who became the first Latin artist to perform a solo concert at T-Mobile Arena since it opened in 2016. The legendary Mexican singer has become a highlight of each year’s line-up, performing over two hours of his iconic hits and being joined by a full mariachi band midway through the set. The show reached a fever pitch when the audience formed a gigantic Mexican flag by wearing red, white and green hats.

• Another legendary singer-songwriter, the “poet of the people,” Marco Antonio Solís, served up a majestic show at Mandalay Bay Events Center, co-headlining with special guests, Latin Grammy winners Jesse & Joy. Salsa king Marc Anthony and his band made everyone stand up and dance to his infectious music, 24 hours later at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Newcomer Christian Nodal, the youngest Mexican regional breakthrough artist, opened the show with his mariachi music.

• Latin icons Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez performed their spectacular residency concerts this past weekend at Park Theater and the Axis showroom at Planet Hollywood, respectively. It marked the very first time that both superstar Latino artists performed their residency shows over the same holiday weekend in Las Vegas.

• Additionally, Ricardo Arjona brought his beautifully staged show, “Circo Soledad,” to The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas along with smart, clever and poignant lyrics everyone sang along to. Finally Miguel Bosé wowed the audience with his top hits, interacting nonstop with his audience at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms.



With the upcoming fall season bringing cooler weather to enjoy more activities indoors and out, the personal-finance website WalletHub took a close look at 2017’s Most Fun Cities in America and after all the research was tabulated Las Vegas came out as the No. 1 winner. To help Americans find the cities with the greatest number and variety of cheap, fun activities, WalletHub’s data crunchers compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 58 key metrics, ranging from fitness clubs per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries.

Orlando, Florida came in as No. 2 and New York City at No. 3. Los Angeles hit a lowly 12th spot with rainy Seattle coming in last place at No. 20. To view the full report and the city rankings click here.

Interesting, in the study that San Francisco, which ranked No. 7, had the most performing arts theaters (per square root of population), 0.8877, which is 54.1 times more than in Brownsville, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.0164.

San Francisco also had the most fitness centers (per square root of population), 1.9271, which is 26.8 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0718. And the city by the Bay, which Tony Bennett left his heart in, has the most dance clubs (per square root of population), 0.1919, which is 106.6 times more than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the fewest at 0.0018.


Owners of the Tao nightclub at The Venetian and the brains behind Sushi Samba in the Palazzo are taking their hospitality and dining concepts far from town. Sushi Samba and its sister venue Sugar Cane at The Venetian have opened branches of Sugar Cane with chef Timon Balooo in Brooklyn and as far away as Amsterdam to blockbuster business. The Tao team are opening the new Moxy hotel in Times Square, New York.


• Hip hop superstar French Montana hosted the official Chivas Regal Fight After Party with a blow-out performance at Marquee nightclub in The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. The “Unforgettable” artist took the stage and rapped his top hits before partying the night away with his entourage at a VIP table.

• Before taking the stage at Marquee, French Montana fueled up at Beauty & Essex nearby in The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas with a group of 19 that included singer Ashanti. They enjoyed the yellowtail sashimi, avocado toast and tuna poke wonton tacos. Also, there actor Jamie Foxx, who headed to Marquee after dinner .

• Across the dining room, “Scream Queens” star Abigail Breslin was seen enjoying dinner with her boyfriend and friends at Beauty & Essex. The couple embraced each other throughout their meal which included the grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings and tuna poke wonton tacos before picking out a few items from the pawn shop inspired retail store on her way out.

• Over at LAVO in the Palazzo, recording artist Kesha had dinner with friends after her concert earlier in the night. The group feasted in the private dining room and enjoyed a selection of LAVO’s signature items.

• Over at TAO Beach in The Venetian, Jermaine Dupri took over the dayclub with a special set for party-goers.


•The exotic dancers of Crazy Horse III host the free pizza party for Monday Night Football between the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants, playing at home in New Jersey.

• Cabaret singer Cook E. Jarr entertains at Napoleon’s Lounge in the Paris.

DJ Shift tackles the graveyard hours at the Flawless Monday party shining at Jewel nightclub in the Aria.

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