The local music scene will have a new kid on the block soon. Joining a trend, MGM Resorts International is building a permanent event space on land east of the Luxor.
The venue received “appropriate” approval last week from the county, an MGM Resorts source confirmed Thursday.
Scheduled to open in September, the venue will be host to outdoor festivals and food events and will feature multiple stages.
The name of the space, which is likely to accommodate more than 5,000 attendees, will be announced soon, I was told.
“Look at the success of the Electric Daisy Carnival and those kinds of events and how many people they draw,” the source said.
“It creates a different kind of experience than being in an enclosed space.”
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Sig Rogich, longtime political consultant and marketing executive, was named to the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Thursday. Rogich was an adviser to Ronald Reagan (1984) and George H.W. Bush (1988) during their presidential campaigns. In 1973, Rogich founded R&R Advertising, turning it into the state’s largest PR company, which later became R&R Partners. …
Las Vegan Bruce Merrin, who has booked celebrity speakers for 40 years, is representing Charles Ramsey, a hero in the rescue of three women from a decade of captivity in Ohio. Merrin has booked Ramsey for four appearances for around $10,000 each .
Singing legend Tony Orlando, backstage at “Le Reve” (Wynn) after the show Wednesday. … Howard Stern’s wife, Beth Ostrosky, at The Shops at Crystals (CityCenter) on Wednesday. Stern is filming NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” … Actor Jason Statham, dining at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge (Caesars Palace) on Wednesday after hanging out at Daylight Beach Club (Mandalay Bay) and Liquid pool lounge (Aria) before making an appearance with the 2013 Miss USA contestants during their annual night out at Buca di Beppo. … UNLV basketball great Larry Johnson, ordering the stuffed chicken breast at Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Harrah’s) on Wednesday. … Frank Marino of “Divas” (Imperial Palace), among the cast members Wednesday for a special viewing of “Toddlers & Tiaras” at Something’s Brewing Café. Marino said he felt like he was “appearing in an “Austin Powers” film “with 20 mini-me’s surrounding me.” … WWE wrestler Glenn Gilbertti, also known as “Disco Inferno,” having a Build Your Own Ostrich sandwich at Greens & Proteins on Wednesday after a workout. … That raucous celebration in the Eiffel Tower Restaurant on Thursday was the 50th reunion of 18 sailors who served aboard the USS Marias. A fleet oiler, it was launched two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor and later fueled ships of the U.S. 5th Fleet during the bombardment of Iwo Jima.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Domino’s Pizza leads the way in delivering pizzas. Guess what they’re now using? Drones! Unmanned drones delivering your pizza pie. What could possibly go wrong?” — David Letterman
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