Hawaii native Bruno Mars has been making a major splash in the news over the past couple weeks. He began September with the major announcement that he’ll be performing at halftime of historic Super Bowl XLVIII, and is now ending the month making headlines for his forthcoming Sin City gig.
On Sept. 27, it was revealed that Mars will be the opening act when The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas finally opens its doors to multi-purpose, state-of-the-art theater, The Chelsea, which has been in the works for years. The Chelsea has been described as an intimate performance space featuring roughly 3,000 seats. Back in January, Cosmopolitan CEO John Unwin indicated to the Associated Press that the venue will draw inspiration from an industrial-chic design style, and that it will also be reminiscent of “a glass factory in Czechoslovakia.” Expanding further on the comment, he said of the venue: “It will make a statement; it’s not just vanilla.”
The Chelsea--not to be confused with the venue’s existing Chelsea Ballroom which will reportedly undergo a name change--will celebrate its grand opening on Dec. 29 with an inaugural performance by Mars. The show will mark the first of eight currently lined up at the venue for Mars and Co., who will return two nights later for a New Year’s Eve concert, and again on various dates in 2014.
In addition to The Chelsea, take note of some other notable Las Vegas venues with electrifying events also on tap.
Celine Dion Gearing Up for Return to Caesars Palace
The end is near for Elton John’s “The Million Dollar Piano” show, which is set to conclude on Oct. 12, though Caesars Palace will still have performances by Rod Stewart and Shania Twain to offer guests in the ensuing months. Even more exciting, the ever-popular Celine Dion will return to Caesars Palace beginning on Dec. 30, and is scheduled to stay until March. Also stay tuned for shows by comedians Jeff Dunham (Dec. 12) and Jerry Seinfeld (Dec. 26-27).
Mandalay Bay Events Center to Host Latin Grammys 2013
Music events will take up most of the fall at Mandalay Bay, as the venue will host concerts from Avenged Sevenfold (Oct. 26), Selena Gomez (Nov. 9), and Jay Z (Dec. 13) before the year is up. Additionally, the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards –one of the largest Spanish-language music awards shows—will take place on Nov. 21. The Mandalay Bay Events Center also houses the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre, where Cirque d
e Soleil is performing its tribute to the King of Pop through the end of the year.
Solid Concert Lineup in Store for MGM Grand Garden Arena
With the massive Mayweather vs. Canelo fight and iHeartRadio Music Festival now in the books, the MGM Grand Garden Arena will host an array of smaller-scale events in the form of NBA preseason basketball, UFC, and major concerts from Bon Jovi (Oct. 12), Josh Groban (Oct. 13), Kanye West (Oct. 25), Justin Timberlake (Nov. 29-30), and Beyoncé (Dec. 6).
NFR 2013 Set for 29th Year at Thomas and Mack Center
Sporting events reign supreme at the Thomas and Mack Center through the remainder of the year. From Oct. 23-27, the Professional Bull Riders World Finals will end its year-long competitive series, giving way to December’s National Finals Rodeo, and college basketball will be mixed in throughout, as the venue serves as the home site for UNLV men’s basketball.