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Kabuki Show Las Vegas

Just when we thought we couldn’t love the Fountains of Bellagio any more than we already do, they go and produce something so over-the-top we can’t help but want their name tattooed on our hindquarters. Oh wait – this is not that kind of article.

The ancient Japanese art of Kabuki premiered last night on a partially submerged stage in the middle of the Bellagio’s 8.5-acre lake. This never-before-seen play, starring Japanese megastars Ichikawa Somegoro and Nakamura Yonekichi, was a first of its kind for not only Las Vegas, but for Kabuki lovers everywhere.

The stage has been built in front of the fountains so images can be digitally projected onto a fountain-made water screen during each scene. Yes, you read that correctly: the dancing streams of water serve as a giant projector screen. We didn’t know that was possible either but go big or go home, right? A total of 1,214 fountains span more than 1,000 feet long and shoot 460 feet into the air. It’s the first time an ancient Kabuki play has ever integrated such high tech equipment into a performance. Welcome to Vegas, baby.


When the performance begins, the main characters enter on boats from opposite ends of the lake. Their dialogue starts before they reach each other or the stage (and you thought walking and texting was hard). Marked by traditional Japanese music and vibrant costumes, it’s an age-old tale of love and loss.

Executed with both intensity and grace, the story is told through facial expressions and voice inflections, most of which will not be seen by folks with crappy views but will still be heard. And unless you speak Japanese, you will come to understand the rage and sorrow felt by the characters through their body language, music and the digital set around them.


The fountains serve as Oscar-worthy supporting actors, charging high into the sky during climactic scenes and changing colors to invoke the right emotions from the crowd. You’ll also see the fountains transform into scenic landscapes and a giant carp. Musicians in Japan recorded the soundtrack specifically for this occasion, which happens to be the 120th anniversary of the show’s production company, Shochiku.

As the entertainment capital of the world, we’re used to big productions with multiple elements like lights, water, and fog – but it adds a completely different dimension when the venue is outside and open to the public. This is impressive…even for us.


Without spoiling the plotline, the pinnacle of the play is a fight scene triggered by deceit and the need for revenge between the two lovers. And though it pains us to say the most overly used word of all time, it’s pretty freaking epic. If the Japanese symbolism goes over your head, sit back and appreciate it for what it is: the largest-scale production ever seen at the Fountains of Bellagio.

So here’s what you need to know: we’ve got heat advisories out all weekend so if you’re going to make the trek, don’t do it without the right clothing and even more water than you think you’ll need. The only four remaining shows are Saturday and Sunday night starting at 9:15 p.m. & 11:30 p.m. This is a first for Vegas so we suggest you get there early to get a good spot, like way earlier than you think you should (some folks arrived 2-3 hours early to get prime spots).

Your viewpoint probably won’t be as stellar as you’d hope as a VIP grandstand blocks the center view of the stage, but it’s ok. Even if you can’t see the stage, you’ll still be able to see the fountains and the rich, colorful images projected onto them. So relax and soak up the fact that you’re witnessing theatrical and cultural history being made…and you didn’t have to pay for it.


This Week in Vegas Aug 10-16, 2015

Tuesday, August 11:


Drais – Yacht Club – DJ Set by Warren Peace
Omnia – DJ Set by Tchami

Wednesday, August 12:


Light – DJ Set by DJ Mustard
Surrender – DJ Set by Lil Jon
Wet at Night – DJ Set by Chainsmokers

Thursday, August 13:


Drais Nightclub – DJ Set by Eric D-Lux
Hakkasan – DJ Set by Tiesto
Surrender/EBC at Night – DJ Set by GrandTheft
TAO – DJ Set by DJ Five
Tryst – DJ Set by Tay James

Friday, August 14:

Pool Parties

Drais Beach Club – DJ Set by Adventure Club
Encore Beach Club – DJ Set by Tommy Trash
Marquee Dayclub – DJ Set by DJ Savi
Wet Republic – Hot 100


1 Oak – DJ Set by IKON
Drais Nightclub – Live Performance by Big Sean
Hakkasan – DJ Set by Tiesto
Light – DJ Set by Clockwork
Marquee – DJ Set by Tritonal
Omnia – DJ Set by Showtek
TAO – DJ Set by Politik
Tryst – DJ Set by Excel
XS – DJ Set by Kaskade

Saturday, August 15:

Pool Parties

Drais Beach Club – DJ Set by MakJ
Encore Beach Club – DJ Set by Kaskade
Marquee Dayclub – DJ Set by Lema
Rehab – Bikini Invitational – DJ Set by Flux Pavillion
Wet Republic – DJ Set by Tiesto


Drais Nightclub – Live Performance by Flo Rida and Shaggy
Hakkasan – DJ Set by Steve Aoki
Light – DJ Set by Hook n Sling
Marquee – DJ Set by Heart of Vice
Omnia – DJ Set by Nick Romero
Surrender – DJ Set by Lil Jon
TAO – DJ Set by Eric D-Lux
Tryst – DJ Set by Justin Credible
XS – DJ Set by Skrillex

Sunday, August 16:

Pool Parties

Drais Beach Club – DJ Set by Jack Novak & The Ultimate Bikini Championship
Encore Beach Club – DJ Set by Lil Jon
Marquee Dayclub – DJ Set by Cash Cash
Rehab – Live Performance by Charli XCX – DJ Set by Loczi
Wet Republic – DJ Set by Steve Aoki


Drais Nightclub – Live Performance by Future
Hakkasan – DJ Set by Sean Perry
Omnia – DJ Set by Steve Angello
XS – Nightswim – DJ Set by Arty



Time to share good news. After two months of a beautiful debut, one of the best publications of Vegas launches its Special Edition with the best of what the city has to offer. And you know what? You will find Rock in Rio there.

The ‘Best of the City’ edition of Vegas Seven, reminds the incredible click of Erik Kabik during the concert of Rise Against with Tim McIlrath virtually floating toward the audience.

But there is another prize that we are proud to receive. The Rock City was recognized for giving life to an area that spent time without being used. To intervene positively in the life of the community is a feature of the festival and this award shows that we are only at the beginning of a right way.

And when we come back in the future, we can say that we have a house in Vegas. And it is in the Rock City.

Everyone is invited.

Matt Franco Las Vegas Show

As the first and only magician ever to win NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Mat Franco takes an innovative approach to magic-making that’s driven by pure joy. Almost entirely self-taught, the 26-year-old Rhode Island native began developing his own shows before the age of ten and took the stage at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas by the time he was 15. With an improvisation-fueled and humor-laced performance style partly honed through his years as a hugely in-demand college act, Mat is now gearing up for the launch of a headlining show, MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY, at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas that offers both boundless fun and a stunning sense of thrill and wonder.

For his first-ever Las Vegas headlining residency, season 9 winner of America’s Got Talent Mat Franco takes the stage at the LINQ Hotel & Casino and offers a fresh, fun, and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. In a full-scale production built on brand-new, never-before-seen material, the 26-year-old magician delivers his most spectacular performance yet—but still keeps his love of getting up close with the crowd at the heart of every show. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Mat mixes his amazingly inventive and always stunning magic with crowd-guided improv to create a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s completely unique to each audience and entirely unforgettable.

Above Beyond Hakkasan Las Vegas

Date: 07 Aug. 2015
Time: 10:30 p.m.

Who’s Who:

Featuring music by Above & Beyond


The party is inside of Hakkasan Nightclub on August 7th as the legendary Above & Beyond takes over the stage with DJ Crooked spinning inside of the Ling Ling Club!

Above & Beyond promotional artwork

Knowing Vegas: Why isn’t the Strip in Las Vegas?


If you go to school at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, fly into McCarran International Airport or party on the Las Vegas Strip, you’re technically not in Las Vegas — you’re in Clark County.

More specifically, you’re probably in Paradise, Nev., an unincorporated town, or census-designated place. If you didn’t know that, it’s okay, not many people do. Even Paradise ZIP codes have Las Vegas addresses.

Think of it this way: If you live outside the city, you have to deal with the county, the state and the nation. If you live within the city, you can add that layer in, too.

One of the most important cards in the deck was taxes, and the county played it back when the valley was first trying to organize itself. Many of the major casinos in the 1950s were built just outside of Las Vegas in county territory — in part to avoid municipal taxes and fees, according to UNLV professor and historian Michael Green.

The City of Las Vegas tried to annex the Strip, and to avoid annexation, Green said, the casinos supported legislation to create unincorporated townships. First it was Paradise, then Winchester, then Spring Valley and so on.

Under the new legislation, Paradise could have become Las Vegas with a vote of the people, but it’s remained an unincorporated township. Gus Greenbaum, who helped run the Flamingo after Bugsy Siegel died, was then called the “unofficial mayor of Paradise,” Green said.

There weren’t many efforts to join the county and City of Las Vegas after that.

“Casino owners made their feelings clear,” Green said.

If you’re wondering about boundaries now, Paradise ends at Sahara Avenue to the north, Decatur Boulevard to the west, as far east as Nellis Boulevard and as far south as Cactus Avenue.

The area covers the airport, Sunset Park, most of the Las Vegas Strip, the Las Vegas Convention Center and UNLV.

Saying these borders really matter to the layman, however, would be misleading. If you get a ticket in Paradise, you can’t argue your way out of court with that excuse — “metropolitan” refers to the whole area, not just the City of Las Vegas.

Metro became the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after the Las Vegas Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office consolidated their efforts in 1973, Green said.

Oh, and the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is also (technically) not in Las Vegas — it’s about four miles south.

Kabuki show at Bellagio

A new show starring renowned Japanese actor Ichikawa Somegoro and the art of Kabuki will be showcased Aug. 14-16 at the world-famous Bellagio Fountains on the Las Vegas Strip.

The ancient Japanese art form of Kabuki will debut at the fountains in a never-before-seen spectacle. Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese drama with highly-stylized song, mime and dance performed by male actors in elaborate makeup and using exaggerated gestures and body movements to express emotions.

According to a press release for the show, larger-than-life animations and stunning water choreography will deliver an extraordinary rendition of Kabuki masterpiece Koi Tsukami or “Fight with a Carp” as an enormous fish and turbulent sea are projected onto the Fountains of Bellagio in an epic battle scene.

Ichikawa Somegoro, who has starred in numerous movies and television shows in Japan, will clash with the giant carp from an impressive 165-foot stage constructed inside Lake Bellagio during the 30-minute production.

The production is part of an effort by Shochiku, which is Japan’s premier Kabuki producer and global ambassador, to raise worldwide awareness for the art. Projection mapping by Japanese artists and masterminds teamLab and spectacular water effects by WET will bring the historic Japanese narrative to life in a Vegas-style production.

The Kabuki Spectacle is part of MGM Resorts’ larger commitment to celebrating Japanese culture and the arts, which also includes recently debuted art installations by renowned sculptor Masatoshi Izumi and the first-ever Japanese-inspired display at Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

The Kabuki Spectacle performance schedule is as follows:
August 14: 9:15 p.m.
August 15: 9:15 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
August 16: 9:15 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.

Construction will begin on Monday, July 27, to prepare for the festival. Three southbound lanes of Las Vegas will be closed until July 30. The closure will affect lanes between Flamingo Road and Bellagio Drive.

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