Leon Bridges, James Taylor, ‘Caldonia’ Art Exhibit This Week in Las Vegas

ByJames I. Robertson

Jul 28, 2022

MUSIC

James Taylor

Spend an evening with James Taylor on Saturday as the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer prepares for a late work week. The 74-year-old singer-songwriter known for classics like “Fire and Rain,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Carolina in My Mind” is bringing his summer tour to T-Mobile Arena this weekend before launching a week-long musical residency on Monday on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”. Tickets for Taylor’s T-Mobile show start at $64.50; axs.com.

Mary Staubs

Leon Bridges performs at the Soul Train Music Awards at Apollo Theater on Saturday, November 20, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

MUSIC

Leon Bridges

His first two albums – 2015’s “Coming Home” and 2018’s “Good Thing” – established Leon Bridges as an old soul, with a vintage vibe reminiscent of ’60s R&B swing. But his latest record, “Gold-Diggers Sound ‘ from last year, finds the 33-year-old Texan singer-songwriter eager to break out of the retro box, with a more modern sound that favors the timeless over the wear and tear of time. Catch Bridges as he brings his “Boundless Tour” to theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, with special guest Little Dragon, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $49; axs.com.

Mary Staubs


ART

‘Caldonia’

Take a walk through the history of music and film with “Caldonia: Concert and Film Posters from the Ralph DeLuca Collection”. The 44 vintage posters spotlight African American musicians and actors – including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and Thelonius Monk – from the 1920s through the 1970s. The exhibit runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until to October 2 at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for Nevada residents, seniors 65 and older, students, teachers, and military members with valid ID. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

Christopher Lawrence

Tom Segura in a scene from his comedy special "Ashamed." (Troy Conrad/Netflix)
Tom Segura in a scene from his comedy special ‘Disgraceful’. (Troy Conrad/Netflix)

THE COMEDY

Tom Segura

“I always try to set goals for myself,” comedian Tom Segura explained in his comedy special “Completely Normal.” “My last goal…I’m trying to be less polite, you know?” Hit! Although Segura often exploits a playful misanthropy — he takes great pleasure in closing elevator doors to strangers — it’s all intertwined with bursts of hope. His take: Humans can be nightmares, but you can still achieve your dreams if you try hard enough. See you at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mirage. Tickets start at $59.99; mirage.mgmresorts.com.

Jason Bracelin

Joby J. Ford, left, and Matt Caughthran of the Bronx perform at the Rock On The Range Music Fe...
Joby J. Ford, left, and Matt Caughthran of The Bronx perform at the Rock On The Range Music Festival at Mapfre Stadium on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

MUSIC

The Bronx

Each of The Bronx’s six studio albums is self-titled for a reason: you know exactly what you’re going to get from these LA punk rock ‘n’ rollers veterans every time – and it’s a good thing if equal amounts of the hooks and hedonism expressed by a howling demon of a leader are your thing. They team up with headliner Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls as well as Amigo the Devil at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. Tickets are $32.50; houseofblues.com/lasvegas.

Jason Bracelin

Maxwell performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the MGM Grand Garden...
Maxwell performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

MUSIC

Maxwell

Neo-soul singer Maxwell keeps rocking on “The Night” tour this weekend. The three-time Grammy winner has fascinated music lovers for more than two decades, from 1996’s debut album “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite” to 2016’s release “blackSUMMERS’night.” See you at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. Tickets start at $65; ticketmaster.com.

Mary Staubs

This terrace at Peyote, the restaurant in downtown Las Vegas joining its neighbor, Cheapshot...
This terrace at Peyote, the restaurant in downtown Las Vegas joins its neighbor, the Cheapshot nightclub and showroom, to present dinner, cocktails and a show Thursday through Saturday. (Corner bar management)

FOOD

Dinner and show

The evening begins in downtown Vegas with a three-course prix-fixe menu of Latin American cuisine from Peyote Restaurant, with choices for each course. After dinner, bartenders at the Cheapshot nightclub and showroom (a short walk from Peyote) serve classic cocktails, followed by drawing the curtains for “Miss Behave’s Mavericks,” a mix of comedy, slapstick, circus and singing. The event runs from Thursday to Saturday. Cost: $99. Details: bit.ly/PeyoteShow.

Johnathan L. Wright

Richard Marx plays opener for Rod Stewart at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Wednesday...
Richard Marx plays opener for Rod Stewart at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)

MUSIC

Richard Marx

Not only has his voice provided the soundtrack to countless romantic pairings with the nightly duet of “Hold On to the Nights” and “Endless Summer Nights,” Richard Marx remains a vital Twitter following. Who would have guessed that the guy behind “Right Here Waiting” would have more beef than Arby’s? See you Friday at 8 p.m. at the Green Valley Ranch Event Center. Tickets start at $34 at ticketmaster.com.

Christopher Lawrence

The unlikely combination of lobster and the flavor of vanilla (notes of Casamigos Tequila)...
The unlikely combination of lobster and vanilla flavor (from the hints of Casamigos Tequila) is showcased in this fra diavolo lobster from Todd English’s Olives in Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. (Jovan Johnson)

FOOD

Lobster and vanilla

Yeah, on paper it might sound weird. But the combination works. To see for yourself, order the fra diavolo lobster at Todd English’s Olives, the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas restaurant from award-winning chef James Beard. The vanilla notes of Casamigos tequila and the accessible heat of Calabrian chili are harnessed to create a slightly sweet, slightly spicy lobster sauce. $36.

Johnathan L. Wright

Discovery of the Children's Museum
Discovery of the Children’s Museum

FAMILIES

Art Appreciation Month

It’s Art Appreciation Month at the Discovery Children’s Museum. Starting with the prehistoric era, families can explore different eras of art – ancient, renaissance, contemporary and cinema – every week until September 2. First, from Saturday to August 5, it’s a chance to make art inspired by handprints and paintings from thousands of years ago found in caves. General admission is $15.50 or $13.50 for locals with ID.

Christopher Lawrence


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