COVID-19 has upended practically all live music events. In the new normal, even traditional Las Vegas artist residencies have had to make adjustments as well. These contracts formerly tie artists to live casino gigs for months to years at a time. Which provides a steady audience for casino goers.
The casino residency has been part and parcel of the Vegas experience since the city’s earliest days. It has been instrumental in the evolution of the city not just as a mecca for gaming, but for live entertainment as well. Indeed, in a list of things to do in Vegas aside from gaming, the feature explains how locations such as Fremont Street, Caesars Palace, The Venetian, and Luxor offer different forms of live shows and other alternatives to poker tables or slots. From al fresco gigs to Cirque du Soleil shows, the city’s bustling entertainment scene owes a lot to casino residencies.
Today, these residency contracts have not only been limited to specific dates. They have also been subject to frequent rescheduling following new safety precautions. The good news is that there’s definitely no shortage of upcoming, limited, and much-awaited Vegas residencies that fans can catch in 2021.
Usher – The Colosseum
Rnb superstar and neo-soul pioneer Usher will be serenading fans at The Colosseum for several dates throughout the year. This includes eight dates in July, six in August, three in December, and January 1 to welcome the next year. Caesars Palace certainly knows how to draw its fair share of the limelight. In fact, the Las Vegas casino is now home to a new restaurant by chef Bobby Flay. After closing his beloved Mesa Grill last year, Flay surprised his fans by opening Amalfi. This is his first foray into Italian cuisine. It might be a good place to spot Usher having lunch in between his Colosseum gigs.
ZZ Top – The Venetian Theatre
That little old band from Texas will be playing several dates at the grand theater inside the Venetian Resort and Casino. ZZ Top will be performing their duties as the ambassadors of Texas blues at the Venetian Theatre on October 8, 9, 13, 15, and 16. Apart from what promises to be a truly rocking experience, there’s a chance that fans will get to see the bearded heroes of blues riding a gondola on the Venetian’s famed canal.
Billy Idol – The Chelsea
Punk, rock, and new wave icon Billy Idol will be joined by his guitarist Steve Stevens. The two return to Sin City to perform classic songs from their catalog. The shows will be happening on October 16, 17, 22 and 23. It’s all set to go down at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Another well-known entertainment venue at the famed Vegas Strip. The limited residency will be a crucial part of The Cosmopolitan’s return to hosting live entertainment.
Barry Manilow – Westgate International Theater
Reprising his role as a staple performer at Westgate International Theater, Grammy and Tony award-winning pop-rock legend Barry Manilow will be performing for six dates each during the months of June, September, and October. That’s a total of 18 live performances. After doing literally hundreds of successful shows at this theater prior to his new residency, Manilow is coming back to his second home to again wow audiences and most likely earn more rave reviews.
These are just some of the new, limited Vegas residencies that fans can expect to catch this year. As casinos and other live entertainment venues get used to pivoting with the next normal, we can expect more residencies for both famous and up-and-coming artists to be announced in the future.
This Article has been written by Independent Contributor: Luther C. Kirkpatrick
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