Night Ranger, Survivor to Perform at Fremont Street Experience
By Jerry Fink
Las Vegas Tribune
Night Ranger and special guest Survivor will perform NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas at the 14th Annual RaceJam concert at Fremont Street Experience on Saturday, March 11 starting with Survivor at 8 p.m. followed by Night Ranger, both on the 3rd Street Stage.
Survivor will ramp up the crowd at the free concert by performing legendary hits such as “Eye of the Tiger,” “Burning Heart” and “The Search is Over.” Night Ranger will then take the stage and entertain the audience with top songs including “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “(You Can Still) Rock In America” among many others.
The 2017 concert is part of the 14th Annual RaceJam, a four-day event celebrating NASCAR Weekend with free nightly entertainment and NASCAR merchandise available for purchase Monday, March 6 — Monday, March 13.
The annual downtown concert is held in conjunction with NASCAR Weekend, which features the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, March 11 and the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 12, both at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
All concerts are free and open to the public and parking is available at the Fremont Street Experience parking garage located at Carson and 4th Street. For complete information on the headliner concerts and nightly entertainment, visit www.vegasexperience.com.
Downtown Marching Orders
Spend the month of March in downtown Las Vegas for Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Marching Orders — an entire month of special events and entertainment with numerous performances taking place on its three stages underneath the Viva Vision canopy.
Guests can enjoy entertainment on weekend afternoons and nightly on all three stages plus flights on SlotZilla, the world’s most unique zipline, as well as the USA Sevens Rugby Tournament Official Pep Rally on Thurs., March 2 at 6 p.m., the 14th Annual RaceJam concert featuring Night Ranger with special guest Survivor on Sat., March 11 at 8 p.m., and Fremont Street Experience’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Sat., March 17. From March 9 to April 3, Fremont Street Experience will transform into the ultimate college basketball destination with themed activities for the 8th Annual Downtown Hoopstown.
8th Annual Downtown Hoopstown
Fremont Street Experience invites college basketball fans to dribble down to the 8th Annual Downtown Hoopstown taking place March 9 through April 3.
The four blocks underneath the Viva Vision canopy will be lined with college banners and flags as Fremont Street Experience transforms into the ultimate college basketball destination, with special events that are sure to be a slam dunk including: nightly entertainment from the stage production show Hardwood Hotties featuring American Idol Season 6 Finalist Haley Scarnato (dark on Thursdays) from 7 p.m. — 10 p.m., an interactive High Hoops Zone, the world’s largest NCAA bracket and a special basketball-themed show displayed on the 1,500 ft. Viva Vision canopy.
14th Annual RaceJam concert
Night Ranger and special guest Survivor will perform NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas at the 14th Annual RaceJam concert at Fremont Street Experience on Sat., March 11, starting with Survivor at 8 p.m. followed by Night Ranger, both on the 3rd Street Stage. Survivor will ramp up the crowd at the free concert by performing legendary hits such as “Eye of the Tiger,” “Burning Heart” and “The Search is Over.” Night Ranger will then take the stage and entertain the audience with top songs including “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “(You Can Still) Rock In America” among many others.
St. Patrick’s Day
Fremont Street Experience invites the public to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Las Vegas with multiple Irish rock bands performing on all three stages, strolling costumed entertainers and the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association Annual St. Patrick’s Day March taking place March 17 at 12 p.m. The free entertainment will feature traditional and modern Irish bands including: The Angry Brians, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Bogtrotters Union, Luck of the Spandex, Finnegan’s Wake, The Johnny McCuaig Band, Celtic Rockers and LA Vation (U2 tribute band).
All shows and performances are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Ample parking is available at the Fremont Street Experience parking garage located on the corner of Carson Avenue and 4th Street or at any of the legendary casinos that line historic Fremont Street. Visit www.vegasexperience.com or call 702-678-5600 for more information.
The 3rd Street Stage is located at the intersection of 3rd Street and Fremont Street next to the D Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, Four Queens Hotel & Casino and Fremont Hotel & Casino. The 1st Street Stage is located at the intersection of 1st Street and Fremont Street next to Golden Nugget Las Vegas and Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel. The Main Street Stage is underneath the SlotZilla Zoomline base near the intersection of Main Street and Fremont Street near the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino.
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O’Sheas BLOQ Party at The LINQ Promenade St. Patrick’s Day
The LINQ Promenade — Caesars Entertainment’s open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district — will bring the luck o’ the Irish to visitors with the annual O’Sheas BLOQ Party — an exciting St. Patrick’s Day celebration — on Friday, March 17.
In addition, large-screen TVs stationed on the Fountain Stage will broadcast college basketball championship games that day.
Kicking off with a lively St. Paddy’s Day parade, the day will include drink specials, leprechauns, live bands and more — all conveniently located at the center of the Las Vegas Strip.
The O’Sheas BLOQ Party celebration begins at 12 p.m. with a parade along The LINQ Promenade, complete with bagpipers, leprechauns, stilt walkers and other festive characters. The BLOQ Party will continue along The LINQ Promenade until 10 p.m., featuring giveaways, games of corn hole and various surprise pop-up performers and dancers.
Beer trucks and portable bars will ensure revelers enjoy a continuous supply of foamy brews. Inside O’Sheas Casino, partygoers will be treated to drink specials and live music from The Blackjacks, Silversage, Darbi O’Gill and more till 3 a.m.
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MOB MUSEUM RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FROM ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS
The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has been awarded accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums.
This distinction means the museum meets National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. museums and joins a select community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to these standards and best practices.
Applying for accreditation through AAM involves a rigorous process whereby museums must demonstrate excellence in core characteristics related to collections stewardship, organizational health, education, planning, public service and overall commitment to excellence.
In its letter notifying the Museum of its accreditation, the AAM Accreditation Committee stated, “The young museum has made tremendous strides in a short period of time, as evidenced by its sizeable visitation, financial resources, community presence and drive to be accredited so early in its institutional history. It is evident that the museum values its visitors; we commend the attention given to the visitor experience. It is also clear that the museum is delivering high-quality exhibitions and educational materials.”
On being awarded accreditation, The Mob Museum’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Ullman said, “Accreditation is a tremendous honor and a testament to the immense talent and deep commitment that exists throughout the entire organization — Board of Directors, employees and volunteers. Of course, this recognition could not have occurred so early in our growth without incredible community support.”
“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura L. Lott, AAM president and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”
Of the nation’s estimated 35,000 museums, just over 1,000 are currently accredited by the AAM. The Mob Museum is one of only five AAM accredited museums in Nevada. Since 1906, the AAM has existed to develop standards and best practices, gather and share knowledge, and provide advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community.
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ALADDIN’S MARCH MAGIC RETURNS TO NEON MUSEUM MARCH 11
Saturday, March 11, the Neon Museum, Boneyard and Boneyard Park will provide a magical backdrop for a very special family event: Aladdin’s March Magic. The event, which takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., is most appropriate for preschoolers through third graders accompanied by a parent or guardian. The cost is $5 per person; limited space is available.
During the event, the Neon Boneyard “Genie” will perform a dramatic reading of the traditional version of the Aladdin folktale in the North Gallery. After story time, participants will make a magic “flying carpet” with paper and markers before learning to “fly” their carpet around the museum campus.
Next, everyone will “fly” their carpets into the Neon Boneyard in search of Aladdin’s lamp (rumored to be lost in Las Vegas). When they find the lamp, all will gather around to enjoy magic tricks performed by the Genie, before learning some magic tricks themselves. Attendees will be encouraged to take photos beside Aladdin’s lamp and, finally, will receive a magical “wish jewel” to take home, along with their magic carpets.
Reservations are required as space is limited. Latecomers cannot be accommodated due to the sequential nature of the program. To make reservations, go to www.neonmuseum.org/happenings.
Jerry Fink is an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper and writes a weekly column. To contact Fink, email him at jfink@ lasvegastribune.com.