Home of Las Vegas’ first traffic light and high-rise building, Fremont Street keeps fans of vintage Vegas consistently starstruck, with lavish celebrations thrown by the landmark's eponymous party-planning committee. As 2011 wanes, the TributePalooza celebration shreds resolutions into neon ticker tape with eight hours of crowd-pleasing rock strewn across three stages. Headlining the event, raucous hair-metal heroes Steel Panther glam it up with unabashedly goofy stage moves and unapologetic spandex. Following suit with headbanging levity, fellow silly-string strummers Rock Sugar mash up sound-pies of ‘80s pop and mascara metal, creating laughter you can dance to.
During the concert extravaganza of the Country Superstars Tribute, four talented singers team up with a five-piece band to celebrate twangy legends such as Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson in a posh, 600-seat concert hall. After a collection of songs from Reba McEntire's Grammy-winning oeuvre, a Tim McGraw tribute artist culls from the star's 32 No. 1 hits, from the rascally "I Like It, I Love It" to a musical rendition of Munch's The Scream. In addition to mastering singers' tale-spinning vocals, tribute artists also capture their signature styles, from Kenny Chesney's signature cowboy hat to Reba's ubiquitous propeller beanie.
With classes designed to meet the needs of both beginner and advanced dancers, Tunay Ink instructors educate hip-hop hopefuls in the techniques and aerobic benefits of this popular street dancing style. Amid solid beats and graffitied brick walls, dance disciples can learn the primary elements of breaking before defying gravity and hair-spray hold with head spins. The popping savvy can lord over subservient muscle serfs with a series of classes that teach both popping techniques and effective employment of hip-hop lingo, or weekly locking classes that appeal to the acrobatically inclined with physically demanding moves, such as carrying a sleeper couch up three flights of stairs.
The Onyx Theatre is Las Vegas' leading alternative theatrical and performance space for world-class and local artists. They provide a space dedicated to personal artistic expression, free minds, unrestrained entertainment and socially relevant art.
Greg London's impressions of famous musicians and pop-culture legends have earned him the consternation and begrudging respect of celebrities worldwide. Set to the tune of fast-paced music and his own booming singing voice, London lampoons famed figures such as Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Colorfully costumed dancers flank the brightly lit stage as London dons the signature threads of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and other staples of the music and the office-supplies industries. Listen to London's personality-recreating skills and guitar-tickling abilities from premium, midlevel seats while admiring Shimmer Cabaret's sparkly gold curtains, crisscrossed lighting, and intimate atmosphere.
In the intimate showroom of the Shimmer Cabaret, two comedians will take the stage to rile audiences with laughter during the Icons of Comedy Series. Hal Sparks performs May 25–29 with a bevy of quick-witted quips and side-splitting observations. Known for his five seasons as Michael Novotny on the Showtime program Queer as Folk, Sparks initially honed his humor prowess and sharpened his comedy swords at Chicago's renowned Second City, which denies any knowledge of the first city's whereabouts. Since then, he's appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, and has been a guest on talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Live, and The Tonight Show.