Las Vegas: The Spectacle

Welcome to a new, special edition blog post on Visual Music! Since I spent some of my Spring break in Las Vegas, I decided to take pictures and write about the experience for this week.

The Las Vegas Strip is no doubt a visual masterpiece. Its towering, vibrant skyline is one of the most picturesque in the country. Over 30 hotels/casinos are packed into a four mile stretch, fourteen of which are among the largest in the world. Some call it the city that never sleeps, and there really is no place like it.

Themed hotels are extremely popular on the strip, and are a major attraction for tourists to check out, even if they aren’t staying in them. The Venetian has an indoor canal lined with high-end shops and restaurants, with gondolas that take paying customers through it. It is a replication of the real Venice in Italy, and is super fun to explore. New York New York has, you guessed it, a New York City theme. The outside replicates the Manhattan skyline, while the casino is themed to look like the streets of New York. Paris Hotel has a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower out front, and French-themed bakeries and shops in the casino. There are many more, but let’s not stray too far from the main focus. This is a music blog, isn’t it?

Las Vegas is a music lover’s dream. Everywhere you look, there is music. Each hotel features shows and concerts for everyone’s taste. When I went, I saw the Beatles’ LOVE show, which is a Cirque Du Soleil show featuring characters from all the Beatles’ biggest hits performing variety acts to a fast-paced soundtrack. They also have one for Michael Jackson, and other shows featuring more orchestral music. Many big names in music have resident theaters on the strip where they perform nightly. Some include: Elton John, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Boyz II Men.

Vegas is also a major attraction for music history. It is well-known for being the central meeting place of the Rat Pack. the Rat Pack was a famous group of actors and singers consisting of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and Shirley MacLaine. They all appeared together in films and on albums, and were known as the world’s tightest, coolest group of celebrities. Vegas is scattered with Rat Pack history around every corner.

One of my favorite hotels, the Hard Rock Hotel, is filled with mementos of music’s biggest names, featured in glass cases all around the casino. They have everything from Prince’s handwritten set list, to Sid Vicious’ chain necklace and Michael Jackson’s glove. The hotel is a super cool place to go take pictures, and learn about the history of not just the music of Las Vegas, but music everywhere that somehow made its way to this resort.

Overall, my trip to Las Vegas was amazing, and I wish it could have been longer. There’s too much to see in just a few days, and next time I go, I want to dig deeper and explore much more of the music history. Next week we will return to the traditional blog posts, so don’t hesitate to comment what you want to hear about next!

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