What once was a small town in the desert is now one of the biggest tourist attractions in the US and the world. The rise of Las Vegas started in the 1950s and the city quickly became the synonym for gambling and other forms of entertainment. Apart from having hundreds of casinos, Las Vegas also hosts some of the biggest shows in the country, like music concerts, sporting events, circus acts, magic performances, and more. In this article, we will talk about these big events that marked the history of the city. Read on!
Elvis Presley is an icon in Las Vegas and it’s hard to pick out one show that is considered his best one. During the late 60s and early 70s, Elvis performed in hundreds of sold-out concerts, and anyone who happened to visit Las Vegas at the time was likely to have seen him perform live. In 1969, when his career was in revival, The King of Rock’n’roll performed in the International Hotel in front of the full hotel hall, which marked his return to the big stage.
Sinatra was one of the first true stars that performed in Las Vegas during the time when the city was still developing. His first appearance here was in 1951, in the Desert Inn. In the following years, Sinatra performed some of his most legendary concerts in the Golden Nugget and Caesars Palace, among other places.
Circus of the Sun
Circus shows are also quite popular in Las Vegas. The French-Canadian street performers Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix were the co-founders of the Circus of the Sun that today is one of the most famous circus shows in the world. They first appeared in Las Vegas in 1993, and today, Cirque du Soleil Mystere is a successful company that organizes a bunch of different shows in the city and beyond.
Penn and Teller
Penn Fraser Jillette and Raymond Joseph Teller aren’t just regular magicians. They combine magic with comedy, and their shows are a mix of tricks and stand-up. The duo even received an Emmy for one of their television shows. They usually perform at the Rio hotel, where they’ve been the main headliners for almost 20 straight years.
Siegfried and Roy
Another famous magic duo, Siegfried and Roy, used to bedazzle the crowds with their shows that featured exotic and dangerous animals. Unfortunately, Roy Horn was bitten on the neck by one of the tigers during a live performance in 2003. Although he survived and fully recovered, the duo’s show was put to an end.
Jubilee! looks more like a carnival than anything else. Here, you can see gorgeous women and men in big feathery costumes parading on the stage. The most expensive burlesque show in the world opened for the first time in 1981. The show was unfortunately closed for good in 2015, but it has still remained one of the trademarks of Las Vegas-style entertainment.