Sunday, July 26, 2015

Branden Powers’ Legend of the Golden Tiki dream comes true

by Bea Taylor
Once upon a time, Branden Powers had a dream. In his dream a pirate stole an enchanted golden tiki from a volcanic island inhabited by mermaids and Cyclops. 

Powers opened The Golden Tiki bar, his long time dream, Friday night after a party by invitation only.  The bar displays exoticism, reflecting the exotic side of Branden. However, Golden Tiki is not just an exotic–themed bar, its an over the top tiki room experience on steroids. 

Entering it is like entering a huge cave inside a pirate island. There are many themed areas in the bar: Headhunter Village, Mermaid Cove, Pirates’ Lair, the Golden Tiki lounge and a waterfall made up by sea shells fountains.

The Pirate's Lair is a cozy dimly lighted lounge with surrounding couches, where every 45 minutes a pirate skull sings, dances and stares at people sitting with its glittering red eyes.

The night's drink champion was "Golden Tiki", the signature tiki cocktail. Its base is Jamaican Rum and Michters rye; they are blended with Apricot Liquor, ginger, mango and five spice syrup. Another champion was Banana Batida, a Brazilian cocktail, mixed with Avuá Cachaça, banana liquor, coconut cream and Dole pineapple whip, blended, and topped with grated nutmeg.

While you enjoy the feature drinks, DJ Rex Dart delivers hot and sultry lounge music that slowly takes you to a perfect climate that matches the magical surroundings. Rex creates a cool ambiance, and as the party gets hot, he turns the music "temperature" up.

Golden Tiki is already a huge success. There is something that draws people to The Golden Tiki like a magnet. As I was outside taking pictures of the bar's facade I witnessed many people trying to get inside "just to take a pic" "just for a sec".  

Branden pursued his wildest dream and made ​​it come true. He has now turned a legend into reality. 

3939 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
G+ The Golden Tiki 

They hand make the bar own syrups, use top shelf booze and offer it at a few dollars more than local dive bars.

Standard drinks (non tiki ) are $6, $8 and all tiki drinks are $11 without the mug to take home.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Celebrating a Decade of Decadence

by Charity Griego

The nights' live music was performed on the back patio while +Dj's spun a variety of genres in the main bar. The Beauty Bar is known for showcasing a wide range of musical genes from Punk, funk, hip-hop, house,  garage rock,  surf,  indie,  thrash, pop,  metal,  8-bit, country, soul, reggae, ska,  jungle,  swing,  Rockabilly,  New Wave,  goth,  emo,  progressive rock and orchestral performance groups. 

Saturday night's special musical acts included +Trade Voorhees,  +A Crowd of Small Adventures, +Ekoh, Brenden Sholz of +Mercy Music Hassan, +Black Beans and +Hippy Liver and +Jay R Beatbox. Other big name music acts to perform throughout the years include +Ok Go, +Helmet, the Killers, +Imagine Dragons,  +TY Segall, +Del the Funky Homosapien, +Mos Def, +Eagles of Death Metal, +Sister Nancy, +Shellac, +Cut Chemist of +Jurassic 5.  Along with past performances by local favorite classics such as +Gone IV Good, +Slow to Surface, +The Day After, +The Lucky Cheats, +Johnny Rox of the +Rawkerz, +DJ Allen Miller, +DJ John Doe and many many more.

Las Vegas extends a warm congratulations to the Beauty Bar in celebrating 10 years of events, music and memories and a fond thank you for heading up the downtown rejuvenation. This and the surrounding Fremont Street businesses give locals a break from the commercialized strip and gives tourists a beautiful reason to Come 2 Vegas

Brief history
The Beauty Bar, located at 517 E. Fremont Street in Las Vegas, NV proves that beauty is not just exterior. The bar's grand opening was a weekend long extravaganza in May of 2005 and an estimated 300-400 people attended the festivities. The ten year anniversary expected to see 400-500 original and new generation patrons on that night alone. 

The Bar was originally opened by +Paul Devitt who owned a chain of Beauty Bars in many Nightlife-Hip American cities. Ten years ago the bar generally had 5-7 staple employees and a few special events staff. Regular staff of the inaugural year included bartenders +Isaiah Thornton and +Kevin Griffin; bar manager +Ben Matsunaga, bar backs +Nathan Montgomery and +Wes Fenris; band promoter +Brandy Provenzano and's contributor +Charity Griego, who's signature modern-vintage look with flower adorned do, cocktail party dresses and black apron with satin bows allowed her to earn a living from 9 hours a week as a the bar's last regular cocktail waitress. Today the beauty of the bar is Cherrys hot rod pin up model & calendar girl, +Sarah Slobody (bartender) who can be booked for car shows, photo shoots and other special events and seen in Ratrod magazine.

This diamond in the rough has been recognized as a gem of the downtown beautification scene and was recognized by the City of Las Vegas and +Mayor Caroline Goodman who christened July 18 as Fremont East Originals Day. Former owner +Paul Devitt states that he chose the location of the Las Vegas Beauty Bar because he loved the "vibe of downtown, the feel and the Retro look". He believed that was "something that would come back". Paul expresses that he felt that opening the Beauty Bar in that neighborhood would jump-start the revival of the area, which has proved evident. Paul currently resides in New York and states that his favorite part of the Las Vegas Beauty Bar were the people and the friendships he made and the memories that make-up the establishment. Local Las Vegas side show performer +Jenn O Cide agrees with Paul’s vision and states that “the Beauty Bar gave downtown the flexibility in booking stuff they liked, as opposed to having to choose stuff that necessarily sold“. 

The look of the bar has improved with age and many upgrades have been made such as glittered walls and new refrigeration units behind the bar. Modern vintage red glittered seats and Beauty Bar brand photo booth were added a few years back. +Paul Devitt sold the bar in 2014 to +Darrin Feinstein and +Cory Harrison, while the white vintage cabinets and shelves with era beauty products and 60’s beauty salon hair-dryer chairs have remained a constant since the day the bar opened. The classic Beauty Bar silhouette logo was designed by +Paul Devitt's partner +Deb Parker almost 20 years ago and has become the timeless image of beauty for this classic spot. 

The designs of Local artists' work are displayed throughout the bar's interior, which was arranged by +Dana Anderson of Industry supporting The ISI Group. Even the bathroom doors are adorned by classic movie star portraits from artist +Cliff Morris. The back patio wall murals are also painted by Las Vegas artists and the colorful graffiti-pop, aerosol art back drop murals are scheduled to change every 6 months. Live art shows added to the anniversary event  as painters such as +Robert Perez of TAGZ1 created masterpieces right before your very eyes. +Las Vegas Ice Man Marcos Villa carved a Fremont Street Originals/Beauty Bar ice sculpture with precision, skills, a red and white striped chain saw and a passionate yet, bad ass attitude. 

Beauty Bar manager and Grammy Award Contender, +Brodie Knight Sawyer celebrated his birthday with a commemorative tattoo courtesy of +Das Frank of Timeless Tattoos, who designed a selection $20 tattoo art to commemorate this lovely establishment and the aesthetics of the downtown Las Vegas art culture. The tattooing was for that night only and special permits were granted from the Southern Nevada Health District for the event. 

Over time the bar has hosted a plethora of events such as First Friday after parties, Punk Rock Bowling, The Get Back, Drop Dead Gorgeous Burlesque shows, body painting, carnival style freak shows, belly dancing, Tryptophan Thanksgiving Parties, +Nickel f*#$%ing beer night, Karate Karaoke and memorial benefit shows such as the one for the late great  DJ Aurajin who packed up his Earthly turn tables on March 24, 2015, along with many other special events and celebrations. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Don't be stripped and celebrate like you are in the Big Easy

by Bea Taylor

The Orleans is celebrating Boyd Gaming 40 Years Anniversary with endless events, daily food and drink credit, discounts, comps, and prizes. Make sure to get your players card, and you may need a longer vacation to enjoy all the goodies.

The Orleans is my favorite local casino and the only one I have ever won (big) against the machines. It is not by chance that The Orleans won 1st place for "Best Casino with Penny Slots", "Best Casino Dollar Slots", "Best Casino for Video Slots", just to name a few.

The Orleans is 2.7 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, but you can get to the Strip in no time. There are FREE shuttle running up and down every 30 minutes (from 9 am to 1 am), roundtrip from The Orleans to the Strip. It stops at the Bally's and from there you can take it back to the hotel. 

The casino is totally exciting and it is hard to leave, but you need to eat, right? Take a trip around the world at the French Market buffet. My favorite is Mongolian food prepared on the spot, or you may want to have a specific kind of food. There are many choices among award winning restaurants such as Canal Street with unique entrees, yummy steaks and chops, and the Prime Rib Loft above the casino - famous for it's cuts of specially selected dry aged prime rib served with baked potatoes.

After that, take a break in your room, with surrounding mountain or Strip views, watching the action at the pool through the featured web cam. When you are ready for more action, the 24-hour bowling center and the eighteen-screen Century Theatres upstairs are waiting for you. 

Later on, visit Bourbon Street Cabaret for jazz, blues and zydeco and  remember to try Louisiana food at the Courtyard Cafe, (open 24-7). Want just a little something before to go to bed? Get an ice cream at the courtyard food.
At Brendan's authentic Irish pub, you'll find draft beers, Irish bottled beers, ales and Irish whiskeys. On Friday and Saturday nights there is wonderful live music in the pub (no cover charge). 

Are you traveling with kids? They will get a blast at Kid's Tyme Child Care Center! It is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for children 2 1/2 to 12 years of age. Children must be completely potty trained and out of diapers or pull-ups. 

The center features a jungle gym, movie room, arts and crafts, interactive play and much more. Staff members are certified in first aid and CPR. 

Orleans Arena is one of the nation’s leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. 

According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events.  Events:

Orleans Showroom
The 850-seat Orleans Showroom is one of Las Vegas’ top off-Strip destinations for live entertainment, hosting such renowned entertainers as Natalie Cole, Don Rickles, Wynonna, Dana Carvey and the Temptations. From the best in comedy to music legends performing their greatest hits, you’ll find it at the Orleans Showroom! It's constantly updating, please check at

Welcome... to the luxurious Spa Orleans, the ultimate celebration of health, fitness and relaxation in a private world dedicated to your every comfort, personal care and pleasure! Here, your mind, body and spirit will become one as you delight in an incomparable spa experience fit for royalty.  

At Spa Orleans, you will enjoy an atmosphere of pure tranquility while our experienced and attentive staff pampers you completely. Choose from an inviting array of soothing massages, rejuvenating body wraps and refreshing skin treatments and facials. And allow yourself to be magically transported to an even greater state of serenity with Spa Orleans' extraordinary Signature Services.

The Orleans
4500 West Tropicana Ave - Las Vegas, NV 89103

Phone: 702-365-7111  
Toll Free: 800-ORLEANS (800-675-3267)

Useful information
Huge outdoor parking lots, plus 3 covered parking.
From the McCarran Airport to The Orleans: 4.1 mi - 8 min 
From The Orleans to Downtown Las Vegas estimated fare is $ 10.13. 
Distance: 1.7 miles.
Trip from The Orleans to Bally's on Google map:

Walking distance from The Orleans
Walgreens, 7-11, Rebel gas station

Las Vegas Strip and off-Strip Hotels

About the shuttle service:

There are 2 prizes packages, one at The Orleans and another one at Fremont Hotel and Casino. Call them to tell which one do you prefer:  
2015 Don't Get Stripped Contest
Enter to Win a Vegas Party Package! 
Every week a Vegas Party Package will be given away. 
This Week's Prize At The Orleans Hotel and Casino includes:
Three (3) nights in a two (2) bedroom suite at The Orleans
Four (4) movie tickets to Century Theaters 18 at The Orleans
Four (4) games of bowling at The Orleans
One (1) day at the pool with a cabana rental including drinks/snacks (up to $100) at The Orleans
This Weekly Prize will be given away on June 8, 2015. Winner will be notified via email and announced on the Boyd Gaming and the B Connected Facebook Page.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July Shoot Las Vegas Party was a BLAST!

by Charity Griego
Las Vegas celebrated Independence Day and American exceptionalism with a Bang. Sponsored and hosted by Shoot Las Vegas, owned by Eric Brashear, with the help of MY Vegas Magazine, publisher +Mark Allan Shaffer.

The beautiful moonlight sky shown down on many Las Vegas stars that attended the event by invitation only. Local celebrities such +Elisa Furr, Celine Dion impersonator and Flamingo Hotel and Casino's Legends in Concert Performer.

There were also Property Brothers and Brother Vs. Brother star contractor; +Jonathan Scott, Red carpet celebrity guest host and birthday girl +Brooks Thurman and an array of high profile guests from rock musicians, bikini clad body builders such as +Keema Lenderman who was recently featured in Natural Bikini Magazine as the first place winner of the INBA Competition; non-profit executive director of Dress for Success Las Vegas, +Paula Lawrence and  affluent business owners such as +Chris Cardillo-Briggs who was voted one MY Vegas Magazine's  top 100 men of influence for the second year in a row. 

Other special guests included local celebs such as Comedy Magician and Pawn Stars magic expert +Murray SawChuck and his wife +Chloe Louise Crawford, the Mentalist +Gerry McCambridgemagician +Greg Gleason, Magician +Tim Wise, the daughter of +Barry Gordy +Sherry Gordy,  +Dontay Taylor, producer performer and local legend +Tony Sacca, +Roy Hamilton Jr., +Thomas Gooding (brother to Cuba Gooding Jr.), Snakebabe and Magician +Maria Gara, +Katie Murdock (Britney Spears of Legends in Concert), +Katie Steel (Lady Gaga of Legends in Concert).

The 1.1 acre estate  welcomed over 300 guests for pool-time fun, a full service open bar and delicious barbecue in its 13,500 sq ft backyard with six fire pits, pool and hot tub, a mini concert-style stage equipped with speakers throughout the backyard on a six zone sound system and stage light show that hung on crafted steel framework and Karaoke screens affront the stage. 

The stage and video projection screens were originally built for one of +Paula Lawerence's birthday parties, who has been a friend of the home owner since high school.    

Several Amazing performers took the stage to serenade the guests who came from near and far such as music producer +Reginald Harmon who traveled all the way from Dayton, Ohio for this epic celebration. 

Reginald states that there is not a particular genre he focuses on, he just "records talent". Talent such as country band, +Mark Allan and the Crazy Boys and the ladies of +Sherry Gordy Presents who's explosive vocals belted out 80's power ballads and popular dance hits. 

The hero of the night was singer +Elisa Furr who burst in as the honorary  M.C. host when no one else was available to entertain guests between sets or technical difficulties. The lovely +Brooks Thurman showcased her commentator skills as the guest of honor and  turned up the heat with her rendition of Royals by Lorde

The home, also named "Casa De Eric" can be reserved for special events and private parties and can be coupled with the corporate teambuilding or special occasion services of Shoot Las Vegas. +Eric Brashear  can be reached by visiting his fb page.

This city of lights, My Vegas Magazine and this party's guests illuminated the American dream of not only shooting for the stars but evolving into one, which is definitely a reason to celebrate the liberties of America on this very special Fourth of July weekend.