Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: June 28, 2005

CONCERT CHANGE: The July 2 centennial concert starring the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer, originally slated for the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center, instead will take place at the Silver Bowl Sports Complex soccer fields next to Sam Boyd Stadium. Concert organizers including Clear Channel Entertainment Properties, the Las Vegas Centennial Committee and officials representing the City of Las Vegas and Clark County changed the location to provide a larger, more comfortable setting for the 50,000 ticket holders expected to attend the event. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the concert, which is expected to start at 7 p.m. and now includes a $100,000 fireworks finale. Directions and a map to the Silver Bowl Sports Complex as well as a list of approved items that concertgoers can bring to the site can be found at http://www.vegasrocks100.com.  

NEW RESTAURANT: Toby Keiths I Love This Bar & Grill is set to open June 29 at Harrahs Las Vegas Casino & Hotel. The 17,000-square-foot venue will feature walls lined with giant guitar picks, 20 plasma-screen TVs and a stage where country and rock bands will perform daily from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. More than 260 seats will be available in the guitar-shaped bar, lounge, restaurant and private dining room, and a retail store offering an array of Keith merchandise will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant, which is located at the interior promenade adjacent to the Harrahs Las Vegas monorail concourse, will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

DOWNTOWN DEALS: Also set to debut June 29 is Downtown Divas, one of the Fremont Street Experiences five new Viva Vision shows being launched this year to coincide with the citys centennial. Visitors to the downtown attraction can have their pick of several packages offered by some of the 10 nearby hotels. The Golden Nugget, for example, is featuring a Centennial Summer Special plan through Sept. 29 that includes $10 in free slot play and a Golden Values Certificate Book that contains more than $100 in dining and entertainment discounts. The plan starts at $59 per night Sundays through Thursdays and $79 per night Fridays and Saturdays; reservations can be made by calling (800) 634-3454. Over at Fitzgeralds, the two-night OSizzling Summer Package starts at $69 per night and is valid Sundays through Thursdays through Aug. 31. The plan features breakfast for two at Mollys, two cocktails, one seven-spot keno ticket and admission and drinks for two at one of the hotels nightly show. To book, call (800) 274-5825 and mention code 50SS. For more information about various hotels and hotel rates, shows and specials events at the Fremont Street Experience, visit http://www.vegasexperience.com.

TITANIC DISCOUNT: From July 1 through 4, visitors to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Tropicana Resort and Casino will receive a $4 discount on the general admission price of $15.95. Tickets for the show, which is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office. 

WIZARDS OF AAAAHS: For the fourth straight year, the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower has teamed up with Fireworks by Grucci to present a pyrotechnics display that will be visible from anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley. The 10-minute show, slated to begin at 9 p.m. on July 3, will be launched from the propertys north parking garage. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Stratosphere also will host an Independence Pool Party on the propertys pool and recreation deck, which is located on the eighth floor of the Premier room tower. Admission to the party is $75 per person and includes unlimited food and drinks, live entertainment by the band Flipside and a ticket for the $1,000 Spin & Win drawings that will take place in the casino from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Other top spots to view the fireworks at the Stratosphere include the Top of the World Restaurant and Lounge and the towers indoor and outdoor observation decks. Tickets for the event are available at the Stratosphere Ticket Center or by calling (702) 380-7711. For more information, phone (800) 99-TOWER or (702) 380-7777.

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