1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

March 20-23 GREGRI0

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by GREGRIO, Mar 24, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. GREGRIO

    GREGRIO Tourist

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Messages:
    5,108
    Location:
    Oakland, California

    My Trip Report

    In the words of CLARK GRISWOLD..."vegas, veGAS, VEEEGAS!"
    but when ya got a HEAD COLD it's different...or at least, that's
    what I feared would happen. 2 days before I left, I felt it coming
    on...BIG TIME!. For 2 weeks I'd avoided coming down with what
    everyone else at work had.
    I drank my AIRBORN...I stayed home from work...I slept for HOURS
    and...I LICKED IT!
    Sunday morning, 3am I was ready to go. By 7am I was 'air born' in
    a good way, and by 9:15 I was checking into the RIO, feeling fine!

    Didn't request my 'end of the hall' room this time. Got the 18th floor,
    pool view, Ipanima Tower...dumped my bag and hit the Breakfast Buffet.

    Ya all know I'm not big on TR's, so this won't be too long.
    (not much new goin' on in town for me these days anyway...)
    The RIO is alive and well (...and still up FOR SALE, lol) There's several
    new slot machine banks scattered throughout the casino. Payouts are still
    very low! A normal 400 credit payout on one of my ol' reliable machines, is
    still cut back to only 80 credits. All my favorite machine payouts have been
    cut back since September of 2009...that's why I'm a video poker kinda guy
    these days and Total Reward level GOLD member to boot, LOL!
    Throwing the amount of money into a system like that to get something for
    ?FREE? just isn't smart. You can simply afford more by not playing the Total
    Reward game these days.

    Not too long ago, BEATLE MANIA 'was' the tribute BEATLE Show to see in
    the VTheater. Things change...the group has mixed members around for
    various reasons and now...down the hall in the SAXE THEATER lives BEATLESHOW.

    www.saxetheater.com

    It's not as good as the original, but better than YESTERDAY at the Trop.
    SAXE THEATER is a great little venue just down the MIRACLE MILE hallway from
    VTheater. You can see several Shows in there, including VEGAS! the SHOW which I'll
    see again in May (it's changed a little...) Anyway, this was all Sunday.
    BEATLESHOW was at 5:30, then over to the LVHilton for dinner at Benihana and
    MARK CURRY (Mr.Cooper) and his strand up comedy act in Shimmer Cabaret at 10:00.

    Monday I saw JERSEY BOYS again. It had been a while, but didn't take long to remember
    what a good Show it is and with such great music!
    After that, I stopped in at the PALMS LOUNGE at the PALMS for SANTA FE and the FAT CITY HORNS.

    http://www.santafeandthefatcityhorns.com/

    They're a funk, rock, jazzy horn band, made up with musicians from around town that
    work in other Shows' house bands and do this after they get off work from their other gigs...they're
    just a KILLER band! FAT CITY works in the orchestra for VEGAS! the SHOW.
    The neat thing about listening to FAT CITY at the PALMS is...their lounge. It's right off the main front
    doors, it's small, great sound and seating and...very few tourists (if any at all, lol) The crowd is made
    up of...'in the know' locals, musicians, singers, and other entertainers from around town. Always a surprise,
    and always HOT!
    MONDAY NIGHTS, PALMS LOUNGE, 10pm and only $7.00

    Tuesday night was the reason for this trip...to see CELINE's new show called...'CELINE', lol.
    I bought the ticket over a year ago...AND HOPED I'D REMEMBER COME 2011.
    I'll have some thoughts in SHOWS and ENTERTAINMENT.

    The RIO pool is OPEN, there's a new exotic frozen daiquiri/frozen yogurt place called
    'EVENING CALL' just off the main front doors. www.eveningcall.com
    Up on the Masquerade Village mezzanine, next to Chippendales, is the 'new style' BURGER KING.
    It just opened Wednesday morning and for now...plans on a 24/7 schedule AND...starting in May,
    RIO JAVA (the better choice to Starbucks) also in Masquerade Village, will offer DRYERS ICE CREAM!

    A GOOD LITTLE TRIP!
    I also hit a few Double Bonus 'quads'...for the full $250. amount this time, LOL...(remember my
    CHER TR?)...but being dealt 4 to a ROYAL, was denied the big bucks on the 5th card! (stupid machine...)

    Only damper to the trip was a 2hr. flight delay out of McCarren back to the Bay Area.
    Snow back East delayed my plane, but it finally made it IN/I made it OUT...and was back home
    to my COLD, WET and WINDY California..............that's it, OVER 'N OUT.
     
  2. evoni

    evoni High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Messages:
    825
    Location:
    Bay area, California
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    101
    Thanks Gregrio, I always enjoy reading your TR's and reviews. I saw Celine's last show and enjoyed it even though I'm not a particular fan of hers, so I'm interested in your thoughts on her new show and I'll go hunt for that review of it now. :)
     
  3. rlhendrix

    rlhendrix Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    475
    Location:
    Woodstock, GA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    16
    I was thinking of seeing Yesterday during me upcoming trip in less than 2 weeks. Is it worth seeing? Also, any changes to the Beatlemania show at Saxe Theater?
     
  4. Tammy58

    Tammy58 Frugal Slot Jockey

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    Messages:
    2,223
    Location:
    Mass
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    16
    Short or long I always love your reports! I considered Celine for our upcoming trip but she isn't there that week so didn't have to decide after all. I too have been downgraded from Plat to Gold with CET, having to wait in lines this year is going to stink.
     
  5. Jinx

    Jinx VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Messages:
    1,790
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    25
    Great report Greg, as always you are the absolute authority on entertainment in Vegas, great tip on Fat City at the Palms lounge.
     
  6. GREGRIO

    GREGRIO Tourist

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Messages:
    5,108
    Location:
    Oakland, California
    Hey there 'rlhendrix'...YES, there's a few additions to BEATLESHOW.
    They added some George Harrison songs, and a little more (stupid)
    comedy fillers...the whole Show is a bit longer.
    It DOES work better in Saxe Theater...but 'this' version still isn't as
    'tight' as BEATLE MANIA (yet.....)
    I HAVE NOT SEEN 'YESTERDAY' but...I seem to agree with a lot with
    Mike Weatherfords' opinions and he thought YESTERDAY was real
    weak and didn't offer ANYTHING we haven't seen before in other tribute Shows.
    I'd go with BEATLESHOW, the Gen'l Add ticket.
    In that room, I don't let them seat me...I sit in the first row of the Upper Rear
    section. The view and sound are good, and you're one of the first one's OUT! LOL.
    (i also use the elevator....don't care for those stairs)
     
  7. rlhendrix

    rlhendrix Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    475
    Location:
    Woodstock, GA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    16
    Thanks Gregrio. I think I may have seen the latest update of the show then. Instead of the section where George plays Here Comes the Sun, they play While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes the Sun and Something.
     
  8. TuneinTokyo

    TuneinTokyo High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2010
    Messages:
    671
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    6
    Nice report.
    I take it you cabbed all over. What did that end up running you for a couple days?
     
  9. GREGRIO

    GREGRIO Tourist

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Messages:
    5,108
    Location:
    Oakland, California
    Yeah, I prefer to CAB it when I go out...
    I figure aprox. $15. each way which includes tip.
    (I always round off the fare and add $3.00 on top for tip)
    UNLESS...I get a real JERK for a driver which rarely happens.
    It 'can'...run as high as $20. each way if I'm going from say...
    the RIO to the LVHilton and ya get stuck in traffic but that
    rarely happens.
     
  10. DBear

    DBear VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,656
    Thanks for the TR. Nice way to lick the cough bug. Only way to lick it is to attack it early.
     
  11. Escape

    Escape Tourist

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2001
    Messages:
    47
    Location:
    Perry, Michigan U.S.
    Gregrio, Was wondering if you can help us out. We will be going to Rio in July. We are pool people. Would love to rent a cabana. Just wonder what they are like? I can't find a good picture of one on line. And if you know is there good shade around the pool. Thanks for all your help.
     
  12. dung bug

    dung bug Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2005
    Messages:
    199
    Location:
    Houston, Tx
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    11
    How was Mark Curry show? I will be heading out in July and thinking about catching his show. There is a Groupon out today for $20.00 for the show. Is it worth it?
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.