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How Las Vegas became America’s live music capital

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On last weekend Saturday night livemusical guest Katy Perry gave viewers a glimpse of her current residence in Las Vegas Play which, among other decorations, features dancing mushrooms and a giant toilet.

The Pee Wee’s Playhouse— the riveting performance, which begins in December at Resorts World Theatre, is a welcome step forward for the pop singer whose star has been a little dim over the past four years. Her latest record Smile debuted at #7 on Billboards 200 — certainly not a failure but a significant drop for an artist who dominated the charts in the late 2000s and 2010s. Her commitment to pop bubblegum on that album and its predecessor Witness not so good compared to the more upbeat, R&B-influenced tunes that are dominating radio. Likewise, it feels clear that when the singer chose to perform what should have been her triumphant return to the top, SmileSingle from “Never Really Over”, on SNL to promote her Vegas gig, as the ever-expanding music center gave Perry an opportunity to innovate.

The “Teenage Dream” singer is one of a number of relatively young musicians bringing their talents to Sin City. Lady Gaga, who rose to prominence at the same time as Perry, fulfilled her “lifetime dream” of “to be .”[ing] a Vegas girl” in 2018, with Secret showcase her pop hits and Jazz & Piano, a set of jazz standards and omitted performances of her own songs. Some notable new additions to this year’s lineup are R&B duo Silk Sonic, including Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak (although Mars is a Vegas veteran). Their 13 shows at Park MGM’s Dolby Live! starting at the end of the month. Adele’s performance at Caesars Palace is scheduled to begin in January but has been kept following complications from COVID and other technical issues. And Michael Buble will title six programs in April and May.

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Russell Falcon

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