Theater club

Zedd, headliner of the Las Vegas Strip, lights up the NHL Club

The Superstar DJ Zedd was at the club Friday night. Just like the President of Vegas Golden Nights Kerry Bubolz.

The difference between the two is that Zedd drops beats. Bubolz drops pucks.

The stage was Club NHL at Zouk Nightclub at Resorts World Las Vegas, site of the NHL All-Star VIP Party. I caught Bubolz just as I entered the nightclub. It was one of those, “This guy looks like Kerry Bubolz…oh wait,” moments. i shouted that this was precisely the kind of scene I imagined when Las Vegas landed an NHL expansion team. The executive nodded and laughed in agreement.

To reach Bubolz, I walked through several individuals wearing NHL pins, and even a few regulation NHL jerseys. I ended up coming across (really) Cameron “The Lighter” Hughes, which gives a wake-up call to the T-Mobile Arena crowd during Golden Knights games.

Bubolz might have felt like an unarmed knight in that crowd, but Hughes was definitely in his element. I swear Zedd could hear The Igniter screaming on the stand.

I also went through broadcaster VGK and former NHL player Shane Hnidy, who suffers from a shoulder injury after playing hockey with his son. Torn rotator cuff (and not his first), requiring surgery. You might see him favoring this wing on future TV shows.

The place was crowded. The crowds might not have been the usual nightclub demo, but once you’ve finally made your way into one of these monstrous clubs, you understand the allure. The guy in the Henrik Lundqvist The Rangers jersey threw its fist in the air as the party guns fired from Zedd’s stand. The crowd loved it when Zedd threw AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” from the booth. The guy knows how to win a coin.

Earlier in the afternoon, the NHL All-Star Skills event at T-Mobile drew names such as Goldie Dawn, Kurt Russell, and their son, the actor and ex-minor hockey player Wyatt Russell; Jon Hamm; Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce chiefs from Kansas City; Darren Waller raiders; ryan kelly Colts; BMX legend TJ Lavin; carrot top and Terry Fattor.

Zedd was back on Saturday, playing for player introductions. Machine Gun Kelly played between the second and third period, and Laugh Factory at Tropicana headlining Murray Sawchuck performed a few bits in the first period. He and MGK actually got confused backstage.

NHL All-Star Week and Pro Bowl action drew a myriad of personalities. We will post and post this collective once the weekend is over and the house lights are on.

circus without sun

Cirque du Soleil and its acquisition show Blue Man Group were absent from Saturday’s NHL All-Star Game and related events. Cirque was simply not invited to participate. Failed, I say. It would have been crazy to see the Blue Men dealing with Gritty. No reason given.

His life is still beautiful

Life is beautiful founder Rehan Choudhry said he was learning along with all the other music fans about Rolling Stone’s acquisition of LiB.

“It’s exciting news for the city and truly a beautiful thing to know that the festival will be in the hands of Rolling Stone,” Choudhry said in a text message Saturday morning. “If you had asked me to buy it back when we founded it, I would have told you it would be a dream scenario.”

Life is Good was truly Choudhry’s dream when he left his role as entertainment director at the Cosmopolitan to launch the downtown festival in 2013. Joey Vanas, then a First Friday official, was on board with his experience in downtown Las Vegas. Financial investment of Tony Hsieh fueled the development of LiB.

Choudhry parted ways with the original LiB team in 2015. The visionary then took a shot with a more Strip-centric festival, Emerge Impact + Music, which lasted two years after it took off in 2018.

Choudhry has not returned to Las Vegas since 2019. He and his wife, a former News 3 anchor jessica Moore, now live in Manhattan with their two young children. Moore, a three-time Emmy Award winner, is a WCBS anchor.

Choudhry embarks on another vision, www.chptr.com, a platform that reinvents the commemoration of death. More information to come in the coming months. As Choudhry says, “This is the first project I’ve fallen in love with since LiB.”

Kool figures

Kool and the gang Friday’s show nearly sold out and was poised to fill Saturday’s performance at the International Theater in Westgate Las Vegas. The group is still nailed, musically. The Friday show crowd danced through the aisles, singing “Ladies’ Night”, “Jungle Boogie” and a “Celebration” that closed with a bang. The revered R&B/funk group is set to return this year.

Orchestral maneuvers

Former Executive Director of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera Alice Sauro was named interim executive director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The company announced that Sauro is stepping in for the deceased Anne Berquist, who left the Philharmonic Orchestra on January 25. The Philharmonic Orchestra’s board voted to part ways with Berquist “based on his performance in the role.” Berquist had joined the company in May.

Sauro is a Juilliard-trained violinist who has performed and worked as a conductor for nearly 30 years. Prior to his tenure in Sacramento, Sauro was conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has lived in Las Vegas for two years.

cool hang alert

The entertainment lineup at the Stirling Club in Turnberry Place is worth a look, with favorites such as Kelly Vohnn, Michael Monge, Elvis Lederer, Joelle Righetti, Tyrone Bowers, Matt Matelko, Cornelius Herring, Retro Pop by David Perrico and Serena Henry on the February calendar. There is more, much more, to the club which is open to non-members with no entry fee. Go to thestirlingclub.com for more information.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] To follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.