(Carlos Santana will perform at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
on Sept. 14 and Sept. 16-18, 2016. CREDIT: Brian Jones/Las Vegas News Bureau.)
Syndicated by: Montana News
by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
LAS VEGAS – Every September, the “Entertainment Capital of the World” invites visitors from around the world to celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a lineup of exciting events and entertainment. Throughout Las Vegas, revelers can enjoy performances by unforgettable headliners, championship boxing and hilarious comedians during the 2018 El Grito festivities.
Fueling the El Grito excitement across Las Vegas, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will return to T-Mobile Arena for their historic, 12-round middleweight championship rematch, Saturday, Sept. 15. In September 2017, Canelo and GGG met in the ring for the first time across a competitive 12 rounds of action that ended in a split draw.
Hakkasan Group will host a weekend-long celebration in honor of Mexican Independence Day at its famed daylife and nightlife venues throughout the destination. From Sept. 13-16, the globally recognized venues will keep the party going with A-list entertainment including Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Elephante, Tyga, Lil Jon and Tiësto; Latin-inspired celebrations and a fight night viewing party.
On Sept. 15 and 16, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will feature strolling Mariachis and live modeling in celebration of Mexican Independence Day, as well Spanish-speaking greeters sharing special offers.
The Dorsey inside The Venetian Las Vegas will host The Dorsey Sessions, a series of pop-up events featuring noteworthy visiting bartenders, artists and musicians from across the world. In September, they will feature José Luis León of Mexico City’s Licoreria Limatour, which has made Drinks International’s coveted 50 Best Bars list from 2014 - 2017.
Kicking up the action, the Las Vegas Lights Football Club will face off against the Portland Timbers on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. The Lights, a United Soccer League team, will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with mariachi performances throughout the night, a spectacular red, white and green fireworks display immediately following the game and much more.
To complement the destination’s top-notch entertainment offerings, Las Vegas boasts an array of leading culinary experiences. Cabo Wabo Cantina located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will celebrate with an authentic Mexican platter, parrillada, made with BBQ pork ribs, carne asada, achiote chicken and chorizo, served with grilled onions, jalapeños, rice, beans and flour tortillas. Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will feature a taco cart serving homemade carnitas tacos on the restaurant’s patio. Drink specials will also be available such as $10 Julio Palomas, $10 Batanga and $5 bottled cervezas and Squirt soda. At Park MGM, Juniper Cocktail Lounge will toast to Mexican Independence Day with a specialty Gracias a Dios Mezcal gin-based Paloma, Sunday, Sept. 16.
On Sept. 15, Downtown Container Park will celebrate El Grito with headlining entertainment by Metalachi, the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band. Keeping the party going, additional bars will be added to The Lawn at Container Park and will feature drinks specials including $5 Espolon tequila shots, $6 Corona and Modelo drafts, $9 Palomas as well as $10 Cadillac Margarita and Tequila Sunrise cocktails.
Divas Mexicanas, a spectacular Mexican Independence Day show with full mariachi featuring Graciela Beltrán-La Reina Del Pueblo, Rosenda Bernal and Mary Boquitas, will take over The Space, Sept. 16.
World-class Latin performers taking over iconic Vegas venues include:
Singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez will bring the heat to her residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Sept. 12, 14 & 15.
Latin music superstar Luis Miguel will perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Sept. 13-14.
Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Sept. 15-16.
Mexican group Banda MS and Caifanes will perform at MGM Grand Garden Arena inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Sept. 14.
Carlos Santana will take over the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 12, 14-16 and 19.
The “fluffy” comedian Gabriel Iglesias brings the laughs to The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Sept. 15-16.
Chayanne will perform his pop hits at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Sept. 14.
Felipe Esparza will bring his hilarious standup to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Sept. 14.
Romeo Santos will perform at MGM Grand Garden Arena inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Sept. 15.
Mexican mariachi singer Alejandro Fernández will wow audiences at Mandalay Bay Events Center inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 15.