A Lasting Musical Legacy in Las Vegas

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By H. Wadowski

The Las Vegas lounge scene is legendary. Even today, visitors will find some of the city’s top entertainers performing at various lounges on the Strip. From a pianist who has played at the White House to a classic rock cover band known for attracting the rock icons they emulate to their performances, here’s a look at just a few of the talented acts you’ll find playing in a Las Vegas lounge.

DAVID OSBORNE

Charismatic crooner Michael Monge

Charismatic crooner Michael Monge

Known as the “Pianist to the Presidents,” this esteemed musician has performed for President Barack Obama as well as former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He can be seen tickling the ivories inside Bellagio’s Petrossian Bar five nights a week. Considered by many to be the country’s leading romantic piano recording artist, guests can savor a selection of fine caviar and spirits while listening to Osborne’s flawless execution of Broadway, romantic and classical music on a one-of-a-kind Steinway grand. He also plays a variety of numbers from the Great American Songbook during his sets. Admission is complimentary. bellagio.com/en/nightlife/petrossian-bar.html

MICHAEL MONGE

Charismatic crooner Michael Monge

Charismatic crooner Michael Monge

Celebrating the songs made famous by the musical icons who helped shaped Las Vegas’ history, this charismatic crooner performs Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. inside Encore Las Vegas’ Eastside Lounge. Backed by a three-piece band, guests can listen to Monge sing songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett as well as contemporary favorites by artists like Elton John, Billy Joel and John Legend while sipping a cocktail or dancing to the music. A $10 cover charge applies Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; on Friday and Saturday there is a $15 cover. wynnlasvegas.com/entertainment/michaelmonge

PHOENIX

Described by many—including TripAdvisor—as “the best cover band you will see anywhere,” Vegas visitors can often find this five-piece classic rock band performing complimentary shows at Mandalay Bay’s Mizuya Lounge. Known for their powerful, high-energy sets, guests can rock out while enjoying a selection from Mizuya’s extensive sake menu. Guests never know whom they might see on the dance floor with them. PHOENIX has attracted such celebrities as Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford from Aerosmith, Neil Peart from Rush, Neal Schon from Journey and band members from Bon Jovi, AC/DC and other famous rock groups to their performances. mandalaybay.com/en/nightlife/mizuya-lounge.html

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