Las Vegas. America’s most entertaining, gilded playground. Where adults come to consume some of the best culture, cuisine, and accommodations the world has to offer. Casinos, Michelin starred restaurants and buffets, the famous Vegas Strip with its lavish stages and dazzling productions. There is simply no place that quite compares to Vegas.
The same goes for Las Vegas concerts.
Each year, Las Vegas ups its game when it comes to concerts. Las Vegas, offering all of its glories up to music entertainment, draws the biggest, most beloved artists because their fans are plenty enough to fuel residencies. With new venues popping up often, Las Vegas is quickly becoming a premier destination for live music.
It’s difficult to keep up with all the artists scheduled to hit the Las Vegas stages. Here, we’ve compiled the best Las Vegas concerts and residencies. A Las Vegas concert calendar, so you don’t miss another show.
Las Vegas Concerts and Residencies
The return of live music in Las Vegas wouldn’t be complete without this longstanding legend and pioneer of concerts on the strip: Celine Dion. For twelve years, totaling to over 1,000 performances, Celine Dion was a must-see event for Las Vegas tourists. Celine Dion paved the way for what the Las Vegas strip is now. A beacon for live music, some of the most expensive and impressive production a concert ticket can buy.
Now, to herald in the opening of The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, Celine Dion will perform a mini-residency—ten shows, in November. Celine Dion’s opening night performance (Nov. 5) will be a Covid relief benefit, followed by four more weekends of shows. We can’t think of a more perfect, a more queenly, musician to open The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas than Celine Dion.
Along with the other superstars recruited to ignite the comeback concert season in Las Vegas is Katy Perry, who will perform her show “Play” at the new Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas. The pop star tweeted her announcement, along with a psychedelic snippet to promote the show. “It’s a TRIP,” Perry invites but also warns. Beginning in December, Katy Perry fans will be able to witness the first ever performances of “Play,” the star’s latest, and trippiest, conjuring.
It’s about to be an insane year for Luke Bryan and his fans, as he gets ready to tour throughout the summer and fall. Then, beginning in February, Luke Bryan will hold residency at the brand new Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas. According to PEOPLE, Luke Bryan is “tremendously” excited for the new, technological edge a stage of that caliber will bring to his set.
“Resorts World is essentially just creating and building an entertainment paradise for people that are wanting to go have amazing experiences,” Bryan said. “To have a theater with all the bells, whistles and wonderful technology at my fingertips, and a show that stands alone, that’s different from what I typically do out on the road.”
It’s hard to believe it’s taken this long into the career of Carrie Underwood before the country star found herself on the heels of a Las Vegas residency. Finally, Carrie Underwood will be heading to Sin City for “REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas.”
In a press release, Underwood discussed her excitement to join the legacy of Vegas performers. ” I love being on the road and coming to the fans where they live but it will also be fun to get to do multiple shows in one place where people will be able to come to get that concert experience and have some fun in Las Vegas at the same time. It’s such a special honor to be one of the first artists to get to perform in a brand new, beautiful, state-of-the-art theatre at such an exciting new destination as Resorts World Las Vegas.” Additionally, she shared the inspiration behind “Reflection,” being that it “refers to the fact that this show will reflect the amazing journey I’ve been on for the past 16 years, as well as a glimpse into what lies ahead.”
Globally famous, insanely talented, and infinitely innovative dance crew the Jabbawockeez are currently performing on the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage. The multi-level performance space, with small satellite stages made for Jabbas to bound between, has been the perfect fit for the Jabbawockeez high-tech, perfectly choreographed show. According to reviewers, the Jabbawockeez current show, “Timeless,” is a gorgeously constructed, entertaining show from top to bottom. From the hip-hop, punk, and R&B inspired soundtrack to the flawless execution of trendy dance moves, it’s no wonder the Jabbawockeez have been signed to perform Vegas through 2025.
Fans of Phish, Phish Heads, aphishianados. Have you never forgiven yourself for missing Phish perform Halloween in Vegas? Don’t worry, because the band is bringing back their show for Halloween in Vegas this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. For the fifth time in its history, the quartet will headline Halloweekend in Vegas. This time, Phish will perform a four-night run. According to Phish tradition, Halloween night will include a “costume” set in addition to its usual two sets.
Due to overwhelming demand, Usher has recently added six more dates to his Las Vegas residency. Usher will be performing The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The intimate, 4,300-seat capacity of The Colosseum is the perfect venue for Usher fans to get up close and personal with the R&B crooner. The six new dates will take place in August, but the residency kicks off in July. Can you believe it, fans? This summer, Usher will be celebrating his 20+ year career at one of Vegas’ most spectacular venues. We wouldn’t be surprised if Usher adds more dates to his headlining Vegas residency, this year or next.
Multi Grammy award-winning artist Sting will be holding a mini-residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in November. The performance, titled “My Songs,” will showcase the most loved and listened to songs of his career—both as a solo artist, and with The Police. Thought you’d never get to hear songs like “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Roxanne,” and “Every Breath You Take,” live? Vegas is where you can finally make it happen.
Among the artists enlisted to reopen Vegas concert venues is the former lead singer of The Smiths, Morrissey. Joining an impressive lineup at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Morrissey is set to perform his rescheduled show “Viva Moz Vegas” in August and September.
It’s going to be a memorable (and possibly emotional) night for fans at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay when Santana returns to the stage he’s made his home. 2021 will mark the ninth year Santana has taken residence at the Las Vegas House of Blues, an honor for both the venue and the musician. Santana, who has lived in Las Vegas for some time now, is certainly part of the city’s permanent music scene and lore. If you can, swing by the Vegas House of Blues this year to see Santana unleash the gods as he celebrates coming home with his band.
Las Vegas Music Venues
Located within MGM Grand Las Vegas, the Garden Arena has hosted hundreds of star performers and athletes in its 22 years of existence. Seating over 16,000 for each event, the Garden Arena at MGM Grand Las Vegas is a must when you’re vacationing in Sin City.
Just a couple months out from “thank u, next/Sweetener” Tour wrapping up, we are assured that Ariana Grande is gearing up for a huge show at the Garden Arena. She may have ditched her ponytail, but Grande remains one the decade’s most influential and beloved pop icons. If you haven’t already, we suggest celebrating with Grande on this tour which honors her best albums to date.
T-Mobile Arena. Now home to the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, the multi-purpose indoor arena is also host to a number of concerts each year. Flanked by lighted statues and bubbling fountains, T-Mobile Arena is more than just a concert venue: It’s a sight to behold.
The 43-story luxury resort located on the south end of the Strip continues to be one of the most sought-after stays in Vegas. Fortified with an 11-acre beach/pool complex with a lazy river, wave pool, and shark aquarium, the Mandalay Bay luxury resort has live shows on its premises, as well. Here are this year’s offerings.
The legendary Colosseum, the main live entertainment venue of Caesars Palace. Deemed Home of the Greatest Entertainers in the World, the Colosseum has been made famous by its legendary residencies. Though inspired by its Roman counterpart, the Colosseum continues to modernize as it accommodates some of the best live shows in the world.
One of the smaller venues at Las Vegas offers up its own set of appeal. With comfortable chairs and great views, the Encore Theatre at the Wynn boasts a more intimate live show experience. Fans can be assured that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Not to mention, the Encore Theatre is rumored to have the best onsite bar over all of the Las Vegas theaters.
Located on the Las Vegas Strip, inside of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, is the storied House of Blues. More intimate than some of the other venues on the Strip, the House of Blues continues to host America’s most beloved talent. Go for the shows, and stay for the food, as the House of Blues’ southern-inspired kitchen never disappoints.