EDC Las Vegas 2020 Still On Despite Coronavirus Concerns

EDC Festival The annual Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) is still scheduled to take place on May 15-17, 2020 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway despite coronavirus concerns, according to Insomniac Events Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella.

“…We are moving ahead with EDC Las Vegas in May 2020. I am in communication with local government officials who are ready for the show, and we have new health and safety protocols to implement at this year’s EDC,” Rotella said in a Twitter post to update fans and 2020 attendees.

“I recognize this is a fluid situation and if there are any changes, I will keep you all updated with clear and accurate information.”

With the COVID-19 outbreak disrupting numerous live music events, such as SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, Coachella and Stagecoach, and Insomniac’s Beyond Wonderland festival in Southern California, which has been postponed from March 20-21 for June 19-20, fans worried EDC would be affected just the same.

Luckily, with the festival not taking place until a little under two months away, it puts them in a sweeter spot to push forward.

In the same update, Rotella said this about the postponement of Beyond Wonderland:

“Coming from underground rave culture, it’s in my DNA to gos against the grain. I have a renegade spirit, and the postponement of Beyond Wonderland SoCal in not something I take lightly.

I wish you guys could have been a fly on the wall to hear some of the ideas we had to keep the show going, but it just isn’t the right move at this time. I will do everything in my power to keep our events moving forward while keeping everyone’s safety in mind.

Dance culture is strong and our entire community is united. It won’t be long until we’re all raving together again. Love and care for each other, stay positive, and stop buying up all the toilet paper.”

When EDC tickets first became available in September 2019, they sold out in record time. Eager fans still hoping to attend can join the waitlist for GA, GA+, and VIP passes. Take a look at the EDC Las Vegas 2020 lineup released a few weeks ago.

A roundup of Affected Events in Las Vegas

From comedy shows to major sporting events and conventions, Las Vegas is definitely feeling the impact of the coronavirus on many fronts.

Take a look at some of the biggest canceled events across the city of Las Vegas, downtown Las Vegas, and Henderson:

  • 40 Under 40 Awards – Originally scheduled for Thursday, March 12; postponed
  • Adobe Summit – Originally scheduled for March 29-April 2, transitioned from in-person event to online-only event
  • Aid for AIDS Nevada walk & 5K – Originally scheduled for March 22; postponed
  • Aruba Networks Atmosphere 2020 – Originally scheduled for March 22–27; in-person event canceled, now being live-streamed instead
  • Believer Festival 2020 – Originally scheduled for April 29; canceled
  • Billy Gardell at Treasure Island – Originally scheduled for March 27; postponed
  • Blue Man Group removing 9:30 pm shows on select nights through May 2020, effective April 4, 2020
  • CinemaCon 2020 – Originally scheduled for March 30-April 2; canceled
  • Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas – Effective March 15, 2020, the show schedules will be adjusted from two shows per night down to one show per night for performances through April 12.
  • Dell Technologies World 2020 – Originally scheduled for May 4-7; transitioning into a “virtual event”
  • Digital Signage Expo 2020 – Moved to late summer/early fall 2020
  • Int’l Pizza Expo & Int’l Artisan Bakery Expo – Originally scheduled for March 31- April 2; rescheduled for June 26 – June 28
  • ISC West trade show – Scheduled for March 17-20; postponed to July
  • Las Vegas Aviators – Opening day originally scheduled for April 9; the start of season postponed
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring – Originally planned for Mar. 14; postponed to July 25
  • Las Vegas Polo Classic – Originally scheduled for April 18 & 19; postponed to Aug. 15 & 16
  • Lionel Ritchie at Wynn Las Vegas – Originally scheduled for March 13 & 14; postponed
  • Lit & Marcy Playground at Cannery – Originally scheduled for March 28; rescheduled for Sept. 26
  • MGM Resorts – Nightclubs and dayclubs suspended temporarily
  • National Associaton of Broadcasters Show – Originally scheduled for April 18-22; postponed
  • Nevada Democratic Party County Conventions – Originally scheduled for April 18, canceled
  • Nightclub & Bar Show – Originally scheduled for March 30-April 1; postponed to June 22-24
  • NXT Global Summit – Originally scheduled for July 13-15; canceled
  • Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament – Originally scheduled for March 11-14; entire tournament canceled
  • Republican Jewish Coalition – Originally scheduled for March 13-15; postponed
  • Shows at The Mirage canceled – Boyz II Men, March 13-15. Bill Maher, March 13-14, Matt Goss, March 15 at 1OAK
  • Sporcle’s 2020 Trivia Con – Originally scheduled for April 3-5; postponed
  • Touro University moves classes to online-only, beginning March 16.
  • UNLV Athletics – All Mountain West spring sports suspended indefinitely
  • UNLV moves classes to online-only, beginning March 23.
  • USCIS welcomes new U.S. Citizens at Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center – canceled
  • USL Championship – Play temporarily suspended for 30 days; Las Vegas Lights FC home opener originally scheduled for March 14
  • WEEN “March Mitzvah” – Originally scheduled for Mar. 19 – Mar. 21; postponed to Oct. 2 -4
  • Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments – Originally scheduled for March 11-14; canceled

Clark County has announced the cancellation of all events with an expected attendance of 250 people or more until further notice. A couple of mega-churches across town, The Crossing Christian Church and Canyon Ridge Christian Church have also canceled service and large gatherings until further notice.

Canceled Downtown Las Vegas Center Events

  • Liquid Stranger – Saturday, March 14
  • Tchami – Friday, March 27
  • 10th Annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer –April 3-4
  • Reggae Rise Up – April 18-19
  • 17th Annual LSU Crawfish Boil and Food Festival – Saturday, April 25

Canceled Events in Henderson

  • Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, March 13-15
  • Dana Point Festival of Whales, March 14
  • Vintage Market and Craft Sale, March 14 & April 11
  • March On, March 24
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, March 26-April 4
  • Blue Ribbon Commission Leadership Day, April 1
  • Henderson BluesFest, April 11
  • Industrial Days, April 17-18
  • March On, April 22
  • Fire Station 99 Open House, April 25

About EDC

From Insomniac’s official website:

EDC is a unique multi-day festival pushing the boundaries of imagination and setting standards in the live entertainment industry. By incorporating carnival themes and attractions, cutting-edge stage production, world-class talent, and innovative art and technology, EDC is more than an electronic music festival – it is an unparalleled multi-sensory experience unlike any other. The brand has created a passionate community of accepting fans that have turned EDC into a way of life. The foundation upon which the phenomenon was built is one of unity, love, self-expression, and respect for one another.

 EDC Las Vegas is the largest dance music festival in North America and currently takes place in Mexico, Florida, and Japan as well.

Summer Cookout Featuring Robert Irvine at Tropicana Las Vegas

If you like barbecue and you happen to be in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 13, make sure to check out the event called Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine. This will be the third annual Summer Cookout event, which has already managed to grab the attention of many food lovers. The cookout will be set at Tropicana Las Vegas, and guests are invited to visit the event and dine out and enjoy the tasty meals. However, they will also take part in increasing awareness and raising funds for the Three Square Food Bank.

Chef Robert Irvine will make sure to provide his guests with an outstanding dining experience. There will be a wide variety of dishes inspired by summer, and guests will have an opportunity to indulge in these specialties throughout the evening. Furthermore, there will be plenty of refreshing drinks. Both food and drinks are provided as a courtesy of restaurants such as Trago Lounge, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen, Robert Irvine’s Public House, and Oakville Steakhouse. Moreover, the guests will have a chance to enjoy competition in an interactive cooking and can take part in a live and silent auction. In fact, there will be plenty of other interesting activities, and if you are interested to check them all out, make sure to visit this event.

One of the main attractions for the Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine will be the special performances of some of the best Frank Sinatra tribute artists who are a part of Legends in Concert.

When it comes to the menu for the day, some of the dishes that you will have an opportunity to try are Wagyu beef sliders with a Public House sauce and micro watercress, baby tomato and creamy burrata with balsamic pearls, a lot of different mini pizzas, orange and chocolate pops, hamachi poke parfait with unagi sauce, hickory smoked dry rubbed baby back ribs with a Public House barbecue sauce, and more.

The main sponsor for the Summer Cookout Featuring Robert Irvine is Golden Road Brewing, but the event will also include a couple of other sponsors such as WAXIE, Moneytree, Fever-Tree, Empress 1908 Gin, and Ambros Banana Whiskey.

When it comes to the ticket prices, you will have an opportunity to acquire regular ones for $50 that enable general admission. However, if you are interested in getting there earlier and meeting with Chef Irvine himself, you can obtain VIP entry tickets for $100 and enter at 6 pm for the meet and greet session with him. The Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine will officially start at 7 pm and last until 10 pm at Robert Irvine’s Public House, which is located at Tropicana Las Vegas. You can buy tickets at the Tropicana box office, or you can call (800) 829-9034. You can also check for the tickets on the web.

Everything that is earned that evening will also benefit Three Square and its effort to put an end to hunger in Southern Nevada. Restaurants in Las Vegas have an opportunity to display their culinary arts during the Las Vegas Restaurant Week and thus contribute to the cause. Three Square has managed to provide more than five million meals for people who struggle with hunger. The Restaurant Week in Las Vegas will start on June 17 and last until June 28. Therefore, if you are interested in helping those in need, you can contribute to the cause and have an opportunity to try tasty meals yourself. That way, you will not only fill your belly but also the bellies that have been empty for some time.

Duran Duran to Perform at The Cosmopolitan Once Again

Duran Duran is still huge, and still actively touring the world, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be one of their stops in the upcoming tour. The band will perform two nights at The Chelsea, on September 7 and 8. Tickets are available on sale since May 17, 10 am, and you can obtain them online or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. The prices start at $49, but you need to take into account that there will probably be some applicable fees and taxes in addition to the base price.

Duran Duran Still Has It!

The early 80s were a really interesting period for the music industry, especially in Birmingham, England, where a very vibrant genre of music was being invented, with Duran Duran being one of the leaders of that wave. They did not take much to reach the top of the world with their music and managed to sell more than 100 million records around the globe. Moreover, the band had 18 hit singles in the US, and 20 of their songs topped the charts in the UK.

Needless to say, Duran Duran was awarded some of the most prestigious awards in the music industry, which is a real testament to their success and innovation. Having performed almost everywhere, this group will return to Las Vegas once again, and they have two consecutive performances. Therefore, if you happen to be in Vegas during that weekend, make sure not to miss one of the biggest musical attractions.

Let’s take a look at their amazing biography and how they become one of the most popular acts of the 80s.

About Duran Duran

Music that Duran Duran makes is often described as new wave, synth pop, and dance rock. When they emerged, they were a part of the New Romantic scene, but they managed to distance themselves from other bands from the scene and build a completely unique image.

The band was formed in Birmingham, England back in 1978 by John Taylor and Nick Rhodes, who are its core members even today. Both members were actually working in a night club. John was working at the entrance, while Nick was a DJ who was paid only £10 per performance. They decided to join forces and started rehearsing and playing in that very same night club. The band did not have a drummer until they stumbled upon Roger Taylor, who became yet another core member of the band and is still actively playing the drums for Duran Duran.

The band released their first album in 1981 and named it simply Duran Duran. The album featured a couple of successful songs, one of them being Planet Earth which ended up on number 12 in the UK top 20. However, the biggest hit was definitely Girls on Film, which was followed by an interesting video. The song ended up in fifth place in the UK top 20 chart.

The best thing about Duran Duran and Girls of Film is that the erotic video was made only two weeks after MTV was launched, and it was featured on the TV, capturing viewers’ attention instantly.

The band went on to release 14 studio albums. After their initial success, they became popular worldwide and remained on top to date. Their latest album was released back in 2015 and is called Paper Gods.

This band was heavily influential as well and impacted many younger musicians and their music. Some of the bands and individual artists that created music under the influence of Duran Duran include Beck, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Dido, Franz Ferdinand, and more.

Deep Purple to Perform in Tulsa on September 21

The giants of classic rock, Deep Purple, will perform at The Joint, which is located in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa. The band which has managed to define the genre and become popular worldwide now feels that they have to say goodbye to their fans as the tour is called “The Long Goodbye Tour.” Therefore, if you happen to be in Tulsa in September, make sure to check this legendary band out, as you will probably not have an opportunity to listen to them after that. The tickets went on sale on May 10, and their prices start at $79.50. Make sure to buy them as soon as possible, since the hard rock legends are likely to have their performance sold-out soon.

Who Are Deep Purple?

Deep Purple is a band from the United Kingdom that managed to sell over 100 million albums around the world, and they are one of the most active classic rock bands ever. Known for their hard work and dedication, as well as their legendary songs, the band gained cult following, filling entire arenas wherever they perform.

The band also has a very long history, with a lot of members coming and going and a couple of hiatuses in the past. The most successful band lineup, which is remembered even today, included Ian Pace on drums, Roger Glover on bass, the late John Lord on keyboards, and the two most distinctive members, Ian Gillan on vocals and Ritchie Blackmoore on guitar. At the moment, fans who attend Deep Purple concerts have an opportunity to listen to Gillan’s voice, which is still amazing, and enjoy the groove created by Glover and Pace. Sadly, Lord passed away in 2012, and Blackmoore left the band to pursue his other projects, such as Blackmoore’s Night. Other notable members that are also once a part of Deep Purple are Rod Evans, who was the first lead vocal, David Coverdale, Nick Simpler, Glenn Hughes, Tommy Bolin, and Joe Lynn Turner.

Steve Morse is currently the guitar player in the band. He is a popular American guitarist who founded the Dixie Dregs and played guitar in bands such as Kansas and Flying Colors. Furthermore, Don Airey is an active keyboard player in Deep Purple. Airey is an English musician who has been actively touring with the band since 2002 after Jon Lord retired. Airey had a pretty successful career and played with the likes of Gar Moore, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and more.

Deep Purple and Casinos Have a Long History

One of the most famous songs by the band, “Smoke on the Water” actually mentions the Montreux Casino in one line and describes an event that took place in the casino where they were supposed to record their new album. When they arrived in Montreaux, Frank Zappa and the Mothers had a brilliant performance, until somebody decided to shot a flare gun in a closed casino space. The flare went straight for the ceiling which was covered with flammable material. Zappa had to stop the concert and the audience exited the venue as soon as possible. Nevertheless, the casino burned down to the ground, with smoke from the raging fire covering the nearby Lake Geneva, thus inspiring Roger Glover to name the song.

What came after that was a riff that is often the first thing many new guitar players learn to play, impacting generations of rock musicians after them. In other words, Deep Purple is a real institution with dozens of recognizable riffs and skilled musicians who are able to burn the place – not with flare guns, though, but only by the power of their music.