VEGAS MUSIC ROUNDUP: The Rap Pack, Adele Reschedules, Brian Newman Resides

Posted on: April 9, 2024, 10:52h. 

Last updated on: April 9, 2024, 10:52h.

If you’ve ever wondered what the Rat Pack would have sounded like as rappers, a new residency coming to Planet Hollywood’s Bakkt Theater in July will thoroughly answer that question.

Fat Joe and Ja Rule, shown in March 2019, will feature in a hip-hop “Rap Pack” coming to Planet Hollywood this summer. (Image: WireImage)

“Pass The Mic Live!” will star New York hip-hop legends Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Slick Rick, and Doug E. Fresh. Each will take turns at a microphone passed by host DJ Cassidy, who is not a hip-hop legend and therefore, we must assume, is the group’s Joey Bishop.

“Just as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop united in Las Vegas to form the Rat Pack, one of the greatest shows of all time, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, and I will unite to create an experience that will go down in Las Vegas history,” Cassidy said in a statement.

Since Cassidy has toured with various “Pass the Mic Live” lineups since 2020, the brand has recognition in the hip-hop community. Still, he definitely should have titled this one “The Rap Pack.”

Tickets go on sale for the shows — set for July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 — starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 via

Adele Remedies Postponed Gigs

Before postponing 10 of her residency’s March dates last February, Adele had been apologizing to her audiences for being unable to hit the highest notes in her hits because of a sore throat. (Image:

Adele has rescheduled the “Weekends With Adele” dates she postponed due to illness in February. The 10 dates, which were due to take place at Caesars Palace in March, will now happen from Oct. 25-26 through Nov. 23-24.

Adele returns to her stage at the Colosseum in May. By the time her residency concludes in November, it will have logged 100 performances.

The 10 postponed shows were sold out, and the original ticketholders will be given first crack. If any tickets are left over, they will go on sale Monday, April 15 via

Trumpeter Brian Newman, leader of the band featured in Lady Gaga’s “Jazz + Piano” residency at the Park MGM, will relaunch his “After Dark” solo residency for seven late-night dates this summer. The shows begin around 11:30 p.m. on June 19, 20, 26, 27, and July 3, 5, and 7 at the Nomad Library inside the Park MGM. As they have since Newman first launched the series in 2019, the shows will feature musicians, singers, burlesque dancers, and other variety acts through 2 a.m. and beyond. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 12 via

Earth, Wind & Fire returns to The Venetian Theatre for seven shows from Oct. 9-19. Tickets, starting at $59.95 go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 12 via


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