Pitch Perfect: Las Vegas' 10 Best Live Music Venues

Heather Turk

By , Local Expert, Las Vegas
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Las Vegas is home to some of the world's most popular singers for a reason: our music venues are all topnotch. After all, how could we be the Entertainment Capital of the World if we didn't have some of the country's coolest stages to perform on? From the house Celine Dion built, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, to the most rockin' venue in town, The Joint, artists have not one, but several state-of-the-art theaters to choose from whenever they come to Las Vegas.

While the city may be home to some of the most prestigious theaters in the country, though, part of what makes Las Vegas such a cool place for artists and music fans...  Read more »

  • 1

    The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

    Las Vegas' premier music venue, more than 7 million people have seen a show at The Colosseum.

    Local Expert Tip: "Can't afford an orchestra seat? No problem. There isn't a bad seat in The Colosseum. When seated, no fan is more than 120 feet from the stage."

  • 2

    MGM Grand Garden Arena

    One of the Strip's top music venues, the MGM Grand Garden Arena has welcomed everyone from Madonna to Paul McCartney to its stage.

    Local Expert Tip: "Given that the arena holds 16,800 people, traffic can be a nightmare when trying to park for an event. Use the back entrance off Koval versus the side entrance off Tropicana, as it's usually less crowded."

  • 3

    Mandalay Bay Events Center

    The Mandalay Bay Events Center consistently attracts some of music's biggest acts.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to buy your tickets in advance for the best seats possible."

  • 4

    The Chelsea

    One of the Strip's newest music venues, the atmosphere at The Chelsea is just as cool as the artists who perform there.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to read the fun bathroom etiquette tips in the restrooms. They're hilarious!"

  • 5

    Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

    Featuring live concerts, 32 lanes of bowling and food by Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn Bowl offers Vegas concert goers an experience unlike any other.

    Local Expert Tip: "Concerts at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas are standing room only unless guests reserve a bowling lane for the show. Then concert goers have reserved seating at their lane. "

  • 6

    The Pearl

    With its eclectic bookings, great sightlines and top quality sound, The Pearl is a real jewel in the desert.

    Local Expert Tip: "In addition to general seating, 18 private boxes are also available."

  • 7

    The Joint

    One of Las Vegas' most acclaimed music venues, The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino always rocks.

    Local Expert Tip: "Tickets for The Joint's next rock 'n' roll residency, 'KISS Rocks Vegas,' go on sale July 18, 2014, at 10 a.m."

  • 8

    The AXIS Powered by Monster

    The AXIS Powered by Monster is the largest theater on the Vegas Strip and one of the largest proscenium theaters in the United States.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to arrive early for your concert--lines have been known to wrap around the Miracle Mile Shops."

  • 9

    The Smith Center

    Over the past two years, more than 1,000,000 people have visited The Smith Center to see the best in music, theater and dance.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to buy any tickets to The Smith Center's Broadway Las Vegas Series as soon as possible. Due to the number of season ticket subscribers, it can often be difficult to get orchestra seats together if you wait too long."

  • 10

    House of Blues

    House of Blues provides an intimate setting for guests to see their favorite music and comedy acts in--including Carlos Santana.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to wear close-toed shoes if you have general admission tickets--the area in front of the stage can get crowded, and you don't want someone stepping on your exposed toes!"



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