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New Las Vegas Venues & Psycho Vegas – S2E76

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Jamey and John discuss the newest venue proposals coming to the Las Vegas strip and beyond.  Plus a special report and review of the Psycho Vegas concert event.

 

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A driverless-car pilot program, a joint venture between Lyft rideshare company and Aptiv mobility-tech company, has logged 5,000 paid fixed-route trips along the Las Vegas Strip since it launched three months ago. Lyft and Aptiv claim that their fleet of 30 BMWs with autonomous navigation capabilities is the “only commercial robot-taxi service in the U.S.” No other driverless pilot program is charging customers to ride in their self-driving cars. Lyft customers who book a ride online can opt in or out of the self-driving-car option; they can also provide feedback on the experience, which has received a 96% positive response thus far. A “backup” driver remains behind the wheel to take control if necessary.

The highest-priced meal in Las Vegas, as identified by BestLife.com, is the prix-fixe five-course tasting-menu dinner at the exclusive (12-seat) Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand.

The artist who designed New York-New York’s Statue of Liberty replica was awarded a $3.6 million judgment for copyright infringement after the face of the statue was used on a stamp of which 4.9 million were sold. The U.S. Postal Service didn’t realize they’d used an image that incorporated modifications to reflect the face of the artist’s mother-in-law.

 

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Brown Outs, Strippers and Cocktails – Las Vegas Q&A – S2E73

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Jamey and John field more fan questions including discussions of Parking updates, a look at safety in Las Vegas, legal Stripper room visits, power outage procedures and the Drink of Choice currently.

 

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MGM Resorts International has entered into an agreement with the NBA to use its game data to determine the outcomes of sports wagers. MRI will pay the NBA $25 million over a three-year term, which also includes reciprocal promotional agreements. It’s the first such deal made between a licensed sports betting operator and one of the major sports leagues.

The nonprofit Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club, owner of the Pinball Hall of Fame, has purchased a 1.76-acre property on the south Strip just south of Russell Road across from the Bali Hai Golf Club, for $4.6 million. The Club is planning a 27,000-square-foot pinball-shaped building in order to expand from 250 machines in its current location on E. Tropicana to more than 1,000 machines, 800 of which are in storage. The Hall of Fame also hopes to attract more out-of-towners to its vintage quarter games. In response to when the construction on the new building might commence, the owner of the Hall of Fame said, “I have no idea.”

Sales of marijuana in May set a new record; the $43.74 million beat the previous record of $41 million set in March. Demand for recreational marijuana in Nevada has been stronger than many industry experts initially projected and continues to grow. Wholesale prices have gone up to levels unknown in other legal-pot markets (though that has to do as much with crop failure due to stringent testing standards and extreme heat as it does with demand). In other pot news, according to one dispensary owner, 60% of recreational customers are over the age of 40. And a company called Cannabaneirs has perfected a non-alcoholic marijuana-infused craft beer, “two roots,” as an alternative to edibles. It’s expected to be available in mid-August and cost $5 a can.

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Mysteries of the Las Vegas Clefs d’or…and other fan questions! – S2E62

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Jamey and John discuss the realities of Las Vegas concierge and the mystery of Le Clefs d’or.  Also on this episode are talks of the sluggish Q1 and Q2 as reported by MGM and Caesar’s and what changes are causing this down turn.

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According to Jeremy Aguero, Las Vegas’ top economic analyst, Nevada’s population growth was nearly three times the national average and Las Vegas’ was the second fastest in all 50 states in the past year. Aguero estimates that an average of just under five people every hour have moved to Las Vegas in the previous 12 months, of whom 34% are from California. The Las Vegas metropolitan area has a population of nearly 2.3 million.

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is unconstitutional. The 6-3 ruling opens the door for the legalization of sports betting in all 50 states.

According to the Case Shiller Home Price Index and the latest Fitch Ratings, Las Vegas is the most overvalued housing market nationwide. Home prices are 21.30% above fair market value and increasing at nearly twice the countrywide rate (11%). Las Vegas has plenty of company; of the 400 markets Fitch rates, 72 (17%) areas overvalued, with housing prices more than 10% above what income, population, and rent growth indicate they should be.

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Jamey and John discuss how almost all of the musical genres have a song representing, celebrating and remembering Las Vegas.  This episode is a fun retrospective of musical artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Faith Hill, the B-52’s, AC/DC and many more.

Join Jamey and John for Part 2 of their discussion of how almost all of the musical genres have a song representing, celebrating and remembering Las Vegas.  Some of the artists covered include Clubstrophobia, Southern Culture on the Skids, Katy Perry and LMFAO.

Vegas Gossip

Two new gentlemen’s clubs have opened. The first is SCORES, back in town for a second run, but in a new location at the former Foxy’s just west of the Strip. The second is the reopening of the Library, located way east on Boulder Hwy. next to Boulder Station. Read reviews of both clubs at ToplessVegasOnline.com. (NOTE: Topless Vegas Online is fully illustrated throughout and contains adult language and imagery.)

As expected, Gwen Stefani is coming to Las Vegas. The former No Doubt lead singer and regular on TV’s “The Voice” will play a 25-show residency at Planet Hollywood.

 

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Sites like YouTube and Vimeo have changed everything for photographers, in particular, wedding photographers.  While its great when a client posts their wedding video for the world to see, it can create a nightmare for photographers that use unlicensed music, as Joe Simon found out after he put together the video for Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo.

As reported by ABC, Simon was threatened with a lawsuit and settled out of court after the video featuring Cold Play’s “Fix You” went viral.  The rest of the report goes on to talk about the licencing issues with small independent photographers/artists and recording artists.

We here at the studio have struggled with this issue ourselves.  We have looked for royalty free music that our clients want to hear with little success.  We see unlicensed music used all the time by photographers trying to appease their clients.  So that brought up a great questions.  Do we as photographers and videographers, who try to protect our rights get compensation for our craft have a moral obligation to pay for licencing of music, even if it will never be posted publicly?