New Year, new nightlife series! We’ve been covering clubs, concerts and parties with LA Weekly for decades, and we’re passionate about their survival, especially after the pandemic. Many have struggled and some have closed (The Lash and Market Tavern, which hosted dance clubs and All-Star jams respectively, are the latest to close this month). As sexuality continued, new regions defiantly emerged determined to bring people together to succeed. The industry is getting back on its feet, and after two years of home retreat, we’re all ready to start something new. This year, we’re celebrating club culture just like before. Featured reports spotlight new event spaces you can and should visit. January starts with a real jackpot spot…
Historically, Indian casinos have not always prioritized entertainment, Yaamava Resort & Casino In Highlands, California, we’re changing all that. Formerly known as San Manuel, the location was renamed in 2020 and has undergone a $760 million expansion, creating a real Vegas alternative, especially for Angelenos. Located just an hour from downtown LA, the resort features over 7,100 slot machines (the largest on the West Coast), five unique and differentiated high-limit rooms, over 150 table games with $100,000 limits, A luxury hotel experience, world class. -class spas, and most notably his 3,000-capacity theater for concerts for music fans (launched by LA’s Red Hot Chili Peppers, opening April 2021).
From buying tickets to parking, watching a show at the Yaamava Theater is effortless and feels special. After catching The Black Keys in October, it ranks right next to LA’s best music venues, competing with larger spaces like YouTube Theater and more intimate spaces like The Fonda. A panoramic view from every seat and sound by L-Acoustics (French manufacturer of loudspeakers and amplifiers) provides a setting that lets the performers shine.
“It’s an opportunity to experience a large-scale national tour in an intimate setting,” said Drew Dixon, Vice President of Entertainment and Events. “Our venue has a general admission capacity of 3,000 people, and for reserved-seat shows he can shrink to 2,570 people. It supports a tiered seating area with
Seeing your favorite acts here is worth the drive. Nestled next to the San Bernardino Mountains, part of the Inland Empire, the Highlands may seem like a world away, but getting there takes time like most desert destinations. No headaches, or gas needed. Even closer than Morongo, the Indian casino adjacent to Palm Springs, once known for booking music, it is now primarily promoted as a hotspot for his Coachella parties and his frequent TV commercials. I’m here.
Owned and operated by San Manuel Bando, an indigenous Serrano Mission Indian, Yaamava (meaning “spring” in the tribe’s language) may not be as enthusiastic about advertising as Morongo, but its bookings are higher. of young people. Thanks to the musical element, this is no grandma’s vacation.
Rebranding during the height of COVID-19 involved hiring more than 5,000 new employees. Everyone looks really happy. Part of the enthusiasm comes from the hospitality sector being excited to be back and serving the public once again, and hopes this energy continues.Pine Steakhouse, Hung Bao Chinese Cuisine There are plenty of pre-game options too, including shops, restaurants including the obligatory casino buffet. There’s also a poolside cocktail lounge and, of course, lots of gambling before and after the show. This makes his night feel more like a vacation than a regular concert.
“The Tribe’s goal was to provide a best-in-class casino and resort experience. To be the best, we must offer our guests unparalleled products and services,” said Resort & Casino General Manager. adds Peter Arceo, “With this expansion, our team is challenged to expand our guest reach beyond California and beyond competitive sets and casino categories to deliver an experience that has become an international destination. bottom.”
Against a backdrop of a vibrant video wall, the theater’s 3,800-square-foot stage hosted popular touring performances, courtesy of Live Nation. On the night we saw Keys, these giant screens backlit the band in a groovy way we had never seen at a local venue. Instead of lighting the image from above, a screen was placed behind the band to create a video-style visual, and geometric patterns and color contrasts were used behind each musician to give the set a psychedelic feel. gave Complemented by crisp, clear-sounding audio when things got a little louder, the visual elements enhanced the experience.
After the show, guests are often invited to spend the night in the resort’s pool area for an afterparty. There are atmospheric lighting décor, DJs, and themed beverages. Our favorite on the menu, and one that Black His Key singer Dan Orbach shouted from the stage, is “Purple Rain” (made with vodka, lemonade, Blue his curacao, and grenadine). The pool he bar closes based on weather conditions, so call ahead to see if it’s open during winter shows.
In addition to the theater, the resort also has a Rock & Brews restaurant, with its own banner reservation. Founded by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, the chain has stores in Buena Park and Redondo Beach and is reminiscent of Hard His Rock His Cafe with lots of memorabilia. As we saw with Hard Rock in Vegas, this works in a casino environment. In 2022, the restaurant will launch a ‘Rock & Brews Concert Series’ featuring familiar and nostalgic acts such as Everclear, Alien Ant Farm, LA Guns and Steel Panther. Looking ahead to 2023, Dixon says he’s confirmed “the best rock music of all generations,” including late-’90s hitmakers Lit, Filter, Crazytown and Adema.musical rock of ages also starts there on January 27th.
Our favorite spot at the casino is just outside the Brews, where music from the restaurant streams into the computerized beeps and bells of the slots, while black and white pictures of rocks spin with flashing lights on the floor. Contrast with Wheels. It’s a great place to play before a music or comedy show and hopefully get some payouts. In addition to the social scene, the newly opened 909 Sports Bar is another lively gathering place. Named after a local area code, the resort is designed with the local community in mind. The official drum line of the LA Kings played at the opening.
Patrons from Los Angeles make up a large part of the crowd here, most driving to shows and then home, but I’d recommend turning your trip into a staycation.Peppers from P!nk From Tim McGraw to Kevin Hart, Alanis Morissette to Duran Duran, the digital marquee inside the casino has seen an array of pop, rock, Latin and comedy talent. “We choose iconic artists who appeal to a wide range of people, from young adults with a shared desire to have a great time in an intimate setting and enjoy great music, to experienced concert-goers,” Dixon says. . “It’s a one-stop entertainment destination unlike anything you can experience in California.”
Look for the Yaamava that lives up to its name, and it blooms profusely as spring approaches. In January she will date REO Speedwagon and Leslie Jones, followed by Santana, Tower of Power and The Offspring in February. March will feature Jim Gaffigan, George Sorogood and Dane Cook, followed by Joan Jett, Nikki Glazer and The Goo Goo Dolls. Bacon Brothers has announced a special sunset session by the pool in May.
Yaamava Resort and Yaamava Theater, 777 San Manuel Blvd, Highlands. For more information on hotel rooms, spa reservations and show tickets, https://.com.
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