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Loungin’ Around: Free Live Entertainment in Vegas

Last updated: July 23, 2018 at 11:48 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Shows, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Loungin’ Around: Free Live Entertainment in Vegas.

You’re in Vegas. Your outfit’s on point, with stellar shoes to match. The night is young and you’re ready to own it. But right as you walk out of your hotel room, you ask yourself: Wait – what am I even doing tonight?

Don’t waste that killer outfit without having any solid plans. Whether you blew all your money already or you’ve checked everything off your Vegas itinerary, there’s one thing Sin City never has a shortage of — and that’s entertainment. If you’re not trying to splurge but still want an all-star, eventful evening, we have three words for you: Free. Live. Entertainment.

Free live shows in Vegas have always been a thing, but with so many production shows and big-name concerts out there, they don’t always get the spotlight they deserve. And these shows are legit. On your next Vegas trip, get ready to be entertained on a whole new level.

More Than Just A Free Las Vegas Show 

The Generation band puts on a free Las Vegas show at the Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Palace

Catch the amazing Generation band, performing on the Strip several nights a week.  From left to right: HB Woods, Brian Tomas, Lisa Marie Smith,  Anthony James (AJ) Johnson and Eran Cohen. (Not pictured: Pilita Simpson.) Photo provided by Eran Cohen.

There’s the saying that money makes the world go ’round (and also you get what you pay for). But there’s also the saying the best things in life are free. And free entertainment in Vegas proves that. If you happen to be walking through Paris Las Vegas’ casino and hear the voice of an angel, that’s none other than Lisa Marie Smith, lead singer of the group Generation, belting out tunes at Le Cabaret bar.   

Smith came from a show production background, so she already knows how to take the stage. However, being a lounge singer gave her something she never expected.

“Being involved in a lounge band was a new experience for me and I truly love it — a lot more than I thought I would,” she said. “Every night is different. We have regulars come back multiple times a week, and they never get bored.

I feel the same way on stage,” Smith continued. “There is a flexibility, endurance, and artistry to covering such a massive variety of music every night. It’s developed a different side of my performance ability that I wasn’t used to.”

She performs at both Paris Las Vegas’ Le Cabaret (about four nights a week) and once a week at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace.

What’s great about live entertainment is you’ll more than likely hear all your favorites from yesterday and today. After all, nothing’s better than taking a trip down memory lane and singing along to hits, word for word.

“My favorite part about working for Generation is the range of music we play,” Smith said. “We attract just about every age range [and] cover current radio hits, rock, funk, disco, and date back to music from the ’40s.”

Plus, when you have live instruments paired with powerhouse vocals, it makes the show a lot more fun and interactive. That’s because every night’s a different show, you can guarantee you’ll have a new experience the very next night.

Check out the different free shows in Vegas you can experience:

Le Cabaret

Generation performing at the Le Cabaret inside the Paris Las Vegas

Generation takes the stage at Le Cabaret inside Paris Las Vegas. Photo provided by Eran Cohen.

Located in the center of Paris Las Vegas’ casino, Le Cabaret bar is more than just a meeting spot with fancy, oversized chandeliers. It offers live entertainment, with Generation performing several times a week.

At Le Cabaret, you can choose your interaction level: You can enjoy the live music at one of the cocktail tables farther from the stage, listen at the bar while watching your favorite game or show off your moves on the dance floor.

You can catch Generation at Paris Las Vegas from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. during the week and 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. on weekends. In addition to Lisa Marie Smith, the band includes Eran Cohen, Brian Tomas, Anthony James (AJ) Johnson, Pilita Simpson and HB Woods

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Cleopatra’s Barge

It’s not every day you’re on a floating barge. So imagine sitting on a floating barge sipping your favorite cocktail, all while listening to live music. And if enough of you are dancing, you really are rocking the boat!

Generation performs at Cleopatra’s Barge from 10 p.m. until midnight once a week every Thursday. Another act you won’t want to miss is Dave Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra. Comprised of violinists and other string instrumentalists, horn players, a drummer, keyboardists and vocalists, Pop Strings Orchestra knows how to put on a show. It’ll be hard for you to stay in your seat!

Dave Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra performs Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. – midnight. Their covers are phenomenal, performing songs by Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5 and more. We’re big fans of their Beyoncé “Crazy In Love” cover.

Afterward, enjoy a live DJ ’til the wee hours of the morning. The lounge is open from Thursday to Saturday, 8 p.m. – 3 a.m. and the bar, 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Brooklyn Bowl 

Check out cover bands perform live at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

Brooklyn Bowl comes alive during concerts. Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl.

Got a case of nostalgia? That’s not a bad thing. We all long for the past. (This blogger’s stuck in the early ’90s / New Jack Swing era.) If you find yourself liking music from the good ol’ cassette days, you’ll love the cover bands at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Regulars include Nirvana Mania, Kissed Alive, Another Journey and more.

One party not to miss is the monthly Neo Soul Bowl. All you fans of Maxwell, Jill Scott, D’Angelo and Erykah Badu would love this. Listen as a live DJ spins all your favorite R&B hits as you hit the dance floor or enjoy free bowling in a lounge-style setting.

Or if you’re, like, totally stuck in the ’80s you can enjoy Brooklyn Bowl’s all-out ’80s dance party complete with drink specials, costume contests and an all-out dance party.  Make sure arrive in spandex leotards, off-the-shoulder tops, crimped hair and L.A. Gear kicks.

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Piano Bar 

The legend 🎶 #BigElvis

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If you’re looking for fun and free entertainment (at most, maybe just buying a drink), look no further than The Piano Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas. You’ll enjoy live entertainment such as dueling pianos, a saxophone duo, karaoke and everyone’s favorite, Big Elvis. The talented impersonator performs hit songs from The King of Rock’s successful career. Catch him Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 2 – 6 p.m.

Now that spring is here, the Piano Bar’s outdoor patio is the perfect spot for songs and drinks. You can enjoy fresh air, all without missing a beat. Here are other acts to catch for free:

The Dueling Pianos: See twins show off their talented skills while competing for your attention.

DJ Rusty’s Karaoke: Here, you’re the star. You’ll sing your favorite songs, Wednesday through Sunday, 6 – 9 p.m.

Saxman Duo, “Classic Soul”: These saxophone cool cats play all the classics plus songs that are more upbeat, funky and dance-y. Enjoy it Tuesday and Thursday from 3 – 6 p.m.

Extra Lounge 

Located inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, EXTRA Lounge has something for everyone by covering a wide range of music genres. You’ll hear everything from neo-soul and Top 40 to timeless pop and rock hits. And since we’re crazy about neo-soul, we’re fan-girling over Rockie Brown & The Fellas. (Their covers of Estelle and Musiq Soulchild are amazing!) You can catch them at EXTRA every Thursday and Sunday night from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Other awesome cover band acts you can catch at EXTRA include the following:

  • Crown Avenue (chart-topping artists from The Beatles and Johnny Cash to Bell Div Devoe and Adele)
  • The District (rock hits through the ages)
  • Clockwork (an eclectic mix from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Calvin Harris and LMFAO, to name a few)

These bands take turns performing (meaning only one band per night) on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Times are subject to change by the month, but you can contact the hotel or bar to get the latest schedule.

Alexxa’s Bar

Alexxa's Bar at Paris Las Vegas.

Alexxa’s Bar at Paris Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Looking for a vibe you’d find in a hip smaller city? Alexxa’s Bar inside Paris Las Vegas is it. Alexxa’s Bar has the cool, exclusive feel of a hole-in-the-wall, but all you have to do is step out on the patio to remind yourself you’re center Strip. Alexxa’s Bar is the new kid on the block but everyone’s flocking over. The live music varies throughout the week, ranging from country and bluesy soul music to rock ‘n’ roll karaoke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, you can catch The Dirty Soul Band. Front man Franky Perez previously performed with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and his live band, along with band members from Alice in Chains, The Cult, Devo, Nine Inch Nails and Weezer. Now you see him at Paris Las Vegas.

On Thursdays, catch Ryan Maloney: Unplugged or Country Wednesday with Sam Riddle at 8 p.m.

Even after the music stops, the bar itself is open around the clock. Cheers to that!

Indigo Lounge 

Relax and unwind while listening to jazz and swing music at the Indigo Lounge at Bally's Las Vegas

Indigo Lounge at Bally’s Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Nightlife guru Victor Drai (the man behind Drai’s BeachClub and Nightclub, as well as Drai’s After Hours) is also the genius behind Bally’s Indigo Lounge. Relax and unwind while listening to live jazz and swing music. The lounge is open from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday to Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Interlude

Enjoy free live entertainment Friday-Sunday and select nights during the week at Interlude Lounge at The Cromwell

Interlude Lounge at The Cromwell. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

The recently enhanced Interlude lounge is the perfect place to socialize, enjoy a cocktail and listen to live entertainment. Guests can be in the center of the action and enjoy free live entertainment Friday through Sunday and select nights during the week.

Hours are Sunday to Thursday, 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, 2 p.m. – 4 a.m. Live performances start at 4 p.m. (Saturday at 8:30 p.m.) and go through the night.

Catch recurring performer electric violinist Marlon Dasoul perform every Friday, 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. and Saturday, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Napoleon’s Lounge 

You can let loose, sing along and even submit song requests to dueling piano players at the lively Napoleon’s Lounge inside Paris Las Vegas. The bar is open from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. We love the old Vegas look to this lounge. Plus, dueling piano entertainment is always a good time, especially when you’re vibing with the piano players’ energy.

Carnaval Court 

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Join the fun at the open-air, Strip-side destination. Carnaval Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas is more than just a bar. We say it’s more like an all-out street party. Enjoy everything from live bands and DJs to flair bartender shows. Come by for a drink or two and enjoy this party underneath the stars and on the Strip.

The bar is open from noon – 3 a.m., daily.

Other Free Live Music 

Group of friends having a great time and enjoying the free Las Vegas shows and entertainment

They’re having a great time at Planet Hollywood’s Heart Bar… and frankly, so should you. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

O’Sheas at The LINQ: Catch live acts on select nights (you can say hi to Lucky the Leprechaun while you’re here too).

3535 Lounge: Listen to live DJs on the weekends.

Heart Bar at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: Listen to live DJ music starting at 8 p.m.

Extra Lounge Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood: Live music on Thursday and Sunday, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Live music covers everything from neo-soul and Top 40 to timeless pop and rock hits.

VooDoo Lounge at Rio All-Suite & Casino: Catch live music on select nights.

Bound at The Cromwell: You can hear live music nightly, either a featured singer or DJ from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturday and 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

So… have we convinced you to see a free show in Vegas yet?

“In my opinion, it is the best to see quality live entertainment without purchasing a ticket. Just show up, and experience,” said Smith.

Check out our guide that features more of these free things to do in Las Vegas.

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I live for a crazy Vegas adventure, but not in ways you may think. Sure, our nightlife scene is all fun and dandy, but I love discovering all of the city's vegan options, relaxing in hotel rooms and seeing the best concerts - no matter how big or small the crowd may be. Since I've ditched the rain in Seattle two decades ago, I graduated from UNLV and covered Las Vegas entertainment articles for Vegas.com, the LA Times and our very own Total Vegas Blog. When I'm not writing, you'll find me spending time with my husband, toddler and two pets.

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