Friday, January 29, 2010


Thursday night TAO hosted the Fourth Annual TAO A GO GO contest at Worship Thursday with special guest MC Jamie Kennedy. The actor/comedian arrived at the TAO red carpet with girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt and her mother Patricia after dining at LAVO. Jamie immediately began hyping the crowd for the competition, but Jennifer Love wasn’t content to just sit on the sidelines and even danced a bit for the cheering crowd. Girl after girl took to the stage in pairs for the preliminary rounds in the club’s Opium room before four finalists were chosen. Jennifer and her mom, who was once a dancer, helped to choose one of the finalists. The girls headed to the catwalk in the main nightclub room where they had a dance-off, with the crowd choosing the winner by cheers. $10,000 was awarded to Grace Atencio, a local cocktail server who said she was going to pay her mortgage and her bills and that, “dancing is human nature.”

Also in the club was Nick Carter celebrating his 30th birthday. The Backstreet Boy and his girlfriend Lauren Kitt were joined by friends for dinner at TAO Asian Bistro before heading up to a VIP table in the nightclub. The packed club joined in helping him celebrate as a cake was presented and Nick even made it rain – spreading cash all over the club.

Photo Credit: Al Powers

Monday, January 25, 2010


Actress Kathy Najimy surprised her husband Dan Finnerty of The Dan Band with an exciting weekend trip to Las Vegas for his 40th birthday. The couple began the celebration by checking into their luxurious Siena Suite at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino on Friday afternoon. Later in the evening, Kathy and Dan headed down to Lagasse’s Stadium where they kicked off the evening with a cocktail party in the company of their family and friends. Celebrity guests included Ricki Lake, Camryn Manheim, Adam Corolla, Helen Hunt, Cheri Oteri and Nia Vardalos. Suzanne The Duchess, The Venetian Opera Singer, made her way to the party to sing an astounding “Happy Birthday” to Dan in Italian Opera while all the guests raised their glasses for a champagne toast.

The party continued later Friday the evening as they headed to TAO. The group of 30 people arrived to at 9:30pm and had a special private table on the loft of TAO restaurant overlooking the scenic signature Buddha. The group included actresses, Helen Hunt, Nia Vardalos, Camryn Manheim, Ricki Lake, Cheri Oteri, and comedian Adam Corolla among others. Actress Meg Ryan joined the group late at 10:30 pm, hugged the birthday boy then sat next to Helen Hunt and the two chatted and caught up with each other. Next , Kathy presented Dan with a custom Vegas style cake from TAO with two large dice and a Vegas sign on top stating “Happy 40th Birthday Dan!” The crew dined on the custom cake and headed into TAO Nightclub where they had a private raised table in the clubs MOAT VIP section.

On Saturday Kathy and Dan, joined by friends including Meg Ryan, Camryn Manheim and Nia Vardalos enjoyed brunch at Dos Caminos. Then Later that night, the crew headed to LAVO where they dined in the Private dining room tasting a special chefs selection menu.

TAO photo credit: Al Powers



Thursday night January 21st, one of the biggest performers in hip hop history, Busta Rhymes, hosted at TAO’s Worship Thursday. Busta Rhymes began the night with dinner at TAO Asian Bistro with a group of friends, enjoying favorites including Chicken Satay, Orange Chicken and Wok Sirloin and was overheard raving about the food. After dinner he headed upstairs to a VIP table before entertaining the packed club with songs “Arab Money,” “Put Ya Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” and crowd favorite “Courvoisier”.

Photo Credit: Al Powers


Kid Rock aka Bob Ritchie celebrated his 39th birthday in true Vegas style Sunday night at LAVO . The rocker gathered a crew of friends and flew in Sunday evening, with only one request upon landing… In n Out Burger, please! After getting the snacks delivered to his room he washed it down with some beverages and listened to some music in his Palazzo Penthouse suite. After a few hours of pre-partying he made his way down to the red carpet… people all through the casino were screaming happy birthday and he bashfully waved and said thank you to all. He stopped on the carpet and posed with his trusty bottle of Jim Beam that he had stashed in his back pocket.

After red carpet duties complete he made his way to LAVO private dining room where he and his friends feasted on LAVO’s Italian fare. A gold birthday cake emblazoned with an Old English style “D” across the front to represent his home town of Detroit was presented and everyone had a bit before making their way to the club. DJ VICE started up a rock set upon Kid Rock’s arrival at his VIP table on the dance floor in front of the DJ booth, then VICE led the room in wishing the rocker a happy birthday as a giant cake – a 2 foot tall exact replica of a Jim Beam bottle was delivered to his table.
In awe and shock, he grinned like a child. He got on the mic to thank everyone and though he felt a little awkward, he thanked the crowd saying, “For everyone who came here because they know me and everyone who doesn’t… thank you all. God bless you and God bless America.”

Photo Credit: Al Powers


Saturday night Katee Sackhoff hosted at LAVO to celebrate the new season of the TV series “24”. Joined by her parents and friends, including her Battlestar Galactica co-star Tricia Helfer, the vivacious actress sat down to a dinner of LAVO signature items such as the Kobe Meatball and Chicken Parmigiano along with wine and Champagne. After dinner, Sackhoff, who donned a sequined Diane Von Furstenberg dress and much sought after Jimmy Choo stilettos, headed up to a VIP table in the night club where many fans were waiting. Club goers sought out autographs and pictures and Sackhoff happily obliged. She and Helfer kicked off the party with a shot of Patron Tequila and then Helfer presented her with a “24” cake to celebrate the new season. The group had a blast dancing throughout the night to the sounds of DJ Skratchy. They were also spotted dining at TAO on Friday night as part of their Vegas weekend.

Also seen at LAVO on Saturday was Bill Rancic, the winner of the first season of “The Apprentice”, and current co-star of “Giuliana and Bill” on the E! and Style Networks. Rancic dined with executives from the E! Entertainment Network, enjoying Grey Goose cocktails along with NY Strip Steak and other favorites.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Steve Angello was AMAZING last night--I hopped out of there around 33am and it was still goin' --check out my video below!

Friday, January 15, 2010



LMFAO hosted WORSHIP THURSDAYS last night to a PACKED house and KILLED IT!

They are one of my favorite bands and they NEVER dissappoint!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Great night at LAVO Last night!

TAO Friends LMFAO stopped by LAVO for a surprise performance of "I'm in Las Vegas Bitch" and "Shots". Another amazing performance - THEY RULE!
Don't forget they are hosting at TAO Tomorrow night for Worship Thursdays!


New Victoria’s Secret Model Kylie Bisutti celebrated her recent catapult into fame at LAVO Restaurant inside The Palazzo on Sunday night, having a quiet early dinner with family including her mother and husband Mike Bisutti in the party of ten people. Looking every bit the model, Kylie was stunning and turned heads walking in to LAVO in high boots and a tube dress. Kylie was treated to a dinner of signature items from the chef, and a special dessert plate with candles that read “Congrats Kylie!”

Also spotted at LAVO, Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad with girlfriend Jessica Lowndes of 90210. The couple dined early in a secluded booth, sharing LAVO’s famed Kobe Meatball along with Kobe Carpaccio and Sea Bass, accompanied by red wine.

Upstairs in the nightclub, adult film star Sasha Grey capped off her Vegas weekend at a VIP table where she drank Johnnie Walker Black and Patron Margaritas. She hopped into the DJ booth and spun a song with DJ Vice, then danced to Vice’s 80’s set, having a blast.

Photo credit: Al Powers


Saturday night Kid Rock dined with friends inside the private dining room at TAO Asian Bistro before heading upstairs to the new exclusive elevated VIP sky box overlooking the moat section and the entire club. Rock drank Jim Beam and Pepsi while enjoying cigars and as ladies clamored to get close to the rock star. DJ Vice unsuccessfully egged him on to come to the DJ booth to spin, but the entire group, which included comedians David Spade and Dana Carvey, did get up and dance any time Vice played a Kid Rock song.

Sitting at the next table over was the night’s host Stormy Daniels. The adult film star arrived directly from the industry awards party earlier in the evening. After walking the TAO red carpet Daniels was joined by friends and checked out the scene from her perch high in the club with a glass of Veuve Clicquot in hand.

Spotted earlier in the evening was the young Hollywood coupling of Jessica Lowndes and Aaron Paul. The 90210 beauty and the Breaking Bad actor were very affectionate throughout a dinner of TAO favorites.

Over at LAVO, adult industry stars Lexi Love, Angelina Armani, Alexis Ford and Mariah Milano gathered for the Adam & Eve Awards After Party.

Photo Credit: Al Powers


Friday night adult film star Kayden Kross hosted the evening as Adam & Eve celebrated the biggest adult film of the year, The 8th Day. Kross began the night with dinner at the Asian bistro with a group of ten, including Stormy Daniels. Under the watchful eye of TAO’s famed Buddha they dined on signature items along with sparkling Sake and Asian beer before heading up to the night club and a VIP table in the moat section. Kross danced on the catwalk, took photos with fans and hopped into the DJ booth with DJ Reach to get on the microphone and thank her fans.

Over at LAVO, Joba Chamberlain of the World Series Champion New York Yankees and Torri Hunter of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were spotted taking in the scene from a VIP table in the nightclub.

Photo Credit: Al Powers


Thursday night January 7th, adult film star Sasha Grey hosted the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo Networking Party at TAO’s Worship Thursday. Grey began the night with a signing session for fans before heading into dinner of favorites including Satay Bass, Lobster Wontons and Orange Chicken along with Cadillac Margaritas and other signature cocktails. Grey then walked the red carpet, joined by fellow industry girls, before heading up to a VIP table overlooking the nightclub. Once there she got on the microphone and welcomed the crowd at TAO. A bevy of adult film stars including Evan Stone and Kayden Kross were seen in the club. Notables from the sports world were there as well, with basketball player Dikembe Mutombo and St. Louis Ram Steven Jackson spotted in the club. Actor and DJ Danny Masterson and friends took a VIP table overlooking the club’s Moat section.

Also dining at TAO on Thursday was Brooke Shields. Donning a black mini-dress the beauty enjoyed Kobe Rib eye and other favorites from the menu.

At LAVO a group from Dancing with the Stars, including Gilles Marini along with his partner on the show Cheryl Burke and Sabrina Bryan arrived after midnight. The group sipped Stoli cocktails, took photos with fans and danced to salsa music, with Burke showing off some moves.

Photo Credit: Al Powers

Monday, January 4, 2010


Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester showed fans a new side Saturday night as the actress and singer-songwriter took the stage at TAO and wowed the crowd with four songs. Meester arrived on the red carpet in a Nina Ricci dress and Derek Lam shoes, but later in the night she was clad in all black as she crawled across the stage to start the show. Meester began her electro-pop set with the Cobra Starship song “Good Girls Go Bad,” a song she is featured on, and then followed up with “Somebody to Love”, “Playing Games” and “Your Love’s a Drug”. After her performance she headed to a sky box table in the moat overlooking the entire club where she celebrated her last night before heading back to the Gossip Girl set with her band, dancers and crew. Earlier in the evening the entire group dined at LAVO with an Italian feast including favorites such as the Kobe Meatball, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Parmagiano and more. Meester toasted her crew at dinner, thanking them all for joining her for the best week of her life.

Also spotted at TAO, Nicky Hilton and David Katzenberg along with Nicky’s parents Rick and Kathy Hilton. The family caught Meester’s performance from a table of the dance floor after having dinner at LAVO earlier in the evening. Just a few tables down on TAO’s dance floor was Travis Pastrana, who was celebrating breaking the world record for the longest rally car jump over 200 feet of water in Long Beach, CA on New Year’s Eve.

Deryck Whibley returned to TAO for the third night in a row with a table in the nightclub, and David Spade was spotted dining in the restaurant early in the evening. Spade, who always eats at TAO when in town for his shows at The Venetian, had one of his favorite dishes, Kung Pao Chicken and his signature drink of Jack Daniels neat and Diet Pepsi without ice.

Over at LAVO the Tapout crew played host to a post fight party in the nightclub after owners Punkass and Skyscrape dined at TAO. Rashad Evans, who defeated Thiago Silva at the night’s earlier UFC fight, celebrated his win at LAVO.

Club goers at LAVO were in for a surprise when MC Hammer showed up just after 2 am. The crowd went crazy when DJ Reach played Hammer’s hits “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit” on repeat.

Photo Credit: Denise Truscello


Pre-fight festivities and New Year’s Day celebrations were underway at LAVO and TAO on Friday. Tapout fighters Kenny Florian and Keith Jardine hosted the night at LAVO and started downstairs in the restaurant with a dinner that included the restaurant’s famed Kobe Meatballs, Stuffed Lobster, Calamari, Filet Mignon and more. After dinner they made their way to a VIP table on the dance floor, where the fighters stuck mostly to Red Bull and water while their friends imbibed with Belvedere and Patron.

Also spotted at a dance floor table in the nightclub at LAVO was funnyman David Spade, who was drinking Don Julio Anejo with a Pepsi back.

Over at Tao, Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley continued his New Year’s celebration with a sushi filled dinner at the Asian bistro and then made his way to the nightclub with friends.

Earlier in the night Nelly dined at Tao with a group of friends. The rapper left the ordering to the sever and dined on Sea Bass, Swordfish, Crispy Shrimp and more, accompanied by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir.

Model Devon Aoki dined at TAO with two girlfriends, as did E!’s film critic Ben Lyons, who along with a group of ten friends headed up to the nightclub after dinner.

Photo Credit: Al Powers



Christina Aguilera and Nicole Richie helped Las Vegas ring in 2010 at TAO and LAVO at the Venetian and Palazzo Hotels. Aguilera arrived at the red carpet looking stunning in a Moschino dress with jewels by Stephen Webster and chatted about how excited she is for the New Year with her album dropping in March and her movie Burlesque premiering in November. Aguilera, who was joined by husband Jordan Bratman, her sister Rachel and all of her dancers, raved about the gorgeous penthouse suite at The Venetian where they were staying, “'The Venetian is amazing and we've had an awesome time,” she shared. The group dined in TAO’s private dining room before heading upstairs to a sky box in the nightclub. The pop star was so excited to lead the packed club in the countdown to 2010 that she took to the stage a few minutes early much to delight of the crowd. After pronouncing "Happy New Year" she left the stage and gave her husband a special kiss before heading back to the skybox to enjoy the rest of the evening.

At LAVO Nicole Richie and beau Joel Madden were on hand to celebrate with revelers at The Palazzo. Richie, who has a jewelry collection and is launching clothing and shoe lines, wore a gold low backed dress of her own design – a custom piece from her collection Winter Kate. The mother of two and burgeoning poker fan was excited to come to Vegas, but the couple didn’t want to be away from their kids for too long so they made the trip very quick. They flew in on Thursday and spent the day in the luxurious Sienna suite at The Palazzo, enjoying cupcakes from Sweet Surrender as well as an Italian feast in the private dining room at LAVO. As for New Year's Resolutions Nicole aims to be the best version of herself and "grow gracefully." Richie took to the catwalk at LAVO two minutes before midnight and turned her own camera on the crowd, snapping shots to post on Twitter. After counting down the last seconds of 2009 she joined Madden in the DJ booth as he spun a special set for the packed nightclub.

Actor Ryan Gosling, who was spotted chatting with Jaime Murray from the Showtime hit Dexter, a very single Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley, model Devon Aoki and Wilmer Valderrama of That 70’s Show fame and Michael Steger from the CW’s 90210 along his wife Brandee Tucker were all spotted ringing in 2010 at LAVO. Valderrama got on the microphone at LAVO, entertaining the crowd while doing shots of Patron, while Gosling, Murray, Whibley and Aoki all headed to TAO after 2 am to finish their New Year’s celebration.

Red carpet photo credits: Denise Truscello
Aguilera/TAO photo credits: Denise Truscello
Richie & Madden, Valderrama/LAVO photo credits: Jacob Andrzejczak
Whibley, Aoki photo credit: Al Powers