This summer, an unmistakably tropical vibe returns to downtown Las Vegas when The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, hosts “Hot Havana Nights.” On Thursday, August 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., guests will celebrate the vibrancy of Cuban culture, including its delectable cuisine, tropical cocktails, music, dancing, casino-style games, hand-rolled Mob Museum-label premium cigars by Spirit of Cuba and more. Hot Havana Nights is presented in collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Foundation and sponsored by Johnson Brothers of Nevada.
This year’s event will begin with a 45-minute cabaret floor show inspired by the atmosphere of pre-Revolution Havana’s famous Tropicana. The cabaret at the Tropicana is an icon in the history of world musical and variety shows and its casino was known as “the most sumptuous nightclub in the world.” Following the show, Alberto Martinez and his band, Musical Fusion, will perform special arrangements of Latin jazz music featuring Rosita Penichet on lead vocals. Guests can sit back and enjoy the evocative sounds or get up and dance the conga, rhumba, cha-cha and salsa.
The evening is inspired by the decadent Havana resorts of the first half of the twentieth century, which attracted everyone from celebrities and scions of industry to middle-class vacationers. Visitors were drawn to Havana by its permissive, sun-soaked, indulgent atmosphere—comparable to the one eventually associated with Las Vegas. By the 1940s, all Havana’s major resorts and casinos were run by U.S. Mob families from Chicago and New York, representing another dynamic replicated a few years later in Las Vegas.
A variety of items from Cuba’s heyday as America’s playground are on exhibit at The Mob Museum. Objects on display include photographs, a 1958 issue of Life magazine containing an exposé on the “U.S. Gambling Mob in Cuba,” artifacts from infamous Havana hotels, casinos and cabarets such as the Nacional, Tropicana, Sans Souci, Casino de Capri and Hotel Habana Riviera.
Admission to the event includes open bar, Cuban cuisine and entertainment and are priced at $69 for general admission with 10% discount for Museum Members; tickets may be purchased here. For more information, please call (702) 229-2734.
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