TAO Group sold-out venues in Las Vegas as thousands of party goers ushered in 2015 at Marquee, TAO and LAVO to hear hip hop and rap with Drake, Snoop Dogg, & DJ Khaled.
A tux-clad Drake held court at Marquee Nightclub inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, counting down the last moments of 2014 and personally handing out shots to fans at the front of the stage before wowing the sold-out crowd with a medley of nearly a dozen songs including Started from the Bottom, We Made It and Trophies. Taking to the mic he told the packed club “If you love somebody you’ve got to show them some love right now. This is the time.” He brought his dad Dennis along with other family and friends up on the stage as he finished his performance from the draw bridge above the crowd. DJ Politik provided the soundtrack for the evening as club goers, including fashion designer Alexander Wang partied in the tri-level nightclub and outside on the pool deck under the temperature controlled Dayclub Dome.
Gearing up for New Year’s Eve, Drake was spotted dining at TAO two nights in a row. On Tuesday the rapper met up with music producer Irv Gotti and friends at the Asian bistro for TAO-TINI cocktails, hot and sour soup and Mr. Wong shrimp. Later that night he headed to Marquee’s Boom Box Room for the club’s Hip Hop Until The Ball Drops pre-New Year’s Eve party. On December 31 the restaurant opened up the private dining room and served a special menu for Drake so he could fuel up for the big night.
Snoop Dogg manned the DJ booth at TAO Nightclub at The Venetian for the last Snoopadelic Cabaret of 2014. Serving as Master of Ceremonies, Snoop greeted the crowd in the downstairs Boss Lady Lounge before heading into the club where he led the dressed-to-the-nines revelers in the countdown and then performed songs including The Next Episode, Gin and Juice and Drop It Like It’s Hot. The entire venue was transformed into a 1920s speakeasy and Snoop was presented with a special limited edition Shine Bright six liter bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne that was paraded through the crowd. Andre Johnson, wide receiver for the Houston Texans was also spotted at TAO.
At LAVO inside The Palazzo, DJ Khaled was on hand, toasting the arrival of 2015 with a performance of hits such as All I Do Is Win and current favorite Hold You Down. He later made his way to TAO where he joined Snoop in the DJ booth.
Click on the photos in the photo gallery to see larger images. Marquee photo credit: Al Powers | TAO photo credit: Brenton Ho | LAVO photo credit: Seva Kalashnikov
ABOUT TAO GROUP
The TAO GROUP is a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates many of the most successful food, beverage and nightlife entertainment venues in the United States. Partners Marc Packer, Richard Wolf, Noah Tepperberg, and Jason Strauss bring decades of hospitality experience to the brand portfolio. Currently TAO Group boasts operations in New York City, Las Vegas and Sydney, Australia.
In New York City, the TAO GROUP collection includes Arlington Club, Avenue, Avra, Beauty & Essex, LAVO Italian Restaurant and Nightclub, Marquee Nightclub, Rue 57, The Stanton Social, TAO Asian Bistro Uptown and TAO Asian Bistro Downtown. Additionally TAO GROUP operates all of the food and beverage outlets of the Dream Downtown hotel including room service, Ph-D Rooftop, Electric Room Lounge, Melvin’s Juice Box and Bodega Negra. Las Vegas TAO GROUP operations include TAO Asian Bistro, Nightclub & Beach at The Venetian, LAVO Italian Restaurant & Lounge at The Palazzo and Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan. Marquee Nightclub at The Star – Sydney represents the company’s first international offering. TAO Group regularly brings the brands to additional markets via pop-up venues at noted events such as the Sundance Film Festival and The Olympics, among others.
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