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Blues Traveler at Cleopatra’s Barge could be a sign of things to come

The Barge is about to get the Blues.

Admit it, when you saw this upcoming gig, you did a double take: New Jersey jam band Blues Traveler at Cleopatra’s Barge inside Caesars Palace? Seems like a typo.

It’s not. The group’s “Unhooked” engagement is set for three, two-night midweek sessions in February and March in the lounge that time forgot—until recently the home of crooner Matt Goss.

“We always want to match the style of music with the customer set and the environment,” says Damian Costa, Caesars’ vice president of Las Vegas entertainment operations. “This is out of the norm, but Blues Traveler could be in any room. This is something cool and fun that gives the audience something they’re not expecting. I call it an untouchable moment.”

Considering this is the same company that set up Keith Sweat in the Donny & Marie Showroom at the Flamingo, it’s safe to say Caesars Entertainment is interested in trying some different things. “One thing you’ll find with me or any other executive is that we consider absolutely everything,” Costa says. “We think about the framework of this space, one that’s kind of historic to the Las Vegas environment, and the sensation our customers are able to get there. My job is how we can use music to inspire our customers and create an environment like no other.”

He describes the Blues Traveler shows as partially inspired by another ’90s phenom, MTV Unplugged. Expect acoustic, intimate performances at Cleopatra’s Barge, and beyond that, expect other innovative entertainment options arriving at this venue and others on the Strip. Blues Traveler: Unhooked at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace, February 22-23, March 1-2 & 8-9.

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