The first live entertainment to return to the Las Vegas Strip is Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee!!
Like so much of the Strip’s entertainment options, Pete has been gone since March 13 due to the pandemic closure of all things good in Las Vegas. But last week, he returned to his proper place, in his favorite chair inside the Harrahs Piano Bar. Just inside the resort by the Carnival Court entrance!
Catch him on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 PM, 3:30 PM & 5 PM. No Cover Charge
I have met and even interviewed Big Elvis on a number of occasions and have always found him to have a heart of gold larger than his weight. Currently sitting at 440 pounds. It was at one time at 920 pounds! He loves his fans and loves what he does to entertain them and keeps them coming back.
Big Elvis arrived in Las Vegas 1997 for a show at the since-closed Roadhouse saloon out on Boulder Highway. Soon after, Station Casinos heard about Vallee’s growing locals following and booked him at Sunset Station and Fiesta Rancho.
Not to be outdone by the local competition, in 2002, then-Coast Casinos owner and Las Vegas gaming icon Michael Gaughan pulled Vallee into the lounge at Barbary Coast. That’s when I first was introduced to the man and the legend. The hotel switched to Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon under Boyd Gaming and is today the Caesars Entertainment-owned Cromwell Resort. That made Big Elvis take his show to the Piano Bar at Harrah’s in 2012 and he has been there ever since.