August 6: Hot Havana Nights – Experience a little bit of Cuba in downtown Las Vegas
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August 6: Hot Havana Nights transforms The Mob Museum into a slice of Cuba from the 1940s-50s
Thursday, August 6, an unmistakably tropical vibe will come to downtown Las Vegas when The Mob Museum hosts “Hot Havana Nights.” Guests will enjoy delectable cuisine, the sounds of Latin Jazz and dances such as the Tango and Conga. Exhilarating casino games including blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat will be available, as will tropical cocktails and a cigar bar.
Johnson Brothers of Nevada is sponsoring the event. Silver/Supporting sponsors include El Tiempo, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Vegas Seven magazine. The event is held in collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Foundation
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.