Festive Evening Inspired by Glamorous Havana Resorts, Cuba’s Pre-Revolution Stint as America’s Playground

LAS VEGAS (June 2016) – 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 or two for $100 (for purchases through July 15 only); tickets may be purchased here. For more information, please call (702) 229-2734.


The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @themobmuseum.

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