CeeLo Green shares his favorite Las Vegas spots and talks philanthropy as he prepares for his return to Las Vegas for the Boombox Vegas Residency. The Grammy Award five-time winner and 18-time nominee established a nonprofit organization with his sister in efforts to bring awareness to sustainable living and to encourage people to prioritize the environment through lifestyle changes that minimize negative environmental impacts. Here is what CeeLo Green had to say about his favorite places to go and activities to do while in Vegas, his nonprofit foundation and his music career.
Q: You had a residency in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood back in 2013 and have returned several times since then for other performances. What do you find to be most meaningful regarding your Las Vegas performances?
A: Being mentioned amongst the many greats who have graced the stages of all the wonderful venues across the landscape of Las Vegas [is most meaningful]. To be a part of that lineage and American history is such an honor and privilege.
Q: How did you like living in Las Vegas during your residency?
A: I love it. I miss it! We are looking for a grandiose opportunity to have us on the west coast again to resume residence [in Las Vegas] God willing. Wishful thinking!
Q: What is the most exciting aspect of performing at the Boombox Vegas Residency?
A: The most exciting part is the invitation to the event itself, which [gives me] the opportunity and the incentive to spark the internal dialogue [of] appreciation [for] art and [my] creative capacity. [As] the juices and blood begin to flow, I’m reminded of my purpose and ability to entertain.
Q: Where do you love to stay when you return to Vegas?
A: I'd say Wynn [Las Vegas], Aria, the [Skylofts] at MGM Grand and the villas in Rio [Las Vegas], which [my wife and I] really loved.
Q: What are your favorite spots to eat at when you are in Las Vegas?
A: We used to frequent Brio in Atlanta [where I’m from] but it seems they are all closed now so we love to eat at Brio when we come to Vegas. [We love] Hakkasan, Yellowtail and of course room service!
Q: Which of those must you eat at every time you return?
A: Yellowtail, the balcony seats…[my wife and I prefer] the patio table so we can watch the water works and people watch.
Q: What else do you love to do in Las Vegas when you are not performing or dining out?
A: Sometimes we are in old town Las Vegas vintage shopping. The wife loves vintage clothing. She’s a curator, collector and stylist as well. I'm an admirer of antique furniture and just the nostalgia of Las Vegas in general.
Q: In 2012 you and your sister launched The Greenhouse Foundation. What was the inspiration behind that?
A: With green living [we want] to encourage and advocate for that particular ideal. It's a lifestyle. For some reason it ought to be the easiest thing to do to—identify global warming, recycling, waste management and sustainable living [as high priorities.]
It’s really not a common practice or conversation, which I find peculiar. These are habits of our humanity that need to be reset…we don't want irreversible [damage] to happen by not prioritizing these things. Those are my interests, initiatives and concerns [that inspired me to establish the foundation.]
Q: What else is on the horizon for you music-wise?
A: I am working on new music…new Gnarls Barkley and a couple other caveat projects. The music is starting to take shape for the next major release; I’m excited! I'm looking forward to people being able to have that experience again.
I’m currently on tour doing a James Brown tribute show. I’m also doing the Rock In Rio show in Brazil. People can follow my story @ceelogreen on Instagram and Facebook.
Photography by: gettyimages.com/Thearon W. Henderson; Courtesy of CeeLo Green