Best Bets: Lights FC, Reba, Brooks & & Dunn, ‘Love Never Passes Away’ and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Image”/ > Courtesy Image Las Vegas Lights FC goalkeeper Angel Alvarez made his expert soccer debut on Feb. 13 in a preseason game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Friday, March 23, 2018|2 a.m.

There’s a new group in town and the home opener is here. Make plans to head downtown Saturday night to take in some Las Vegas sports history, and consider these other musical weekend highlights as well.

JEFFREY OSBORNE Among the top R&B vocalists of the ’80s in fact started his career as the drummer of a funk and soul band referred to as Love Men Ltd. It wasn’t long before he went out from behind the set and stepped in front of the mic, which is why you know Jeffrey Osborne from his hits like “You Need to Be Mine,” “On the Wings of Love” and “Stay With Me Tonight.” He’ll perform at the Golden Nugget Display room Friday night. March 23, info at < a href=" https://www.goldennugget.com/las-vegas/entertainment/" target=

_ blank “> goldennugget.com. REBA, BROOKS & DUNN Reba McEntire will be back in town April 15 to host the 53rd yearly Academy of C and w Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena, where she’s also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. Watch her show off those abilities with partners-in-residence Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn this weekend at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. March 23-24, information at < a href=" http://www.thecolosseum.com/events/detail/345525" target=

_ blank” > thecolosseum.com. LOVE NEVER DIES This weekend brings your last chance to see and hear the premiere North American trip of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s follow up to “The Phantom of the Opera” at The Smith Center. There are five performances spread over the next 3 days so seize the chance. March 23-25, info at < a href=" https://www.thesmithcenter.com/event/loveneverdies/" target=" _blank “> thesmithcenter.com. Associated content

LIGHTS FC VS RENO 1868 FC The Las Vegas Lights opened their launching season with a St. Patrick’s Day success in Fresno. Now the group comes back to Cashman Field to play its first routine season USL home video game while at the same time beginning a new Nevada competition, inviting Reno 1868 to downtown Las Vegas. Soccer triggers will fly. March 24, details at

lasvegaslightsfc.com. BLACK COFFEE You may have heard that nobody dances in Las Vegas bars anymore. That’s going to change Sunday night with South African house music star Black Coffee makes his Strip launching and begins his new residency at XS at Encore. March 25, information at xslasvegas.com.

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