Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018|2 a.m.
It’s a huge show weekend on the Strip (and downtown, too) anchored by huge shows from three of music’s leading ladies. A special new minimal engagement begins at Park Theater too, so do some checking out to discover the sounds that are best for you throughout this late-summer holiday weekend.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE The Downtown Rocks complimentary show series at the Fremont Street Experience’s 3rd Street Stage brings critical and commercial success Melissa Etheridge and her special brand name of rootsy, scratchy rock to the heart of the city for Labor Day weekend. August 31, info at vegasexperience.com.
MARIAH CAREY: THE BUTTERFLY RETURNS Five Grammys, nine American Music Awards, the Billboard Artist of the Years award and the World Music Awards’ “World’s Finest Selling Female Artist of the Millennium” honor. Those are simply some of the awards Mariah Carey gives her new program at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which started in July and returns for six shows beginning Friday. August 31-September 2, info at thecolosseum.com.
SHAKIRA The Colombian-born, international pop superstar needed to postpone her trip last year to take care of some singing cable concerns. Now Shakira is back onstage on a grand scale for the very first time in seven years in support of her 2017 album “El Dorado.” The tour/dance party touches down on the Strip Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. September 1, information at mgmresorts.com. QUEEN & ADAM LAMBERT Still champs of the world, Queen (with original members Brian May and Roger Taylor) teams with significant vocal skills of Adam Lambert for a 10-show run at Park Theater starting Saturday. It will be interesting to see how this supergroup fits its arena-sized spectacle into the more intimate environment at Park MGM. September 1-2, info at parkmgm.com. E-40 The Bay Area rap legend drops into Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Boardwalk for a hip-hop celebration sure to be the hot spot on Sunday night. September 2, information at brooklynbowl.com.