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Best Choices: John Fogerty, Adam Sandler, Country in the Park and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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John Fogerty closes out his current run at Encore Theater this weekend.

Friday, May 11, 2018|2 a.m.

. The Vegas Golden Knights aren’t simply the best hockey group ever, they’re likewise the most kind and generous. Think how good it was for the men to wait till midweek to handle their next Stanley Cup Playoffs opponent, maximizing T-Mobile Arena for 2 weekend concerts from U2. That’s called Vegas hospitality. If you’re not going to T-Mobile Friday or Saturday night, consider these other musical extravaganzas, or possibly a night of laughs with a comedy icon.

EARTH, WIND AND FIRE The groove has actually been deep for the first half of EWF’s six-show run at the Venetian Theatre. The legendary funk, soul and R&B band and its soaring vocals and horn area cover it up Friday and Saturday night and you’ll be sorry if you miss it. May 11-12, details at venetian.com. JOHN FOGERTY Speaking of hockey and hospitality, this Rock-and-roll Hall of Famer used a Golden Knights jersey during last weekend’s programs at Encore Theater. If Fogerty loves Vegas this much, it’s safe to state these 2 shows won’t be his last in this town– but it’s tough to beat a rock legend in this intimate place. May 11-12, information at wynnlasvegas.com. ADAM SANDLER The class clown has actually returned. Sandler’s wacky tunes and unclean jokes produce an extremely amusing show at the Chelsea, where he’s already performed a handful of times this year. Could Saturday’s go to be the last of his Cosmopolitan residency gigs? Might 12, details at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com. Associated material COUNTRY IN THE PARK The 12th annual outdoor show at Expedition Park in the Mountain’s Edge master-planned neighborhood functions platinum-certified vocalist and songwriter Jerrod Niemann, “American Idol” winner Trent Harmon, rising star Ben Rue and locals Thrillbilly Deluxe. The occasion likewise includes a beer garden, food suppliers and more, and picnic baskets, chairs and blankets and leashed family pets are welcome. May 12, information at mountainsedge.com. X AMBASSADORS Often inspiring, in some cases introspective, rock trio X Ambassadors released its Joyful Tour earlier this year and played a victorious gig at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado earlier this month. The program concerns the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Sunday night. May 13, information at houseofblues.com.

Weekend Rewind: Mel Brooks at Wynn, Pitbull at MGM Grand, Cardi B at Drai’s and more

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Pitbull postures with Larry and Camille Ruvo on the red carpet prior to the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand on April 28.

Tuesday, Might 1, 2018|2 a.m.

. This previous weekend was a pointer of why I compose the Rewind on Monday– the principle of the Vegas weekend is flexible; it can start and end whenever it desires. In this case, it appeared to begin Wednesday when Intrigue Club at Wynn Las Vegas opened its two-year anniversary event with a record-setting night anchored by pop-dance hitmakers The Chainsmokers.

There was no decreasing on Thursday when the first-ever Signboard Latin Music Week market conference in Las Vegas culminated in the 20th annual Signboard Latin Music Awards at Mandalay Bay Events Center, where global super stars including Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Maluma racked up trophies and lit the stage on fire.

Friday night brought a return to the Repetition Theater phase for the legendary Mel Brooks, who easily charmed a jam-packed house with tales of his Brooklyn training, his time in the Army, some behind-the-scenes stories of making funny magic with Sid Caesar, Gene Wilder and No Mostel and repeat efficiencies of the best cat-noise sound effect ever. The 91-year-old icon did a couple of dates here last year and was encouraged to come back for two more shows–“They used me more money,” he riffed– and if Brooks finds time for another Wynn run, put it on your agenda.

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Tony Tran Photography Cardi B at Drai’s. Saturday was one of the biggest nights of the year in Las Vegas and I’m not discussing video game two of the Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoff series versus the San Jose Sharks. Nevertheless, hockey was on the minds and streaming screens of many at the 22nd annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, participated in by stars including Marcia Gay Harden, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Carrot Top, Matt Goss and more. The voice of the Golden Knights Mark Shunock in fact started his night hyping up the T-Mobile Arena crowd and cranking the pregame siren with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons prior to bolting over to MGM to host the gala. There was some Power of Love-Latin Billboards crossover, too, as Zappos Theater resident Pitbull and globetrotting DJ Steve Aoki popped up at both occasions.

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Golden Tiki. Despite all this partying, I was outshined … by a pregnant woman. Social network hip-hop experience Cardi B attended those Billboard Latin awards with fiancĂ© Offset of Atlanta rap attire Migos and performed with Puerto Rican reggaeton star Ozuna, then struck Drai’s Bar at the Cromwell Friday night to party and carry out with Migos throughout the group’s Drai’s Live residency program. The club crowd– that included Denver Broncos star Von Miller– went wild when she grabbed a mic for her verse of “Motorsport,” the Migos hit that likewise features Nicki Minaj.

Chinatown’s tropical favorite The Golden Tiki has added to its collection of shrunken heads. The Man of a Thousand Voices Rich Little is the latest celebrity to be memorialized at the drinking destination and his head was sculpted by Smithsonian artist Terry Barr. Little split a few jokes onstage and chilled with fellow comedian Murray Sawchuck, who has likewise been shrunk at the GT.

Weekend Rewind: Miss Nevada at Hyde, Fleury at Blue Male Group, esports everywhere and more

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This last Las Vegas weekend was chockful of rock music, consisting of ZZ Top’s debut at the Venetian, record-breaking crowds at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center for the second annual Las Rageous festival and classic car-driving rockabilly fanatics loading the parking area at the Orleans for the long-running Viva Las Vegas weekender.

And I didn’t capture any of that things. My weekend was jammed with wine and cheese at community preferred Vintner Grill, some quality time with a Vegas stage legend (program evaluation coming later on today) and a couple of delights and cools thanks to the zombies of the Fremont Street Experience. Different strokes, folks.

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Chelsea Hancock Marc-Andre Fleury at Blue Man Group. I likewise missed out on the glamorous action at Hyde Bellagio Friday night, where Miss Nevada U.S.A 2018 Carolina Urrea hosted an over-the-top edition of the club’s Friday Night Social party. It was likewise Urrea’s main Vegas sendoff as the 23-year-old design and actress with Colombian roots is getting ready for the 67th Miss U.S.A pageant on May 21 at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Lousiana.

Anyone else getting a little restless waiting for the Vegas Golden Knights to return to the ice? Our remarkable goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury killed time by having a look at Blue Man Group at Luxor Friday night, followed by a backstage meet-and-greet with his household.

Friday likewise marked the Chippendales launching of new star guest host Tony Dovolani, currently known for his smooth relocations from TV’s “Dancing with destiny.” And he didn’t simply play host– he choreographed a new dance for the stalwart Rio production and handled to lure Ruby Lewis, star of the upcoming “Marilyn! The New Musical” at the Paris, onstage for a spicy salsa number. Dovolani’s Chippendales engagement goes through May 27.

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On Saturday, “Quick and Furious” film franchise preferred Michelle Rodriguez visited Las Vegas as the unique visitor for the inaugural broadcast of the H1Z1 Pro League at the freshly christened Twin Galaxies Esports Center at Caesars Entertainment Studios simply steps off the Strip. A passionate player who has contributed her voice to the Call of Duty and Halo video game franchises, Rodriguez joined TV host Kristine Leahy for the new league’s fight royale launching at Caesars’ brand-new full-service production studio.

In other Vegas esports news: The Luxor’s glossy brand-new Esports Arena Las Vegas had a record-breaking occasion Saturday night when Tyler “Ninja” Blevins broke the Twitch streaming record he set last month while playing Fortnite with hip-hop super star Drake. The sold-out Vegas occasion included 232 players from worldwide with $50,000 on the line.

We’re less than a month far from this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the dance music megafest’s promoter Insomniac has actually revealed the launch of the fouth annual EDC Week Charity Initiative in partnership with online fundraising platform Surreal. Through May 8, fans can go into a sweepstakes to win a variety of mind-blowing EDC experiences with proceeds going to benefit the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. Among the lots of packages up for grabs are a helicopter flight down the Strip with Kaskade, a meet-and-greet with Marshmello during his EDC Week show at XS, a DJ lesson from A-Trak and an opportunity to be onstage during a set at the Speedway. Win something remarkable and make a contribution at givesurreal.com/edc.

Red Mercury Entertainment chief operating officer Carlos Reynoso and local home entertainment lawyer Robert Reynolds– who just happens to be manager of The Killers, too– revealed their collaboration to produce the 1Farm Local Food Farm Festival, a brand-new family friendly culinary home entertainment event set for September 8 at Springs Preserve. Regional gardeners, farmers, sustainably minded food and beverage vendors and chefs will provide workshops, tastings, demonstrations and more. Stay tuned to 1farmfestival. com for more details.

Best Choices: Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, the Stray Cats and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Jennifer Lopez brings all the Vegas glam to her program at Zappos Theater.

Friday, April 20, 2018|midnight

From West Coast hip-hop to heavy metal legends to a rockabilly extravaganza, the noises of Las Vegas are all over the map this weekend. Curate your own individual soundtrack with these musical alternatives.

VANCE PLEASURE You may not know that the Pearl theater at the Palms, currently a favorite concert location for numerous residents and travelers, was just recently upgraded and updated with brand-new seating and finishes and refurbished VIP skyboxes, among other enhancements. That implies it’s time to review this sonic standout. On Friday night you can capture rising Australian singer-songwriter Vance Pleasure (“Riptide,” “Fire and the Flood”). April 20, details at palms.com. 420 ROLL IT UP Ice Cube headlines this rap music mini-festival at the Thomas & & Mack Center on Friday’s marijuana vacation, with assistance from Cypress Hill including Mixmaster Mike, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Child Bash. April 20, information at unlvtickets.com. JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE J.Lo was just added to the all-star lineup of performers arranged to carry out at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 26 at Mandalay Bay Occasions Center. She’s closing out the latest run of her resident show at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood this weekend, however she’ll be back in mid-May. April 20-21, information at caesars.com. Related material LAS RAGEOUS The second yearly Las Rageous acid rock celebration at the Downtown Las Vegas Occasions Center features larger bands and more of them– more than 15 acts over two days. A Perfect Circle, 5 Finger Death Punch and Judas Priest lead the way. April 20-21, details at dlvec.com. VIVA LAS VEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND There will plenty of live music all weekend long at the Orleans throughout the 21st Viva Las Vegas occasion, however Saturday pushes it over the top with Rock-and-roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy, 82-year-old icon Jerry Lee Lewis and the reunited Stray Cats. April 20-22, details at vivalasvegas.net.

Weekend Rewind: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton take the town, Kelly Clarkson at Justin Timberlake and more

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This somewhat exhausted entertainment author wasn’t the only one to pull a huge doubleheader of Saturday’s Justin Timberlake show at T-Mobile Arena followed by Sunday’s ACM Awards show at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Kelly Clarkson pulled it off, and much more gracefully, seeing JT do his Man of the Woods thing from the lofty perch at Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile and carrying out a duet of “Does He Love You” with her hubby Brandon Blackstock’s stepmom and ACM host Reba McEntire late in Sunday’s show. For the record, I didn’t sing a word over the weekend. Point goes to Kelly.

Another popular couple was all over the Strip in the most significant way possible. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton were at World Hollywood Friday morning, of course, as she made her grand arrival to mark her coming resident show at Zappos Theater. Welcoming Stefani to Las Vegas with Shelton were Caesars Home Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora, Live Country Las Vegas President Kurt Melien and Vegas Golden Knights buzz man Mark Shunock. I likewise spotted among my favorite Las Vegans sneaking through the crowd, tennis legend Stefanie Graf.

On Sunday, Stefani attended her very first ACM program where Shelton carried out twice, consisting of a rowdy team-up with Toby Keith. After the show, Shelton took his girl to a surprise complimentary show and celebration at your house of Blues at Mandalay Bay, where they were signed up with by fellow vocalists Keith, Clarkson, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Michael Ray, Brett Young and Luke Bryan. Another point for Kelly.

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Howard Carter and Nico Santucci. Spiegelworld’s new show” Opium “is currently making waves at the Cosmopolitan but the celebrities are still in love with the business’s initial Las Vegas production, “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. Taking in all the antics inside the huge white camping tent on Thursday night: Chester Lockhart, reality TV personality and present co-star of “Sex Tips for a Straight Lady from a Gay Male” at Paris Las Vegas; and “Dancing With destiny” lobbyist Tony Dovolani, soon-to-be guest host at Chippendales at the Rio.

Vegas business owner, designer and restaurateur Nico Santucci got so caught up in Vegas Golden Knights fever– and truthfully, who hasn’t?– that he welcomed his patrons at Capo’s Speakeasy on West Sahara and basically everybody else to write a letter about exactly what the local hockey group means to them. The winning action came from previous football player Howard “Woody” Carter, who lost more than 100 pounds when he appeared on season 16 of “The Biggest Loser,” who composed a wholehearted note about how the Knights’ spirit and success has assisted him deal with the pain of losing his spouse to cancer. The reward: Supper at Capo’s, of course, followed by a Rolls Royce trip to T-Mobile Arena and a ticket to join Santucci against the glass to view the team’s first-ever playoff game on April 11.

In another Italian food-related note, it was just recently announced that Summerlin’s next great restaurant is set to arrive this summertime in the area formerly occupied by Due Forni. Chef Gina Marinelli is getting ready to open La Strega (Italian for “the witch”) on Town Center Drive near the Beltway, a contemporary eatery with a style influenced by the Italian countryside and cuisine covering seasonal dishes from across the nation’s varied areas. The neighborhood is getting more delicious all the time.

ACM’s Party for a Cause takes over Vegas this weekend

Although it’s no longer a central multi-day celebration, the Academy of C and w’s Party for a Cause continues on as a series of smaller sized shows throughout the weekend of the ACM Awards. That makes it a bit more unwieldy for fans looking to get the full experience, however it also enables a series of entertainers, from big-name headliners to unrecognized songwriters, all connected to the annual awards show.

Both kinds of acts combine at Stories, Songs & & Stars (April 13, 8:30 p.m., the Joint), including significant acts like Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett, along with the gifted Nashville songwriters (including Rhett’s dad Rhett Akins and prolific hitmakers Hillary Lindsay and Shane McAnally) often responsible for nation’s chart-topping singles. The Vegas organization Nashville Unplugged, which also showcases nation songwriters, gets 2 ACM-sponsored shows (April 13-14, 10 p.m., Rhythm & & Riffs at Mandalay Bay), including talent consisting of Sugarland’s Kristian Bush.

The most significant headliners will be at the Celebration at the Beach (April 13-14, 7 p.m., Mandalay Bay Beach), led by Chris Janson and Chris Young. Other highlights on the two-night expense consist of singer-songwriter Web cam and guitar virtuoso Lindsay Ell.

For country fans who want to stay away from the Strip, pop-country quartet Old Rule will headline at Red Rock’s Sandbar Swimming pool (April 13, 6 p.m.). Information on all these events and more can be discovered at partyforacause.com.

Weekend Rewind: Michelle Wie at Hyde, Ray Romano at the Funny Cellar, Ricky Martin for Signboard and more

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018|2 a.m.

. So I had a quite big weekend, taking a look at the brand-new program Opium at the Cosmopolitan (a full review is coming later today) and going huge with a bachelor celebration bar crawl on Fremont Street. But if anyone owned Vegas recently, it needed to be pro golfer Michelle Wie (presently No. 6 on the LPGA loan list and ranked No. 13 in the world by Rolex) who exploded social media while partying at Bellagio and hitting the links at Shadow Creek. Wie and her squad likewise signed in at Hyde Bellagio throughout supermodel and “Genuine Homemakers of Miami” cast member Joanna Krupa’s birthday celebration.

One of your preferred actresses took in among your preferred Vegas programs. The great Viola Davis (“Fences,” “The Aid,” “How to Get Away with Murder”) and her child Genesis saw Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio over the weekend, signing up with cast members backstage after the program for the ‘gram. Apparently Davis is a long time Cirque devotee.

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Viola Davis at “O”R&B queen Ashanti stopped at Drai’s Saturday night to enjoy a performance by resident artist 2 Chainz. Likewise identified on the rooftop club: a various sort of homeowner, Floyd Mayweather, and Houston Firecrackers super star James Harden.

The Funny Cellar at the Rio promised huge names would be appearing on its stage just as they do at the New york city City original, and it only took one weekend to prove the claim as Aces of Comedy resident Ray Romano dropped in after his Mirage program. Romano is one of the many standup stars who paid his charges in the NYC club, which has actually exported its design and setup to the off-Strip resort.

Additional entertainers have actually been announced for the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards to be held later on this month at the Mandalay Bay Occasion Center and Strip headliner Ricky Martin tops the list. His fantastic production “All In” go back to Park Theater returns May 23 but he’ll join social media star and rapper-of-the-moment Cardi B and Colombian reggaeton vocalists J Balvin and Karol G at the Latin Billboards show and event April 26, which will be transmitted live on Telemundo. Formerly announced artists include Calibre 50, Chayanne, Maluma, Maná, Nicky Jam and Ozuma. On the other hand, tickets for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Might 20, go on sale Thursday, April 12 at axs.com. Last year’s Billboards were held at T-Mobile Arena and featured another Strip resident, Celine Dion.

ICYMI: Business owner Alex Meruelo closed on his acquisition of SLS Las Vegas last week, officially pointing the struggling Strip resort that was as soon as the iconic Sahara in a brand-new direction. Previous Stratosphere general manager Paul Hobson was named SLS’ new senior vice president and basic supervisor. Expect steady but significant change at this North Strip home and up the block at the Strat, now under the control of Golden Home entertainment.

In dining establishment news, the Cosmopolitan announced its next dining establishment addition, a refined Chinese experience called Red Plate, pertaining to the resort’s 3rd flooring this summer. Chef Yip Cheung was developing specialized dining alternatives for high rollers at Cosmo’s Talon Club and will direct this new Cantonese cooking area, set for the space previously occupied by the Italian pizza and wine bar D.O.C.G.

And if you need another need to visit downtown’s Flock & & Fowl dining establishment– other than that chef Sheridan Su was nominated for a James Beard Award this year– here’s another one. Bartender Adam Rains was crowned the winner of the regional semifinals of the Star of the Bar mixology competitors at Libertine Social, thanks to his innovative cocktail called the Well-known P.I.G., made with Whistlepig 10-year rye, maple syrup, lychee honey, aquafaba and lemon. Rains is off to Chicago May 20 to complete once again at the National Restaurant Association Dining Establishment, Hotel-Motel Show.

Weekend Rewind: ‘Marilyn!’ set for Paris, J.Lo gets Jones ‘d, Richard Branson commemorates and more

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. A new program built around a pop culture icon is coming to Paris Las Vegas. Prospect House Home entertainment’s “Marilyn! The New Musical” will begin previews on May 23 with a grand opening set for June 1, which would be Marilyn Monroe’s 92nd birthday.

Written, directed and produced by Tegan Summer season, Prospect House CEO and brand-new Vegas resident, the initial musical will feature Ruby Lewis (previously of “Baz– A Musical Mash-Up”) as Marilyn and the cast likewise includes Vegas favorites Travis Cloer, Randal Keith and more. Twenty original musical numbers made up by Summertime and Gregory Nabours will be featured, along with tunes Monroe is permanently connected to like “Diamonds Are a Woman’s Best Friend” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” The show is expected to eventually feature a turning cast of stars in the lead Marilyn function when resident Lewis isn’t front and center.

Virgin Group creator Richard Branson was identified at Tao Club Friday night, certainly celebrating his company’s acquisition of the Hard Rock Hotel, announced earlier that day at a fancy interview. The home will be rebranded as Virgin Hotel Las Vegas in the coming months and go through a full restoration.

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title =” Click to expand picture” > Tom Green Jennifer Lopez is back on the Strip for her “All I Have” residency at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood this month, continuing through April 21 prior to a fast break, then back again in mid-May. One of her greatest fans dropped in backstage Thursday night– “Saturday Night Live” scene-stealer Leslie Jones, who killed an impromptu tryout as one of J.Lo’s backup dancers.

Comic and MTV icon Tom Green’s late-night show at Bally’s is over but the “provocative prankster” has a brand-new house down the street at another Caesars Home entertainment property. Green is teaming up with “Chelsea Lately” comic John Caparulo for the brand-new Comedy Lineup at the Harrah’s Showroom opening on May 6. Green will take the stage Sundays and Mondays for a stand-up set that likewise integrates videos and music while Caparulo carries out Thursdays through Saturdays. All shows start at 10 p.m. and ticket info can be obtained at 702-777-2782.

” Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne remained in town to promote her new book “Pretty Mess,” and chose to top her Saturday jaunt with supper at The Cosmopolitan’s Appeal & & Essex restaurant followed by dancing at Marquee Club.

Weekend Rewind: Drake at Marquee, Ricky Martin at Park Theater, Giada at Mat Franco and more

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018|2 a.m.

Welcome to your very first edition of the Rewind. As it ends up, there is excessive fun occurring on any provided weekend in Las Vegas, yet we are still going to bring you the highlights right here each week. Why Tuesday? The Vegas weekend does not typically end on Sunday night. No rest for the wicked.

My own personal weekend started with supper and drinks at the Mirage’s brand-new Osteria Costa, an upgraded Italian experience for the iconic resort from its gifted chef Michael LaPlaca. You can’t purchase poorly here, however for now I’ll highly advise the pizza margherita and linguine with clams. Trust me on this.

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picture “> Denise Truscello/WireImage Ricky Martin at Park Theater Saturday night took me back to the Park Theater to see one of my preferred headliner shows on the Strip, Ricky Martin’s “All In” residency. The Puerto Rican superstar (who you might be seeing in the FX miniseries “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Criminal Activity Story”) had to cancel a program previously this month due to an injury but he remained in perfect shape this weekend, shaking bon-bons and whatnot. His charisma is matched by a scorching-hot dance troupe and band, both amongst the very best of their kind on the Strip. Once they break out his 2016 hit “Vente Pa’ Ca,” everybody was up and dancing for the remainder of the night. You do not need to be a fan of Martin to enjoy this energetic night of music and I highly advise you inspect it out when he returns in Might and June.

Among the greatest names in music made a surprise look Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan. Drake joined resident artist French Montana onstage at Marquee to carry out current hit “God’s Strategy,” then partied the night away with a group that included previous Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. The hip-hop titans dined earlier that night at Beauty & & Essex, where gossip journalist Perez Hilton was also in your home, commemorating his 40th birthday. Hilton spent his Friday night taking in the amazing “Baz– A Musical Mash-Up” at Palazzo.

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household with Mat Franco at the Linq Celeb chef and Vegas restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis also took in a program over the weekend, however she didn’t stray far from her restaurants at Caesars Palace and the Cromwell, checking in for Mat Franco’s friendly magic extravaganza at the Linq and a post-show meet-up.

Sports Illustrated swimsuit concern designs controlled the Strip over the weekend, partying left and right to celebrate the launch of the 2018 concern. Amongst their stops: Marquee on Friday night, where they got on stage with DJ MikeAttack; and Encore Beach Club for a blowout pool celebration on Saturday, where they took over the high-end bungalows and spent some time with Wynn Nightlife resident star Diplo prior to he joined his associates in Significant Lazer behind the decks.

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Finally, in tasty dining establishment news, the Palms announced its next cooking unveiling, Scotch 80 Prime in the steakhouse area formerly inhabited by the iconic N9NE place. Long time chef Barry S. Dakake is back in the cooking area and all set to fire up tomahawk ribeyes, A5 Japanese Kobe, mesquite-fired shellfish towers and more. It opens in May.

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

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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.