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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.
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.
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 fiancé 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.