Summer is inching its way closer and that means more visitors coming to the Las Vegas Strip, but those who can beat the rush will be welcomed with legendary headliners, premiere parties and shorter lines than what you would find in July.
Country music legend Merle Haggard performs at 8 p.m. May 13 at Sunset Station. Haggard’s career has spanned nearly a half century with hits including “Okie from Muskogee,” and “That’s The Way Love Goes.” Tickets start at $22.
“Tonight Show” host Jay Leno returns to the Mirage where he will perform shows on back-to-back nights at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $95.49.
Crossing punk with new wave sound, Elvis Costello & The Imposters perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Palms. Tickets start at $75.75.
As part of its Voyage 2011 Precious Cargo tour, The Moody Blues brings its legendary act to the Hard Rock Hotel at 9 p.m. Friday. Having been in the business for more than 35 years, The Moody Blues are best known for hits such as “Nights in White Satin,” and “Tuesday Afternoon.” Tickets start at $49.50.
Known for his hits “Beautiful Girls,” and “Fire Burning,” Sean Kingston performs at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $30.
Self-taught pianist Yanni comes to the Orleans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He has sold more than 20 million records worldwide and found his biggest success in his album entitled “Yanni Live at the Acropolis.” Tickets start at $38 with room and show packages available.
The rare opportunity to catch Stevie Nicks without her bandmates, Fleetwood Mac, comes at 8 p.m. Saturday at Caesars Palace. On her own, Nicks has earned hits in “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” and “Stand Back,” and is set to release her newest album “In Your Dreams.” Tickets start at $69.50.
Alternative rock band Jimmy Eat World brings its smash hits such as “The Middle,” and “Pain,” to the House of Blues at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $25.50.
Rumored to have sold their souls to the devil to launch their first album, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will take the House of Blues stage at 8 p.m. Sunday. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s hits include “1st of tha Month,” and “Crossroads,” a tribute to late rapper Eazy-E, who signed the group to its first record deal. Tickets start at $32.50.
Ditch Fridays is in full swing with T-Pain taking the stage Friday at the Palms Pool & Bungalows. T-Pain is most noted for songs like “I’m In Love With a Stripper,” “Can’t Believe It,” and “Bartender.” The doors open at noon and the cover starts at $20.
Reality TV star Audrina Patridge will soak in some sun Saturday at Wet Republic. The doors open at 11 a.m. and the cover charge starts at $20 for women and $50 for men.
Nikki Reed, who played Rosalie in the “Twilight” saga, celebrates her 23rd birthday Friday at the newly-opened Gallery inside Planet Hollywood. Angel Porrino, star of “Holly’s World,” and the newest addition to “Absinthe,” at Caesars Palace celebrates her 22nd birthday the following night while resident DJ Samantha Ronson spins the beats. Gallery, which was designed by the same people who also recently opened Chateau at Paris, is a 17,500-square-foot space with three rooms and an eclectic blend of music. The cover charge begins at $20 for women and $30 for men. Doors open at 10 p.m.