Must dos this weekend in Vegas: Dec. 12 – 14, 2014

This weekend in Vegas, get ready to rock out and laugh hard. As NFR comes to a close, there’s still time for a good country music show or a few rib ticklers from country funny men. And if that’s not your bag, this weekend has plenty of alt, indie and every other kind of rock to take you back to the ’90s and off into the next decade. But let’s start it off with something quirky.

Jeff Dunham (right) with Achmed (left/skinless). Photo courtesy of Jeff Dunham.

Jeff Dunham

Wednesday, Dec. 10 – Sunday, Dec. 14
The ventriloquist famous for wacky characters like the grumpy Walter and the hilarious Peanut, and outstanding standup material, Jeff Dunham began his Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood earlier this month. Whether you’re such a fan of ventriloquism that you secretly practice in the mirror to perfect your hard consonants, or you just love to laugh, be sure to check out Jeff Dunham and his collection of friends.

Randy Rogers Band

Thursday, Dec. 11 – Saturday, Dec. 13
Coming to the MGM Grand for a three-night engagement, country rockers the Randy Rogers Band will show Las Vegas why their last project became the most downloaded country album on iTunes. Having opened for country legends like Willie Nelson and Dierks Bentley, the Randy Rogers Band is now headlining and taking country to new heights.

Imagine Dragons play Las Vegas. Band way more intense than camera guy. Photo courtesy of Imagine Dragons.

Imagine Dragons with Young the Giant and Brumby

Thursday, Dec. 11
The Las Vegas based rock band Imagine Dragons return to their hometown for the first time since… well, earlier this year. But it’s always exciting when home-grown favorites rock The Joint at the Hard Rock. For this show they’re bringing along indie group Young the Giant and Western rockers Brumby. If you’re a fan of melodic rock, this is a show you shouldn’t miss.

Jeff Foxworthy (middle), Larry the Cable Guy (right) and another guy who probably won't be at the show. Photo courtesy of Jeff Foxworthy.

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy

Friday, Dec. 12 – Saturday, Dec. 13
Before we finally let go of NFR for another year, get your laugh on with two classic American comedy men. Jeff Foxworthy is, of course, known for his “You might be a redneck” schtick. And we’re pretty sure Larry the Cable Guy was supposed to come by and check our connection between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. like six years ago. But we’ll let that slide because he makes us laugh. For fans of classic comedy, check out these funny men at Planet Hollywood.


Friday, Dec. 12
While younger fans may only know Gavin Rossdale as that guy who’s married to Gwen Stefani, and true insiders will remember the blog we just wrote about him, true rock aficionados remember the band Bush, which he fronted throughout the ’90s. Now back to rock the Joint at Hard Rock, Bush are proving they never went away, they just biding their time to create.

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins seen here more or less alone. (No editorial comment intended.) Photo courtesy of the Smashing Pumpkins.

The Smashing Pumpkins

Saturday, Dec. 13
As if Bush weren’t enough ’90s awesomeness for the weekend, Billy Corgan brings the Smashing Pumpkins, with their latest lineup including Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine and Mark Stoermer from another incredible Las Vegas based band, The Killers. The Smashing Pumpkins will bring their new, resurgent sound, and hopefully a few Pumpkins staples, to the Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade in what promises to be an intimate and exceptional performance.


I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.