Must dos this weekend in Vegas: June 5 – 7, 2015

This weekend has shows for any taste – and some tastes you should show up to. You can sing along to some country, laugh along with some kids and totally convince yourself that you’re going to try burlesque for yourself one of these days. You probably won’t, but we won’t fault you either way. Once you see all the performances this weekend, you’ll appreciate just how much awesomeness it takes to get on stage.

Lada Redstar, from Sarajevo performs during the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend's Tournament of Tease Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Orleans.

Lada Redstar, from Sarajevo performs during the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend’s Tournament of Tease Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Orleans. We know what you’re thinking, and yes the feathers are real.

Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender

Where: The Orleans
When: June 5 – 6

The tease has returned and if we were any more excited, well, you’re too young for the rest of that joke. But suffice it to say the punchline involved some pasties and a very happy folding chair. While you let your mind wander, picture yourself gleaming in awe as the most talented burlesque performers in the world put on one-of-a-kind shows to spark every part of your desire.

If you’re a longtime lover of burlesque, you’ll appreciate the Weekender’s dedication to the craft and the touching acknowledgement of burlesque mainstays during the Legends Walk of Fame and the Titans of Tease Reunion Showcase on June 5. If you’re new to burlesque, the Weekender is always happy to help you rip off your first corset with the Movers, Shakers and Innovators performances on June 4. And everyone will lose their shoes during the Tournament of Tease on June 6. This is where the world looks on as people take it off. This is never stripping, this is burlesque and we do it better than anyone in Vegas.

We were going to give you a few names to look out for, but everyone’s wonderful and we didn’t want to leave anyone out. Besides, despite being a competition, burlesque is much more about art than advancement. And we really like being teases. So get over to the Orleans this weekend for the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender. Remember, these artists are twirling their nipple tassels for you. So give them the support they deserve. That was a totally unintentional pun, BTW.

We were looking for the most out of context picture of KITH we could find. Mission accomplished. Photo courtesy of Kids in the Hall.

We were looking for the most out of context picture of KITH we could find. Mission accomplished. Photo courtesy of Kids in the Hall.

Kids in the Hall

Where: Treasure Island
When: June 5

We’re squishing your head, we’re squishing your head! Actually we’re just making an obscure “Kids in the Hall” reference. If you got it then you’ll be excited to know that the original Kids in the Hall will be performing one night at Treasure Island on June 5. They’ve even managed to drag Dave Foley off the couch. OK, that reference to Foley’s stand-up act might be a little too obscure. Have you figured out yet that we’re deep fans of KITH? They’re odd, they’re intriguing and they’re so off the wall that they hit the opposite wall and then are like off that one too – because they’re in a hall. Check them out this weekend; just try not to sit right behind us. There’s a good chance we’ll explode feathers all over the place.

Left: The Cult. Right: Chuck D from Public Enemy. Photos courtesy of the Cult and Public Enemy respectively.

Left: The Cult. Right: Chuck D from Public Enemy. Photos courtesy of the Cult and Public Enemy respectively.

The Cult and Public Enemy

Where: The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
When: June 6

Public Enemy famously preformed with Anthrax. Ian Astbury from the Cult once fronted the Doors for a tribute to Jim Morrison. Neither of those things happened in Vegas, though. That’s why we needed our own night of co-headlining classics. The Cult is the British alt-rock band that defined a unique subset of the post-punk, pre-new-wave landscape of the ‘80s. Public Enemy is one of the most renowned and respected hip-hop groups of all time. Their words are thought provoking and demanding. And the fact that they’re joining the Cult shows how expansive their reach truly is. That was a super sentimental way of saying we’re so psyched to see this show on June 6. It’s at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – one of our favorite venues. And no matter who you’re a fan of, or if you can’t decide which you love more, this show will leave you thinking, “How do I not have a Spotify list of these two bands playing in my ear for always?”

Left: Lee Brice looking all hot and pensive. Right: Chris Young looking like he's saying to Brice, "Whatcha writing 'bout?" Photos courtesy of Lee Brice and Chris Young.

Left: Lee Brice looking all hot and pensive. Right: Chris Young looking like he’s saying to Brice, “Whatcha writing ’bout?” Photos courtesy of Lee Brice and Chris Young.

Lee Brice and Chris Young

Where: Mandalay Beach at Mandalay Bay
When: June 5 – 6

If you think the previous entry isn’t quite your scene, first off, you’re wrong, and secondly, there’s still more for you to do. Mandalay Bay has a weekend of country stars who will keep your boots shaking so hard you’ll think there’s a rattler up in there. Whether or not there is a rattler up in there is totally up to you. Though it should probably be left in your hotel room and not brought to the show. But we know you’re not entirely in control of your faculties when Lee Brice and Chris Young get on stage. Who could blame you? We’ve just got some pictures up and we’re pretty sure we hear some rattling in the next cubical. Brice hits the stage on June 5. We’ve got a strange feeling he won’t dance, but if you cheer real loud he might change his mind. And Young plays on June 6, so your heart will probably stop throbbing sometime around August. The shows are part of Mandalay Bay’s Beach Concert Series. So not only do you get to swoon over these honky-tonk heartthrobs, the sand will be a good cushion for when you faint at the sight of their – and we’re just guessing here – pretty tight jeans.

Chef Mario Batali, seen here depicting how big that fish was that he caught.

Chef Mario Batali, seen here depicting how big that fish was that he caught.

Carnival of Cuisine

Where: Palazzo Pool
When: June 5

Food can be a show too. And food this good is sure to show you something you never knew you were missing. The Carnival of Cuisine at the Palazzo pool deck is the latest in Las Vegas’ amazing culinary affairs. Sample bites from exceptional Las Vegas restaurants like B&B Burger & Beer, B&B Ristorante, Bouchon, Buddy V’s Ristorante, Café Presse, Carlo’s Bakery, Carnevino, db Brasserie, Lagasse’s Stadium, LAVO, Otto Pizzeria, Public House, Table 10, TAO and many more. Mario Batali will even be swinging by for a guest appearance. If you love eating mind-blowing food while socializing around a gorgeous pool, get to the Carnival of Cuisine. And bring your appetite – or at least your camera phone.

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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.