Vegas Weekender: An electronic music celebration

It’s the weekend of the Electric Daisy Carnival and the Las Vegas Strip is alive with special guest appearances by some of the top DJs in the world. It’s also the start of Carnevale at the Venetian, a three-month festival focusing on music, live entertainment, food and wine. Let the good times roll this weekend in Vegas.

Shows: Groove with the Motown sound

Get ready for a night of Motown hits in Human Nature – The Ultimate Celebration of Motown Sound presented by Smokey Robinson. In the show Human Nature sings songs from groups like The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Miracles. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday – Wednesday at the Imperial Palace.

Celine Dion brings her repertoire of hits and a collection of songs from other artists including Billy Joel, Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald to her show at Caesars Palace. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. June 9 – 10.

Tim Allen returns to his roots when he performs stand-up comedy at the Venetian.

Funny man Tim Allen takes the stage at the Venetian on June 8 – 9 at 9 p.m.

Country superstar Garth Brooks performs at the Wynn at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. June 8 – 9.

Known for their hit songs like “Shine,” Collective Soul entertains at the Hard Rock Hotel on June 8 at 9 p.m.

DL Hughley brings his outrageous comedy to fans in Vegas at 8 p.m. on June 8 – 9 at the Orleans.

Comedian Jo Koy shares his wacky observational humor with audiences at Treasure Island on June 8 at 9 p.m.

The B-52s perform their hits like “Love Shack” and “Roam” poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel on June 9 at 9 p.m.

Nightlife: Non-stop nocturnal revelry

Wynn Music Week continues in the evening at Surrender at Encore with Aoki’s House featuring Steve Aoki on June 8 and Calvin Harris on June 9. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

XS at Encore hosts Sebastian Ingrosso on June 8, Size Matters on June 9, Afrojack on June 10 and Skrillex on June 11. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Marquee at The Cosmopolitan hosts a weekend of big-name DJs starting with Armin van Buuren, Sander van Doorn, EDX and Jochen Miller on June 8, Kaskade on June 9 and Party Rock with Redfoo and Chuckie on June 11. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Daylife: Celebrate electronic music

Las Vegas clubs are presenting a stellar lineup of electronic dance music DJs this weekend in anticipation of the Electric Daisy Carnival June 8-9. Bob Sinclar spins at Wet Republic at MGM Grand on June 9. The party continues at Wet Republic with LMFAO’s Sky Blue spinning for sun-worshipping revelers on June 10.

The Encore Beach Club line-up includes Calvin Harris on June 8, Steve Angello on June 9, Tiësto on June 10 and Afrojack and David Guetta on June 11. Doors open at 11 a.m.

The party heats up at the Palms Pool and Bungalows with DJ Roger Sanchez on June 9 and Sex Panther on June 10. Doors open at 9 a.m.

In honor of EDC, Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan hosts Above & Beyond and Mat Zo on June 8. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Carnevale: Music, art and fun

The start of June means it’s time for Carnevale at the Venetian and Palazzo. The three-month festival runs through Sept. 9 and features classic Italian festivities focused on art, music, live entertainment, food and wine.

There are three stages of Carnevale starting with art in June, music in July and food and wine in August. Guests can enjoy live art demonstrations and other displays June 4 – 30 starting at The Palazzo Waterfall and Atrium & Gardens. From there the art walk continues to participating
stores in The Grand Canal Shoppes and The Shoppes at the Palazzo. On June 7 – 10 master craftsman Dr. Robert Shield, who has produced glass creations for members of the British royal family, demonstrates his incredible glass blowing techniques. On June 11 – 17 3D artist Melanie
Stimmel, who has worked as the lead technical director for “South Park” before discovering her passion for 3D street painting, will be demonstrating her innovative and seemingly impossible 3D works of art.

In addition to the demonstrations, Carnevale includes other daily festivities. At 8 p.m. on every evening through Sept. 9, Carnevale features an electric parade with courtesans, stilt walkers, jugglers and other festive performers. The parade starts at The Palazzo Theater and continues onto the Palazzo casino floor, past the Waterfall Atrium & Gardens into The Venetian casino and
the Grand Colonnade onto Doge’s Palace. The Venetian’s iconic clocktower is also being themed for the event. Each evening at 9:15, 10:15, 11:15 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. (times subject to change) the clock tower will illuminate with a five-minute 3D light show.

Every Saturday at 9 p.m. throughout Carnevale adults can indulge in an evening of Carnevale nights at Azure, the pool at the Venetian. Admission is free with day beds and cabanas available for rent. Family-friendly activities will also be o¡ ered throughout the resorts including face
painting, a roaming balloon artists and Venetian mask decorating with feathers and sequins.