The heat’s back and so are poolside concerts in Las Vegas

With winter but a distant memory and the sale of sunblock spiking, Las Vegas resort pools have opened. For many, a day at the pool means relaxation, a fruity drink and people-watching. On select nights, though, a few of Vegas’ pools open to a different crowd: the music fan. We’re not talking about the pool parties fueled by the vibrant spinnings of celebrity DJs and young women wearing little more than the suggestion of a bikini, but instead the concert-going crowd seeking live music performed by well-known artists.

Concerts on the Beach at Mandalay Bay Beach

Concert on the Beach at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Expect upbeat and vibrant tunes as Concerts on the Beach bring in several popular acts to Mandalay Bay’s poolside venue. Bring a beach towel to kick back or wade in the surf near the stage while listening to such performers as Ziggy Marley (May 25), Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson (June 14), 311 (June 28), Sublime with Rome (July 5), and Counting Crows (Aug 10).

Soundwaves at Paradise Beach at Hard Rock Hotel

Late into the Vegas summer, Hard Rock Hotel is bringing back its Soundwaves concert series with rockers Buckcherry (Aug. 1) and co-headliners rapper/rockers Matisyahu and Ozomatli (Aug. 29) to perform at the intimate poolside venue. The summer concert series takes place at Paradise Beach, the same pool where you’ll find the popular weekend party, Rehab.

Set Your Life to Music concert series at The Cosmopolitan

A poolside concert at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

The main pool at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool is converted into a platform to hold up to 3,000 people for the  “Set Your Life to Music” concert series. During the Thursday night performances, the concert venue, complete with the neon lights from neighboring resorts, offers an unobstructed view of the Las Vegas Strip.

The concert series kicks off May 29, featuring such acts as Capital Cities, The Orwells and Bad Things.

Upcoming poolside concerts include Dash Berlin (June 19), Jurassic 5 (July 17) and Interpol (Aug 21).

Palms Pool at Palms

Live music acts haven’t been released for Palms Pool at the Palms, but the off-Strip resort is planning on bringing in bands for Ditch Fridays. The Friday pool party most often hosts DJs during the day.


If electronic dance music is more your passion, check out any one of Las Vegas’ several pool clubs.