Weekender: This is the right time for concerts in Vegas!

Don’t miss a weekend full of big ticket events in Vegas – from major concert tours including Trey Songz and Lenny Kravitz to an exciting Superior Cage Combat fight. Plus, the showrooms on the Strip are packed with entertainment. And Vegas’ clubbing scene is always worth traveling for.

Any “Urban Cowboy” fans out there? Country music veteran Mickey Gilley, a cousin of both Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, will perform his hits in the Treasure Island Ballroom on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. After the concert, mosey over to Gilley’s Las Vegas, the resort’s popular honky-tonk saloon where you can take a dance lesson, savor ribs in the restaurant, hop on the mechanical bull, watch the bikini-clad Gilley Girls and much more.

Boyz II Men at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm

Also on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m., Trey Songz will bring his multi-city Anticipation 2our to The Pearl in the Palms. Known for his soulful voice and powerful presence, the rapper/R&B singer is sure to get you up and keep you on your feet all evening long. Songz will be joined by special guest Big Sean.

Stop on your way to Las Vegas at Primm to catch Boyz II Men in the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s. The group rolls up on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. A quartet for most of its history, Boyz II Men is now a trio, but you’ll still enjoy a spirited performance that highlights hits from their 1990s heyday.

Pay tribute to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali at his 70th birthday celebration (a.k.a., the Power of Love Gala) in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Feb. 18. Christened Cassius Clay, he won the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston in an epic battle in 1964. Now he’s marking another milestone in his extraordinary life. This big evening, which will feature food prepared by MGM Grand’s stellar resident chefs, an exclusive auction and a star-studded concert, benefits the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

No ordinary artist, rocker Lenny Kravitz is a star in the music industry – and he’ll soon be well-known in the movie industry. Kravitz was given the role of Cinna in the highly anticipated film “The Hunger Games.” His most recent album, “Black and White America,” has received critical acclaim, covering the dynamics of growing up in an interracial environment. Kravitz will appear in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Lil Jon, Cee Lo Green, Kid Cudi and Slash will be in the house as well.

All the talk in Vegas lately is about the hard-rocking, hard-partying band Mötley Crüe. They are wrapping up an extended run in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel Feb. 17 – 19. Shows begin at 9 p.m. nightly. Vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee are all here. So you can expect their usual exploits – from lots of pyro effects to sexy girls – along with new types of craziness, topping off their always rollicking rock music.

Magician David Copperfield at MGM Grand

Brothers Adolfo and Gustavo Angel and their cousin Fernando Angel make up Los Temerarios, a Mexican romantic music group that is being featured at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. Several of their songs have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Latin charts, but it was their 1991 release “Mi Vida Eres Tú” (“My Life Is You”) that propelled the trio to stardom.

David Copperfield is wowing crowds through March 4 in the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand. Shows are nightly at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with an added 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturdays. Copperfield blurs the line between magic and reality during his production, “An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion.” With interactive segments, like one that involves picking lottery numbers, audience members become part of the show – but it’s his grandiose feats, such as making a car appear and people disappear, that will take your breath away.

Big Time Rush, better known as BTR, are bringing their Better with U Tour to the Theater for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Fans can check out the teen sensations who are on hiatus from their Nickelodeon TV series by the same name. It chronicles the adventures of these four hockey players from Minnesota who were selected to form a boy band.

Comedian Hal Sparks at the Riviera

They used to make you laugh with their TV sitcoms, but now Ray Romano of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and Kevin James of “The King of Queens” are cracking audiences up with their stand-up material. The quick-witted duo are headlining The Mirage Feb. 17 – 18 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly as part of the Aces of Comedy Series.

Other comedians are making raucous rounds in Las Vegas this weekend. See former “Queer as Folk” star Hal Sparks perform his stand-up show in Icons of Comedy at the Riviera Feb. 16 – 19 at 10:30 p.m. nightly. And David Spade, who currently stars in the sitcom “Rules of Engagement,” will make a stop at The Venetian Feb. 17 – 18 at 9 p.m. nightly.

This weekend is also a great time to catch two of Vegas’ most revered headliners. Legendary performer Elton John is in town Feb. 16 – 18. “The Million Dollar Piano” plays nightly at 7:30 p.m. in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. And Garthmania returns to the Encore Feb. 17 – 18. Country superstar Garth Brooks will be onstage alone with just his guitar in this intimate acoustic show that runs twice each night at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Check out “Avant Garde,” a new entertainment experience at the Plaza in downtown. This family-friendly show that stars a collection of creative acts (there’s even a hip-hop violinist) and inspires “music, mirth, magic and mayhem” recently opened in the resort’s main showroom. The fun begins each night (dark Fridays) at 7 p.m.

Fighter Jay Silva will take on Kendall Grove at The Orleans

Enjoy an evening of hard-hitting action at The Orleans on Feb. 16. Veteran fighters will compete for honor as part of Superior Cage Combat 4. If you’re a fan of Mixed Martial Arts and the UFC, then you’ll love this fight card. The featured match is between Kendall Grove and Jay Silva. Punches and kicks will begin flying at 7 p.m.

Adults can attend the second annual Masquerade Ball in Gold Diggers at the Golden Nugget on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. This is the time and place to indulge your fantasies – while hiding behind a mask. There’ll also be dancing, face painters and VIP tables with bottle service.

Jazz darling Breanna Whitaker brings her awesome vocals to the Book & Stage lounge in The Cosmopolitan Feb. 17 – 18. She’ll appear with the band “+” from 10:30 p.m. – midnight. Admission is free.

XS at Encore always attracts the best DJs in the industry. Drop in Feb. 17 to hear Rony Seikaly and Nathan Scott, or Feb. 18 for Afrojack and Dave Fogg. Next door at Tryst in Wynn Las Vegas, you’ll be in for a fab time as well. The club presents Along Came a Spider with DJ Spider and Kris Nilsson on Feb. 17. Then on Feb. 18, guests can hear Lil Jon with an opening set from Derrick Anthony.

Foxy Shazam

Head to the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay on Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. to immerse yourself in The Darkness with Foxy Shazam. On Feb. 18 at 6 p.m., you can be part of The Expendables Winter Blackout 2012 tour.

Do some good while you party by attending Light Up Las Vegas on Feb. 19 at 1 OAK in The Mirage. The charity event begins at 10:30 p.m. and benefits the Nevada Cancer Institute. It features performances from John Legend and T-Pain. DJ Ikon will be donating his time for the bash.

MGM Grand’s trendy Mexican restaurant Diego is spicing things up every Friday and Saturday night with Vida! This Latin-flavored dance party begins at 11:30 p.m. Top Latin DJs will spin the latest in reggaeton (a blend of Jamaican and Latin music), Spanish pop and rock, and cumbia beats. In addition, guests will be treated to specialty cocktails served from a tableside cart.

DJ Felix Da Housecat will be on hand Feb. 17 to celebrate a new party concept, Rude Photo, at Vanity Nightclubinside the Hard Rock Hotel. The free-spirited extravaganza is designed to harken back to the ’60s and ’70s, while channeling Parisian fashion, Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District and the urban attitude of the New York City. The party begins at 10 p.m.



I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.