The Vegas Weekender: Bloom into June with a luau

Summer temperatures are heating up in Vegas and that means the party is moving from day to night and poolside. What better way to enjoy the evening than sipping mai tais and watching live performances by native dancers at the Hawaiian Luau at the Imperial Palace’s pool.

If the undulating hips and amazing athleticism of the luau don’t capture your attention, then how about the passionate sounds of Carlos Santana. Santana and his band are rocking The Joint at the Hard Rock on select nights with a set list that includes four decades of hits.

After Santana’s hot performance you can cool down at a number of pool clubs, many of which are featuring guest DJs on the weekends.

The temperatures may be rising but in Vegas there’s always somewhere to cool down in style.


Tribute band, break dance team take to Vegas stages

Julio Iglesias fans can see the Latin sensation at the Las Vegas Hilton June 5 – 6. Other weekend acts include the legendary Santana at the Hard Rock Hotel, David Copperfield at MGM Grand, Bette Midler at

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Caesars Palace and David Brenner at the Suncoast. Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale will be at the Hard Rock Hotel Friday, June 5.

Fans of Johnny Cash can catch The Man in Black tribute band, playing at Lake Las Vegas Friday, June 5. Since this is a free concert on the grass, all you’ll need to bring is a blanket.

If you’re ready to laugh until your gut hurts, then see Brad Garrett and Ray Romano’s performance at the Mirage. Best known as the quarreling brothers from the hit show, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” the duo is sure to deliver one unforgettable performance.

If you’re a fan of the b-boy culture and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” season two winners Supercr3w will perform at Krave on Saturday, June 6. Krave, the edgy, alternative nightclub is located inside Planet Hollywood.

When you head downtown, make sure to check out Fremont Street Experience’s “Vegas Groovy Cruise” with a live performance from Rare Earth and Bill Haley’s Comets on Saturday, June 6. If you enjoy art, catch First Friday from 6 – 10 p.m. the night before, featuring live tiki carving on Casino Center Boulevard and California Street.

Last but not least, don’t forget to see “The Lion King,” performing nightly (except Fridays) at Mandalay Bay. The perfect show for kids and the kid-at-heart, you’ll get to see all your favorites including Simba, Mufasa, Nala and the lion we all love to hate — Scar.


Find inner peace at the Springs Preserve

Looking for the perfect way to wind down your weekend? Get a workout while enjoying the natural side of Vegas at the same time.

Head over to Springs Preserve, where you can take yoga, tai chi or chi kung for only $15. Call (702) 822-7786 for more details.


Sunset Sessions and luaus make for a summer theme

This summer, Tao Beach features guest DJs during its “Sunset Sessions” every Sunday. Celebrity DJ Aoki (Kid Millionaire) will rock the house June 7. Known for his eclectic style, he has mixed many artists and bands including Lenny Kravitz, Bloc Party, Duran Duran and Snoop Dogg.

Another summer-themed night event is the Hawaiian Luau at Imperial Palace, which takes place at 7 p.m. June 6 and 9.

At the luau you will be greeted with real floral leis and a choice of a mai tai or non-alcoholic punch. The luau includes a delicious Hawaiian buffet feast such as huli huli chicken, kaluha pork and pineapple upside cake, to name a few.

See live performances by native dancers representing Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand.

Tea tastes great hot, but it’s even better over ice

For the entire month of June, celebrate “National Iced Tea Month” with Long Island Iced Tea at McFadden’s restaurant and saloon, located inside the Rio.

McFadden’s pays tribute to the refreshing classic by offering pitchers of Captain Morgan’s Long Island Island Teas for only $10 a pitcher (on the Strip, that’s a bargain).

In addition, the bar will also offer $5 cocktails and $10 pitchers of Firefly Sweet Vodka Tea mixed with lemonade.


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