Vegas Weekender: Celebrate Mexican Independence

Brad Williams performs at the Playboy Comedy Club inside the Palms at 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Brad Williams performs at the Playboy Comedy Club inside the Palms at 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Mexican Independence Day is a weekend-long celebration in Las Vegas thanks to the help of several Hispanic headliners. Hilarious comedian Carlos Mencia, who starred in the hit Comedy Central show “Mind of Mencia,” will bring in the laughs at TI on Friday. ­The humorous Gabriel Iglesias, also known as Fluffy to his many fans, performs ­ Thursday-Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Monte Carlo.

Latin music sensation Luis Miguel will take his vocal talents to Caesars Palace on Friday and Saturday nights. And Latin music group Los Temerarios will bring their romantic music to ­the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Marco Antonio Solis and Pedro Fernandez will co-headline at Mandalay Bay on Saturday.

If you’re looking for more traditional Mexican music, head out to the 20th annual Las Vegas International Mariachi Festival at the Rio on Saturday. ­The four-hour music and dance festival celebrates Mexican heritage with the sounds of trumpets, guitars and Latin vocals.

Special guests include Shaila Durcal and Antonio Aguilar Jr., Mariachi Varges de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Sol de Jose Hernandez and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.

­The Rio keeps the party going with the Las Vegas Tequila Fest, Sept. 17-18. Guests can sample legendary brands as well as new and upcoming brands from spirits distilled in the heart of Mexico.

El Segundo Sol at the Fashion Show Mall is also celebrating all things Mexico on September 16th.

“Loco Hour” includes special drinks and food at half price. Try the bottomless chips and three salsas, fried peppers or a quesadilla and wash it all down with El Segundo Sol’s signature Frozen and Shakin’ tableside margaritas. Live music and mariachis will add to the fiesta atmosphere.

Chef Julian Serrano will hold a cooking demonstration/show taping Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Tuscany Kitchen at Bellagio. Experience wine pairings with Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith, Sommelier Arturo Valadez Sanchez and Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marie Aubione. Cost is $145 per person.


If you’re looking for laughs this weekend, see Playboy Comedy featuring Brad Williams. Williams is a stand-up comic who began his career by performing at the local open-mic nights and coffee houses.

He was discovered by Carlos Mencia at a comedy club, which resulted in Mencia inviting him to be his opening act for an upcoming tour.

Williams has been touring with Mencia ever since and has also been a regular co-star on Mencia’s Comedy Central show “Mind of Mencia.”

Williams performs Sept. 16-18 at the Palms. Show time is 9 p.m. Thu. – Fri.; 8 and 10 p.m. Sat. Tickets are priced from $39.99.


Late-night host Jay Leno brings his antics to the Mirage for a two-night engagement Friday and Saturday night at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $72.40.

Sarcasm returns to the Venetian when actor and comedian David Spade performs for two nights, Sept. 17-18, at 9 p.m. Tickets begin at $85.75.

Comedian Margaret Cho takes a break from training with the newest cast of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” to bring down the house at the Palms at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $41.50.

Michael Bolton, another member of this season’s DWTS, makes a stop at Sunset Station at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Best known for his work on the hit show “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” comedian Mark Curry performs at the Las Vegas Hilton Sept. 16-19 at 9 p.m. with tickets from $37.50.

Blue October will perform poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at 8 p.m. Sept. 17. Tickets are $37.25.

Legendary Eagles singer Don Henley will perform solo at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa at 9 p.m. Sept. 18. Tickets start at $72.50.


Diablo’s Cantina located at the Monte Carlo rings the weekend in with All You Can Eat and Drink Fajitas and ‘Ritas for $35 on ­Thursday starting at 7 p.m. ­ Then keeps the party going with Rock the Roof! Battle of the Bands 2010 at 10 p.m. where bands compete for $500 cash weekly and the $10,000 grand prize and all-expense paid trip Ireland.

Blush Boutique Nightclub inside the Wynn is celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Friday with Don Julio drink specials all night and an open champagne bar from 11 p.m.-midnight. The club then does its own celebration Saturday for its third anniversary. Mike Posner makes a special performance of his hit song “Cooler ­ than Me.”

Over at The Bank at the Bellagio, the 12 finalists for ­ The Most Beautiful Latinas in the World will be in attendance Friday night.

JET at the Mirage picks up the party on Saturday with a Mexican Independence Night.

Gonzalez y Gonzalez at New York-New York hosts Dulce Latin Nights on Friday and Saturday. The dance party will feature pop and rock en Espanol, electronic and more. The dance goes from midnight-2 a.m.