Vegas Weekender: Comedy, concerts and clubs

It’s a weekend full of laughs in Las Vegas. Take your pick of shows from comedians including Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby and Amy Schumer.

If drama is more your style, catch one of the last performances of “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular.” The show ends its Vegas run in early September.


“Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” has been delighting fans in Vegas for years but will take its final bow in September. The show takes place in a $40 million custom-built theater, designed to look like a 19th century Paris opera house, complete with a moving chandelier. Throughout the show, hear hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber including “Think of Me” and “Music of the Night.” The show is located in the Phantom Theatre in the Venetian. Shows are 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, with additional 9:30 p.m. shows on Monday and Saturday. Tickets start at $81.

Country superstar Garth Brooks brings his hits to Wynn Las Vegas in a unique, intimate setting. There’s no bad seat in the house at this show—and just in case you thought he was bringing all his “friends in low places,” it’s just him on stage. Brooks takes the stage at the Encore Theater at Encore Las Vegas. Shows are July 19 – 21. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $247.50.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers entertain crowds at the Venetian Showroom with their Vaudeville comedy act and juggling show. The self-proclaimed “eccentric lunatics” have a quirky sense of humor and put on  an entertaining show. Tickets start at $50 and show time is 8 p.m., July 19 – 21.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is the master of observational humor. Known for his hilarious and long-running television show, “Seinfeld,” this stand-up comic is bringing his unique brand of funny to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Shows are July 20 – 21 and show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $119.50.

Amy Schumer is part of the Icons of Comedy at the Starlite Theater at the Riviera. Schumer’s wild comedy and snide remarks made her a stand out on shows such as “Roast of Charlie Sheen,” “Conan” and “The Howard Stern Show.” Schumer takes the stage at the Riviera July 20 – 22 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $32.99.

Comedian Bill Cosby will keep audiences laughing July 20 at Treasure Island. Show time is 8 p.m.

Sublime with Rome and Cypress Hill come to town July 21 at Mandalay Bay Beach. Ska-punk band Sublime pairs up with songwriter Rome Ramirez for a unique collaboration of musical talent. Rap group Cypress Hill will certainly impress the crowd with their skills. Cypress Hill’s hits include “Rap Superstar” and “Insane in the Brain.” The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $53.55.

“American Idol” singer Taylor Hicks has an engagement at Bally’s through August 20. Catch his show at 7 p.m. Monday – Tuesday and Thursday – Saturday.



Surrender nightclub at Encore hosts a weekend of fun-filled events. On Friday, July 20, enjoy Surrender Your Friday with Max Vangeli. On July 21, it’s Battle Track: Hip Hop vs. House.

Encore Beach Club hosts Recess Fridays with La Dolce Vida Swimwear Friday, July 20. On Saturday, July 21 party at Encore Beach Club Saturdays with Dallas K. The club’s Daystar Sundays on July 21 features Knife Party.

Head to the Hard Rock Hotel for Nectar Music Festival Saturdays. The Crystal Method, Larry Tee, Manuel de la Mare and 3LAU headline July 21.

Sean Paul rocks Rehab Sundays on July 22.

BB King’s Blues Club Las Vegas at The Mirage now features Lucille’s Dueling Pianos. Enjoy dinner and a show while the piano virtuosos make their way through a vast repertoire of songs, spanning decades of hits. From Billy Joel to Bon Jovi and beyond, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. Audience participation is key and guests will never see the same show twice while they enjoy singing along to their favorite tunes. Lucille’s Dueling Pianos perform Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a cover charge of $5 on Thursdays and $10 on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Lounge at the Palms welcomes Barry Black on July 20 at 11 p.m. Black is a young acoustic singer/songwriter who mixes every genre into his performances, from New Jack Swing to classic country. Admission is free.

On Saturday, July 21, The Lounge features trumpeter, conductor, producer and award-winning composer David Perrico. He has performed internationally and in many Vegas hotels, including performing in headliner shows such as Donny & Marie, Natalie Cole, Toni Braxton, Cirque du Soleil, Gladys Knight and others. Admission is $5.

DJ Mark Stylz spins at Rain at the Palms July 20. Zen Freeman performs July 21 at Rain. The party starts at 11 p.m. both nights.



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