Vegas Weekender: Commemorating the King of Pop

Vegas commmemorates Michael Jackson this weekend with performances by top Vegas entertainers.

The Palms hosts the city’s top performers Aug. 29 as they gather for “Las Vegas Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson” at 3 p.m. Clint Holmes, Mosaic, Terry Fator, Holly Madison and cast members from “Jersey Boys,” “Disney’s the Lion King,” “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular” and others will perform Jackson’s greatest hits. Hear the Las Vegas Mass Choir, who recently performed for President Obama.

Michael Jackson Illustration

Performers will be backed by a live 10-piece orchestra led by Joey Melotti.

Profiles of History, the world’s largest Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer, will have some of Jackson’s most iconic costumes on display for guests to admire as they enter the showroom. These pieces include Jackson’s light up glove from the 1984 Victory Tour as well as original costumes from the Jackson 5.

In addition to celebrating Jackson’s legacy, the show will raise funds to help kids across the U.S. and right here in Nevada keep music alive in schools. Proceeds from this event will benefit Music Education programming in Clark County public schools.

Jackson fans can keep the celebration going all night long at Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Starting at 10 p.m. Hawaiian Tropic Zone will host live entertainment including a performance by a Michael Jackson tribute artist. There will also be a moonwalk contest. The first 100 ladies through the door will receive a free commemorative sequin glove. Ladies drink free midnight to 2 a.m.

Dining

Tequila dinner tantalizes the taste buds

If you love tequila then this is the dinner party for you. On Aug. 27 celebrity chef Kerry Simon, along with three guest chefs and mixologists from top local restaurants will exhibit their talents with a five-course dinner event at 7 p.m. in the Herb Room inside Simon Restaurant & Lounge and Palms Place. They will prepare and present innovative fare and original cocktails featuring Dos Lunas Añejo, Silver and Resposado tequilas.

Vineyards of Style at The Shoppes at Palazzo

Aug. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. enjoy delicious wine while strolling through The Shoppes at The Palazzo. This stylish event features seven wineries and 28 fine wines from across on the country. Live jazz music and cuisine from WOO and Restaurant Charlie add to the ambiance. All net proceeds from the event will benefit Three Square, the Las Vegas food bank that serves 250 agencies throughout Southern Nevada.

Nightlife

Make your Thursday nights classic at the Mirage

Thursday nights get down on the dance floor with Case of the Classicks at Revolution Lounge inside Mirage. Presented by VH1 Honoree Mr. Freeze, this party includes a live vinyl set, visual art and break-dancing. Drink specials help get the fun flowing with $5 Coors Light and $5 vodka Red Bulls. Doors open at 10 p.m.

A night of fantasy with sexy ladies at Pure, LAX and Jet

Pure inside Caesars Palace hosts Flo Rida and Molly Sims at 10 p.m. Aug. 29 as part of the Fantasy Football Superdraft 2009 Weekend.

More highlights of this event are special guest Shannon Elizabeth at LAX in Luxor at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

Special guest Stacy Keibler will be at Jet at 10:30 p.m.

Make a night of it: Fashion and fun at McFadden’s

Enjoy a night of fashion and fun at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio on Aug. 28.

Guests will have the chance to take home clothing giveaways and other door prizes.

There will be fashion shows at 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Open bar is from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Headliners

Lots of headliners taking the stage in Vegas

Barry Manilow will have you singing “Looks Like We made It” in his show at Las Vegas Hilton Aug. 27 – 29 at 8 p.m. “ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits” features all of the performers crowd favorites presented in a Vegas-style concert experience.

Bette Midler sings “The Rose,” “From a Distance,” “Wind Beneath My Wings” and other crowd favorites in her show at Caesars Palace Aug. 29 – 30 and Sept. 1 – 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Comedian Drew Carey, along with a cast of the nation’s top improvisation artists, will perform a night of hilarious comedy in “Improv All-Stars” at Mirage Aug. 28 – 29 at 10 p.m. Much like Carey’s hit television show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” all of the scenes will be improvised based on suggestions from audience members.
Walter Becker and Donald Fagan of Steely Dan perform “Do It Again,” “Dirty Work” and other of their chart-topping hits in their show at Palms Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.

David Copperfield has audiences mystified in his show at MGM Grand Aug. 27 – Sept. 23 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat. This is a unique opportunity to see some of Copperfield’s larger-than-life illusions in an intimate theater setting.

Rock out with Dream Theater Aug. 28 at Hard Rock Hotel at 7 p.m. These New York metal veterans will be performing with special guests Zappa Plays Zappa, Pain of Salvation and Beardfish.

Get ready to get down with George Clinton at Hard Rock Hotel at 9 p.m. Aug. 28 as part of the Friday Night Live concert series.

Bold and beautiful Joan Rivers is well known as a crass commentator on the red carpet. Now you can see the recent “Celebrity Apprentice” winner live in Las Vegas at Venetian Aug. 27 – 29 at 7 p.m.

You’ll want to do “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action” when Toby Keith comes to town Aug. 29. Watch him perform “I Love This Bar,” “White Trash with Money” and other crowd favorties at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa at 7:30 p.m.

Kick it poolside Aug. 27 at VooDoo Beach at Rio for a free concert with Nine Days and Marcy Playground. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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