Vegas Weekender: Enjoy a lineup of hot shows and DJs

There’s no shortage of entertainment in Las Vegas this weekend. Check out a dazzling array of shows from superstars like Aretha Franklin and Il Divo. After the show, head to one of the clubs in town for some hot music from the world’s best DJs. No matter what kind of entertainment you’re looking for, Vegas has something for everyone.

Catch the Queen of Soul live in Vegas

KÀ is a Cirque du Soleil show that seamlessly fuses a cinematic story and entertaining martial arts and acrobatics. The exciting, high-energy show at MGM Grand takes you through an action-packed adventure through the Far East. Every aspect of KÀ is mesmerizing, from the $200 million stage to the special effects and the talented performers. KÀ is appearing at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday at the KÀ Theatre. Tickets start at $118.85.

Not your traditional boy band, Il Divo has captivated audiences with their operatic pop music. The group is known for their renditions of “Mama,” “Regresa a mi” and “All By Myself.” Their current album, “Wicked Game,” includes a variety of popular operatic arrangements. See Il Divo at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace July 13 – 14. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets start at $145.

The “Queen of Soul” is coming to Vegas and she’s singing so you’d better give her some “Respect.” Aretha Franklin has had a career spanning more than 50 years. Her hits include “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Think” and “Chain of Fools.” Franklin is performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace July 15. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $69.50.

Ron White brings his hilarious brand of comedy to The Mirage July 13 – 14. White is best known for his role in the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry The Cable Guy. White is performing at the Terry Fator Theatre. Show
time is 10 p.m. Tickets start at $85.94.

Comedian Steven Wright brings his uncanny revelations about everyday life to the Orleans this weekend. Wright has been seen on shows such as “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Wright is performing July 13 – 14 in the Orleans Showroom. Tickets start at $38.50 and show time is 8 p.m.

DJs spin hot hits

DJ Reach spins a variety of retro beats from ’70s funk and disco to ’80s hip-hop and R&B at STK in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on July 16. DJ Reach is best known for his lively songs and variety of music.

The party doesn’t stop at Aoki’s House with Dillon Francis this Friday, July 6 at Surrender at Encore. On Saturday, Surrender welcomes Porter Robinson to Surrender your Saturday. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

DJ Supra performs at Bond in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas this Sunday, July 15 from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

On Saturday July 14, Encore Beach Club presents Eric Prydz, who is sure to keep the crowd moving this weekend.

Celebrate Bastille Day

Marché Bacchus French Bistro and Wine Shop is celebrating Bastille Day July 14 with a special lakeside performance by Vegas Extreme Skydiving. Following the landing, Marché Bacchus owner Jeff Wyatt will saber champagne bottles on the terrace to celebrate this holiday and a commemorative red, white and blue balloon release will take place. Also making a festive guest appearance is MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris dancers. Events start at 5 p.m.
Botero, the trendy steakhouse located at Encore, in collaboration with Surrender, Tryst and XS Nightclubs, introduces Botero Supper Club, a sophisticated nightlife dining experience. Botero Supper Club offers a menu created by Executive Chef Mark LoRusso, specialty cocktails, and an explosive lineup of celebrity DJs, every night after 9 p.m.

Ranch House Kitchen at Town Square Las Vegas offers a double happy hour each day with a vast select ion of food and drinks. From 3 until 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. until close every day, patrons can enjoy $3 cocktails, $3 domestic draft beers and $10 bottomless domestic draft beers. Customers can also savor chef-selected menu items priced at $6, including wings, queso con carne, Bucking Bull fries, Tater Invaders, barbecue potato chip nachos, mini pizza or a choice of any two sliders.


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