Vegas Weekender: Enjoy drinking and debauchery in Sin City

This Friday is National Margarita Day. Numerous bars and restaurants in Las Vegas have plans to pay tribute to the tequila-laden drink. Visitors can add to their spirits this weekend by checking out some of the crazy comedians and legendary musicians in town. Or there are special events scheduled showcasing the Future Stars of Wrestling roster and the fabulous Sin City Rollergirls that will deliver action along with a good time.


Contemporary country singer Phil Vassar takes the stage at the Veil Pavilion inside the Silverton on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Hear him perform a string of his hits from the past decade including “Just Another Day in Paradise” and “Don’t Miss Your Life.”

Club Madrid at Sunset Station is bringing “American Idol” season nine champion Lee DeWyze to town on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. After his big win, DeWyze released his first major label album, “Live It Up,” with the songs “Sweet Serendipity” and “Live It Up.”

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt (photo courtesy of

Singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt, who is known for hits like “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Something to Talk About,” will appear in the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. with special guest Maia Sharp.

The Aces of Comedy series in the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage is showcasing some seriously funny talent this weekend. Amy Schumer looks like the girl next door, but delivers edgy comedy. She placed fourth in the fifth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” series. Schumer will appear on Feb. 22 at 10 p.m. The following evening, Feb. 23, Nick Swardson and Anthony Jeselnik take the stage at 7:30 and 10 p.m., respectively. Known for being a fixture in Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, Swardson recently finished a role in the film “Grown Ups 2,” which will be released this summer. Jeselnik is known for hosting scathingly hilarious Comedy Central roasts of celebrities like Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen and Roseanne.

Henry Cho, another uproarious comedian, is scheduled to appear in the South Point Showroom on Feb. 22 – 23 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. His Asian-infused country accent always cracks audiences up.

Tim Allen

Comedian Tim Allen (photo courtesy of

Funnyman and sitcom star Tim Allen, who is beloved for voicing the character of Buzz Lightyear in the “Toy Story” film series, will be in the Sands Showroom at The Venetian on Feb. 22 – 23 at 10 p.m. nightly.

Rockers Rival Sons from Long Beach, Calif., take over the intimate Vinyl concert room in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Feb. 23 at 9:30. They’ll be promoting their newest album, “Head Down,” which will be out in the U.S. in early March. Appearing with them is Tyler Bryant and Beware of Darkness.

Alan Parsons Live Project is coming to The Railhead at Boulder Station on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. This evening of soft rock music is sure to include hits from their “I Robot,” “Pyramid,” “The Turn of a Friendly Card” and “Eye in the Sky” albums.

While Louie Anderson is away training for the upcoming celebrity TV diving competition “Splash,” his self-named theater at Palace Station is welcoming a lineup of guest comedians. See Dean Napolitano on Feb. 20 – 23 at 7 p.m. nightly. Known for his funny storytelling standup style, he’s been seen in a variety of TV show including “What About Brian,” “Heroes,” “Las Vegas” and “The Shield.”


Make tracks for the Veil Pavilion at the Silverton for Friday Night Live on Feb. 22. You can dance the night away to old school bands. Tonight Too Sharp will be rocking the house, and afterward DJ R.O.B. keeps the music pumping. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The hot new nightlife venue Backstage, Bar & Billiards in downtown Las Vegas boasts a folk acoustic set on Feb. 23. Jesse Pino will be headlining with support from Mercy Music, No Red Alice, Bobby Meader Music and Brock Frabbiele. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is featuring Richard Beynon and Carlo Lio on Feb. 22, DJ Sneak with Doc Martin on Feb. 23 and Dilated Peoples on Feb. 24. Doors open at 10 p.m. nightly.

STK at The Cosmopolitan is hosting weekly industry appreciation dinner parties called “Magnum Mondays: Because Size Matters.” On Feb. 25, you can enjoy a seductive island-style beat spun by DJ Crooked. While there, indulge in Chef Stephen Hopcraft’s menu, which is replete with succulent steaks. Reservations are required. Call (877) 893-2003.

Special Events

Reno Scum

Wrestlers Adam Thornstowe and Luster the Legend of the Reno Scum (photo courtesy of FSW)

The Future Stars of Wrestling is coming to the Veil Pavilion at the Silverton on Feb. 23. It incorporates former World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action superstars along with a mix of the top independent wrestlers in the world. This event will feature a tag team match with the Young Bucks taking on the Reno Scum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the action gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

The fabulous Sin City Rollergirls hit the track with the Wasatch Roller Derby of Utah in the South Point Arena on Feb. 23. It’s part of a double-header put on by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. The fun begins at 6 p.m.

The Venetian and The Palazzo are holding a traditional lantern festival to celebrate the end of Chinese New Year on Feb. 23 from 7 – 9 p.m. Guests can delight in a whimsical evening with promises of good fortune and love. The event will also feature dim sum, Chinese-inspired cocktails and entertainment by the Beijing Trio. The lantern festival will take place under 28 majestic lanterns hanging throughout The Palazzo’s Waterfall Atrium.


Many restaurants and bars in Las Vegas will be celebrating National Margarita Day on Feb. 22. Hussong’s Cantina in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is among them. This Baja-themed restaurant is offering buy one, get one free deals on their Original Margarita, a two-ounce pour of 100 percent blue agave tequila with fresh squeezed lime and agave nectar. Rock ’n’ Roll Mariachis will be on hand to add to the revelry. For a complete list of places to whoop it up on National Margarita Day in Las Vegas, click here.

Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club in the Tropicana is going red with its “Eat Your Heart Out Brunch” in honor of American Heart Month. On Feb. 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., feast on heart-healthy French/Mediterranean fare and listen to music spun by S.K.A.M artist DJ Five. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.



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