Vegas Weekender: Enjoy end-of-summer fun in Vegas

Feeling depressed because the summer is starting to wind down? Fret not! This weekend has more than enough music, shows and laughs to cheer you up.


“Tonight Show” star Jay Leno returns to his stand-up comedy roots at the Terry Fator Theatre in the Mirage, on Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $72.40.

Comedians Dom Irrera and Mike Saccone both take the stage at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in the Tropicana, on Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $42.90 and up.
Playboy Comedy Club at the Palms hosts Canadian comedian Ian Bagg this Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Bagg has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn” and has starred in his own HBO special.

Comic Tom Papa and special guest Ben Bailey, host of Discovery Channel’s “Cash Cab,” are performing Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., at the Orleans Showroom. Tickets start at $22.


Now in its fifth year, “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” continues to dazzle audiences with its enhanced take on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical. With a custom-built theater in the Venetian, a shortened run-time and enhanced sets and special effects, you might be inclined to think this version is flash over substance, but even die-hard fans of the original production will be pleased with this show. Tickets start at $78.50.

Master Magician Lance Burton’s highly-acclaimed run at the Monte Carlo ends Sept. 4, so if you haven’t experienced the magic yet, now is the time to see what the veteran illusionist’s act is all about. Burton performs Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Lance Burton Theatre. Tickets start at $60.50.


Rock legend Carlos Santana comes back into the spotlight this week. After a brief hiatus, the Hard Rock Hotel’s first resident show, Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, returns. Santana goes through songs that span the performer’s entire career, from his first Top 10 track, “Evil Ways,” to his latest: “Into The Night.” Tickets start at $60.50 and include a drink.

There are many Elvis tributes in Las Vegas, but there’s only one that shreds through a set of his classic hits. Get ready to bang your head at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip with Metal Elvis: A Heavy Metal Tribute to the King, on Friday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. Tickets start are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors open at 8.

Norteño band Conjunto Primavera brings their award-winning sound to the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m.

Country fans will want to head to the Silverton for The Oak Ridge Boys Aug 26 – 27 and 29. Tickets are $37.50 and up.

If reggae is more your style, Steel Pulse will perform at Mandalay Bay Beach on Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

Azure at the Palazzo

Azure at the Palazzo

Michael Buble brings his smooth sounds to the MGM Grand Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 and up.
For some classic ’80s hits, go to Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa for The Tubes Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. Tickets are priced from $20.


Going from Playboy bunny to snow bunny, Bridget Marquardt hosts “Stereo Loves Snow Day” at AZURE Luxury pool in the Palazzo on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. The “Girls Next Door” and “Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches” star celebrates with AZURE guests, who can enjoy alcoholic sno cones, ice cube shots, an ice luge and specialty drinks such as the “Ice Princess” and “Arctic Blast.” AZURE is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and entry starts at $20.

S.K.A.M. Saturdays at the HRH Beach Club is a weekly takeover featuring world-famous DJs and along with some of the music industry’s biggest musical acts. This week, Sky Nellor and Eric Cubeechee spin. HRH is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Hip Hop legend Ja Rule hosts and performs at Pure nightclub on Saturday, Aug 28. Doors open at 10 p.m. and entry starts at $40.


Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood hosts a viewing party for UFC 118: Edgar vs Penn 2 on Saturday, Aug. 28. Admission is $20. The party not only showcases the highly-anticipated Edgar vs. Penn rematch, but also the UFC and MMA debut of James Toney, who goes up against Vegas local and UFC legend, Randy Couture.