Vegas Weekender: Hot parties and acts put sizzle into spring

The weather in Vegas is finally starting to warm up and now it officially feels like spring. Get your bathing suits ready (and even your roller skates) because Vegas is going to sizzle soon.

And of course, what would Vegas be without rockin’ shows, comedy acts and parties around the clock? Here’s what going down in town this weekend.


Tickle your funny bone

Louie AndersonYou might remember Louie Anderson’s  early start in comedy with his small role in “Coming to America” as a fast food worker. More than two decades later, he’s no longer behind the counter, but on center stage at Excalibur. Laugh out loud with Louie Sunday through Thursday at 7 p.m.

See George Wallace at the Flamingo, Tuesday through Saturday at 10 p.m. If raunchy comedy is more up your alley, check out Andrew Dice Clay, performing April 22 – 24 at 9 p.m. inside the Las Vegas Hilton. Other funny guys include impressionists like Terry Fator at Mirage Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Frank Caliendo at Monte Carlo Thursday through Monday at 9:30 p.m.

Jay Leno makes a special appearance this Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at 10 p.m. inside the Mirage.

Rock out

SantanaThey don’t call it the Hard Rock Hotel for nothing. This weekend, party like a rock star while enjoying today’s hottest acts. Fans of Carlos Santana can see him perform live at the Hard Rock on April 22, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. The party doesn’t stop here: Keith Urban makes a visit to the Hard Rock on Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m. Opening for Urban is Season 7’s American Idol winner, Kris Allen.

The Hard Rock’s Wasted Space features DJ-spun rock and mash-up music from Wednesday – Sunday as well as live performances. Cover charge ranges from $10 – $20. Catch up with Synchronicity (April 22 at 11 p.m.), Drowning Pool album release and listening party (April 23), Atreyu (April 24) and Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders, with special guests Dios Malos (April 25).

If you want to rock out to a different generation, check out Jersey Boys, paying tribute to The Four Seasons at the Palazzo. The members of Jersey Boys celebrate their two year anniversary at the hotel on April 24.


Get Down & “Derby” at Rain Nightclub

Make this weekend a rock AND “roll” hit. It’s time to show off your unique retro outfit and skating skills at Rain’s Down & Derby, the original roller disco nightlife event happening this Thursday, April 22. Jam to the music of guest DJ Ill Cosby and resident DJ Shr3d and OB One. Make sure to arrive early if you want to rent a pair of skates, or feel free to bring your own. The party starts at 9 p.m.

Kick off Halloween in April

If dressing up at Down & Derby makes you in the mood to don another fun outfit this weekend, then you’re in luck. Join former “Girls Next Door” star Bridget Marquardt as she hosts “Halfway to Halloween” at Eva Longoria Parker’s nightclub, Eve, Saturday, April 24. The nightclub will reward the top three costumes with $3,000 in cash prizes. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Eve is located above Beso, Longoria’s popular steakhouse, inside Crystals at CityCenter.

Paint the town

Party-goers will prepare to get messy as McFadden’s holds a “Graffiti Party” on April 24 complete with supplies for art design and drinking. The dress code is simple: wear a white T-shirt and plan to get messy. The Irish party bar will also cover the walls with white paper and allow revelers to let loose with a paint brush and a pint. The person with the best graffiti T-shirt at the end of the night will receive a $100 bar tab. McFadden’s will have an open bar from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m., priced at $10 for ladies and $20 for guys, along with $4 vodka drinks and $5 you-call-it bomb shots.

Daytime parties

“Rehab”ilitate your weekend

Ready to party and go to Rehab – all in one day? Rehab, the hotel’s pool party, is now open every Sunday from now through September. The lush pool resort features three acres of paradise with a beach, swim-up blackjack tables, as well as food and beverage service. You’ll also get to enjoy Rock Star Lemonades while partying to the music of DJ Vice and DJ Irie.

Rehab offers 50 poolside cabanas that include 42-inch HD plasma televisions as well as poolside spa service from Reliquary, the hotel’s spa. And just so you don’t have to trek through the casino in your bathing attire, guests at Rehab have a separate valet near the pool entrance for easy access. Enjoy Rehab from 11 a.m. until sunset. Cover charge is $40 for men and $20 for women. Prices may vary during holidays and special events.

Be a part of High Society

Looking for another Sunday daytime activity? Nove Italiano at the Palms gives Sunday afternoons a twist with High Society: A Dayclub at Nove Italiano. Enjoy music, culinary creations and mingling. High Society starts at 1 p.m. every Sunday.


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  1. Rachel at 2:18 pm

    Actually, Kris Allen won Season 8 of American Idol (last year). Should be an awesome concert.