Vegas Weekender: Music, sports and nightlife heat up Vegas

As the weather begins to cool down in Vegas, the shows and parties don’t stop — they just move indoors. This weekend, Vegas hosts everything from a professional hockey game to some of the hottest musical acts in the business.


It may be unimaginable that a headlining duo can make a nine-year run at a Vegas casino when only one of them actually talks on stage, but Penn & Teller have been doing exactly that at the Rio since 2001.
As two of the most successful headliners in Vegas history, Penn & Teller have transcended the Strip and become household names.

Penn & Teller at the Rio

Penn & Teller at the Rio

What has made Penn & Teller successful for so long is their penchant for breaking the rules in magic. While most magicians hide the tricks behind their routines, Penn & Teller let the audience in the trick – or at least some of it. While you may see clear cups in the old cups and balls trick, it’s the sleight of hand that keeps you wondering exactly how the trick is done.

There is also plenty of audience participation, including one member getting the chance to throw knives at Penn after he does the same to the blindfolded audience member. This routine is really just comedy for the audience as they are in on the joke being played on the participant.

And if the routines don’t leave you perplexed, the finale certainly will. Penn & Teller put some serious trust in their relationship when they shoot at each other through panes of glass and miraculously catch the bullets in their teeth.

You won’t see any blood spilled during the act (usually), but your sides will certainly split over the comedic, magical performance. Tickets for Penn & Teller begin at $84.85 and can be combined with several dinner options before the show. The duo performs five nights a week at 9 p.m. and are dark Thursday and Friday nights.


Wayne Brady makes his return to the Strip with a two-weekend engagement at Planet Hollywood. The comedian has made Vegas his second home as of late, having hosted CBS’s “Let’s Make a Deal” when it was filmed in Vegas and he recently came off a long-term show run at the Venetian. Brady is sure to keep audiences entertained with his unique brand of improvisational comedy. The show runs Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and returns at the same time Oct. 8 – 9. Tickets begin at $60.50.

“Tonight Show,” host Jay Leno returns to the Mirage Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. While you can see Leno five nights a week on TV, he still makes plenty of appearances on the road and plenty of those are in Vegas. Tickets start at $72.40.

Best known for his political humor and laid-back style, Dennis Miller will perform at the Orleans Friday-Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $55.

Joan Rivers wraps her stay at the Venetian with three performances Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. The former talk show host and comedian performs at 9 p.m. each night and tickets start at $75.75.

Comedian and actor Kevin Pollack makes an apperance at Playboy Comedy at the Palms at 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and does two performances Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Pollack has made numerous film appearances including “A Few Good Men,” “Grumpy Old Men,” and “Casino.”


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Van Morrison makes a stop at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on Sunday at 8 p.m. Morrison’s career stretches over four decades and is noted mostly for his smash hit, “Brown Eyed Girl.” Tickets to see the six-time Grammy Award winner are $176.50.

The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue roll into town Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel. The group features Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs.

Fagen is best known for being the lead singer of the rock band Steely Dan. McDonald was a member of Steely Dan along with the Doobie Brothers. Scaggs had several Top 20 hit singles during the ’70s and ’80s. Tickets for the show are $94.25 and include one free drink and early entry into The Joint.

The Guess Who make an apperance at the Cannery at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $14.95.

Weezer takes the stage at Jet Nightclub for a special performance beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. The alternative rock band’s performance is part of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Live Like a Rock Star,” celebration. Tickets for the show are $75.


The coldest of the weekend’s events brings ice to Vegas. Frozen Fury XIII will pit the Los Angeles Kings against the Colorado Avalanche at 6 p.m. Saturday at the MGM Grand. Tickets start at $34.20.


Playboy models Kristina and Karissa, better known as the Shannon twins, celebrate their 21st birthday at Vanity inside the Hard Rock Hotel. Cover charge is $40 for guys, $20 for ladies.

Mark Salling from the hit television show “Glee” celebrates his solo album at Tao Nightclub at the Venetian. Doors open at 10 p.m. VIP All-Access passes to Tao, its sister nightclub Lavo and Tao Beach are $50.