Vegas Weekender: No work, all play for Labor Day

Labor Day means no work and all play all weekend long in Vegas. With one extra day to party, Sin City is busting at the seams with potential.

Party non-stop with some of the world’s hottest DJs spinning beats poolside and in the clubs . On the live music circuit, everyone from Vanilla Ice to Santana is in town. On the comedy circuit, it’s everyone from Bill Cosby to Joan Rivers.

Stoney's Rockin' Country

Stoney’s Rockin’ Country


A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll at Stoney’s

Bikini bull riding, go-go dancers and a live band are the perfect combination for a wild night that’s a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll. On Sept. 4, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, located on the Las Vegas Strip, hosts KingBill a country rock band from Nashville at 9 p.m. Admission is $10, ($5 for locals).

Hit the dance floor with DJ Mix Master Mike

Party to the electrifying beats of legendary DJ Mix Master Mike from Beastie Boys Sept. 6 at Blush at Wynn. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Get Dirty in your Skirrty: Beer and sexy school girls

Beerfest presents Get Dirty in Your Skirrty Sept. 3 at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at Rio. Ladies dress in your sexiest school girl outfit for a chance to win $250. This night of beer drinking fun will feature $5 pitchers and beer bong tournaments. Winners will receive endless draft beer for the school year.

Party on the dance floor or by the pool at Tao

Tao at Venetian hosts a weekend of hot DJs for revelers who want to party on the dance floor or poolside. On Sept. 4, break it down in the club with electro-hop group LMFAO. DJ Bad Boy Bill sets the scene at Tao Beach for Sunset Sessions Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Don’t burn out all your dance moves in the sun – get your groove on to the bombastic beats of international superstar DJ Erick Morillo at Tao starting at 10 p.m.

Babes in bikinis glistening at Wet Republic

Make a splash this weekend at Wet Republic at MGM Grand. Friday through Tuesday, the pool club hosts a line-up of DJs spinning house music including Boris, Victor Calderone, Sharam, Deadmau5 and Tom Stephan.

Vanilla Ice brings Ice Ice Baby to New York-New York

Rok at New York-New York hosts a weekend of ’90s music chart-toppers. On Sept. 4, sing along to “Ice Ice Baby” performed live by Vanilla Ice. Then “Hip Hop Hooray” your way onto the dance floor with Naughty By Nature Sept. 5.


Head of the class: check out these headliners

Resident headliner Carlos Santana performs his greatest hits in his show “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits” at the Hard Rock Hotel at 9 p.m. Sept. 4 – 6, in a show designed especially for The Joint.

Known as the “Queen of the Strip,” Frank Marino sizzles in “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas” at Imperial Palace Sept. 4 – 7 at 6 and 10 p.m. Starring as Joan Rivers, Marino performs with an all-star cast of female impersonators.

Funnyman Bill Cosby brings his insightful humor to audiences at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Sept. 5 at Treasure Island.

Television and movie star Gary Sinise will perform with his group the Lt. Dan Band on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. at Cannery.

Bold and beautiful Joan Rivers is well known as a crass commentator on the red carpet. See the recent “Celebrity Apprentice” winner live at the Venetian Aug. 27 – 29 at 7 p.m.

David Copperfield has audiences mystified in his show at MGM Grand Sept. 3 – 23 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat.

Secondhand Serenade performs Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

Barry Manilow is ready to make some new “Fanilows” Sept. 4 – 6 at 8 p.m. in his show at the Las Vegas Hilton, “ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits.”

Bette Midler shows off more than just her incredible voice in her revue “The Showgirl Must Go On” Sept. 4 – 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Caesars Palace.

Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno takes his jokes on the road Sept. 4 – 5 at 10 p.m. at the Mirage.

Spanish rockers Jaguares will perform their greatest hits Sept. 4 at 9:30 p.m. at Buffalo Bill’s.

Rock out under the stars with Puddle of Mudd poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.

Prepare for a night of non-stop laughs with Ralphie May at the South Point Sept. 4 – 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo Bill’s will host country music superstar Reba McEntire Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.

Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap Trick join forces for a night of hard rockin’ hits at MGM Grand Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.

Nickelback will rock out with “Something In Your Mouth,” “If Today Was Your Last Day” and other greatest hits at MGM Grand Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

House of Blues will host Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers Sept. 5 at 8:30 p.m.

Pop-jazz artist Chris Botti will dazzle audiences in his show on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. at Aliante Station.

Air Supply will have no problem taking your breath away in their live show at Orleans Sept. 3 – 6 at 8 p.m.


Jazz on the Lake and more at Lake Las Vegas

The Village at Lake Las Vegas hosts a Billy Joel tribute band Sept. 4 and “Jazz on the Lake” Sept. 5, both at 7 p.m. On Sept. 6, Sonrisa Grill, a Mexican restaurant, hosts a Margarita Festival including a tequila bar, barbecue and live entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m. Get hog wild Sept. 7 with a pig roast at Sunset & Vines. Enjoy an all-American barbeque including hamburgers, chicken and ribs at 1 p.m., and a pig roast at 6 p.m.

Electronic music infiltrates the Palms at Vegas festival

One of Europe’s top electronic music festivals, Fabulous Fest, is making its way to the Palms Sept. 3- 6, with more than 20 superstar DJs and celebrity producers. Parties will be held in venues including Rain, Ghostbar, Moon and poolside at Palms Pool & Bungalows.

The festivities start Sept. 3 at 10:30 p.m. with Soundbar at Ghostbar, featuring special guests Keith Evan, Carlos Sanchez and B. Minogue.

Throw all work concerns aside and hit the pool for Ditch Fridays Sept. 4 starting at noon. DJ Scotty Boy will spin a set followed by Steve Aoki. Guests also have the option of dancing under the stars at Palms Pool & Bungalows. Danny Love will shake things up poolside along with DJ BEEJ.

Party poolside again Sept. 5 at noon with multiple talents including Miguel Wigs, Nickodemus and Keith Evan. Then head to Rain for Perfecto Vegas with Paul Oakenfold celebrating his one-year anniversary as a resident DJ at 9 p.m. DJs Louis Puig and Frank Richards will also spin. The party continues poolside with Cuban-influenced master mixer DJ Eric Cubeechee.

Don’t wear out your dancing shoes too early. The beat goes on at Moon Nightclub with Club Space and a stellar line-up of special guest DJs starting at 3 a.m.

The main event starts poolside at noon Sept. 6 with some of the industry’s premier DJs including Carl Cox and beats by Manufactured Superstars, Nicci Belucci, Keith Evans and Jordan Stevens and continues at 9 p.m. with special guests Steve Angello, DJ Murk and Real El Canario. Inside Rain, things heat up on the dance floor with performances by Felix Da Housecat, Markus Schulz, DJ Reza, Scotty Boy and Michael Fuller.