Vegas Weekender: Enjoy blues, brews in Vegas

Summer is in full swing in Vegas and the fun never stops. Take a trip back to the ’70s on Fremont Street with a concert and car show or head out to one of Vegas’ historical hot spots, the Springs Preserve, for a beer and blues festival. Whether you’re looking for music or comedy, Vegas has shows lined up this weekend to entertain everyone. And to top off your vacation, there are some amazing Sunday brunches that will satisfy any taste.

Special Events

Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience

The Springs Preserve is in full bloom with desert wildlife. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings while listening to soulful sounds and sipping on beer at the Brews and Blues Festival on June 5. From 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., guests will be treated to beers from more than 15 breweries. Blues artists include the Lucky Cheats, Cordle-Scott Band and Jeneane Marie. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event and guests must be 21.

A one-night-only event, five James Beard Award-winning chefs will prepare cuisine for a cause on June 5. Chefs in attendance include Julian Serrano of Julian Serrano restaurant and Shawn McClain of Sage restaurant, both located in Aria Las Vegas. This event will be held at one of Las Vegas’ premiere private homes, but is open to the public for one evening, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets are $300 per person and benefit the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the James Beard Foundation.

Head downtown to the Fremont Street Experience for “Summer of the ’70s,” a celebration of great weather and great music from Sweet. The concert is June 5 along with the “Vegas Cruise” car show weekend. The concert is free and takes place on the 1st Street Stage at 9 p.m.


The Joint at the Hard Rock welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Crosby, Stills and Nash performing live June 4. Since their first Grammy in 1969, Crosby, Stills and Nash have won numerous awards and delighted audiences for more than 40 years. Tickets start at $46 and show time is 8 p.m.

Join Jonny Lang as he performs live at the Silverton Casino Lodge June 4. Lang’s unique sound combines rock beats with soulful blues melodies. Lang will perform his hits like “Lie to Me” and “A Quitter Never Wins.” Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets start at $30.

The Joint Rogue

The Joint

The Pearl at the Palms welcomes the Goo Goo Dolls on June 5. The Goo Goo Dolls found success in the ’90s with their hit songs “Slide” and “Iris.” Tickets start at $45 and show time is 8 p.m.

Also at the Pearl, rock band Korn hits the stage June 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from $72.75.

If rap music is more your style, head to the Pearl at the Palms for multi-platinum recording artist 50 Cent. With chart-topping hits like “In Da Club” and “Candy Shop,” 50 Cent will entertain audiences on June 6. Show time is 9 p.m. and tickets start at $49.

Playing at the Plaza Showroom, The Rat Pack is Back offers a tribute to old-school Vegas where Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and Joey Bishop all come alive. Tickets start at $55 and show times are 7:30 p.m. June 3 and June 6.

If it’s comedy you’re looking for, Tracy Morgan brings laughs to Vegas at the Joint on June 5. Morgan is best known for his roles on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.” Show time is 9 p.m. and tickets start at $42.50.

Amazing Johnathan at Planet Hollywood keeps audiences in stitches with a blend of dark comedy and magic. Show time is 9 p.m. Tues. – Sat. and tickets are $68.70 and up.

Mark Curry, known for his role on “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” makes audiences laugh at the Las Vegas Hilton at 9 p.m. June 2 – 6. Tickets are priced from $49.94.

Late-night host Craig Ferguson entertains audiences with his quick wit at the Venetian June 4 – 5 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $47.75.

For some classic comedy, check out Don Rickles at the Orleans at 8 p.m. June 5 – 6. Tickets are $82.50 and up.

It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor concerts, so head to Mandalay Bay Beach for Boz Scaggs on June 5 at p.m. or Red Rock Resort for The Fabulous Thunderbirds at 10 p.m. on June 5.


Jasmine Brunch

Fountains Brunch at Jasmine

After a long weekend of partying, there’s not need to stop now. Sunday afternoons at Nove Italiano in the Palms turn into High Society, a dayclub-like brunch with live DJ and scantily-clad wait staff with your scrambled eggs. High Society brunch starts every Sunday at 1 p.m. and the brunch buffet is $30 per person plus tax, gratuity and beverages.

A more tranquil brunch takes place at Jasmine in the Bellagio. The Jasmine Brunch has a unique location, with one of the best views of the Bellagio Fountains in Vegas. The boutique-style brunch offers fresh shellfish, sushi, omelet and noodle stations, fresh-made salads, French toast and much more. There is an entire room devoted to dessert, including a tall chocolate fountain. The brunch is $55 plus tax and gratuity and takes place Sundays, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.