Vegas Weekender: Vegas adds bars, blues and bites to your summer

We’re already more than halfway through summer, but there’s no need for the end-of-season blues. Las Vegas keeps the temperatures rising with hot headliners, outdoor concerts, a buzzing bar scene and savory treats.



Human Nature sings all your favorite Motown hits at Imperial Palace Sunday through Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

See the Aussie soul group Human Nature sing all of your favorite Motown hits. Human Nature presented by Smokey Robinson performs 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday at Imperial Palace.

Can’t get enough of your foreign crooners? British classic rock singer Peter Frampton, popular for such hits like “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way” and “I’m in You,” performs at Mandalay Bay Beach on Friday, July 29 at 9 p.m. On Saturday, July 30 see a live performance by reggae sensation Dirty Heads and The Wailers.

Fans of the hit reality singing competition “The Voice” can rejoice. “The Voice” Live on Tour makes a stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 30. The tour features performances from the show’s top contestants including Christina Aguilera’s top two artists, Beverly McClellan and runner-up Frenchie Davis; Blake Shelton’s top two, finalist Dia Frampton and runner-up Xenia; Cee Lo’s top two, finalist Vicci Martinez and runner-up Nakia; and Adam Levine’s top two, runner-up Casey Weston and overall winner Javier Colon. The show starts at 8 p.m.


R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! is part of the "Urban Legends" '90s R&B tour, performing at Planet Hollywood this Saturday, July 30.

If you love R&B and the ’90s was your generation, then “Urban Legends” at Planet Hollywood is for you:  The line-up includes Tony! Toni! Toné!, After 7, KC & Jo-Jo, Bel Biv Devoe and Dru Hill.

Lifehouse performs at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa’s “Revolution – Party for the People” on Friday, July 29. Show begins at 9 p.m. at the poolside at the Sandbar. 

House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay presents Tito El Bambino this Friday, July 29. On Saturday, July 30, the venue showcases Clash of the Titans featuring RNR & Fame with special guests Marion Write & DJ Finyl, Radio Ramone, Campfire, Dizzy Wright, Trade Voorhes and Nique.

If you’re ready to laugh until your gut hurts, catch Vince Vaughn’s Comedy Roadshow at the Mandalay Bay Theater on Friday, July 29. The show features live sketch comedy by Vaughn and special guest Faizon Love. Other comedians include Ahmed Ahmed, Owen Benjamin and Steve Byrne. The fun begins at 9 p.m.

“Saturday Night Live’s” Seth Meyers performs at the Mirage this Saturday, July 30 at 10 p.m. Meyers recently wrapped up his 10th season on “Saturday Night Live” and also completed his fifth season as the head writer and anchor for the show’s longest-running recurring sketch, “Weekend Update.”

Fans of hip-hop dance can watch Hip Hop International’s USA Hip Hop Dance Championship and the World Hip Hop Dance Championship at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa now through Saturday, July 30. The World Hip Hop Dance Championships and semi-finals take place on July 27 – 29. July 30 is World Battle Day featuring b-boys, poppers and lockers and freestylers. The finals take place on Sunday, July 31 at the Orleans. Read more about this event here.

Bar and lounge scene


NFL seasons is back again: Watch all your favorite games while enjoying drink and food specials at Lagasse's Stadium inside the Palazzo.

Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo presents three sizzling nights of summer fun including drink specials, music and beer pong combined with Emeril Lagasses kicked-up bar food. The action-packed sports bar features DJ Beats, Bites and Beer Pong Wednesdays with specials like $3 domestic beers paired with beer pong games all night. During Caribbean Cool Down Thursdays, enjoy live reggae music with $5 Mai Tai drinks, Rhum Punch and Piña Colada specials. And to start your weekend off on a fun note, Party on the Patio Fridays features ‘80s tribute bands playing all of your favorite hits and $5 margaritas. All three events run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Courtyard at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues features Azul Latin Night every Saturday. Drink specials include Tres Agave margaritas for $6 all night and $3 domestic beers until midnight. Doors open at 11 p.m. Admission is free, but guests must be at least 21 to enter.

If you plan on partying the night away this weekend, Luxor’s Cathouse features a different theme each night. Cathouse presents Stilleto Thursdays with resident DJ Koko spinning hip-hop, Top 40, house and electro hits; Paparazzi Fridays with DJ RPM with the latest hip-hop, Top 40, house and electro mixes,; and Scandal Saturdays with DJ Koko.

Revolution Lounge shows its love for the B-Boy scene with a Hip-Hop International After-Party on Saturday, July 30.

Looking for a way to cool down? Minus5 inside Monte Carlo has just the remedy for that. Where else can you see an elaborate ice sculpture of Mount Rushmore, an ice throne and ice chandeliers? The experience is very “chill” and not many can say they’ve rocked Ugg boots and furry jackets in the middle of summer in Vegas.

If you’re not into the frosty feel in the middle of summer, warm your heart up with some tea at Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge. Enjoy a unique view of the Las Vegas Strip from the 23rd floor while sipping and relaxing on freshly brewed loose leaf teas and pastries. Classic English Afternoon Tea is from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more of an energetic nighttime feel, the lounge transforms into Mandarin Bar at night. Sip on signature cocktails while viewing the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Mandarin Bar features live jazz music every Wednesday through Saturday.


Enjoy fine tequila and Mexican Cuisine at Mandalay Bay's Border Grill.


On Thursday, July 28, Border Grill Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay presents an exclusive Peligroso Tequila pairing dinner. This dinner features dishes created by Border Grill’s executive chef Mike Minor. The cuisine is paired with cocktails inspired by Peligroso’s smooth, award-winning 84 proof tequilas. The cocktail and appetizer reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a five-course dinner at 7 p.m. Admission is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity.


What better way to end your vacation on a sweet note with a box of gourmet chocolates? This year, Ethel M Chocolates celebrates its 30th anniversary in Las Vegas.Take a day trip to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, located only 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. Founded in 1981 by Forrest Mars Sr., the Henderson chocolate factory provides guests with a behind-the-scenes look on the making of chocolate. To celebrate three decades of chocolate, Ethel M features 32 original pieces, all packaged in a commemorative, Las Vegas-themed keepsake tin. These include Lemon Satin Crème, Rum Liqueur, Coconut Delight, Classic Caramel and Almond Butter Crisp. Burn these calories off with a walk through the botanical cactus garden, located just outside the factory.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.