Vegas Weekender: Vegas is show central this weekend

Human Nature

Human Nature

Summer may be winding down, but temperatures are still sizzling in Vegas and it’s the place to be for exciting shows, nightlife and parties. Whether you’re into Motown oldies, classic rock or rap superstar moguls, it’s all happening here this weekend.


There’s no shortage of shows to see in Vegas this weekend. Catch singer Drew Lachey, formerly of 98 Degrees and “Dancing with the Stars,” at the “The Price Is Right – Live” this weekend at Bally’s as a celebrity guest host. Show times are Tuesday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $54.50.

If you want to see an amazing show with toe-tapping Motown hits and suave dance moves, head to “Human Nature – The Ultimate Celebration of the Motown Sound presented by Smokey Robinson” at the Imperial Palace. The show is filled with songs like “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and “Baby I Need Your Loving.” Show time is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and tickets start at $59.52.

If you would do anything for love, your wedding might have included someone in an Elvis costume. Even if it didn’t, chances are, you’re going to want to see Meat Loaf performing at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this Friday. Show time is 8 p.m. with special guest, Pearl, Meat Loaf’s daughter. Tickets are $42.50 and up.

For more classic rock sounds, head to the Las Vegas Hilton for ZZ Top at 8 p.m. on Aug. 20 – 21 ($92.85 and up) or the Palms for Billy Idol ($55.50 and up) on Aug. 21.

If a classic crooner is more your style, Engelbert Humperdinck performs at The Orleans Aug. 20 – 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60.50 and up. Chris Isaak brings his swinging style to the pool at the M Resort on Aug. 21. Tickets are priced from $19.95.

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” in Vegas this weekend. Singer Cyndi Lauper ($35.50 and up) brings her hits to the House of Blues Aug. 21 and Norah Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae will sing their smooth bluesy songs at the Palms on Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $66.75 and up.

Dance fans won’t want to miss hip-hop sensations Jabbawockeez at the MGM Grand Aug. 19 – 25. Tickets start at $75.40.

The king of song parodies, Weird Al Yankovic performs his hits including “Eat It,” “White & Nerdy” and “Like A Surgeon” at the Henderson Pavilion Aug. 20. Tickets are $25 and up.

For a relaxing concert, grab a beach towel and head to the sand and surf of Mandalay Bay Beach for Michael Franti & Spearhead on Aug. 21. Tickets are $42.

Guests at AFAN 2009

Guests at the Black & White Party 2009


AFAN (Aid for AIDS of Nevada) is hosting their 24th annual Black & White Party at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this weekend. This long-time fund-raising event for a good cause includes complimentary drinks and appetizers. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door. The party is from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Billionaire Mafia brand clothing will be at Eve nightclub in Crystals at CityCenter on Tuesday, Aug. 17 and Wednesday, Aug. 18 for the MAGIC convention. The party will host superstar rappers like Birdman, Rick Ross and BG on Tuesday. On Wednesday, artists Gucci Mane, Juelz Santana and Lloyd Banks will be partying at the club. Tickets are $20 for ladies, $30 for gentlemen. Doors open at 10 p.m.


On Friday, Acoustic Soul will perform at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in the Rio. There will also be a $10 open bar from 10 p.m. – midnight for ladies, $20 for gentlemen. Coors Light will be a mere $3 and you-call-it shots are $5. Great music from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. rounds out the evening.

Continue the partying at McFadden’s on Saturday to celebrate August birthdays. If you were born this month, head to the pub from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. when you will receive an open bar. Your whole crew can join in the fun, paying $10 for ladies and $20 for gentlemen, 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Paul Oakenfold presents Perfecto Vegas every Saturday night at Rain Nightclub in the Palms. This Saturday, ATB with Zen Freeman will rock the crowd.

Head to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar at Town Square Las Vegas for some fun and good music this Thursday – Saturday. Shows are nightly from 8 p.m. – 2 p.m. Hear some of your favorite songs from artists like Billy Joel, Elton John and more while enjoying a drink from the full bar.

If lounging by the pool is your thing, head to Encore Beach Club for Kaskade Sundays, the ultimate pool party with lush surroundings and hot music all day long. There is a $30 cover for ladies and $50 for men.
You’ve just gotten a nice, sun-kissed glow after a day of lounging at Mandalay Bay Beach. Follow it up by heading to the new O.N.E. Oasis Bar, just steps away. It features exotic beverages like coconut water and Caribbean lemonade. The bar is open daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.