Weekender: Beat the heat with Vegas’s coolest shows

Blue Man Group puts on one of Vegas' most inventive shows.

Blue Man Group puts on one of Vegas' most inventive shows.

Blue Man Group is an entertainment experience like none other. While it doesn’t have some of the grandoise spectacle and theatricality of many other shows, the sometimes-interactive antics of Blue Man Group will have you laughing the whole time you are there. And like any other Vegas show, there are parts that will awe you – just wait for all that neon to come to life. Shows are every night at 7 and 10, with tickets starting at $101.85.

Le Rêve turns even the wildest dreams into reality. Franco Dragone depicts a fantasy world of fire and water, with aerial and aquatic acrobats performing impressive maneuvers for a solid 75 minutes. The circular theater ensures that no matter where you’re seated, you’ll have a great view of the action. Tickets start at $108.90, with showings Friday through Tuesday nights at 7 and 9:30.

Terry Fator is one of the most talented performers on The Strip, just going from the sheer amount of things you’ll see in his show: The “America’s Got Talent” winner is a ventriloquist first, but also an excellent singer and comedian. It’s like you’re getting three shows in one. Fator hits the stage Thursday and Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $96.94.

Bring on the laughter

The Playboy Comedy Club hosts Ian Bagg and Ryan Hamilton Thursday through Saturday at 10 p.m., with an extra show Saturday night at 8. Bagg is a favorite on late-night talk shows and standup specials, while Hamilton has a critically acclaimed act and has even been mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine for his comedy writing. Tickets start at $39.99.

Don Barnhart and Jen Kober will be at the Brad Garrett Comedy Club at the Tropicana Thursday through Sunday night. Barnhart is an alumnus of the famed Second City comedy club and improv school, while Kober has appeared on TBS and HBO comedy specials, in addition to making an appearance on the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show starts at 8 p.m., with an added performance Friday and Saturday at 10. Brad Garrett himself will also make a special appearance during the show June 30.

Steve White and Sid Davis take the stage at the Brad Garrett Comedy Club Monday at 8 p.m. Tickets for all Brad Garrett Comedy Club shows start at $37.40.

Radio and TV star Joe Rogan brings his stand-up act to Mandalay Bay Friday night at 9. Rogan might be best known for “Fear Factor,” but he has been appearing on Comedy Central, released several CDs and DVDs and even provides commentary for UFC. Tickets start at $35.

Carlos Mencia comes to the Treasure Island Theater Friday at 8 p.m. Mencia’s comedy career has taken him to the Arsenio Hall Show, HBO, Comic Relief, “The Shield,” and his own Comedy Central show “Mind of Mencia.” Tickets start at $49.65.

Bill Maher has plenty of stand-up and talk show cred, which he’s bringing to the Orleans Showroom Saturday night at 8 p.m. Maher is perhaps best known for his often political HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” but he has written three books, produced one movie, hosted “Politically Incorrect” on Comedy Central and had several HBO comedy specials. Tickets start at $60.50.

The weekend’s concerts are music to your ears

DJ Tiësto brings his unique audiovisual experience to electronic dance music fans Saturday night. After his recent world tour, Tiësto comes to claim his residency at the Hard Rock Hotel with a concert experience that is exclusive to The Joint. Tickets start at $60.

The Isley Brothers bring a selection of hits from the ‘50s to the ‘90s to the Las Vegas Hilton Friday night at 9. Jon B., Ronald and Ernie Isley are perhaps best known for “Shout,” “I Turned You On” and “Love is a Wonderful Thing.” Tickets start at $77.45.

Singer-songwriter Marc Broussard and special guests Hatt Hires and Chic Gamine perform at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night. Tickets start at $18.

Latin Grammy-winning artist Jenni Rivera puts on a birthday performance at the Eastside Cannery Saturday night at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $79.95.