Friday, April 19, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s very much a megastar music weekend, and not just because an estimated 15,000 EDM fans are expected to visit the new nightclub Hakkasan at MGM Grand. In fact, 5,000 waited for entry Thursday night.
MGM Grand is the hotspot for music today because as of 10 a.m., tickets for The Rolling Stones’ May 11 concert are on sale. Ticketmaster has prices at as much as $2,100, and some VIP silver and gold ticketing at $1,500 without even knowing seat assignments until a week before the show when tickets can be picked up.
The nightclub wars shift into full gear this weekend. They also are battling the likes of Bon Jovi, The Postal Service and the 10th anniversary of the pool party that started it all, Rehab at The Hard Rock Hotel.
Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges goes country with two sold-out nights of concerts. It doesn’t look as if superstar Kenny Chesney bothered to leave town after his great performance at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards because his No Shoes Nation tour stops at The Joint in The Hard Rock.
The “Wheel of Fortune” bus known as The Wheelmobile rolls into town looking for people who want to spin the wheel with Pat Sajak and Vanna White. They’ll be at The Venetian this summer taping six weeks of shows, and they need players to audition this weekend.
So now it’s time for us to make a splash and also spin the wheel for the entertainment highlights in play for the next 72 hours. The arrow stops on the slice known as the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
Kenny Chesney brings his “No Shoes Nation” tour to The Joint for two nights. He helped open the venue four years ago -- in April 2009.
Jeff Bridges is at Santa Fe Station tonight and Red Rock Resort on Saturday.
Tony Orlando ties a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree at South Point all weekend.
Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast” is at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday.
Guitar guru Esteban’s “Music From the Heart” is at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center.
Dropkick Murphys and The Insurgence are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
The Scintas continue their new residency at The D Hotel all weekend.
Here Comes Summer and LoCash Cowboys (Chris Lucas, Preston Brust) are at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Town Square.
Nashville Unplugged features Buddy Jewel at Red Rock Resort.
The Postal Service is at Chelsea Ballroom in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Down Home Blues starring Bobby “Blue” Bland is at LVH.
Thrillbilly Deluxe is at Vinyl in The Hard Rock.
Daniel Tosh is at The Mirage for two nights.
Andrew Dice Clay is at Vinyl all weekend.
Tim Allen is at The Venetian for two nights.
Chipper Lowell and Frances Dilorinzo are at Harrah’s Improv through Sunday.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The tables are turned! Hook Jaw Net Radio’s “On Air With Robert & C.C.” host a live interview with me at PBR Rock Bar in Miracle Miles Shops of Planet Hollywood.
Tickets are on sale for The Rolling Stone’s May 11 concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena; Jabbawockeez’s new show “Prism” at the Luxor starting May 18; the June 14 World Series of Fighting MMA event at The Hard Rock; The Wayans Brothers on July 27 at Pearl at the Palms; Furthur with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir on Oct. 1 and 2 at the Pearl; and Selena Gomez at Mandalay Bay on Nov. 9.
The 39th UNLVino festivities continue with the Dom Perignon Awards of Excellence being presented to “Iron Chef” winner Matsuhara Morimoto at Sake Fever at The Mirage pool; Elizabeth Blau at Saturday’s Grand Tasting in Paris Las Vegas; and MGM President Scott Sibella on Sunday at the first-ever Bar-B-Q at the Keep Memory Alive events center at The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Caesars Palace chef Michel Richard celebrates the opening of his French garden patio at Central.
The 12th annual Pure Aloha Festival is at The Rio all weekend with more than 100 island craft booths, vendors and amusement rides. Tonight’s concert features Katchafire, Common Kings and Maoli and Saturday is Kapena and Mahi.
Mopar’s Midnight Mayhem drag racing is at The Strip of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Common performs at The Bank in the Bellagio.
Drama of Fantasy Factory hosts a “Young & Restless Summer” at 1OAK in The Mirage
Hardwell is at Hakkasan, with Eric D-Lux in Ling Ling Lounge. We posted a full rundown Thursday.
Avicii spins at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Lil Jon is at Surrender in Encore.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Bon Jovi brings its “Because We Can” tour to MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Grand Funk Railroad is at The Orleans Showroom for two nights.
Joe Bonamassa is at the Pearl.
Boyz II Men continue their residency at The Mirage for two nights.
Brandon Bennett’s “Elvis My Way” is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
Band of Horses is at The Cosmopolitan.
Men of Soul with R&B singers Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett is at The Cannery.
Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, are at Eastside Cannery.
Sergio & Odair Assad and guest Clarice Assad are at Cabaret Jazz for two nights.
Cletus & Mexican Sweat are at Vinyl.
After 226 contestants, the Riviera’s search for its next comic headliner has come down to four comedians, and it’s a winner take all among Mike Merrill (Panorama City, Calif.), Matthew Broome (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Jared Stern (Washington, D.C.) and Maria Walsh (Long Island, N.Y.). The finale coincides with the 58th anniversary of the Riviera, which was opened by Liberace on April 20, 1955.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The joint 80th birthdays of Sir Michael Caine and Quincy Jones was celebrated Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena and aired on AXS. On Saturday, it airs again at 8 p.m. on our local KTUD Vegas (Cox Channel 14). Stars include Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Lion, Whoopi Goldberg, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Jason Derulo, Jordin Sparks, plus show-closer Stevie Wonder. It’s must-see TV because it benefits our Lou Ruvo Center searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders.
Tickets are on sale for Jerry Seinfeld’s return to The Colosseum at Caesars from Sept. 6-7.
“Wheel of Fortune” has auditions for two days at The Venetian for six weeks of show tapings to take place with Pat Sajak and Vanna White in July and August at The Venetian and Palazzo.
There are three Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York -- first for employees, then military personnel and first responders and finally the main event. Our regional qualifying competition will have one male and female winner crowned Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champion to head to Coney Island for the famous Fourth of July contest.
Grace Robbins, widow of author Harold Robbins, reveals all about their incredible and amazing rich and famous lifestyle when I host a Q+A with her at Barnes & Noble (2191 N. Rainbow Blvd.) to launch her book “Cinderella & The Carpetbagger.” She talks the good times of the money, houses and yachts, and the bad times of cocaine orgies she endured.
Lifetime host Deborah Tillman joins Nannies & Housekeepers USA to host “Vegas’ Baby Shower and Beyond” at Tuscany Hotel Suites.
Future Stars of Wrestling is at Silverton Casino Lodge, with the headline fight between WWE Tag Team champion Paul London and TNA superstar Kenny King.
Rapper Bow Wow is at LAX in the Luxor.
Robbie Rivera brings the 17-hour “Juicy Beach” European party poolside for his first summer residency at The Hard Rock
Steve Angello is at Encore Beach Club by day and XS by night.
Penthouse Pet Danielle Trixie hosts the STRIPLV April issue release party (she’s the cover girl) at Sapphire Pool Dayclub.
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
OF SPECIAL NOTE
One minute before Monday morning arrives, the Fourth Annual Las Vegas Broadway Bares has curtain up. The Barest Show on Earth features Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis (Chippendales, “The Amazing Race”), Maren Wade (iCandy Burlesque) and Mark Shunock (“Rock of Ages”). Host Scott Nevins introduces Strip show performs on the Peepshow stage at Planet Hollywood to join the fight against AIDS.
In expanding UNLVino to a fourth day, the first Bar-B-Q Brunch with nine chefs including Scott Conant, Angelo Sosa, Charlie Palmer, Todd English and Gustav Mauler all honor MGM President Scott Sibella at the Lou Ruvo Center.
The grand-opening 10th anniversary season of Rehab features Sublime With Rome at The Hard Rock.
Deadmau5 spins at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, and the four days of Hakkasan’s nightclub preview weekend wraps with Tommy Trash.
Avicii is at Encore Beach Club.
Richard Beynon is at Body English at The Hard Rock.
Check back for reports and photos on Sunday. Next week: interviews with teen sensation Jackie Evancho and Ian Ziering of “Beverly Hills 90210” who is about to go bare chested with Chippendales.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.