Friday, April 26, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s another blockbuster weekend for Las Vegas even though the city is going to the dogs. It’s the annual “Best in Show” with Holly Madison and Clint Holmes saluting Siegfried & Roy and hoping to have 50 adorable, four-legged charmers get adopted.
Prince, the one-named giant of music royalty, is riding into town with not one but four purple performances over two nights at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel.
New mega-club Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand has top DJ talent for its official gala opening, and celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa is with his business partner, Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, for the official opening of the world’s first Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. Magician David Blaine is among the guests, so who knows what tricks are up his sleeve.
It was just a week ago that Hakkasan previewed itself with four nights of music. Now comes Hakkasan’s grand-opening weekend. It began Thursday night with Steve Aoki and follows with the return of Deadmau5 tonight, Saturday’s GQ Magazine gala with Grammy-winning Calvin Harris and Sunday’s wrap-up with Laidback Luke.
Rival Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay was scheduled to fire a volley in the nightclub DJ wars with its opening, but construction delays have pushed back Light to Memorial Day Weekend.
Seven-time Grammy winner Prince has not been a regular visitor since his residency at The Rio ended, but when he is here, he doesn’t short-change his time. Last here for the 2012 iHeart Radio Music Festival, he’s at The Joint.
But if you’re more into country than Prince’s long, long, long sets (I saw him play at Studio 54 nonstop until 5 a.m.), then Zac Brown Band and Trace Adkins are two answers.
And there are two members of The Black Eyed Peas competing at rival nightclubs. Now it’s time for us to shuffle the mixes, set out some sweet treats for the delightful doggies and woof, woof our way into this week’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
Prince and his all-female backing group 3rdEyeGirl with guitarist Donna Grantis, bass guitarist Ida Nielsen and drummer Hannah Ford are at The Joint through Saturday.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul” is at The Venetian for two nights. It’s the last weekend before his summer tour begins, and we’re left with his upcoming CBS special recorded at MGM Grand and rumors of them returning to The Venetian later this year for another run.
Resident headliners Boyz II Men are at The Mirage all weekend.
“Jazz Roots: The American Songbook” featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, Tony DeSare and Landau Eugene Murphy is at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Face the Funk is at Vinyl in The Hard Rock.
Nashville Unplugged with hosts Brian McComas and Aaron Benward is at Red Rock Resort.
I Am Dynamite is at Lounge at the Palms.
Ca$h & Zaza, Ekoh With Amarionette, Rush & Roulette, Q & Vinny, Nickii Cuffz and Kalasik are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Ron White puts down his cigars and bourbon for a standup stint at The Mirage for two nights.
“2 Broke Girls” star Whitney Cummings is at Treasure Island.
Josh Wolf (“My Name Is Earl”), who a week ago hosted my Playboy Morning Radio Show stint, is at South Point all weekend.
Steve White, Mike Wilmot and Leslie Ann Thompson headline Harrah’s The Improv all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Journey’s Aug. 28 and 29 concerts at Pearl at the Palms and 311, Cypress Hill and G. Love & Special Sauce’s Aug. 4 show at The Joint.
The three-day Las Vegas Foodie Fest is at Silverton Casino Lodge with more than 30 food vehicles and vendors.
Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer’s Artists for Autism presents 100 works of guitar art for auction at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center in The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
“Disney on Ice: The Treasure Trove” is at the Thomas & Mack Center all weekend.
“Top Chef” star Hubert Keller hosts a beer-pairing dinner with Lagunitas Brewing Co. at his restaurant Fleur in Mandalay Bay.
The West Coast Regional Finals Collegiate Rodeo is at South Point Arena through Saturday.
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by Geico is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway all weekend.
Deadmau5 spins at Hakkasan.
Miguel is at Pure in Caesars.
Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas is at Moon in the Palms.
The 14-week-long, $150,000 bikini contest kicks off at the Hot 100 Launch Party at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Zac Brown Band are at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn, Jane Monheit and Clint Holmes are at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center.
Alkaline Trio, Bayside and Off With Their Heads are at Fremont Country Club.
Daniel Bedingfield is at Lounge at the Palms.
“An Evening With Zakk Wylde,” well known as former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, is at Vinyl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
As if UNLVino’s Grand Tasting of more than 1,000 wines last weekend wasn’t enough, now comes Wine Spectator Magazine’s Grand Tour of global vineyards at The Mirage.
Tickets go on sale for Cody Simpson, Ryan Beatty and Before You Exit’s June 16 show at The Joint.
The 3rd Annual Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer is at Sunset Park with more than 50 local and regional breweries featuring 200 craft beers.
Hakkasan has an all-star red carpet event with Pharrell Williams’ 40th birthday celebration. Calvin Harris spins by day at Wet Republic and then continues to Hakkasan.
Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas spins at Encore Beach Club at Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Connor Cruise and Andy Caldwell DJ at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria.
Richard Beynon and Crazibiza are at Body English in The Hard Rock.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Trace Adkins with his booming baritone voice swaps “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” for The Smith Center.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The 10th Annual “Best in Show” presented by The Animal Foundation and Zappos.com at The Orleans Arena features host Clint Holmes, celebrity judge Holly Madison and a salute to Siegfried & Roy.
Tickets go on sale for Sir Elton John’s “Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum in Caesars from Sept. 18-Oct. 12.
Nobu Caesars Palace’s grand opening features Ed Sheeran and more as previously noted above.
Steve Aoki launches his new “Aokify Splash Vegas” at Wet Republic.
Laidback Luke is at Hakkasan.
Justin Martin (Dirtybird), Destructo and Oliver are at Body English.
We’ll have coverage of Nobu’s grand opening and a preview of Claire Sinclair in “Pin Up” at Stratosphere. Later in the week: An interview with former Mayor Oscar Goodman about his new book “Being Oscar” and his journey from Mob lawyer to mayor.
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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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.
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.