Friday, July 19, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Music (Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows, Aaron Lewis), comedy (Bill Cosby, Jay Leno), art (Martin Lawrence Galleries), food (new to the scene: Shawn McClain’s Five50 Pizza Bar at Aria and McFadden’s in Town Square) and sports (our Las Vegas Sin of the Legends of Football League); there is always something to do in The Entertainment Capital of the World.
Without further ado, here is this weekend’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JULY 19
Matchbox Twenty and The Goo Goo Dolls are at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Alabama Shakes is at The Pearl at the Palms.
Aaron Lewis is at Santa Fe Station.
Louie Anderson, Tony Sacca and The Saccettes, Joelle Righetti, Amanda Kaiser and Bill Fayne and Friends appear in “Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” at Eastside Cannery.
Buck-O-Nine and Codename: Rocky are at Hard Rock Live on the Strip.
The LP Tour featuring Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Soul Asylum, The Wailers and Matthew Sweet is at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Bella Donna performs a tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac at Cannery for two nights.
Nashville Unplugged features Kylie Sackley and Phil Barton in Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort.
Bill Cosby is at Treasure Island, and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” is expected to join him onstage.
Jay Leno is at The Mirage.
Rob Sherwood and Jen Murphy are at Big Al’s Comedy Club at Gold Coast all weekend.
Eddie Ifft is at The Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Golden Boy Promotions presents Showtime Boxing: Ishe Smith vs. Carlos Molina at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel.
Tickets go on sale for Orleans and Fireball at Sunset Station on Aug. 23.
Tickets go on sale for Panic! at the Disco at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Oct. 11.
Keep Memory Alive hosts its annual Shakespeare Ranch Rodeo and celebrity chef dinner with Emeril Lagasse for two days in Lake Tahoe. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Guest columnist Trish Lynn of The All-American Cowgirl Chicks is one of the performers.
NBA Summer League 2013 continues at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion at UNLV, with the championship game Monday.
Super Summer Theater continues its presentation of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park all weekend.
The 2nd Annual World’s Largest Bachelorette Party is at Tao Beach and Tao in The Venetian and Lavo in the Palazzo on Friday and Saturday. Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett hosts Friday.
Kelis is at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool.
SATURDAY, JULY 20
The Counting Crows and The Wallflowers are at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Rod Stewart continues his residency at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
Dion is at The Orleans Showroom for two nights.
Bill Fayne and Friends are at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
Bobby Vinton is at Eastside Cannery.
Sister Hazel and Tonic perform a free concert on the 1st Street Stage in front of The Golden Nugget.
Latin Legends is at Primm Valley Casino.
Live Up Tour featuring J Boog and Katchafire is at Silverton Casino Lodge.
Deana Martin is at South Point for two nights.
Sarah Silverman is at The Pearl at the Palms. Editor at Large John Katsilometes’ Q+A with Silverman was posted Tuesday.
Kathleen Madigan is at The Mirage.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for the Third Annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest at MGM Grand Garden Arena from Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
Martin Lawrence Galleries Presents: The Art of the Party II at The Forum Shops in Caesars; 100 percent of ticket sales benefits UMC’s Trauma & Burn Care Center.
Legends of Football League: Las Vegas Sin vs. Seattle Mist is at The Orleans Arena.
Billy Idol is at The Venetian on Saturday and Dierks Bentley at Mandalay Bay Beach on Tuesday. The concerts, for the World Education Conference at Mandalay Bay from Saturday through Tuesday, are private events.
Bachelorette party weekend continues with Gretchen Rossi of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” as hostess.
Dave Aude spins at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria.
SUNDAY, JULY 21
Rancid is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars” weds Deanna Burditt at The Ritz Carlton in Laguna Beach, Calif.
“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” ends its five-week run at The Venetian.
Ian Ziering’s guest-hosting stint ends at Chippendales in The Rio.
Lorena Peril’s headlining run in “Fantasy” at the Luxor ends.
The 2013 Rehab Bikini Invitational continues at The Hard Rock Hotel.
Cast members of “Million Dollar Quartet” host Fashion Show Sundays at Pure in Caesars.
Lil Jon hosts at Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Check back Sunday for guest columns by singer and dancer Maren Wade and Sean Dunn of The Act.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.