Friday, May 3, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Mint juleps for all! It’s Kentucky Derby weekend, but since we’re in Las Vegas, we’ll forget that sport of kings and concentrate on the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight. Our Las Vegas pugilist takes on Robert Guerrero in the WBC welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Athletes and celebrities expected to invade en masse for Cinco de Mayo are predicting that it will be Floyd’s victory. Diddy will celebrate it either way when he kicks off Ditch summer season at the Palms, while rival Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand, closer to the fight action, has another lineup of mega-star DJs.
It’s a win-win lineup of stars and pool parties on and off the Strip with three more dayclubs opening. Nothing comes more loaded with bikinis and bust-lines than the summer pool party season launching at the world’s largest men’s club. Sapphire Dayclub is promising Pamela Anderson, Coco Austin, Crystal Hefner and Playmates Brande Roderick and Angelica Bridges. No wonder basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman is joining them.
Ex-wife Carmen Electra will be here for her birthday party at rival Crazy Horse III. Draw whatever conclusions and make whatever remarks you wish over these dueling appearances at topless venues.
If you are in Churchill Downs in Louisville, pull out your fancy hats for the 139th running of the greatest three minutes in sports. If you’re here, wear the skimpiest of swimsuits and doff the bikini top because it’s a real blowout party weekend. From our post position, we’ve got the odds-on favorites in the party and entertainment scene, with the winning ticket the referee rules is the knockout Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, MAY 3
Legendary singer Tony Bennett is at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
Grammy-nominated rockers Paramore with alt-rock guests Kitten are at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel.
Carlos Santana continues his two-year residency at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay all weekend.
The Kottonmouth Kings featuring Deuce bring the “Fight to Unite” Tour to Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Clint Holmes celebrates his birthday at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with guest performers, including his sisters.
Johnny Rivers is still going strong at age 70 and performs at Santa Fe Station.
Nashville Unplugged hosts Brian McComas and Aaron Benward welcome Chas Sandford and Alissa Moreno at Red Rock Resort.
“Ricky Nelson Remembered” featuring identical twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are South Point all weekend.
The Nelson twins, The Australian Bee Gees and Steven Best and Cassandra Will appear on Tony Sacca’s “Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” taped with a live audience at Eastside Cannery.
Barry Black & The Senzuals are at Lounge at the Palms.
Chevelle, then Newsted are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock.
Aziz Ansari is at The Mirage for two nights.
Tim Allen is at The Venetian for two nights.
Carlos Mencia is at Treasure Island.
Charles Fleischer and Brett Walkow are at The Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for “American Idol Live!” at Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 12; Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band at Pearl at the Palms from Nov. 22-23; The Monkees at Green Valley Ranch on Aug. 10; Pet Shop Boys at The Joint on Oct. 11; Steely Dan at the Pearl on Aug. 23; and Joe Satriani and Steve Morse at the Pearl on Aug. 30.
Tickets also go on sale for the summer lineup of shows at The Smith Center, including “Weird Al” Yankovic, Willie Nelson & Family, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy and Jimmy Connors, and Ringling Bros. Circus Spectacular “Built to Amaze” at the Thomas & Mack from June 13-16.
Geico’s Endurocross and MiniMoto off-road racing events are at The Orleans Arena.
Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions present the Fox Sports Network-sponsored Francisco Vargas vs. Jose Aguiniga in the main event and Anthony Dirrell vs. Dan Mouton in the co-main event at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Mopar Midnight Mayhem No. 4 is at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Mario Lopez hosts a pre-fight party at Tao in The Venetian.
Busta Rhymes is at Ditch Launch Weekend at Palms Pool.
It’s Sapphire Pool & Dayclub Grand Opening Weekend with Amber Smith, Angelica Bridges and Brande Roderick, Playboy Playmate and DJ Coleen Shannon and MTV star Simon Rex.
Fedde Le Grand launches “Recess Fridays” at Encore Beach Club.
Frankie J hosts and performs at Pure in Caesars.
DJ Tiesto is at Hakkasan.
Jeremy McGrath, Robbie Maddison and Nate Adams host a pre-supercross party with DC Shoes at 1OAK in The Mirage.
SATURDAY, MAY 4
The Teddy Riley and Blackstreet concert at HRC on the Strip has been canceled.
“Evening of Pop and Doo Wop”with The Happenings, Larry Chance, The Earls and The Chiffons is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
Aida Cuevas brings her “Totalmente Juan Gabriel” Tour to Tropicana.
War is at Eastside Cannery.
Garin Bader is at Santa Fe Station.
Dustin J (51Fifty) and Empire Records are at Vinyl.
“Viva Ska Vegas” with Reel Big Fish is at Henderson Events Plaza.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
It’s Mayweather vs. Guerrero at MGM Grand.
Tickets go on sale for Anuhea at the Hard Rock on Aug. 9; “America’s Most Wanted” with Lil Wayne at MGM Grand on Aug. 31; and Black Sabbath’s at MGM Grand on Sept. 1.
Dennis Rodman and Leon Spinks host separate meet-and-greets at Tristar Sports Memorabilia in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away: “May the Fourth Be With You” party in honor of Star Wars Day is at HOB.
The 16th Annual Lei Day Polynesian Festival is at The California for two days.
The Monster Energy Supercross Finals is at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Jr. Dragster Series No. 3 is at LVMS.
Tiesto and R3hab are at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.
DJ Eric D-Lux leads Tao Beach’s Season Grand Opening at The Venetian.
Azure Luxury Pool at the Palazzo celebrates its season opening with “American Idol” stars and couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo.
Carmen Electra celebrates her birthday at Crazy Horse III.
Chris Brown celebrates his 24th birthday at 1OAK.
Method Man and Redman are at Ditch Launch Weekend at Palms Pool, with Diddy later for his after-fight party.
Fat Joe is at LAX in the Luxor.
Pamela Anderson, Crystal Hefner, Brande Roderick, Coco Austin, Amber Smith, Angelica Bridges, Robert Horry and Adrian Grenier are at the “Swim With a Stripper” party at Sapphire.
Skylar Grey is at Bagatelle Beach Club alongside Tropicana for the official opening weekend along with the launch of Bagatelle Brunch.
T-Pain is at Haze in Aria.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving hosts a belated birthday party at Chateau Nightclub in the Paris.
Trinidad James performs at Tao.
DJ Calvin Harris is at Hakkasan.
Lil Jon and Sidney Samson are at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Avicii is at XS in Encore.
Armin Van Buuren is at Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan.
Kaskade is at Marquee.
Steve Angello is at Encore Beach Club.
Alice in Tijuana is at The Act in the Palazzo.
SUNDAY, MAY 5
It’s Cinco de Mayo!
The Parlotones, Dinner and a Suit and Cameron are at Vinyl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Geico Minimoto SX is at The Orleans Arena.
Import Face-Off is at the Strip at LVMS.
Our sister publication Las Vegas Weekly launches its monthly pool party series “Beaches Be Crazy” with B-Real (Cypress Hill) at Bagatelle Beach Club.
Dennis Rodman, Amber Smith, Angelica Bridges and Brande Roderick wrap up the grand-opening weekend of Sapphire Pool & Dayclub with surprise porn star guests.
Tiesto is at Hakkasan.
Avicii is at Encore Beach Club.
Kaskade is at Marquee Dayclub.
Calvin Harris is at Wet Republic.
Richard Beynon is at Rehab, then Body English at the Hard Rock.
The Jabbawockeez host a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Tacos & Tequila in the Luxor.
Cinco de Sexy is at The Bank in Bellagio.
Bare Brunch launches the adult-only topless Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage.
XS starts the new season of its after-dark Night Swim soirees with Redfoo of LMFAO headlining.
We’ll have Cinco de Mayo and fight highlights Sunday, and Monday we’ll celebrate the eighth anniversary of Steve Wynn’s aquatic show “Le Reve — The Dream.” Later in the week, Part 2 of our exclusive interview with former Mayor Oscar Goodman as he talks secrets from his Mob days, plus, a preview of the four-day Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit with celebrity chefs and culinary VIPs.
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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