Al Powers / PowersImagery.com
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 2 a.m.
Afrojack Featuring Wrabel Ten Feet Tall
Grammy Award-winning Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack made his residency debut at Hakkasan on Friday night at MGM Grand. Arriving around 12:30 a.m. early Saturday, the 6-foot-10 Afrojack was led to the main stage, where the packed mega-club eagerly awaited his premiere.
About an hour later, the cheering died down as partygoers quieted to hear the kick-off of his high-energy set, which included fan-favorites “Take Over Control,” “Can’t Stop Me,” his No. 1 collaboration “Give Me Everything Tonight” and his new release, “Ten Feet Tall.”
Afrojack, who won a 2011 Grammy Award with David Guetta for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, for Madonna’s “Revolver,” kept the crowd moving and surprised with the appearance of two male-contortionist performers, a first for Hakkasan.
Later in the evening, a dozen cocktail servers joined Afrojack in the DJ booth and presented him with a large bottle of bubbly, which he promptly uncorked atop the DJ booth and showered the late-night revelers, who danced below three large while A’s hanging from the ceiling.
Adding to Afrojack’s pulsating and pounding debut, Hakkasan unveiled two new LED screens on the suspended performance stage displaying mesmerizing graphics and lyrics, which greatly complemented Afrojack’s party premiere.
Earlier in the evening before Afrojack’s set, Hakkasan restaurant’s patrons included singer-songwriter Nick Jonas with friends (Jonas is a new uncle to brother Kevin’s baby girl). Jonas, 21, was dressed casually in a striped Polo shirt and fitted dark jeans, and the group enjoyed vegetarian dishes and signature cocktails.
Afrojack, who was previously a resident DJ at Wynn and Encore, talked his new album, Jared Leto, fashion, Katy Perry and “The Simpsons” before his debut at Hakkasan.
Thanks to Al Powers of Powers Imagery for his photo gallery of Afrojack.
Don Chareunsy is 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.
Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.
Follow Vegas DeLuxe on Twitter at Twitter.com/vegasdeluxe.
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.