Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 6 p.m.
From local bands and artists to chart-topping pop stars, the weekend ahead is all about music in Las Vegas.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight - Sunday: Helldorado Days at Symphony Park
The Las Vegas Elks’ long-running (since 1934!) rodeo and festival heads to a new location downtown featuring its annual parade, carnival and signature events, including the “whiskerino” beard contest and the “mutton bustin’ ” sheep riding contest. All proceeds benefit charitable causes. Entry is $10 to $25 per day. Times vary.
Sunday: 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand
The Billboard Music Awards return to MGM Grand Garden Arena to honor this year’s chart-toppers. The ceremony also will feature performances from the likes of Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Lorde, Miley Cyrus and hometown boys Imagine Dragons, among others. The show begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $90 to $500.
Tonight: Local bands at Brooklyn Bowl
Celebrate local music with a don’t-miss free showcase of some of Las Vegas’ finest home-bred performers, including songstress Sabriel, jam band favorites Moksha and hip-hop crew Rhyme N Rhythm. Sets begin at 8 p.m. Return next Wednesday for a free 10 p.m. show by Blue Man Group side project Uberschall.
Saturday: Paris, Je T’aime at the Smith Center
Paris meets Las Vegas with this special performance by the Las Vegas Philharmonic featuring a selection of works by Gershwin, Bizet, Debussy and more and guest conductor Sarah Hicks of Pops and Presentations with the Minnesota Orchestra. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $94.
Friday - Saturday: Lewis Black at the Mirage
Comedian, actor and playwright Lewis Black returns to Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage with his trademark political humor and witty social commentary. The four-time Grammy nominee will perform Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 to $80.