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August 19, 2017

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Weekend happenings: Rebels, hobbits and 48 hours of rock music


Erik Kabik/Retna/

Godsmack performs at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Oct. 29, 2010.

Listen up, Las Vegas. This weekend offers plenty of musical offerings. The Luxor hosts two days of rock, while a local radio station offers an inexpensive day of musical performances at Desert Breeze Park. Sports events also mark the weekend, with notable tennis, college basketball and motocross attractions in town.

Here are the details:

    • Lord of the Rings

      “The Lord of the Rings” in Concert

      Ever wish you were an elf in Middle Earth? Well, that isn’t possible, so settle on allowing your ears to bask in the vibrant and epic score of the award-winning film “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” as performed live onstage by more than 200 musicians. The musical and theatrical event pairs a screening of the movie with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and the Phoenix Boys Choir. It may be as close to feeling like a hobbit as you can get.

      The event begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the Orleans Arena. Tickets begin at $35. For more information, visit

    • UNLV vs. BYU Basketball
      Photo by Sam Morris/Las Vegas Sun

      Runnin’ Rebel Weekend

      With the chronically underperforming UNLV football team playing at Wyoming this weekend, there is no better time to prepare yourself for basketball season. Runnin’ Rebels Weekend kicks off with a free fan event at 6 p.m. Friday at the Fremont Street Experience and continues Sunday with the Scarlet & Grey Scrimmage at 6 p.m. Originally scheduled for at the Cox Pavilion, the workout and practice game were moved to the larger Thomas & Mack Center to accommodate high demand among fans wanting to get their Reb on.

    • Godsmack at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel
      Photo by Erik Kabik/Retna/

      48 Hour Festival

      Without a doubt, there will be grunts, screams and moshing. This weekend, Rockstar Energy Drink puts on the 48 Hour Festival, a two-day event featuring live performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch and Seether, among others. Non-musical event features include big air freestyle motorcross demonstrations by Metal Mulisha riders.

      The 48 Hour Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Luxor Festival Grounds, located across Las Vegas Boulevard from the resort. Passes can be purchased through and single-day tickets are available.

    • The Farm

      The Farm

      For a free and family-friendly option this weekend, consider visiting The Farm’s Harvest Festival. A maze, pony rides and a pumpkin patch are some of the activities available during the ongoing event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday through Sunday during October at The Farm. The Harvest Festival is held to promote and educate people on healthy lifestyles and the importance of homegrown produce. The event features carnival rides on Saturdays and Sundays. The Farm is located at 7222 W. Grand Teton Drive. For more information, visit

    • Supercross World Championship
      Photo by Justin M. Bowen

      Monster Energy Cup

      Rockstar isn’t the only energy drink company staging a big event in Las Vegas this weekend. On Saturday, Monster Energy presents the Monster Energy Cup. The invite-only race will feature some of the world’s best supercross racers vying for their share of a $250,000 purse. The event takes place Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium. Doors open for qualifying rounds and practice at 12:30 p.m., with the main event scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $60 and can be purchased through For more information on the sport of supercross, visit The three-hour event will also be broadcast live on SPEED.

    • The Bite
      Photo by Mona Shield Payne/Special to the Home News

      Bite of Las Vegas

      It may be called Bite of Las Vegas, but the biggest draw to Mix 94.1’s annual event may actually be its musical offerings. This year, national touring acts O.A.R., Michelle Branch, Mat Kearney and Colbie Caillat will perform, with support from local bands The Cab and Imagine Dragons, among others. Food from various local restaurants will be available in $1 to $5 portions. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the one-day festival.

      Bite of Las Vegas runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Desert Breeze Park. Entry is $9. Proceeds of the event are donated to City Mission of Las Vegas.

    • Bush and Sandoval visit Agassi Prep
      Photo by Paul Takahashi

      The Championship Series

      Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and hometown hero Andre Agassi will join other tennis legends at the Thomas & Mack Center for the Las Vegas stop of the 2011 Championship Series. The tournament will feature four champions paired off in one-set semifinals and wraps up with playing an eight-game pro-set match. Las Vegas is one of 12 cities to host the tournament, which culminates with one of the tennis pros winning $1 million.

      The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center. Tickets begin at $35 and can be purchased at

    • IndyCars on The Strip
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      IZOD IndyCar World Championship

      A riveting season of racing comes to an end this weekend with the IZOD IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motorspeedway. The race will decide the series championship and award one racer a $1 million bonus.

      The big championship race begins at 12:45 p.m. Sunday but events began Thursday and run throughout the weekend. For more information, as well as a schedule of events, click here.

    • Haute Chix
      /Bill Hughes

      Kicks, Chicks & Kung Fu Flicks

      If you are looking for a high dose of fashion, sex appeal and entertainment this weekend, head to Blue Martini for Kicks, Chicks & Kung Fu Flicks. The event brings together art, fashion, music and digital media with a night of performances, giveaways, Red Bull drink specials and classic kung-fu films.

      The event runs 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday at Blue Martini inside Town Square. Make sure your feet are dressed to impress.

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