Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 | 2 a.m.
It’s a big concert weekend on the Strip (and downtown, too) anchored by monumental shows from three of music’s leading ladies. A unique new limited engagement begins at Park Theater as well, so do some exploring to find the sounds that are right for you during this late-summer holiday weekend.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE The Downtown Rocks free concert series at the Fremont Street Experience’s 3rd Street Stage brings critical and commercial success Melissa Etheridge and her unique brand of rootsy, raspy rock to the heart of the city for Labor Day weekend. August 31, info at vegasexperience.com.
MARIAH CAREY: THE BUTTERFLY RETURNS Five Grammys, nine American Music Awards, the Billboard Artist of the Decade award and the World Music Awards’ “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium” honor. Those are just some of the accolades Mariah Carey brings to her new show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which kicked off in July and returns for six concerts starting Friday. August 31-September 2, info at thecolosseum.com.
SHAKIRA The Colombian-born, global pop superstar had to postpone her tour last year to take care of some vocal cord issues. Now Shakira is back onstage on a grand scale for the first time in seven years in support of her 2017 album “El Dorado.” The tour/dance party touches down on the Strip Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. September 1, info at mgmresorts.com.
QUEEN & ADAM LAMBERT Still champions of the world, Queen (with original members Brian May and Roger Taylor) teams with tremendous vocal talents of Adam Lambert for a 10-show run at Park Theater kicking off Saturday. It will be exciting to see how this supergroup fits its arena-sized spectacle into the more intimate environment at Park MGM. September 1-2, info at parkmgm.com.
E-40 The Bay Area rap legend drops into Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade for a hip-hop party sure to be the hot spot on Sunday night. September 2, info at brooklynbowl.com.