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December 18, 2017

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Celebrity preview: NBA Summer League, Jon Taffer, Sara Evans, Yes and Widespread Panic


A look at Blake Griffin’s first action during the NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Yes and Procol Harum at the Pearl

Yes and Procol Harum in the Pearl at the Palms on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Blake Griffin-NBA Summer League Debut

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Adam Morrison-NBA Summer League

Adam Morrison of the Los Angeles Lakers (left) talks with Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw at the NBA Summer League in the Cox Pavilion.

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The weather is cooler today — overcast and rain, high only in the 90s, but we’re back in the 100s by Saturday, but not in the 110s(!) — and it’s a fairly quiet weekend in Las Vegas.

But there are still and always options for music, comedy, sports and food fans in The Entertainment Capital of the World. Here is this weekend’s Royal Robin Rundown:



Widespread Panic with guest Dirty Dozen Brass Band are at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel for two nights.

Yes is at The Pearl at the Palms.

Nico Vega and Crash Kings are at Hard Rock Live on the Strip.

Stephanie Sanchez performs at The Beat Coffee House and Records Downtown for two nights.

Nashville Unplugged features Lee Miller and James Otto at Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort.

Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show featuring Carla Rea, George Trullinger and more hosted by Tony Sacca is at Eastside Cannery.


Jim Gaffigan is at The Mirage.

Craig “The Love Master” Shoemaker is at South Point for two nights.

Willie Barcena is at The Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.

Mike Marino and Murray Valeriano are at Big Al’s Comedy Club at Gold Coast for two nights.

Michael “Wheels” Parise is at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.


NBA Summer League 2013 kicks off with preliminary-round games at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion at UNLV all weekend and ends July 22.

“Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer hosts On the Rocks, a three-day event giving guests entry to all events, including nightclubs and pools in town, all weekend.

Tickets go on sale for Darius Rucker at Red Rock Resort on Oct. 11.

Super Summer Theater presents “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park all weekend.

The Las Vegas Elvis Festival at LVH is all weekend.

Rice & Company and Tender Steak & Seafood launch their Jabbawockeez dinner and show packages.

Dick’s Last Resort hosts The Most Interesting Bartender in Las Vegas Competition at Excalibur.

Top Rank presents ESPN2 Friday Night Fights featuring Chris “The Hitman” Avalos vs. Drain “Gintong Kamao” Francisco at Texas Station.

As part of Carnevale, The Venetian and Palazzo host Art Wolfe Fine Art Prints at The Natural Wonders Gallery at The Grand Canal Shoppes.

Laidback Luke at Hakkasan: 4/28/13

Laidback Luke at Hakkasan Las Vegas in MGM Grand on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
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Lil' Jon at Vanity

Lil' Jone at Vanity in the Hard Rock Hotel on Sept. 5, 2010. Launch slideshow »

2013 EDC: Night 2 With Tiesto

DJ Tiesto during Night 2 of the Electric Daisy Carnival on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Launch slideshow »


Wale performs at Palms Pool.

Norman Doray spins at Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Laidback Luke spins at Hakkasan at MGM Grand.



Sara Evans is at The Orleans for two nights.

The ’70s Soul Jam featuring The Stylistics, Peaches & Herb, Barbara Lewis and more is at Cannery.

Michael Lington and Bill Champlin are at Santa Fe Station.

Gary Chaw is at Caesars Palace.

Slightly Stoopid and Atmosphere are at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.


Justin Willman’s “Like a Magician, But Cooler” is at Suncoast.

The Klinq Social Sips event benefitting Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Southern Nevada is at Gold Spike.


Chris Lake spins at EBC.

Lil Jon is at Tryst in the Wynn.

The Stafford Brothers spin at Daylight Beach Club.



Viet My Entertainment’s “The Beauty of Love” is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.


Chef de cuisine Joshua Crain celebrates Bastille Day with a special menu at Bouchon in The Venetian.

Marche Bacchus French Bistro and Wine Shop celebrates Bastille Day with a lakeside skydiving performance by Vegas Extreme Skydiving and Navy Seals, a balloon release and a special menu.

The 2013 World Series of Poker continues at The Rio. Check out our guest column from Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari on Saturday.

Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp features Yes.


Tiesto spins at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.

Dirty South spins at EBC.

Check back Sunday for a guest column by Chippendales and “The Amazing Race” hunks James Davis and Jaymes Vaughan.

Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and 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.

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