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Photos: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis celebrate three years of Surrender


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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis celebrate Surrender’s third anniversary at Encore on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Surrender and EBC Third Anniversary: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis and Macklemore celebrate Surrender's third anniversary at Encore on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Launch slideshow »

After celebrating the first two anniversaries with Grammy Award-winning DJ Skrillex, Surrender Nightclub at Steve Wynn’s Encore mixed it up late Wednesday night and toasted three years of “Surrender Your Wednesdays” and the nightspot with a performance by one of the hottest new acts in music, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Macklemore, 29 and from Seattle, and Lewis, 25 and from across Washington state in Spokane, first dined at Andrea’s, where I spotted Macklemore leaving en route to his mini-set at Surrender, with friends. The group shared executive chef Joseph Elevado’s shishito peppers, edamame, chicken shui mai, chicken lettuce cups and Wagyu beef sliders and enjoyed signature cocktails including The Dream (I perhaps had a few of them, too) and The Aphrodisiac.

After dinner, Macklemore & Lewis made their way to a luxury bungalow, where they watched an aquatic performance by cast members of “Le Reve — The Dream,” which featured acrobatics, dancing and synchronized swimming. Partygoers watched the performance and rewarded the ladies in red swimsuits with loud applause. (“Le Reve” opened at the Wynn in 2005.)

Macklemore & Lewis then took the stage in the middle of Encore Beach Club and gave an electrifying four-song performance: “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz; “White Walls”; “And We Danced” featuring Macklemore’s British DJ alter-ago Raven Bowie complete with a pink feather boa; and the high-energy “Can’t Hold Us” featuring Ray Dalton. Macklemore also surfed the at-capacity crowd via plastic raft and solo.

“Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” their first two singles from their album “The Heist,” both hit No. 1, a chart record and with the former ruling the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. The dynamic duo partied at Hyde Bellagio on Wednesday night. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery of the nighttime revelry.

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Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

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