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Celebrity preview: Alternatives to EDC, a ‘Mob Wives’ wedding, Buckcherry and Paul Revere and the Raiders


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Contributing photographer Erik Kabik’s best, favorite and most memorable photographs of 2012. The 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is pictured here.

It's hard to believe, with hundreds of the world’s most famous DJ’s here for the monstrous three-night Electric Daisy Carnival, that anything else could possibly be going on -- however, this is Vegas and if you aren’t into a dusk-to-dawn party scene packed with over 100,000 revelers, there are plenty of other choices.

Best of Electric Daisy Carnival 2011

Margo dances to he music during the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, June 25, 2011. Launch slideshow »

First though -- the Carnival!

You can click here for the full schedule as reported by the Las Vegas Weekly. The Electric Daisy carnival runs from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly.

There will be eight different areas to check out with as many as 10 different DJs spinning in each zone. More than 200 music personalities will play from seven stages. All 345,000 tickets were sold quickly and the guests will be dressed -- or undressed -- in the wildest and craziest of outfits to stroll the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. They’ll be entertained by hundreds of theatrical performers, artists, stilt-walkers and fire-eaters. A carnival will have several Ferris wheels and each night ends with giant firework displays.

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Electric Daisy Carnival founder Pasquale Rotella and reality TV and "Peepshow" star Holly Madison make their way through the crowd during the first night of the Electric Daisy Carnival early Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The EDC is masterminded by Pasquale Rotella, creator of Insoniac Events and fiancé of Holly Madison. The pair will be out there each night, complete with a backstage nursery set-up for Rainbow, their three-month-old baby daughter. Guess she’ll sleep right through the noise?

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Ramona Rizzo of VHI's "Mob Wives."

Back on the Strip, we have our own fireworks! Could there be a more unusual bachelorette party than the one "Mob Wives" star Ramona Rizzo is throwing in advance of next weekend’s marriage to Joseph Sclafani, who is behind bars? Wedding guests can watch the ceremony (conducted by telephone) and even congratulate the groom! Ramona, the granddaughter of Benjamin "Lefty Guns" Ruggiero, is inviting fans or just the curious to the bachelorette bash, held with the topless dancers in the Crazy Horse III strip club. Saves the worry of what to wear for a wedding?

We also have all our regular attractions -- the zaniness of "Absinthe," the new "Priscilla" musical, the arrival of Celine Dion discovery Veronic and her 50 singing voices at Bally’s, and the magic and illusions of Criss Angel and David Copperfield.

For rock fans who loathe electronic music, the members of Buckcherry have reunited after their 2002 breakup and are at Red Rock Resort. For pop fans who loathe electronic music, there’s a double headliner: Old-time bubblegum stars Paul Revere and the Raiders have teamed up with the Cowsills!

There’s even a comedy shoot-out between Wanda Sykes at Treasure Island and Lewis Black at the Mirage next door -- plus all the normal residency shows.

Parents who want to shelter youngsters from EDC can let Nickelodeon sensation Victoria Justice play baby-sitter with her show at the Palms.

So, even though we’re swamped with EDC hysteria, there’s plenty of other sights and sounds in the Entertainment Capital of the World that we’ve assembled in our regular Royal Robin Rundown:


"Victorious" star Victoria Justice performs at the Pearl in the Palms. Here’s her behind-the-scenes tour video.

Hip-hop Latin rockers Ozomatli play at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.

"High Voltage AC/DC Production Show" is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tower of Power performs at the South Point all weekend.

"Nashville Unplugged" presents Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman at Red Rock Resort.

Meredith Willson’s "Music Man" with its 76 trombones is at the Super Summer Theatre in the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park all weekend.

The Family Stone is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for two nights.

Super Diamond performs at the M Resort.

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Wanda Sykes.


Outrageous MTV stars, Steve-O & Tom Green, “The Original Pranksters,” are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Wanda Sykes is at Treasure Island.

Political humorist and commentator Lewis Black is at the Mirage for two nights.

Timm Metivier and John Crist are at Big Al’s Comedy Club in the Orleans before it relocates to the Gold Coast hotel.

Special note:

Electric Daisy Carnival is at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway all weekend.

Tickets are on sale for Enrique Iglesias at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool on Sept. 13 and Shinedown’s Carnival of Madness at the Hard Rock Sept. 15.

"Evil Dead: The Musical" kicks off its first anniversary weekend at the V Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile with a blood drive to support United Blood Services at the Maximum Comics store there.

Sundown in Downtown: An adult calypso party of culture, cocktails and cuisine to benefit educational programs for underserved youth is at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Conventions galore at the South Point this weekend: The 21st annual Casino Collectibles with everything from chips to tables and dice; Creating Keepsakes and the Gold Rush Peruvian Horse Classic.

Party patrol

Sean Paul performs at 1OAK Nightclub at the Mirage.

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Day 2 of Rock Vegas featuring Buckcherry, Corey Taylor and Rob Zombie at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.


The Carpenters tribute show "We’ve Only Just Begun" is at the Suncoast for two nights.

Disarm The Descent Tour, featuring Killswitch Engage with special guests As I Lay Dying and Miss May I, is at Mandalay Bay.

Buckcherry performs at the Red Rock Resort.

Boz Scaggs with special guest Dave Mason at the Pearl at the Palms.

Smashing Alice at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Paul Revere and the Raiders plus the Cowsills perform at the Eastside Cannery. Think of this as the clean-cut version of Kiss & Motley Crue tours!

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The Las Vegas Sin football team poses for a photo during media day.

Special note

The Legends Football League: Las Vegas Sin vs. Green Bay Chill at the Orleans Arena.

Bagatelle Beach launches its new champagne–friendly brunch starting this weekend at the pool area alongside the Tropicana.

Party patrol

“Mob Wives” star RaMona Rizzo celebrates her bachelorette party at Crazy Horse III.

Hip-hop legend Too $hort is at LAX nightclub in the Luxor.

VH-1 reality stars Daisy de la Hoya & Brittanya host at the adult Sapphire Pool & Dayclub.

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Philip Fortenberry, associate conductor for Jersey Boys, at The Composers Showcase at the Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012.


Pianist Philip Fortenberry tickles the ivories at the Smith Center in his one-man 75-minute show, “The Man at the Piano." Philip's hands subbed for Michael Douglas' hands in "Behind the Candelabra," the HBO biopic about Liberace.

Special note

Future Stars of Wrestling at Sam’s Town Live!

If you’re heading to EDC be safe, be aware, watch for those who would cause mischief and keep an alert eye for early morning drivers threading home after 12 hours of partying.

We’ll post photos from EDC on Sunday here and have the full wrapup on Monday. Next week we remember with the fourth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death as Cirque du Soleil premieres "Michael Jackson One" at Mandalay Bay on Saturday. We’ll also preview Terry Bradshaw’s new show opening at the Mirage.

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