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Friday, July 18, 2014 | 6 p.m.
“Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.”
“Head like a hole, black as your soul, I’d rather die than give you control.”
“Black hole sun, won’t you come and wash away the rain.”
Turning off the iPod now. For now.
Music takes the forefront in the Entertainment Capital of the World this weekend, with Lady Gaga at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden in a doubleheader at the Axis in Planet Hollywood, Jesse McCartney at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool and more.
But if gawking at beautiful people who don’t sing is your thing, reality-TV star Brody Jenner takes to the wheels of steel at Hyde Bellagio (he’ll skip stepsister Kim Kardashian’s wedding to Kanye West but will play DJ on the Strip, as well as attend the nuptials of Reggie Bush, K.K.’s ex).
And Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, the first Miss USA from the Silver State, is omnipresent in her first celebratory trip home to Las Vegas since being crowned and making Nevada history and proud June 8 in Baton Rouge, La.
Without further ado and with regular columnist Robin Leach on his annual vacation in Europe, here is this weekend’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JULY 18
Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog perform a free concert at Fremont Street Experience.
Sky Ferreira, who opened for Miley Cyrus at MGM Grand Garden Arena, headlines July’s “Under the Lights” concert at Container Park downtown.
“America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm is at Ravello Lounge in M Resort.
The Wailers are at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.
Roy Hamilton Jr. is at Viva Las Vegas Event Center.
The R&B concert “Throwback Sizzling Jam” with Guy, 112, Dru Hill and more is at Orleans Arena.
Nashville Unplugged features Wynn Varble at Club Madrid in Sunset Station.
Bill Cosby is at Treasure Island.
“Lipshtick” featuring Heather McDonald and Iliza Schlesinger is at the Venetian for two nights.
Todd Glass, Bobby Miyamoto and David Gee are at the Improv in Harrah’s all weekend.
Joey Diaz is at South Point.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for “KISS Rocks Vegas” at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel from Nov. 5-23.
Tickets go on sale for Theophilus London at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan on Aug. 28.
Tickets go on sale for Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires at Boulevard Pool on Sept. 18.
Tickets go on sale for Haerts at Boulevard Pool on Oct. 2.
Tickets go on sale for Laura Pausini at Pearl at the Palms on Oct. 18.
Mopar Midnight Mayhem is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Hypno Thoughts” featuring Jeff McBride is at Orleans Showroom.
The NBA Summer League continues through Monday at UNLV’s the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.
Jesse McCartney isn’t leaving; he’s hosting and performing at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool.
Brody Jenner spins at Hyde Bellagio.
2014 Miss USA Nia Sanchez is at Drai’s Beach Club + Nightclub atop the Cromwell, then at the Bank in Bellagio.
DMC is at 1OAK in the Mirage.
Jermaine Dupri is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
SATURDAY, JULY 19
Lady Gaga brings her “ArtRave: The ArtPop Ball” tour to MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden are at Planet Hollywood.
The Spin Doctors are at Red Rock Resort.
Tony Sacca is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Super Diamond is at Brooklyn Bowl.
Fayne & Friends is at Viva Las Vegas Event Center.
Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Cowsills are at Eastside Cannery.
Paul Williams is at South Point for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Towbin Fiat hosts a Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA recruitment event.
Special Olympics Nevada presents the fundraiser “Party in the Pod” at the Linq.
“The Walkabout Tour” featuring Clinton Anderson is at South Point for two days.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez is at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, then at the Miss USA Soiree at Drai’s Beach Club + Nightclub.
Taryn Manning (“Orange Is the New Black”) spins at Palms Pool with guest singer-actor Ryan Cabrera.
Danity Kane — remember them?! — is at Liquid Pool Lounge, then nearby Haze at Aria.
G-Eazy is at the Bank.
Kid Ink is at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Fatman Scoop is at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.
DJ Lady Starlight hosts the official Lady Gaga After-Show Ball at Chateau in Paris Las Vegas.
SUNDAY, JULY 20
Reggae Bowl: Baba B is at Brooklyn Bowl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Nia Sanchez hosts National Lollipop Day at Sugar Factory Town Square.
Jason Derulo is at Rehab, then Body English. Feel free to talk dirty to him.
StripLV presents NVI Nightlife’s Scan & Tag Bikini Contest hosted by StripLV July cover girl Olga Loera and the StripLVgirls at Kahunaville and Treasure Island Las Vegas pool.
Check back Sunday as our series of guest columnists continues with Smith Center President Myron Martin, music-producer extraordinaire Zoe Thrall and nightlife guru Jack Colton.
Robin Leach contributed to this report even though he’s reportedly on vacation in Europe.
Don Chareunsy is 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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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.