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Weekend Best Bets: Lewis Black, Helldorado Days and Billboard Music Awards


The Helldorado Days Parade makes its way down Fourth Street in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

From local bands and artists to chart-topping pop stars, the weekend ahead is all about music in Las Vegas.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • Tonight - Sunday: Helldorado Days at Symphony Park

      The Las Vegas Elks’ long-running (since 1934!) rodeo and festival heads to a new location downtown featuring its annual parade, carnival and signature events, including the “whiskerino” beard contest and the “mutton bustin’ ” sheep riding contest. All proceeds benefit charitable causes. Entry is $10 to $25 per day. Times vary.

    • Katy Perry performs at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.

      Sunday: 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand

      The Billboard Music Awards return to MGM Grand Garden Arena to honor this year’s chart-toppers. The ceremony also will feature performances from the likes of Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Lorde, Miley Cyrus and hometown boys Imagine Dragons, among others. The show begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $90 to $500.

    • Tonight: Local bands at Brooklyn Bowl

      Celebrate local music with a don’t-miss free showcase of some of Las Vegas’ finest home-bred performers, including songstress Sabriel, jam band favorites Moksha and hip-hop crew Rhyme N Rhythm. Sets begin at 8 p.m. Return next Wednesday for a free 10 p.m. show by Blue Man Group side project Uberschall.

    • The Las Vegas Philharmonic, performing here with the Las Vegas Master Singers, is one of two resident companies at the Smith Center's Reynolds Hall.

      Saturday: Paris, Je T’aime at the Smith Center

      Paris meets Las Vegas with this special performance by the Las Vegas Philharmonic featuring a selection of works by Gershwin, Bizet, Debussy and more and guest conductor Sarah Hicks of Pops and Presentations with the Minnesota Orchestra. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $94.

    • Lewis Black took the stage at the Mirage on June 22.

      Friday - Saturday: Lewis Black at the Mirage

      Comedian, actor and playwright Lewis Black returns to Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage with his trademark political humor and witty social commentary. The four-time Grammy nominee will perform Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 to $80.

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