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Friday, April 15, 2016 | 6 p.m.
Louis Prima Jr.
Louis Prima Jr.
It’s going to look as if it’s New Year’s Eve at midnight this weekend when Red Rock Resort celebrates its 10th anniversary with more than just a spectacular fireworks display. Talk about popping the cork, and it has nothing to do with UNLVino’s Sake Fever fundraiser there tonight.
This will be a colossal 10th birthday bash at 9 p.m. Saturday with one of the largest fireworks shows ever hosted by one Las Vegas venue with customized pyrotechnics fired from five locations at the casino resort. Famed fireworks figure Phil Grucci says it will set a new benchmark for Las Vegas.
It will run 9 minutes — that’s a few seconds longer than the Dec. 31 extravaganza on the Strip. Somehow they will “etch the sky” to show the number “10” about 700 feet above the ground. The fireworks and pyrotechnics will include comets, mines, aerial shells, flames and animated light show powered by 45 7,000-watt Synchrolite xenon beams. A musical score has been synchronized with the fireworks and will be simulcast live on Mix 94.1 FM.
A lot of the focus of fun will be directed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in nearby Indio, Calif., but we have plenty of action here to rival that music revelry. And with many of the stars traveling here for appearances afterward, I’ve dubbed it the Coachella Crossover.
Our UNLVino Sip for a Scholarship extravaganza continues after Thursday night’s Bubble-Licious at the Venetian with a performance by Human Nature, sing-along with The Yesterdays Beatles tribute band and 21-magnum Dom Perignon cork salute for Award of Excellence winner Rob Goldstein, Las Vegas Sands president.
Tonight, Sake Fever takes over at Red Rock Resort with award recipient chef Brian Massie and Saturday with more than 1,000 wines poured at Paris Las Vegas for the Grand Tasting when former Mayor Jan Jones will be honored.
Sailor Jerry’s Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend festival of burlesque, pinup tattoos and vintage cars continues at the Orleans through Sunday. Try your hand at the risque burlesque bingo and Saturday afternoon say hello to burlesque bombshell Dita Von Teese.
It’s an active weekend Saturday, too, with 700 non-competitive cyclists taking part in the annual Tour de Summerlin for the 80-mile ride over the community’s bike routes and nearby open desert roads to benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Another cancer fundraiser is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Four Seasons for Cure 4 Kids Foundation with MC Tricia Keane from KTNV Channel 13. “Alice in Wonderland” characters, musicians, balloon artists and hat-maker Tawney Bubbles will be entertaining.
More than 400 third- through eighth-grade girls will be decked out in tutus, crazy socks and glittered hair and face paint for Sunday’s Girls on the Run Spring 5K run. The UNLV Lady Rebels basketball team will lead the pre-race warm-up and giant dance party with Bishop Gorman High cheerleaders providing help and encouragement along the course.
Julie Budd, who at just 16 regularly opened for Frank Sinatra as his youngest-ever supporting act during his Caesars Palace shows, debuts her run of shows at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center tonight and Saturday, while comics Wanda Sykes, George Lopez and Henry Cho face off with competing standup laughter.
The biggest show of the weekend will probably be that of Chris Stapleton with guest Anderson East at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. Chris is the former rocker turned country star who swept the recent 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
We also have Sir Elton John resuming his residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace through April 30. The biggest dining spectacular of the weekend after UNLVino will be Le Diner en Blanc/The White Dinner with all guests dressed in all white.
My pick is Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses at Lounge at the Palms on Saturday night. This man can sing, swing, rock and play trumpet! It’s going to be a jump-jiving, high-kicking, fast-stepping night of mirth and music, and nobody does “Just a Gigolo” better.
So as Red Rock’s fireworks explode, let’s pay for every dance with this week’s edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, APRIL 15
Chris Stapleton and Anderson East are at the Joint.
ABC’s “Nashville in Concert” featuring Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Aubrey Peeples is at the Venetian.
Richard Marx is at Golden Nugget Showroom.
Julie Budd “Remembers Mr. Sinatra” at Cabaret Jazz for two nights.
The Darkness and Raven Eye are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
The John Kadlecik Band is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.
Sierra Black is at Santa Fe Station for two nights.
In Its Entirety Concert Series features U2’s “Joshua Tree” and “Achtung Baby” at Red Rock Resort.
Cameron Dettman is at Lounge at the Palms.
Front Page is at Gold Coast through Sunday.
Dan Fester is at the Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas.
Cody Webb is at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square.
George Lopez is at the Mirage for two nights.
Wanda Sykes is at Treasure Island.
Henry Cho is at South Point for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for The Cult at the Foundry in SLS on May 19; Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton at the Joint on May 22; the Summerland Tour featuring Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Aug. 12; Culture Club at Pearl at the Palms on Aug. 21; Coldplay at T-Mobile Arena on Sept. 1; and Jerry Seinfeld at the Colosseum from Dec. 26-27.
UNLVino’s Sake Fever is at Red Rock.
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend is at the Orleans through Sunday.
The Arabian Breeders World Cup continues at South Point all weekend.
Fabolous is at Drai’s atop the Cromwell.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16
Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses are at Lounge at the Palms.
The Steve Miller Band is at Laughlin Event Center.
Miike Snow is at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan.
It’s Coachella Crossover with M83 and Yacht at Brooklyn Bowl.
Frontliner, Jack Spaidz and Happi are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Barry Black is at the Sayers Club.
Tiger Army is at HOB.
Vicki Lawrence is at Suncoast for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
UNLVino’s Grand Tasting is at Paris.
The 24th Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival with Boney James, Eric Benet, Kirk Waylum, Rick Braun, Alex Bugnon and more is at Government Amphitheater.
The 15th Annual Tour de Summerlin Cycling Event for 40- to 80-mile riders starts at Downtown Summerlin.
Roy Jones Jr. promotes “The Dragon” Steve Claggett vs. “The Heat” Chris Van Heerden at DLVEC.
The National Association of Broadcasters convention begins at Las Vegas Convention Center through Thursday.
The 21st Annual Pahrump Valley Cruisers Show and Shine is at Petrack Park.
Zeds Dead launches its residency at Drai’s Beach Club.
Nelly performs at Drai’s.
Big Boi is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
David Guetta is at Encore Beach Club.
SUNDAY, APRIL 17
More Coachella Crossover with The Green and Protoje at Brooklyn Bowl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The 26th Annual AIDS Walk hosted by Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller starts at Town Square with Human Nature, Melody Sweets (“Absinthe”), “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers,” “Twisted Vegas,” “Vegas! The Show” and more with some 6,000 participants expected.
Le Diner en Blanc debuts in a still-secret location.
The Miss Nevada United States Pageant is at South Point.
The Chef’s Table: A Special Community Dinner Benefiting Discovery Children’s Museum is at Tivoli Village.
G-Eazy is at Drai’s.
Skrillex kicks off his 2016 residency at EBC.
Jax Taylor (“Vanderpump Rules”) hosts at Sky Beach Club at Tropicana.
We’ll be back Sunday with reports and photos. Next week: Human Nature’s “Jukebox” grand opening at the Venetian; backstage with Frankie Moreno ahead of his “Under the Influence” residency premiere at Planet Hollywood; George Strait and Kacey Musgravesare at T-Mobile; and a Q+A with Mike Love of The Beach Boys.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.