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Strip Scribbles: Bridesmaid Britney Spears, EDC, Bobby Flay, Caesars’ 50th

2016 Billboard Music Awards

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Britney Spears performs at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 22, 2016, in Las Vegas.

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ at Axis

Britney Spears’ hit resident show “Britney: Piece of Me,” pictured here Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, has been refreshed at Axis at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »

Pop princess Britney Spears is so excited about being a bridesmaid this weekend in Las Vegas for her best friend’s wedding that she posted it to her Instagram page while driving across the desert on I-15, adding “I’m so excited!”

But she kept the identity of the couple top secret. I’m speculating that it’s the summer wedding of her manager, Larry Rudolph, and his fiancee, Jen Barnet. He is in one of Britney’s selfies.

Jen is co-owner of Xcycle boutique fitness studio here in Boca Park. Britney choreographed the music for one of the sessions. I called Larry, but he told me “no comment” when I tried to confirm that he was involved.

I’m thus only left to speculate, but after the ceremony we’ll get the details.

2015 EDC: Three Nights

The 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival from June 19-21, 2015, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Launch slideshow »

DRUGS & DANCE MUSIC: The Electric Daisy Carnival fun for the next three days was preceded this week with the fifth-annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo, the most significant to date with leaders in the industry addressing important topics including drugs in dance music, gender equality and market trends. During Wednesday’s first day at Caesars Palace, highlights included:

“Drugs in Dance Music: It’s Time for the Industry to Act”: Panelists shared stories of loss, recovery and hope. A common theme was the importance of peer-to-peer education and personal responsibility.

Matthew Yazge, director of grand partnerships for music and film at Nielsen, presented a report on spending of dance music fans. According to his study, dance music fans spend more than other music fans, especially on live events, music festivals and concerts. Yazge said, “The (music) industry is lagging behind dance music. With dance music focusing on a younger audience, dance music is really taking a lead.”

Reflecting on gender barriers, “Beyond the Boys’ Club” panelists encouraged peers to educate one another. And at “After the Drop: the State of Dance Music,” panelists discussed the “dance music bubble.” Day 2 today featured a keynote speech by Insomniac CEO and founder Pasquale Rotella — Insomniac oversees EDC.

Bobby Flay Toasts 10 Years of Mesa Grill

Bobby Flay celebrates 10 years of his Mesa Grill on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

BOBBY FLAY’S FLAME: When celebrity chef Bobby Flay was on the Strip last week at his Bobby’s Burger Palace at Mandarin Oriental, he and I spent a long time talking about the problems of a bachelor lifestyle and how he’s been single since his ugly divorce from “Law and Order” actress Stephanie March a year ago. They were married for 10 years.

But now it seems as if there’s a new actress on his arms:. The 51-year-old culinary king, who has Mesa Grill at Caesars, has been seen with “Masters of Sex” star Helene Yorke, who also appeared in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway.”

Bobby and Helene met at a New York Knicks game when the two sat one seat apart in December. The new two to you described as good friends went public with their dating Sunday at the premiere of “Batman vs. Superman” Dawn of Justice” at Radio City Music Hall one day after Bobby’s new horse, Creator, won the Belmont Stakes.

MORE HOT OFF THE GRILL: The Palms steakhouse in the Forum Shops at Caesars will shutter next month for three months for a transformation. Nearby rival Wolfgang Puck will come to the rescue of patrons in need of their steak fix by offering Spago steaks just across the hall.

Wolf’s executive chef and partner David Robins is in China for several weeks overseeing the opening of a Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Beijing modeled after the same-name restaurants at MGM Grand and in Downtown Summerlin.

50 Years of Caesars Palace

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on Feb. 16, 1990, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

50 YEARS OF CAESARS: Year one employees of Caesars will be the stars at Friday’s kickoff of the Summer of Caesars 50th anniversary celebration when arm in arm Caesar and Cleopatra lead the first self-guided historical walking tour of landmarks inside the property.

Jim Dunbar, who has been a faithful team member since opening day Aug. 5,1966, will be joined by year one employees Pamela Price, Pete George, Benny Figgins and John O’Connell for a ceremony by Sean McBurney, general manager.

The next 50th anniversary event will be the Independence Day Weekend block party with fireworks July 3. A gala with cake and champagne will spread over the actual Aug. 5 and 6 weekend anniversary.

CHEAP TICKETS: While Britney and Jennifer Lopez are playing to sold-out audiences at Axis at Planet Hollywood, another Strip headliner is having a tougher time selling tickets at even discounted prices.

In a bid to fill seats, employees at the hotel were offered tickets for just $25 — and tickets still didn’t sell out. Now we know why this headliner wanted to get lots of local press for the show, then spoiled that chance by canceling interviews last minute even though the headliner’s team did the inviting.

LIVE BANDS: For the first weekend since the opening of the Park between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, bands will play 4-hour sets Friday and Saturday. Local drummer and singer Paul Charles will be up first Friday, then Saturday it’s Vegas Limit with an all-request format saluting The Beatles, Garth Brooks and more. The stage will be located at the rear of the Park adjacent to the Bliss Dance sculpture.

Donald Trump at Treasure Island

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump makes a campaign stop Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at Treasure Island. Launch slideshow »

THE DONALD’S MC: For the fourth consecutive time, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has chosen Las Vegas radio and TV personality Wayne Allyn Root to open his rally at Treasure Island on Saturday.

Wayne, who hosts the No. 1 talk show on 790 Talk (KBET) on Monday through Friday afternoons, also is the creator and executive producer of Investigation Discovery’s series “Las Vegas Law.” “In Las Vegas, this is as big as opening for Elvis,” Wayne, the author of the bestselling “Power of Relentless,” told me.

NUMBERS GAME: More than 335,000 tickets were sold last year for shows at the Smith Center, and another 21,720 people showed up for weddings, fundraisers, receptions and meetings. More than 78,500 students and teachers attended a performance there, and to support all those activities, volunteers donated 6,833 combined hours.

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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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