Friday, June 17, 2016 | 6 p.m.
If you want electronic dance music this weekend, plan on getting out of town — well, at least 16 miles off the Strip. It seems as if for the next three days starting at sunset today through sunrise Monday that the EDM world — more than 400,000 total — will be headquartered at our Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 20th anniversary Electric Daisy Carnival and sixth consecutive festival here.
Use Uber (as much as $1,000 round trip) or Maverick Helicopters ($5,000 for round-trip private charter) to avoid the usual bumper-to-bumper crush.
Tiesto and girlfriend of 14 months Annika Backes kicked it off Thursday with the premiere of his “A Town Called Paradise” on Viva Vision video screens spanning five football fields across Fremont Street Experience. The 7-minute video plays at 9 p.m. and midnight throughout EDC Weekend and thereafter nightly at midnight.
Vegas DeLuxe has already posted the Royal Robin Rundown for EDC events along with other stories of the weekend. Many of the 300+ DJs performing on the eight sprawling stages also pick up extra paychecks with day-and-night appearances at our clubs to keep the party going. You’ll find that list below of EDM that never stops.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. May your kids be kind and good. May they show you the love you showed your dad and be grateful for all you still do for them.
Remember that the Friday concert with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson at MGM Grand Garden Arena has been postponed and rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 21, due to unplanned surgery for Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Good-health wishes also go to my pal and former Planet Hollywood headliner Meat Loaf, who collapsed Thursday night onstage during a concert in Edmonton Alberta. He has told me that he has to deal with asthmatic problems and an irregular heartbeat.
The biggest Strip headliner events are with Steely Dan and Steve Winwood at Caesars Palace and WWE “Money in the Bank” for Smackdown and Raw at T-Mobile Arena with WWE Divas and stars including Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens and Alberto Del Rio.
Caesars today kicks off its “Summer of Caesars 50th Anniversary.” The big weekend is an Aug. 5 and 6 gala coinciding with the opening date in 1966. Only one employee, Jim Dunbar, remains from Day 1, while four others are still there from the first year: Pamela Price, Pete George, Benny Figgins and John O’Connell.
They will unveil the Caesars and Cleopatra historical walking tour and photo exhibit of highlights through five decades. Caesars execs plan an Independence Day Weekend block party with fireworks July 3.
Chef Bryan Ogden opens his culinary theater in the round at Mixx Grill and Lounge on the site of the former Gordon Biersch Brewery in Boca Park. Bryan, who worked with his father, Bradley Ogden, at Caesars will be center stage cooking in an open kitchen.
The global menu promises a French influence on South Pacific and Asian seafood. I’ve always gone gaga for Bryan’s cooking skills, and I’ve no doubt that he will thrill again.
If you’re an NHL fanatic, ice hockey’s top trophies go on display Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel through Tuesday, when they are moved to Wynn Las Vegas for Wednesday’s 2016 NHL Awards hosted by Will Arnett.
Shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will face the media about a proposed Las Vegas expansion team at T-Mobile for the 2017-18 season.
And let’s not forget that pop princess Britney Spears plays bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding here. So with 400,000 EDC fans gearing up with outrageous outfits, let’s not waste any more time in spinning our own setlist of hits that we affectionately title each week the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JUNE 17
Kansas is at the Foundry in SLS Las Vegas.
The Drake vs. Kanye tribute party is at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at the Linq Promenade.
In-A-Fect is at All-Star Friday Nights at Aliante.
The Hal Savar Band is at Lounge at the Palms.
The In Its Entirety Concert Series features Boston’s debut album and the best of Cheap Trick at Red Rock Resort.
The Temptations Revue with Martha Reeves and The Vandellas is at Golden Nugget Showroom.
Sierra Black is at Santa Fe Station for two nights.
Steven Wright is at the Orleans for two nights.
Christopher Titus is at South Point all weekend.
Bobby Wayne Stauts is at Pahrump Nugget Events Center.
OF SPECIAL NOTES
Tickets are on sale for:
• Chris Isaak at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on July 30.
• Silversun Pickups at BBLV on Aug. 20.
• Alice in Chains at the Joint on Oct. 1.
• The Rolling Stones at T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 19.
• Ghost at BBLV on Oct. 22.
• Kanye West at T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 29.
Willkommen! The Tony Award-winning “Cabaret” is at the Smith Center all weekend. Our review was posted Thursday, and our Q+A with star Randy Harrison (The MC) will be posted at 2 a.m. Saturday.
The Summer Concert Series starring Steve McCoy is at Sanders Winery Pahrump.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s “Circus Xtreme” is at the Thomas & Mack Center all weekend.
EDC PARTY PATROL
Owl Radio will broadcast 2016 EDC, plus live telecasts on YouTube, Insomniac.com, LNTV.com and Live Video API on the EDC Facebook page.
Calvin Harris is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand for two nights.
Skyfall Takeover is at the Sayers Club in SLS Las Vegas.
Borgore is at Foxtail Pool in SLS all weekend.
DJ Hollywood is at Foxtail Club in SLS for two nights.
Morgan Page is at Daylight Beach Club in Mandalay Bay.
Axwell Ingrosso is at Hakkasan.
DJs Mark Stylz and Exodus are at Ghostbar in the Palms for two nights.
Mark Stylz and Exodus are at Palms Pool & Dayclub.
Bassjackers and Makj are at Drai’s Beach Club atop the Cromwell.
Steve Aoki is at Jewel in Aria.
Armin Van Buren is at Omnia, Beefowl at Heart of Omnia and Mondo on the Terrace at Omnia in Caesars.
Morgan Page is Daylight.
Cash Cash is at Marquee Dayclub in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Andrew Rayel is at Marquee Nightclub.
Blasterjaxx is at Tao Beach in the Venetian.
Eric D-Lux is at Tao Nightclub.
Alesso is at Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
NGHTMRE is at EBC at Night.
Zedd is at XS.
Afrojack is at Wet Republic in MGM Grand.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
“American Idol” Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips headlines Mandalay Bay Beach with Matt Nathanson. Be sure to read our esteemed editor Don Chareunsy’s Q+A with Phillip posted this morning.
Dru Hill is at BBLV.
Barry Black is at Lounge at the Palms.
Piano Men: Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel with Jeffrey Allen and Matthew Banks is at the Suncoast.
The Saints with Brent Muscat are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Freakshow Wrestling with Jenn O. Cide, Sinn Bodhi and Brutus Beefcake are at Fremont Country Club.
EDC PARTY PATROL
Kevin Federline is at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club.
White Label DJ Battle featuring DJs Exile, Dielekt, Nutron, Majestic Chris and more is at the Sayers Club.
DJ Presto One and Exodus are at Palms Pool & Dayclub.
Knife Party is at Rehab Beach Club in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Zeds Dead and Adventure Club are at Drai’s Beachclub.
Nicole Moudaber is at Drai’s After Hours.
Dada Life is at Jewel.
Martin Garrix is at Omnia, Devin Lucien is at Heart of Omnia, and DJ Fergie is on the Terrace at Omnia.
Dash Berlin is at Marquee Dayclub.
DJ Vice is at Marquee Nightclub.
DJ Eric Prydz is at Tao Beach.
DJ Jerzy is at Tao Nightclub.
Laidback Luke is at Daylight.
DJ Kaskade is at EBC by day and XS at night.
Yellow Claw is at EBC Night.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19
Steely Dan and Steve Winwood are at the Colosseum at Caesars.
The Movement presents Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
OF SPECIAL NOTES
WWE “Money in the Bank” is at T-Mobile Arena.
Dads drive free in a Father’s Day promotion at Richard Petty Driving Experience with 600 hp up to 50 laps around the speedway.
EDC PARTY PATROL
The Chainsmokers are at Hakkasan.
Martin Garrix is at Wet Republic.
Borgeous is at Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria.
DJ Benny Black is at Ghostbar.
Disclosure is at Daylight.
Flux Pavilion is at Rehab.
Quintino is at Drai’s Beach Club.
Chris Garcia & Friends are at Drai’s Nightclub.
Carnage is at Marquee Dayclub.
Duke Dumont is at Tao Beach.
DJ Snake is at EBC.
Alesso is at Nightswim at XS.
Be sure to check back for our EDC coverage — reports and photo galleries — all weekend. With temperatures soaring to the 120s, this is a weekend of water, buckets of H2O, to stay hydrated. Happy Father’s Day, and Happy 2016 EDC!
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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