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Two extraordinary nights of legendary rockers: Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Eagles make for a magical Music Hall of Fame weekend. Add the return of “America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm to the mix and the splash of DJs Tiesto and Pauly D at competing summer pool openings, and it’s a guaranteed fun weekend under the hot desert sun. Bring water to combat the heat and lotion to fight the sun.
Our hometown hero Michael starts his new weekly residency Saturday in Ovation at Green Valley Ranch, where he first gained recognition before winning Season 5 of “AGT.” He’ll also perform at Aliante Station on several Friday nights during the summer. I interviewed the soulful fedora-wearing singer when he opened at Donny and Marie Osmond’s Flamingo theater during Christmastime. Michael will perform a 90-minute show with his band; I’m hoping he sings “Champagne and Wine” from his new 13-track album.
Then the ultimate DJ duel in the desert as the last of the pools open for the summer season. “Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D has rapper Pitbull appearing with him at the season start of Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel. Although friends, his DJ rival Tiesto kicks off his residency at Encore Beach Club with model beauty and 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Underwood, just named Esquire’s Hottest Woman of 2012.
Please support the Animal Foundation’s 9th Annual Best in Show at the Orleans Arena on Sunday. Flamingo magician headliner Nathan Burton, “Peepshow” star Holly Madison and yours truly will host. Fifty canines in need will compete in the American Kennel Club-style dog show to charm hearts of the audience in several categories. Pups with the most crowd applause will advance to compete for the title of Best in Show. Even though there is only one winner, all hounds will be available for adoption after the show.
So as the town actually goes to the dogs, let’s bark out loud this week’s Royal Robin Rundown. Woof! Woof!
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Music makes the world go round: Veteran rockers Crosby, Stills & Nash are at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are at GVR. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are at the Pearl in the Palms. Sheena Easton is South Point for two nights. The Joey DeFrancesco Trio is at Cabaret Jazz at Smith Center for the Performing Arts for two nights.
Augie T. with music by Mahi performs at Veil Pavilion at Silverton Casino Lodge. Abbacadabra, the ultimate ABBA tribute, is at Las Vegas Hotel for two nights. Trina Johnson-Finn’s “Queen of the Night,” a tribute to Whitney Houston, is at Texas Station. Vintage Trouble continues their run at the Cosmopolitan for two more nights. Figgzillamusic.com presents the eNVy Tokers Wild Showcase featuring top local bands. And Starship and Survivor are at Eastside Cannery.
For lots of laughter, Kevin James and Ray Romano team up for two nights at the Mirage. Rachel Feinstein, Frazer Smith and Johnny Loquasto are at Harrah’s Improv all weekend. Guy Torry is at Empire Comedy Club in the Paris for two nights. And Brian McKim and Traci Skene continue all weekend at Big Al’s Comedy Club at the Orleans.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for the Fray and Kelly Clarkson’s July 27 performance at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan and for “An Evening With Furthur,” featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, former Grateful Dead members, at the Joint on Oct. 4. Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic skates all weekend at the Thomas & Mack Center.
MOMIX, an eclectic dance company, presents Botanica at Smith Center. The 11th Annual Pure Aloha Festival continues at Silverton all weekend. Theatre7 in the downtown Arts District hosts PollyGrind’s presentation of a “Very Troma 420, with Lloyd Kaufman set to attend, screening the Las Vegas premiere of “Father’s Day.”
Kelis performs at the season opener of Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool. Shaunie O’Neal of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” hosts at Gallery in Planet Hollywood. Shayne Lamas debuts her skincare line Lamas Organics at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in the Paris. Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace opens for the season. Martin Solveig spins at Tao in the Venetian, Gareth Emery and Blake Jarrell at Marquee and Calvin Harris at Surrender. The cast of “She Wants Me” -- Kristen Ruhlin, Tenille Houston, Daniel Nguyen, Janna Van Heertum and Tyler Barnes celebrate the movie’s same-day release at Tabu Ultra Lounge at MGM Grand. And the Hard Rock Hotel debuts its Beachlife with Summer Camp featuring Dragonette, Cheapshot and Five.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
The Eagles rock MGM Grand Garden Arena. Michael Grimm is at GVR. Travis Tritt is at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm. Florence + the Machine and Blood Orange are at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan. Uncle Kracker is at the Orleans for two nights. The Cleveland Orchestra is at Smith Center. Katchafire, Rebel Souljahz and Haleamano perform at Sway Pool Lounge at Silverton. And Boulder Blues featuring Nick Moss and Diane Kallay Band is at Boulder Station.
The jokes on us with the legendary Marty Allen at Palace Station for two nights, Larry the Cable Guy with Reno Collier at the Cannery and Ronn Lucas at Suncoast for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series opens at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for motorsports enthusiasts with two days of NASCAR-sanctioned short-track racing, a new event for Ford aficionados and the kickoff of the local bracket-racing season. The season opener was scheduled last weekend but was postponed due to rain.
Marquee Dayclub kicks off its pool season with DJ Avicii. Lloyd performs at Haze in Aria. Nineteen-year-old Porter Robinson spins at Surrender. Menno De Jong is guest DJ at Bazaar at the Paris. MMA star Gina Carano celebrates her 30th birthday at Tabu. Dirt Nasty and Beardo host Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria. And Soundwaves at HRH debuts its weekly Nectar Music Festival featuring Basshunter, Hyper Crush, Jump Smokers, DJ Vice, Richard Beynon, Jane Bang, Rock It! Scientists and Fitz and the Tantrums.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Etti Liper, fashion designer and founder of Etti Gear, hosts the Faux Fur Fashion Show, a fundraiser for local animal charities, at Bootlegger Bistro’s Copa Room with a silent auction and entertainment by Rick Faugno. And please don’t forget Best in Show at the Orleans.
Pitbull performs and DJ Pauly D spins at Rehab, while Tiesto and Sara Underwood are at Encore Beach Club.
We’ll post reports and photos of the party action over the weekend and continue the coverage Monday. Who’ll win the superstar DJ showdown between Tiesto and Pauly D? May the best man win in the duel of the decks.
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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