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Photos: Birthday boys Kid Rock at Tao and J Cole at Lavo

Kid Rock, with Rande Gerber, right, celebrates his birthday during his after-concert party at Tao in the Venetian on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.
Photo: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery

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Kid Rock at Tao; J Cole at Lavo

Rocker Kid Rock, fresh from performing his sold-out concert at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay on Saturday night (his show there Friday night also was sold out), hosted an after-concert party at Tao in the Venetian that also served as a birthday celebration.

The Detroit rock star took over a section of VIP tables and enjoyed Jim Beam and Miller Lite with a large group of friends that included fellow recording artist Uncle Kracker and nightlife mogul Rande Gerber (minus wife Cindy Crawford?).

Rock, who recently turned 41, was presented with a belated birthday cake shaped like a Badass beer can, a replica from his beer brand. DJ Vice wished him a very “Badass” birthday, shouting out Detroit and Rock throughout the night to a cheering crowd.

On his way out of Tao, Rock stopped and shook hands with a Marine, thanking him for his military service. Actor Chris Evans (“Captain America,” “Fantastic Four”) dined at Tao with a friend, enjoying sea bass and orange chicken.


At sister hotspot Lavo in the Palazzo, hot rapper and producer J Cole celebrated his 27th birthday. The birthday boy, surrounded by friends, graciously interrupted his dinner throughout the meal to pose for photographs with fans.

His entourage of nearly 30 took over several VIP tables at the upstairs boutique nightclub, where he was presented with cake in the shape of a keyboard that he pretended to play as partygoers went crazy. J Cole performed two of his hits and took more photographs with fans. Thanks to Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery for his photo gallery at Lavo.

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