This weekend in the Entertainment Capital of the World, one can be a little bit country and a little bit … comedy, as it’s a country music and comedy showdown. Yee-haw vs. LOLOLOL.
The controversial Daniel Tosh is back again, as are fan favorite Jerry Seinfeld and the legendary Bill Cosby. The legendary Willie Nelson, proud to be an American Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle and Joe Nichols face off.
Do you think tequila makes Gayle’s clothes fall off? (No complaints if it happens to the deep-voiced and hunky Nichols.) Would groupies still take off their clothes for Warrant and Skid Row in free concerts at Fremont Street Experience?
Frank Marino celebrates the 1,000th performance of “Divas Las Vegas” -- that is a lot of makeup, pantyhose and tucking tape -- Kenny G saxes you up, the Flying Karamazov Brothers juggle, well, everything other than a career and family, and the Jackson brothers hit the stage on their “Unity” tour.
FRIDAY, JULY 20
Joe Nichols performs at Silverton Casino Lodge; Kenny G is at Sunset Station; the Jackson brothers are at the Cannery; Ledisi and Eric Benet are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay; and James Hunter is at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for two nights.
The Airborne Toxic Event is at the Hard Rock Hotel pool; Nashville Unplugged features Kylie Sackley and Rob Hatch at Ovation in Green Valley Ranch; and Trever Keith and Scott Shiflett are at Cheyenne Saloon.
Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage; Jerry Seinfeld is at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace for two nights; Bill Cosby is at Treasure Island; Reese Waters is at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina all weekend; Robert Kelly is at Empire Comedy in the Paris for two nights; Alan Havey is at the Improv at Harrah’s all weekend; and Amy Schumer is at the Riviera all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
“Memphis” continues through Sunday at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts; the Flying Karamazov Brothers are at the Venetian Showroom for two nights; and tickets go on sale for the xx (yes, "xx" is correct) at Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool on Oct. 10 and Don Felder in the Pearl at the Palms on Oct. 20.
The fifth annual Las Vegas Film Festival continues at LVH through Sunday; the NBA Summer League continues at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center; and “Evil Dead: the Musical in 4D” throws its grand-opening party at V Theater in Planet Hollywood.
Former Houston Chronicle stripper-journalist Sarah Tressler has a meet-and-greet and performs at Crazy Horse III for two nights. And today is National Lollipop Day, and Sugar Factory is celebrating by offering 15 percent off rarely-on-sale Couture Pops only today at its locations in the Mirage, Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood, MGM Grand and the Paris. The Pops are 15 percent off online through Sunday.
DJ Jazzy Jeff spins at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool & Bungalows; Sunnery James, Ryan Marciano and Bambi spin at Marquee Dayclub and Marquee Nightclub in the Cosmopolitan; Bart B More spins at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore; and Mark Knight is at Haze in Aria.
SATURDAY, JULY 21
Willie Nelson & Family perform at Sunset Amphitheater in Henderson; Big Time Rush and New Hollow are at Mandalay Bay Events Center; Sublime with Rome of Cypress Hill are at Mandalay Bay Beach; Warrant and Skid Row are at FSE; Neil Sedaka is at Eastside Cannery; and Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle are at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm.
The Scintas are at Suncoast for two nights; Emery is at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip; and David Perrico, Naomi Mauro, Michael Grimm, Frankie Moreno and an 18-piece band are in the Lounge at the Palms.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Frank Marino celebrates the 1,000th performance of “Divas Las Vegas” at Imperial Palace, psychic medium John Edward is at the Flamingo, and the NBA Summer League continues at the TMC and Cox.
Ginuwine hosts and performs at LAX in the Luxor; Bob Sinclar spins at Wet Republic in MGM Grand; Dash Berlin spins at Marquee Dayclub; Sultan and Ned Shepard are at XS; EDX with Drek Martinez are at Marquee Dayclub and Marquee Nightclub; Miguel is at Haze; and Jermaine Dupri is at Tryst in the Wynn.
CollectiveZoo’s Pool Party Safari is poolside at Rumor from noon to 7 p.m. And The Art of the Party at Martin Lawrence Galleries in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace benefits the UMC Trauma and Burn Care Center and features artwork, chocolate by Max Brenner, Van Gogh vodka and a performance by the Bumbys; purchase tickets online for the worthy cause at TheArtoftheParty.eventbrite.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 22
The Summer Slaughter Tour with Cannibal Corpse, Between the Buried and Me, the Faceless and more rocks HOB.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The NBA Summer League continues; the pro arena soccer team Las Vegas Legends hold auditions for its 2012-2013 dance team at the Beat Dance Academy, 1400 N. Rampart Blvd., at 10 a.m.; and First Food & Bar in the Palazzo hosts a viewing party for the episode of the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats” in which chef Sam DeMarco’s restaurant is featured.
“Absinthe” blonde bombshell Angel Porrino hosts at Go Pool in the Flamingo; Sean Paul hosts at Rehab in the Hard Rock Hotel; Knife Party is at XS; Hardwell and Mord Fustang are at Marquee Dayclub; and Above & Beyond are at Tao Beach in the Venetian.
Check back over the weekend for guest columns from Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison of “Pawn Stars,” Diana Palm of “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and Joel Robuchon’s ace Las Vegas chef Steve Benjamin. Plus, reports and photographs of celebrities at work and play.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
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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