While this weekend can’t compete with the imminent craziness of Memorial Day Weekend, the next few days are going to be busy for celebrity watchers in Las Vegas.
Gwen Stefani and her No Doubt bandmates have already been spotted across town, taking in Cirque du Soleil shows in advance of their own performance at Mandalay Bay tomorrow.
The concert is part of Tiger Woods’ ongoing do-gooding: His namesake charity event, Tiger Jam, supports youth empowerment initiatives through his namesake non-profit, the Tiger Woods Foundation.
The cast of the soon-to-be-released Vegas-based comedy, The Hangover, will also be in town tonight for a fundraising event of their own.
Instead of a public concert, however, the night’s activities will revolve around a private poker tournament at Caesars Palace.
Also expected in Las Vegas are rappers Ja Rule and Sean “Diddy” Combs; rockers from Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Staind, and former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello’s new band, Street Sweeper Social Club.
Here’s the expected play-by-play:
Things will get started this weekend with the cast of The Hangover and their previously-mentioned poker tournament at Caesars.
Heather Graham, comedian Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers, He’s Just Not That into You) are three of the celebrities expected to attend the event, which will support Opportunity Village.
Other members of the cast, including Ed Helms (“The Office”) and Justin Bartha (National Treasure) and director Todd Phillips (“Old School”) will also participate.
Meanwhile, stars of VH1’s Tough Love, Jacklyn Watkins and Taylor Royce, will host at Jet.
Also tonight, 90s rockers Everclear will play LAX at the Luxor and Seven Mary Three will play Wasted Space at the Hard Rock.
The slightly more recent and yet far heavier group, Staind, will also play this evening, but their show will be far from The Strip, at Sunset Station in Henderson.
In addition, Eek-a-Mouse will visit the Hard Rock Hotel for a reggae pool party this afternoon, while LMFAO will enjoy some late afternoon sun at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand.
Tomorrow will include a mixture of rappers and rockers, with Sean “Diddy” Combs at Wet Republic and Ja Rule at Pure at Caesars Palace later that night.
Gwen Stefani and her diverse and eclectic group, No Doubt, will kick things into high gear at the annual Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay – and the event’s namesake founder, Tiger Woods, is largely expected to put in an appearance, as well.
Paramore and The Sounds will serve as event openers for the show.
Also on Saturday’s musical docket, BB King will play the House of Blues and heavy metal heads, Helmet, will be at Wasted Space.
Two notable DJs will also be in town tomorrow night: Nick Warren will play Perfecto at Rain at the Palms, and Linsday Lohan’s still-somewhat recent ex, Samantha Ronson, will return once again to Privé.
Sunday will see two more techno sensations, including one of the world’s top DJs, Ferry Corsten, a.k.a. System F, who will take over Daylife Sundays at Wet Republic; and the woman who collaborated with esteemed DJ David Guetta on his international hit single, “Delirious,” Tara McDonald.
While Corsten will surely get things and keep things going over at the MGM Grand, McDonald will entertain crowds at Tao Beach.
Later that night, former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello’s new band, Street Sweeper Social Club, will make its Las Vegas debut at Wasted Space.
The group is currently touring with Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction, both of which will perform at the Palms on Monday night. However, Morello’s new group was left off the Vegas bill for some reason, leaving organizers to arrange a separate gig for the group.
Who knows, some of Morello’s tour mates, such as Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, or Perry Farrell or Dave Navarro from Jane’s Addiction, might even pop by Carey Hart’s rock-club on Sunday to lend their support.
Morello, too, may very well show up at the Pearl on Monday night – perhaps in part to return the favor, or possibly just to see Reznor, Farrell, Navarro and the rest of the boys perform on his day off.
While this weekend, unlike next weekend, will be a standard two-day affair for most of us, that doesn’t mean the party will stop once the workweek begins.
In addition to the NIN/Jane’s Addiction concert at the Palms, David Rush and Rick Ross will do their thing, separately, on Monday.
Rush will be at Jet, while Ross will spin at Privé.
Also later next week: Ben Folds plays House of Blues on Tuesday, while renowned Dutch DJ Sander Van Doorn will play Body English.