Toga Party at Revolver TOGA! TOGA! TOGA! The Santa Fe Station saloon executes the Animal House favorite Friday night, complete with lucrative drink specials and a shot at $500 for the best-dressed man or woman in the house. You might want to rethink those SpongeBob bed sheets ... August 29, doors at 8 p.m., $5, free before 10 p.m.
Adam Carolla at Crazy Horse III It’s a match made in bro-dude heaven: The comedian and radio personality celebrates yet another launch of his dude-oriented Mangria hooch at the off-Strip gentlemen’s club Friday night. August 29, midnight-3 a.m., free for those who arrive in their own vehicle or the club’s free limo service.
After with Marco Bailey at 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque Is it techno? Minimal? Deep house? All three share a certain overlap on the Venn diagram that is Belgian producer/DJ Marco Bailey’s sonic oeuvre. And judging by his history, Bailey might like to keep you guessing. He’s a versatile dance music practitioner who generally leans toward the techno side of things, but avoids classification like he does the mainstream. Perhaps that’s why he’s on John Digweed’s tech/deep-friendly Bedrock imprint, or started his own Pornographic Records—or booked at After, one of Vegas’ few EDM-skirting sanctuaries. Locals Spacebyrdz and Justin Baulé join the bill. August 29, 3 a.m., $20, $10 with Nevada ID.
Bikini Beer Festival at Picnic A rooftop, evening beer festival with views of Downtown and the Valley. Need we say more? If we must, we’ll also tell you that local breweries Barley’s, Big Dog’s and Joseph James join Magic Hat, Pyramid and more at the Downtown Grand’s pool space, with entertainment courtesy of DJ ParaDice and local bands Play for Keeps and The Perks. August 30, (VIP) 7 p.m., $40; (GA) 8-11 p.m., $30.
House Music DJ Awards at Scullery Forget the DJ Mag Top 100 poll and its shameless politicking. Various DJs, promoters and nightlife principals will gather at Downtown hang Scullery to single out trailblazers and talent from the local house scene. Over 60 awards are slated to be distributed, and 13 hometown performers—including Edgar Reyes, Bad Beat, Bruno Browning and Lenny Alfonzo—are scheduled to play, making the Oscars only the second longest awards show in history. August 30, 8 p.m., free (RSVP on event’s Facebook page suggested).
Alesso at Light With two-thirds of the former Swedish House Mafia holding court at Mandalay Bay’s Cirquey, multi-sensory danceteria, it’s no surprise one of the acts the trio championed during its heyday is also a resident there—and now a superstar in his own right. Stockholm-born Alessandro Lindblad is the melodic-house whiz kid behind EDM megahits “Years” (featuring ubiquitous vocalist Matthew Koma) and “Under Control,” his collaboration with Calvin Harris and the singer known as Hurts—to say nothing of his umpteen remixes. Anyone who patronizes local clubs or listens to 96.7 KYLI-FM is bound to recognize most of Alesso’s DJ mix on Saturday. August 30, doors at 10 p.m., $100+ men, $40+ women.
Miguel at Hyde The soulful R&B star returns to town for Labor Day Weekend, this time performing live at the lakeside Bellagio club Saturday night. Don’t get too close to that stage, ladies—we all remember what happened at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Hashtag for this one: #CrotchInTheFace. August 30, doors at 10 p.m., $50+ men, $30+ women.
Trey Songz at Daylight The hip-hop artist released his sixth studio album, Trigga, last month, though its lead single “Na Na” has been all over the airwaves throughout the year. Songz takes the stage at Mandalay Bay’s outdoor oasis Sunday afternoon. In the booth: DJ Neva. August 31, doors at 11 a.m., $93+ men, $50+ women.
Pete Tong and Deep Dish at LiFE Recently reunited dance music duo Deep Dish is a notable booking for the new SLS nightclub, but it isn’t the real eyebrow-raiser of the holiday weekend schedule. Radio 1 tastemaker Pete Tong has been MIA from Las Vegas for awhile, but reappears to open for the producer/DJ pair with a one-off gig. We’re hoping it’s actually the first of several regular performances from the Brit—we could use more of his fresh-eared programming. August 31, doors at 10 p.m., $33+ men, $22+ women.
Unlocked Sundays presents Hard Labor at Liaison Young (and young-at-heart) gay men seem to party on Sundays guilt-free because, well, that’s what young gay men are expected to do. They’ll enjoy an especially carefree celebration this Sunday thanks to the Monday holiday, with Liaison at Bally’s offering a special edition of locals’ promo Unlocked Sundays appropriately called Hard Labor. We’ll let you ponder the true meaning of that name. August 31, doors at 10 p.m., $20, free for locals with Nevada ID.
Shedonism The annual Pride parade and festival isn’t until next weekend, but events have been planned at venues across town leading up to the main-event weekend—including the yearly, lesbian-focused Shedonism parties, which kick off Wednesday night at Inspire with Lure, featuring local DJ Crykit. September 3-8, times and prices vary, shedonismvegas.com.
The big guns
Holiday weekends bring giant names to town. Here’s your rundown of hit-makers working the Strip over the next four days:
Adventure Club at Drai’s Nightclub August 29, doors at 10 p.m., $40+ men, $20+ women. Kaskade at Marquee Dayclub August 30, doors at 11 a.m., $100+ men, $30+ women. Afrojack at Hakkasan August 30, doors at 10 p.m., $50+ men, $30+ women. David Guetta at Encore Beach Club August 31, doors at 11 a.m., $100+ men, $35+ women. Martin Garrix at Wet Republic August 31, doors at 11 a.m., $50+ men, $30+ women. Calvin Harris at Hakkasan August 31, doors at 10:30 p.m., $100+ men, $50+ women. Armin van Buuren at Marquee Nightclub August 31, doors at 10 p.m., $75+ men, $30+ women. Puff Daddy at Rehab August 31, doors at 10 a.m., $125+ men, $75+ women. Skrillex and Diplo at XS September 1, doors at 10 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.