Water park fun, Big Talk, Hiatus Kaiyote and other stuff you’ll want to know about

Oh yeah, it’s Wet ‘N’ Wild season.


Cowabunga Bay & Wet ‘N’ Wild Memorial Day Weekend is the time for amusement parks to open new attractions, and both Valley water parks are keeping with tradition. Henderson’s Cowabunga Bay debuts the 60-foot-tall wave slide Wild Surf, while Summerlin’s Wet ‘N’ Wild introduces the hi-tech Slideboarding, which has riders zapping targets while twisting down a slide. Hours & pricing at cowabungabayvegas.com & wetnwildlasvegas.com.

Rumpshaker Storytelling Founder of hardcore indie zine Rumpshaker Eric Weiss heads Downtown to share tales from the ’80s and ’90s New York punk scene, rife with bloody noses, brawls and the angst-fueled culture that produced bands like Minor Threat, Ceremony and F*cked Up. May 23, 2 p.m., free, the Writer’s Block.


Action Bronson hits the House of Blues.

Hiatus Kaiyote Another week, another buzzing Australian act. This time, it’s a Grammy-nominated, Melbourne nu-school soul/funk act, introducing its complex rhythms, jazz-esque structures and fusion grooves to Las Vegas with a live set at Insert Coin(s). With Idesia, DJ 88; May 23, 9 p.m., $15.

Action Bronson Wu-Tang’s Raekwon might be nicknamed “The Chef,” but this Queens rapper actually worked as one before trading his knives for rhymes. His new album features Mark Ronson and Chance the Rapper, among others; get a taste of his vivid lyricism and sharp delivery Monday night at House of Blues. May 25, 8 p.m., $25.

Big Talk Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci introduced us to his side project with a 2011 debut that nodded at Tom Petty, The Cars and ELO. Recent Facebook photos show the band back at work, so Tuesday’s crowd could be among the first to hear some fresh tunes. With The Dirty Hooks, May 26, 8 p.m., $15, Bunkhouse.


Craig Ferguson The former host of The Late Late Show was so ballsy on TV, he used to improvise his monologue. Catch the Peabody Award winner’s cheeky comedy at the Cosmo. May 23, 7 p.m., $25-$65.

Sebastian Maniscalco The Italian-American comic, riding the success of his special Aren’t You Embarrassed?, is calculating in his pace. His unique presentation, juxtaposed with the relatable topics he tackles, make him one to watch. May 24, 7:30 p.m., $60, Venetian.

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