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Leon Bridges, AFAN’s Black & White Party, UNLV’s home football opener and more to do this week

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Laidback Luke plays Rehab.
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  • The Showgirl at Clark County Library

    In the latest installment of the monthly Las Vegas Stories series, journalist Lissa Townsend Rodgers looks at the origins of the showgirl—its arrival in Sin City and rise to Las Vegas icon status. September 6, 7 p.m., free. –Leslie Ventura

  • RBRM: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike at Sandbar Pool

    The first question, undoubtedly: Where are Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill? Talk of another New Edition reunion tour has been buzzing since BET garnered massive ratings last year for its three-part miniseries about the 1980s Boston boy band.

    Until everyone gets together, we’ve got this unique show pairing post-New Edition sensations Bobby Brown and the three members of Bell Biv DeVoe. But they’re not performing separately. “We move as a crew, and we stay together. We don’t do it that way of, ‘You do your stuff.’ It’s all intertwined,” Michael Bivins tells the Weekly. “It’s a great night moving between each other’s music, all the high-energy records people have grown to love. We keep coming at you.”

    That means we could see BBD doing the footwork from “Every Little Step” and Bobby putting some extra stank on “Poison.” Biv puts it best: “If you’ve seen us a thousand times, you’ve never seen us like this.” September 7, 7 p.m., $49-$69, Red Rock Resort. –Brock Radke

  • Black & White Party at Daylight

    Another year around the sun means another fabulous Black & White party. For 2018, Aid for Aids of Nevada is going above and beyond for its annual fundraiser, bringing a dose of ’80s nostalgia to the sexy bash. Channel your inner Crockett or Tubbs and head to Mandalay Bay’s extravagant pool club for a night to remember. September 8, 8:30 p.m., $65. –Leslie Ventura

  • Leon Bridges at The Pearl

    He might immediately recall the 1960s R&B crooner, but with this year’s Good Thing, Bridges reveals his wanderlust musical curiosity with throwback soul grooves, traditional rock melodies, hip-hop vocal inflections, and ’80s and ’90s pop brushstrokes. Now, just imagine how Bridges uses that large palette onstage. With Masego. September 8, 8 p.m., $36-$91. –Mike Prevatt

  • Laidback Luke at Rehab

    As the great Rehab wind-down continues, it’s always a good idea to check in with one of the legendary pool party’s most consistent musical forces, Dutch producer Laidback Luke. He partied with Puff Daddy over Labor Day weekend, and he’s back for another shot of summer on Saturday. September 8, 11 a.m., $20-$40. –Brock Radke

  • UTEP at UNLV at Sam Boyd Stadium

    A loss is a loss, but last week’s 43-21 defeat at USC also felt like a positive development. If the Rebels play that way in their home opener against the lowly Miners, it could be the first step toward qualifying for a program-elevating bowl game. September 8, 6 p.m., $14-$49. –Spencer Patterson

  • Roni Size at Commonwealth

    Brewski institution Nickel F**king Beer Night celebrates opening night at its new digs in huge fashion—with headliner and drum ’n’ bass legend Roni Size. You might as well request PTO for Wednesday now. September 11, 10 p.m., $10-$15. –Mike Prevatt

  • King Tuff at Bunkhouse Saloon

    Kyle Thomas and his garage-rocking mates played here in 2015, but they were a different Tuff then. New Sub Pop album The Other trades rowdiness for restraint, while adding polish and lyrical focus. With Same Sex Mary, Ted Rader & The Magic Family. September 12, 9 p.m., $12-$15. –Spencer Patterson

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