Celebrity preview: Minaj, Cobra, Seal, EWF, McBride, ICandy, Macy, lingerie

Palms owner George Maloof and Jenny McCarthy at the Fourth Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream at Palms Pool & Bungalows on Aug. 14, 2010.
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2011 Midsummer Night's Dream With DJ Pauly D

Cobra Starship at Relax Mondays

Tropicana's iCandy Burlesque

Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj @ MGM

The Prodigy at USA Hip Hop Dance Championships

Dancing With the Stars Live in Las Vegas

Canadian Tenors at Smith Center's Reynolds Hall

For six years, the Midsummer Lingerie Masquerade poolside extravaganza at the Palms has raised temperatures -- and eyebrows -- with the scantily clad and curvy cuties. The wild, wicked and whimsical celebration is unparalleled with body-painted beauties, go-go fairies and mystical characters, with servers and partygoers in mysterious masks. It’s a naughty, nightlong parade of captivating cleavage adorned with G-strings, garters, stockings, bustiers and see-through baby doll nighties!

All weekend, the Palms is hotter-than-hot and super-sexy. In addition to concerts in the Pearl at the Palms with Seal, Macy Gray and the Rock & Blues Fest with the Johnny Winter Band and Edgar Winter Group, Cobra Starship with frontman Gabe Zaporta plays the pool, and dubstep pioneer Rusko starts his new DJ residency at Rain.

Just as provocative and seductive is the ICandy Burlesque show that opened Thursday night at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. The razzle-dazzle production showcases more than 30 sultry numbers and 100 eye-popping costume changes for the deliciously dangerous dancers. Headliners are knockout beautiful showgirls Jamie Lynch from “The X Factor,” Felice Garcia, Miss Henderson 2010 from “The Voice” and amazing singing impressionist Elisa Furr.

ICandy Burlesque on Saturday night will feature its Las Vegas celebrity opening to launch the Ultra Lounge after-party where audiences can party through the night with the show’s cast, go-go dancers and a DJ. Producer and choreographer Nannette Barbera, who teamed up with John Stuart of “Legends in Concert” to create the show, says: “It’s a delicious new sinful show that tempts and teases with the best Las Vegas dancers in next-to-nothing outfits. It simply can’t get any hotter than this.”

It’s the final days of “Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” at the Tropicana featuring ABC favorites Chelsie Hightower and Tony Dovolani as final guests. Talks are continuing for a new version to return to the casino resort this fall.

Expect outrageous attire from Nicki Minaj at her Planet Hollywood concert, while Martina McBride will kick it country-style and sparkle just as brightly.

We have some hunks holding down the fort this pleasure-packed weekend, with the soccer studs from Real Madrid and Mexican League champions Santos Laguna. Las Vegas native Herculez Gomez is the team’s forward and along with captain and goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, Juan Pablo Rodriguez and Marc Crosas will be at Zappos’ Celebration of Soccer at Fremont Street Experience. Former Mayor Oscar Goodman hosts the official welcome brought to our playground by Justice Entertainment Group (Daren Libonati and Susan Joseph of JEG were guest columnists last month.)

This weekend, Las Vegas also hosts music industry veterans, with my all-time-favorite group Earth Wind and Fire at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and “Weird Al” Yankovic, rocker Bret Michaels (in a free concert) and rapper Vanilla Ice turning up the heat on this steamy weekend.

For added firepower, the World Hip Hop Dance Championship Finals are at Orleans Arena and Steve Harvey’s 10th Annual Hoodie Awards are at MGM Grand.

Could you ask for a better playing field of sexy sirens, star dancers and singers? We’ve wrapped up all the moves and scores in our weekly playbook known affectionately as the Royal Robin Rundown:



Martina McBride performs at Green Valley Ranch; Clint Holmes is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts all weekend; Earth Wind & Fire are at the Joint; 10,000 Maniacs is at South Point; Jeff Timmons’ hot “Wired” show wraps its run with two final shows tonight and Saturday; and Meek Mill is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.


Rob White is at the Mirage for two nights, Pete Correale is at Empire Comedy in the Paris for two nights, and James Stephens III is at Harrah’s Improv all weekend.


Tickets go on sale for Chris Tucker in the Pearl at the Palms on Oct. 13 andMac Miller with guests Travis Porter and YG at the Joint on Oct. 7.

It’s the final week of “Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” with guests Tony Dovolani and Chelsie Hightower, and First Friday downtown presents Art Beach!


Teen Wolf spins at Vanity Nightclub in the Hard Rock Hotel; 2 Live Crew is at Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood; Cobra Starship is at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool; Carl Kennedy is at Marquee Dayclub in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Miike Snow and Rebecca & Fiona are at Marquee Nightclub; Avicii and Warren Peace are at XS Nightclub in Steve Wynn’s Encore; and DJ Jazzy Jeff is at Rain.



Nicki Minaj performs at the Theater for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood; Seal and Macy Gray are at the Pearl; Tsai Chin is at the Hard Rock Hotel; Tears for Fears is at Sunset Station; “Weird Al” Yankovic is at the Cannery; and Bret Michaels is at Fremont Street Experience in a free concert.


John Edward is at the Flamingo; Tim Allen is at the Venetian; tickets go on sale for Melissa Etheridge at the Joint on Oct. 6; and the 10th Annual Hoodie Awards are at MGM Grand Garden Arena.


The 6th Annual Midsummer Lingerie Masquerade is at Palms Pool; dubstep pioneer Rusko launches his residency at Rain; Vanilla Ice hosts at Flamingo’s Go Pool and performs at Harrah’s Carnival Court; Chromeo is at Pure in Caesars Palace; and Alex Metric is at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria.

Felix Cartal, Chris Garcia, Stellar, DJ Beej and Monkeybeatz are at the Hard Rock Hotel Pool; M!keAttack is at the Palms Pool; Warren Peace and Dave Fogg are at XS; Nicky Romero is at Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub; Joachim Garraud with Rebecca & Fiona are at Marquee Dayclub; and Sex Panther is at Moon in the Palms.


Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest featuring the Johnny Winter Band, Edgar Winter Group and more is at the Pearl at the Palms, and the Canadian Tenors are at Reynolds Hall in Smith Center.


Miss Nevada Junior High, High School and Collegiate America are crowned at Suncoast Showroom; Orleans Arena hosts the World Hip Hop Dance Championship Finals; and the 2012 World Football Challenge takes place at Sam Boyd Stadium featuring Real Madrid vs. Santos Laguna.


Rev Run & Ruckus are at Rehab in the Hard Rock Hotel; Keidy is at Tao Beach in the Venetian; Brett Rubin is at Palms Pool; Zedd & Dillon Francis are at Marquee Dayclub; Jessica Who is at Vanity; and Manufactured Superstars and Derrick Anthony are at XS.

Check back throughout the weekend for our coverage of the stars at work and play in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Plus, join us Sunday when our guest columnists are friends from RhumBar at the Mirage, mentalist Marc Savard and the man who is changing the face of the Luxor and Excalibur’s restaurants.

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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