(Traffic and heat) warning: There could be big tie-ups at the Tropicana Avenue on- and off-ramps on I-15 at 2 a.m. Saturday when convoys of 40 trucks with sound equipment, scenery and sets meet up to cause a traffic jam.
As soon as Justin Bieber steps offstage at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday night, his road crew has just hours to tear down his sets, pack up and leave town because Beyonce’s road crew will be waiting to move in early Saturday. They’ll have just hours to erect her set for Saturday night’s sold-out show. The jam of trucks coming and going behind MGM Grand takes place as two of the biggest top-selling music stars pass in the night.
Beyonce and her critically acclaimed, red-booted, royal fashion Mrs. Carter Tour pulls in from Friday’s L.A. show before returning there Monday. Biebs and his nonstop, 100-plus global Believe Tour moves on to Denver for a Sunday show. He was here at MGM Grand in May when he won the first-ever Milestone Award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
They’re just two of the superstar attractions this weekend, which after last weekend’s DJ invasion for the Electric Daisy Carnival, is music to my ears. The biggest highlight of all might be the world premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s new “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay. All their equipment thankfully has been in place for the past six weeks of previews.
Hometown hero Ne-Yo thankfully is a one-man concert set-up at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and NFL legend Terry Bradshaw’s six-piece band and four dancers are ready for his Mirage debut.
With temperatures oh-so-close to a scorching 120 degrees, be safe, drink plenty of water and cool off at our pool parties. The 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue models return here from the February launch of the annual edition as promised for the “Summer of Swim.” Chrissy Teigen, who just gave the nod on Wednesday night’s “Model Employee” on VH1 to Sonja Ewy as the $100,000 Face of Mandalay Bay winner, is with Nina Agdal, Alyssa Miller and Kate Bock at Encore Beach Club, Andrea’s and Surrender.
Julie Henderson will be at Tao Beach in The Venetian on Saturday. Not enough skin? The Hard Rock Hotel starts its summer-long bikini talent search at Rehab.
It’s time for us to cool down and make a splash with the Royal Robin Rundown, which hopefully won’t heat up the temperatures more, but be forewarned that this is a sizzling star-studded weekend!
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
Bieber fever is alive and well as 19-year-old Justin returns to MGM Grand, but this time with Hot Chelle Rae and Mike Posner.
Ne-Yo performs at Boulevard Pool.
It’s the official opening night for Veronic and her “50 Voices” at Bally’s, with her biggest fan Celine Dion co-producing the show.
Drop Dead Panties is at Lounge at the Palms.
Phil Stendek is at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel.
Nashville Unplugged presents its fourth-anniversary celebration featuring Rivers Rutherford with songwriter hosts Brian McComas and Aaron Benward at Red Rock Resort.
Vans Warped Tour with Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack, Sleeping With Sirens and more — 12 in all — is at the Silverton Casino Lodge parking lots. Also playing: The Summer Set with their current single shout-out to me while speed dating.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen Marley featuring The Ghetto Youths Crew are at Soundwaves at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Intocable is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Gary Caouette and Carla Rea are at Big Al’s Comedy Club at The Orleans all weekend. Beginning Wednesday, the comedy club moves to Gold Coast.
NFL cheerleader turned “Mad TV” comedienne Anjelah Johnson is at The Orleans for two nights.
John Caparulo is at South Point all weekend.
Jeff Dye, Carrie Snow and Taylor Williamson is at Harrah’s Improv all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw debuts his song-and-dance show “Terry Bradshaw: America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde — A Life in Four Quarters” at The Mirage.
Tattoo artistry meets old school rock ’n’ roll at Art and Ink Festival featuring Juneteenth at South Point Arena all weekend.
Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” is at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park for its final two nights.
MOPAR Midnight Mayhem’s legal street racing is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Hard Rock Hotel begins its five-week summer search for Rehab’s Bikini Team 2014 with the first preliminary elimination event all weekend at Rehab and nearby Body English.
The Venetian and Palazzo host the Tignanello Vertical Wine Dinner with North American Sommelier Association President Alessia Botturias as part of Carnevale.
Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal, Alyssa Miller and Kate Bock host their summer swimsuit party at EBC and Surrender.
Kendrick Lamar performs at The Bank Nightclub in Bellagio.
Bob Sinclar spins at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
Beyonce brings her Mrs. Carter Show to MGM Grand.
Rick Thomas makes magic at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
The “Vegas Dinner Show” with The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra is at Sam’s Town.
Ginny Blackmore is at Vinyl.
Stars in Stereo and Campfire OK are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Loverboy is at Cannery.
Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge are at Fremont Street Experience in a free concert Downtown.
Juneteenth with K.C. and the Sunshine Band is at South Point.
Danny Koker (The History Channel’s “Counting Cars”) is at Count’s 77 Vamp’d Rock Bar and Grill on West Sahara.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Cirque opens its eighth Strip production with the world premiere of “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay, followed by a VIP after-party at nearby Mandalay Bay Beach.
Tickets go on sale for Russell Peters’ Notorious Tour on Aug. 24 and Marc Anthony on Sept. 13, both at Pearl at the Palms.
Toby Keith celebrates the eighth anniversary of his I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s with the Cef Michaels Band performing until 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Celebrity chef Jet Tila celebrates the official opening of his Kuma Snow Cream in Chinatown.
Impact Wrestling Live with Hulk Hogan, Sting, Jeff Hardy and Velvet Sky is at The Orleans Arena with Spike TV cameras recording the hard-hitting action.
It’s the ultimate parking lot party with bands including Alaska as a fundraiser for Save the Huntridge Theater Downtown.
LaLa Anthony hosts at The Bank.
Calvin Harris spins at Hakkasan.
Curvy blonde bombshell reality TV star Kip Force hosts a bikini contest at Sapphire Pool & Dayclub.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues at The Rio.
Golden Rainbow presents its 27th Annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraiser hosted by Chris Saldana and Edie, with Jon Secada and Michael Grimm headlining at The Smith Center.
Steve Aoki spins at Hakkasan.
We’ll be back Sunday with celebrity interviews, photos and videos from “MJOne,” plus, coverage of the star-studded weekend events.
On Monday, our guest columnists take over as I start my annual July travels, this year with stops in Atlantic City, New York, London and then Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast of Italy, including Capri. (I need to recharge my batteries after months of nonstop work gathering all the goodies Las Vegas has to offer!)
Donny Osmond, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Dakake and “Fantasy”kick it off.
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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