Ja Rule & Ashanti at Brooklyn Bowl
When the rapper and singer behind early-2000s collaborative hits like “Always on Time” and “Down 4 You” first teamed at Brooklyn Bowl last fall, the result was a surprise sellout for a stripped-down show packed with music. It’s no wonder the Linq Promenade venue is bringing them back for a New Year’s Eve show on a night when the majority of hip-hop and R&B acts will be doing their thing in nightclubs instead of concert halls. 9:30 p.m., $75-$125.
MSTRKRFT at Bunkhouse Saloon
What better way to exorcise the demons of 2017 than by closing it out shaking your body to the frenetic electro-house of Toronto duo Jesse F. Keller (yeah, the dude from Death From Above) and Al-P? MSTRKRFT drags its modular synths and drum machines Downtown for a live set that should get 2018 off on a righteously right foot. 9 p.m., $25-$30.
Bruno Mars at Park Theater
With six 2018 Grammy Award nominations, a world tour that extends into Mexico in February and the hottest headliner show on the Las Vegas Strip, Bruno is staying on top of the pop world. Catch him at the Bank at Bellagio after his NYE show. 9 p.m., $100+.
3 Reasons to catch Foo Fighters at The Chelsea
1. It’ll be the band’s first public, non-festival show in Las Vegas in almost a decade (the Joint, 2008). Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins & Co. played 20 songs at Life Is Beautiful in 2014, but when they headline for their own crowds, things frequently grow to epic proportions. Like, the three-hour range.
2. They tend to kick things up a notch on special occasions. The Foo Fighters know how to throw a great party. Gigs that land on special occasions or advertised as one-offs frequently involve celebrity guests and spirited covers, and the band’s recent Saturday Night Live appearance featured festive holiday sweaters and an amped-up, rock ’n’ roll take on Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus & Lucy.”
3. You’ll know almost every word. Where New Year’s Eve entertainment is concerned, the familiar tends to land better, and the Foos possess the right catalog for that job. Along with cuts from this year’s excellent Concrete and Gold, expect a setlist loaded with hits. 10:30 p.m., $150-$350. –Annie Zaleski
Drew Baldridge at Stoney’s (10 p.m., $10-$20)
Biz’ Dirty Harvard & Bazooka Zac at the Tap, Boulder City (9 pm, $5-$10 donation requested)
Michael Cavanaugh at South Point (10:40 p.m., $150)
Celine Dion at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace (7:30 p.m., $175-$750)
Kristin Chenoweth at Smith Center (7:30 p.m., $39-$189)
Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay Events Center (8 p.m., $90-$395)
Britney Spears at the Axis at Planet Hollywood (9 p.m., $149-$279)