Ice Cube is set to headline a massive 420-themed bill packed with hip-hop favorites—at a venue that hasn’t seen too many shows of late. 420 Roll It Up, taking place, naturally, April 20 at the Thomas & Mack Center, will feature the rapper-turned-actor, Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Baby Bash, A Lighter Shade of Brown and Mellow Man Ace, the latter two performing at an afternoon, 21-and-over pre-party just outside the arena. Tickets are $49 at unlvtickets.com.
Garage rock/punk pioneer MC5 is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a tour, stopping at Brooklyn Bowl on October 2 and featuring founding member Wayne Kramer and an all-star supporting band. Nicknamed MC50 for its milestone year, the act will also perform its 1969 classic Kick Out the Jams in full. Tickets range from $35 to $55 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 6 at ticketfly.com.
Another punk revival is also coming to the Bowl: revered New York City hardcore outfit Quicksand, on July 21. Tickets range from $25 to $30 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 6 at Ticketfly.
Also celebrating a milestone year: Counting Crows. Its 25th anniversary tour stops at the Joint on July 14. Tickets range from $51 to $201 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 6 at axs.com.
The beloved Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga—aka Banda MS—is a natural participant for Vegas’ massive Mexican Independence Day weekend. The big band will take over MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, with $69-$500 tickets going on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 6 at AXS.
New Wave fave Adam Ant returns to Las Vegas for a July 25 gig at the Pearl. Tickets range from $39 to $79 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 6 at ticketmaster.com.
Brooklyn Bowl will launch a neo soul concert series with a June 22 Dru Hill show, tickets ranging from $35 to $50. The new series will resume on August 18 with Lloyd ($25-$30). Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 6 at Ticketfly.
New and on sale: Vocalist/rapper and Doomtree principal Dessa, May 4 at Backstage Bar & Billiards ($15-$17 at Ticketfly); veteran local punk act Hemlock, celebrating its own 25th anniversary with a gig, May 5 at Backstage Bar and Billiards ($10-$15 at Ticketfly); Boston punk band Street Dogs, June 24 at Backstage Bar & Billiards ($16-$18 at Ticketfly); post-hardcore act I Set My Friends on Fire, August 2 at Beauty Bar ($13 at ticketbat.com); and Scottish punk legends The Exploited, September 23 ($25 at Ticketbat).