Events Guide: 2011 Memorial Day Weekend

The 2010 Memorial Day weekend bikini bash at Pleasure Pool in Planet Hollywood.
Photo: Tom Donoghue/www.donoghuephotography.com

This Memorial Day Weekend, you can pick your pleasure—concerts, big name DJs, comedians and family events galore. For special discounts available for military personnel, including active duty and retirees, visit out Military Appreciation Discount Guide.

Thursday, May 26:

Jermaine Dupri at Tryst: Tryst kicks off Memorial Day Weekend with a special DJ set by Jermaine Dupri.

Playmate Bull Riding at PBR Rock Bar: PBR Rock Bar introduces Playmate Bull Riding featuring February 2010 Playmate Heather Rae Young, who will host the bikini bull riding contest and present the top three winners with open bar tabs for $200, $100 and $50.

El Cortez Wine Walk: El Cortez Hotel & Casino will begin its 70th anniversary celebrations with a wine walk and special viewing of the film Bugsy on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway. Admission to the wine walk is $20 per person, and the event will feature a large selection of wines from California, Oregon, Washington state and Europe. Featured wineries will include Constellation featuring Clos Du Bois and Woodbridge, Bronco Wine Co., Trinchero featuring Menage A Trois, Chateau St. Michelle, Moet Hennessy USA, Francis Coppola Winery, Ferrari Carano and Pernod Ricard featuring Jacobs Creek, Mumm Napa, Graffigna and Brancott. Additionally, Lulu’s On The Move food truck will be serving food.

Friday, May 27:

Bill Cosby at Treasure Island: The star of the The Cosby Show and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids got his start in stand up comedy. He will be performing live at the Treasure Island Theatre.

Tuff-N-Uff: Church vs. Jordan: The next superstars of mixed martial arts are returning to action as the Cox Pavilion welcomes Tuff-N-Uff: The Future Stars of MMA for the first time. The 12-bout event Tuff-N-Uff: Church vs. Jordan, features a middleweight title fight between undefeated fighters Matt Church and David Jordan. In additional featured action, catch a featherweight grudge match between Larry Mir, cousin of UFC fighter Frank Mir, as he seeks revenge against Chris Barden.

Beach Bunny model search: Recess Fridays presents the Beach Bunny super model finalist competition, selecting the calendar girl for 2012. The winner will receive $5,000 cash, $1,000 in Beach Bunny products, an appearance in the Beach Bunny 2012 catalog, a photo shoot with Yu Tsai, and will walk in the Miami 2011 Swimwear Show.

The Go-Go's at Mandalay Bay: The all-female American rock band The Go-Go's will bring its greatest hits to the Mandalay Bay Beach as part of the 2011 Landshark Lager Beach Concert Series.

Aoki’s House: Surrender presents the first anniversary of Aoki’s House with music by DJs Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris.

Fahim C at Azure: Producer and DJ Fahim C has created a following for himself in places like France, Spain and Miami spinning a mix of dance hits. Catch him poolside at Azure at Palazzo.

Barenaked Ladies at Red Rock Pool: The Barenaked Ladies had risen in popularity and throughout the music charts in Canada before making the move to the U.S. Once they did, the band soared up the mainstream charts with several Top 5 hits, including “It’s All Been Done”, “One Week” and “Pinch Me”, among others.

Punk Rock Bowling at Fremont East: Check out more than 20 bands, including The Descendents and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes at this three-day festival.

Extreme Midget Wrestling at The Riviera: Experience the action-packed wrestling of Lil' Macho Man, Tiny Terminator, Lil' Rampage, Nasty Boy, Baby Chucky and more go head-to-head as the Riviera hosts the only midget wrestling on the Las Vegas Strip in the Riviera Convention Center. Sexy ring girls, halftime dancers and entertainers will perform between bouts.

Macy Gray at Blush: Grammy awarding winning musician Macy Gray performs live at Blush Boutique Nightclub. Look forward to hits like "I Try" and "Sweet Baby."

Sean Paul at Marquee Dayclub: The Captain of Industry & EC Twins spin at Marquee Dayclub along with special guest Sean Paul.

Markus Schulz and Roger Sanchez at Marquee: German trance music DJ Markus Schulz and New York-based house DJ Roger Sanchez will man the decks poolside at Marquee Dayclub.

DJ Phresh at Haze: Haze continues its "I’m with The DJ" event with Bronx-based hip-hop DJ Phresh.

Lloyd Banks at Jet: Rapper and G-Unit member Lloyd Banks, known for hits like "On Fire" and "Touch It," performs at Jet Nightclub at The Mirage.

Lupe Fiasco at Tao Beach: Tao Beach kicks off Memorial Weekend with DJ Vice and a special performance by Lupe Fiasco.

Victor Calderone and Boris at Wet Republic: Brooklyn-based house and techno DJ and producer Victor Calderone spins at Wet Republic along with fellow New Yorker Boris.

Scott Disick's birthday at Gallery: Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star Scott Disick will host at Gallery as he celebrates his 28th birthday.

Manufactured Superstars at Tryst: Tryst presents producer/DJ duo Manufactured Superstars and local DJ Warren Peace.

A-Trak at XS: XS kicks off Memorial Day Weekend with special performance by A-Trak and an opening set by DJ Pizzo.

Nelly at Chateau: It will be getting "Hot in Herre" at Chateau as rapper and actor Nelly hosts the party.

Ditch Fridays: The Love Festival returns for the Memorial Day Weekend, featuring a DJ set by 9 Group resident, DJ and producer, Morgan Page and a live performance by British artist, Tinie Tempah.

Felix da Housecat at Rain: Clash Fridays at Rain Nightclub features Felix da Housecat along with Green Velvet and Dave Fogg.

Air Supply at The Orleans Showroom: Air Supply returns to the Showroom at The Orleans with their famous hits like "Lost in Love" and "All Out of Love."

Jason Derülo at Pure: Jason Derülo, best known for songs “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head,” will be performing his hits and his latest radio single, “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” at Pure Nightclub.

Lady Gaga Haus Party at The Cosmopolitan: Celebrate Mother Monster’s latest album with a massive dance party at the Cosmo’s Boulevard Pool this Friday. Lady Gaga’s Born This Way will be on sale at the entrance, and your album copy doubles as admission to this Little Monster bash. Sounds supplied by DJs Roger Gangi and Axis.

Saturday, May 28:

UFC 130 at MGM Grand: With Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard injured, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Mark "The Hammer" Hamill have taken over as the main event for UFC 130, which also features local favorite Frank Mir taking on Roy Nelson.

Vanilla Ice at Rok Vegas: Vanilla Ice has thawed out his '90s lyrics and is back in business for the next generation. He will be performing live at Rok Vegas at NYNY.

Tiesto at the Joint: Legendary Dutch musician, DJ and producer Tiesto continues his monthly residency at The Joint in the Hard Rock. The event will be followed by a special afterhours set at Vanity with Victor Calderone. During the day, catch Tiesto at Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM.

Donald Glaude at Azure: World-renowned house DJ Donald Glaude will take over the turntables at Azure Pool at Palazzo.

Chelsea Handler at The Colosseum: The stand-up comedienne, television host and author will be bringing her stand up routine on the road to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The star of E!'s Chelsea Lately has held her own against the likes of many male comedians and has proven her staying power.

Above & Beyond at Marquee: British trance music group Above & Beyond will spin at Marquee Dayclub along with EDM specialist Cedric Gervais.

ATB at Marquee: German trance DJ and producer ATB and Dutch house mashup specialist Laidback Luke spin at Marquee Nightclub.

Bob Sinclar double header: By day, catch French house music producer, DJ and remixer Bob Sinclar spins at Liquid pool then in the evening he'll head over to Haze Nightclub.

Mr. Best at Bare: LA DJ Ryan Best, better known as Mr. Best, spins a blend of rock, R&B and hip-hop at Bare Pool at Mirage.

Terri Nunn and Berlin: “Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s” music festival kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend with a free concert by Terri Nunn and Berlin at the Fremont Street Experience.

Two "Shots" of LMFAO: Because every good shot deserves another, electro hip-hop duo LMFAO will spin at Tao Beach by day and then head over to Tao Nightclub for another fun-filled "Party Rock" set.

Chromeo at the Palms Pool: The Palms Pool presents a DJ set by Chromeo along with Breakdown, Hyphy Crunk and DJ M!keattack.

Paul Oakenfold at Perfecto: Perfecto at Rain Nightclub presents Paul Oakenfold along with Yelawolf, Zen Freeman and Klever & Kayper.

McFadden's Memorial Day extravaganza: McFadden’s hosts a Memorial Day extravaganza with special guest hosts, bikinis and plenty of booze. MMA model Amber Nicole Miller, along with members of the Seattle Mariners AAA baseball team, will host the party. Enjoy happy hours from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. where guests can enjoy an open bar for $15. The next open bar runs from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. for $20 for ladies and $30 for guys. Amber Nicole will be judging the bikini contest with cash prizes.

Afrojack at XS: XS presents Grammy-award winning Dutch music producer and DJ Afrojack. Catch him earlier in the day at Encore Beach Club.

Mikey Swift at Crazy Horse III: DJ Mikey Swift spins at Crazy Horse III. Inside Posh Nightclub, local Las Vegas DJs Jeff Bomb, Mike Remedy, Vegas Vibe, Steve Christmas and Chris Mann will keep the tunes flowing.

Caribbean party at Ravella: Ravella hosts a Caribbean-themed bash with music from a live steel-drum band and Caribbean-inspired dishes like jerked pork shoulder with lavoush wraps, grilled salmon with lentil ragout and banana fritters with vanilla bean ice cream. Grammy-award winner Skip Martin, best known as former lead singer of Kool & the Gang, will perform during the Gimme Shelter outdoor concert at The Village Lake Las Vegas, benefiting Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. The evening kicks off with a special performance by U2 tribute band, Arms of America.

Frank Mir at Gallery: Fighters Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Frank Mir will host at Gallery Nightclub following UFC 130.

DJ Spider at Tryst: Tryst presents Spider Rocks the House with DJs Spider and Big Dee.

Carlos Fauvrelle at Liquid: Barcelona's Carlos Fauvrelle spins house music poolside at Liquid at Aria.

National Hamburger Day at Stripburger: Saturday May 28th marks National Hamburger Day and Stripburger will be serving up specials including the Bacon and Cheddar Burger. Enjoy this burger, fresh-cut fries and a soft drink for only $9.95.

Holly Madison at Blush: Blush presents the star of E!’s Holly’s World Holly Madison. The Peepshow diva has also been moonlighting as a correspondent for Extra.

Lil Jon at Surrender: Rapper and Celebrity Apprentice cast member Lil Jon performs at Surrender.

Cooking Fiesta at El Segundo Sol: Chef Terry Lynch shares the tricks of the trade at a cooking fiesta at El Segundo Sol. Learn how to make the restaurant's signature guacamole with goat cheese and pomegranate, lobster and shrimp enchiladas with spicy tomatillo salsa and tres leches cake. Please call 702-258-1211 to make your reservation and for more information.

Official Heavy MMA After-Fight Party: Studio 54 welcomes BMX legend and host of MTV’s The Challenge, T.J. Lavin; season 10 winner of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter, Roy Nelson; MMA fighter Dan Hardy and UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer to host the Official Heavy MMA After-Fight Party featuring the sounds of DJ Kid Jay.

Sunday, May 29:

Drake at Rehab: The Degrassi: The Next Generation actor is all grown up. Drake hosts Rehab at the Hard Rock Pool.

Kaskade at Encore Beach Club: The superstar DJ sailed through the dayclub’s opening season as its first official resident. Now he’s back for another summer under the sun at the expansive pool property.

Josh Strickland at Blush: Peepshow singer Josh Strickland performs his single “Report to the Floor” at Blush Nightclub.

Melissa Rycroft at Azure Pool: Television personality Melissa Rycroft and her husband Tye Strickland will host at Azure Luxury Pool. Rycroft has been on The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars and Bachelor Pad.

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine: America’s loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin’ Vegas versions of rock, rap and Top 40 hits, “swankifying” contemporary songs into traditional pop vocal standards. With his snappy jazz trio, his tiger-striped tuxedo and his enormous microphone, Cheese presents the perfect mix of music, martinis and madcap.

My Chemical Romance at the House of Blues: The rockers responsible for "Na Na Na”, "Helena" and "The Ghost of You" perform at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

Daniel Tosh at the Mandalay Bay Events Center: Daniel Tosh is eager to prove he can stand on his own two feet as a comedian, even without the ridiculously hilarious internet videos he makes fun of on his Tosh.0 show.

Fatboy Slim Marquee Dayclub: English DJ and producer Fatboy Slim brings his signature sound and tracks like "Praise You" and "Weapon of Choice" to Marquee Dayclub.

Armin van Buuren at Marquee: Dutch trance producer and DJ Armin van Buuren and Ibiza favorite Blake Jarrell spin at Marquee Nightclub.

Flo-rida at Haze: David Guetta brings his world famous F%@k Me I'm Famous party straight from Ibiza to Haze. Flo-Rida will also be on hand for a special performance of his hits with David "Where Them Girls At?" and "Club Can't Handle Me."

Bad Boy Bill at Wet Republic: Chicago-based house music DJ Bad Boy Bill spins poolside at Wet Republic along with Serge Devant.

Fabolous at Jet: The Mirage nightclub presents a special performance by Fabolous. Look forward to hits like "Can't Deny It", "Can't Let You Go" and "Never Leave Ya."

DJ Erick Morillo at Tao: Erick Morillo returns to Tao for another installment of his Memorial Day Weekend party. Morillo is known for spinning the best in house music in venues in NYC and Ibiza.

Z-Trip at The Bank: DJ, producer and mashup specialist Z-Trip, 2009's "America's Best DJ," spins at The Bank at Bellagio.

Treasure Fingers at The Palms Pool: The Palms Pool presents Junior Sanchez, Craze, Kill the Noise, Treasure Fingers, Classixx and Yvonne Black.

The Love Festival’s Main Event: The Love Festival’s Main Event features Paul Van Dyk, DJ Reza, Marcus Schossow, TV Rock, LA Riots and Justin Martin at Rain Nightclub.

Bottle specials at Crazy Horse III: Crazy Horse III will close out the weekend with $100 bottles for locals with ID, subject to availability.

Akon at Gallery: Senegalese-American hip hop and R&B singer-songwriter and rapper, Akon, will be performing some of his popular hits like "Locked Up" and "Smack That."

Angel Porrino at Ravella: Celebrity host Angel Porrino and her son Roman will host at Ravella at Lake Las Vegas. Bring the family to munch on summer favorites including sliders, smoked beef brisket, grilled chicken drumsticks and a hot dog by-the-foot station served alongside German-style potato salad, sliced watermelon and fresh berry shortcake. Children can enjoy balloon animals, face painting and cotton candy.

Bikini Fashion Show at Eve: Holly’s World co-star Laura Croft will host a SweetCheeks Swimwear bikini fashion show.

Calle 13 at Mandalay Beach: Mandalay Bay’s 2011 Landshark Lager Beach Concert Series presents Calle 13. The Puerto Rican band, formed by stepbrothers Residente and Visitante, entered the Latin American music scene in 2005. The success of their second album led to three Latin Grammy Awards. Calle 13 has since released two additional successful albums, won a total of 10 Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards.

Grand Opening Party of Night Swim: XS presents the Grand Opening Party of Night Swim featuring Manufactured Superstars and special guest Deadmau5.

Tacos & Tequila Festival: From the restaurant that brings fans the annual Margarita festival comes another lakeside culinary competition. Tacos & Tequila will feature the area’s top restaurants, tequilas and family fun entertainment. Restaurants will showcase their signature tacos, guacamole and salsa with awards and People’s Choice recognition given to winners in each of those categories. Tequila producers, entrepreneurs and distributors, including tequila sponsors Cazadores, Jose Cuervo, Patron and Cabo Wabo will be in attendance to showcase the best blanco, reposado and anejo tequilas. More than 30 varietals of tequila will be available.

Monday, May 30:

Deadmau5 and Feed Me at Encore Beach Club: Adding to the EDM extravaganza, international superstar Deadmau5, ranked #4 on the DJ Mag Top 100 List, and his apprentice return to the city this weekend, each spinning two nights at two Encore venues. They’ll perform together at EBC on Memorial Day, where the ’mau5 will unleash an “Unhooked” edition of his latest tour production.

Party Rock Mondays: DJ Redfoo presents a special edition of Party Rock Mondays at Marquee along with DJ Chuckie.

Robbie Rivera at Marquee Dayclub: Robbie Rivera and Chuckie spin at Marquee Dayclub. As a Memorial Day bonus, enjoy complimentary admission.

Afrojack and Feed Me at XS: XS celebrates Memorial Day with special performances by Dutch music producer and DJ Afrojack and Feed Me, protege of Deadmau5.

F%@k Me I'm Famous! at Wet Republic: Cathy and David Guetta present a special Monday edition of their F%@k Me I'm Famous! party at Wet Republic.

Travie McCoy at Relax: Gym Class Heroes singer Travie McCoy brings his signature sound to the Relax pool party at the Hard Rock.


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