The Chainsmokers at XS
Their first year as top-line resident DJs at Wynn Nightlife venues XS and Encore Beach Club has been very good to Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The Chainsmokers packed both elite venues on the regular while being named Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Artist for the second straight year. They also finished with three singles in the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart: “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay at No. 1, “Closer” with Halsey at No. 2 and “Paris” at No. 7. If you can’t catch their NYE gig at XS, they’ll be back for the first Saturday night of the year on January 6 and a Tuesday-night CES opening set on January 9. 10:30 p.m., $75-$200.
Chris Brown at Drai's
If Chris Brown is forever making a comeback, he made some strides in 2017 thanks to well-regarded double-album Heartbreak on a Full Moon and the candid documentary Welcome to My Life. But he’s been drawing big crowds for full concerts at Drai’s all along, and he’s starring in the rooftop club’s black tie affair for New Year’s Eve. 10 p.m., $150-$200.
Travis Barker at Vanity
The former Hyde Bellagio resident performer takes his drum-and-DJ act to the Hard Rock Hotel’s mostly deactivated Vanity club space for a raging rock-and-dance party to usher in the new year. 9 p.m., $50-$125.
French Montana at Marquee
Marquee might end up looking like his new Ciroc French Vanilla commercial when Montana takes the stage at the Cosmo club, but don’t expect Diddy to be there—or Puff, or whatever his name is now. 9 p.m., $69-$138.
Ludacris at Light
There are plenty of reasons to party at Mandalay Bay until the clock strikes midnight this year, and the wild and woolly rapper and actor returning to the stage at Light is as good as any. 9 p.m., $50-$100.
Countdown by the Lake Party with DJ Hollywood at Hyde Bellagio (9 p.m., $50-$75)
Marshmello at Intrigue (9:30 p.m., $45-$100)
Lil Jon at Jewel (9 p.m., $30-$50)
2 Chainz at 1 Oak (9 p.m., $40-$75)
Karma Never Felt So Good Party at the Foundation Room (9 p.m., $150-$300)
Steve Aoki at Hakkasan (8 p.m., $50-$175)
Calvin Harris at Omnia (8 p.m., $100-$225)
Gucci Mane at Tao (9 p.m., $64-$138)