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Banger Brewing at Neonopolis

Soulkitchen 12-year anniversary at Vanguard Lounge If celebrating the enduring Downtown house party’s 12th year in existence—an especially momentous milestone for a local underground party—isn’t enough impetus to visit Vanguard Lounge on Thursday, witnessing a set by Canadian techno-oriented house DJ Jay Tripwire ought to seal the deal. With resident/founder Edgar Reyes, London-based live/DJ act DDR and local percussionist Cayce Andrew. May 21, 10 p.m., free.

Locals Only Beer Festival at Neonopolis The title is sorta tricky. While your buddies from LA can come to this Downtown suds-fest located at Neonopolis’ center court, you can’t ask for a Stone or Rogue or Deschutes, because only Las Vegas-based craft beers and homebrews—like Sin City Brewing Co., Banger Brewing, Tenaya Creek Brewery and Bad Beat Brewing—are on offer. Live bands, DJs and grub from the Hummus Factory food truck round out the event, which benefits the Nevada Craft Beer Association. May 23, 2-6 p.m., $25.

Super Soaker at the Bunkhouse Not too many of us hang out at the Bunkhouse before sunset, but the fellas behind Nickel F*cking Beer Night give us a prime reason to visit after breakfast with its newest party. Summer backyard favorites like Slip ’N Slide, portable pools and, of course, the party’s namesake complement DJ sets by Eric Melvin (from punk band NOFX) and local residents The Creeps and Biz:E. May 23, doors at 11 a.m., free.

Taboo at Foundation Room Want to catch a huge name performing in a small room? The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo—a regular club DJ much like his bandmate,—will offer an alternative from the frenetic Strip big rooms when he DJs an open-format set for an intimate gathering at House of Blues’ Foundation Room high atop Mandalay Bay. That’s going to be a lot of energy for one compact space, so hold on tight to your cocktails. May 23, 10 p.m., $20/$50.

  • Headlining will be Mustard, who’s having a moment with the recent release of ‘Perfect Ten,’ his highest-charting album ever.

  • Their visuals are second to none—starry light installations are central to the group’s performances.

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