Yelawolf at Rain The up-and-coming hip-hop artist, currently signed to Eminem’s Shady Records, has collaborated with some impressive names, among them: the Real Slim Shady himself and Wynn/Encore regular Lil Jon. Catch his rhymes at the Palms nightspot Friday night. June 29, doors at 11 p.m., $30.
Sara Underwood at Tabu Blonde. Beautiful. And famous for being Playboy’s 2007 Playmate of the Year, landing roles in films like The House Bunny and making cameos on various reality shows (see: Ridiculousness). Underwood hosts the MGM nightspot’s Forbe$ Friday party, with who else but resident DJ Eric Forbes in the booth. June 29, doors at 10 p.m., $40 men, $20 women, local ladies free.
Will.i.am at XS The Black Eyed Pea has been booking some serious performances lately, playing a DJ set with EDM royalty at the Electric Daisy Carnival and performing for actual royalty at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. DJs Richard Vission and Kris Nilsson also take the decks Friday night. June 29, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Lions, Twinks & Bears, Oh My! at Krave Somewhere, over the rainbow ... is a party complete with little people, “flying monkeys” and a wicked witch. That’s right, Krave does The Wizard of Oz Friday night—and take it from us, the club definitely knows how to throw a themed party. A $3,000 balloon drop completes the 18+ bash. June 29, doors at 10:30 p.m., $25, locals free before 12:30 a.m.
Camp Tao Beach at Tao Beach It’s summer camp, just without the poison oak, cheesy sing-alongs and cabin fever. Partygoers can partake in hula hoop competitions, play games like Twister and attempt to score some of the $5K in prize wheel giveaways at the throwback bash. Resident DJ Lema subs in for off-key camp songs. June 30, doors at 10 a.m., $30 men, $20 women, local ladies free.
Pool Party Safari at Artisan Take a look at the Weekly Awards and you’ll see why this traveling party series took home Most Inventive Nightlife Concept. It lands at the Artisan Saturday evening for its Electro Night Swim edition, complete with a black-lit pool and a mess of neon hues and LED lights. Amping up the EDC-esque fête: an open vodka bar from 9 to 10 p.m. and contests with prizes from Powder & Sun Ride Shop. June 30, 9 p.m., free.
Fourth of July Party at Encore Beach Club Swedish DJ duo Dada Life provide the tunes for an Independence Day celebration that’s free for all locals and boasts a hot dog cookout and special barbecue menu. July 4, doors at noon, $50 men, $20 women, locals free.
Indie Pen Dance Party at Beauty Bar Dance Under the Influence presents its fourth annual Fourth of July party at the Fremont East hangout. Listen to live music by the Restless Suns, Tinglerz and Not in the Face (best band name ever?), then rage to beats by DJ Johnny Rox. Even better? Partygoers enjoy free barbecue and Miller Lite from 9 to 10 p.m. Happy birthday, America. July 4, doors at 9 p.m., free.