Markus Schulz at Marquee The German-born American producer released his fifth studio album earlier this year, after spending a good amount of 2013 teaming up with Ferry Corsten in the superduo New World Punx. Get lost in his own big-room-ready, “unicorn slaying” (Google it) jams Friday night at the Cosmo danceteria. August 15, doors at 10 p.m., $40 men, $20 women.
Maarcos at Drai’s The young Australian house producer seems to be making all the right moves (and tracks), as just this month the up-and-comer guest-mixed on veteran EDM trio Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy broadcast and played one of NYC’s hottest clubs, Pacha. He makes his Vegas megaclub debut atop the Cromwell Saturday night. August 16, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Date Nite at Revolution Put down the smartphone! Gay dating apps like Grindr (or Scruff or Growlr or Wing Ma’am or … you get the idea) take the backseat at this charity date auction benefiting the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. Score a night out on the town with a number of notable names in the community, including Nevada Sen. David Parks and Chippendales performer Bryan Chan. August 17, 7-10 p.m., $15-$20.
Colby O’Donis at Rehab Best known for collaborating with Mother Monster on her smash hit “Just Dance,” the pop artist recently got back in the studio to Start Over. Check out his latest single, “Kiss Those Lips,” before catching him live at the off-Strip oasis Sunday afternoon. August 17, doors at 10 a.m., $50+ men, $30+ women.
Scarlet at Artifice Goth-themed nights have long been a staple of Las Vegas nightlife, with Scarlet being the longest-running promo in the Downtown area. DJs Style and Morpheus Blak come stocked with ample amounts of danceable post-punk, darkwave, industrial and classic macabre synthpop. August 16, 10 p.m., free.
Chicken Shack at Double Down The concept: What would be the ideal soundtrack of a fried-chicken joint—here or anywhere? Probably a mix of Southern soul, funk and R&B; various Latin American and African rhythms; and Jamaican ska and reggae—in other words, global roots music. Which is what DJs Rex Dart and Ghostride use to cut through the smoky haze of the Double Down, allowing you to see the Shack Shackette go-go girls, as well as the free fried chicken on offer to paying drinkers. Oh, there’s even a guest band: the Blooze Bros. August 16, 11 p.m., free.
Black Sheep at Tao Beach This week’s edition of Monster Sundays brings us another blast from the past on the Tao Beach stage: Black Sheep, the Queens rap duo that had the chutzpah to sample the Roger Miller country standard “Engine, Engine Number 9” for its career-making single, “The Choice is Yours”—which, coincidentally, was largely the inspiration for “Weapon of Choice,” the Fatboy Slim hit with the Christopher Walken-starring video. Oh, what a tangled web popular music weaves. August 17, doors at 11 a.m., $20 men, $10 women.
Treasure Fingers at Liquid Not all MAGIC-related parties are invite- or guest list-only affairs. On Sunday, Fortune 421’s daytime bash is open to anyone with the green to get down. (Or you could try RSVPing at 421.TIXR.com.) It’s a fantastic opportunity to get some rare face time with Atlanta/Brooklyn-based Treasure Fingers, a great house/disco producer we don’t see enough ’round these parts. August 17, doors at 11 a.m., $40+ men, $20+ women.