DJ Shift at Hakkasan With gigs up and down the Strip this month—all at competing venues (Hakkasan, Light, Drai’s and XS), no less—it seems the veteran beatmeister is in high demand here in his hometown. Local Justin Bueltel (AKA DJ Shift) returns home Thursday night to celebrate his big 3-4 with a set in MGM’s megaclub main room. December 4, doors at 10:30 p.m., $20+ men, $10+ women.
Dee Jay Silver at Eyecandy Lounge Know what’s more popular than Santa hats here in December? Cowboy hats. The 10-day National Finals Rodeo is upon us once again, and who better to book for some post-supper line dancing than Dee Jay Silver? He’s turned Nashville to mashville with his rhythmic reinterpretation of country music, which he adventurously merges with other pop-music genres. He’ll be holding court for most of NFR at Mandalay Bay’s Eyecandy Lounge. (For those looking for a more conventional club setting, he’ll also be at the Bank December 5 and GBDC the next day.) December 4 & 6-11, 9-11:30 p.m., free.
Repeal Day at the Mob Museum Break out the feather boas and start practicing that Lindy Hop. The Downtown institution wants you to party like it’s 1933, during its third-annual throwback bash for Repeal Day. Celebrate the end of the Great Experiment with Prohibition-era drinks, a “Boss of the Bars” cocktail competition, a toast led by Oscar Goodman, a live jazz swing band and the evening’s Roaring ’20s costume contest. If you need us, we’ll be sipping on Sidecars … December 5, 7 p.m. (6 p.m. VIP), $40 ($60 VIP).
Gareth Emery at Life A longtime fixture at Marquee, the beloved U.K. trance-and-stuff producer/DJ is moving up the Boulevard to Life, which will launch Emery’s new residency—called Kings & Queens—on Friday night. Potential attendees should expect opulence and, well, British-ness. December 5, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.
The Get Back at Velveteen Rabbit It’s been almost 10 years since the enduring First Friday party was held on Main Street, back when the Ice House Lounge often owned Downtown nights. Look for a refreshed version of the funky throwback shindig at its new host venue, Velveteen Rabbit—with a new free-admission policy. December 5, doors at 10 p.m., free.
Lucent Dossier Experience at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. The colorful, rhythmic performance troupe that combined multiple artistic practices might have recently blown through town, but its quick return comes with a new and different show called Lucent Unprohibited—and surely it’s no coincidence that an event with that title debuts on Repeal Day. If there was ever a local venue for the fourth-wall-breaking LDE, it’s the anything-goes Rose. Rabbit. Lie., which changes things up itself with guest performers headlining its ballroom all this month. December 5-6, 9 p.m., $22+.
Great Santa Run Afterparty at Downtown 3rd While you usually have to brave holiday shopping crowds to catch a glimpse of the Man in Red, thousands of Kris Kringles will descend on the streets of Downtown this Saturday for the 10th-annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run. The yuletide fun continues beyond the finish line, so carb up with some beer and bar bites at Downtown 3rd. Did we mention Hogs & Heifers, Pizza Rock and Triple George Grill all open early? December 6, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Mike Hawkins at Drai’s Nightclub The up-and-coming Danish DJ embarked on his debut North American tour this year, playing the Cromwell danceteria in mid-July. He’s back this weekend, so check out his latest productions—the first of four free remixes he’ll release through the end of the year—on his Facebook page before gettin’ down to the real thing Saturday night. December 6, doors at 10 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.