In honor of DJ Aurajin DJ Aurajin, who passed away suddenly on March 23, touched so many lives in our community that his peers and promoter pals have established not one, but three different events for the celebration of his life. The first: A benefit at Backstage Bar & Billiards for Aurajin’s family in the wake of his medical and funeral bills, featuring a long list of local DJs like Rex Dart and Tino BadBeat and performers like Jay Dubbler and Jefferson Montoya (April 2, doors at 7:30 p.m., $5 donation). The second, located at Velveteen Rabbit and also a benefit, sees the First Friday party the Get Back dedicate its April edition to its longtime resident DJ, with another extensive lineup of locals including John Doe, Danny Boy, DJ Shoe, Presto One and more (April 3, 10 p.m., $5 donation). And the final throwdown happens the next night in the Griffin’s back room—a former Aurajin stomping ground—as Johnny Rox spins one of his Dance Under Influence indie sets in honor of his friend (April 4, 10:30 p.m., free).
Kenny Chesney Pre-Party at Rehab Need a pre-show hoedown ahead of catching Kenny Chesney at the Joint—or just seeking a country-flavored pool party? Hit the Rehab pool, where anyone can catch both country/dance DJ Dee Jay Silver and singer Uncle Kracker perform. Those holding tickets to one of the two Chesney shows this weekend—and members of his fan club—gain admission to the Hard Rock Hotel pool for free. April 3 & 4, doors at 11 a.m., $20+ men, $10+ women, free for concert ticketholders & No Shoes Nation members.
Vegas Beer & Music Festival at Foxtail Pool Club Rock Star Beer Productions puts on its annual beer bash benefiting UNLV’s Beverage Management Club Friday evening at the SLS dayclub/lounge. Sample over 50 beers from local and Southern California breweries and take in tunes courtesy of pop-rockers Falling Doves and “one-man dance party” Dan Fester. A Romantic Rock bikini fashion show and an after-party at sister venue Life round out the hoppy happening. Mmm ... beer. April 3, 6 p.m. (VIP), 7 p.m. (GA), $50 VIP, $35 GA.
Easter Weekend Party at Share Gay men don’t let general Christian hostility toward the LGBT community stop them from having an Easter-themed party. And the one they’re throwing at Share includes go-go dancers dressed in underwear leaving very little to the imagination, national DJ Robbie Rob and—of course—a prize-filled egg hunt. April 4, doors at 10 p.m., free.
Merk & Kremont at Drai’s Beach Club Also known as Federico Merk and Giordano Kremont from Milan, the Italian beatmeisters embarked on their North America Adventures tour late last month and land Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, where the Drai’s residents will deliver their bouncy, driving EDM beats to the Cromwell rooftop oasis. April 5, doors at 11 a.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.
National Beer Day While we at the Weekly tend to celebrate beer all year long, Tuesday is the official day to show your love for suds. But where to go? Main Street Station’s Triple 7 microbrewery is often overlooked but produces some solid selections. Start there, and continue your crawl down the street to Bier Garten, then to new brewery Hop Nuts. Or, head east down Fremont and you’ll be just a hop, skip and jump from Banger Brewing. April 7, hours of operation vary.
Chuckie at Omnia There’s no denying the Dirty Dutch icon’s love for our city. After all, he helped craft the Vegas version of the LMFAO hit “I’m in Miami Bitch,” followed by “What Happens in Vegas.” So it’s fitting he should perform for Omnia’s new industry night, which is more or less an extension of the beloved locals party held on the same night, back when Pure occupied the same Caesars real estate. April 7, doors at 10 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women, locals free.