Two-year Anniversary at Velveteen Rabbit Time flies when you’re hustling the best proprietary cocktails and craft beers on Main Street. But Velveteen Rabbit is already entering its terrific twos, and will mark the occasion with a Bollywood-themed party complete with an Indian-inspired menu, live music and a photo booth. Surprises aren’t out of the question, either—some of last year’s anniversary patrons scored three-day passes to Life Is Beautiful. April 30, 8 p.m., free.
50 Cent at Drai’s It’s fight weekend in Las Vegas, and in addition to the Mayweather/Pacquiao bout, pop heavyweights will be partying, hosting and taking the mic throughout the event-filled weekend. The Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper/actor will do the former and kick things off for Drai’s Friday night with a performance. May 1, doors at 10:30 p.m., $100+ men, $40+ women.
Mark Ronson at Marquee A standout booking by Marquee for the fight weekend: Ronson, the pop/hip-hop/R&B/soul/etc. producer of pop titans like Adele, Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse, playing a headlining DJ set. Just another musician who also thinks he can DJ, you say? Au contraire, mon frère. Ronson’s been DJing since 1993, when he was an NYU student. He’ll undoubtedly bring some skills to the Cosmo club. May 1, doors at 10 p.m., $70+ men, $30+ women.
Big Boi at Liquid If you missed hearing the OutKast rapper spit his classic verses on “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” “Gasoline Dreams” and the rest at last year’s Life Is Beautiful, consider Saturday night your second chance. And if you were Downtown for the festival in October, there’s no reason not to hit the Aria dayclub for seconds, right? May 2, doors at 11 a.m., $100+ men, $50+ women.
Jamie Foxx at the Bank The actor/singer has two Grammys and an Oscar on his mantle, and though he’s not coming to town this weekend to collect more trophies, he’ll be the recipient of a different sort of honor: singing the national anthem before Mayweather/Pacquiao. Foxx will perform at the Bellagio nightclub later that night with DJs Five and G-Squared supporting. May 2, doors at 10:30 p.m., $175+ men, $75+ women.
Kaskade at XS Only during the weekend of a huge fight would an EDM DJ be considered counterprogramming for a Las Vegas nightclub. But XS is sticking to its time-tested heavyweights for the occasion, and after Kaskade famously drew the largest main-stage crowds at Coachella last month, his man-of-the-hour status seems fitting for Saturday’s big night. May 2, doors at 10 p.m., $50+ men, $20+ women.
Nicki Minaj at Chateau You can do side-bends or sit-ups, but please don’t lose that … you know. The reigning rapper dominated the airwaves with her Sir Mix-a-Lot-infused “Anaconda,” and come Saturday she’ll rule the Paris nightclub’s after-fight party. Also performing: R&B artists Jeremih and Sevyn Streeter and DJs Funkmaster Flex, ShadowRed, Dre Dae and more. May 2, 8 p.m., $300+.
Church Bass with Miyuki at Beauty Bar Sunday would seem to be the calm before and after the Cinco de Mayo and fight weekend storms, so why not seamlessly transition from one to the other with a palate-cleansing bass-music party, headlined by LA-based (but Vegas-frequenting) breaks/drum ’n’ bass/jungle DJ Miyuki? Bushido Brown, Zaiaku, Trapbeard and others also fill the bill, along with live body-painting artists. May 3, doors at 9 p.m., free (inside), $10 (outside).