DVBBS at Hakkasan Pronounced “dubs,” the up-and-coming Canadian EDM duo has worked with the industry’s biggest names (Sander van Doorn and Martin Garrix, to name a couple) and probably had you getting down and dirty with the bouncing beats of “Tsunami,” a Borgeous collabo that burned up the dancefloors in 2013. It brings that sound to the MGM Grand danceteria Thursday night. February 5, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.
J Dilla Changed My Life at Beauty Bar If you have overlooked the work of the producer/rapper phenom—taken from us way too early in 2006, at age 32—consider your attendance at this birthday tribute a justifiable overcompensation. DJs EDoc, 5’8 and Kev P provide tunes crafted and influenced by the Detroit/LA hip-hop icon, while live artists create Dilla-inspired work for a silent auction later in the evening. Proceeds from your $5+ donation go to the J Dilla Foundation. February 7, doors at 9 p.m., $5+ donation.
Splendor in the Glass at the Westgate Merriam-Webster defines “splendor” as “great and impressive beauty,” so be prepared for top-notch pours at Vegas PBS’ annual sipping soiree. In its 26th year, the fundraiser features tastes from more than 60 wineries and breweries, a wine auction, live music from the Woody Woods jazz ensemble and a special appearance from celebrity chef Hubert Keller. Did we mention your ticket keeps the local TV station’s programming afloat? We know you’re an avid Downton Abbey fan, so don’t be shy … February 7, 3-7 p.m., $85 in advance, $100 at the door.
Arty at Surrender The Russian trance/EDM producer already began his Wynn residency at XS. But if you missed him there, Arty—whose 2014 was sweetened by the success of his “Up All Night” single with vocalist Angel Taylor—crosses the casino on Saturday to make his performance debut at Encore’s other dance club. February 7, doors at 10:30 p.m., $35+ men, $25+ women.
Blazing Art at the Phoenix For those of you expecting to be unsatiated by First Friday’s merging of art and revelry, or who support alternative creativity and performance, or who are part of the LGBT community but easily tire of the usual nightlife options, or who seek to shop from independent fashion and jewelry vendors, or who want to hear DJs play something Sirius XM hasn’t overplayed yet, or who just want to do something unlike anything else on offer on a Saturday night, then attend this unique-to-Vegas event at one of the most unique-to-Vegas venues. February 7, 8 p.m., free entry.
After with Max Graham at Body English It’s been a momentous first year for After, which made a splashy debut at the Strip-side Tommy Wind Theater—partially due to its viral anti-EDM DJ booth rule sheet—then had a brief residency at 1923, followed by some memorable parties at the now-shuttered Artistic Armory warehouse. For its first anniversary, it gets a proper nightclub host in the form of Body English, which will operate from Saturday night into Sunday morning for a rare afterhours program, headlined by previous After performer Max Graham and supported by the party’s local mainstays, Spacebyrdz and Justin Baule. February 8, doors at 2 a.m., $20+ men, $10+ women.
Myon & Shane 54 at Marquee After scoring a No. 1. hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart with Cole Plante on “Lie to Me,” the Hungarian beat-slingers teamed with Tove Lo on the epic, big-room-ready “Strangers” (and long before Alesso collabo’d with the Swedish sensation, to boot). The dance-music duo takes the booth at the Cosmo club during its Marquee Mondays industry night, with DJ Lema providing support. February 9, doors at 10 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women, locals free.
Dirt Nasty at Beauty Bar From an MTV VJ gig and a short-lived porn career (does Young, Hard & Solo sound familiar?) to mainstream movie roles (including stints in What I Like About You and the Scary Movie franchise), it seems Simon Rex has done it all. The actor-turned-rapper takes the mic as his Dirt Nasty alter ego Tuesday night during the Fremont East bar’s weekly Nickel F*cking Beer Night promo. Arrive thirsty. February 10, doors at 9 p.m., $10.