Wyclef Jean at Tao Call it a comeback: The former Fugee plans to release his first album in five years, Clefication, in 2015— and the Grammy-winning artist recently dropped the first single, a collabo project with EDM giant (and current XS/Encore Beach Club resident) Avicii. Stream it before Thursday night, when he takes the stage at the Venetian club for the official Heads Audio party. In the booth: DJ Khaled. January 8, doors at 10 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.
Will.i.am at Light The Black Eyed Pea—and, more recently, a mentor on Australia’s version of The Voice—brings his “Boom Boom Pow” to the Mandalay Bay nightspot and its DJ booth for its inaugural Beat Thursday bash. Maybe he’ll keep the Britney and Bieber tracks to a minimum? We’re holding out hope. January 8, doors at 10 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.
GBDC: Geek’d Up at Ghostbar The annual Consumer Electronics Show comes to a close Friday night, which means the visiting tech-heads have nothing better to do in Las Vegas than—what else?—party! Palms apparently got that memo, as CES badge-holders (and all revelers, for that matter) dressed in geek chic receive complimentary entry at this nerdy installment of the weekly top-of-the-Palms promo. Vanderpump Rules reality star Scheana Marie presides over the faux-dorky festivities. January 10, doors at 1 p.m., $10, local ladies free.
Ladies of Q Socials at Artifice Not only does a lesbian-friendly social group get to take over Artifice for their own event, they’re doing it on the biggest night of the calendar. Celebrate a lively Saturday evening out with the Ladies of Q Socials, with entertainment by DJs St. JP and Panduhluvv, and various live acts all hailing from Las Vegas. Bonus: Happy hour will be extended to 10 p.m. January 10, 8 p.m., free.
Tony Arzadon at Life Any veteran of Vegas dancefloors knows Tony Arzadon, who despite hailing from Chicago has had more Strip residencies than most of his local peers. Lately the producer/DJ, who seemingly has one foot in old progressive house and the other in the newer version, has been punching in at Light Nightclub and Daylight Beach Club, but this Sunday, he headlines at SLS’ Life. January 11, doors at 10:30 p.m., $25+.
Cymatic Sessions with John Destiny at Downtown Cocktail Room The house/techno midweek promo not only survived 2014, it finished the year with a higher profile—and rightfully so. It takes place in one of the best groove rooms in the city, and its bookings remain solid, with international DJs complementing the Vegas talent. This week, two NYC natives fill the bill, as Brooklyn-to-LA producer/DJ John Destiny headlines and local Rob Dub—a frequent participant in the Valley’s underground events—supports. January 13, 10 p.m., free.
Flosstradamus at Surrender Trappy New Year! After launching their Flossvegas residency at the Encore danceteria over NYE weekend, the Chicago-based trap duo returns to Surrender Wednesday night with booty-shaking, hip-hop-infused beats—so get turnt up and celebrate Hump Day with Hoodie Nation! January 14, doors at 10:30 p.m., $45+ men, $35+ women.
Trap Nation with Blanco & Gambino at Chateau You look at Paris hotel-casino and think: What’s the last dance genre you’d expect to hear in there? Trap would be our vote, but the frenetic hip-hop-meets-dubstep music style has its own night every Wednesday at Chateau. This week: locals Blanco and Gambino co-headline the party, with DJ ShadowRed opening. January 14, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women, locals free.