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Hot Spots: Oliver Heldens at Hakkasan, Chromeo at Drai’s, Big Bame parties and more

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Flying Dutchman: Upstart producer Oliver Heldens takes over at Hakkasan Sunday night.
Bart Jansen

Zomboy at Brooklyn Bowl Bass-music enthusiasts have a special event on their hands on Friday. That’s when producer/DJ Zomboy makes his Las Vegas debut. Expect a load of original songs—he’s only six months out from last year’s The Outbreak, and word has it that new tunes are on the way—and hope for a taste of the forthcoming Resurrection, which will feature remixes of the surging Brit bassmaster’s older material. Heroes X Villains, Getter and Laxx support. (And Weekly is a sponsor.) January 30, doors at 8 p.m., $35+.

Chromeo at Drai’s No, this won’t be one of the Cromwell rooftop nightclub’s mini-concerts. Instead, Dave 1 and P-Thugg will offer up one of their DJ sets—and make their debut as Drai’s residents. Afraid the electro-funk duo is just cashing in on the DJ craze? Don’t be. It’s played DJ gigs for years, including ones at 1 OAK and Rehab. And besides, Dave 1 has no excuse for faking it behind the booth: His brother is world-champion DJ and Light resident A-Trak. January 30, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

Laidback Luke at Surrender We’re not one to gossip, but dude’s been around. The producer/DJ born Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen has held court at Haze, Hakkasan, 1 OAK, XS, Wet Republic, Light ... and, on Friday, Surrender, where he kick-starts his 2015 Wynn nightlife residency. A note to drunken revelers who like to climb up the booth and distract the DJs: Luke isn’t laid-back when it comes to kung fu—and he’s won gold medals at world championships to prove it. Nice guy, but I wouldn’t test his threshold. January 30, doors at 10:30 p.m., $35+ men, $25+ women.

UFC Octagon Girls at The Bank This weekend might be all about the gridiron, but the Bank is devoting Friday night to the UFC ring. The MMA organization’s beloved Octagon Girls Arianny Celeste, Brittney Palmer and others play host for the Bellagio nightspot’s social-media-driven Follow Me Friday promo, which encourages you to tag ’em in any Instagram posts. In the booth: DJ Que. January 30, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

Desert Duel at Silverton's Veil Pavilion Why stress about keeping the cold ones cold and the hot wings hot this Super Sunday? Ditch the couch and opt instead for the neighborhood hotel’s Super Bowl viewing party, where your ticket includes an all-you-can-eat spread (think stadium fare like dogs and wings) and two free drinks. A beer garden, on-site sports wagering and a shot at winning a 60-inch HDTV round out the bash. February 1, 2:30 p.m., $55.

Tao Bowl at Tao If you’re a foodie who loves football, you’re probably not all that enthused to guzzle piss-hued beer and eat your weight in spinach dip Sunday afternoon, right? Enter Tao’s annual Big Game viewing party, complete with an open bar (score!) and the “Emperor’s Buffet” (2 to 5 p.m.) featuring the pan-Asian restaurant’s flavor-packed bites. We’ll take an IPA and some Dragon Tail spareribs, please. Oh, and another IPA ... February 1, doors at 2 p.m., $65 (open bar only), $125 (open bar and buffet).

Oliver Heldens at Hakkasan Hakkasan knows—and embraces—young hot shots. In 2013, it signed 18-year-old Danny Avila, and last year, it nabbed a barely adult Martin Garrix. For 2015, the MGM Grand megaclub has inked ascendant Dutch producer Oliver Heldens, best known for his Euro house bangers “Koala” and “Gecko,” who will turn 20 during his residency debut. February 1, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.

Cymatic Sessions with Chris Johnson at Downtown Cocktail Room The Downtown Tuesday nighter continues its showcase of Vegas talent this week with house DJ headliner Chris the Johnson. He goes all the way back to Drai’s Afterhours 1.0 (back when its host property was called Barbary Coast), so you can trust his musical instincts. Fellow locals Laguerre and Vixen support. February 3, 10 p.m., free.

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