A couple of months ago, I asked Shawn Sabo what it's really like to be a mega DJ-producer.
"It's the best job anybody can dream of. But it's tough," Sabo said. "I don't think people know how hard DJ travel is."
Sabo told me he had just flown from Las Vegas to Atlantic City for a gig, losing a full day to planes, cars and hotels. Then he DJ'd until 4:30 a.m., went to sleep, woke at noon, drove to Newark, N.J., flew back to Las Vegas, rode straight to XS nightclub and played until 4:30 a.m.
"It's an amazing three days, but it's hard to get a lot done. You're basically DJing, sleeping on an airplane or in a car, and boom boom boom," Sabo said.
His DJ duo, Manufactured Superstars, performs again Saturday at Wynn's XS; then on Tuesday at Encore's Surrender for the NHL Awards after-party.
Manufactured Superstars play 250 to 300 shows a year. This summer, they'll do 90 shows. But Sabo said that's nothing compared to the lives of legendary DJs:
"Tiesto has been doing it for the last 12 years."
Here's your weekend club forecast:
FRIDAY: Dillon Francis at Surrender. Tommy Trash with Bambi at Marquee. Bambi and Keidy at Marquee Dayclub. Lupe Fiasco and Sky Gellatly DJing as The Soundclash at Lavo. Mike Attack at Encore Beach Club. Gusto at Hard Rock dayclub. Wale performs at Palms dayclub, then at club Rain.
SATURDAY: Cosmic Gate with Wippenberg at Marquee. Hardwell at Marquee Dayclub. Sidney Samson at Encore Beach Club. Hard Rock Sofa at Surrender. Kid Ink and Reflex at Lavo. Diplo at XS. Disco Fries at Palms pool dayclub, then at Rain. Dia Frampton at Pure. Jermaine Dupri at Tryst. (Sam Trammell of "True Blood" appears at Gallery.)
SUNDAY: Tommy Trash at Marquee Dayclub. Manufactured Superstars at XS. Norman Doray, Michael Woods and Hard Rock Sofa at Encore Beach Club. (Aubrey O'Day appears at Rehab.)
MONDAY: Vice at Marquee. Skam Artist DJs at XS.
TUESDAY: NHL Awards after party with Manufactured Superstars at Surrender.
WEDNESDAY: Deniz Koyu at Surrender. T Mills at Gallery.
THURSDAY: Nervo at Surrender.
Doug Elfman's column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.