I will go on a limb now in suggesting the nightclub market in Vegas is oversaturated.
That doesn’t mean clubs should shut down. Most clubs are making huge bucks. And even a crappy club here or there will serve a purpose as a loss leader in a hotel (to get clubbers to go to a casino).
But a few brand-name DJs are not pulling in the crowds they did last year, because of the crazy amount of DJ/club competition they are facing in 2013.
Two good things about oversaturation: 1) It keeps people employed. 2) It serves the consumer, since you certainly have your pick of DJ-producers to go see.
■ Wolfgang Gartner at Surrender nightclub in the Encore.
■ Manufactured Superstars at Encore Beach Club in Encore.
■ The Cataracs perform at 1 Oak nightclub in The Mirage.
■ Krewella at Light nightclub in Mandalay Bay.
■ Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano at Marquee nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
■ Bob Sinclar and Zen Freeman at Hakkasan nightclub in MGM Grand.
■ Henrix at XS nightclub in Wynn.
■ Stellar at Daylight dayclub-pool at Mandalay Bay.
■ DArrigo at Marquee Dayclub.
■ Spider at Tryst nightclub in Wynn.
■ 12th Planet at Body English in Hard Rock Hotel.
■ Pizzo at Gallery nightclub in Planet Hollywood Resort.
■ Ross One at Tao nightclub in The Venetian.
(And Kelis sings at Palms pool.)
■ Kaskade at Marquee.
■ Laidback Luke at Wet Republic dayclub-pool at MGM.
■ Arty at Marquee Dayclub. Zed’s Dead at Surrender.
■ Diplo at Encore Beach Club (with Zed’s Dead and Dillon Francis, for Mad Decent Block Party).
■ Krewella at Daylight.
■ Diplo at XS.
■ Dave Aude featuring Rockelle at Liquid pool at Aria.
■ Mad Decent Block Party with Dillon Francis at Tryst.
■ Bassjackers at Light.
■ Bambi at Hakkasan.
■ Ryan Cabrera performs at 1 Oak.
■ Eric D-Lux at Daylight, then at Tao.
■ DHG at Palms pool dayside.
■ Mightyfools at Body English.
■ Skribble at Chateau nightclub at Paris Las Vegas.
■ Duane King at Gallery.
■ Kaskade at Marquee Dayclub.
■ Bob Sinclar at Wet Republic.
■ Laidback Luke with Danny Avila at Hakkasan.
■ Lil Jon at Encore Beach Club.
■ Norman Doray at XS.
■ Kirill Was Here at Lavo in the Palazzo.
■ Eric D-Lux at Marquee.
■ John Dahlback at XS.
■ OB-One at Gallery.
■ Dilon Francis at Surrender.
■ Baauer at Eclipse night pool at Mandalay Bay.
■ Swanky Tunes at Surrender.
■ Five at Tao.
■ Fergie DJ with Tony Arzadon at Hakkasan.
Doug Elfman’s column appears on Page 3A in the main section on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.