Won’t you be the most diverse music fan on your block if you catch both Sergio Mendes and ear-pummeling, Michigan-based, nü-metal ear-pummelers Taproot, who perform at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wasted Space at the Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road. Tickets are $15; call 693-5066.
Part of a two-week Contemporary Art Collective festival called Off the Strip, Bay Area performance artist Malcolm Smith presents a mixed-media show called “Humanimalgamble,” demonstrating how indistinguishable humans are from animals. (Strangely, a Taproot concert proves the same thing.) The free performance starts at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aruba Hotel, 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Call 383-3100.
Hip-hop hit-maker Kevin Rudolf (Flo Rida, Lil Wayne and Nas) headlines the “Let It Rock” tour, also featuring Hyper Crush, Go Crash, Cash Cash and The Audition, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $17.50-$19.50; call 632-7600.
Can it really be 10 whole years since singer Art Alexakis and his crew were everything to everyone? Oh well, so much for the afterglow. Catch them as an old-timer act at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Silverton Pavilion, 3333 Blue Diamond Road. Tickets are $27.50; call 914-8557.
Don’t Miss It is compiled by Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Corey Levitan. Contact him at 383-0456 or clevitan@reviewjournal. com
The boss o’ bossa nova rumbas out to Primm this weekend. Mendes performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s, Interstate 15 South at Primm. Tickets are $21.95-$38.45; call (800) 386-7867.