It’s a weekend where music from today meets music of yesteryear in a mashup that keeps Las Vegas at the top of the charts. The lineup of concerts and shows is impressive, with today represented by Duran Duran, Chris Isaak and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and yesteryear still hitting the high notes with Jefferson Starship and James Darren. We also have Blood, Sweat & Tears, Rob Zombie and Korn to cover the musical spectrum.
Music headliner Brian McKnight best summed up the mood of the musicians this weekend in an email to me: “I’m excited to be performing in Las Vegas again this weekend. The vibe and energy of the city is always the best time. I’ll be at The Smith Center, and I hope to see you all there. It’s going to be an amazing Sunday night.”
It also is a great weekend for two other standout events: the premiere of SHARKNADO 4, where Las Vegas is featured in movie scenes with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, who will be attending the festivities at the Stratosphere, and the crowning of the new Miss Teen USA at The Venetian. So one moment you might be scared, and the next you will be smiling.
That’s Las Vegas midsummer with music, a movie premiere and a beauty pageant. Don’t go looking for the contestants to be in swimsuits at this stage, though, as they will display their physical attributes in athletic wear, as 2015 Miss Teen USA Katherine Haik of Louisiana told us in a Q+A posted Thursday morning.
Now it’s time for us to make a splash. Without further ado, here is this weekend’s Robin’s Royal Rundown:
FRIDAY, JULY 29
Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Jefferson Starship is at Golden Nugget Showroom.
Hapa is at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center for two days.
Allen Stone is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
James Darren is at South Point Showroom.
New Edition and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds are at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Cowboy Mouth is at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in The Linq Promenade.
Paul Charles is at Lounge at the Palms.
GHOSTBUSTERS star Leslie Jones is at The Mirage.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for Emo Night Brooklyn on Sept. 15, Dumpstaphunk on Sept. 18 and Conor Oberst and Pearl Charles on Oct. 3 all at BBLV and Reggae on the Bay featuring Common Kings, Maxi Priest and more at Mandalay Bay Beach from Oct. 1-2.
PUPPET UP! UNCENSORED celebrates its grand opening at Sands Showroom in The Venetian.
Star chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken celebrate the groundbreaking of their new market Urban Seed.
The 2016 Miss Teen USA Pageant is at The Venetian Theater for two days.
Real MMA is at Sam’s Town.
Scott Disick is at 1 OAK in The Mirage.
A-Trak is at Encore Beach Club at Night.
Alunageorge is at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas.
Flux Pavilion is at Rehab Beach Club at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Calvin Harris is at Omnia at Caesars Palace.
Hardwell is at Hakkasan at MGM Grand.
Hawthorne Heights and Gone Avery are at Foxtail Pool at SLS Las Vegas.
Enferno is at Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay.
DJ Shift is at Wet Republic in MGM Grand.
SATURDAY, JULY 30
Chris Isaak is at The Joint.
Rob Zombie and Korn are at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots are at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center.
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey are at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Trace Adkins is at Orleans Showroom for two days.
Blood, Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice are at Silverton Casino Lodge.
Protoje and The Indiggnation are at BBLV.
Earl Klugh is at Aliante.
Gladys Knight is at Primm Valley.
Sommore is at Suncoast Showroom for two days.
Lisa Lampanelli is at Palazzo Theater.
Tim Allen is at The Mirage.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Melody Sweets of ABSINTHE has a special late-night performance at Caesars.
DJ Konflikt is at Intrigue.
DJ Rehab is at Rehab Beach Club.
Martin Garrix is at Omnia.
Tiesto is at Hakkasan.
D-Miles is at Foundation Room.
Calvin Harris and Jacob Plant are at Wet Republic.
DJ Ikon is at Foxtail Pool.
DJ Hollywood is at Foxtail Nightclub.
SUNDAY, JULY 31
Brian McKnight is at Reynolds Hall.
The Claypool Lennon Delirium is at BBLV.
“The TLG Tour” featuring Squad, Loren Gray and more is at Vinyl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The SHARKNADO 4 premiere is at The Stratosphere.
W&W is at Hakkasan.
Hardwell is at Wet Republic.
Diplo is at XS Sunday Nightswim at Encore Las Vegas.
Have a rocking weekend!