Entertaining options for a week of nonstop fun and excitement.
The weekend gets rolling a little early, thanks to the monthly installment of Down and Derby. Strap on your skates and get on the boogie-train as guest DJs Nugget, Bonics and resident DJ $HR3D spin the crowd into an eight-wheeled frenzy. And for once, guys are allowed (or even encouraged) to wear short-shorts. At Rain at the Palms, doors at 10 p.m., $15 at the door, $5 with online RSVP at downandderby.org. No rollerblades allowed, old-school skate rentals $5.
It’s a day to celebrate the female form as Azure launches Femme Fridays, with trendy fashions, giveaways and female DJs beginning with DJ Miss Joy. (At Palazzo, 11 am-6 pm. $20, locals, ladies free.) Later that night, Slightly Stoopid plays Friday Night Live at the Hard Rock Hotel (doors at 7 p.m., concert 8 p.m., $29.50 in advance, $38.50 at the gate.), and another FNL concert series goes down out on the east side of town, as the Village at Lake Las Vegas presents a free concert featuring ’80s rock band The Reflex from 7-10 p.m.
The day gets under way as the threesome otherwise known as Swedish House Mafia—DJs Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso—take the Wet Republic decks by storm at 2:30 p.m. (At MGM Grand, doors at 11 a.m., $50 men, $20 women.) Later that night, Viva Rock Vegas brings Imagine Dragons, Otherwise and six other bands to historic Water Street. After the show, the official afterparty goes down at the Goldmine Tavern. (At the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St., 4-10 p.m., $10, all ages. Goldmine Tavern, 23 S. Water St., 10 p.m.-close, no cover.) Another option: The group known for extraordinary cover songs, The Dan Band (Old School, The Hangover), performs at Dick’s Last Resort’s third anniversary party (at Excalibur, 11 p.m., no cover.) and Crown Nightclub serves up Infected Mushroom—the progressive trance/dance duo, not the fungus. (At the Rio, doors at 10 p.m., tickets $25.) If you’re looking for something a little more mainstream, Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travie McCoy takes over Blush with a special performance of his hit single “Billionaire.” Once there, ladies drink free champagne from 11 p.m.-midnight. At Wynn, doors at 9 p.m., $40 for guys, $30 for girls, free for local ladies and industry.
The tide brings Groove Armada to the shores of Encore Beach Club, along with guest DJs Chuckie, Afrojack and resident Kaskade (doors at 11 a.m., $50 for men, $40 for ladies, local ladies free), while the sounds of Beatport wash over Tao Beach as Beatport Beach returns with special guest Dirty South. (At the Venetian, doors at 10 a.m., $20 cover, all ladies and local men free.) After the sun sets, The Bank overflows with power as the Pool Power 20 celebrates the 20 most influential men and women of the Vegas pool scene. (At Bellagio, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 for men, free for ladies and all locals.) And if nothing pool sounds cool, Murphy’s Law Bar & Grill combines drinking with thinking for its new Pub Trivia Night. 1590 E. Flamingo Road, 7-9 p.m., no cover.
Look Monday straight in the eye as DJ Babu, Evidence and Rakaa Iriscience of the Dilated Peoples play industry night at Jet. The L.A.-based group is largely underground, but they’ve collaborated with Kanye West—although the resulting single, 2004’s “This Way,” was hardly declared the best single of all time (it peaked at No. 106 on the U.S. charts). At The Mirage, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 for men, $20 for ladies, free for locals ’til midnight.
Blush honors the most influential men in Las Vegas nightlife—including Fox 5’s Jason Feinberg, Jason “JRoc” Craig of N9NE Group, Crown Nightclub’s Darin Feinstein, Red Bull’s own Tony Cordasco, and Marklen Kennedy and Bob Shindelar of Tao Group—at the annual King of Clubs part. Meantime, the ultralounge gives all the girls free champagne from 11 p.m.-midnight. At Wynn, doors at 9 p.m., $30 for men, locals and industry free.
The wait is over as Social House makes its highly anticipated return, resurfacing in its new spot in Crystals at CityCenter. (First seating at 5 p.m., restaurant open until 10:30 p.m., bar and lounge ’til 2 a.m., 736-1122 for reservations.) Also that night, the Palms gets a new resident as improv comedian Matt Donnelly brings his Executive Monkeys show to the Lounge with special guest, actress and avid poker player Shannon Elizabeth. (9 p.m., $25.) When the show’s over, cross the casino floor and ride the elevator up to Ghostbar, where DJ 88’s ever-dope party, Snitch, gets going with guest DJ Tendaji Lathan. Lathan’s name means “makes things happen” in Swahili. Coincidence? We think not. Doors at 10 p.m., $20 cover, free for local ladies.