Forget “Happy Birthday”—this evening’s song of the night doubles as a b-day wish list, as “Birthday Sex” singer Jeremih marks his 23rd year at Tao. Sure, his big day is actually July 17,, but he’s decided to celebrate a few days in advance. Regardless, we all know what he’ll be wishing for as he blows out the candles. At the Venetian, doors at 10:30 p.m., $20 for men, $10 for women, free for local ladies.
Tao Beach becomes a bikini-filled fairground on Friday, as the rooftop pool deck hosts an afternoon of fun and games high atop the Venetian. An industry dunking booth with 10 yet-to-be-named “local celebrities” (we’re going to venture a guess, and suggest Mike Tyson and Flava Flav will not be taking part) is sure to be a highlight, while palm readers, cotton candy and clowns help foster the carnival environment, and Bacardi snow cones keep the crowd cool. (Doors at 10 a.m., free for all locals and all ladies, $10 for non-local men.) Later that night, the Hard Rock Hotel hosts a duo of live entertainment options: The Silversun Pickups play The Joint at 8 p.m. (all ages, tickets from $24, read more), and The Great Big Mouth of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Taylor, plays Friday Night Live. Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour joins him for the poolside show at 9 p.m. $22 in advance, $25 at the gate.
Head to House of Blues and crack a cold one or two as Zane Lamprey brings his Drinking Made Easy comedy tour to Mandalay Bay. Steve McKenna and Marc Ryan join the comic for an alcohol-inspired (and infused!) night of laughter, which gets under way just after 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30 p.m., $22-$28.50.
Goodlife Sundays get a little hairy this week as Hair Wars return to Ghostbar. Pin-up icon and model Sabina Kelly hosts the special summertime edition of the popular party, which sees local salons go head-to-head as they compete for tress success. (At the Palms, doors at 10 p.m., $25 cover, locals and all ladies free, n9negroup.com/hairwars.) If blowouts and extreme makeovers really aren’t your thing, consider heading to the Hard Rock Hotel, where punk rockers MXPX play Wasted Space, with special guests the Sprockets. (Doors at 9:30 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m., $25 in advance, $30 at the door.) Or keep it classy and take in the most glamorous Sunday night in the city, as XS hosts its weekly pool party. At Encore, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 cover, free for industry and locals.
Get ready to make like a Polaroid picture and cash in, as Bare hosts a bootylicious booty-shaking contest that awards $2,000 to the girl who shakes what her momma gave her the best. As 50 Cent oh-so-eloquently put it, “Shake, sh-sh-shake that ass, girl! At The Mirage, doors at 11 a.m., $20 for men, free for women.
Moon nightclub at the Palms retains its stranglehold on Tuesday nights by bringing renowned DJ Pittsburgh Slim to this week’s installation of Bang! (Doors at 10 p.m., $20 cover, local ladies free.) Another solid option involves a trip to the Palazzo, where Lavo beats the midweek blahs with a Saturday night-style party featuring DJ Five. Doors at 11 p.m., $20 for guys, $10 for girls, free for all locals.
Model Material turns up the heat at Aria and celebrates summer fashion with a dramatic party for Young & Reckless Clothing at Gold. The brand’s owner and founder—MTV Rob & Big and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory star Chris “Drama” Pfaff—will be there, along with tasty Model Material regulars, the Syrup Swimwear crew. Meanwhile, DJ Scene will be in the booth to set the, ahem, scene. Doors at 10 p.m., $10 for girls, $20 for guys, free for all locals.