Get in touch with your inner Rastafarian as the city hosts two reggae festivals on one night. English-born reggae legend Pato Banton is at the Hard Rock Hotel to celebrate his 30 years of laid-back music and island-inspired tracks. The party transcends generations, and the show at Wasted Space begins at 10:15 p.m. (Doors at 9 p.m., $15 in advance or $20 at the door.) Across town, irie beats sweep the Palms pool, as the Cruzan Campfire Concert Series welcomes Lady Reiko and the Sin City Prophets, ForTwentyDaze, HaleAmanO and One Pin Short. (Doors at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m., $10.) The laid-back island sounds serve as an interesting pre-party for retro roller extravaganza Down & Derby, which hosts its RollerCon edition at Rain at 9 p.m. $5 cover, $5 skate rentals, RSVP downandderby.org.
Clubbing can be a gong show in itself, so skip it and instead spend your Friday night at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip as the Bang the Gong Tour takes over. Headliners include Neon Trees, Paper Tongues, Civil Twilight and Imagine Dragons. Doors at 8 p.m., shows start at 9 p.m., $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday night goes country as Toby Keith and Trace Adkins play the Pearl at the Palms. If you don’t want to spend the $89-$154 for a ticket, you can always head to Keith’s namesake bar and grill at Harrah’s and hope he pops by after the show. A better bet might be boxer Lennox Lewis, who hosts a post-fight party at Lavo. No, he has no plans to lace-up the gloves himself—he’s leaving that to two Juans: Manuel Marquez and Diaz, who meet in the ring at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Lewis will be at the Palazzo hot spot regardless of who wins—and who knows who will stop by after the fight to celebrate (or drown their sorrows). Doors at 11 p.m., $30 for men, $20 for women, local ladies free.
It’s August and it’s hot, so if you’re going to spend the day outside, you might as well be by the pool. And if you’re going to be by a pool, you might as well make it a good one. Grab some SPF and head to Encore Beach Club, where Digital Lab Music and Oscar G entertain. (At Encore, doors at 11 a.m., $50 for men, $40 for women, local ladies free.) Later that night, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy personality Jai Rodriguez hosts and performs at Revolution, as part of Closet Sundays. At The Mirage, doors at 10 p.m., $20 cover, locals free.
Sure, Sunday is synonymous with “pool” in Las Vegas—but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend most of Monday on a lounge chair (or better yet, in a cabana). Relax at the Hard Rock Hotel is always a good place to, well, relax (10 a.m.-7 p.m., no cover), but Bare at The Mirage has our vote today, as it hosts 944 magazine’s Camp Vegas pool party. Doors at 11 a.m., $20 for men, free for women.
He has worked with T.I., Swizz Beatz, Plies, Jadakiss, Fabolous and T-Pain, and tonight Maino is at the Palms. The Unstoppable Brooklyn, N.Y.-born-and-raised rapper takes to the booth at Moon as part of the weekly Bang! party. Doors at 10 p.m., $20 cover, local ladies free.
It is the 317th anniversary of champagne (Dom Perignon invented the luxurious bubbly beverage in 1693) and this, of course, calls for celebration. Toast bubbly’s b-day by popping a bottle of Dom (priced from about $185 after tax at Lee’s Discount Liquor), or take things to a higher-brow level, and grab a sophisticated seat with the well-heeled crowd at Restaurant Guy Savoy’s champagne bar at Caesars Palace. Sure, a glass of champagne will cost between $22 and $75, but even the most expensive option is far cheaper than what it costs to have dinner in the country’s only Krug room (which will set you back $750 per person, six-person minimum—but if price is no option, make a reservation: 877-346-4642). When you consider these prices, a trip to the champagne room at the Spearmint Rhino is practically a deal—and talk about bang for your buck! 3344 S. Highland Dr., 24 hours, free admission when arriving by courtesy limousine, 966-2702 to arrange transportation.