You might be tempted to stay in today because it’s going to be one hell of a weekend. But for those wanting a head start, don’t miss DJ Chris Lake spinning at Vanity. In the Hard Rock. Doors 10 p.m. $40 men, $20 women, local ladies free.
The helluva weekend gets off to a strong start at The Bank where wannabe billionaire Travie McCoy performs his money-chasing chart-topper. (At Bellagio, doors 10:30 p.m., $30 cover.) Meanwhile, Cali Swag District show us how it’s done as they teach us How to Dougie (and party) in high style. (At Jet, in The Mirage, doors 10:30 p.m., $30.) For a more housey night, head to Encore, where the Steves—Angello (pictured) and Aoki—hold it down at Surrender. (Doors 10 p.m., $40 men, $30 women.) Alternatively, you can ditch the club scene and check out Imagine Dragons as they rock the Pub at Monte Carlo (doors 9 p.m., show 10 p.m., $5) or watch the big boys—and a few girls!—lace ‘em up at the Rio as Friday Night Fights move to Crown. Among those scheduled to hit the ring are Henry Namauu (who was on the Holyfield/Botha undercard earlier this year), Rocco Santomauro and female fighters Crystal Hoy and Mandy LaPointe. Doors 6 p.m., fights 7 p.m. $25-$100.
After a monthlong hiatus, Paul Oakenfold returns to Perfecto, and he’s bringing Markus Schulz and Manufactured Superstars with him. (At the Palms, doors 11 p.m., $40.) Back on the Strip, the always-funny and always-obnoxious Chelsea Handler (pictured) entertains at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace (10:30 p.m., tickets from $49.50), and Kid Cudi cuts a rug across the casino floor, at Pure. (Doors 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women). Also tonight, the Voodoo Glow Skulls light up downtown, as they play Beauty Bar. 517 E. Fremont St., doors 9 p.m., $12.
Sunday provides a trio of urban options: Busta Rhymes is at Haze, Soulja Boy is at Jet, and—yeah!—Lil Jon (pictured) takes over Sin on Sunday at Vanity. (Haze at Aria, doors 10:30 p.m., $30; Jet at The Mirage, doors 10:30 p.m., $30; Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel, doors 10 p.m., $40 men, $20 women, local ladies free.) What’s more, Benny Benassi is at Rain at the Palms, along with Eddie Halliwell, John O’Callaghan and DJ Donald Glaude (doors 11 p.m., $50) and Erick Morillo marks his triumphant return for what promises to be another late night at Tao at the Venetian. (Doors 9:30 p.m. Men $60, ladies $40, local ladies free before 11 p.m.) Or, for a more rocking night, check out No Use for a Name at Wasted Space, along with openers Versus the World and Friends With the Enemy. At the Hard Rock Hotel, doors 9 p.m., $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
The former Hawaiian Tropic Zone has been reborn as the newest rough-and-tumble spot on the Strip, and this weekend PBR Rock Bar busts out of the chute and hosts a Labor Day ladies night, featuring two-for-one beers for everyone on the patio all day long, plus a girls-only open bar from 10:30 p.m-midnight. (At Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, no cover.) Further south on the Strip, Tabú postpones what is usually a Sunday night party and hosts Confession industry night, featuring DJs Shift and Irie (pictured). At MGM Grand, doors 10 p.m. $20 men, $10 ladies, local ladies free.
Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day at SushiSamba, as the Brazilian-Japanese- Peruvian hot spot channels Rio de Janeiro with capoeira demonstrations, samba dancers and all the caipirinhas you can drink. At the Palazzo, no cover.
Mark midweek in high style during the Fashion Night Out pre-party at Lavo. This week’s installment of Label Junkie is presented by General Growth Properties and showcases the playful and feminine designs of Betsey Johnson. At the Palazzo, doors 10 p.m., $20 men, $10 women, free for all locals.