Paul Oakenfold

The grandfather of hip-hop, who started the game in the 1970s, Grand Master Flash, will set the scene at the Palms, playing from the Island Bar and spinning jams into the New Year following a 9-11 p.m. set by DJ Kid Capri. In the Palms, 10 p.m., no cover.

New Year’s Eve will be the debut of Electric Dream, a surreal nightlife production by DJ Loczi, featuring live musicians, aerialists and wall-climbers at Studio 54. In the MGM Grand, doors 9 p.m., tickets start at $150.

Electronic music legend Paul Oakenfold spins his trance, house and electro hits during his rave production, Perfecto, at Rain. In the Palms, doors 9 p.m., tickets start at $110.

Icon DJ Erick Morillo has set the standard for the house-music industry and will kick off his monthly residency at the opening night of Vegas’ newest nightclub, Marquee. The Cosmopolitan, doors 9 p.m., tickets start at $300.

Start the year off on a good foot as the Palms presents a party with purpose. With a goal of raising $40,000 for Child Focus Inc., supporting foster children and their siblings, the public is invited to the Hardwood Fantasy Suite for an evening hosted by philanthropist Mark Curry, with entertainment by DJ Nathan Scott, Ministry of Sound’s DJ Mikey Gallagher and rocker Avery Watts. Donate at FirstGiving.org/childfocus. In the Palms, doors 9 p.m., tickets start at $250. Vegas Locals Enter NYECURRY7 for discounted price for readers – 30% off!

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Here we are staring down the barrel of another New Year. While the local economy has crawled along since 2008, the nightlife industry has pushed forward undaunted, like a Red Bull’d-up bottle baron in the face of a dozen short skirts and miles of rejection. While 2011 will see new clubs popping up at the Cosmopolitan, Luxor, the Trop, Paris and Planet Hollywood, it was 365 days ago that another crop of venues was set to debut with New Year’s Eve grand openings.