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SHINING SON: It’s a funny thought, but as of this year Ziggy Marley has been recording and touring for a longer period of time than his legendary father Bob Marley—some 33 years to his father’s 19 years of music. And yet, every time I see Ziggy Marley perform—which I have, twice, and very much enjoyed—I think, Wow, he looks and sounds like his dad; this is some creepy time-machine stuff. It may be time to give the singer/songwriter of “Look Who’s Dancing” and “Power to Move Ya” his own due, and we could start when he plays Mandalay Bay on Aug. 31 ($46). Or we could just squint and pretend he’s Bob. He won’t know either way, and he probably doesn’t mind either way.

HE IS, WE SAID: Huh. Neil Diamond, you say? The name doesn’t ring a bell. Now, if only he had a song that is regularly performed at nearly every single karaoke night in the world, that’d be something … ha ha, I make a little jest. The gravel-voiced troubadour who gave us “Red Red Wine,” “America,” “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” “Solitary Man” and, yes, karaoke perennial “Sweet Caroline” performs at the MGM Grand, Sept. 1 ($58-$152). Do I really have to explain what makes a Diamond show worth seeing? Very well, I will: He’s one of our greatest living songwriters, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and he’s one of the few 71-year-old men who looks manly in sequins. Even Rick Rubin, the man who produced both Johnny Cash and Slayer, thinks Diamond is a badass. Because. He. Is.

NOW ON SALE: If you haven’t already done so by the time Oct. 20 rolls around, you should check the Hard Rock Hotel’s Soundwaves stage. Two grunge-era stalwarts, Toadies (pictured) and Helmet, will perform that night ($30). Grunge is always a fine choice to pair with a pool party.

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A&E Fall Preview


So many enticing exhibitions and events to look forward to in the coming months as Vegas artists cool down from the summer heat and get to work. Three cultural gatherings (London Biennale, Off the Strip, the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival) have stirred the creative community into action, pushing artists to do their best work. As a result, the fall is jam-packed with notable shows. Mark your calendar with the following: Three Can’t-Miss Fall Art Fests