Summer Blockbusters: The Must-See DJ Residencies of the Season

Photo by Al Powers

Photo by Al Powers

When you think “Prohibition,” we’ll bet flappers, brass bands and dapper suits come to mind. During Snoopadelic Cabaret at Tao, you’ll find all of the above … plus Snoop Dogg … plus alcohol. At the party’s May 3 debut, DJ/rapper Snoop’s vice-loving persona and scantily clad go-go’s collided in ironic wonder with the speakeasy era. We reckon people of the 1920s never got to enjoy “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” while sneakily sipping booze out of a coffee mug. But, oh, if they could see us now … Snoopadelic Cabaret is scheduled for July 3, August 30 and two additional dates in the fall. In the Venetian, 702-388-8588,


“Atmosphere” producer Kaskade recently announced an intimate nine-city tour, and tickets for some dates sold out within hours. Luckily for Las Vegas, Kaskade is committed to the booth of Marquee’s day and nightclubs a total of 17 times this summer. After stellar sessions on May 3 and May 24, he continues his Summer Lovin’ experience during EDC weekend June 21 and 22, with additional dates July 5 and August 30. Did we mention he’s the two-time recipient of DJ Times’ “America’s Best DJ” title? That’s one more reason to add a date (or several) to your schedule. In the Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000,


Last summer, Macklemore crowd-surfed through Surrender during his performance at the club’s three-year anniversary. After such a show, it’s no wonder the rapper (and his production partner, Ryan Lewis) are back for several dates this year. The duo who made thrift shoppin’ cool again return July 4. As a bonus: Lewis will spin solo July 2. Maybe you can spot his suaveness strolling the property between gigs. In Encore, 702-770-7300,

Aside from sets at EDC, Carl Cox sightings have been few and far between in Las Vegas—much to the dismay of his dedicated fans. Now having signed on for several dates at Light, this summer marks the Brit’s first official residency on the Strip. Cox kicked it off in a big way May 26, spinning into the wee morning with an after-hours set of house and techno. The pioneer continues to keep us on our toes, next appearing June 19, a rare Thursday night at Light for EDC Week. In Mandalay Bay, 702-693-8300,

Supplying the beats to a bikini competition is one job most warm-blooded males would envy. In the case of Rehab’s Bikini Invitational, DJ Crystal Hefner, the better half of Playboy’s head honcho, Hugh, fills those duties. She’ll choose the tunes as beauties compete each month for $100,000 in cash and prizes. Spot the bombshell in the booth June 14, July 12, August 9 and September 6. Check out the rock on her finger while you’re there. In Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5555,

You can always count on Hakkasan for top-tier talent. On any given weekend you can see heavyweights such as Calvin Harris, Tiësto and Steve Aoki on the decks. This summer, the megaclub brings in special guests: up-and-comer Martin Garrix and Grammy winners Deep Dish. Garrix’s May 26 appearance marked his first as an official resident, and he’ll be back for EDC weekend June 23. As for Deep Dish, the recently reunited duo make their anticipated Las Vegas return June 1. In MGM Grand, 702-891-3838,


While many are familiar faces to the Strip, every DJ is new to the roster at Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub. The 65,000-square-foot rooftop paradise made its debut last month. Already among its residents are two of the season’s most highly anticipated spinners: reclusive Swede Eric Prydz and Dutch Brothers Showtek. They’ll be joined by more than a dozen acts, including Adventure Club, DVBBS and Las Vegas’ own 3Lau. You can catch them all by day and night several times a month, Thursday-Sunday. In the Cromwell, 702-737-0555,

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