Light Changes Its Tune

The megaclub kicks its house-party style for Baauer's Studio B residency


When Light opened at Mandalay Bay in 2013, the 38,000-square-foot nightclub added a new page to the Las Vegas playbook by collaborating with Cirque du Soleil to add ultra-sensory visuals and acrobatics to an already electrifying high-tech experience. Now, a year in, Light is reshaping how the cool kids party all over again by actually dialing down the lasers, confetti and EDM with an innovative, monthly experience that transforms Light from Las Vegas megaclub to the city’s best big-little house party.

Dubbed “Baauer’s Studio B,” this alternative club experience teams Light with one of its resident DJs, Baauer (Harry Rodrigues), who will perform skillfully produced sets steeped in trap, crunk and remixes, with visuals created specially for him by Internet artist and Web designer SuS BoY. Studio B features rotating guests, such as rapper A$AP Ferg, in an atmosphere that’s most un-Light-like, with well-placed living-room furniture; videos simulating a city skyline, beach-y waves or a backyard party; and the DJ not perched up on high, but down on the dance floor. Pencil in July 23 for Bauuer’s next visit.

Will Studio B still make you sweat? Hell, yeah: Allegedly, Baauer will cut tracks on the spot and premiere them for all to hear. And who knows? With that living-room feel, Light might offer your first chance to sit comfortably at a club in a long, long time. In Mandalay Bay, 702-693-8300,