Live Performances & Celebrity Hosts
Even if your name isn’t Delilah, you can still pretend it is and sulk while the Plain White T’s perform their despondent acoustic hit, “Hey There Delilah,” at The Sayers Club. We know, we know, New Year’s Eve is supposed to be a jubilant celebration, but the chart-topping hit will sit well among the band’s others, such as “1, 2, 3, 4” and “Rhythm of Love.” Read our interview with the band at VegasSeven.com/PlainWhiteTs, and be sure to bring a box of Kleenex. In SLS, 8 p.m., TheSayersClubLV.com.
At the Venetian, you have two choices: You can either shimmy to the safe pop-rock of Los Angeles’ R5, or bounce to songbird Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” Either way, it’s bound to be an evening full of non-untz dancing and candy-coated pop madness. R5 hits the stage first at 7:30 p.m., and Jepsen rings in the New Year with a 10 p.m. performance. And you don’t even have to dress up! Venetian.com.
At Tao, you can welcome the New Year via the classic California house party vibe thanks to mister dee-oh-double-gee, Snoop Dogg. He recently took part in Bono’s charity celebrity raffle for World AIDS Day, where one lucky participant got the chance to “enjoy a day of aromatherapy and legal relaxation” with the Godfather. See if he’ll take the relaxation to 2016, and dance to his timeless catalog, including “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” Since he’s got a Tao residency, is it fair to call the club Las Vegas’ Dogghouse? In the Venetian, TaoLasVegas.com.
If you’re craving raunchy guitar licks and squealing solos instead of big beats and loud drops, head to House of Blues to catch performances by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. The legendary guitarist is known for his hard-hitting riffs and vicious shredding in the legendary Guns N’ Roses and supergroup Velvet Revolver. He’s also known for donning a plethora of black top hats. Marvel at his one-of-a-kind designs while you’re donning your puny green “Happy New Year!” hat. In Mandalay Bay, 8 p.m., HouseOfBlues.com/LasVegas.
Want to ring in 2016 with a performance that uses shakers, muddlers and strainers instead of guitars, keyboards and drum pads? Head to the grand opening of Clique Bar & Lounge, featuring tableside mixologists and butlers who are sure to entertain you with their cocktail prowess. A DJ will spin classic rock/pop hits in case the cocktails and people-watching aren’t captivating enough. The best part—there’s no cover! We just hope this Clique clicks with your clique. In the Cosmopolitan, 9 p.m., CliqueLV.com.
North Carolina rapper J. Cole hits up Light, where he’ll deliver his unique blend of rap styles, as heard in last year’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Beyond his distinct flow, he’s known to be one of the most gracious rappers in the game; he’s made appearances in hospitals to visit fans and surprised them at home with listening parties of unreleased material. See if he debuts new material to ring in the New Year. And even if he doesn’t, at least you can “get high and go low” when he performs “Work Out.” In Mandalay Bay, 10 p.m., TheLightVegas.com.
Want to get a taste of that “Super Bass?” Hit up Drai’s for a performance by Miss “Anaconda” herself, Nicki Minaj. We can think of a few things that might transpire at this party: Twerking, fun, a set comprised of her chart-topping hits and a dramatic countdown into 2016. This celebration might just be as huge as Minaj’s posterior. You be the judge. In the Cromwell, DraisLV.com/NYE2016.
Coming hot off years of Billboard chart-topping singles, Bruno Mars hits the Chelsea to deliver a performance full of his No. 1 singles. Spin and dance to “Locked Out of Heaven” or shimmy to the triumphant horns during his verse of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.” Last year, Mars rocked the same room with a sold-out performance, so you know he’s bound to deliver a set full of funk and soul influences of which millions have fallen in love. Don’t believe him? Just watch. In the Cosmopolitan, CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
Following his performance at the Chelsea, Bruno Mars will head to Marquee to join “679” hitmaker Fetty Wap, who has the honor of counting down to midnight. Remember the ages-old tradition of jumping as the clock strikes midnight? That’ll work swimmingly with the beats when the New Jersey rapper performs “Again” or “My Way.” Since Drake rocked the room on the same night last year, we hope Mars will join Fetty to perform his verse on the latter. Bring your “Trap Queen” and enjoy an open bar from 9-11 p.m. and passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 to midnight. In the Cosmopolitan, MarqueeLasVegas.com.
It might take a few shots for you to start seeing double, but at LAX you can while remaining completely sober because Nina Sky is taking charge of the party. You might remember the Puerto Rican sister duo from 2004’s reggaeton-fueled “Move Ya Body” or “Turnin’ Me On,” featuring Pitbull. Since then, the two have altered their sound to cater more to the EDM crowd. Hear some of the new tunes, and predict where they’ll go next. In Luxor, Facebook.com/LAXNightclub.
Brooklyn Bowl welcomes multi-genre producer Pretty Lights to give us helpings of electronica, nu jazz, hip-hop, soul and more. His music might sound a little different than some of the bigger-name DJs spinning across the street, but think of it this way: You get to season your musical palate and become exposed to new tunes. It’s the best way to kick off the New Year. At the Linq, BrooklynBowl.com/Las-Vegas.
Take those “Moves Like Jagger” from your bedroom mirror to Mandalay Bay Events Center, where pop rock quintet Maroon 5 hits the stage. If the countless singles including “Sunday Morning,” “Animals” and “This Love” aren’t enough to sell you, perhaps this will: Frontman Adam Levine was seen playing bodyguard for fellow The Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, so perhaps he’ll bring the two with him. It’s the band’s fourth year celebrating the holiday in Las Vegas—we’re hoping it’s a new tradition. After all, Levine did pay homage to Frank Sinatra in Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert. 8 p.m. MandalayBay.com.
Celebrate Nick Jonas’ big move from song to screen to bona fide stardom when he performs live at Foxtail. The 23-year-old’s latest single, “Area Code,” is the perfect match for the venue’s club setting, with its trap drums, smooth vocals and catchy hooks. He’s sure to perform the sultry hit, and, considering the occasion, we wouldn’t be surprised if his brothers accompany him for a Jonas Brothers reunion. Hey, we can dream, right? In SLS, SLSLasVegas.com.
Not into rock or rap, and looking for something visually and aurally stimulating? Hit up the Golden Tiki for a performance by Los Angeles’ The Toledo Show. Enjoy cabaret-style music that fuses soul, jazz, funk and more helmed by Toledo, the “coolest cat working in Hollywood” according to the Los Angeles Times. He often brings burlesque dancers with him, so you can get captivated while enjoying tasty tiki cocktails. Speaking of, embrace all-you-can-drink well drinks from 8-11 p.m., a free buffet and a Champagne toast at midnight. It’s one way to start the year off with something different. 3939 Spring Mountain Rd., 8 p.m., TheGoldenTiki.com.
At 1 OAK, you can receive blessings from the “Lord” himself, because Scott Disick is hosting. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star recently reunited with his girlfriend, Kourtney Kardashian. They’ve been on and off over the past few years, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Disick parties a little too hard. You might just experience a new chapter of the Kardashian saga firsthand, and even if that doesn’t happen, at least you can party with a celebrity. In The Mirage, 1OAKLasVegas.com.
The very first New Year’s Eve celebration at the Strip’s newest nightclub is sure to be a blast. Calvin Harris will rock the main room at Omnia with support from Burns, and Jesse Marco will win your heart as the stylish savant manning the decks in Heart of Omnia. Omnia is the newest, largest and most technologically stunning venue on Las Vegas Boulevard, and Calvin Harris is Forbes’ highest-paid DJ—for good reason. It’s a match made in EDM heaven. In Caesars Palace, 8 p.m., OmniaNightclub.com.
What better way to celebrate #ClubLife than with Tiësto at MGM’s nightlife jewel, Hakkasan? He’ll spin in the massive main room with American DJ Zaxx while Las Vegas veteran DJ Eric D-Lux plays the Ling Ling Club below. Be sure to get tickets in advance, as a lineup like this in a venue like that will attract an unreal crowd for this grand occasion. In MGM Grand, 8 p.m., HakkasanLV.com.
Wise up, rise up and bless up. Climb the stairway to success up to the newly refreshed Lavo Casino Club, where DJ Khaled will be playing records worthy of the Lion Order. If you don’t gamble, watch the Snapchat superstar spin IRL and be ready to take notes, because you never know what Khaled might add to his list of keys to success (along with Dove soap and cocoa butter!). Oh, yeah, and the two-hour premium open bar and three-hour passed hors d’oeuvres are nice perks, too. In the Palazzo, 9 p.m., LavoLV.com.
Let Alesso at XS be your “Sweet Escape” into 2016. Following another momentous year for the Swedish sensation—including an album release that reached No. 1 on the iTunes electronic chart—Alesso continues his two-year residency with Wynn Resorts and sets the tunes for a night of decadence and debauchery. In Encore, 10 p.m., XSNightclub.com.
Dip it low with twerk king Diplo at Surrender. Big spenders have the usual bottle service options, while general admission crowds can take advantage of two hours of free drinks with ticket purchase. Get loose enough to “Express Yourself” at the open bar from 9 to 11 p.m. in anticipation of the midnight countdown. And remember, nights with this Mad Decent label boss always get a little rowdy. In Encore, 9 p.m., SurrenderNightclub.com.
Sigh … Teen dream Pete Wentz will take the stage for a very special DJ set at Vanity. “Dance, Dance” all night with Fall Out Boy’s bass-playing heartthrob who will be manning the turntables in a classic Las Vegas hotspot. The doors to the shuttered nightclub will open just for this extraordinary event and will provide a hosted bar from 9 p.m. till midnight. In Hard Rock Hotel, 9 p.m., VanityLV.com.
Begin 2016 with a little culture. The Smith Center sings in the New Year, featuring performers with huge musical chops belting Broadway classics and other favorites. You may not know their names (yet), but you’re sure to know their work from Newsies, Madam Secretary and The Hunger Games. $39-$125, 361 Symphony Park Ave., 702-749-2012, TheSmithCenter.com.
Let your final meal of 2015 be a large and delicious one before you start that no-dairy New Year’s resolution. Triple George will offer a four-course menu for the occasion, with options that include beef tartare and crab legs for appetizers, lobster tail with or without a 6-ounce filet for the main course and dessert. For an additional $30, diners can enjoy sommelier-selected 3-ounce wine pairings with each course. $65, 201 N. Third St., 702-384-2761, TripleGeorgeGrill.com.
Few things in life are better than sleeping and eating, and with the Plaza Hotel dining package you can do both. The package includes a two-night stay in a penthouse suite (either December 30-January 1 or December 31-January 2), a bottle of Champagne on New Year’s Eve, dinner for two at Oscar’s Steakhouse and a New Year’s Day “break-FEAST” at Hash House A Go Go. $2,016, 1 S. Main St., 800-634-6575, PlazaHotelCasino.com.
Welcome the New Year by celebrating the music of the past, such as Billy Idol, The Boss, Foreigner, Boston and others during Fremont Street Experience’s TributePalooza, featuring 13 tribute bands playing December 30-January 2. New Year’s Eve festivities begin with a year in review on the Viva Vision canopy, a countdown by Mayor Carolyn Goodman followed by a digital fireworks display. $30 cover New Year’s Day only, VegasExperience.com.
Avoid the large crowds of the Strip and party with the large crowds of Fremont East at Commonwealth for a complimentary Champagne toast, $150 bottles of Moët & Chandon, $250 bottles of Belvedere and drink specials with DJs PDot, Rawk and Jami spinning the last songs you will hear for the year on the rooftop. Doors open at 7 p.m. and DJs start at 10 p.m. Get a free round-trip by Lyft if you RSVP to NYE@CommonwealthLV.com. On the west corner, at Inspire Theatre, catch the Club Theatre nightlife party with DJ Silent John and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. Commonwealth: locals free till 11 p.m., 525 E. Fremont St., CommonwealthLV.com. Inspire: locals free till 10 p.m., 107 Las Vegas Blvd. South, InspireLasVegas.com.
The Griffin will be up to its usual shenanigans with the return of DJ Fish since he killed it on Halloween night, spinning punk, indie and new wave in the back room. No cover, 511 Fremont St., Facebook.com/TheOfficial.VegasGriffin.
Velveteen Rabbit will host its customary The Get Back funk soul dance party with a Champagne toast at midnight and a photo booth to commemorate the evening. Doors open at 8 p.m. $5 donation, 1218 S. Main St., VelveteenRabbitLV.com.
Gold Spike’s Escape Masquerade New Year’s party pairs music from DJ Wizdumb and Freddy B in the Living Room with live music from Empire Records in the Back Yard. Don’t worry about the temperature; there will be outdoor fire pits, heat lamps, spiked hot drinks and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight to keep you warm. Open bar and VIP tickets are available. 217 Las Vegas Blvd. North, GoldSpike.com.
Down a year’s worth of calories at Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar, which will offer a five-course meal with live music from the Lisa Smith Jazz Duo. The menu includes soup and salad, meatballs, hummus and ahi poke for appetizers, classic entrée options and desserts, including salted caramel toffee pudding. $70, 1501 N. Green Valley Pkwy., 702-567-4000, SammysGreenValley.com.
Few words sound sweeter than “all you can drink,” which is what you can do this New Year’s Eve at the Silverton Casino from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendees can choose from domestic drafts, well cocktails and house wine at any casino bar. Fuel up at Twin Creeks Steakhouse from 5 to 11 p.m. for $55 per person. $25 pre-sale, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., 702-263-7777, SilvertonCasino.com.
Green Valley Ranch will say goodbye to 2015 with DJs in the Lobby Bar and Drop Bar, and Las Vegas’ own Rick Duarte performing at Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. $20 cover to get into bars, 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., GreenValleyRanch.SCLV.com.
Send 2015 out with a literal bang … and a five-course Italian meal with vegan options at Panevino Italian Grille. Enjoy unobstructed views of the fireworks as well as live entertainment. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required. $185, 246 Via Antonio Ave. 702-222-2400, PanevinoLasVegas.com.
Stay and play at M Resort, which will offer a fixed three-course menu at Anthony’s Gourmet Burgers & Brews, a special a la carte menu at Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood and a customizable four-course menu at Jayde Fusion. After dinner, groove to Rhythm Nation, which will serenade partiers into the New Year at Ravello Lounge while DJ PNUT entertains at the underground wine bar Hostile Grape. 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-797-1000, TheMResort.com.
Starting at 9 p.m. partiers can avoid the Strip—and Uber’s surge pricing—by going to local Henderson’s Remedy’s Tavern locations (3265 St. Rose Pkwy. and 530 Conestoga Way, RemedysTavern.com) or Green Valley’s Elixir Lounge (2920 N. Green Valley Pkwy., ElixirLounge.net) for live music, dancing, drink specials, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. No cover.
South Point Casino celebrates 2016 with live music all day and night. Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh headlines the Grand Ballroom, performing his rock ’n’ roll songbook with music from Billy Joel, Elvis, Elton John and other legends. Tickets include a four-course dinner, open bar, party favors and midnight Champagne toast. See other live (and free!) music throughout the day at all of the resort’s bars and venues. $150, 702-796-7111, SouthPointCasino.com.
Guests of Rocks Lounge can welcome the New Year with vocalist Zowie Bowie singing Top 40 covers from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a DJ between sets. Find other live music throughout the casino at bars and restaurants including Crimson, T-Bones and Onyx Lounge. $20, Red Rock Resort, 702-797-7777, RedRock.SCLV.com.