Enjoy a Lazy Sundrai’s, Get Soulful at the Soul Train Music Fest

What to do after dark.

Thursday 3

At the end of this month, it will be three years since Paul Walker passed away. The actor is most famous for portraying Brian O’Conner, the fearless but cheeky cop-turned-street-racer in The Fast and the Furious, a role he reprised in six of the seven films that followed it. And rumor has it, that Walker will somehow appear in the forthcoming installment, Fast and Furious 8. (Isn’t technology amazing?) If you’re still looking to get a fix of the piston-pumpin’, gasoline-burnin’ action, you can venture to the annual SEMA auto convention during the day and hit the official afterparty at Tao. There, you can mix and mingle with other speed demons and witness a performance by Los Angeles singer and rapper Ty Dolla Sign, known for his smooth yet gruff vocals on dance-floor anthems such as “Paranoid” and “Blasé.” Enjoy complimentary admission with your SEMA badge. And if you’re itching for more rides, you can scope the parking lot. (In the Venetian,
10 p.m., TaoLasVegas.com.

Jill Scott

Jill Scott

Friday 4

Welcome to the weekend! Get a double shot of soul to keep those good vibes in check. The Soul Train Music Festival takes to the Mandalay Bay Events Center with performances by Tyrese, Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton. Each is a superstar in his and her own right: Tyrese is a Grammy-nominated singer, actor and producer; Jill Scott has her hands in singing, acting and poetry; and Anthony Hamilton’s Comin’ From Where I’m From went platinum and took home a Grammy. Attending the concert is a ticket to witness greatness. Get down when Tyrese performs “Pullin’ Me Back,” or when Scott launches into the smooth sulk of “A Long Walk.” It’ll do you good before the weekend’s craziness. (In Mandalay Bay,
8 p.m., BET.com/Soul-Train-Weekend.

Saturday 5

Steve Aoki is undoubtedly one of the most successful DJs in the world, but while he’s embraced fame, his life is certainly not without its challenges. Growing up in the suburbs of Newport Beach, California, Aoki struggled with a lack of Asian peers, which led to bullying and his classmates throwing around racial slurs. Some of the incidents led to brutal scuffles, but thanks to the guidance of his mother, Aoki learned to shrug the haters off in nonviolent ways. He’s come a long way, so celebrate with the “How Else” hitmaker when he mans the decks at Hakkasan. (In MGM Grand, 10:30 p.m., HakkasanLV.com.)

Sunday 6

If there’s one thing we can look forward to on Sundays besides football or church, it’s DJ Franzen’s weekly party, Sundrai’s. The event features a hip-hop-heavy set by the San Francisco native and Hot 97.5-FM DJ, and given its consistency over the years, it’s sure to be a winner. Expect to hear the hottest radio hits as well as the occasional throwback. (In The Cromwell, 10:30 p.m., DraisNightlife.com.)

Monday 7

If you’re in search of more variety, venture to the Double Down Saloon for a set by the Bargain DJ Collective. Led by the inimitable DJ Rex Dart, the group will spin “punk, funk and junk,” which should be a welcome change to shake up your party regimen. Don’t be surprised if Dart and company fuse James Brown or CHIC with cuts by the Ramones or the Exploited. It’s expected. (4640 Paradise Rd., 10 p.m., DoubleDownSaloon.com.)



Tuesday 8

Feelin’ sluggish after an unproductive Monday? Give your ears a beating with the pulverizing post-punk of Protomartyr at Bunkhouse Saloon. Over the summer, the Detroit quartet released a new song as part of Adult Swim’s singles collection. “Born to be Whine” is an eerie slow burner inspired, frontman Joe Casey says, by “louche, elder rockers confined to man caves and a list of fearsome things that were ruminated on during a particularly dire phone interview.” Take a listen and you’ll find it adequately reflects the lyrical content. Hear it tonight, alongside other bone-rattling, bass-thumping tunes such as “Dope Cloud” and “Come & See.” (124 S. 11th St., 10 p.m., BunkhouseDowntown.com.)

Wednesday 9

Now give your ears a rest by indulging in the smooth, melodic tunes of Adam George Dyment, a.k.a. Duke Dumont. The English house heathen was recently in the news after he cut his performance short and stormed offstage at Edmonton, Canada’s Union Hall in September when a member of the crowd continuously spit and spilled drinks on his mixer. “I know you guys paid a lot of money, but I don’t get paid enough to get spat on,” he said. We’ve got to hand it to the guy for putting self-respect first, having dignity and still being able to address his fans despite the circumstances. Nevertheless, Dumont blessed us with two new funky, groovy tunes, “Be Here” and “Worship.” Give back at Surrender. (In Encore, 10:30 p.m., SurrenderNightclub.com.)