Late last month, police in Ontario caught an 11-year-old “driving erratically” on Highway 400. After binging on an hours-long session of Grand Theft Auto V, the child decided to reenact the white-knuckle, rubber-burning action of the video game by taking his parents’ SUV on a joyride. Thankfully, driving was the extent of the child’s fantasy come to life, and no one was harmed. We’re willing to place the blame on the mix of adolescent curiosity and good ol’ cabin fever. Grandtheft, on the other hand, evokes the fist-pumping adrenaline and intensity of the video game, but does it through bass-heavy, bone-shaking tunes. The DJ/producer from Toronto recently teamed up with Canadian songbird Delanay Jane on “Easy Go.” It’s an easy-going, melodic ode to the overwhelming single life. The track is quite the departure for Grandtheft, who in the past has created bumpin’ music that favor the low end. Get intrigued by the new tunes at Intrigue, and pray you don’t run into any curious 11-year-old drivers on the commute. (10:30 p.m., in Wynn, intriguevegas.com)
All aboard! Kick the weekend off strong by partying with one of the hottest up-and-coming rappers, Lil Yachty. The chipper, red-haired Atlanta native, born Miles Parks McCollum, is enjoying a sort of victory lap in what’s been an incredible year. After modeling front and center for Kanye West’s polarizing Yeezy Season 2 collection alongside Young Thug and Desiigner, Yachty became a steady figure in the public eye by dropping his debut mixtape, Lil Boat, and a follow-up, Summer Songs 2, shortly after. Many would call his style of rapping unconventional; rather than relying on rapid-fire delivery and clever wordplay, Yachty uses catchy Auto-Tuned yet off-key melodies to draw in his listeners. The style is best displayed in breakout hits such as “1 Night” and “Minnesota (Remix),” featuring Quavo, Skippa da Flippa and Young Thug, which have infectious choruses. Prep yourself by listening to those tunes before seeing him at The Joint. Yachty shows are known to be wildly energetic, so don’t be surprised if you get soaked with water or booze. (8 p.m., $25-$65, in Hard Rock Hotel, hardrockhotel.com/thejoint)
We’re blessed. As Las Vegas locals, we’re able to enjoy the new crop of venues that debuted in the past year. Welcome another when Park Theater opens its doors with Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders. We can’t think of a better way to christen a new performance space than with a bona fide diva and a legendary rock band. As the “Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll,” Nicks is known for her contributions as a singer/songwriter of British-American rock outfit Fleetwood Mac, as well as her prolific solo career. Nicks’ airy alto vocals on songs such as “Dreams” and “Landslide” have solidified her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and earned her eight Grammy nominations. The Pretenders have enjoyed considerable success since forming in the late ’70s thanks to a potent formula that takes elements from punk, New Wave and rock and fuses them into a cocktail that goes down nicely. Songs such as “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “My Baby” hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts. We could really get used to seeing rock legends on a weekly basis. (8 p.m., $90-$590, at Monte Carlo, montecarlo.com)
Let’s call today Simmer Down Sunday. Get festive by heading to The Smith Center to catch The Christmas Concert. This holiday engagement puts students from the Musical Arts Scholarship Program alongside Las Vegas entertainer Glenn Williams for an all-star extravaganza. Spoiler alert: At the end of the concert, you’ll be able to join the stars onstage for a grand sing-along of classic Yuletide hits. Best of all, proceeds from ticket sales go right back to the scholarship program. Looks like Christmas came a bit early this year. (2 p.m., $25, 361 Symphony Park Ave., thesmithcenter.com)
Feelin’ festive? Venture to Marquee for the fourth annual Mistletoe Ball. This isn’t your typical boring holiday party; clubgoers are encouraged to round up the entire squad for an ugly sweater competition. The biggest group gets to split a cool $5,000. It’s rare for a nightclub to amend its dress code for wacky competitions, so bust out your quirky knitwear and bask in the hilarity. Trance heavyweight Andrew Rayel will provide the soundtrack for the party, and industry night means free admission for locals before midnight. You have nothing to lose … except maybe some dignity!
(10 p.m., in The Cosmopolitan, marqueelasvegas.com)
Tuesday means techno and tacos. Get your fix of tantalizing treble and boomin’ bass paired with delectable dishes and lavish libations at Tacos & Beer for Techno Taco Tuesday. You can expect usual spinners such as Bad Beat, Lance Le Rok, Pedro Flores, Rob Fernandez and Eder More, but given the time of year, we’ve got the feeling there will be some surprises in store. Promoters have yet to announce anything at press time, but there’s bound to be something up their sleeves. (9 p.m., 3900 Paradise Rd., facebook.com/technotacotuesdaylv)
With the holiday season comes the parties. Join a beloved pack of DJs as they get into the spirit with Blackout Artists Holiday Party at Light. The talented group will hitch up its sleigh to bring some holiday havoc into the club. This engagement is stacked with sets by DJ Ikon, DJ Karma, DJ Kid Conrad, DJ Que, DJ Wellman and Kyle Flesch. Think of it this way: If the Avengers started DJing in Las Vegas
on a regular basis, this would be their holiday party.
(10:30 p.m., in Mandalay Bay, thelightvegas.com)