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Same Sex Mary Shakes Up Bunkhouse, Disclosure Shuts It Down at Light

What to do after dark.

Thursday 22

Feelin’ the blues? Well, the weekend’s almost here, so venture to The Sand Dollar Lounge to catch a performance from Tony Holiday and the Velvetones. The Salt Lake City-based group crafts and performs blues but with a modern twist. When he’s not playing sweeping licks on his guitar or providing gruff vocals a la Eric Clapton, Holiday shows his chops on an amplified harmonica. The result is a unique take on a genre that’s deeply rooted in American music. Get a preview by lending your ear to songs such as the easygoing “Scratches on My Back” or the speedy “Johnny Paycheck” before seeing the band live in an intimate environment. (10 p.m., no cover, 3355 Spring Mountain Rd.,

Friday 23

The festivities are kickin’! Christmas is only two days away, and we’re sure you’ve already enjoyed the bulk of preholiday fetes. Shake things up by partying with a local band at The Bunkhouse Saloon. Same Sex Mary welcomes all to A Very Merry Same Sex Mary Christmas Spectacular. On the night before Christmas Eve, you can celebrate an amazing year with the local rock ’n’ roll quintet by showing up and partying your pants off. And it won’t be difficult, either: Same Sex Mary promises a celebration with “an all-star team consisting of more than 50 local artists, musicians, actors, technicians and performers.” However vague, we can’t wait to see what surprises they’ve got up their sleeves. Will the Bunkhouse talent bookers joust with giant candy canes? Will local rapper Hassan Hamilton pull an audible and get on the guitar? Will SSM singer Tsvetelina Stefanova spell out her entire name in Christmas lights? Show up and find out. This endeavor is as charitable as it is wacky: Members of the band are collecting donations to benefit Three Square. Giving is good! (9 p.m., $10, 124 S. 11th St.,

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Andrew Rayel

Saturday 24

Even if you’ve taken cues from Blink-182 and decided to procrastinate on gift shopping and wrapping, you’ll have another reason to slack when Andrew Rayel invades Marquee. The Moldavian trance heavyweight’s music career began at the age of 13 when he started studying orchestral music. Classical and baroque compositions influenced Rayel to create productions of his own, but with a modern EDM spin. The result is eerily familiar melodies layered atop a bumpin’, trance-inspired backbone. Songs such as “Once in a Lifetime Love (featuring Kristina Antuna)” and “All Systems Down (featuring KhoMa)” use this formula, and after one listen, you’ll agree that these infectiously catchy tunes warrant a holiday-season slowdown. Look at it this way: You still have an entire morning to wrap gifts! (10:30 p.m., in The Cosmopolitan,

Sunday 25

The days of gifts, food, friends and family are finally here! If the eggnog and Christmas ham or Hanukkah supper don’t get you into the spirit, head to The Palazzo for a performance by master Las Vegas entertainer Clint Holmes. The seasoned singer and showman has earned a residency at the venue, but given the momentous occasion, we think he’ll pull out all the stops. Between the Lines features Holmes performing chart-topping hits, traditional standards and his own tunes. Don’t be surprised if “Johnny Holiday” breaks out some Christmas classics such as “Jingle Bells” or Wham!’s “Last Christmas.” In fact, you should expect it. ’Tis the season, right? (7 p.m., $39-$69, in The Palazzo,

Monday 26

Stuffed? Congratulations! You’ve survived this year’s edition of seasonal gluttony. Get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions by burning some calories. There’s no need to get a gym membership or purchase that new athleisure garment, though. Tonight’s ab-stimulating workout consists of roughly an hour of laughter courtesy of veteran funnyman Jerry Seinfeld. The Brooklyn-born comedian’s eponymous sitcom is enjoying a resurgence of popularity since it hit the streaming airwaves late last year. The actor’s ubiquitous brand of observational humor has won the hearts of millions—so much so that Seinfeld never fails to bring up Seinfeld at his stand-up gigs. Binge-watch all 180 episodes on Hulu, then catch Seinfeld’s humor firsthand at The Colosseum. A word of advice: Beware of “close-talkers.” (7:30 p.m., $82-$165, in Caesars Palace,



Tuesday 27

Call us crazy, but we think the best gift our city received this year is Park Theater. The new world-class concert hall on the south Strip seats 5,200, has a stellar roster of talent such as Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders and Ricky Martin, and is a stone’s throw from the massive T-Mobile Arena. It’s a welcome addition to the already bustling list of venues in the city. Tonight, take a break from seeing A-list talent by literally hosting the A-list. Michael Johnson and the A-List have been rocking smaller rooms such as the Santa Fe Station Theater over the years, but they’re taking their eclectic formula consisting of rock, pop, soul, jazz and blues covers to a space right outside The Park. We think this band has what it takes to eventually rock the big room. (5 p.m., no cover, at Monte Carlo,

Wednesday 28

Didn’t get that Oculus Rift or PS4 you’ve had your eye on? Dance the pain away with Disclosure at Light. The members of this U.K. garage/house outfit have been laying low since they released the Moog for Love EP in June. Critics are calling the release—which features collaborations with soul legend Al Green and emerging house artist Eats Everything—a return to form, with its simple house-centric backbone and melodic flavor. Trust us: The walking bass of “Feel Like I Do (featuring Al Green)” will make you forget about the vanity of electronics. (10:30 p.m., $20-$30, in Mandalay Bay,