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The Strip’s Final Concerts of 2016

Whether you’re a hip-hop head, funk fanatic or pop enthusiast, the Boulevard has you covered.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Brooklyn Bowl (The Linq, 8 p.m., $48–$195)

“If Anybody Gets Funked Up” this NYE …, it’s going to be concertgoers at Brooklyn Bowl. The Godfather of Funk and his Gangsters of Love are bringing their danceable, soulful noise center Strip to close out a year that should most certainly end in one big-ass get-down. Jazzy hip-hop Vegas-based outfit The Lique opens for the funk innovators—show some local love and cut a rug!


The Chelsea (The Cosmopolitan, 9 p.m., $200–$486)

The legendary rock star dropped his latest album last month, so revelers bound for The Cosmopolitan’s concert hall are likely in for a set list chock-full of new material. Fans of The Police should be pleased to know that the band’s biggest hits (“Message in a Bottle,” “Every Breath You Take”) have made the cut for Sting’s recent international shows.

Cheap Trick

The Foundry (SLS Las Vegas, 8 p.m., $60–$125)

“Surrender” your last night of the year to the poppy rockers, who joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and released their 17th album in 2016. Recent set lists indicate the band’s show at SLS Las Vegas should be quite cover-heavy, but you know “I Want You to Want Me” will be worked into the mix.

Bruno Mars

Park Theater (Monte Carlo, 9 p.m., $160–$505)

It seems Bruno Mars just can’t get enough of Las Vegas on NYE—this is the third straight year the funky R&B crooner is closing out the year on the Strip. He brings his 24K Magic to Park Theater for a two-night engagement starting on December 30, kicking off his multiyear extended engagement at the Boulevard’s newest entertainment destination.

Maroon 5

Mandalay Bay Events Center (Mandalay Bay, 8 p.m., $100–$250)

Another act keen on New Year’s in Las Vegas, Maroon 5 returns to its year-end home for the past two years to ring in 2017. The pop-rockers are currently climbing the charts with their “Don’t Wanna Know” single which, coincidentally enough, features another Vegas NYE headliner …

Kendrick Lamar

Drai’s Nightclub (The Cromwell, 10:30 p.m., $175–$250)

After teaming up with Maroon 5 on the band’s recent release, Lamar returns to Las Vegas for a rooftop bash at Victor Drai’s party palace. After the commercial and critical success of 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly, the spitter doesn’t need anything but a mic (and maybe a backing track) to earn your ears, but the nightclub’s open Champagne bar from 9 to 11 p.m. kinda seals the deal.

Wu-Tang Clan

The Axis (Planet Hollywood, 9 p.m., $69–$149)

It’s Wu Year’s Eve at The Axis! Method Man, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah aren’t exactly strangers to the Strip, but it’s a special occasion when they get the band back together. Ring in 2017 with the groundbreaking hip-hop crew at what’s sure to be an electrifying performance.


Hakkasan Nightclub (MGM Grand, 8 p.m., $200–$250)

Booty calls are for after the clock strikes midnight—the only “Hotline Bling” that should be on your NYE itinerary is experiencing a live performance of Drake’s 2015 smash hit, which spawned an Erykah Badu cover, countless memes and a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

The Weeknd

Marquee Nightclub (The Cosmopolitan, 9 p.m., $128–$202)

With a show at The Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea on December 30 and serving as a special guest at the hotel’s nightclub on NYE, the R&B superstar clocks in two headlining appearances on the Strip this weekend—and after the widespread popularity of his Beauty Behind the Madness album, he’s definitely “Earned It.” Now, if only Daft Punk would show up to help him out on their recent “Starboy” collabo track. Did we mention the passed apps (9 p.m.–midnight) and open bar (9–11 p.m.)? 


Lavo (The Palazzo, 9 p.m., $50–$78)

The rapper probably isn’t going to “Buy U A Drank” on NYE, but he is taking the mic at The Palazzo nightclub to send 2016 off in sonic style. Lavo also is offering an open bar from 9–11 p.m., passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m. to midnight and some stellar views of the Strip’s fireworks show when the clock strikes 12. 


Light Nightclub (Mandalay Bay, 9 p.m., $40–$80)

You’ll see the rapper-turned-actor on the big screen this April, when he reprises his role in The Fast and the Furious franchise’s The Fate of the Furious. His last musical release was back in 2015, but who doesn’t want some “Good Lovin” after this trainwreck of a year? Light throws in an open bar from 9–11 p.m. to sweeten the deal.