HEAR: The ’90s are big in the 2010s, kind of like how the ’70s were big in the ’90s. It must be a 20-year thing. Anyway, go find that mix CD of Counting Crows and Alanis Morissette and play it on your way to see ’90s tribute band Empire Records at Brooklyn Bowl. 7:30 p.m., free, at The Linq Promenade, brooklynbowl.com
DANCE: After your brush with the ’90s, catch up to current music with Chuckie at Intrigue Nightclub. 10:30 p.m., $25–$45, inside Wynn Las Vegas, intriguevegas.com
Or, choose door No. 2 and see Tiësto at Hakkasan. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, inside MGM Grand, hakkasanlv.com
TASTE: Grab your hat and boots and celebrate Las Vegas’ cowboy roots with unlimited samples of craft beer from 40 vendors at Helldorado Days Brewfest at Las Vegas Village. 5 p.m., $32–$64, across from Luxor, mgmgrand.com/entertainment
After kicking off on May 10, the annual San Gennaro Feast continues at Craig Ranch Regional Park, and it’s going even later on the weekend. While you’re eating, catch performances by Kelly Clinton and Denise Clemente, among others, and the casts of Shades of Sinatra and MJ Live. 4 p.m.–midnight, $10, 628 W. Craig Rd., sangennarofeast.com
HEAR: Train is one of those bands in stealth mode. A song gets stuck in your head, you’re singing it in the car, you’re singing it in the office, and you don’t know it’s Train until someone points it out. Then you’re like, “You got me, Train, good work.” Sing along with all of their hits at MGM Grand Garden Arena. 7:30 p.m., $40–$90, inside MGM Grand, mgmgrand.com
LAUGH: You’ve got two chances to see The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah at The Mirage. If you miss him on Friday night, you can try again on Saturday. Otherwise, you’re stuck watching him on Comedy Central until he comes back to town. 10 p.m., $60, themirage.com. Check out our interview with Noah in this issue.
So you figure Trevor Noah’s show probably goes 90 minutes, two hours tops. The night’s a puppy. Get out there and dance.
DANCE: Encore at Wynn Las Vegas has lined up a double whammy for the evening. You’ve got your choice of Getter, who is playing Nightswim at Encore Beach Club (10:30 p.m., $25–$35, encorebeachclub.com), or The Chainsmokers, who are back onstage at XS. 10 p.m., $45–$75, xslasvegas.com
Meanwhile, DJ Stevie J is lighting up Light at Mandalay Bay. 10:30 p.m., $26–$38, thelightvegas.com
SEE: Don’t forget that the second season of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None premieres on Netflix. So you have something to watch when you get home.
EXPERIENCE: Oh, hell yes. Downtown’s premier cosplay bar, The Nerd, is hosting the LVL UP Gaming & Technology Expo after-parties, with half-price drinks if you’re still in costume! LVL UP, Las Vegas’ annual anime and video gaming convention, is happening all weekend long at Cashman Center, but you already knew that. 8 p.m., Neonopolis, 450 Fremont St., thenerd.com
And Station Casinos is hosting UFC 211 viewing parties at three locations: Chrome Showroom (Santa Fe Station), Club Madrid (Sunset Station) and Red Rock Ballroom (Red Rock). 5 p.m.,
HEAR: Southern rock tribute band Southern Stue is playing MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas. You’ll hear covers of everything from 38 Special to the Marshall Tucker Band—basically, all the hits from that Goin’ South CD collection. Google it. 7 p.m., 30 Strada Di Villaggio, lakelasvegas.com
The only thing better than a classic rock cover band is the real thing in concert, and The Orleans Showroom is hosting the legendary Three Dog Night for two shows (the second is Sunday). The request is going in right now to hear “Easy To Be Hard” at the top, and then again in the encore. 8 p.m., $40, orleanscasino.com
Or, if your tastes are a little more modern—like, lyrics written this century—Grammy nominee Big Sean will be at Drai’s Nightclub on top of The Cromwell. 10:30 p.m., $30–$50, draisnightlife.com
LAUGH: Andrew Dice Clay portrays a fictional version of himself as a Vegas performer on Showtime’s Dice. On Saturday night, Dice Man plays his real self, a Vegas performer, at Tropicana’s Laugh Factory. 10 p.m., $54–$89, troplv.com
DANCE: You’re not tired, are you? Good. So get to Aria and catch NGHTMRE onstage at Jewel Nightclub. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, jewelnightclub.com
Or see Zedd at Omnia Nightclub inside Caesars Palace. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, omnianightclub.com
HEAR: It’s Mother’s Day, and we don’t have Mamma Mia in town anymore, so after you take your mom to brunch, treat her to ABBA the Concert—direct from Sweden at Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel. She’ll love it. 7 p.m., $27–$33, eastsidecannery.com
DANCE: If you spent all day at the pool, you don’t even have to go home and change before going back out for the night. Just stay in your swimsuit, nap in your car, get something to eat and dive back in for Laidback Luke’s Nightswim performance at XS. 10 p.m., $40–$60, inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, xslasvegas.com
If you’re trying to stay out of the water and you just want to dance, check out Mark Eteson at Hakkasan. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, inside MGM Grand, hakkasanlv.com
Mondays get no respect. People start complaining about Mondays on the weekend, and then when the day arrives, your timeline is filled with memes about what a horrible thing Monday is.
DANCE: You know who doesn’t complain about Mondays? DJ Shift. That’s because he gets to be onstage for Flawless Mondays at Jewel. Go see if some of his positive energy rubs off on you. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, inside Aria, jewelnightclub.com
EXPERIENCE: You get enough EDM in your life, so turn the dial to showtunes and catch A Night on Broadway at The Smith Center. It’s family-friendly, featuring students ages 4 to 18 from the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre Pre-Professional Dance Program. 6 p.m., $18–$59, thesmithcenter.com
DANCE: I take that back, there is such a thing as too much EDM, but not when Steve Aoki is the main attraction. 10:30 p.m., $20–$40, Omnia Nightclub inside Caesars Palace, omnianightclub.com
HEAR: Carlos Santana returns to the House of Blues for the first of eight May shows in his long-running An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live residency. Even at 69, Santana is still killing it onstage, and “Soul Sacrifice” sounds just as good as it does on those YouTube videos of Woodstock. 7 p.m., $99–$225, inside Mandalay Bay, houseofblues.com/lasvegas
DANCE: End up at 1OAK and get your midweek groove on with DJ Karma. What else are you
gonna do, stay home? 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, inside The Mirage, 1oaklasvegas.com