If you were just walking into Omnia Nightclub on Tuesday night, would you have believed that by the end of the evening, you’d see Celine Dion in the DJ booth with Steve Aoki?
Of course not. Las Vegas nightclubs are notorious rumor mills—there’s always someone claiming “Celebrity X” is going to be in the building or “Celebrity Y” is somewhere in VIP.
Not this time. This time it was all true. Celine was there with Aoki, and so was Tiësto, Zedd, the Cash Cash boys, Party Favor, Kaskade, NGHTMRE, Lil Jon, NEVA, DJ Five and Eric D-Lux, Turbulence, Crooked—they were all in the house, and it’s not EDC weekend.
That’s the power of community. Or, to put it another way, that’s #VegasStrong.
This night, Omnia served as a cathartic release for all of us struggling to get past the October 1 attack on the Strip. If you’ve been outside or to your workplace, you know it’s business as usual, as most of us have resumed our lives in the weeks since the shooting. And we should be proud that we rallied to keep Las Vegas in business, welcoming visitors and putting on that brave face even when it’s a struggle to smile.
We haven’t felt much like dancing lately, at least not until Tuesday night, when the combined star power of Hakkasan Group’s DJ roster brought us to our feet, performing back-to-back sets in the main club and sister venue Heart of Omnia.
Tiësto and Zedd even sported Vegas Golden Knights jerseys during the show. That’s some real local love right there.
The concert, announced last month in response to the attack, raised more than $1 million through donations, ticket sales and revenue, according to Hakkasan Group. That’s on top of the individual donations already made by many of the city’s DJs—Tiësto and Aoki pledged $200,000 each—in the last month. All of the money will benefit the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.
And we’re still in awe of the night’s most unlikely star—unlikely because who would have thought Celine would be the one to bring us out of our funk? Though she’s been part of the Las Vegas community for nearly 15 years, we never took her for a club kid.
But there she was—a surprise to everyone—joining Aoki onstage and stepping into the spotlight for a rendition of “My Heart Will Go On.”
Odd as the setting was, we can admit that’s the song we needed to hear.
We can’t say the Uber driver needed to hear it on the way home, and we can’t say our cubicle mates like hearing it right now, but that’s the way it is.
We’ll never let go.