Hot Spots: Labor Day weekend edition!
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 (7:29 a.m.)
Chris Pizzello, AP
Weekly’s Nightlife Issue Party at The Bank The Weekly loves a good party, and what better way to commemorate this party-focused issue than to throw one of our own? Celebrate with us at the Bank Thursday night and enjoy beats by resident DJ Ikon and a hosted Stoli elit vodka bar (with RSVP). August 30, 9 p.m., $40 men, $30 women, free entry with RSVP at lasvegasweekly.com/nightlifeissue.
Gareth Emery at Tao Beach The British producer celebrates his 200th podcast on September 13. Obviously it’s being listened to, as he’s been climbing DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart (peaking at No. 7). He supplies sounds for the Venetian venue’s Maxim Fridays bash. August 31, doors at 10 a.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.
Z-Trip at Hard Rock Hotel The mashup master placed third in DJ Times’ America’s Best DJ competition last year and was nominated again for the 2012 honor (EDM fans can vote until September 4 at djtimes.com/americasbestdj). He provides the soundtrack for HRH’s poolside Summer Camp Fridays party, with DJs Richard Beynon and MisterE also bringing their beats. August 31, doors at 11 a.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.
Wiz Khalifa at Palms Pool & Bungalows Maybe best known for his Grammy-nominated 2010 single “Black and Yellow,” the rapper releases his sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C., in September. Wiz headlines the Palms’ LDW festivities, performing his radio hits (such as “Young, Wild & Free”) as well as material off the new album for the hotel’s Ditch Fridays pool party. August 31, doors at noon, $100.
XenArt: The Energy of Art Afterparty at The Lady Silvia/Amanda Harris Gallery The Downtown watering hole and art gallery partner to present the official afterparty for locally based energy drink company Xyience’s art contest exhibition. Partygoers can peruse the show’s art and sample Xyience’s two new flavors, Melon Mayhem and Tangerine Twister. August 31, 10 p.m., free entry.
Tiësto at XS The Dutch DJ will headline the largest single DJ event in the U.S. at LA’s Home Depot Center on October 8. Experience the international superstar (in the comfort of smaller lines and crowds) at the Encore nightspot Friday night. DJ Warren Peace provides an opening set. August 31, doors at 10 p.m., $50+ men, $20+ women.
White Party at Krave Everyone knows the rule: no white after Labor Day. Wear your white undies before the holiday hits for free entry at Krave, and enjoy an open bar from 10-11 p.m. with the club’s text message (“KRAVE” to 313131). Rounding out the LDW event: performances by the lovely ladies of Krave’s Downtown sister-venue, Drink & Drag. August 31, doors at 10 p.m., $25, locals free before 12:30 a.m.
The Float at the Colorado River Technically the event isn’t in Las Vegas, but it’s well worth hitting the road for this edition of CollectiveZoo’s Pool Party Safari. The nightlife company takes its game up a notch for the Labor Day holiday with a four-hour float down the Colorado River. A houseboat leads the booze cruise from Bullhead City, Arizona, to Laughlin, with DJs Topsider and Sousay bringing the beats on the party barge. It all ends with a beachfront bash at the Avi Resort & Casino. September 1, 7 a.m., packages range from $35-$65, available at collectivezoo.ticketleap.com/float.
Luciano at Wet Republic Taking a break from his summer sets in Ibiza, the Swiss-Chilean producer hops the pond to play New York’s Electric Zoo EDM fest on Friday and continues jet-setting for a Saturday show at the MGM Grand ultra pool. Despite rarely playing in Vegas, Luciano already has a strong following among in-the-know EDM fans. All the more reason to score tickets early! September 1, doors at 11 a.m., $100 men, $50 women.
Roger Sanchez at Palms Pool & Bungalows The Grammy-winning EDM producer returns to the party-friendly hotel for its Palms Pool Saturdays soiree. S.Co & Sebastien Drums also supply their sounds. September 1, doors at noon, $40.
Jenna Jameson at Crazy Horse III The former porn star turned her adult acting gigs into an empire, even penning a bestselling novel about her experiences. The onetime Las Vegas local returns to host the gentlemen’s club’s end of summer bash—that’s eye candy complemented by eye candy. September 1, 11 p.m., free.
David Guetta at Encore Beach Club & XS He’s scored more than a few recent radio hits (“Titanium” sound familiar?) and has collaborated with A-list acts on many of his singles—“Sexy Bitch” with Akon and, more recently, “Where Them Girls At” with Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida. Guetta returns to the Wynn to play two poolside sets, under the sun at EBC’s Daystar Sundays party and at XS’s Night Swim. EBC: September 2, doors at 11 a.m., $100 men, $50 women; XS: September 2, doors at 10 p.m., $50+ men, $20+ women.
Benny Benassi & Martin Solveig at Marquee Nightclub An awesome EDM artist doubleheader at the same EDM-focused venue—need we say more? I guess we should mention your Nevada ID gets you in for free, on Labor Day Sunday, no less. September 2, doors at 10 p.m., $60 men, $30 women, locals free.
Childish Gambino at 1 Oak You might know Donald Glover as nerdy Troy Barnes from NBC’s cult favorite comedy Community. Well, when he’s not fixing air-conditioners or adventuring with Abed in an imaginary alternate dimension, he’s rapper Childish Gambino. Catch his rhymes live at the Mirage nightspot Sunday with resident DJs Karma and Ikon. September 2, doors at 10:30 p.m., $50 men, $30 women.
Paul Oakenfold at Hard Rock Hotel HRH’s former flagship nightclub Body English opens its doors this weekend to present Kandy Vegas’ Kandy Afterhours (for more info on Kandy Vegas, see this week’s feature). The veteran EDM producer makes his appearance there on Sunday and also brings the noise to the hotel’s Relax Mondays pool party the next day. September 2, doors at 3 a.m., $40+ men, $20+ women; September 3, doors open at 11 a.m.; free.
Deadmau5 at XS & Encore Beach Club The man in the mau5 head returns to the Wynn for a tripleheader this weekend. Unfortunately, his Tryst gig was sold out at press time, but don’t fret! You still have two opportunities to catch his Unhooked show at Encore on Monday. Also in the booth: DJ John Dahlbäck. September 3; EBC: doors at 11 a.m., $50 men, $30 women; XS: doors at 10 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.