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Hot Spots: Major Lazer at Encore Beach Club, Kaskade at Marquee and more

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Larger than life: Major Lazer’s promo art hints that Sunday’s show at Encore Beach Club will be one to remember.

Party in the Afterglow at Artifice What a swell idea—an afterparty for an art show. Following the Preview Thursday unveiling of the third 12 Inches of Sin juried exhibition at the nearby Sin City Gallery, join drag performers, burlesque dancers, performance artists, DJ Carey Cowart, a whole separate art show and more for additional adult stimulation. April 3, 9 p.m., free.

Old School 30-Year Reunion at Silverton Do the venue names Shark Club, That’s Entertainment, Tramps and Fuddy Duddy ring a bell? If so, you are as old-school as Vegas partiers come. Veteran local DJs R.O.B. and Frankie will take reunited clubbers back to 1984 with throwback tracks and vibes to recall the days of the nascent 702 club scene. April 4, doors at 7 p.m., $5.

Rockstar Beer Festival at Hard Rock Hotel A “Gone Country” edition of the traveling brew fest lands at the Hard Rock Hotel’s pool Friday night—and with hits like “Drink to That All Night” and “One More Drinkin’ Song,” singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann’s country crooning should be the perfect background music for some poolside imbibing. Up-and-comer Leah Turner opens, but the real stars here are the 75-plus craft beers from local breweries like Barley’s and Big Dog’s and regionals like Alaskan, Hangar 24 and more. April 4, 6 p.m. (VIP), 7 p.m. (GA), $35 (GA), $55 (VIP).

Three-Year Anniversary at Insert Coin(s) Three years in, cocktail-fueled Mortal Kombat battles are still going strong at the Fremont East barcade. NYC-based electronic duo The Knocks bring their funky, infectious beats to the video game emporium’s Sunday night celebration, though Insert Coin(s) parties throughout the weekend with sets from local notables including rock outfit The Dirty Hooks (Friday) and EDM duo Black Boots (Saturday). April 4-6, times and covers vary.

Spring Wine Fest at Golden Nugget The Downtown hotel’s wino weekend features a varied lineup of events, from tastings to pairing dinners to seminars like “Contrast of Cabernets: North vs. South America.” Thirsty yet? Saturday’s Wine Revolution Grand Tasting will feature 120 pours from California, Chile and Argentina, as well as passed appetizers, barrel tastings and live music. Just remember Advil and lots of water when you get home. April 4-6, times and prices vary.

Kaskade at Marquee Cosmopolitan’s Strip-side dayclub officially kicks off its 2014 season Saturday afternoon, with a grand opening soundtrack by DJ Times’ America’s Best DJ champion, Kaskade. And the beatmeister isn’t jet-setting after sunset, either; he’ll supply sound at Marquee Nightclub later that night. April 5. Dayclub: Doors at 11 a.m., $60 men, $30 women. Nightclub: Doors at 10 p.m., $60 men, $30 women.

After with Tom Trago at Tommy Wind Theater The words “dutch house” would not instill confidence in any underground dance music fan these days, thanks to EDM homogeneity. But Tom Trago is the real deal, diving deep into the genre’s American roots while tapping into his own early multi-genre experiments. Fresh from an epic LA gig with house icon John Digweed and a showcase slot at South by Southwest in Austin, Trago makes a rare appearance in Las Vegas. April 5, 3 a.m., $20, $10 for locals.

Major Lazer at Encore Beach Club As if the grand opening bash for one of the Strip’s most lively daylife pools wasn’t enough, EBC is unloading all its firepower by also booking Major Lazer, the boisterous trio+dancers led by Wynn Nightlife resident Diplo. If frolicking in the sun won’t exhaust you, Major Lazer’s enervating exhortations for crowd participation will. April 6, doors at 11 a.m., $40 men, $30 women.

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