Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend, Tiger Woods comes to town for his annual Tiger Jam fundraising concert featuring Bon Jovi. Other concerts include violin virtuoso Joshua Bell at The Smith Center, Godsmack at The Pearl and Viva Ska Vegas at the Henderson Events Plaza. If all that concert-going gets you hungry, check out the Foodie Festival at the Silverton.
Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Friday: Cee-Lo at 1 Oak
The Grammy-winning recording artist Cee-Lo will soon be a regular fixture on the Strip, as he’s bringing his Loberace show to the Planet Hollywood in August. The Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mob singer will take the night off from his coaching duties on NBC’s “The Voice” to perform at 1 Oak at the Mirage. The cover ranges from $30-$40 and doors open at 10:30 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Gilbert Gottfried at The Riviera
If you love a loud and grating voice, the Riviera has the show for you! Actually, if you like good comedy and can tolerate a loud grating voice, they have the show for you. Comedian, actor and all-around-annoying-yet-amusing-voice Gilbert Gottfried performs in the Starlite Theatre. Tickets are $54-$76 and shows run through April 29 at $10:30 p.m.
Saturday: Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay
Jon Bon Jovi will take the stage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center to headline Tiger Jam 2012, a charity concert hosted by Tiger Woods to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and raise money for its college-access programs. Singer and songwriter David Cook of American Idol will open the show. VIP tickets will include a reception at the House of Blues featuring gourmet fare and spirits and auctions filled with luxury items before the concert begins. Prices range from $72 to $147 and the concert begins at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: Día del Niño at Springs Preserve
The Springs Preserve hosts its third annual Día del Niño (Children's Day) event. Centered on the theme of "Candy Land," children can enjoy clowns, magicians, dancing and singing groups, interactive games, traditional Mexican food and drink and hands-on arts and crafts workshops. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are free. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Viva Ska Vegas at the Henderson Events Plaza
Skank dance to all of your favorites at Viva Ska Vegas at Henderson Events Plaza. Dance to The Skatalites, The Aquabats and eight other champions of the horn-filled sub-genre, from the Voodoo Glow Skulls to Las Vegas’ own Remedies. Tickets are $22 to $25, and the event runs from noon until 10:30 p.m.
Saturday-Monday: O’Shea’s Final Countdown
Lucky the Leprechaun hosts O’Shea’s Final Countdown as the casino signs off, at least until its 2013 reboot inside of the new Linq project. Enjoy live music, drink and merchandise specials, and free shots during the last 24 hours, as patrons are invited to drink O’Shea’s dry. The celebration runs April 28-30.
Saturday: Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Contest
For the 15th straight year, the region's top competitive eaters will converge for Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Contest at New York-New York for a chance to qualify for the 97th annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. The male and female winners of the 3 p.m. main event on Saturday will be crowned Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champions and will earn the right to represent Las Vegas in the July 4th finals. A special employee contest along with a competition for charity will begin at 1 p.m. The event is free.
Saturday-Sunday: Foodie Fest at Silverton
The Silverton brings the Foodie Festival to Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday. The festival is in the Silverton parking lot from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Three Square Food Bank. Enjoy food from more than 30 gourmet food trucks, 15 food vendor booths and a farmers market. There will also be eating contests, a beer garden, carnival rides, games, live demonstrations by chefs, a tequila party tent and live entertainment featuring bands and DJs. Featured celebrity food trucks will include the White Rabbit Truck seen on the Travel Channel, Fuku Burger from The Food Network, Vizzi Truck from Modern Marvels, Devilicious from The Great Food Truck Race and Mangia Mangia from The Cooking Channel. Admission prices are $7 to $10.
Saturday: Joshua Bell at The Smith Center
After 50 years of performing, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields continues to impress fans and critics alike. No, with the addition of acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell, the ensemble is set to perform an all-Beethoven program at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $39 to $129. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: Godsmack at The Pearl
Rock band Godsmack returns to The Pearl. “The Oracle,” the bands latest album from 2010, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and generated several hits. Hear these plus the band’s older chart-toppers like “I Stand Alone," “Voodoo” and “Awake.” Tickets are $49 to $79, and the show starts at 8 p.m.