Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend's best bets include concerts featuring styles from Martina McBride to Bret Michaels to a blues fest at the Palms. If you're already thinking about back-to-school season, check out the back-to-school fair and free movie at at Centennial Hills Park. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Friday: Reel Big Fish at the House of Blues
Ska favorites Reel Big Fish perform at The House of Blues along with Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends and The Maxies. Tickets are $20-$23, and the show starts at 6 p.m.
Friday: Martina McBride at Green Valley Ranch
Country singer Martina McBride brings her crossover blend of country and pop to the Grand Events Center at Green Valley Ranch. Look forward to hits like "My Baby Loves Me" and "Independence Day." Tickets are $60-$99, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday: First Friday in the Arts District
Join local artists and musicians in the Arts District for the August First Friday event. Galleries will be open in the evening for you to peruse the artwork and mingle with the artists. This month, the downtown festival presents Art Beach and will feature live performances by Surf The Musical, an interactive expression wall, free painting lessons, and free yoga and pilates classes. Admission is free, and the event begins at 6 p.m.
Friday: Back to School Fair and Movie at Centennial Hills Park
A Back to School Fair and Movie in the Park will be held at Centennial Hills Park. Free school supplies and binders will be given out while supplies last. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Enjoy a balloon artist, face painters, jump house and the PG-rated family film “The Muppets.” Guests are invited to bring blankets or low folding chairs for the movie. The event is free and begins at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Vanilla Ice at Go Pool and Carnaval Court
Rapper and television personality Vanilla Ice will chill by the pool this weekend as he hosts a party at the Flamingo GO Pool. The ’90s hip-hop sensation will take photos with fans and sign autographs. GO Pool is open to guests 18 years or older. Later in the evening, Vanilla Ice will put on a special summer concert at Harrah’s Carnaval Court, performing his hit song “Ice Ice Baby,” as well as tracks from his most recent album, "WTF – Wisdom, Tenacity & Focus." Concertgoers must be 21 years or older with valid ID. The pool event begins at 2 p.m., and the concert begins about midnight.
Saturday: The Midsummer Lingerie Masquerade at Palms Pool and Bungalows
The Midsummer Lingerie Masquerade returns to Palms Pool for another wild poolside party. Guests will enjoy different pockets of entertainment throughout the party, highlighted by body-painted beauties, go-go fairies, mystical characters and masked servers. Guests are encouraged to dress in lingerie and masks. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. with a full hosted bar until 11 p.m. by Miller Lite, Bacardi, Blue Moon, Coors, Corzo Tequila, Russian Standard Vodka, Pernod Ricard and Red Bull. Tickets are $125, and the event begins at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Bret Michaels at the Fremont Street Experience
Come have “Nothin’ But A Good Time” during Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series, featuring a free concert by Bret Michaels and his “Get Your Rock on Tour 2012” on the 3rd Street Stage. Scheduled to open the show is Jizzy Pearl, who has fronted several rock bands, including Love/Hate, Ratt, and L.A. Guns. The concert is free and begins at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Dave and Mahoney's 2nd Annual Beer Bash at the South Point
X107.5's Dave and Mahoney present the 2nd Annual Beer Bash at the South Point, featuring beer and sake tastings, gourmet food trucks and live entertainment. General Admission to the poolside bash includes access to a bottomless beer and sake tasting sponsored by Budweiser and Ty Ku Sake, a Patron Margarita bar and food from the top food trucks from Los Angeles, Orange County and Las Vegas. Throughout the event, guests can enjoy live entertainment, a 20-foot water slide and beats from local DJs Kaotic and Mike Uriarte, as well as local bands. Enjoy this event with cooled-air seating in the Cool Zone sponsored by ARS Rescue Rooter with the purchase of the VIP package for $50. Doors open for early admission to VIP ticket holders. The VIP tasting includes more than 40 craft beers and sake. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets are $20-$50, and doors open at 6 p.m., 5 p.m. for VIP ticket holders.
Sunday: World Football Challenge at Sam Boyd Stadium
Enjoy a little soccer action before American football season opens with the World Football Challenge at Sam Boyd Stadium. Real Madrid takes on Santos Laguna. Tickets are $71-$550, and the game starts at 8 p.m.
Sunday: Rock 'N Blues Festival at The Pearl
The Pearl at the Palms presents the Rock 'N Blues Festival featuring The Johnny Winter Band, Edgar Winter Group, Rick Derringer, Mountain’s Leslie West and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds. Tickets are $30-$70, and the show starts at 7 p.m.