Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 | 2 a.m.
Robin Leach's Vegas DeLuxe
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It's a "turn back the hands of time" weekend for Las Vegas entertainment. It's a step back into the last century for shows this weekend as a DJ invasion competes with today's modern electronic sounds. There may well be a lot of music fans over the next 72 hours asking the simple question: "Who?"
There's everybody from Jack Jones, Tanya Tucker and Huey Lewis to Jay and the Americans and even Chubby Checker, who invented "The Twist."
The music weekend kicks off with the Symphonic Rock show by Brody Dolyniukand Yellow Brick Road at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Our roving Editor at Large John Katsilometes has chronicled Brody's trials and tribulations in bringing his symphony of rock to the forefront of the Las Vegas entertainment scene. Read one of his stories here.
Rock and roll turns to a legendary veteran with Sammy Hagar setting up camp at the Hard Rock Hotel all weekend. He will be honored in the all-star, third annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards on Sunday night at the Joint.
This year, as publisher Sally Steele celebrates her magazine's eighth anniversary, the awards will be telecast live for the first time on the AXS TV cable network created by Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest. The network was Mark's former HD TV channel.
In addition to Van Halen's and Chicken Foot's Hagar, rockers David Coverdale from Whitesnake, Michael Schenker from the Scorpions, Geoff Tate from Queensryche and Vinnie Paul from Pantera and Hellyeah will pick up awards. Hagar gets the Voice of Rock Award and Coverdale the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Numerous rockers are set to walk the red carpet and perform, plus porn king Ron Jeremy will make an appearance. All the stars — including local headliners Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie and Stratosphere resident Frankie Moreno — will go onstage for a grand finale to wrap up the night. Music industry folks say the splashy event will add another page to rock and roll's history.
Even hip-hop phenomenon Nelly is at the Hard Rock's Rehab party on Sunday!
Topping off the fun will be comedy kings George Lopez and former "Saturday Night Live" great Kevin Nealon, celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasseand Alex Stratta and two sexy stunners: "True Blood" and "Californication" actress Camilla Luddington will be at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris and Khloe Kardashian-Odom — with or without hubby Lamar Odom — will promote her new fragrance at Kardashian Khaos in the Mirage.
So dust off those '60s and '70s leather and chains outfits and dance to the decibels as we spin out this 78-45 rpm package we affectionately call the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, AUG. 24
Symphonic Rock features Brody and Yellow Brick Road at the Smith Center; Wu-Block Tour stars Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch and Saigon at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay; Taylor Hicks returns to the Indigo at Bally's for the weekend; Julien-K is at the premiere of Vinyl at the Hard Rock; Jack Jones performs at the South Point for two nights; Huey Lewis and the News are at Green Valley Ranch Resort; and Johnny Fortuno as Elvis Presley celebrates the King's life at the Cannery .
George Lopez is at the Mirage, Kevin Nealon at the Orleans and Bret Ernst at Empire Comedy in the Paris, all for two nights; and Amy Schumer at the Riviera and Dennis Regan at the Improv at Harrah's all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for the Moody Blues at the Pearl at the Palms on Dec. 15; TV's "Bam" celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and his renowned Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian host a special dinner during the hotel's Carnevale Cibo-Vino Month and his pal star chef Alex Stratta hosts a Venetian/Palazzo dinner to benefit our downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; Khloe Kardashian-Odom appears at Kardashian Khaos; and Formula Drift racing's sixth (and next to last) round of the 2012 season, complete with Thrill Zone VIP grandstand 3, runs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for two days.
Dania Ramirez celebrates the "Premium Rush" premiere at Chateau; Daniel Chetrit celebrates his birthday and guest DJs at 1OAK in the Mirage; Lil Jon and Ken Loi are at Surrender; and DJs duke it out behind the decks with Nouveaubeats, Morgan Page and Vince le Fin at XS in the Encore, Dave Aude at Haze in Aria and Drek Martinez at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
SATURDAY, AUG. 25
Tanya Tucker goes country at Boulder Station; Sammy Hagar is at Vinyl; yesteryear's hit kings Jay and the Americans play at the Suncoast for two nights; Chubby Checker dances the night away at Buffalo Bill's down Interstate 15; Spectrum and Radiance perform at the Smith Center; Civil Twilight appears with guest Vanaprasta at the Silverton Casino Lodge; and the celebration of the King's life continues at the Cannery with Ronnie McDowell as Elvis. Ronnie Mund's Block Party combines a poker tournament and comedy show at the Hard Rock.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Aid for AIDS of Nevada hosts its 26th Annual Black & White Party at the Hard Rock's Nirvana pool; the fifth annual Carnival of Cuisine, benefiting our valley's Three Square food bank, is at the Venetian and Palazzo; and our beloved Keep Memory Alive benefits from Macy's seventh annual Shop for a Cause.
LAX at the Luxor celebrates its fifth anniversary with the ladies of MGM Grand's "Crazy Horse Paris."
Luddington hosts at Chateau; Wallpaper performs at the Bank in the Bellagio; and dueling DJs are NO_ID and Warren Peace are at XS, Aude at Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria, Zeds Dead at Surrender, Dash Berlin at Marquee and Audrey Napoleon at Encore Beach Club.
SUNDAY, AUG. 26
The third annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards honor Sammy Hagar and David Coverdale at the Hard Rock, Eddie Trunk has a book signing in the Hard Rock store, Nelly performs at Rehab, and the Sin City Sinners are at Vanity; Jerry Tiffe plays the Suncoast; and Dash Berlin spins at Tao Beach while DJ Chromeo is at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.
Check back throughout the weekend as we post our reports of the stars at work and play on and off the Strip. On Monday, we'll continue our coverage, plus coverage of the Vegas Rocks! Awards. Have a great — and safe — weekend of fun in the sun.
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