Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 | 11:43 a.m.
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Newly single pop princess Katy Perry leads an all-star party parade this weekend as she celebrates the new 1 OAK’s official grand opening at the Mirage.
Country music expands its roots in Las Vegas as Nashville Unplugged features a second night in a second casino, plus it’s a preview of April’s 47th Academy of Country Music Awards (the nominations were announced Thursday morning) in April with Brad Paisley and opening acts The Band Perry and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Music offerings also run the gamut from Kid Rock for two nights to the Golden Oldies of Herman’s Hermits. The party playground is in full force with birthdays for Peter Facinelli (“Twilight’s” Dr. Carlisle Cullen, “Nurse Jackie” ) and Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, plus a host of guest DJs and rap stars.
And there are gorgeous girls, thankfully, and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is just one of the many celebrity judges for the Miss Nevada USA Pageant hosted by 1995 Miss USA Shanna Moakler, who hired “Dancing With the Stars” pro Tony Dovolani for the show.
Now we’ll get all made up, shine the crown and start the judging process with this week’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012
If your favorite music is country, rock, rap or Golden Oldies, this weekend’s mixed music bag is for you: Kid Rock with DJ Baby Chino is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay for two nights; Social Distortion rock the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel; Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone are at South Point; The Toasters heat up at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip; Nashville Unplugged featuring Reggie Hamm and Brian White take the stage at Green Valley Ranch for two nights; and “Lights: a Tribute to Journey” is at the Cannery for two nights.
Comedy fans will laugh it up with Bob Saget at the Orleans Showroom for two nights; Hal Sparks all weekend at the Riviera Hotel; Mark Curry at LVH all weekend; Brian Dunkleman, Amir K and Brett Walkow all weekend at the Improv at Harrah’s; and Michael Ziegfeld at Sun City Anthem’s Freedom Hall for two nights.
Pop superstar Katy Perry hosts actress Patricia Arquette’s Give Love charity event at 1 OAK as part of its weekend-long grand-opening celebrations, with Ferras performing. Sander Van Doorn spins at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan. Lil Jon hosts at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore, and Bow Wow performs at Rain in the Palms.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Florence + The Machine’s April 21 concert at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan. Tickets go on sale for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ April 20 show at the Pearl in the Palms. And Skeet Skeet is at Vanity in the Hard Rock Hotel.
The World Series of Poker Circuit at Caesars Palace continues through Monday. Fremont Street Experience continues Chinese New Year celebrations through Saturday.
New contemporary tavern Public House at the Venetian celebrates its grand opening, and the JAMZ Youth National Championship is at Orleans Arena.
SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2012
Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery are at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Overwhelming demand led Aaron Lewis of Staind fame to headline at two venues on two consecutive nights, the first at Green Valley Ranch. Chinese Mando-pop star Wakin Chau celebrates Chinese New Year for two nights at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Easton Corbin is at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm. And Grammy Award-winning gospel, blues and rock guitarist Jonny Lang is at Red Rock Resort.
Kid Rock’s after-party is at Tao in the Venetian. Jermaine Dupri is guest host at Tryst in the Wynn. Nick Carter celebrates his birthday at Vanity. Peter Facinelli is at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in the Paris. J. Cole hosts his birthday celebration at Lavo in the Palazzo. Savoy, J Flash and Kevin Brown party at Rain. Dada Life performs at Surrender. And the topless temptresses of Luxor headliners “Fantasy” host a glamour-girl night of fun at nearby LAX.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
“Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria is honored as Woman of the Year at Nevada Ballet Theater’s 2012 Black & White Ball at Aria. San Francisco 49ers legends Joe Montana, Dwight Clark and Roger Craig hold a two-day autograph signing at Blondie’s Sports Bar and Grill in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
“American Horror Story” star Evan Peters celebrates his birthday at RPM Nightclub at Tropicana. And actor Richard Roundtree, the original “Shaft,” hosts a meet-and-greet and autograph session at his restaurant Catfish Alley in the Strip’s Hawaiian Marketplace.
Tickets go on sale for Van Halen’s May 27 concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets go on sale for Five Finger Death Punch’s show at the Joint on March 23. And local fashion designer Jimi Urquiaga hosts JIMICTO’s Fashion, Art and Music Festival at Laziza Hookah Lounge & Restaurant in Henderson.
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012
The Miss Nevada USA Pageant hosted by Shanna Moakler and radio DJ Chet Buchanan will crown the beauty who succeeds Sarah Chapman. The 30-contestant event at the Pearl crowns the Nevada princess for Donald Trump’s Miss USA Pageant in Miami in May.
Tommy Thayer of KISS judges the Ultimate “Kiss Off” Finale at the Hard Rock Hotel emceed by Senior Editor John Katsilometes and Trish McCrone of “Kats With the Dish” as the top KISS tribute bands battle it out to play at the grand opening of Kiss by Monster Mini Golf in March.
Aaron Lewis is at Red Rock Resort, and Strung Out and Jughead’s Revenge jam at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Our undefeated Las Vegas Sin take on defending champion L.A. Temptation in Ontario, Calif., at 1 p.m. for a spot in Lingerie Bowl IX on Sunday, Feb. 5 -- Super Bowl Sunday. The Sin-Temptation game airs live on MTV2 -- the Sin defeated the Temptation 28-20 on Nov. 11 to keep their perfect record intact.
Vanity hosts its second-anniversary party, and Manufactured Superstars are at XS in Encore.
Check back throughout the weekend and next week for our coverage of celebrities at work and play in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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