Friday, April 5, 2013 | 6 p.m.
With more than 130 country stars here for the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards and events, plus, 50 Hollywood and sports stars for Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Invitational golf fundraiser, you’d be wrong if you thought that was all.
The city is jam-packed with other stars such as comedians Whoopi Goldberg, George Lopez and David Spade. Or choose among Snoop Dogg’s Seven Deadly Sins at Tao in The Venetian or the dueling Bobby McFerrin and Clint Holmes shows at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Please support our beloved charity Opportunity Village with its Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday at Caesars Palace with “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” illusionist Penn Jillette and fiery Omarosa. There’s a headliner or a party for you such as the fourth-anniversary shindig for XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore and T-Pain’s House of Pain at Haze in Aria.
The main excitement for media will be the athletes at Shadow Creek golf course and the country kings and queens at multiple venues. NBA legend Michael leads on the greens, and the new hosting duo of Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton leads at the ACMAs. Former host Reba McEntire, who will introduce Garth Brooks and George Strait’s first-ever duet, promises to keep a tight reign on the self-described rowdy boys.
Check out our rundown of the 2013 ACMAs posted Thursday. Time now for us to go for the guitars, shine the sequins for the red carpet and hit a hole in one. Let’s grab a trophy from either event and play through at par with this week’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Heart, with sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson’s “If Looks Could Kill,” is at Green Valley Ranch.
Def Leppard performs “Viva Hysteria!” at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel for two nights. The group also hosts Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp all weekend at MGM Grand with guest Lita Ford.
Grammy winner John Legend headlines the MJCI gala at Aria with host comedian Wayne Brady, plus, Monte Carlo headliners Blue Man Group.
Nashville Unplugged featuring singer-songwriters Brett James and Tim Nichols are at Red Rock Resort.
Clint Holmes performs his Cole Porter and Paul Simon songbook, which won him a Bistro Award in Manhattan, at Cabaret Jazz all weekend, and it’s being recorded.
Former Wings guitarist Denny Laine and former Foreigner guitarist Domenick Allen team up to present “Vinyl: The Classic Rock Experience” at Cannery.
“Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime,” is at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel.
George Lopez is at The Mirage for two nights.
Whoopi Goldberg is at Treasure Island.
David Spade is at the Venetian for two nights.
John Caparulo is at South Point all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The ACM Experience is at The Orleans all weekend with Jewel, Easton Corbin, Katie Armiger, Jerrod Niemann and many more. Also at The Orleans, the two-day ACM Party for a Cause to Outnumber Hunger with The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley. Kix Brooks hosts Saturday with charitable donations presented to Wounded Warrior Project and performances by Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line and more.
Gary Allan and Jake Owen headline ACM Weekend at Fremont Street Experience for two nights also featuring performances from Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, Sunny Sweeney and more.
“Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” hosted by Tony Sacca debuts at Las Vegas Hotel and air Saturdays on Channel 14. First guests are Esteban, his daughter Teresa Joy, The Phat Pack and comedian Anthony Padillo.
“First Friday: The Rite of Spring” with art, music, food, crafts and culture moves into its second decade Downtown with Nevada Ballet Theater en pointe at the new meeting hangout Hub.
The Glass Craft and Bead Expo is at South Point.
NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is all weekend.
Tickets are on sale for Yes’ Triple Header Tour stop July 12 at the Palms; Weezer’s July 27 performance at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Motley Crue’s return to The Hard Rock Hotel from Sept. 18- Oct. 6.
XS celebrates its fourth anniversary with David Guetta and guests Sultan and Ned Shepard.
Swizz Beatz is at 1OAK in The Mirage.
Omarion is at Chateau Nightclub in Paris Las Vegas.
SKAM artist Mr. Mauricio is at Haze.
Rock ’n’ Brew is at Palms Pool with 80 beers and HelloGoodbye.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Mickey Avalon is at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Smashing Alice is at Vinyl.
Boney James is at Boulder Station.
The Las Vegas Soul Festival is at the Thomas & Mack Center with Erykah Badu, Mary Mary and Joe for two nights.
“Shawn Barker: The Man in Black,” a tribute to Johnny Cash, is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
The Outlaws are at Cannery.
The Spinners are at Eastside Cannery.
The Dan Band is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Rick Michel and his “Sinatra Forever” tribute are at Santa Fe Station.
“Las Vegas Philharmonics Masterworks IV: A Touch of Brass” is at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for Depeche Mode’s Oct. 6 concert at Pearl at the Palms.
Darius Rucker hosts the second annual ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Summerlin.
The Eighth Annual Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament is at Caesars Palace with The Rio headliner Penn Jillette and Omarosa.
The LGBT Center celebrates its grand opening Downtown.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and USAC Ignite Midget Series are at The Bullring at LVMS.
A sinful night as Snoop Dogg, newly Snoop Lion, performs at the Seven Deadly Sins party at Tao.
David Guetta is at Encore Beach Club for the 2013 season grand opening.
T-Pain is at Haze.
Cedric Gervais and Goodie Mob with CeeLo Green are at Surrender in Encore.
Martin Solveig is at XS.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
The 48th ACMAs at MGM Grand are hosted by Blake and Luke, with performances by Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Sheryl Crow and trophy presentations by Beth Behrs, Michael Chiklis, John Fogerty, Jake Owen and Willie and Korie Robertson. Plus, George and Garth’s duet tribute to the late, great Dick Clark.
The Third Annual ACM Fan Jam concert is headlined by Brad Paisley with Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, LL Cool J, Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line.
Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin performs “Spirit You All” gospel songs and spirituals at Reynolds Hall.
“An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” with guest Tory Vasquez is at Vinyl.
Calvin Harris is at Wet Republic in MGM Grand.
Redfoo of LMFAO is at XS.
RockNexa Latin Concert with El Gran Silencio, Inspector, English Beat and more is at Rain in the Palms.
We’ll have full coverage of the 2013 ACMAs and a preview of 15-time ACMA winner Tim McGraw’s “Superstar Summer Night” concert with a star-studded lineup of pop, rock, rap and country stars. Later in the week, a preview of the amazing 80th birthday celebrations of Sir Michael Caine and Quincy Jones being televised with Barbra Streisand, Bono, Stevie Wonder and more to benefit our charity Keep Memory Alive.
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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