Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 | 3:56 p.m.
Hometown hero and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo took center stage Friday afternoon at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool and performed to thousands of daytime partygoers under the desert sun.
Dressed in black, red and white from head to toe, Ne-Yo, who grew up in Las Vegas, rocked a Los Angeles Dodgers cap, a T-shirt, red leather board shorts (those must have been comfortable in 100-plus-degree heat) and red Nike tennis shoes.
After arriving at a VIP booth, the handsome and always fashionable singer enjoyed buffalo wings and French fries from nearby Heraea and sipped on a Malibu Red and cranberry juice cocktail.
Before his performance, the R&B star hung out with Palms resident DJ Mark Stylz behind the DJ booth and danced and waved to fans. He was all smiles when the dayclub’s bikini-clad cocktail servers took the stage and sprayed the crowd with bubby.
As Ne-Yo hit the stage, he told the crowd, “I’ve never drank alcohol before and performed; let’s see what happens,” before performing his hit “Closer.” His set included “Give Me Everything Tonight,” “Let Me Love You” and “Miss Independent,” and shook hands with fans while performing.
Before returning to his booth, Ne-Yo gave his Ditch Fridays cup that he had been drinking from to fans at the foot of the stage. Also at Ditch Fridays: legendary adult entertainer Ron Jeremy enjoying the mini-set and pina coladas.
Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery of the daytime revelry.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.