Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Fresh on the heels of being nominated this week for nine Grammy Awards, Jay Z, the king of hip hop, reigns from his throne for two nights of his “Magna Carter” tour at Mandalay Bay Events Center. The 44-year-old Shawn Carter has plenty of swagger for this four-piece-band road show.
He proves that he’s rap royalty with “Empire State of Mind,” “Encore,” “Paris” and the solo version of his “Bonnie and Clyde” duet with wife Beyonce, who was at MGM Grand Garden Arena last weekend. Jay Z (minus the hyphen now) has more than 24 of his hits in the 2-hour concert.
It also is a rock royal’s weekend with Third Eye Blind, Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington and The Black Crowes vying for the spotlight with Merle Haggard, Montgomery Gentry and The Charlie Daniels Band.
The glittering glamour girls who want to be the next Miss Nevada USA will dazzle in their orientation and final sign-up at Michael Boychuck’s Lifetime Salon near Red Rock Resort in Summerlin. The last two Miss Nevada winners, Chelsea Caswell and Jade Kelsall, join Nevada pageant director Shanna Moakler, who was Miss USA in 1995. They’ll select the contestants for the Jan. 12 pageant at UNLV to determine who represents our Silver State in Donald Trump’s national pageant in June.
However, nothing will take from the bright shine of the gold buckle and big check presentations as the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo wraps its 55th annual excitement. We already reported that Trevor Brazile shattered the record to earn his 19th world championship on Tuesday night, but everybody is still at full force for tonight and Saturday’s final rounds at the Thomas & Mack.
So now it’s time to kick up our heels to polish and shine our gold attractions in our weekly edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, DEC. 13
Seventeen-time Grammy winner Jay Z is at Mandalay Bay Events Center for two nights in support of his double-platinum album “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”
The Black Crowes are at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Merle Haggard is at Golden Nugget for two nights.
Aaron Lewis is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel for two nights.
Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley tribute band Cash Presley are at Cabo Wabo Cantina in Planet Hollywood for two nights.
Nashville Unplugged featuring gospel band bass player Danny Myrick at Sunset Station.
Surf guitar legend Dick Dale is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
“Cowboy Baller” Luke Kaufman is at Tropicana for two nights.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Timothy A. Johnson & The J Brand are at Lounge at the Palms for two nights.
Jerrod Niemann is at the Mirage.
Ron White is at the Mirage for two nights.
Sinbad is at the Orleans for two nights.
Bill Engvall is at Treasure Island.
Tom Dreesen’s “An Evening of Laughter & Stories of Sinatra” is at Smith Center.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for Queens of the Stone Age at the Joint on Feb. 13, Mike Epps at Pearl at the Palms on Feb. 15, 2 Chainz at the Joint on Feb. 22 and Jim Jefferies at the Joint on May 31.
The Best of Silver State Awards hosted by yours truly, Dayna Roselli and Nina Radetich is at the Venetian with presentations to Emeril Lagasse, Sirio Maccioni and Kerry Simon to benefit Nevada Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation.
Gaming history expert author David G. Schwartz hosts a book signing for “First Emperor of Las Vegas” at the Mob Museum for two days.
The Phat Pack reopens at Bally’s all weekend.
SATURDAY, DEC. 14
Montgomery Gentry and The Charlie Daniels Band are at Orleans Arena.
Third Eye Blind is at Mandalay Bay.
Parmalee is at Gold Coast.
The Rodeo Vegas Series with Jerrod, Craig Morgan, Brit Stokes Band, Justin McBride, Daryle Singletary and Easton Corbin is at the Mirage.
Martin Nievera is at Suncoast for two nights.
The 5th Annual Celebrity Benefit Show for Toys for Tots with Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton Holmes, Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel is at LVH.
Rodney Carrington is at MGM Grand.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for “The Book of Mormon,” which begins June 10 at Smith Center.
“Top Chef” judge Emeril hosts the 6th Annual Carnival of Cuisine with more than 20 star-chef restaurants at the Palazzo pool.
Shanna Moakler hosts the Miss Nevada USA 2014 orientation and sign-up at Lifetime Spa & Sports Club.
Richard “The Old Man” Harrison of “Pawn Stars” and Rachel’s Kitchen downtown at the Odgen host a fundraiser for the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, with proceeds benefiting the Where Angels Play Foundation.
Nevada Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker” starts its run of 10 performances at Smith Center.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Palms, Mandarin Oriental, Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Palace are opening the doors to exclusive suites for the third-annual fundraiser “Suite Holidays Tour & Tasting” to benefit the Las Vegas chapter of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.
The LV4PH Festival with a headlining performance by Luxor headliners Jabbawockeez at the Rio raises funds for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
A UFO lecture by U.N. unexplained phenomena researcher Lee Speigel is at the National Atomic Testing Museum.
Jay Z’s official “Magna Carter” tour DJ Jus Ske hosts at 1 OAK in the Mirage.
SUNDAY, DEC. 15
Pianist and composer Danny Wright plays favorites from his four Christmas albums at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center.
The Totally Politically Correct Holiday Bash featuring Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington, POD and Sick Puppies is at the Joint.
The 28th Annual Holiday Benefit Show hosted by Tony Sacca features performances by Pia Zadora, Denise Clemente, Genevieve, Rich Natole, Society of Seven, Bella Electric Strings, Anthony Rais, Gary Anderson and Anna Christine at Boulder Station benefits the Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Smashing Alice is at Vinyl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Hogs & Heifers downtown hosts its 9th Annual Miracle on 3rd Street Motorcycle Run and Toy Giveaway to benefit the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Jolly Old St. Nicolas sleighs in for a photo session on the Grand Staircase at “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” in Luxor.
Chester Bennington hosts an autograph signing at Club Tattoo in Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood.
XIV-mas Vegas Sessions at Hyde Bellagio transforms into the North Pole with Santa’s helpers and Sugar Plum fairies.
Joe Hahn of Linkin Park is guest DJ for the Red Tie Holiday Party at Body English in the Hard Rock.
Clay Walker’s concert special, filmed at his two concerts at Venetian Showroom last weekend, airs on RFD-TV (check local listings).
Check back to Vegas DeLuxe for our final two days of 2013 WNFR coverage. On Monday, don’t forget “Rock of Ages” star Mark Shunock’s second “Mondays Dark” at Body English, this time benefiting Aid for AIDS of Nevada. Plus, we have a sneak-preview tour of Beacher’s Madhouse at MGM Grand that soft opens Dec. 27 ahead of its New Years Eve official opening gala with Leonid the Magnificent headlining.
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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