Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s a jam-packed music weekend on and off the Strip, and locals and tourists can even jump off the roof of Planet Hollywood and rappel 350 feet down the side in a Nevada Special Olympics challenge. Only in Vegas!
Tickets go on sale for Cher’s eagerly awaited May appearance at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and Karl Bushby, who is on a 35,000-mile walk around the world, strolls onto the Strip in his mind-numbing marathon undertaking. Only in Vegas!
Fight fans will revel in the world welterweight championship bout or gasp in amazement at the roller-skating antics of the dangerous derby girls. Only in Vegas!
There are two food-and-wine feasts on back-to-back nights at Red Rock Resort, and Smith Center hosts a drag queen a capella barbershop quartet. Only in Vegas!
Now how do you choose in a lineup that includes Bon Jovi, Korn, Darius Rucker, Pet Shop Boys, Josh Groban, Billy Ocean, Melissa Manchester, Survivor and Panic! At the Disco? Only in Vegas!
We’ve got all the info you need to make your selections in what we refer to affectionately each week here as the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, OCT. 11
Pet Shop Boys with guest Jacques Lu Cont are at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Two-time Grammy winner and former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker is at Red Rock Resort to help benefit Las Vegas Business Academy honoring Mr. Lee of Lee’s Liquor Stores.
Survivor is at Silverton Casino Lodge.
Hometown heroes Panic! At the Disco, with frontman Brendon Urie, are at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is at Henderson Pavilion.
The Lettermen with Tony Butala, Donovan Tea and Bobby Poynton can’t take their eyes off you at South Point all weekend.
Nashville Unplugged features Clay Mills at Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort.
Hank III is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Dane Cook is at Venetian Showroom for two nights.
Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage for two nights.
The Kinsey Sicks, a dragapella beauty shop quartet celebrating its 20th anniversary, tackles reality TV shows with their own “America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild” at Smith Center all weekend.
Alycia Cooper is at Bonkerz Comedy Club at Primm Valley for two nights.
Maryellen Hooper, Joel Lindley and Avi Liberman are at the Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Cher’s Dressed to Kill tour stop at MGM Grand on May 25; Mark & Mercedes Not So Silent Night featuring The Fray, Gavin DeGraw, Five for Fighting and Offset Season at the Join on Dec. 6; The Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers at the Joint on Dec. 28; and The Pixies and Best Coast at the Joint on Feb. 23.
The 20th Annual Renaissance Fair is at Sunset Park.
The Nevada Special Olympics’ rappelling event is a two-day fundraiser where the brave and fool hardy jump 350 feet down the side of Planet Hollywood.
“Bar Rescue” expert Jon Taffer hosts a “Raise the Bar” book signing at Tryst in Wynn.
Sin City Scare Fair on East Sunset opens its doors for 15 days of horror with guests from “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story.”
Fremont Street Experience hosts its Fifth Annual Oktober Fright Fest with performances by Frank & The Steins all weekend and through Halloween.
Fright Dome is at Circus Circus through Halloween.
Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp continues at MGM Grand all weekend.
Actress Diane Lane introduces humanitarian Edna Adan from Somalia at the inaugural National Nurses Health Institute Speakers Series at Red Rock Resort’s convention center.
LAX at Luxor celebrates its sixth anniversary with a performance by Luxor headliner the Jabbawockeez.
Armin Van Buuren and Jochen Miller are at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.
SATURDAY, OCT. 12
Bon Jovi is at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Korn is at Pearl at the Palms.
Billy Ocean and Maxi Priest are at Cannery.
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls are at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Jazz giant David Benoit and David Pack are at Aliante.
Melissa Manchester is at Suncoast for two nights.
Ellis Mania IX is at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Gogol Bordello is at Cosmopolitan.
City and Colour and The Paper Kites are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Las Vegas Philharmonic Pops goes “Dancing & Romancing” at Smith Center.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival with 50 restaurants, 50 celebrity chefs and 50 wineries is at Red Rock Resort.
The Sin City Rollergirls Championships are at South Point with Hoover Damned vs. reigning champion Tommy Gun Terrors and Flying Aces vs. Notorious VIP.
WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley fights four-weight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez at the Thomas & Mack.
The inaugural Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant is at Tropicana.
Local musicians, comedians and VIPs host an evening of rock and comedy at the Hideaway to benefit Southern Nevada Conservancy and its cleanup efforts on Mount Charleston.
The debut Las Vegas Burlesque Festival is headlined by “Absinthe’s” Green fairy Melody Sweets at the Plaza.
Aloe Blacc (Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”) is at 1OAK in the Mirage.
B Smyth is at Haze in Aria.
The Fight Night & After Party is hosted by seXXXy Starr sisters Natasha and Natalia at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
SUNDAY, OCT. 13
Josh Groban is at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Former British paratrooper Karl Bushby, who is walking 35,000 miles around the world, arrives and gets ready to hike the final 3 miles to Caesars Palace for his official welcome by former Mayor Oscar Goodman.
Brrr! Las Vegas Wranglers and Ontario Reign skate for the puck at Orleans Arena.
Calvin Harris leads the industry season closing party at Wet Republic in MGM Grand.
Sean Kingston hosts the end-of-summer bash at Rehab and Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Kaskade receives the America’s Best DJ award a record second time at Marquee.
Check back Sunday for reports and photos. Then Monday, I’ll meet up with Karl Bushby as he arrives on the Strip. On Tuesday, my interview with AEG entertainment chief John Meglen as he surveys the Strip scene with his crowded Colosseum calendar of Shania Twain (returning Tuesday), Celine Dion, Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart. Then I’m off to New York to interview Giada de Laurentiis about her new and first Strip restaurant at Gansevoort as I celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Food Network I helped launch two decades ago.
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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