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Weekend Best Bets: Lewis Black, Helldorado Days and Billboard Music Awards

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The Helldorado Days Parade makes its way down Fourth Street in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

From local bands and artists to chart-topping pop stars, the weekend ahead is all about music in Las Vegas.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • Tonight - Sunday: Helldorado Days at Symphony Park

      The Las Vegas Elks’ long-running (since 1934!) rodeo and festival heads to a new location downtown featuring its annual parade, carnival and signature events, including the “whiskerino” beard contest and the “mutton bustin’ ” sheep riding contest. All proceeds benefit charitable causes. Entry is $10 to $25 per day. Times vary.

    • Katy Perry performs at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.

      Sunday: 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand

      The Billboard Music Awards return to MGM Grand Garden Arena to honor this year’s chart-toppers. The ceremony also will feature performances from the likes of Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Lorde, Miley Cyrus and hometown boys Imagine Dragons, among others. The show begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $90 to $500.

    • Tonight: Local bands at Brooklyn Bowl

      Celebrate local music with a don’t-miss free showcase of some of Las Vegas’ finest home-bred performers, including songstress Sabriel, jam band favorites Moksha and hip-hop crew Rhyme N Rhythm. Sets begin at 8 p.m. Return next Wednesday for a free 10 p.m. show by Blue Man Group side project Uberschall.

    • The Las Vegas Philharmonic, performing here with the Las Vegas Master Singers, is one of two resident companies at the Smith Center's Reynolds Hall.

      Saturday: Paris, Je T’aime at the Smith Center

      Paris meets Las Vegas with this special performance by the Las Vegas Philharmonic featuring a selection of works by Gershwin, Bizet, Debussy and more and guest conductor Sarah Hicks of Pops and Presentations with the Minnesota Orchestra. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $94.

    • Lewis Black took the stage at the Mirage on June 22.

      Friday - Saturday: Lewis Black at the Mirage

      Comedian, actor and playwright Lewis Black returns to Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage with his trademark political humor and witty social commentary. The four-time Grammy nominee will perform Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 to $80.

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