What to do in Las Vegas this week (September 21-27, 2023 edition)

Thursday, September 21

Barry Manilow Record-Breaking Weekend

Barry Manilow Record-Breaking Weekend

MUSIC: BARRY MANILOW RECORD-BREAKING WEEKEND The legendary headliners who’ve made their mark in this iconic theater—Elvis and Liberace—are and will be forever tied to Las Vegas. It’s time for Barry Manilow to be added to that group of all-time Vegas greats. The 80-year-old singer and songwriter supreme will break The King’s record for number of shows at the International Theater at Westgate during his latest weekend romp, and he’ll do it in style; proceeds from each ticket sold during these three residency concerts will benefit charities such as Three Square, Victoria’s Voice, the Manilow Music Project and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. And lucky fans will get bonus swag like a special commemorative coin and a VIP pass to the Saturday afternoon screening of the film Copacabana. Thru 9/23, 7 p.m., $54-$330, Westgate International Theater, ticketmaster.com. –Brock Radke

MUSIC: MSSV For a relatively infrequent Las Vegas performer, onetime Minutemen bassist Mike Watt sure has played some memorable sets here over the past two decades: opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers with his Secondmen (and Flea guesting on trumpet) at Mandalay Bay Events Center in 2003; delivering a scorching set of Stooges covers with Hellride at the Double Down in 2006; holding down the low end for Iggy & The Stooges themselves as they tore through Fun House at Vegoose 2007; and leading his Missingmen through a twisty “45-minute song with 30 parts,” Hyphenated-man, at Vinyl in 2012. On September 21, the 65-year-old punk legend returns with yet another group, MSSV (Main Steam Stop Valve), a trio fronted by dynamic guitarist/vocalist Mike Baggetta and rounded out by drummer Stephen Hodges, who played on such Tom Waits albums as Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs(!). MSSV’s latest LP, Human Reaction, dropped on September 1, and its eight songs take a playful yet powerful trip through punky jazz, jazzy punk and even electronic-soaked poetry, so it’s almost anyone’s guess what this gig might sound like—and that’s just the way Watt seems to like it. 8 p.m., $15, the Griffin, eventbrite.com. –Spencer Patterson

FOOD & DRINK: SAN GENNARO FEAST Thru 7/24, times vary, M Resort, sangennarofeast.com.

PARTY: LOUIS THE CHILD With Elderbrook, 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv.com.

SPORTS: LAS VEGAS AVIATORS VS. RENO ACES Thru 9/23, 7 p.m. (& 9/24, noon), Las Vegas Ballpark, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: DANNA PAOLA 7 p.m., House of Blues, concerts.livenation.com.

COMEDY: MOMS UNHINGED 7 p.m., the Space, thespacelv.com.

MUSIC: ARNEL PINEDA & LANI MISALUCHA 8 p.m., Azilo Ultra Pool, eventbrite.com.

MUSIC: MICHAEL GRIMM 7 p.m., Myron’s, thesmithcenter.com.

MUSIC: IAM TONGI 7 p.m., Event Lawn at Virgin, etix.com.

SPORTS: UNLV WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. SAN JOSE STATE 6:30 p.m., Cox Pavilion, unlvtickets.com.

MUSIC: CAIRO KNIFE FIGHT With The Freeks, 7:30 p.m., SoulBelly BBQ, eventbrite.com.

MUSIC: STETSON HEAT SEEKER With The Riflemen, Nova Babies, 9 p.m., Red Dwarf, reddwarflv.com.

PARTY: INTERPLANETARY CRIMINAL With Skye, 530, DJ Shaun, 10 p.m., We All Scream, seetickets.us.

Friday, September 22

iHeartRadio Music Festival

iHeartRadio Music Festival

MUSIC: IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL Along with Life Is Beautiful, the mammoth Las Vegas music weekend also features the 13th annual iHeartRadio fest. Bringing a star-studded lineup of celebrated performers across genres and generations, the festival will offer two unparalleled nights of Top 40 music, featuring headlining spots from legendary R&B group TLC, Foo Fighters, Public Enemy, Fall Out Boy, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Kelly Clarkson, Lil Durk, Lenny Kravitz and many others. Also debuting this year is iHeart’s House of Music, an immersive fan experience that will celebrate various artists through different themed installations. Notable tributes include a room dedicated to Public Enemy and 50 years of hip-hop, in which fans can create graffiti art, check out Flava Flav’s wild timepieces, and walk into a closet featuring some of TLC’s most iconic outfits. This will also be the first year Hulu livestreams the festival on its app, so if you can’t make the full weekend, you can at least avoid the FOMO. 7:30 p.m., & 9/23, $60+, T-Mobile Arena, axs.com. –Amber Sampson

MUSIC: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL Thru 9/24, 3:30 p.m., Downtown Las Vegas, lifeisbeautiful.com.

MUSIC: DANZIG With Behemoth, Twin Temple, Midnight, 6:30 p.m., Theater at Virgin, axs.com.

COMEDY: STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT 8 p.m., & 9/23, Encore Theater, ticketmaster.com.

ARTS: LORD OF THE FLIES 7 p.m., & 9/23 (& 9/23-9/24, 2 p.m.), Charleston Heights Arts Center, lasvegasnevada.gov.

PARTY: RUCKUS Noon, Encore Beach Club, wynnsocial.com.

MUSIC: TYLER HUBBARD  8 p.m., Sandbar at Red Rock Resort, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: ADELE 8 p.m., & 9/23, the Colosseum, ticketmaster.com.

PARTY: RÜFÜS DU SOL With Enamour, 10:30 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial.com.

MUSIC: CARRIE UNDERWOOD 8 p.m., & 9/23, 9/27, Resorts World Theatre, axs.com.

COMEDY: MARC MARON 7 & 9:30 p.m., & 9/23, Wiseguys Arts District, wiseguyscomedy.com.

PARTY: WIZ KHALIFA 10:30 p.m., Drai’s Nightclub, draisgroup.com.

MUSIC: PAULINA RUBIO 8:30 p.m., Venetian Theatre, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: erika jayne 7:30 p.m., & 9/23, House of Blues, concerts.livenation.com.

PARTY: GORDO 11 a.m., Tao Beach Dayclub, events.taogroup.com.

MUSIC: EVELYN’S CASKET With Von Boldt, Dr. Phobic & The Phobic-Tones, DJ Atomic, 9 p.m., Double Down Saloon, doubledownsaloon.com.

PARTY: STEVE AOKI 10:30 p.m., Hakkasan Nightclub, events.taogroup.com.

MUSIC: KURT TRAVIS With Amarionette and more, 8 p.m., Sand Dollar Downtown, thesanddollarlv.com.

PARTY: MARTIN GARRIX With Justin Mylo, 10:30 p.m., Omnia Nightclub, events.taogroup.com.

MUSIC: BRANDEE YOUNGER 7:30 p.m., Water Street Plaza Amphitheater, cityofhenderson.com.

Saturday, September 23

Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson

COMEDY: PETE DAVIDSON 7 p.m., the Chelsea, ticketmaster.com.

MISC: LIFE IS SH*T FESTIVAL The punk-spirited, DIY fest Life Is Sh*t returns to Dive Bar for its 11th annual takeover. Traditionally, the event incorporates local art in various forms—music, poetry, prose and a fan-driven zine are included. But the real kicker is the varied lineup Bad Moon Booking pulls off each year. Underground raptress Vicious Vampira, alt-rockers Elevated Undergrounds, fuzzy noise outfit Headwinds and homegrown crustsludge Swamp Brain are just a few of the acts featured on this year’s bill. Although the overarching theme is always to stick it to the man and nod to the sh*tty parts of life, it’s not all doom and gloom. The fest dualistically serves as a fundraiser for the local music charity Girls Rock Vegas. Donated funds help support the all-girl summer camp and afterschool program aimed at creating a positive self-image for girls through music. Flush whatever might be ailing you with cheap booze and fast tunes while supporting a good cause. 4:20 p.m.-2 a.m., Dive Bar, badmoonbooking.live. –Gabriela Rodriguez

MISC: STRIKE FORCE THREE With Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, 8 p.m., Dolby Live, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAl 8 p.m., Fremont Street Experience, vegasexperience.com.

MUSIC: THE PIANO GUYS 2 & 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Hall, thesmithcenter.com.

MUSIC: LACHANZE 6 & 8:30 p.m., Myron’s, thesmithcenter.com.

ARTS: AN EVENING WITH THE PHANTOM 7 p.m., Centennial Hills Amphitheater, lasvegasnevada.gov.

MUSIC: metal church With The Bites, Sex to Love, 7 p.m., Count’s Vamp’d, eventbrite.com.

SPORTS: LION FIGHT 75 MUAY THAI 7 p.m., Theater at Virgin, axs.com.

D.L. HUGHLEY 10 p.m., Mirage Theatre, ticketmaster.com.

PARTY: KASKADE Noon, Ayu Dayclub, zoukgrouplv.com.

PARTY: ILLENIUM 11 a.m., Tao Beach Dayclub, events.taogroup.com.

MISC: BACK ALLEY RUMBLE CAR SHOW 3 p.m., Pawn Plaza, pawnplaza.com.

PARTY: MARSHMELLO 11 a.m., Encore Beach Club, wynnsocial.com.

PARTY: ZEDD 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv.com.

PARTY: BLANCO BROWN 10 a.m., Soak Pool, palms.com.

MUSIC: JUMAANE SMITH 7:30 p.m., Water Street Plaza Amphitheater, cityofhenderson.com.

PARTY: RICK ROSS 10:30 p.m., Drai’s Nightclub, draisgroup.com.

PARTY: THE  CHAINSMOKERS 10:30 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial.com.

PARTY: SOFI TUKKER 10:30 p.m., Marquee Nightclub, events.taogroup.com.

PARTY: NITTI 11 p.m., Discopussy, tixr.com.

Sunday, September 24

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

PARTY: BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY There’s no celebrating five decades of hip-hop without mentioning one of the greatest gangsta rap groups around. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony—comprising Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Wish Bone and the recently retired Bizzy Bone—dominated the ’90s with their tongue-twisting flows and heavy-hearted lyrics that spoke to a generation grown accustomed to leading a hard life and losing the ones that mattered most. The group’s Grammy-award winning song “Tha Crossroads” stands out in many listeners’ minds, as does the impulse to light up and reminisce with old homies from the block. No words were left unsaid with these profound rappers, but don’t be surprised if they leave you speechless. 3 p.m., $30, Daylight Beach Club, daylightvegas.com. –Amber Sampson

SPORTS: LAS VEGAS RAIDERS VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS 5:20 p.m.,  Allegiant  Stadium, ticketmaster.com.

PARTY: DIPLO 10:30 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial.com.

MUSIC: KILFEATHER With Lord Velvet, Vakara, 8 p.m., the Griffin, eventbrite.com.

PARTY: CAM’RON 10:30 p.m., Drai’s Nightclub, draisgroup.com.

MUSIC: SPECTRUM & RADIANCE 6 p.m., Myron’s, thesmithcenter.com.

PARTY: DOM DOLLA Noon, Encore Beach Club, wynnsocial.com.

MUSIC: BLAKE LEWIS 6 p.m., Easy’s Cocktail Lounge, easysvegas.com.

PARTY: DEORRO 11 a.m., Wet Republic, events.taogroup.com.

MUSIC: KING JAMES BROWN 7 p.m., Taverna Costera, tavernacostera.com.

PARTY: FAT JOE 11 a.m., Tao Beach Dayclub, events.taogroup.com.

PARTY: SHIP WREK 11 p.m., Discopussy, tixr.com.

MUSIC: LAO TIZER BAND 7:30 p.m., Water Street Plaza Amphitheater, cityofhenderson.com.

Monday, September 25

DJ E-Rock

DJ E-Rock

MISC: MONDAYS DARK 8 p.m., the Space, mondaysdark.com.

COMEDY: BRANDT TOBLER Thru 9/30, 8 p.m., LA Comedy Club, bestvegascomedy.com.

MUSIC: NOYBEL GORGOY 7 p.m., Maxan Jazz, maxanjazz.com.

PARTY: DJ E-ROCK 10:30 p.m., Jewel Nightclub, events.taogroup.com.

Tuesday, September 26

Matt Maeson

Matt Maeson

MUSIC: MATT MAESON With Steinza, 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: ELEVATED UNDERGROUNDS 9 p.m., Sand Dollar Downtown, thesanddollarlv.com.

JULIO DIAZ Thru 9/28,  8 p.m., Westgate Comedy Cabaret, ticketmaster.com.

MUSIC: WELCOME TO THE CURLVIBE 8 p.m., the Space, thespacelv.com.

PARTY: HARRIET JAXXON With Reid Speed, 10 p.m., Discopussy, discopussydtlv.com.

Wednesday, September 27

The Pharcyde

The Pharcyde

MUSIC: THE PHARCYDE With Tha Alkaholiks, Douglas Gibbs, 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, ticketmaster.com.


MISC: MY BROTHER ELVIS 5 p.m., Westgate International Theater, ticketmaster.com.

PARTY: SURF MESA 10 p.m., EBC at Night, wynnsocial.com.

MUSIC: TRISH TOLEDO 10 p.m., the Usual Place, eventbrite.com.

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