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The Scintas Celebrate Their Debut at The D Las Vegas

 The Scintas celebrated the Grand Opening of their new show in the newly renovated, intimate showroom at the D Las Vegas on Wednesday night, May 22.

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The Scintas
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

There is reason The Scintas, originally from Buffalo, New York, are called Las Vegas's first family of entertainers. Brothers Frankie and Joe Scinta, along with their “adopted” sibling,  drummer Peter O'Donnell, continue to dazzle audiences with their passionate and energetic performances every time they hit the stage.
 
I've seen the multi talented Scinta's perform several times at different venues and they never fail to deliver an evening of top notch, upbeat entertainment that includes music and song, comedy antics and impressions.  For their new show, they've put together a mix of Scinta favorites alongside new material and musical elements as well as a new horn section added to their back up band.

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The Scintas
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Joey Scinta as "The Nutty Professor" and Frankie Scinta as Dean Martin
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Frankie plays numerous instruments, sings, and does unforgettable impressions of entertainment icons Sammy Davis Jr, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Lou Rawls, and even Kermit the Frog.

Joe plays bass guitar and has the audience in stitches getting in character as  Jerry Lewis's Nutty Professor, complete with fake buck teeth and eyeglasses.He also does hilarious impressions of a strutting Mick Jagger and Joe Cocker with his spastic arm movements and gravelly voice.

Joining the Scintas for their new show at the D is powerhouse singer Janien Valentine, stepping in for Frankie and Joe's younger sister Chrissi, who is taking a break as the featured star vocalist due to major throat problems.  Chrissi is surely missed, but the striking Janien does a splendid job lending her own formidable stage presence and vocal talents to the great show.

 

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Janien Valentine
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Add to the mix Frankie and Joe's spontaneous and fun interactions with the audience and you have one of the best, feel good shows in Las Vegas.  Guaranteed, you'll leave the theater with a big smile on your face.

“We have been waiting a long time to have a place to call home and are excited to be moving downtown to the D,” said Frankie Scinta.

“The Scintas show is exactly what we have been looking for to be our headlining act at the D,” said Owner and CEO Derek Stevens, “Their show reminds audiences of old-school Las Vegas and seamlessly fits into the vintage theme on our second floor.”

The Scintas perform at the downtown property Wednesday – Sunday at 9 p.m. three weeks per month as part of the exciting entertainment lineup at the D. Show tickets start $39.95. For $99, guests are invited to enjoy a special dinner and show package, which includes a three-course gourmet meal at  Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.

Pawn Shop Slot Tournament Pulls in Cast of Pawn Stars at the Golden Nugget

Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas invited players to wheel and deal their way to a $25,000 cash prize during the $100,000 Pawn Shop Slot Tournament. The entry fee included a two-day slot tournament, two free pulls on the brand new Pawn Stars slot machine, daily drawings for a VIP tour of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop downtown, a Pawn Stars t-shirt and a casino room rate at the hotel over Memorial Day Weekend. Players were also given the opportunity to meet, mingle and take photos with Chumlee, The Old Man and Rick Harrison from History’s hit TV show, Pawn Stars, during the welcome reception and awards ceremony.

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Rick Harrison, The Old Man and Chumlee

Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

On Friday, May 17,  the world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez celebrated its all new show PriSM in its new home in the custom-built Jabbawockeez Theater at Luxor Hotel & Casino with  a sneak peak of the theater and a special presentation from performance painter David Garibaldi. On hand, along with Jabbawockeez and Garibaldi, was Renee West, President and COO of Luxor.

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Performance painter David Garibaldi
Photo credit: Joshua Jose

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Photo credit: Joshua Jose

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Photo credit: Joshua Jose

PriSM is a family-friendly production blending awe-inspiring choreography, entertaining storylines, vivid costumes and chart-topping hits, that will leave guests of all ages dancing in their seats.

Jabbawockeez began performing at Luxor May 18.  Showtimes are Sunday – Monday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  The show is dark Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Ben Chung - Jabbawockeez, Kevin Brewer - Jabbawockeez, Renee West - President of Luxor and Fred Nguyen - President of Jabbawockeez
Photo credit: Joshua Jose

Wednesday night, May 22, Country artist KATIE ARMIGER took the stage at Hard Rock LIVE on the Las Vegas Strip for a special fundraising performance.  Katie performed four songs off of her current album Fall Into Me and donated 100% of the sales of her CD from the evening to Children’s Miracle Network. Afterwards. Katie hosted a meet & greet with her fans.  The accomplished young star also donated a dress designed by Joanna Chen from her appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in August 2012; which coincidentally was the same night her video for “Better In A Black Dress” went to #1, to the Hard Rock International Memorabilia Collection.

UNLV head basketball coach Dave Rice announced that JIMMY KIMMEL, host and executive producer  of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC, will join the Board of Directors of the Dave Rice Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports families in southern Nevada affected by development disorders such as Autism, and other charitable causes.  Jimmy Kimmel, who grew up in Las Vegas and attended UNLV, is a longtime Runnin’ Rebel fan. Like Coach Rice, Jimmy has a family member affected by Autism.   In addition to Coach Rice, his wife Mindy and Kimmel, the Dave Rice Foundation Board includes UNLV legend and TV basketball commentator Greg Anthony, businesswoman Donna Findlay and athletic administrator D.J. Allen.

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Jimmy Kimmel

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Dave and Mindy Rice

There was a “Phantom Las Vegas Reunion” of sorts at THE PHAT PACK performance Sunday, May 26, at the showroom of the Plaza Hotel & Casino.  Brent Barrett, who appeared as The Phantom for the first two years of the 6+ year Phantom Las Vegas run, attended The Phat Pack, which stars his former Phantom Cast-mates, Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan & Randal Keith in a show that celebrates Broadway and American Standards music, while tipping its hat to the excellence & fun of former Las Vegas stars known as The Rat Pack.  Brent Barret came to show his support of his friends with performer Bernie Blanks.
 

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Photo credit: Dylan Musso - THE PHAT PACK - Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan & Randal Keith with  Bernie Blanks, and former Las Vegas Phantom/ Broadway star Brent Barrett (in blue shirt) after the Sunday, May 26, 2013 performance of THE PHAT PACK at the showroom of the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

Las Vegas Weekly celebrates its annual Music Issue with a rocking showcase at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s poolside stage from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Guests can sip on complimentary Bud Light, party on the beach, take a swim as the sun sets and jam to the sounds of local artists The Clydesdale, Same Sex Mary, Red Eye Radio, The All-Togethers and DJ Rex Dart. Guests must be 21 or older with a valid form of identification

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE, a not-for-profit organization in Southern Nevada serving people with intellectual disabilities, has recently received two prestigious awards from nationally recognized agencies. Executive Director of Opportunity Village, Ed Guthrie, received the U.S. AbilityOne Commission® Chairperson’s Award for Leadership, which recognizes efforts made by individuals who consistently uphold the Commission’s principles and aid in increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Opportunity Village was also given the Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy award from NISH, which recognizes non-profit agencies for engaging and educating public policymakers.

Local nonprofit GOLDEN RAINBOW has partnered with THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS by creating a HUMAN RIBBON on Monday, June 3 at Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The date marks a 27 day countdown until Golden Rainbow’s 27th annual “RIBBON OF LIFE” spectacular on Sunday, June 30. “Ribbon of Life” is the nonprofit’s main source of revenue and one of Southern Nevada’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers.Volunteers are needed to form the human ribbon. All patrons are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m. and wear red, in honor of HIV/AIDS awareness.  Surface parking available on City Parkway.

Due to scheduling conflicts, HOWIE MANDEL'S upcoming performances at The Orleans Showroom on June 7 and 8 have been cancelled.

Cancer Train of Southern Nevada hosts KICKBOXING FOR CANCER, with the help of iLoveKickboxing.com, 6275 Centennial Center, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. The event features kickboxing classes utilizing gloves and a bag. Members and non-members of all fitness levels age 13 and over are welcome. The cost is $20 and space is limited. Reserve your time slot at 754-4243. All proceeds benefit Cancer Train.

Life Time Athletic Summerlin (located at 10721 W. Charleston Blvd) will host POOLAPALOOZA, a pirate themed summer pool party, featuring crystal waters and lots of fun for the entire family, on June 8. Kids can swim and splash like scallywag, dig for buried treasure, get their faces painted, enjoy water games and a giant water slide, watch a dive-in movie showing of Peter Pan and more.  Members are encouraged to bring friends and family. Non-members can call the Life Time Athletic Summerlin Activity Center to obtain a free one-day guest pass for the event at 702.214-6118.

The 2013 Super Summer Theatre begins its season with performances of “THE MUSIC MAN” on Wednesday, June 12th at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, located 10 miles west of 215 on Charleston. Performances are Wednesday – Saturday, June 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Show starts at 8 p.m.    Guests are encouraged to throw down a blanket, or bring/rent a chair in general-admission grass seating and enjoy the outdoors before settling in under the stars for some super theatre.

Park entrance after 5 pm is free with show ticket.  Parking lot opens at 5 pm.  Meadow opens at 6 pm.  A limited number of tickets are available at the gate the night of the show for $20.  

BILLY GARDELL, star of the hit sitcom “Mike and Molly” on CBS will tape his next Showtime comedy special, “Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs,” inside the classic showroom at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, June 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 for ages 18 and over.

The College of Southern Nevada Artspace Gallery (located upstairs above the main lobby of the Cheyenne campus of the College of Southern Nevada at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., one mile east of I-15 North) will feature Las Vegas-themed photographic artwork by GINGER BRUNER in her solo exhibition titled "The Daily Frame," May 17 through July 12. Artist's reception and refreshments will be on Friday, June 21, from 6 - 8 p.m.  Ginger Bruner, a Las Vegas native, has been described as a musician / artist / cultural animator and credits her BA in Tuba Performance as the reason for her many varied careers. Professionally, Bruner is a talented photographer in fine art, commercial art and graphics. While studying music, she took a small "vacation" to study art and is just a few credits shy of an art degree.

Fresh off his success on the ABC celebrity diving series “Splash,”comedy legend and Emmy Award-winning comedian LOUIE ANDERSON begins his headline residency in the showroom at the Plaza Hotel & Casino with an open-ended run beginning Wednesday, July 10. Show times will be Wednesday through Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $59.95 for general admission and $101.95 for VIP seating and meet and greet after the show.

Celebrity Sightings:

Thursday, May 23...

Dutch heavyweight Laidback Luke kicked off the weekend celebration and spun to thousands of partygoers in the main room of Hakkasan Las Vegas.

Meanwhile in Eric D Lux had guests on their feet with his energetic set in the Ling Ling Club.

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DJ Laidback Luke
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

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DJ Eric D Lux
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

Friday, May 24...

Electronic music icon, Tiësto took over the DJ booth at Hakkasan Las Vegas from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. and spun to a sold-out crowd during his “Club Life” residency.

Celebrated DJ Ruckus had the Ling Ling Club packed and pumping as he worked the turntables until the early hours of the morning.

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DJ Tiesto
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

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DJ Ruckus
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter, Randy Couture, attended Rock of Ages at The Venetian Las Vegas. Couture went backstage following the performance to chat with the cast.



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Mark Shunock, Randy Couture and Carrie St. Louis
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ROCK OF AGES Las Vegas

Randy Couture with Rock of Ages Las Vegas Company
Randy Couture with the Rock of Ages Las Vegas Company
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ROCK OF AGES Las Vegas

Hip-hop legend Warren G kicked off the anticipated Memorial Day Weekend bash with a live performance at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

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Warren G
Photo credit belongs to David Becker of WireImage.

TAO launched Memorial Day Weekend with hip hop legend Nas. R&B singer Ashanti was also spotted partying with Nas and friends.

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Nas
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery

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Nick Sakai, Ashanti and Nas
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery

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Nas performing for the crowd
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery

“Kings of The Mic” tour graced The Joint’s stage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.The unforgettable night was headlined by hip-hop legend LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip. De La Soul, Ice Cube and Public Enemy also performed in front of a packed house of excited fans.

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Ice Cube
Photo credits: © Scott Harrison / Erik Kabik Photography

5.24.13 LL Cool J during Kings of the Mic Tour at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel Casino credit Scott Harrison
LL Cool J
Photo credits: © Scott Harrison / Erik Kabik Photography

5.24.13 Public Enemy during Kings of the Mic Tour at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel Casino credit Scott Harrison
Public Enemy
Photo credits: © Scott Harrison / Erik Kabik Photography

Saturday night, May 25..

GRAMMY Award-winning Calvin Harris took to the decks at Hakkasan from 1:30 a.m. until 5 a.m.  And in the Ling Ling Club, DJ Irie had partygoers dancing all night long to his famous tracks.

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DJ Calvin Harris
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

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DJ Irie
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

VH1's "Mob Wives" star Drita D'Avanzo celebrated Memorial Day Weekend at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen's Club

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Drita D’Avanzo on the red carpet at Crazy Horse III.
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/WireImage

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Drita D’Avanzo autographs her poster at Crazy Horse III.
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/WireImage

Pop star Keri Hilson performed at LAX Nightclub inside Luxor Hotel and Casino.Just before the songstress took the mic, DJ Mars, her personal MC, pumped up the crowd playing throwback remixes by Faith Evans and her producer and close friend Timbaland.  Later on in the evening, Hilson was joined by her beau Serge Ibaka, 6’10” Power Forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Keri Hilson
Photo credit: Karl Larson/Al Powers Imagery, LLC.

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Keri Hilson performing
Photo credit: Karl Larson/Al Powers Imagery, LLC.

Billboard Hot 100 artist, former Gym Class Heroes’ lead vocalist Travie McCoy took over the rooftop at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas with a live performance.

Also spotted partying at a nearby table were multiple members of the NFL football team the St. Louis Rams including offensive tackle, Rodger Saffold, tight end, Lance Kendricks and Jared Cook, tackle, Jake Long and defensive end, Chris Long.

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Travie McCoy
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy of WireImage.

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Travie McCoy performing
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy of WireImage.

Comedian Kevin Hart hosted at LAVO Nightclub in celebration of Memorial Day Weekend.  In attendance were friends including fellow "Think Like A Man 2" cast members Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan and E! News host Terrence J.

Across the dance floor, rapper Nas was spotted at a group of VIP tables in the nightclub after dining at LAVO Italian Restaurant. R&B singer and friend Ashanti also joined the party where she was seen taking in the scene and dancing. Nick Sakai, owner of sneaker shop CRSVR, also joined Nas at LAVO to celebrate the new sneaker store that they are opening in Las Vegas.

NFL player Chuck Sanders was also spotted partying at a VIP table at LAVO Nightclub.

Australian singer SIA enjoyed dinner at TAO Asian Bistro.

At TAO Nightclub, NFL star Asante Samuel, of the Atlanta Falcons, was seen at a VIP table.

GRAMMY Award-winning artist Pharrell Williams took over Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace for a special Memorial Day Weekend performance  singer relaxed at his table along with a few of his closest friends.

Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Beach party took place at Paradise Beach. Joining Rivera were famous DJs and producers Felix Cartal and Seven Lions. Rivera and Cartal continued the festivities at Body English Nightclub & Afterhours along with Donald Glaude and Steve Castro for Juicy Beach After Dark. Spotted among the crowd was Metta World Peace, professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sunday night, May 26...

GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Steve Aoki put on an energetic and memorable performance for his “Neon Future” party series in the main room of Hakkasan. He was then followed by dance music phenomenon deadmau5 who took over the DJ booth with his “unhooked” event series during an after-hours set that lasted until 7 a.m. Meanwhile in the Ling Ling Club, DJ Gusto put on a vibrant set that had guests going until 4 a.m.

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DJ Steve Aoki and DeadMau5
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

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Steve Aoki
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

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DJ DeadMau5
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

Scott Disick and an entourage including Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Rob Kardashian celebrated “Lord Disick’s” 30th birthday at Hyde Bellagio with a blowout bash

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Kris Jenner, Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian
Photo credit: Jeff Bottari / Getty Wire Images

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Scott Disick
Photo credit: Hyde Bellagio

Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities at Hyde Bellagio Las Vegas 5.25.13
Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities
Photo credit: Jeff Bottari / Getty Wire Images

Rob Kardashian celebrates Scott Disick 30th Birthday Party at Hyde Bellagio Las Vegas 5.26
Rob Kardashian and Scott Disick
Photo credit: Jeff Bottari / Getty Wire Images

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Sayers Sessions Band
Photo credit: Jeff Bottari / Getty Wire Images

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Scott Disick with DJ Reach in the soundbooth
Photo credit: Jeff Bottari / Getty Wire Images

Jamie Foxx was spotted at LAVO Nightclub, accompanied by a small group of friends.

TAO Nightclub continued its legendary Sunday night Memorial Day Weekend tradition with superstar DJ Kaskade.

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Trent Cantrelle and Kaskade
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery

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Kaskade
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery

The world-famous REHAB dayclub continued its 10 Year Anniversary season with entertainment mogul Diddy. The famed artist hosted and performed while DJ Whoo Kid spun in front of thousands of fans.Spotted hanging out with Diddy on stage were rappers Lil Wayne and Meek Mill. Resident DJs Richard Beynon, DJ Shift and DJ Wellman were also in on stage tearing up the turntables. That night, Diddy returned as a host for the “REHAB Official After Party” at Vanity Nightclub. The club was full of stars as Kevin Hart, Fabolous and Lil Wayne hung out among the partygoers. DJ Whoo Kid and residents Richard Beynon and  DJ Shift provided the jams for the night as guests celebrated the amazing weekend.

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Meekmill
Photo credits: © Scott Harrison / Erik Kabik Photography

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Diddy and Lil Wayne
Photo credits: © Scott Harrison / Erik Kabik Photography

5.26.13 Diddy hosts and performs at REHAB in Hard Rock Hotel Casino credit Scott Harrison
Diddy hosts and performs
Photo credits: © Scott Harrison / Erik Kabik Photography

Monday, May 27...

Hardwell wrapped up the festivities at Hakkasan nightclub playing his popular tracks including fan favorite “Apollo” to a packed room as he closed out the holiday weekend.

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DJ Hardwell
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

Tuesday night, May 26...

Four famous off-the-clock deejays, mixmasters Afrojack, Fedde le Grand, Benny Benassi and DJ Pauly D partied at Hyde Bellagio's weekly Lost Angels insider party
 
World renowned DJ, Afrojack was spotted at HERAEA inside Palms Casino Resort,  for the restaurant’s Industry Hangover Relief Party where guests enjoyed dinner and a movie after a hectic Memorial Day weekend. After arriving at the sports lounge, the Dutch DJ headed to Brenden Theaters for a showing of The Hangover Part III.

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DJ Afrojack
Photo Credit: Spy On Vegas

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