LDW celebrity preview: Keith Urban, Nico & Vinz, Jason Derulo, Ed Sheeran, Lil Jon, Puff Daddy

Keith Urban performs during the Academy of Country Music's "Party for a Cause Festival" Saturday, April 5, 2014.

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Keith Urban performs during the Academy of Country Music's "Party for a Cause Festival" Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 2 p.m.
It’s a holiday weekend almost as big as New Year’s and certainly with as many big-name entertainers and star-DJ party people as you would expect for Dec. 31. Our LVCVA is predicting that Labor Day Weekend will attract 313,000 visitors, giving us a $208 million economic boost.
Dirty South.

Dirty South is ready to be the Life of the party at SLS Las Vegas

Q+A:
Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 2 a.m.
I caught up with Melbourne-based Serbian-Australian DJ, producer, director and remixer Dirty South, birth name Dragan Roganovic, this week ahead of his set Saturday night at Life, and he talked about his new album and film — and late-night chicken fingers.
South Point GM Ryan Growney, in the suit, and South owner Michael Gaughan play blackjack with a Clydesdale named Elite and a Dalmatian named King at South Point on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

South Point GM Ryan Growney: ‘Las Vegas Cowboy Central’ expands with Priefert Pavilion

Guest Columnist:
Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
The city of Las Vegas, known for its endless events and entertainment options, has become the premier stomping grounds for cowboy boots and equestrian action as the center of the rodeo world each year. This didn’t happen overnight.
Life Nightclub during the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, on the Strip.

Nightlife at SLS Las Vegas: Life Nightclub, The Sayers Club and Foxtail

Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 7:01 p.m.
Tonight, the five-day LDW party at SLS gets underway with the grand opening of The Sayers Club with Swedish pop star Tove Lo. She’ll christen the Hollywood music venue’s stage with raw lyrics and candid performances including “Habits (Stay High).”
Men of the Strip.

Strip Scribbles: Miss Nevada, Men of the Strip, Mariah Carey, Adele, Ana Julaton

Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 6:32 p.m.
Miss Nevada 17-year-old Henderson beauty Ellie Smith plans a Labor Day Weekend bon voyage party as she departs for the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. The pageant preliminaries for the 53 contestants are Sept. 9-11.
Keith Urban performs during Day 2 of the 2014 ACM Party for a Cause at the Linq on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Weekend best bets: Keith Urban, The Avett Brothers and Gregory Popovich
Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
Get out and celebrate the last days of summer with the locals this Labor Day Weekend, with events ranging from a celebration of a beloved Strip performer to a Hawaiian-themed fun run to an up-close-and-personal encounter with Las Vegas nightlife.
PartyPetition.
Greg Costello of PartyPetition: App is the Priceline of Las Vegas nightlife
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 4:02 p.m.
As a professional in the Las Vegas nightlife industry, I’m constantly asked the same questions: “Which club has the better DJ on Friday night, Y or Z?” “Is there someone I can contact to get bottle-service prices for all the clubs?”
Michael Jackson performs during his "HIStory Tour Part II" across Germany and Europe at the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany, on May 31, 1997.
New book ‘Remember the Time’ offers different take on Michael Jackson
Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 2:03 p.m.
The King of Pop would be celebrating his 55th birthday Friday if he were still alive and hadn’t died in June 2009. Books have been written about Michael Jackson, shows have been staged, and a legion of lookalike dancers have tried to duplicate his moves.
The grand opening of SLS Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, on the Strip.
Dining at SLS: Bazaar Meat, Ku Noodle, Cleo, Katsuya, 800 Degrees, Griddle Cafe and more
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 11:30 p.m.
SLS Las Vegas is unequivocally a restaurant-, bar- and nightclub-themed hotel, although the 74 casino tables and 790 slots are seeing action. Food, drink and parties are the big draw, but take time to peek into ...
Mark Brandenburg, president and co-owner of the Golden Gate Hotel, stands in front of a new mural in the new entrance of the Golden Gate in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, March 19, 2012.
Golden Gate President Mark Brandenburg: Which hotel is the greatest Las Vegas survivor?
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
The story of this vintage Las Vegas property begins in 1905 when J.F. Miller attended the railroad auction that started the Las Vegas town site and paid $1,750 for a patch of dirt at One Fremont Street. Then he built this hotel (then called Hotel Nevada).
Diana Ross at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Nov. 12, 2010.
Strip Scribbles: Diana Ross to add more Caesars shows in Celine’s absence?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m.
“They’re definitely together looking at possible other dates,” I was reliably told — and might Katy Perry be there for the New Year’s Eve Weekend dates Celine will miss after her successful secret high-roller show there last Dec. 31?
The Cyril Kenny Craic Tour of Ireland.
Ri Ra Irish Pub ambassador Cyril Francis Martin Kenny’s Craic Tour of Ireland
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 5 p.m.
Although I’ve lived in Las Vegas for 3 1/2 years working as a bartender at Ri Ra Irish Pub, I was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. Every year, I go on a journey — not just any journey, but a journey with our customers and staff on a mission to find the real Craic in Ireland.
John Legend at The Chelsea on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Charismatic John Legend fits The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan like a glove
Review:
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 2 a.m.
John Legend is a master pianist, storyteller and charmer, and his flirty glances and smiles (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model and newlywed wife Chrissy Teigen needn’t be concerned, though) sprinkled the perfect Sunday evening.
John Saccenti, the new executive director of the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, kicks back at Sam Boyd Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. He's been working in sports in Las Vegas for the past 16 years, starting out as the mascot for the Las Vegas Thunder hockey team and working his way up.
Executive Director John Saccenti: Why locals should love the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 7:57 p.m.
For more than two decades, the Las Vegas Bowl has been an integral part of the postseason college football landscape. Our hometown bowl game has seen many changes over the years, but one constant remains: Las Vegas.
Holly Madison rides the High Roller on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Linq Promenade.
Holly Madison rides the High Roller at the Linq Promenade
Photos:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 7:02 p.m.
On Sunday afternoon, reality-TV star and former “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood headliner Holly Madison made the prettiest of pictures when she took her first ride aboard the High Roller at the Linq Promenade.