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egas loves Australia. Whether it’s the Thunder From Down Under male revue, the Human Nature Jukebox and Australian Bee Gees tribute shows or the EDM duo known as the Stafford Brothers, it’s likely to get the Strip stamp of approval. Ahead of the pair’s Surrender gig on December 2, we spoke with Matt Stafford about the history of Australia’s EDM movement, DJing at Wynn and the new music he and brother Chris are set to drop in 2017. How much has your career and the scene changed from those early days starting out in Australia? Pretty dramatically. When we first started, we were playing on vinyl records and all that sort of stuff. Even the technology has changed so much, and I guess the scene was much more underground.

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What are your favorite things about Wynn nightlife? For us, being part of the Wynn nightlife thing is just huge. It’s definitely the No. 1 group, it’s got the No. 1 artists and being part of that is great for us and for our brand. It’s a pretty special thing. [Those were] always the clubs that we’d go to when we had a night off. Now to be part of it is great. Will you have any tracks ready to go soon? We’ve got a whole lot of new music that’s going to drop February of next year. We’ve got some amazing features, some really good artists on the record. I can’t really drop those names until it comes out, but we’ve got so much music. We haven’t put out a record in nearly a year. We’ve got so much fire about to come. I’m pretty excited about it. Stafford Brothers at Surrender at Encore, December 2; at Intrigue at Wynn, December 10. –Leslie Ventura For the full interview, visit lasvegasweekly.com/industry.

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ndrew Marolla’s first day on the job as nightclub manager at LAX was New Year’s Eve 2014. After helping run the show at one of the most popular clubs in Hoboken, New Jersey, coming to Las Vegas was a “no-brainer,” he says. “I still remember my first Vegas experience, in 2005, so when I got the offer to come out here, I was definitely up for the challenge.” Of course, nothing in Jersey could quite prepare him for the intense level of nightlife competition on the Las Vegas Strip. “If you were going out to a club [in Hoboken], you were coming to our spot,” Marolla says. “Here, knowing what clubs are just next door and what talent they have and how they’re going to draw people, that kind of competition is always an ongoing challenge. But we’re doing some good things here, and we’ve got some secrets up our sleeve for 2017. It’s going to be pretty interesting.”

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Indeed, the Luxor nightclub has surged this year, thanks in part to the success of its Throwback Thursdays promotion, along with its growing reputation for friendly service and an overall welcoming vibe. “My biggest thing is, I want the staff to enjoy coming to work, to have fun while they’re here,” Marolla says. “If they’re happy, that experience and attitude will reflect in the guest experience.” –Brock Radke


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all the time instead of having a residency in your own city and seeing the same people every time.” Baby Yu’s career exploded when he spent more than three years touring with Young Jeezy, but he eventually had to come off the road to focus on his own endeavors. “It’s a great job to have that kind of experience, but it’s almost like living someone else’s life,” he says. “If they have a show come up tomorrow, you just have to go. Now I can concentrate on myself more.” He’ll release his own music in the first half of 2017. Expect the style and sound he has cultivated in his travels to be reflected

in his upcoming release, “a diverse EP that’s not just one sound, that combines hip-hop to trap to pop to EDM, not fusing them all together but having those different sounds in one thing. … I come from Toronto, which is so diverse; that’s why I flourished in Atlanta. If you’re an EDM or pop DJ there, you can never step foot in a hiphop club. But I could do everything.” DJ Baby Yu at Tao at Venetian, December 2. –Brock Radke


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y now we are at least partially familiar with the multitude of experiences available at Topgolf, the massive entertainment complex lurking behind MGM Grand. Dubbed “the world’s most insane driving range” by Golf Digest, the Vegas version of Topgolf can’t easily be pigeonholed; it’s certainly sports-based, but on any given day or night it can act like a nightclub, a concert hall, a neighborhood bar perfect for watching the big game or a relaxing, sunny pool deck.

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There are so many varied functions and spaces at Topgolf, it’ll take us longer than its first six months to check them all out. The latest discovery: the ultra-VIP experience you can only get in the Chairman’s Suite. Countless celebrities, pro athletes and music and movie stars have already made this discovery. The private corner suite on the fourth floor is the most sought-after spot at Topgolf, offering two luxury hitting bays enclosed by an airplane hangarstyle door, a private pool, special Calloway clubs reserved for the 30-40 people who can fit into the suite, bottle service and an exclusive, customizable menu. The Chairman’s Suite is fast becoming one of the most talked-about golf facilities in the country, thanks to its one-of-a-kind luxury, high-tech capability and breathtaking views. Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand, 4627 Koval Lane, 702-933-8458.


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hen Carson Kitchen opened in 2014, contemporary American dining in Downtown Las Vegas was virtually nonexistent. That changed with Kerry Simon’s rustic and buzzworthy venture. With the late chef’s passion and vision for innovative comfort food, CK set a new standard.

You won’t go wrong with the olive oil potatoes—utterly satisfying and possibly addictive. The winter squash flatbread is sure to win hearts and stomachs, too. Instead of tomato sauce, CK uses the smoky/sweet Serbian roasted red pepper sauce ajvar for the base, and tops it with crunchy kale chips and house ricotta for a perfect one-two punch.

The gastropub’s new winter menu stays in line with Simon’s imaginative-yetclassic takes on American fare, from finger foods to fork-and-knife entrées. Start with a few shareable social plates, like the Pig in a Duvet with savory chorizo swaddled in a buttery pastry crust and served with tajin mustard.

Pork chops with red wine-poached pears and pomegranate replace lamb chops, and the short rib grilled cheese with gouda and sourdough is a win on any occasion. Squid ink spaghetti with calamari, Calabrian butter and tapenade is lighter, but no less daring. And you can drink your

dessert with CK’s holiday cocktails, particularly the Pair of Pear, featuring Whistling Andy Pink Peppercorn and Pear Gin, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, lemon juice and vanilla, with a charred rosemary sprig. It’s a great ending to a perfect meal in the heart of Downtown. Carson Kitchen, 124 S. Sixth St. #100, 702-473-9523; Sunday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. –Leslie Ventura

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he menu at the Cosmopolitan’s hip Holsteins continues to evolve, but the burger-centric eatery’s “bam-boozled” shakes— spiked ice cream treats featuring nostalgic flavors like cookies & cream and s’mores—will always be central to its success. After all, burgers and shakes are natural running mates. Your go-to might be the Drunken Monkey, with its hazelnut liqueur,

bananas, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and banana Laffy Taffy, or the decadent, vodka-doused A-Chocolypse Now, but a new seasonal specialty has arrived to steal your affections. The Candy Cane Bam-Boozled Shake combines rich vanilla ice cream and peppermint schnapps with crushed candy canes, peppermint glaze, vanilla frosting and whipped cream. Ridiculously festive might be an understatement. With this Christmastime

treat, you can feel like a kid again and get a little buzz going at the same time. Holsteins at the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7940; Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.


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12/1 DJ Shift. 12/2 3LAU. 12/3 DVBBS. 12/4 Fergie DJ. 12/8 Matoma. 12/9 Borgeous. 12/10 Lil Jon. 12/11 Mark Eteson. 12/15 WeAreTreo. 12/16 Fergie DJ. 12/17 BRKLYN. MGM Grand, Wed-Sun, 702-891-3838.

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M AR QU E E 12/2 Andrew Rayel. 12/3 Dayclub Dome with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. 12/3 Vice. 12/5 Don Diablo. 12/9 Cash Cash. 12/10 Dayclub Dome with Andrew Rayel. 12/10 Cedric Gervais. 12/12 Eric DLux. Cosmopolitan, Mon, Fri-Sat, 702-333-9000.

12/13 DJ Ikon. Bellagio, nightly, 702-693-8700. Paris, Wed, Fri-Sat, 702-776-7770.

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DRAI’ S 12/1 Eric DLux. 12/2 Ross One. 12/3 Jermaine Dupri. 12/4 DJ Franzen. 12/8 Ross One. 12/9 DJ Esco. 12/11 DJ Franzen. 12/15 Eric DLux. 12/16 DJ Esco. 12/18 DJ Franzen. Cromwell, Tue, Thu-Sun, 702-777-3800.

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12/2 DJ Mark Mac. 12/3 DJ Jimmy Lite. Mandalay Bay, nightly, 702-632-7631.

12/1 Ookay. 12/3 Sultan & Shepard. 12/8 Marshmello. 12/10 Stafford Brothers. 12/15 Grandtheft. Wynn, Thu-Sat, 702-770-7300.

JEW EL 12/2 DJ Ruckus. 12/3 WeAreTreo. 12/5 BRKLYN. 12/9 Justin Credible. 12/10 3LAU. 12/12 LA Leakers. 12/16 DJ Turbulence. 12/17 Lil Jon. Aria, Mon, Thu-Sat, 702-590-8000.

L AX 12/1 DJ R.O.B. 12/2 Eric Forbes. 12/3 DJ Cyberkid. 12/8 DJ R.O.B. 12/9 Eric Forbes. 12/10 DJ Scooter. Luxor, Thu-Sat, 702-262-4529.

12/2 Chuckie. 12/3 Hardwell. 12/6 Burns. 12/9 Burns. 12/10 Fergie DJ. 12/13 Fergie DJ. 12/16 Mark Eteson. 12/17 Jeff Retro. Caesars Palace, Tue, Thu-Sun, 702-785-6200.

S U R R EN D ER 12/2 Stafford Brothers. 12/3 Duke Dumont. 12/7 A-Trak. 12/9 Grandtheft. 12/10 Brillz. 12/14 Marshmello. Encore, Wed, Fri-Sat, 702-7707300.

TAO 12/1 DJ Five. 12/2 Baby Yu. 12/3 Politik. 12/8 DJ Five. 12/9 Enferno. 12/10 Eric DLux. 12/15 Jerzy. 12/16 Dainjazone. 12/17 Justin Credible. Venetian, Thu-Sat, 702-388-8588.

FOX TAIL XS 12/2 Kid Conrad. 12/3 Borgore. 12/9-12/10 DJ Hollywood. SLS, Fri-Sat, 702-761-7621.

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Following in the recent footsteps of Kaskade, platinum-selling DJ and producer Zedd is making the move to Hakkasan Group’s nightlife venues. He’ll make his debut at Omnia on January 7. ... Franklin Lounge, the swanky lobby bar at Delano Las Vegas, hosts a Repeal Day party on December 5, encouraging 1930s-era attire, offering live entertainment and, if you know the secret speakeasy password, serving up complimentary drinks. (It’s “Fala.”) ... Host and promotions group interviews for Wynn Nightlife, including Encore Beach Club, XS, Surrender and Intrigue, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on December 8 at Surrender Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas. ... Tao Group has made some additions to its New Year’s Eve Weekend lineup leading into 2017: Ty Dolla $ign plays Tao at Venetian on December 29; T-Pain rings in the new year on December 31 at Lavo at Palazzo; and the NYE party on the Strip starts early at the Marquee Dayclub Dome at the Cosmopolitan at 11:30 a.m. December 31 with Cash Cash.


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