Taylor Tomlinson at Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club
Taylor Tomlinson knows all about the follies of youth. “Being in your 20s is like having a virus. You can’t do anything; you just have to wait until you’re better,” she jokes. Just 25 herself, she’s one of the youngest touring headliners on the comedy circuit. See her just before her first Netflix special, Quarter-Life Crisis, drops March 3. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 p.m.; $25-$55. –Genevie Durano
White Reaper at Bunkhouse Saloon
The World’s Best American Band (2017) garnered Kentucky outfit White Reaper heaps of Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy comparisons, and its latest LP, last year’s You Deserve Love, keeps the snotty, four-piece power-pop outfit in good sonic company (think Andrew W.K., Sheer Mag, Together Pangea). Be there when those booze-fueled party anthems fill the Bunkhouse. With The Aquadolls. February 28, 8:30 p.m., $15-$17. –Leslie Ventura
W&W at Marquee
The Dutch production team of Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst make trance beats the way folks used to make ’em back in the 1990s—booming, repetitive and, after a while, inescapably catchy. We like their cover of Alan Silvestri’s Avengers theme because we’re huge nerds, but your mileage may vary. Ravers, assemble! February 28, $20-$30, 10:30 p.m. –Geoff Carter
Harry Connick Jr. at Encore Theater
When Vegas last saw Harry Connick Jr., he was stealing time from his daytime TV talk show to play a couple of colorful weekend sets in his Wynn debut. His return to Encore Theater this week will be more musically focused, the kickoff to a short tour supporting his new album, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter.
“When I was really young, there were a lot of songs he wrote that I knew and [played], but I didn’t know they were Cole Porter songs. They were just part of the jazz repertoire,” Connick, a New Orleans prodigy who began recording with a jazz band at age 10, tells the Weekly. “It wasn’t until later that I started to realize he was the guy and to understand him in a different way. He’s been in my life a long time.”
These intimate shows, featuring a band of eight musicians, will spotlight Porter and incorporate other songs from Connick’s catalog, a more scaled-down approach compared to the Broadway series he played in December with a 25-piece orchestra. He’s planning to put the massive, multimedia production on the road in the fall. “We need more time to wrap that up and plan for that,” he says. “It’s a big one.” February 28-29, 8 p.m., $92-$286. –Brock Radke
Beer Zombies Festival at Skinnyfats
If the zombie apocalypse looks like this, sign us up: four hours of unlimited craft beer sampling, featuring seldom-found-’round-these-parts pours from the likes of Oklahoma City’s Prairie Artisan Ales, Portland’s Great Notion Brewing and Prescott, Arizona’s Superstition Meadery. Put simply, Beer Zombies kills. February 29, 3 p.m., $50, 6261 Dean Martin Drive. –Spencer Patterson
Pop-Up Zine at Artifice
This live, multimedia storytelling event should challenge your mind, rumble your stomach and delight your soul. Topics include showgirls, death doulas, vegan food and charros (traditional Mexican cowboys), and stories will be accompanied by music and/or projected art. Storytellers include CSN professor Antonio Gomez, celebrated food writer Kim Foster and Wild & Free podcast host Alison Yanez-McKay. March 1, 5 p.m., $15 –C. Moon Reed
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