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Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Cee Lo, Neon Trees, Ashley Tisdale, Jamie Chung and more

Celebrities, big-name music acts, and some of the world's top DJs/producers -- must mean the weekend is near. Here's a sneak peak at some of the sights and sounds you can experience this weekend, only in Vegas:

Neon Trees performs at Red Rock ResortThere's something for every musical taste on Friday, ranging from the outrageous Cee-Lo Green at MGM Grand's Wet Republic to synth pop sensations Neon Trees performing an outdoor show at the Red Rock Resort's Sandbar. Ben Folds brings his piano-driven pop sound to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan and Taylor Dayne will perform her '80s hits at Gold Lounge at ARIA Resort

You can also help Ashley Tisdale celebrate her birthday at Pure inside Caesars Palace on Friday, or party with model/TV personality Jessa Hinton at Vanity Nightclub at the Hard Rock. Chanel from MTV's Fantasy Factory is hosting Ditch Fridays at the Palms Pool. Emanuelle Vaugier of "Covert Affair" and "Two and a Half Men" celebrates her birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas. Actor Michael Madsen is pulling double-duty, appearing at the Las Vegas Film Festival afterparty at The Bank inside Bellagio and hosting an event at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood.

Andy Moor (dayclub) and DJ Chuckie (nightclub) bring their signature sounds to Marquee at Cosmopolitan on Friday, Too Short performs at 1OAK at The Mirage and Wolfgang Gartner spins at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

On Saturday, actress Jamie Chung hosts an event at Pure, and Madsen checks out Chateau Nightclub & Gardens. For some great music, Chamillionaire performs live at LAX inside Luxor and Ray J takes the stage at Gallery Nightclub.

Moon Nightclub at Palms HotelThere's plenty of house music available Saturday night in Vegas, too, including Klass (day) & DJ Kaskade (night) at Marquee, Diplo at Surrender, a DJ set by Scooter & Lavelle at Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA and the Palms features DJ Jazzy Jeff at Moon and Perfecto with Zen Freeman at Rain.

Close out your weekend with some great pool parties, including Dada Life at Encore Beach Club, Gareth Emery and Blake Jarrell at Venetian's TAO Beach and Ghostbar Sundays at the Palms featuring Trevor Simpson.

Who's ready for some Vegas this weekend? Seize the summer!

Tennessee's Mona helping make Vegas summer rock

You know that powerful and upbeat rock song you hear in Las Vegas' summer commercial TV spots? If you've seen the spots, you certainly know it. (And if you haven't, well, here you go, courtesy of the official Las Vegas YouTube channel):

OK, so you know the song. But do you know the title and artist? It's "Listen to Your Love" by Nashville rockers Mona, whose self-titled debut album has already helped them earn MTV's Brand New for 2011 Award. Sure, that's no guarantee for superstardom, but consider this: The act that won the award last year ... just some kid by the name of Justin Bieber.

Mona -- frontman/guitarist Nick Brown, bass player Zach Lindsey, drummer Vince Gard and guitarist Jordan Young -- is touring this summer and will be in Vegas this Sunday night, accompanying Airborne Toxic Event at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay.

Brown and Gard grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and Lindsey is from Bowling Green. When Brown and Gard were looking to embark on a career in music, they moved to Nashville because, as Brown explains, "It was five hours' drive away as opposed to 14 hours to New York or 26 hours to LA. And way cheaper. We're a bunch of poor kids."

They ran into Lindsey on the local scene and he introduced them to Young, completing the quartet.

"Now we're four horses pulling the carriage," says Brown, who's worked on the "idea" for Mona for years ?? not least because the band is named after his grandmother. "There's a lot of people that wanted to be in this band. There's a lot of people that locally support this band. But as far as having people that understand their roles, and being happy with their roles, it's chemistry, man. It's just like a relationship. It's a marriage."

And their song, "Listen to Your Love," is a perfect marriage for summer in Las Vegas. It's upbeat, loud and fun. Check out Mona this weekend in Vegas and at http://monatheband.com.

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