By Megan Wadding, May 2016 Issue.
The weekend of April 28 through May 1, more than 3,000 lesbians from around the world are expected to descend upon the Las Vegas Strip for the fifth annual Girl Bar’s Dinah Vegas, in association with Total Rewards by Caesars Entertainment.
According to Robin Gans, Dinah Vegas co-founder and co-producer, this year’s goal was to try to make all of the weekend’s events as close to each other as possible, which is convenient for everyone.
“Caesar’s Entertainment sponsors us, and because of that, we do all of our events within their group,” Gans said. “When we first wanted to do this, Caesar’s asked us if we would bring our events to Las Vegas. They are very pro-gay.”
Gans expects roughly the same attendance as last year, which saw upwards of 3,000 women from around the world.
“We have a lot of girls coming from Arizona,” Gans said. “It’s such an easy drive from Phoenix.”
The weekend kicks off April 28 with the Opening Party at the Beach Club Pool at The Flamingo, the weekend’s host hotel. But the party really gets started the following night with the Glitter II event, in the VooDoo Nightclub and Steakhouse at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
“The top of the Rio has spectacular views,” Gans said. “The steakhouse up there is great and they’re going to keep it open for our guests.”
Gans added that the Rio hotel features the new VooDoo ZipLine, which traverses its two tall towers. At a height of more than 400 feet, Riders will have a 360-degree, open-air view of the Las Vegas Strip while reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Gans added that there will be a special zip line rate for the Dinah Vegas guests that evening.
“Friday night is [a] supper club/dance club, sort of the vibe,” Gans said. “The women will come for cocktails, dinner and to hang out and party and, if they want, take the zip line … [which] offers a major view of the city at night, so that part will be really fun.”
The Infinity Pool Party at the Flamingo Hotel takes place April 30.
“There are daybeds and cabanas, and they’re building a new stage at the pool where we’ll have Kaya Jones of the original Pussycat Dolls performing,” Gans said.
Additionally, West Hollywood Lifestyle Magazine is holding a swimsuit show by the Flamingo pool. Gans promised the show will be “very chic.”
Later that night is the famous White Party, which will be held at the Chateau Nightclub, an outdoor patio under the Paris Hotel’s Eiffel Tower that boasts incredible views of the Bellagio fountains.
“It’s one of the most beautiful outdoor nightclubs in Las Vegas. It is really stunning,” Gans said, adding that guests are encouraged to wear white-hot attire to this all-night party featuring world-class DJs, burlesque performances and showgirls.
The party at the Beach Club Pool at the Flamingo, which takes place May 1, is the final event of the weekend.
In addition to Dinah Vegas, Gans said there will be countless other things to do that same weekend because Las Vegas is known to have some of the best restaurants, best shopping and best shows in the world.
For more information, visit dinahshoreweekend.com.
Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones to take the stage
Before she takes the stage at The Infinity Pool Party at the Flamingo Hotel April 30, Dinah Vegas headliner and former Pussycat Dolls Kaya Jones told Echo Magazine about her new album, her new show, what to expect from her at this all-women’s weekend.
Echo: Have you ever attended a Dinah event before? Are you excited?
Jones: I have not and I'm beyond excited! The community is a real part of my life so I’m looking forward to performing for my friends and family.
Echo: What can we expect from your set at Dinah Vegas?
Jones: I'm [going to] do a mash-up! You can expect some super-hot chicas on stage with me as I'm not flying solo up there.
Echo: Do you live in Vegas now? What do you love most about the city?
Jones: I'm building a show here that I created and that I’m producing, so yes, I currently am in Sin City. It is my hometown and I love the energy and people. Vegas is special – it’s like a city, but it's really a town. Everyone knows everyone in the town.
Echo: What can you tell me about the Vegas show that you're currently working on?
Jones: I wish I could share more, but I can't. It's a music show that takes us to another place.
Echo: What can you tell me about the new tour? Is Dinah Vegas a stop on the tour or separate?
Jones: Dinah is the tour kick-off. It's a world tour and we are going everywhere.
Echo: How did you get involved in DJing and how often do you do it?
Jones: I am the EDM Princess, so I better know EDM and what the DJs are doing if I want to keep that title! I felt it was important to learn another format of music, which is the genre I sing.
Echo: What was your favorite part of being in the Pussycat Dolls?
Jones: The best part was the performing and the girls. They are all talented in their own right.
Echo: Do you still keep in touch with any of the other Pussycat girls?
Jones: I don't actually, but I do run into them from time to time and it's all love.
Echo: What can you tell us about your new album?
Jones: My new album is out and is featured on iTunes EDM station T.I.O. with Aoki, Dada Life, Swedish House Mafia, Porter Robinson, Major Lazer and so many more awesome EDM artists. I'm true blessed. To be on a station with the guys I love and look up to is beyond amazeballz!