Aug. 31--Sweden took over SLS Las Vegas on Thursday night with two grand-opening soirees. The intimate lounge, nightspot and live-music venue The Sayers Club celebrated its official grand opening with Swedish pop sensation Tove Lo.
After dining at chef Danny Elmaleh's nearby Cleo, the singer-songwriter arrived on the red carpet outside The Sayers Club with three band mates wearing a black All Saints ensemble accessorized with a custom Cheeky Monkey handbag for her Sayers Club debut.
Tove Lo's five-song, 30-minute set that kicked off at 12:30 a.m. Friday included her new single "Not on Drugs" (despite her habits and needing to stay high all the time ... just sayin'), "Paradise" and her current hit "Habits (Stay High)."
She also performed "Talking Body" off her upcoming album "Queen of the Clouds" before ending the mini-concert with "Run on Love." The Sayers Club was packed (but not uncomfortably like a can of sardines), and the sound for Tove Lo was outstanding, especially after she requested "less bass, more voice" from the stage.
To wrap the grand-opening celebration, a four-tiered Sayers cake decorated with music notes was presented to Jason Scoppa, the creator and curator of The Sayers Club, in a VIP booth.
The Sayers Club is a welcome addition to the Strip -- a new, exciting, speakeasy-stylish and unpretentious live-music venue -- certain to host many more excellent performances alongside Tove Lo's (this journalist is a new fan of the venue and the singer).
At nearby Foxtail Nightclub, opening-weekend celebrations kicked off Thursday night with Swedish DJ duo Rebecca & Fiona, who dined at Katsuya and attended Tove Lo's performance before christening the nightclub and pool club as guests danced until the early morning hours.
Earlier Thursday evening, DJ Steve Aoki made a quick stop inside The Sayers Club before dining at star chef Jose Andres' Bazaar Meat next door (Aoki headlined a party in Del Mar, Calif., on Friday night).
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton dined with friends at Bazaar Meat on Thursday night in an evening that also included Chippendales at the Rio and the VooDoo zipline. Hilton on social media said, "This is one of the most epic meals of my life," and "There is no better chef alive than Jose Andres."
Check out what Las Vegas Weekly colleague Leslie Ventura had to say about The Sayers Club. Thanks to Brenton Ho and Al Powers of Powers Imagery for their photo gallery.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world's premier platinum playground.
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