Summer in Vegas is awesome. Fun by the pool (or in the air conditioning) during the day and free concerts in Downtown Vegas under the Fremont Street Experience at night! Fremont Street Experience announced the first batch of free concerts this week. There are 3 shows missing that I’ll fill in as they’re announced. Hopefully they’ll fill in with more mediocre 70’s-80’s-90’s rock. I say this with love.
The shows are always packed so I tend to avoid Downtown Vegas on nights when there are bands that were popular playing. That said chances are good that I’ll make it for Soul Asylum so I can relive my college DJ years.
May 24 — Karmin, 1st Street Stage
June 14 — 3 Doors Down, 3rd Street Stage
July 4 — Papa Roach, POD, Lit, 3rd Street Stage
July 18 — Summerland Tour 2014: Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Space Hog, 1st Street Stage
August 9 — Seether, 1st Street Stage
August 15 — Deep Purple, 3rd Street Stage
August 30 —Fuel, Filter, Local H, 1st Street Stage
Disclaimer: This adventure will make “The Hangover” look like an episode of “Full House.”
Join Scott on a night of melee that begins at an undisclosed bar in Vegas, where you’ll experience a Black Tooth Grin (Dimebag’s favorite drink) in the form of an ice luge.
Then an amazing meal at Scott’s favorite Vegas restaurant.
From there, it’s off to the World Series of Poker where there’s a good chance you’ll get to be up close and personal with a few of the poker champs and throw back some cocktails. Count on a signed deck of cards from one of these card wizards.
A late night trip to Joshua Tree is not out of the question.
And then it’s mimosas and watching the sunrise over the desert and calling up some other rock legends from Scott’s cell….
If Caesars is already discounting tickets by 20% you have to imagine that initial response to this residency at Planet Hollywood is as good as Meatloaf’s music.
I love the concept of a VH1 Storyteller’s type show like Rocktellz and Cocktails but I cannot stand Meatloaf. I just hope he does enough ticket sales so that the idea isn’t discontinued before a good musician performs as part of the show.
Unrelated to good musicians: Can we just get to the Britney Spears residency at Planet Hollywood already!?
If you feel differently about Meatloaf and didn’t receive the email the promo code is TOTAL and you can get tickets from ticketmaster. Below is a video of Alton Brown the kind of meatloaf I prefer.
The Who is the newest addition to the Fremont Street Experience Viva Vision show on that you see and hear playing on the canopy above you outside of most Downtown Vegas casinos. The 7 minute show will begin this fall and run for 3 years. Here’s the lowdown on the music that they’ll play.
The new, 3D Viva Vision Show, titled “The Who: Miles Over Vegas,” will feature three songs by The Who: “Pinball Wizard,” “I Can See for Miles” and “My Generation.”
Viva Vision isn’t an exclusive reason to visit Downtown Vegas but it’s fun to walk out of a casino while some classic rock jams are playing and lighting up the canopy.
I never used to be a fan of The Who but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come around on them and really enjoy some of their music. As long as Fremont Street Experience is adding former Super Bowl performers maybe they’ll add Beyonce or Britney Spears on Viva Vision someday. For the meantime, I’ll enjoy The Who.
My Vegas vacation last week took me to quite a few different casinos. In the past this meant I would hear a nice variety of music – even if it was surrounded adult contemporary or pop music. Every casino had their own vibe and the music reflected that. Nowadays there isn’t much variety in music whether you’re in the middle of the Vegas Strip or Downtown Vegas. (This speaks to a bigger issue of homogenization in Las Vegas but I’ll save that for another day.)
There was a time where I could go to the Hard Rock casino and hear only rock music. That was awesome. Those days are over and, while they still play some good rock jams, they’ve added pop and rap to the mix. This isn’t the exclusive rock soundtrack I want or expect from the Hard Rock casino but it’s better than most. With the exception of the Margaritaville section of Flamingo many casinos have a similar mix of today’s pop and rock hits.
My musical tastes are questionable (at best) but I listen to a lot of music and usually know what I’m listening to. Last week I found myself asking my friend to Shazam songs so we could find out what we were listening to. Almost every time we Shazam’d a rock song it was a song by Train. Like Lifehouse before them I know that I’ve heard Train but never knew who they were…until now.
If a disposable-middle-of-the-road pop-rock song wasn’t playing it was a pop song featuring my man Pitbull. Pitbull and I go way back to his days on TVT records when he was still rapping about butts in spanish. Now, he’s adding a little flavor to just about every pop song. I love and hate this but the world will always be a better place when I hear Pitbull. This song was the one I remember hearing most.
There’s no way to escape Pitbull or Train in the casinos so just learn the songs and make the best of it. Maybe a Pitbull and Train drinking game will distract you enough.
Ben Mezrich wrote one of my favorite books called “Bringing Down The House“. It’s about the infamous MIT blackjack team going to Las Vegas and winning a boatload of money. I viewed the book as entertainment going into it and not fact even though it was pitched as non-fiction. I’m cynical and don’t believe anything is 100% true or false. His new book “Straight Flush” is being promoted in the same manner. Some reviewers on Amazon are attacking his accuracy. If you’re interested in building and tearing down of an online poker empire and read it as partial truth you will probably enjoy “Straight Flush”. Here’s an interview with Mezrich from CalvinAyre.com.
“High Stakes – The Sam Tricket Story” is about poker player Sam Tricket and focuses mainly on his entry into last year’s $1 million entry for the Big One for One Drop tournament at the World Series of Poker. Like all gambling movies it touches on his ups and downs in the poker world. You can watch the entire movie by visiting matchbook.com and signing up for an account if you’re from anywhere outside of the United States and France. I’m sure if you want to watch the full movie and you’re American you’ll be able to find it somewhere. Here’s the movie trailer for the documentary.
My musical taste has been questioned my whole life. I never really cared about music growing up but hearing Pantera, Goo Goo Dolls and Soundgarden in college for the first time opened my eyes to music that wasn’t on the radio. From that point forward my taste in music has been a little off the wall. I find equal enjoyment from Britney Spears, EPMD, Pantera, Pitbull and Martyr AD.
Last night the lineup for the Life is Beautiful festival to take place in downtown Vegas was announced to a lot of fanfare.
Headlining this year’s festival, which will take place on October 26th and 27th in Downtown Las Vegas, will be two locally grown acts—The Killers and Imagine Dragons. Also, headlining will be Grammy-winners Kings of Leon and Beck. Childish Gambino, Jurassic 5, Passion Pit, and many others round out the roster.
The headlining bands of the Life Is Beautiful lineup is great if you like rock/pop radio. The great news for the music lineup at Life Is Beautiful is that like many festivals it’s complimented by a slew of lesser known bands like Portugal The Man and Youngblood Hawke that could steal the show. Click the image to view full list of bands.
Life Is Beautiful will take place all over Downtown Vegas and include food from celebrity chefs and artists from a variety of Vegas shows. Much like Coachella and the other large festivals the bands are just part of the overall experience. Life Is Beautiful provides a great excuse to spend a weekend downtown to enjoy music, food and art.
Pro Tip: If you plan on going get a room at El Cortez. Many (if not all) of the events will be happening away from the Fremont Street Experience canopy.
Ticket packages will cost between $100 and $350 and go on sale this Friday. Follow @lifeisbeautiful for updates and more information. The Life Is Beautiful website isn’t very “share friendly” so head there for more details.
One of the first people I met when I moved to Las Vegas was Craig Nyman. He does a lot of things but his passion for music is something that I haven’t found in many people in this town and it’s awesome. He has a blog called Do You Hear The Music and has written concert reviews for a couple other outlets.
People often ask me where the best places to see bands in Vegas are so I figured I’d go to someone who’s out seeing bands much more often than me. Craig hit the places that I would recommend and then some. Enjoy and follow him on twitter.
It just so happens that I live in the city known as the Entertainment Capital of the World. And as such, I will never pass up the opportunity to catch live music in Las Vegas. Here’s a list of some of the spots I frequent.
House of Blues
When Mandalay Bay opened in 1999 and brought the House of Blues to Las Vegas, a new era for live music in the city was born. Today, HOB is still regarded as one of the top venues in town to see a concert continuously booking a multitude of acts ranging from rock and blues to metal and electronic artists, no genre of music is shunned. (Photo: UrbanPhotos)
Hard Rock Hotel: The Joint and Vinyl
The “new” Joint has put itself on the map as one of the best concert venues in the country and at a max capacity 4,000 you regularly have the chance to see major bands that typically play 12,000-15,000 seat arenas in an intimate setting. Plus the acoustics and sight lines are second to none so you’re going to have an incredible experience at The Joint. (Photo: Sceno Plus)
The newest live music venue, Vinyl is by far one of the best places to catch a show in Las Vegas. The tiny spot gets rocking with a killer sound system and bands seem to respond well to the intimate confines and getting up close and personal with fans.
Quintuplet threat at The Cosmopolitan
You’ve got the BLVD Pool, The Chelsea, Chandelier, Book & Stage and BOND. All five spots play host to live music from rocking concerts under the neon glow of the Las Vegas Strip to a jazz quartet at the sultry Chandelier, you can’t go wrong. I’ve seen some of my favorite concerts at this hotel. I could list them all but it’d go on for too long. Instead just visit my blog www.doyouhearthemusic.com and do a search. (Photo: Vegas News)
The Pearl at Palms
Real simple, great acoustics, solid sight lines, amazing shows in a small venue. With the ability to scale from 1,100 to 2,400 every show I’ve seen at The Pearl has been great. Cool fact, the venue is hard-wired into the recording studio upstairs at Palms; so you never know if that concert you attended may just be released as a live album by your favorite artist.
Hard Rock Café on The Strip
Chances are you haven’t been and that’s your first mistake. This 1,000 cap venue in the middle of The Strip gets some rocking shows and is a great room to catch a concert.
A 24/7 Institution. Grab yourself a Bacon Martini or some Ass Juice and embrace the legendary Double Down. Always open and always a good time with a slew of bands performing each night the only thing guaranteed is really not knowing what will happen when you step foot inside the happiest place on earth! (Photo: Vegas Seven)
Beauty Bar: Until recently, Beauty Bar was THE up and coming indie acts and while the competition has been getting a little fierce, the venue still does a kick ass job of bringing in the stars of tomorrow before. With an intimate stage inside and a backyard patio outside, you get two different experiences at Beauty Bar.
Commonwealth: The new kids on Fremont are cracking into live music with Sundays devoted to performances from talented local musicians. Add in the regular appearances by some awesome DJs and Commonwealth is quickly becoming a place to see sheer talent.
Insert Coin(s): Awesome DJs, video games and stiff drinks – in just two years IC has marked its place on the map for entertainment in Las Vegas.
Artifice: I love this place, what else can I say. It’s cozy, the staff is awesome and you can see some kick ass shows in this spot.
The Bunkhouse: If you’ve never been, put this on your list pronto.
Coco Austin has extended her stay with Peepshow at Planet Hollywoodthrough July.
The new deal is a four-month extension, as Coco’s original contract ends in March, and she plans to continue performing in seven shows a week.
“I am beyond thrilled to continue performing in ‘Peepshow,’ ” said Coco in a news release. “This has been an amazing new chapter in my life, and I am excited to continue with the cast for another four months.”
I don’t know many people that have seen Coco performing with Peepshow. Holly Madison seems to be all the Peepshow anyone could want (and that’s not saying much). I haven’t heard anything bad about Coco.
The worst thing I’ve heard is that you can tell that she’s trying. I guess that’s better than not putting in any effort to be good like some of the previous leading ladies of Peepshow.