I’m not good at sticking with hobbies; I never have been…my attention span is ENTIRELY too short for knitting, fencing or playing piano. But one “hobby” I have been unable to shake is going to concerts and music festivals. Excessively. And I’m not ashamed to say that “Lost in music” is my happy place (hey Instagram – can I get a location tag?).
From the Empire Polo Field in Indio to The Independent in San Francisco, good venues are aplenty on the west coast. I heard 2016 was going to be a big year for music in Vegas and I was a wee skeptical, but with Life Is Beautiful returning for its “senior year” and live venues absolutely THRIVING all over town, I’m a believer. Let’s explore a few of my favorite places to lose myself, shall we?
This space inside SLS Las Vegas was formerly LiFE, but let me tell ya – the recent revamp is the REAL breath of life to the venue. It may be less than a year old, but the nightlife team is KILLIN’ it with the acts! From AWOLNATION on opening night to a surprise Dan Reynolds appearance during X-Ambassadors, Savoir Adore meet & greets and an upcoming Against ME! show later this year, they are #winning.
Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ
I’ve been to this venue more times than I can count, and for good reason. There’s something SO SPECIAL about a large venue capturing such an intimate vibe – Brooklyn Bowl does it well. Modeled after the original Brooklyn Bowl in (you guessed it) Brooklyn, this is a concert venue – bar – bowling alley – restaurant hybrid. Totally revolutionary, totally impressive. The sound system and lighting rigs are a force to be reckoned with, and can I give a quick shout out to whoever books the talent?! Portugal. The Man, The Roots, Silversun Pickups…The Offspring?! YAS. Plus, where else can you take a chicken fingers break mid-set while still maintaining an awesome view of the stage? Nowhere. Bravo, B-Bowl, bravo.
“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” This quote PERFECTLY sums up this hidden gem of Downtown Las Vegas. With a max capacity of 250, Bunkhouse has booked gigs for bands of all walks of life: We Are Scientists, Built To Spill, Ra Ra Riot, MSTRKRFT – the list goes on. However, potentially the most impressive was The Killers’ pop-up concert immediately after opening the T-Mobile Arena back in April. And yes, I pulled myself out of bed at 11:50 p.m. on a school night to attend. There was no doubt the indoor space was going to hit capacity, so the Bunkhouse team planned for a live streaming screen out in the yard to accommodate everyone! Added bonus: The good folks at Zappos arranged for complimentary White Castle catering (Thank you, Based God). Long story short, Bunkhouse Saloon is FULL of surprises & keeps me coming back for more. I’m. Hooked.
Thanks for listening to me ramble on about my favorite pastime…See you on the dance floor?!
Submitted by : Shaina Chambers, Social Media Coordinator