Monday, June 2, 2014

BOWLED OVER - THE COOLEST CONCERT VENUES IN VEGAS...

I live in the so-called Entertainment Capital of the World...you can see it all (and usually do - not just on the stage, either) in Las Vegas.  I am lucky enough to have a best friend that I can call at the drop of a hat (neither her husband nor mine are anything more than home-bodies, really).  She's someone that "gets" good music - whatever, whoever (the banjo/classical group I drug her to was "interesting").  Someone who would never utter untoward things about my Robert Plant.  Someone who gets REAL music!  She's my concert buddy; she's my friend; she's Jackie (ONECREATIVECAT).
Together, we have discovered some of the coolest venues in town.  Jackie is tall enough to get into most of them, thankfully!  THE Beach at Mandalay Bay (they have a THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay, also - those are seriously THE names) is a draw for us no matter who is there, but we've NEVER been to anything bad there.  From Chris Isaak, to THE Go-Go's, to Peter Frampton, to the FABULOUSLY fun 80's concert we hit at the end of summer last year (just to name a few).  It's a place to unwind, sit on THE sandy beach (WHAT?  In Vegas?) of THE gigantic wave pool, soak our feet and listen to tunes (probably some drinking involved).  Even at summer's hottest, the water and evening breezes take care of cooling the crowd.  A few weeks ago it was Phillip Phillips (I have to admit, I misheard her on the phone that day, and questioned why we were going to Wilson Phillips?!).  Awesome evening under the stars - pleasantly surprised that it was a solo male singer, instead of three girls from the 80's...the kid can sing!
For those that can't be away from the gambling for a few hours, they've got a small casino off of THE casino, that opens to THE Beach...yes, they've thought of everything - Vegas would NEVER miss a chance to let someone lose their money!  It's a fabulous venue - for those that live in town and haven't tried it...you won't be sorry.  Travelling through and have the chance - you'll wish you lived here.  And then you could go to THE next hot/cool spot...
THIS is where I, EXCITEDLY, got to go this past week - without my concert buddy (she was on a cruise - even so, I felt like I was "concert cheating" on her!), but happily with my daughter in tow - a rare occasion when she had a night off from work.  BROOKLYN BOWL sets within the happenin' new spot in town - The Linq...shopping, dining, the world's largest ferris wheel (for the time being), and this concert venue! Concert hall, bowling lanes, bars, restaurant, and the largest disco ball you've ever seen, all rolled into THE (they need to take a cue from Mandalay Bay) coolest spot in town!  The atmosphere is unbelievable!
TEDESCHI TRUCKS was on the bill that night - seen them before, and will see them every time they come through town if I get the chance.  The husband/wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, with their kick-ass band - for those of you in the line of their upcoming tour stops (I've made it easy for you to check - TEDESCHITRUCKSBANDEVENTDATES), GO - you can thank me later!  Sorry you missed a good one, Jackie - thanks for going with me, Jaci (yes, I have a couple of Jackie/Jaci's - pronounced the same way - in my life, as well as two Lou's, and two Arvids...good things seem to come in twos!)
 

5 comments:

Mary Ann Potter said...

Wow! And spelled backwards it's still woW! I haven't been to Las Vegas in over 40 years, but my husband and his buddies used to go on a regular basis until about 20 years ago. Fun times. I loved the photos and the video --- never heard of Tedeschi Trucks but will go to YouTube to see more.

Jackie said...

Awww, shucks! I am humbled, thanks for the kind words, it is nice to have someone who enjoys this town as much as me and the beach at the bay is the most awesome place in the world, good friends, good music, good wine! Can't ask for more then that!

My Garden Diaries said...

SO glad you and Jackie have this connection and that you can check out all the good gigs out by you together! What I would have done to have caught that show!!! I told my hubs and he was like awesome!!! I think that was so sweet that you were able to go with your sweetie! We are taking our sweeties out to Wyoming this summer to see Tedeschi Trucks band! Ha! It is going to be interesting...I will keep you posted! You rock...and I found myself thinking this weekend ...hmmm...wonder how the show went for Tanya! Here is to a rocking week friend! Nicole xoxo

Mary said...

Thanks for introducing me to Tedeschi Trucks! Love them. I'm so envious of you and Jackie and the gigs you go to see!

Maywyn Studio said...

Great Post and Great music!
You make Vegas feel the best place in the world.