Music in Las Vegas usually pertains to crooners and big bands from the olden times, as well as today’s batch of DJs and electronic dance music tracks. In addition, the city also hosts – not to mention revamps the careers of – artists such as Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Lopez. All talents involved, from the Frank Sinatra impersonators to the world-renowned acts such as Calvin Harris’ of the world have had a hand in making this premier Nevada destination truly an entertainment capital. This varying genre is a testament to how times really are changing in Vegas; that more and more people appreciate music as a whole and how it wouldn’t hurt to breathe new life into the equation.
These days, Las Vegas is gradually establishing itself as the epicenter for indie music fans. Behind the EDM parties, the nightclubs, and all the mainstream influences, the city seems to incorporate plenty of options for tuneful entertainment with the inclusion of different indie acts and bands. To an extent, this occurrence is largely part of Sin City’s quest to steer tourism back to the once-dominant entertainment hub.
According to a study by Eden McCallister of UNLV, Las Vegas’ casino revenues took a significant hit – especially with the emergence of the online gaming community and its innovative features. Gala Casino, for one, now has a Live Dealer Roulette, which gives players the one-of-a-kind feel of playing in front of an actual table, complete with real-life hosts and gamers, anytime, anywhere. It’s just one of the many reasons why various Internet casino operators’ profits have soared to new heights, based on a report by Casino Releases’ journalist Sarah Bell. But at the back of it all, these online platforms still can’t compensate for what Vegas can offer: the overall entertainment experience.
Since Las Vegas is a city as versatile as they come, many music establishments house up-and-coming artists and bands as a way to introduce a fresh sound to the mix. There’s Brooklyn Bowl at The Ling, which was considered as a game-changer when it first opened in 2014. This former bowling alley presents a cool, hip vibe with leather Chesterfield sofas and a fantastic selection of craft beers. Among the acts that have enjoyed their time at Brooklyn Bowl are ‘80s alternative band The Jesus and Mary Chain, and US-based indie rock band Modest Mouse. Boulevard Pool, on the other hand, is an open-air poolside venue that features picturesque vistas of the Strip. Aside from hosting mainstreams acts like Drake, this Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Bar attracts indie artists – old and new – such as Counting Crows and Of Monsters and Men. Lastly, there’s the famous Beauty Bar on Fremont Street, where an outdoor patio presents a perfect venue to catch some live indie music. Some of the regulars consist of New York rock bands The Walkmen and The Hold Steady, as well as ‘90s psychedelic group The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Altogether, music, regardless of the genre, contributes to the total ambiance of Las Vegas. It’s also a two-way process, as the city gives these artists a lot of vivid stages where they can showcase their talents and promote their distinctive sound to all. When everything’s said and done, this overall entertainment experience – from the big band crooners and EDM DJs to the pop stars and rock bands – is one of the significant, determining factors for the title “Entertainment Capital of the World.”