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Revisited: My Last Week in Live Music – Santana, Kelley James, Ozomatli (Video)

7 May

Last week was a whirlwind of a music one for me.  It started last Wednesday with the opportunity to see Carlos Santana’s new residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Not only is Santana a living legend that I encourage everyone to see, his band is truly amazing.  The show was about two hours and spanned his whole career of hits.  With a brand new sound system in place, HoB was rocking and the perfect venue to capture the iconic guitar work of Santana.

On Friday it was off to a semi-private show with the mighty talented, Kelley James.  If you are not familiar with Kelley’s sound/style, you’re sorely missing out.  In addition to a bunch of his own songs, he busted out some Sublime and Neil Diamond.  Plus he is one of the most gifted freestyle artists which added to the fun and entertaining evening.

For Cinco de Mayo it was time for Ozomatli.  I can’t even remember how many times I’ve seen these guys live and the shows are always a blast.  This time the venue was Body English inside the Hard Rock Hotel and not only do I love and miss the former nightclub but it served as practically a private concert venue.  Intimate and in close quarters with the fiesta faithful, it was one wild dance party that I wish everyone could have experienced.  Check the video below of a little Latin cover of Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough.”

Santana images courtesy of Erik Kabik.


Revisited: Live shows of the last week – David Gray, Die Antwoord, The Kooks

1 Mar

I was hoping to get this up on the blog a lot sooner but ultimately it had to take a back seat for a little bit.  In the last week I’ve had the chance to catch a few more great shows here in Las Vegas and last weekend I definitely hit both ends of the spectrum.

First up was David Gray at The Cosmopolitan last Friday.  I’m a fan, think he has a remarkable voice, is quite the entertainer but I always imagined seeing him in either really intimate confines or at a venue like Tanglewood or the Hollywood Bowl.  Overall it was a good show but man I can’t wait for the Cosmopolitan shows to return to the Boulevard Pool.

On Saturday night it was off to House of Blues for Die Antwoord.  Even cooler was friend and great DJ, M!KE ATTACK opened for the trio and definitely set the tone for the evening.  As for the South African group, I’ve always been intrigued by them and remember when “Enter The Ninja” came out and people thought it was a joke.  Let me just get it out there, y’all need to see Die Antwoord live.  Weird?  Yes. Crazy?  Yes. Awesome show, YES!  I couldn’t believe how much fun I actually had.  I am still at a loss for the exact words to describe this show but it was entertaining and turned into one gigantic party.

This past Tuesday it was back to House of Blues for The Kooks and I couldn’t be happier to finally get the chance to see the English indie rockers live.  A solid crowd was on hand for a mid-week, all ages show and the fellas definitely delivered, tearing through a ton of material.  Personally for me, hearing “Shine On”  was the highlight of the evening and the show was by far my favorite of the last week.

Until next time….

David Gray photos courtesy of Erk Kabik at www.ErikKabik.com

Revisited: My week that was in music

20 Feb

Wow, wow, wow what a week of live music last week was.  It was intense, fun, full of surprises and I got to see a few of my favorite bands/musicians.

Monday, Feb 13 – AG Jeans party at Marquee Nightclub with Foster The People.  Having seen these guys six times previous in the last calendar year, I still don’t’ miss the chance to catch them live.  With a powerhouse sound system and coming off their GRAMMY performance the evening before, it was a solid show and they added “Warrant” to the setlist after nixing it during their October gig at the Cosmo.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Out to support the buddies at CRSVR Las Vegas for a DJ Vice x Jason Markk shoe cleaning kit release party.  The one and only DJ Fashen was on the decks as Vice played host for the evening.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 – As part of the Sports Illustrated Beauty & Beats Music Festival at The Cosmopolitan I was all giddy to finally see Delta Spirit live!  Fantastic 90 minute set that culminated with a real life Animal House moment when lead singer, Matthew Vasquez jumped into the crowd and got everyone low before getting “a little bit louder now” and everyone jumping to their feet and Vasquez climbing on the bar to finish out the show.

Thursday, Feb. 16 – A continuation of the Beauty & Beats Music Festival this night with White Denim, a band I have been digging for some time and WOW can they jam! Can’t wait to see these guys at Bonnaroo.  Following it was upstairs to catch the Black Lips before heading to PURE Nightclub for the final Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue soiree of the week where Bruno Mars took the stage and for 30 minutes with his band, played a mash-up melody of hits both old and new before finishing with two of his own songs.

Friday, Feb. 17 – Glam rock at its finest as The Darkness hot on their comeback trail rocked the House of Blues and reignited my love of this band.  Justin Hawkins, my hat off to you.

Sunday, Feb. 19 – Look for my review in the upcoming issue of Vegas SEVEN, Lenny Kravitz show where not only did he serenade Muhammad Ali for his 70th birthday but he was joined by Quincy Jones as well as Slash and Joe Perry.  Terrance Howard also made a brief appearance leading the crowd in a ‘Lenny’ chant during the encore break.

Phew, I’m exhausted just from writing this.  Just another week in Vegas…..

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Tonight: The Avett Brothers, Tomorrow: G.Love & Special Sauce and more

22 Jul

Holy concerts!  Vegas is stacked this weekend with a ton of great shows.  For me, it’s simple; I’ve been waiting a while to see The Avett Brothers and they are the Friday night selection.  Tomorrow, I can’t stray from one of my favorite artists, G. Love.  I’m starting to lose count on how many of his shows I’ve been to and if his performance is anything like it was at Bonnaroo, oh man are we in for a treat.  Both are performing at the Silverton inside Veil which is almost as intimate of a venue as you can get in Vegas.

Also on Saturday, Queens Of The Stone Age play Cosmopolitan, Soundgarden is back and rocks out at The Joint, INXS is at Pearl at Palms and local jam band about to make it big, Moksha is at House of Blues.

Las Vegas Live Music Venues – 944 Magazine April 2011

18 Apr

Recently I was presented with an amazing opportunity and was asked to write a feature on Live Music Venues in Las Vegas for 944 Magazine.  Below is the four page story which ran in the April issue, highlighting five of the top venues in town as well as a side bar with a handful of other places to check out live music.  If you want to view the digital version, click HERE and go to page 76.

 (originally appeared in 944 Magazine Las Vegas – April 2011)

Big thank you to everyone for the support of my blog because without it, I wouldn’t have had the chance to turn my hobby into something more and end up writing a feature story for a magazine.



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22 Jan

TONIGHT: Passion Pit – House of Blues Las Vegas

9 Dec

Stoked for tonight’s Passion Pit show at House of Blues Las Vegas now I just have to hope the next seven hours go by fast until they hit the stage.  Luckily Mister Heavenly is one of the opening acts and I’m excited to check them out, really digging what I’ve heard thus far.  Pepper Rabbit and We Barbarians are also performing tonight.



Viva Las Vegas – A Plethora Of Live Music This Week

6 Dec

It’s only Monday and I’m really excited about the music week ahead in Las Vegas.  One of my favorite bands of all time, The Black Crowes, is returning to Las Vegas on Friday evening to play The Joint.  I’ve seen the fellas more than a handful of times live and this one is going to be bittersweet as it’s also part of their farewell tour.  More than anything I’m thrilled about going to a real rock and roll concert filled with two sets of damn good music. This is also a show that I know I’ll be getting there for the opening act as Truth & Salvage Co. will be gracing the stage and they are definitely a band you want to be listening to.

While The Black Crowes are my top music priority for the week in Las Vegas, Passion Pit plays the House of Blues, Temper Trap invades the Hard Rock Café on The Strip and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds return to Planet Hollywood for two nights of acoustic euphoria. The only damper on the insane week of live music is scheduling and knowing shows overlap and I won’t get to all of them.

Here’s one of my favorite Crowes songs.  Going to miss seeing these guys live.

Reel Big Fish & Goldfinger – 11 7 10 – House of Blues – Las Vegas

8 Nov

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So last night I went to see Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger. Yes that is not a typo, a group of us decided to relive our youth.  And you know what, it was worth the $31 (we all got a good laugh remembering how it use to cost like $8 to see these guys).

Goldfinger put on one heck of a performance and even had Branden Steineckert from Rancid sitting in on drums. Really though I was excited for Reel Big Fish and the first song out of the shoot, “Sellout.” I thought how awesome that the band plays the song their probably most recognized for first!  That definitely set the tone for their performance and as the show went on I started to remember a whole bunch of the songs that I have not heard in easily a decade.  Closing with “Beer” was pretty much a given and definitely had the crowd still rip-roaring ready to rock out and leave on a high note.  Overall it was a far better show than I was expecting and beat spending a Sunday night on the couch.

Chromeo ft. Ezra Koenig – “I Could Be Wrong”

14 Oct

In honor of Chromeo playing the House of Blues in Las Vegas tonight, here’s the recent collaboration with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend titled, “I Could Be Wrong.” Enjoy!