Downtown Las Vegas’ favorite indie music festival, Neon Reverb, has returned this year with a jam-packed lineup featuring psych, garage and indie music. Headliners include Brooklyn indie-pop band The Drums on Thursday, ‘60s-inspired psychedelic rockers Temples on Friday and garage/punk band Le Butcherettes on Saturday. Four day passes are $60 and can be purchased here along with single show tickets.
The Festival covers 4 days, 7 venues, and features over 60 artists including national touring acts and local indie favorites such as The-All Togethers (Saturday night at the Velveteen Rabbit, tickets here), Same Sex Mary (Saturday night at the Bunkhouse, tickets here), We Are Pancakes (Sunday night at the Bunkhouse, tickets here), and Jesse Pino (8pm tonight at the Downtown Container Park, free show).
In addition there will be events such as a screening of Lost Vegas Hiway, a film by Americana artist Jeff Mix and featuring musicians such as Hal Ketchum, Gurf Morlix, Jack Ingram and Robyn Ludwick. The film has also features many musicians from the local ‘Vegascana’ scene such as Ken Osborne (The All-Togethers), Jack Evan Johnson, Justin Mather, Chris Heers, Seth Turner, Paige Overton (The Clydesdale), and Tsvetelina Stefanova (Same Sex Mary). The majority of the film was shot in and around Las Vegas and the opening scene was outside of Austin, Texas at the famed Devils Backbone Tavern. The film will screen Saturday night at 7 at the Inspire Theater, tickets for sale here.
Continuing the March theme of Women’s History Month (and nicely complementing the upcoming Nevada Women’s Film Festival), Saturday night features an outstanding ensemble of female musicians such as Candy Warpop, Moon Blood, Halsey Harkins, The Regrettes, Sunrise Manor, Jessica Manalo, Brittany Rose, Kaylie Foster, School of Rock Las Vegas, DJ CryKit, DJ Ladyfingers courtesy of Raw Femme, an online publication that “showcases the talent of emerging female artists who breathe art and its many forms.” Music starts at 2pm at the InsideStyle Warehouse at 1119 South Main Street. Tickets are available here.
Neon Reverb is steadily growing into a popular regional music festival, and to many it is a more “authentic” music experience than its behemoth counterpart Life Is Beautiful in that it features not just national touring acts but an equal amount of local indie acts as well. As a festival it is very supportive of the local Las Vegas music scene and we are all thankful for that. I attended Neon Reverb last year and I think they have really hit that “Goldilocks” spot where the festival is just big enough to have good crowd experience, interesting events, and noteworthy musicians, but not “too” big like other music festivals where the crowd can sometimes detract from the experience. Coming from a guy who generally doesn’t like huge festival crowds, I thought Neon Reverb was a perfect fit and felt like a 4 day pub crawl with really, really, REALLY good live bands. So come downtown this weekend and see some live music!