Off the Beaten Path: Amazing Live Music in Vegas That You Never Saw Coming.
The Las Vegas nightlife scene is now as infamous as its gambling. Even if you’re not into tightly packed, hormone fueled nightclubs, you should check one out at least once, just to say you have. Then pick your favorite music poison and try out one of these lesser known spots that cater to specific tastes and moods.
Jazz: The simplicity of the sign outside says it all, The Cellar Bar and Lounge is far from the typical Las Vegas. Live Jazz performances take place every night, including weekly appearances by Grammy nominated Billy Ray Charles and his Boys in the Parking Lot Band. If you think you have what it takes to be the next Miles Davis open mic night is Sunday. The décor is keep it simple, and if you start to feel a bit claustrophobic, you can make use of the patio located out back. This gem can be found tucked away inside the Gallery of History building just west of the strip on West Sahara Avenue.
Punk: If you have a Sex Pistols CD in your car, then the The Double Down Saloon is going to be right up your alley. Obviously this is not the most pristine bar in Vegas, think 1989 CBGB’s, but if you love punk, and you love it live then you have found your haven one block down from the Hard Rock Hotel. Live bands rock the stage on any given night, and there is never a cover charge. Don’t be disappointed if you miss the band, the jukebox is stacked with original music from the likes of The Dead Kennedy’s, Dead Boys, and The Dead Milkmen. Hmm, starting to notice a theme here…
Country: A true Texas honkey tonk, right inside the Treasure Island Hotel. Gilley’s Las Vegas offers you everything from BBQ, to bull riding and even line dancing. The famous Gilley Girls give a whole new definition to cowgirl with their bikinis mixed with chaps and boots look. Live music is played every weekend featuring such well known country music stars as the Brian Lynn Jones Band and The Stephanie Eason Band. Tuesdays and Wednesdays showcase Dancing, Karaoke on the dance floor stage, where wanna-be cow folk are encouraged to show off their country music talents. If your Vegas fantasy is to don the spurs and 10 gallon and do the 2-step to live country music, Gilley’s is the place to fulfill it.
Of course, if you are a groupie and live to see your favorite stars perform live on the big stage, the MGM Garden Arena has a stellar line-up for 2016.
Las Vegas really does have something for everyone. Sometimes it’s as big as a football field, and other times you have to look down to find it. But whatever music scene you are into, you will hear it in Vegas.