Spencer Burton / Special to the Sun
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 | 11:30 p.m.
What do Poor Kids on Glue, Shark Speed and Black Beans & Hippy Liver have in common? They’re all bands performing this weekend at Neon Reverb, the local music festival that’s back for its second annual installment and bringing four nights of fantastically named bands and hometown favorites.
With 13 different venues in the mix, the festival has expanded to encompass additions like South Padre and Texas Station, Boomers, The Square Apple and The Meet Lounge, but Downtown Las Vegas is still its beating heart. This time around bouncing between the Downtown venues will be easier thanks to the Neon Reverb Shuttle. The shuttle, which will loop around between The Bunkhouse, Beauty Bar and the Aruba Hotel, is free of charge, but remember to tip your drivers!
An all-festival pass includes entry into 29 shows for $40 or $50 with a T-shirt. A Friday night pass will run you $12 ($20 with a T-shirt) and Saturday and Sunday night passes are $15 ($25 with a T-shirt). Pre-purchased passes and shirts can be picked up each night at The Bunkhouse starting at 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Neon Reverb Opening Reception at the Downtown Cocktail Room The Neon Reverb Opening Reception for press, bands and supporters will take place at the Downtown Cocktail Room with special guest DJs.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Neon Reverb opening party at The Square Apple: The Square Apple presents the opening reception of the Neon Reverb Downtown Music Festival with The Blue Shots and Dopamine Flux.
The Mapes at Boomers: Bunny costume-wearing, spatula-wielding musician Nobunny is performing live along with The Mapes, Monster Zero and Love Visions at Boomers. Check out The Mapes and Monster Zero in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
Slow to Surface at Hard Rock Café: Resodence and Neon Reverb present Brother Luke, One Loud Secret, Slow To Surface and Sharon Paquette performing live at the Hard Rock Cafe on Paradise. Check out Slow to Surface, Sharon Paquette and Brother Luke in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
Shufflefoot at The Aruba Showroom: Jam band fans, get your hippie dance on: Neon Reverb and The Las Vegas Jam Band Society present .info, Shuttlefoot, Black Beans & Hippy Liver and Superstar Bingo performing live at the Aruba Showroom.
As Yet Unbroken at the Thunderbird Lounge: Straight out of L.A., Collinz Room and As Yet Unbroken are taking over The Thunderbird Lounge. Check out As Yet Unbroken in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
Hungry Cloud at The Bunkhouse: Neon Reverb presents the National SouthWestern Electronic Recordings Showcase featuring an array of local acts at The Bunkhouse Saloon: A Crowd Of Small Adventures, Hungry Cloud, The Novelty Act, Mother McKenzie and Dreaming Of Lions. Find more info and listen to tracks from Hungry Cloud, A Crowd of Small Adventures, Mother McKenzie, The Novelty Act and A Crowd of Small Adventures in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
The Lazystars at The Beauty Bar: The Most Serene Republic, The Morning After Girls, The Lazystars, Kid Theodore and Leaving Springfield will all be performing live at a Neon Reverb concert at The Beauty Bar downtown. Check out The Lazystars and Leaving Springfield in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
Friday, Sept. 18
Radaid at The Square Apple: Get ready to rock early -- this show starts at 7 p.m. Calvary, Radaid, Five To The Eyes and Seven d'Six will all be performing live at The Square Apple for a free bonus Neon Reverb show.
Rubiks Hotel at the Meet Lounge: Neon Reverb presents Red State Soundsystem and Rubiks Hotel performing live at the Meet Lounge for a bonus-free Neon Reverb show.
Pan de Sal at The Gypsy Den: Neon Reverb presents local favorites Pan De Sal, Kid Meets Cougar and Cats From Japan (more like Homo sapiens from San Diego) performing live at an all ages show at The Gypsy Den. Check out Pan de Sal and Kid Meets Cougar in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
Imagine Dragons at Beauty Bar: Neon Reverb presents The Ropes, Imagine Dragons, Lips Like Morphine, The New Room and Close To Modern downtown at The Beauty Bar. Check out Lips Like Morphine, Close to Modern and Imagine Dragons in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
Black Camaro at the Bunkhouse: Neon Reverb presents Black Camaro, Jacob Smigel, I'm The Rabbit, Leslie and The Badgers, Band Of Annuals and The Petals performing live downtown at The Bunkhouse. Check out The Petals, Black Camaro and I'm the Rabbit in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
The Tinglerz at The Aruba Ballroom: Seven bands, two venues, one crazy night of music: The Warlocks, Woven, The Skooners, The Tinglerz, Bee Movie The Band, Vietnam Cowboy and Minor Suns performing live at a two-venue show at the Thunderbird Lounge and The Aruba Ballroom. Check out The Tinglerz and The Skooners in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
John Zito & Electric Church at The Las Vegas Country Saloon: Black Cherry Blue, Whiskey Breath and John Zito & Electric Church are performing at the Las Vegas Country Saloon. Check out John Zito & Electric Church in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
The Originators at Boomers: Neon Reverb brings a jam packed night of local punk rock music with The Scoundrels, The Originators, Agent 86 and Nothing With Numbers performing at Boomers. Check out The Originators in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
The Vermin at South Padre at Texas Station: It’s time to get punk. Local punk acts The Vermin, The Objex, Bright Lights Big City and Mexican punksters Wau y Los Arrrghs! are performing a free show at South Padre at Texas Station. Check out The Objex and The Verminin Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
F.S.P. at The Double Down Saloon: Neon Reverb presents a rare live performance by local punk rock band F.S.P. along with Locke N Load, Trash Daddy, Smart Patrol and Poor Kids On Glue at The Double Down Saloon. And for the poor kids out there, the show is free!
Saturday, Sept. 19
The Bleachers at The Square Apple: Free bonus show! The Bleachers, Calicos and Asterionella will be performing live and free of charge at The Square Apple. Get there early, the music starts at 7 p.m. Check out The Bleachers in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
Army of the Red Sparrow at The Gypsy Den: Neon Reverb presents The Study Band, Army Of The Red Sparrow and Chandelle performing an all ages show at The Gypsy Den in the Downtown Arts District. Read more on The Study Band and Army of the Red Sparrow in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
Jacob Smigel at The Meet Lounge: Head to The Meet Lounge for Jacob Smigel performing live alongside Tim Watt at a free bonus show at The Meet Lounge. The show starts at 7 p.m.
Halloween Town at The Aruba Ballroom: Straight from an opening slot for The Killers, Halloween Town will head to the Aruba for a more intimate performance featuring members of Louis XIV, Transfer and The Shys who will be celebrating their 7-inch Package Release. Also playing are What Laura Says..., Samuel Stewart Band, The Attack!! and Shark Speed at The Aruba Ballroom.
Afghan Raiders at the Beauty Bar: Neon Reverb presents Themselves, Afghan Raiders, Ninth Cloud, Shark Attack (Live Set), Werd To The Mothership/Outside Looking In and Syndicate performing live at Beauty Bar. Check out Afghan Raiders and Werd to the Mothership in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
The Clydesdale's CD release show at The Bunkhouse Saloon: Local cow punk darlings The Clydesdale will be celebrating their CD release at Neon Reverb along with The Flametrick Subs, Leopold & His Fiction and The Mad Caps at The Bunkhouse Saloon. Listen to tracks from The Clydesdale in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
DJ Handgun at The Thunderbird Lounge: The Thunderbird Lounge at the Aruba Hotel presents Reggae Night with DJ Handgun and DJ Charlo. Get in for only $5 with a Neon Reverb show stamp.
Casket Born at Boomers: Neon Reverb presents a metal show with local rockers Casket Born, Mastiv, Protest and Fractured Vision at Boomers.
Cornerstone at South Padre: Neon Reverb presents Cornerstone, Singularity 3 and And She Whispered performing live at a free show at South Padre at Texas Station. Check out AndSheWhispered and Corner Stone in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
The Apocalyptics at the Double Down Saloon: Neon Reverb presents 3upfront, No Comply, The Scrawnies, Thirteen 34 and The Apocalyptics performing live at a free show at The Double Down Saloon. Check out The Apocalyptics in Las Vegas Weekly's Local Band Guide.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Poolside Reverb at The Aruba Hotel: Relax and recoup from your Neon Reverb weekend with a little Poolside Reverb at The Aruba Hotel. Enjoy musical guests and DJs spinning by the pool.