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Las Vegas Rockaround Festival Roundup

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 29th September 2004 3:34pm
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Las Vegas - Though it's drenched in decades-old feedback, the garage music that helped electrify the 1960s is still alive and brighter than the neon in this town that hosts an annual festival of all things '60s rock.

The Las Vegas Rockaround, which took over the Gold Coast Casino here last weekend, is a celebration of growling guitars, vicious vocals and songs that rarely top 3 minutes. The music is where punk meets R&B, where soul meets frat-rock, where garage meets surf meets the blues meets rockabilly meets psychedelic. More simply put, it's the reason we have the Hives, the White Stripes, the Strokes and the Black Keys.

The three-day Rockaround is a 12-hours-a-day kind of thing where a DJ starts things off at 5:30 p.m. and, after seven or eight bands and a couple more individuals behind the decks, another DJ closes the room at 5:30 a.m. There are burlesque girls (including Denver's Michelle Baldwin), like-minded vendors and the Lady Luck Club, transported temporarily from its home in London for the festival, not to mention everything else Las Vegas offers.

This year's festival was jump-started Friday with the killer 1-2-3 wallop of the Reigning Sound, the Greenhornes and the 5678's. All three bands are adored and respected, and for good reason. While their music ultimately falls into the same general category, there are enough differences - especially in live performance style - to make the bill a dream team of talent.



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