Local Las Vegas Music Scene
Las Vegas is one of the highest-paying music cities for established live acts. Big name artists who spent a lot of time performing in Las Vegas include Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, B.B. King and Gladys Knight. The history of native artists from the local scene includes Ne-Yo, The Killers, Panic! At The Disco, Slaughter, Dino and 702. Big name acts who play the casinos overshadow local music, but it's still an important music city with deep industry connections. A common image of Las Vegas music is from a tourist perspective that the scene is flooded with lounge and country acts but the local scene features broader styles.
Las Vegas Music Acts
Arlyn Valencia * Aurora * Bud Mickie * Camryn Levert * Christelle * Crystal Marven * Cyril Joseph * De'Aires * Edgar Lira * Erika David * Ethan Vandal * Eyes Like Diamonds * Freddy Walker * Ieisha Nicole * Imagine Dragons * Jupiter Crash * Keaira Lashae * Kip Moreau * Kristine Mirelle * Lena Prima * Linda Griner * Louis Prima, Jr. * Manika * Marquees * Marshall Price * Michael Antonio * Michael Grimm * Ministry of Love * Modern Science * Paul Corson * Paul Mendez * Paul Taylor * Poppermost * Pride and the Vanities * Richard Johnston * ShantiLicious * Shaun DeGraff * Shauna Burns * Sin City Sinners * Sookie * Soul of the New Machine * Tripsitter * What Knotts * Wicked Willy
Las Vegas Local Music History
During the 2020 pandemic crisis local music fans turned to online streaming to connect with local acts. Cameron Calloway released a lush and laid back R&B single in May 2020 called "China Blue." He told the Las Vegas Sun he said the dreamy track was inspired by fantasy and magical films.
Imagine Dragons and The Killers played for their hometown at the Vegas Strong Benefit Concert on December 1, 2017. The show was a benefit for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting on October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest music festival near the Mandalay Bay hotel. The Strong Benefit show held at T-Mobile Arena raised $700,000, according to Rolling Stone. Other performers included Boyz II Men, Blue Man Group, Jay Leno, Penn & Teller and Cirque du Soleil. Vegas Strong was one of many donors to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund (LVVF), which raised $31.4 million.
Four teachers from the School of Rock near Flamingo and Fort Apache Roads have formed a band called Teddi and the Northern Lights. KTNV.com published a story about the teachers on its site November 29, 2017. Lead singer of the band is Teddi Tarnoff, a classically trained opera vocalist who also plays guitar for the band. Other players include drummer Jeremy Strawn, Will McLean on bass and Erik Carlsson on guitar, who has toured with acts on the Warped Tour and Ozzfest.
Huntridge Records was launched by Shaun Miller to impact the Las Vegas community as a rock and roll label, as reported by Las Vegas Weekly on April 6, 2017. The label's first release is by the band On The Hunt, which has recorded at National Southwestern Recording Studio next to Downtown's 11th Street Records. The new release of the band's debut album, When It Gets Worse will be issued on vinyl.
Las Vegas has a vibrant night life, but national talent who visit are more in the spotlight than local talent. The Vegas Music Summit in early August plays a part in local scene exposure. Some of the local bands that have played at the summit include Paper Tigers and Avalon Landing. One of the legendary venues of the late 20th century that no longer exists was Boston Bar & Grill. The 21st century setting for Las Vegas music is places like Beauty Bar and Fremont Country Club.
Certain establishments, such as the Cosmopolitan, have a never-ending stream of well known quality talent. One of the more underground clubs is Obsession Afterhours. It's possible anyone to see a lot of shows in Las Vegas without spending any money. The nature of the city is that there is always something going on 24 hours per day. Las Vegas is known for legendary jazz music at places like House of Blues and Jubilee Jazz.
The city has appeared in many songs, although not necessarily from residents. Some of the memorable recordings about Las Vegas include "Viva Las Vegas" by Elvis Presley, "Leaving Las Vegas" by Sheryl Crow and "Waking Up in Vegas" by Katy Perry. Other songs include "Sin City" by AC/DC, "Heaven or Las Vegas" by Cocteau Twins and "Queen of Las Vegas" by B-52s.
The second annual Yuma Heritage festival featured top blues acts in the region on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Performances included Grammy nominee The Zac Harmon Band, The Daniel Castro Band, The Moanin' Blacksnakes and The Bayou Brothers. The outdoor event allows people to bring chairs, blankets and umbrellas.