Last chance, Vegas bands. Life Is Beautiful’s final pre-festival local showcase will be its biggest ever—by far—when 25 bands play on five stages for First Friday.
Two acts, bill-cappers Crazy Chief and Haleamano, have already been tapped for the Life Is Beautiful lineup, set to hit Downtown October 26-27. And Craig Nyman, LIB’s head of music and live performances, says an unspecified number of spots remain available for homegrown talent. “After the showcase we’ll go back through the performances and make some decisions,” Nyman says. “As for what we are looking for, same things we have at every showcase: a great performance, original material, crowd reaction, etcetera.”
If we were posting odds, they’d lean in favor of three bands holding down prime slots on the two main stages near the intersection of Casino Center and Charleston: Black Camaro (9:30 p.m., Friday Stage), The Clydesdale (10 p.m., First Stage) and Dusty Sunshine (10:30 p.m., Friday Stage). But there are lots of other familiar names in the mix, from The People’s Whiskey to Love Hate Away, so get out there and support your local favorites. Admission to all five stages is free, but bring some cash along anyway—food trucks will be parked in close proximity to the First and Friday stages. Music and food, coming together ... why does that sound so familiar?
Super Duper Downtown Local Music Showcase August 2, 6 p.m., free. Downtown near Casino Center and Charleston.