Dearly beloved … you should check out Sunday Sermon
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 (3 p.m.)
If you tend to spike your coffee on the day of rest, Sunday Sermon is probably for you. The open-mic night—hosted by the Gingerbread Boys, a.k.a. “Padre” Ryan Pardey and “Brother” Bryan Todd—is a weekly local music revival of sorts. The Royal Resort’s intimate setting might seem oddly familiar to those who remember the good ol’ days at long-defunct Cafe Roma.
Last Sunday, the event brought in a handful of well-known local acts—Wyatt McKenzie, The Big Friendly Corporation, Kid Meets Cougar—all playing stripped-down versions of their usual songs. “People who have never performed in their lives feel comfortable enough to go up and do it,” Todd says. “It’s a warm room … like Prince’s living room.”
The analogy isn’t far off. The Royal is full of bizarre artwork in gaudy frames, dark lighting and a circular red couch that could have been taken from the Purple One’s abode. Plus, there’s coffee and donuts for the congregation. “[It’s] an outlet where you can have a good time and listen to some of the best people in Las Vegas,” Todd says. “There’s nothing wrong with a little sac-religion.” Amen.