Find music, beer & an education rally at the 18b Music Festival
Wed, May 11, 2011 (6:13 p.m.)
The Big Friendly Corporation headlines the 18b Music Festival.
Music! Art! Education! Beer! Celebrate them all in one place Saturday, at the third 18b Music Festival behind the Arts Factory Downtown.
18b Music Festival
May 14, free.
Music begins at 6 p.m.
Behind the Arts Factory
107 E. Charleston Blvd.
Beyond the Weekly
The fun begins with a “pre-festival Artgasm” at 4 p.m., followed at 5 by a rally organized by Nevadans for Education Funding. Then at 6, the music begins, interspersed with spoken word performances and live painting. Topping the bill, three of Las Vegas’ best-known bands: power popsters The Big Friendly Corporation, indie rockers A Crowd of Small Adventures and cowpunkers The Clydesdale. Also scheduled to play: Shaun de Graff, Interzone, My First Rodeo and two-fourths of Avalon Landing. Oh yeah, and it’s all free and open to all ages.
For those who feel like spending some money—and drinking—the Arts Factory’s Bar+Bistro will offer samples of various craft beers for $20 a head.
Downtown Arts District
Officially known as 18b Arts District, the downtown arts district contains an eclectic mix of galleries, one-of-a-kind stores, and restaurants just a short walk or bus ride from Fremont Street. Known as "18b," the Las Vegas Arts District is located immediately south of downtown Las Vegas in an area bounded by Commerce Street, Hoover Avenue, Fourth Street and Las Vegas Boulevard (at Charleston) and Colorado Avenue.
The name, "18b," represents the original Arts District area, which consisted of 18 blocks. Today, the Arts District area has grown beyond those original 18 blocks and is a classic urban mix of residential, commercial and cultural uses that will continue to grow as the hub of the arts scene in Las Vegas.
On the first Friday of each month, an arts and cultural event is held in the district. The "First Friday" festival draws up to 10,000 visitors into the neighborhood. This event encourages people to flock downtown to browse, buy, eat, drink and mingle. The event is a festive environment with food and beverage vendors, music, visual performances and artists displaying their works.