The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend has it all. Now in its 17th year, the annual four-day music festival will take place Easter weekend, April 17-20. The event has grown to be the largest event of its type in the world, featuring bands and fans from all over the world who come to experience rockabilly and original ’50s music, a classic car show, burlesque competition, vintage fashion show, dance lessons and competition, tiki pool parties, swimsuit contests, burlesque bingo, pin-up beauty academy, pin-up contest, more than 120 vendors, a bowling event, tattoo lounge and more.
The festival is known for attracting the most eye-catching, stylish, head-turning people you could ever see in one place. For photos and videos, go to www.vivalasvegas.net/gallery
More than 65 bands will perform,including Imelda May, The Trashmen, Los Straitjackets, The Chop Tops, The Aquasonics, The Sun Rockabilly Show featuring original Sun Records recording artists Sonny Burgess, Carl Mann, Hayden Thompson and Narvel Felts. The performers also include original ’50s stars of rockabilly, legends of rock ‘n roll and doo wop, and current rockabilly bands from all over the world.
On April 19, the Viva Las Vegas Car Show features 800 –1,000 vintage cars, all pre-1963. This year’s car show has grown yet again, after moving to a larger parking lot last year and now includes a second stage. Eleven bands will be performing the car show (from 10:30a.m. to 7 p.m.) including Los Straitjackets, Lloyd Price, Robert Gordon and Imelda May. Tickets for the Saturday car show only can be purchased for $30 in advance and at the parking lot entrance the day of. For more information, go to www.vivalasvegas.net/tickets.
Events will be in six different music venues in the Orleans Hotel and Casino. The festival has grown from the first year’s 1,200 people in attendance to selling out in advance four years in a row, with more than 7,000 attending the four-day festival and 20,000 for the Saturday car show.
Tickets are expected to sell out early. Price of a four-day pass is $120 if purchased before March 29. If not sold out, then $135 beginning March 30.