This past Easter long weekend was the 17th annual Viva Las Vegas weekend, a big music festival, car show, burlesque show, pin-up competition, and celebration of all things Rockabilly! Headliners this year included the amazing Imelda May, The Trashmen, Los Straightjackets, The Chop Tops, The Aquasonics, The Sun Rockabilly Show: Sunny Burgess + Carl Mann + Hayden Thompson + Narvel Felts.The burlesque show this year attracted many international stars including Immodesty Blaize, Dirty Martini, Roxi D’Lite, Angie Pontani, Cleo Viper, and more. It’s one of the biggest events of the year for the vintage community, a great place to people watch and to be seen! Men and women bring out their best vintage and rockabilly looks for this event, you’ll never see more pin-up girls and greasers all in one place.
Frankie Tease Magazine (a fabulous magazine that also runs a podcast and website that covers lots of vintage, rockabilly, and burlesque events) was there and took lots of lovely photos of the people, fashion, and cars! They have photos from the musical acts, burlesque bingo, pin-up fashion show, Sailor Jerry tattoo area, and burlesque showcase.
If you missed the event this year you should try to make it for next Spring! Las Vegas is lovely in April, you’ll get to see some amazing styles, and hear some of the best live music around!
Speaking of rockabilly music, the best way to hear it is live of course, but in between festivals you’ll need to get your fix another way. If you’re a big audiophile it definitely pays off to invest in a pair of quality headphones. You might not have to spend as much as you think, you can get some great headphones for under $100. Once you hear the difference between your old little earbuds and a higher quality pair of headphones you won’t be able to go back! The bass is way richer, the guitars have much more twang, and it’s the next best thing to watching the band play live.