It’s Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) week-end in Las Vegas, the most amazing visual and audio experience on the planet. I wish I could stay up all night to go (it’s a dusk-to-dawn event), especially this year since two of my Cali friends are among the cohort getting married at the festival.
But I couldn’t go if I wanted because EDC has long been sold out. The average ticket price was $606 and that doesn’t include the $106 shuttle pass to and from your hotel, which of course is also sold out.
Yes, the primo events in Vegas are spendy. But it’s my job, dear readers, to find you FREE things to do in Las Vegas this week-end, starting with EDC.
Party at the Marriage Bureau (Downtown)
You can’t get married without a license. The Clark County Marriage License Bureau is open 24-7 because hey, it’s Vegas, you just won MegaBucks at 1 am and you decided to get married.
Knowing that getting married at EDC is a big deal, the Bureau threw an EDC bash for all the couples waiting in line. It was 8-10 last night.
There was a DJ and street performers to keep everyone in line entertained.
And you could request an EDC marriage license.
I mention this because it’s one of the reasons I love living in Las Vegas. Even the bureaucrats are kewl.
Listen to the EDC Music (your home and car)
The festival, which is THE biggest dance festival on the planet (no hyperbole since 140,000 are expected), has eight stages devoted to different genres of electronic music. Spotify is featuring the music from one of them, kineticBLOOM.
The service has taken the entire playlist of all 525 songs and is streaming them all week-end. You can listen here: http://insom.co/InsomniacSelects
Festival organizer Insomniac has teamed with SoundCloud to stream from the festival itself. The station is called Night Owl Radio 346. You can listen here: http://www.instagram.com/edc_lasvegas.
Or just stream it live in YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3elI8U0qezQ. Of course you won’t be able to go on the rides (it’s a carnival!) or watch the crazy people. But you can enjoy the music.
Rave at more conventional hours Las Vegas!
Listen to Jazz in the Park (Summerlin)
If you want to be in bed by 10 and prefer smooth, chillin’ music under your stars, head to Bruce Trent Park (Vegas Drive and Rampart Boulevard).
Tonight is the final installment of the City of Las Vegas’s Spring Concerts in the Park. My property tax dollars (you’re welcome) helped fund the series. It features local artists performing in FREE concerts in different parks within the city limits of Las Vegas.
For those of you who are not Las Vegas locals, the valley has four jurisdictions. The city of Las Vegas is one of them. However, the Las Vegas Strip is NOT in the city of Las Vegas. It is in unincorporated Clark County. Now ya know.
Tonight the Shapiro Project performs. The group started in 2000 by four UNLV graduate students pursuing Jazz studies degrees.
Founder Eugene Shapiro actually writes his own music.
The smooth jazz goes down at 7 pm. I did say it was FREE, right?
Rock ‘n Roll with Frankie Mareno (Symphony Park Downtown)
Once upon a time, in a world far, far away (pre-pandemic) Frankie Mareno had a monthly gig at the SouthPoint. I rarely missed a one. I even joined his fan club, the FM Army.
Frankie is one of my favorite local performers. When he performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, I would have gone with the cohort but it was the eXp Realty convention.
Who is this guy?
He has the most No. 1 Billboard hits: 61. In 2019, he was the first artist ever to have six Top-Ten albums in a 12-month span.
Mareno records all his songs at his studio here in Las Vegas. He plays all the instruments himself except for the horns.
He writes all of his songs too. Sometimes he writes them with his brother Tony. He’s even written them with Lacey Swimmer, she of Dancing with the Stars fame. His major writing partner is Gianna Adams.
Moreno is headlining the Symphony Park Arts Festival. Paige, the Overtones and Zach Ryan will also be performing. You can see this man FREE!
Local artists will also be showcasing their work. And the Discovery Children’s Museum will have hands-on activities for kids.
10 am to 3 pm tomorrow Saturday. All FREE!
Have a great week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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