It’s 110 in the shade (I think I’ve heard that somewhere before) and we Las Vegans are still ready to party when it comes to Friday. However, we tend to stay indoors this time of year.
You can see Usher, Machine Gun Kelly and Avril Lavigne, Journey with an orchestra, The Turtles, Corrine Bailey Rae or even Chelsea FC vs. Club America…but they all cost money. With gas and food prices soaring, it’s my job, dear readers, to find FREE things for you to do this week-end.
Buckle up ’cause here we go.
Play Saints Row IRL (Arts District)
In case you don’t play video games, Saints Row is a series of action-adventure video games. The series follows a fictional street gang called the 3rd Street Saints who roam Saints Row.
The original began in 2006 with the last new release in 2013. But a new game is scheduled to be released late next month. It takes place in the city of Saint Ileso in the American Southwest.
The Thunderbird Boutique Hotel is turning the property into Saint Ileso Saturday night. You can interact with actors portraying various characters from the game. You can get a Saints Row tattoo at the tattoo parlor or drool over the muscle cars.
Of course there will be a food truck based on one of the popular criminal enterprises.
How fun will it be to actually be part of a video game IRL and not in front of your computer?
The party starts at 7 and ends at 11:30.
Tickets are FREE.
Enjoy a Johnny Cash Tribute (Arts District)
SoulBelly BBQ in the Arts District features classic Southwestern food with a rowdy flair. The eatery has gussied-up the fare I grew up with. (You can take the girl out of Texas but can’t take Texas out of the girl…)
The disco fries, for example, are topped with cheese sauce, pulled pork and giardiniera. They have brisket sandwiches, chili mac and banana pudding. None of the food is free. In fact, it’s kind of pricey (but worth it!)
The restaurant, however, is committed to classic FREE entertainment Thursday through Sunday.
Tonight is a double-header. Up first: Cash’d Out, a tribute to Johnny Cash. The group will be focusing on what I call Johnny’s prison period.
And then, in a 180-switch, come The Hypnotiques, five musicians from the Big Island of Hawaii. First you take vintage Hawaiian, add a cup of American jazz, pour in a couple of tablespoons of surf music and sprinkle a dash of hillbilly and voila! music of the Hypnotiques.
The live music happens from 8 to 11.
P.S. Tomorrow night Frankie Lee & The Infernos take over. She sings vintage “rock n soul,” according to the press release.
Love Movie Music? Have I Got an Event for You! (Summerlin)
John Williams wrote the music for the Star Wars movies, ET and Jaws, for starters.
Sunday afternoon the Nevada Chamber Orchestra is hosting “An Afternoon at the Movies.” The 44-piece orchestra will perform songs the revered film composer wrote that we all know. This must be a fun diversion from them since they specialize in Bach and Mozart.
There’s always a meet and greet after the performance.
The Summerlin Library, which is part of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, has one of the best small theaters in town. I see every Broadway play that arrives.
The concert is FREE. The conductor, Dr. Gregory Maldonado, lifts his baton at 3.
My tax dollars at work! You are welcome.
Have a great week-end, Las Vegas!
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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