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Although not as large as other prevalent areas, a punk rock scene does exist in Las Vegas. Last Saturday night, The Dwarves headlined a small local show at the Las Vegas Country Saloon in Downtown Las Vegas. On a cold, dry night, not many people showed up to this show, but for those that did, they got to enjoy a fresh set from The Dwarves a night before they would come to play in Long Beach. Although originally scheduled for six bands, Lambs To Lions had to unexpectedly drop out of the show, resulting in a five-band show that cost $17 to enter – quite pricey, but many things cost more in Las Vegas.

Local band The CG’s opened the show with their 30-minute punk set. At this early point in the night, the venue contained no more than ten people, but The CG’s paid no mind to the emptiness. This group of kids has yet to reach their own unique sound, as they still sound like your typical garage band, albeit with a hint of ska thanks to the way their guitar sounds, and that all three band members equally do vocals. If they want to grow, they will need to grow beyond Las Vegas to find a larger punk crowd.

The People’s Whiskey started off next after a quick setup. For another local band, this one impressed me quite a bit. Their sound resembles that of Time Again, but with a slight folk/country sound to it. They had their fast songs, but also toned things down in the middle of their set. The People’s Whiskey split the vocals between the main vocalist and their bearded bassist. They have something going for them, and could possibly get a big break at a high-profile event such as Punk Rock Bowling.

After a delayed intermission, Since We Were Kids finally started their set. Once I saw them, I immediately recognized them as the opening band from a Narcoleptic Youth show back in September, finally pinning a name to them. Since then, their sound has not deviated much from the hardcore punk sound of that show. Without a unique sound of their own, Since We Were Kids resembled a combination of a garage punk band with an east coast punk vocalist. Now I can at least place a name to the faces, and with the knowledge that they come from Southern California, I can expect to see them at more shows soon.

The sub-headliner came on next, as local band IDFI (pronounced I Defy) played an extended 45-minute set. Similar to The Misfits, IDFI plays a variation of horror punk that incorporates heavy metal into their music. By now, a handful of audience members had arrived, and could properly get a pit going. The music of IDFI fit perfectly for the pit, as the speed and intensity of the music drove the bodies around and around. Nobody exhibited signs of fatigue all throughout the 45-minute set, despite the headlining band coming next.

Playing much earlier than anticipated, The Dwarves started their set that would end up lasting only an hour. Glancing at their set list, you will see that their songs mainly talk about sex and drugs – the true rock & roll life. The Dwarves even boast the attitude to back it up, as they proudly proclaimed their significance in the history of music and rock & roll. Their set included fan favorites like I Will Deny, Dominator, and There Better Be Women. I personally wanted to hear Johnny On The Spot, but alas they did not play it, nor did they at Ink-N-Iron. After their last song, they abruptly left the venue, leaving signs that they would return for an encore; however, they never did, and simply left everyone wanting more at such an early point in the night. After all, the fun in Las Vegas should start right after midnight!

Did you get a chance to see The Dwarves in Long Beach this past Sunday? Less than a day after this Las Vegas show, The Dwarves came down to Southern California to play another show. If you missed that one as well, make sure you Like their Facebook page to receive updates about where they will play next.

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Las Vegas – The Entertainment Capital of the World. By large a tourist attraction, Las Vegas sees millions of tourists annually. Of all the visitors, what can you expect them to answer as the reason to going to Las Vegas? Clubs? Casinos? Dining? Shows? Marriage? Whatever the reason, travelers often only conceive these main reasons for going. They often lose sight of the less frequent reasons for visiting Las Vegas. Has anyone considered shopping? How about looking around the outskirts of The Strip? Ever consider rock-climbing? Or do you want to check out a music show? I do not refer to the grand shows, like Cirque du Soleil, but the smaller, more intimate music shows. Many people do not consider Las Vegas for doing things small, but when it happens, of course it happens right. Even a small, niche music genre, like punk rock, has found a few places to call home in Sin City. In the case of punk rock, it lives on at the Las Vegas Country Saloon.

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At the Las Vegas Country Saloon on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, the entrance tells the story of two separate event spaces. Initially, the entrance places guests in the bar & lounge area, typically with a live DJ spinning the newest beats. Beyond a door to the side lies the LVCS music hall, complete with a bar, tables, open space, and the stage. Set up similarly to House of Blues, when no act occupies the stage, tables fill the room for guests to enjoy food & drinks. Show acts here vary in genre, from rap to pop to jazz and more. Invariably, LVCS features a punk rock show monthly, often with local bands as openers to headliners. Some previous headliners include Lower Class Brats and D.I., while some future shows include Angry Samoans and Jodie Foster’s Army (JFA).

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Although located in Downtown, LVCS follows standard bar procedures. During special events, no one under 21 may enter. Guests also have to find their own parking – nearby parking structures charge according to the structure owner, but a few streets down enforce street parking meters only until 8pm. Most shows cost a reasonable price, regardless of the headliner. Expect to get in on the day of the show for under $20 for most shows. They even allow reentry as long as you leave the wristband on you. For a venue in Las Vegas, they have the power to charge exorbitant prices to guests and enforce stricter rules, like a dress code. But for remaining lenient on rules and prices as they do, LVCS shines as a venue worth visiting as often as possible. The next time you visit Las Vegas, check out a show or two at the Las Vegas Country Saloon.

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