The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, which began in 1998, is an annual 4-day music festival that takes place Thursday April 5 – Sunday April 8. VLV has grown to be the largest event of it’s type in the world. It features bands and fans from all over the globe who come to experience Rockabilly & Original 50s Music, a huge Classic Car Show, Burlesque Competition, Vintage Fashion Show, Dance Lessons and Competition, Tiki Pool Parties held daily, Burlesque Bingo, over 120 Vendors, a new Bowling event, and more.
Events are held in 6 different music venues within The Orleans Hotel and Casino, with additional areas on site for vendors and more. VLV has grown from the first year’s 1,200 people in attendance, to an attendance of 20.000. For the last two years, the VLV event has sold out in advance, so attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets early. (Price before March 16, 2012 $115 for the 4-day event pass.)
This year’s VLV will feature 65 bands, including Duane Eddy, The Ventures, The Polecats, and 20+ DJs performing nightly between the hours of 1pm and 7am. The 65 performers include Original 50s Stars of Rockabilly, legends of rock ‘n roll, and current rockabilly bands from all over the world. (For full performer listings, go to: http://www.vivalasvegas.net/bands.)
On Saturday, The Viva Las Vegas Car Show takes place, which features 800-1,000 vintage cars, which must be period correct, and pre 1963. Performing the Car Show are: Duane Eddy, The Ventures, The Polecats, and Big Sandy & the Flyrite Boys. Tickets for the Saturday car show only can be purchased for $30 in advance and at the parking lot entrance the day of. Car Show 4-day tickets are $50. http://www.vivalasvegas.net/tickets
The Tiki Pool party will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The New Viva Las Bowling event, held Friday April 6th from 1pm to 6pm, allows attendees to bowl with the bands, pin ups and Sailor Jerry girls. Other events include: Jiving Classes and Jiving Competition, Burlesque Bingo, Guitar Geek Festival, VLV Vintage Fashion Show, Pin up girl workshops by Mitzi’s & Co’s Pin Up Beauty Academy, and Charles Phoenix Slideshow. http://www.vivalasvegas.net/events