As part of the VLV Rockabilly Weekend, legendary rock n roller Little Richard will be performing. He’s well known for a string of hits including Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Keep A-Knockin’ and Good Golly Miss Molly.
Also performing, Dick Dale, who invented surf music in the 1950’s, not the ’60’s as is commonly believed. He was given the title King of the Surf Guitar by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down.
The Rockats are notable as one of the first rockabilly groups to incorporate punk rock and New Wave influences to appeal to both punks and Teds, (influencing later groups like Brian Setzer’s Stray Cats) retaining the raw authenticity of pre-British invasion Rock and roll.
The VLV Car Show is moving to a new larger parking lot this year, and will feature 800-1,000 vintage cars, which must be period correct, and pre-1963.
DATE: Saturday March 30
TIME: 9am- 8pm
WHERE: The Orleans Hotel, 4500 W. Tropicana, Las Vegas.
TICKET INFO: $30 in advance, $35 on the day. This includes all car show entertainment including the headliner show. Kids up to 15 free. This ticket will allow anyone without a 4-day VLV wristband to visit the Car Show area on Saturday only. This includes all entertainment in the Car Show area. Tickets available: Online: www.vivalasvegas.net, Phone: 1-800-595-4849. Car Show area only 4-day tickets may also be purchased for $50.
Performance times are:
- 1pm – Pachuco Jose
- 2.30pm – Vicky Tafoya
- 4pm – Dick Dale
- 5.30pm – Rockats
- 7pm – Little Richard
The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, which began in 1998, is an annual 4-day music festival and car show that takes place over Easter weekend, Thursday March 28th- Sunday March 31st 2013. 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 Bowling event, The NEW Sailor Jerry Tattoo Lounge hosted by Stedfast Tattoo Parlor, 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. The VLV event has sold out in advance for the last few years, so attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets early.
This year’s VLV will feature 65 bands, including Little Richard, Dick Dale, The Rockcats, The Cleftones, a Janis Martin Tribute with Marti Brom & Rosie Flores 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 Doo Wop, and current rockabilly bands from all over the world. (For full performer listings, go to: http://www.vivalasvegas.net/bands.)
On Saturday March 30th, The Viva Las Vegas Car Show takes place, which features 800 1,000 vintage cars, which must be period correct,, and pre 1963. This year’s car show has grown, and is moving to a new parking lot area. Performing the Car Show are: Little Richard, Dick Dale, The Rockcats, and more. Tickets for the Saturday car show area only can be purchased for $30 in advance and at the parking lot entrance the day of. Car Show area only 4-day tickets are $50. http://www.vivalasvegas.net/tickets
Vendors are open daily from 1pm 2am, offering anything related to the scene: Vintage and reproduction clothing, event merchandise, records, CD’s, car accessories, bags, hair pomade, shoes, hats, posters, stickers, and more.