Viva Las ’50s: 13th rockabilly weekend takes Vegas nightlife back in time

Sorry for the late post everyone.  I had the weirdest thing happen to me today. I woke up at 8AM, and then I decided to sleep in just a little more, like wake up at 9-10ish. Well when I opened my eyes and glanced at the clock, it read 2:15PM. I was like WHOA.. because it felt like I just slept only for an hour more, not 6 hours more. Wow. Anyways enough about me. For those of you who have followed my blog regularly I mentioned about Viva Las Vegas in an earlier post back in late January. You can visit that post by clicking here: Viva Las Vegas 13.

Well as I mentioned before in that post that the event would be hosted April 1st – April 4th 2010. I did not have the luxury of attending  that event so I searched for articles of coverage of the event. Here are the articles that I found.

(Las Vegas Weekly) A sudden spike in April’s Pabst Blue Ribbon beer sales can only mean one thing: Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend is upon us. The largest gathering of its sort in the world, Viva attracts rockabilly music and lifestyle fans from all over the world—especially the UK and Southern California—for four days of ’round-the-clock, vintage-culture immersion at its Orleans hotel base.

By night, the boys and girls jive and swing in the Orleans’ ballrooms or take in burlesque shows.

By day, they flock to the more than 120 vendors to stock up on hair tonic, crinolines, vintage and reproduction clothing and other trappings of the lifestyle. Special events include pin-up hair and makeup lessons, dance classes (neither of which I made it to, thanks to the raucous nights), Saturday’s car show (featuring a performance by Chuck Berry) and Sunday’s tiki pool party.

On Friday night, the Orleans’ hallways are teeming with greasers, and Teddy boys and girls. Last year, ladies’ fashion was all about Bettie Page, but this year—perhaps thanks to Mad Men—the bombshell secretary and Rosie the Riveter looks are overwhelmingly in. The dirty old men with cameras (MWCs) come out in force, snapping shots for their personal scrapbooks.

In the ballroom, as with every year, the front half of the venue is standing-room-only for the 50-plus bands and 15 DJs, who keep the back half of the room jiving. Meanwhile, across the hall (the other side of the tracks, it seems) in a smaller, darker room, crushed PBR cans litter the floor before a lineup of brooding Ritchie Valens look-alikes as if to say, “Now here was a party!” In the lull between Chicano-inspired bands, the psychobilly girls touch up powder, the boys take pulls off flasks concealed in their sporty gabardine jackets. “I’ve been 21 since I was 16,” says Vegas pin-up model Doris Mayday in a flip-but-fabulous old-Hollywood sort of way.

When the next band arrives and the dancing starts back up, no pomade can keep the pompadours in place. “You know, you’re ruining the image with that,” quips one MWC as I—and my giant, crinolined skirt—cut through the throng, text-fingers flying despite the crocheted gloves. “Oh,” I toss over my shoulder, trying to channel some of Mayday’s moxie, “I think this PBR can I’m holding has already accomplished that!”

You will have to click on the “watch on youtube”  link on the center of the video. For some reason it won’t let it play on my site here.

By Allison Duck

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | 3:51 p.m.

ImageAllison Duck

It’s time to break out the bullet bras and corsets as Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend is upon us!

Classic cars, retro clothes and pin curls will be out in droves as the Orleans hosts the weekend festival, now in its 13th year.

Scheduled events include fashion shows, a car show, concerts galore plus everyone’s favorite event, the burlesque competition.

Wednesday, March 31:

Wild Records Pre Viva Party at Wasted Space: This event will feature performances by rockabilly greats including Al Hendrix, The Caezers, Chuy and the Bobcats, and DJs Caveman Leo and Fancy Dan.

Dita Von Teese at Crazy Horse Paris: From March 31 through April 7 (dark April 6), international queen of burlesque Dita Von Teese will be performing alongside the ladies of Crazy Horse Paris. Get a dose of classic burlesque to put you in the mood for rockabilly weekend.

Thursday, April 1:

Hillbilly Hellcats at the Double Down: The band performs at the saloon, along with Phantom 88, James Hunnicut, The Slow Death and The Cowbelleros.

Friday, April 2:

The Vintage Fashion Show at the Orleans Showroom: Besides the hair and makeup, rockabilly style is all about the clothes. Check out the best in retro dresses, bullet bras and porkpie hats on display.

Viva Las Vegas Car Show @ The Orleans


Jive dancing school: Looking the part is easy compared to dancing like a true rockabilly diva, which definitely takes some practice. Get a little instruction at Miss Wolff’s Jiving School so that you can dance to the best of rockabilly, doo-wop and surf music of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

Head Lite View at Double Down Saloon: Also performing will be The High Rollers, Cold Blue Rebels, Dave Wolfe Band (featuring members of the Go-Getters) and a surprise guest headliner.

Hell Bound Havoc at Feelgoods: Feelgoods will celebrate Rockabilly weekend with a car and bike show to benefit the Legacy High School Hot Rod program. This event is open to cars from 1965 and before and will run over the course of Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, ladies can take part in the pin-up contest. On Friday, Yeller Bellies and Jackson will perform and on Saturday Thee Swank Bastards, Rob ‘Em Blind and Monster Zero will perform. Check out Thee Swank Bastards, Yeller Bellies, Monster Zero and Rob ’em Blind in Las Vegas Weekly’s Local Band Guide.

Saturday, April 3:

The Viva Las Vegas Shifters Car Show at the Orleans: Last year’s event brought hundreds of pre-1963 cars on display.

Burlesque Competition at the Orleans: A cornerstone of the rockabilly weekend, the competition will take place in the Orleans Showroom. Finalists were chosen during January voting and the top six will compete for the title.

Click to enlarge photoMighty Slim Pickins’

The Mighty Slim Pickins’ at Divebar: A San Francisco-based group blending vintage country, rockabilly and punk, the all-female outfit theatrically mixes heartache with hardcore sounds.

Shotguns & Gasoline at the Double Down: Also performing will be The Earps, The Robbie Davis Band, The Ryan Bradley Affair, Sonic Sedation and a surprise guest headliner.

Sunday, April 4:

Viva Las Vegas Weekend’s Tiki Pool Party: Check out the vintage swimwear on the ladies at the Orleans and wind down from the weekend’s festivities with a relaxing day by the pool.

Jaxy and the 357’s at the Bunkhouse: The Bunkhouse presents a Viva Las Vegas After Party featuring DJ Billy Boy Brad, DJ Goo Goo Muck, Jaxy and the 357’s and Saddletramps.

So if you were one of the lucky ones who went to the event, please shoot me an email with your thoughts of the event and photos or videos if you have them and I will gladly post them on my website.

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Thanks for reading,


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