Following Periskope came Whenskiesaregray. Hailing from Baltimore, these guys were on the tail end of their tour and experiencing van difficulties. Even with the technical difficulties weighing on them, they busted out a great set!
Brandon on guitar & vocals and Eric on bass.
More photos and videos after the cut!
And the headliners were next, Electric Coronation!
Antho and I have done several shows at the Womb Room now, and it’s one of our favorite venues. Being somewhat small, the intimate vibe encourages people to mingle and meet one another on friendly terms. We’ve met some truly amazing people there!
There’s less pretense and I’ve yet to see any arguing as none of the bands want to ruin their good standing with the hosts. It’s an invite only kind of shindig, so if you lose your invitation you’re out!
And with so many talented acts coming through on a frequent basis, that would truly be a shame.
Talented acts like these guys, Periskope!
A self described “psycho-surf-rock instrumental reverb-disco” band featuring:
Sonia Verde on Bass
Brandon Fansler on Drums
Jake Lasky on Guitar
Justin Ptak on Guitar
and Hank, the Band Dog.
While some members weren’t really visible during the show due to lighting angles and proximity, they all did their part and put on a great show.
The photo gallery/studio/event center/stage/lounge/artistic haven is a bustling hub of creativity that brings people of all types together. Lying on the outskirts of the official First Friday event, there is a lot of foot traffic that filters through, but on other days of the month the venue still attracts musicians, photographers and make up artists.
As 710 Visuals, Antho and I have been collaborating with them for several months now and are always happy to participate.
With such an inviting frontage, who could blame people for being curious?
Antho rocking his fancy new tie-dye shirt we picked up at a thrift store in Boulder City. 🙂
The rooms are divided into themed sets, offering a wide array of options for photo shoots.
It’s really pretty cool, each corner of the room has a completely different look!
The Life is Beautiful festival had wrapped not long prior, so the boys behind Photo Bang Bang moved one of the art installations to the performance area.
Stacks of TVs with different “motivational” quotes glued to their screens with static (or other media, more on that later) playing behind them…
This post has nothing to do with it, as I refuse to go. Haha!
But for those of you who haven’t heard of Life is Beautiful, it’s an annual event here in Vegas that features a medley of pop music acts (the majority of which I’d never heard of), live art, and other such fluffy and upbeat entertainment, as harmless a toothless kitten to the psyche of your average cheerful mass media loving consumer.
Although it costs nearly $300 for a general entry ticket it still clogs up our roads with countless visitors flocking to join the festivities, and despite having worked, lived in and visited some of the most congested cities in the world, I’m not a particular fan of large crowds.
So…yeah... No thanks.
Being of a more cynical bent I found myself much more eager & willing to accept my friend Marcus’s invitation to the Life is Shit festival, which happens during the same days and costs a fraction as much as the saccharine event. Featuring local bands, vendors, a giant inflatable PBR (along with cheap cold cans) and many of my friends in attendance, we made our way to the Dive Bar and we had a blast!
We performed as 710Visuals, despite some technical difficulties and a wee bit of badgering from an over-worked Brit. 😉
More photos and video below!
While the bands might not be as famous as Weezer (one of the few bands performing at Life is Beautiful that I’d actually heard of), I have hung out with the members of at least two of these bands and know them to be awesome individuals who’s creative endeavors I happily support. 🙂
This lovely lass was hanging out in front of the DiveBar with some creepy creations that were really cool!
That’s a possum paw, by the way.
She even had some full on taxidermic specimens! I’m not sure what this critter was…
Once set up, we realized we were missing a key piece of equipment and had zero time to return home to grab it. Bummer! >_<
We still did our best, though, and it worked out alright.
Not our best performance ever, unfortunately, but Toxic Dump killed it!