Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!
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From 27 to 31 March we traveled to Las Vegas to famous and beautiful “Orleans Casino” to attend the greatest Rockabilly festival in the world, ie the 16 th edition of “Viva Las Vegas”.
Jean Baptiste and Mathieu, HD Diner
The Nashville News Team was invited by Jean Baptiste Cabantous CEO of the American restaurant chain HD Diner, who for the second consecutive year was the official sponsor of this mega event 100% 50’s Rock’n'Roll.
This is truly the perfect place for all fans of this genre of music and Kustom Culture with hundreds of American cars, because all colors lived Las Vegas 50s. But it does not stop there, everyone whether men, women and children themselves!
Proudly wore the clothing of the time required with a lot of elegance and class, with of course every day new outfits, but also new hairstyles and makeup. Throughout its four days, numerous concerts are held in every corner of the huge Orleans casino. A huge car show expected visitors. You could admire the beautiful vintage cars or customized, Cadillacs, Dodges, Buicks, Chevrolets and many more … diverse and varied competitions organized by example with the famous competition swimwear retro men and women, fashion shows and tattoos …
You could also go shopping, many stalls were present in the casino and outside! In short, we did not know which way to head so there was much to see! Music side there was not far from 60 groups, but can not be everywhere! We discovered beautiful formations that gave us great benefit as visual and sound
The Vintage Vandals
To begin with it is the excellent “The Vintage Vandals” who started the ball rolling! Straight from the city of Sacremento, California’s capital, this group is comprised of three young Californian Cat Daddy Corey frontman and guitarist Dan J Deville on drums and Nick Lamb against the bass. A very friendly and talented trio who set fire with his energy on stage and a musical style that can be compared to that of legends Johnny Cash famous or Chuck Berry!
johnny Cash and Chuck Berry
For lovers of pure rockabilly I strongly recommend the trio “The Vintage Vandals!” Another highlight delivery talented singer Marcel Riesco, leading an excellent group stage Truly Lover Trio called California, which paid tribute poignant and perfect in all respects to the legendary Roy Orbison.
Truly Lover Trio and Roy Orbison
Of course we did not miss the delivery the very talented Rosie Flores a former singer converted to Punk Rockabilly and Country, Rosie duet with Marti Brom for a tribute to the legendary duo Janis Martin. Rosie Flores we took the opportunity to slip a few songs from his latest album “Working Girl’s Guitar”.
Marti Brom and Rosie Flores
Very good also the concert of the trio Danny Kay and The Nightlifers style rock’n ‘roll tinged country, another group explosive on stage and very interested!
Danny Kay and the Nightlifers
We also met the excellent and dynamic Phat Cat Swinger ultras groups that one should not miss. Imagine nine musicians straight from California and totally crazy! Bouncy and energetic on stage!
Phat Cat Swinger
Phat Cat Swinger
Show a huge 100% swing with a brass section: trumpet, saxophone, trombone and I pass worthy of the big bands of the 40s, not forgetting the vintage electric guitar, bass, short sound and spectacle as Las Vegas what to take earful! Phat Cat Swinger group to know absolutely!
Phat Cat Swinger with Alison
Other discoveries from the California scene: the quintet Whiskey Kiss, singer with the powerful voice Dawn Shipley & The Sharp Shooters Texas and Miss Mary Kay who dazzles us with his singing yodel sauce Texas and excellent group German Ray Collin’s Hot Club ..
Whiskey Kiss and Dawn Shipley and The Sharp Shooters
Also on the program “Viva Las Vegas” The highly anticipated concert of The Blue Caps! This is the name of the legendary group Gene Vincent!
Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps
It’s a show where a special tribute to Gene Vincent, with the presence of Graham Fenton former lead singer of British band famous Matchbox Rockabilly and Dickie Harrell Bebop, the drummer who all his life has followed Gene Vincent! But unfortunately drummer Dickie could not make it to the “Viva Las Vegas” because of a fall he had done on stage during one of his previous shows.
Dickie Bebop Harell and Slim Jim Phantom
The Blue Caps
Then to replace was called to size the kind that is very far from being a beginner: the one and only Mister drummer Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, who has not missed the opportunity to come and play the Blue Caps!
Slim Jim Phantom and Johnny Da Piedade
We met Slim Jim Phantom backstage and he told us that he was now in the studio to produce a new album in collaboration with one of the superstars of the scene Rockabilly Revival which have other than “Imelda May”.
Time passes quickly and the time has now come for all Pin-ups, bad boys in perfecto, the red-crested Punks fluorescent, or Chicano bands tattooed slicked family came especially from East LA to s install before the great mass of the car show scene outdoors! One of the headliners of the “Viva Las Vegas” is the highly anticipated Lord of the Californian surf music and guitar virtuoso, Mr. Dick Dale!
Dick Dale! Alison and Misteratomic in front!
After suffering from cancer, Dick is back on his feet and despite his 74 years he has put together a colorful show a benefit in the form of medleys you breathtaking in the heavy heat of Vegas! !
The Rockats the British literally ignited the atmosphere with a very professional show and totally rockabilly Revival wish.
Then the long awaited headlining Saturday night, Mr. Little Richard arrived in a wheelchair Such a head of state surrounded by a gaggle of bodyguards and police. Little Richard, the king of rock’n ‘roll seemed very tired. It still has the biggest hits performed in a version rock’n'roll rather wise and that’s understandable because it is still 80 years old!
“Viva Las Vegas”, a great event in a great casino where you are totally immersed in the 50’s, so if you’d like, go next year for the 17th edition of “Viva Las Vegas” is 17 to 20 April 2014! Worth a visit!