Flower Power

6 Jun

Summer is only fifteen days away, even though the weather can’t decide what season it is in. Let’s hope for calm winds, clear skies, and steady warm temperatures over the next three weeks because June is bringing some major music acts from all different genres. Three major music festivals are coming to Las Vegas and each one is outside, offering amazing music acts and other forms of entertainment. You can rock out, groove to some Reggae, feel the flower power of Electric Daisy Carnival, or do all of the above. I say take advantage of it because if anyone knows Las Vegas weather, it can change pretty fast.

Reggae in the Desert
The Reggae in the Desert has been going on for nine strong years, yet this is the first year I’ve known about it. It’s for one day only, Saturday, June 11, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25-30, and $60 for VIP. All ages can attend. Beer will be available for sale, but if you get the $60 VIP ticket, you will get access to the private bar, air-continued lobby, and bathrooms. I hate port-a-potties so I would pay $30 to be able to relieve myself in a somewhat cleaner area. Not to mention, a full bar? Yes, please. I have to admit, I don’t listen to my fair share of reggae, but after researching about the line-up, I can appreciate the talent. Freddie McGregor has been titled reggae’s most durable and soulful singer and started when he was seven years old. Michael Rose won the first ever reggae Grammy Award. Other artists appearing are Don Carlos, Junior Reid, Michael Black, Detour Posse, and DJ Ramma. There will be various vendors serving Jamaican and Thai food. To buy tickets and more details, check out http://www.reggaeinthedesert.com.

Electric Daisy Carnival
This three day festival is brought to you by the Insomniac Group, which is exactly what you will need if you want to party to the sounds of electronic house music. EDC is at night during the hours of 8 p.m. to sunrise, or 6 a.m. because that’s when the booze is cut off for the day. The festival usually takes place in Los Angeles, but lucky us, it decided to relocate to Vegas. You have to be at least 18 year old to enter, but at least 21 to get VIP access, aka more booze. The event begins Friday, June 24 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tiesto headlines on Friday, David Guetta on Saturday, and Swedish House Mafia on Sunday. Tickets for single day admission run $200 and three day VIP, $500. That’s a little bit out of my price range to see DJs I can see any one of the nightclubs. However, it’s not so much about the line-up, but the experience – the massive huddle of people all for the love of house music. If you don’t know what I mean, just watch the trailer featured on my page. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is not close to Vegas so even though there is free parking offered, I would recommend taking a shuttle for $60 because in the end $60 is a lot cheaper than $1,400 for a DUI. For more info and details, check out http://www.electricdaisycarnival.com.

Vans Warped Tour
Is it me or is Downtown Las Vegas trying to make a strong comeback? Over the past few months, it has been featuring some major shows and music acts and this month is no exception. On Thursday, June 30, the Vans Warped Tour is making a stop in Downtown Las Vegas. It will feature over 40 bands with different types of genres including rock, punk, reggae, hardcore metal, house, pop, and more. The event begins at 11AM and tickets are only $30. Not a bad deal to see feature bands such as 3OH!3, Hellogoodbye and Simple Plan. For line-up and ticket info, check out http://vanswarpedtour.com.

In each blog I always try to get in my motherly advice so don’t forget to stay hydrated at the festivals. Even at night, temps can be in the 100’s. Drink plenty of water even if you are drinking alcohol and try to get a bite to eat to keep you moving to the music.

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