Top Spots To Discover New Music In Las Vegas

January 3, 2013 6:00 AM

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Las Vegas is known as the entertainment capitol of the world. That title has attracted fledgling musicians here to try and make it big. In the last few years, there has been an influx of bars and music venues hosting local and new music. From dive bars to high-end concert halls, new artists and their fans now have great places to share music.

The Beauty Bar
517 Fremont St., Suite. A
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 598-1965

The Beauty Bar is a staple on Fremont in downtown Las Vegas. It is a great place to hear music both old and new. The back patio hosts live shows while patrons get a manicure in the 50’s Trenton, New Jersey salon and bar upfront. On Sundays, The Beauty Bar hosts Sunday Skoolin’, an event that promotes local hip-hop artists. The venue’s packed calendar has hosted artists such as Douglas and The Furs and Party Talk. Get the full calendar at

Double Down Saloon
4640 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 791-5775

The Double Down Saloon is a Las Vegas Legend. Located in the Paradise corridor and home to the bacon martini, Double Down Saloon features bands from all over the world and with no cover, always. It also features up-and-coming local bands a few days a week. The saloon toils through emails from hundreds of new artists to bring in the best of punk and garage band acts. You won’t find any acoustic, emo, screamo, techno or world beat bands here and per the venue’s website, acts with midgets get more consideration.

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Sand Dollar Lounge
3355 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 485-5401

The Sand Dollar Lounge is one of the oldest blues bars in Las Vegas. After a five-year hiatus, the bar is back with great live blues bands, a weekly open mic night and karaoke. Nestled in the heart of Las Vegas’ Chinatown, there is no danger of having to fight off the tourists. Wednesday is Bike Night, Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute night is Thursday and Open Mic Night is Tuesday. Weekends are reserved for various live music acts. Check the website for schedules.

Vinyl Las Vegas
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 693-5583

Vinyl was opened in the Summer of 2012 with goal of showcasing the best of national, regional, & local live music. The interior of  Vinyl resembles Chicago speakeasy with brick walls and distressed wood. Vinyl accommodates a range of paid and free events and even plans to host a few 18 and over shows. Vinyl has hosted artists such as Chantal Claret, Lost Bayou Ramblers and Red Eye Radio. To see a list of ticketed and free shows, visit their website.

6750 W. Sahara Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 220-8849

Vamp’d is a restaurant and music venue owned by Danny “The Count” Coker of The History Channel reality show “Counting Cars.” The westside bar hosts world famous bands, tribute bands and local bands, focusing on heavy metal and rock. The Vamp’d venue can be described as “rockabilly vampire” with a medium-sized stage. A majority of the shows at Vamp’d are free and VIP tables can be reserved ahead of time.

Club Fortune Casino
725 S. Racetrack Drive
Henderson, NV 89015
(702) 566-5555

Club Fortune Casino is a small, out-of-the-way casino in Henderson. It recently underwent some remodeling which included a new lounge and sound system. Club Fortune has hosted tribute and local bands like Bluff Control, Odd Man Out and Hot Rod Deville. Local music junkies will love the intimate lounge, reasonable drinks and relaxed atmosphere. Check the casino’s Facebook page for show schedules.

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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at

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