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The Thriving DnB Scene in Las Vegas
For decades, the Las Vegas music scene was distinctly characterized by the entertainment provided by legends such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Wayne Newton, but as time went on, subcultures developed and diversified the city’s musical offerings. As local promoter Ruben Rodriguez tells the Review-Journal, he loves the unpredictability of music in his hometown, with there never being a dull moment in Vegas.
No one could have anticipated the evolution from a mere gambling hub to an entertainment capital with a wide spectrum of music enjoyed by those with varying tastes. With the dying popularity of casino games, resort operators had to turn to musical acts to bring interest back to this Nevada hotspot in terms of hosting concerts and sourcing artist-themed titles like Jimi Hendrix slots for their gaming floor that had previously been used by their online counterparts. The musical landscape has drastically changed over the last few years, and thanks to Insomniac’s introduction of EDC Las Vegas back in 2011, Sin City has not only grown to be a sought after venue for music festivals, but the gambling mecca also has a newfound appreciation for electronic music. Now a permanent fixture in the local music scene, residents have been influenced to explore subgenres such as drum ‘n’ bass.
A stark contrast between EDM that you’d typically hear at a Vegas megaclub, DnB had previously remained underground but is now making waves downtown, away from tourist limelight on The Strip. DnB has always commanded a different environment from the typical nightclub, gravitating towards a specific, yet expanding crowd. As the subgenre continues to gain ground in Downtown Vegas, more bars are throwing parties such as I Heart DnB series at Beauty Bar, inviting a myriad of headliners, both local and visiting. The touring festival “The World of Drum & Bass” added Sin City to their list of locations, with their most recent having occurred this past March and featured the likes of Grooverider, Drumsound & Bassline Smith and Crissy Criss. The next big event fans can check out is the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnival.
This is only the beginning for the Vegas DnB scene, with so much potential for growth if the city play their cards right.