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Name: Jeremy Martin
In Vegas since: 2009
Occupation: Pastor and founder of Downtown Faith
Hidden gem: Open-Air Sessions at the Airstream Village
If you spend much time downtown, you probably know about the Airstream Village on Fremont Street by 11th Street Records and the Bunkhouse Saloon. Maybe you’ve peeked over the half-wall and admired the tiny homes, Airstreams and LED-lit stage. Or maybe you’ve walked by on a cool night and smelled smoke from the fire pit and seen the two alpaca living among the residents.
This adult playground may seem off limits, but it’s not. Every second Friday of the month (the next one is May 12) it opens to the community for some all-ages fun and relaxation.(The Airstream Village will be moving behind the Ferguson Motel soon but the event will continue.)
The format is simple. The music starts around 7:30 p.m. with a local, featured musician, then the stage opens up for communal jam sessions. If you play an instrument or sing, you’re invited to the stage to perform.
My wife and two kids (boy age 3 and girl 1) are finding ourselves there more and more often. The all-ages nature of the event makes it really fun. Even single, childless patrons have explained to me how much silliness and freedom the kids bring to the park. It’s true. Inhibitions move aside and the child-like wonderment takes center stage.
So show up one second Friday of the month and let the security guard know you’re there for the music!