The annual pilgrimage of bands en route to Austin for South By Southwest brought another loud and talent-packed weekend to the streets of Downtown Las Vegas for Neon Reverb. This year’s indie festival kicked off Thursday night with high energy shows from self-described “noisy groovepunk trio” Monsterwatch and stoner rock band Tight Fright at Beauty Bar. Meanwhile, Backstage Bar & Billiards featured a soulful and passionate performance from local musician Jessica Manalo.
Local acts Kurumpaw and No Tides opened night two at Beauty Bar for surf-rock band La Luz, even drawing a few fans who enjoyed a free show from the top of a bus in the alleyway. While that went on, The Bunkhouse Saloon hosted a mesmerizing performance from eight-piece experimental indie-pop band U.S. Girls, led by Meg Remy.
Part Time was originally slated to play outdoor at Beauty Bar on the third night of the festival but the show was rained out. Instead, the band brought their ‘80s new wave sound to Bunkhouse sometime after 1 a.m. While Part Time was able to make it to the stage, supporting acts Glass Pools and Ang Kerfoot were dropped last-minute because of the show consolidation.
Sunday finally brought the festival to an end with Henderson-born songwriter Nicholas Rattigan’s Current Joys. Along with some Green Valley Gator pride, Rattigan also brought his unique indie-rock (with a hint of The Shins) sound to a lively Bunkhouse crowd. San Diego-based punk-infused rock band Wavves closed out the festival, summoning one of the best crowds a Vegas bar show had to offer, prompting not two but three successful crowd surfers (and several failed ones as well), a steady mosh pit and a captivated crowd.
Photos by Miranda Alam