This weekend the typical Las Vegas crowd will welcome a few thousand unique visitors for the first annual Vegoose music festival. The festival, which is being held at University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) Sam Boyd Stadium, will showcase a wide variety of performers ranging from Dave Matthews and Widespread Panic to Atmosphere and Talib Kweli. Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead and Trey Anastasio from Phish will be onstage, as well as Beck, Jack Johnson and Ryan Adams.
The same visionaries that created the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival organized Vegoose, leading fans to expect a similarly interesting and awe-inspiring experience. Like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, and other recent festivals, Vegoose will be much more than just a concert. Fans can look forward to a wide range of activities and displays around the concert grounds, as well as hope for a few of the surprises that have defined recent festival events. The fact that the concert is being held in Las Vegas on Halloween weekend only adds to the chance for spectacle.
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, a band known for their onstage antics and behavior, claims that leaving the studio to play at an event such as Vegoose is often a well-needed and relaxing experience due to the wide range of music and entertainment.
“Nobody is filling the stadium just to see the Flaming Lips there. You know, they are there to see not just the bands, but to be there with their friends and just to have an experience,” Coyne said.
More eclectic than an IV costume party, the Vegoose lineup promises something to appease every musical appetite. Jam bands that are typical of past Bonnaroo events such the String Cheese Incident and Gov’t Mule will join fresh indie rockers the Shins, the Decemberists and Spoon. Despite the draw of local debauchery, this wide array of talent will no doubt bring in an assorted crowd for what is sure to be a memorable weekend in the City of Sin.