It's not unusual for casinos to book blues artists to perform...after all, casinos depend on dynamic performers to entertain and attract gamblers so, on a dollar for dollar basis, blues artists deliver the goods for the casino. I've never heard of a full-blown blues festival being held in a casino, however, which makes the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival a uniquely entertaining event...offering not quite the intimacy of a blues cruise but maybe better, in some ways, than an outdoor festival.
The Sin City Soul & Blues Revival will be held from Sunday, September 15th through Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at The Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. You have to book a room and stay at The Rio in order to attend the event, but they are offering special ticketing and room packages for the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival. In return, you get almost 40 performers across three days on three stages, including some of the biggest and brightest in the blues world.
On Sunday, for instance, you can check out Tab Benoit, Trampled Under Foot, Tad Robinson, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Mike Zito and The Wheel, and John Nemeth, among others, spaced out throughout the afternoon and evening with the music starting at 1:30 PM and running through closing time. Monday's line-up kicks off at 12:30 PM and includes such heavy-hitters as Curtis Salgado, Deanna Bogart, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Tommy Castro, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band as well as repeat performances from Nemeth and Trampled Under Foot.
The final day of the festival cranks up the amps at noon on Tuesday and features performances from folks like Hadden Sayers, Ruthie Foster, Carolyn Wonderland, Los Lonely Boys, James Harman, and Robert Cray, among others, while Castro, Bogart, and Lil' Ed also hit the stage again. Check with the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival website for ticket availability, performance schedules, and other details of this one-of-a-kind event.
Photo of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi courtesy of Sony Masterworks