Sunday, May 24, 2015

BB King passed to the Heavenly Hall of Fame

The death of B.B. King shook the world, literally. In losing such a magnitude of talent perhaps it is no coincidence that Las Vegas had its first  major earthquake in several years, which in itself is a very rare and strange occurrence. This just goes to show how much B.B. King rocked the world and made an impact on the face of this Earth. The aftershock of his death will affect fans for years to come, but he is memorialized forever in the hearts and ears of many and has now joined some of the greatest musicians who have ever lived, and died, for a reunion concert in the sky. 

The memorial viewing was open to the public and held at Palm Mortuary on Jones Blvd, Friday, May 22, 2015 from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. Guests entered through the south doors of the building and were greeted by pleasant and poised location manager Matt Phillips and funeral director Joel who handed out memorial prayer cards with the singer's photo, name and life dates on the front and the lyrics to his timeless song "The Thrill is Gone" on the back. Visitors were directed to the front of the chapel where Mr. King who was protected by velvet ropes, a personal body guard and Palm Mortuary staff, laid peacefully in a dark, half-couch Batesville casket with a personalized casket insert with an embroidered black and gold guitar and the title of one of his greatest songs "Lucille". Two shiny black Gibson guitars were placed affront of the casket, one at the head and the other at the feet, while a multitude of flower arrangements provided by Flower Fair florists accented Mr. King's tribute. 

The lobby displayed a large memorial blanket, one of the "family support option" items provided as part of Palm's funeral packages. The large blanket  was embedded with a photo of the Blue's King playing his guitar and a large floral piece with a backdrop of white roses sprayed black and the name "Lucille" spelled out in large white roses. Among the attendants were Jenna G, Palm care center and mortuary staff member, and care center manager Mike Finke who stated that within the first hour close to 700 people had come to pay respects to the legend and the line was wrapped around the building. +Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers were stationed at each entrance of the mortuary parking lot and estimated that they were expecting over 1,000 visitors that afternoon. 

In addition to B.B. King's daughter, Rita King-Washington; special guests included Denise White, daughter of the late, great; velvet-voiced singer Barry White and Jerome Jackson of the Jackson 5. Several news stations were present to cover the public event but only Fox 5 News got the exclusive of the behind the scenes story.

American Hall of Fame blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, B.B. King, born September 16, 1925 Riley B. King; rocked the world until May 14, 2015. Throughout his life, King was named the 6 th greatest guitarist on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 greatest guitarists of all time"; number 17 on Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time" and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. His influential style and effortless talent earned him the title of the "King of the Blues" and one of the "Three King of the Blues Guitar". B.B. King continued to perform in over 200 concerts per year well into his 70's until he was stricken with high blood pressure and diabetes and finally passed to the Heavenly Hall of Fame following several small strokes related to his illness.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A True Horsewoman

by Sally Kuehn

As a true horsewoman who has trained and ridden horses for twenty-five years, I believe Las Vegas is, and has been, an oasis for people interested in the sport.

For example, there are new equestrian centers and riding trails being built for both English and western riders. There are also horseshows and rodeos that have been, and are still being performed at Horseman’s Park, Symphony Park and the Thomas and Mack Sports Arena. For locals and tourists who just want to rent a horse for a short time, there are riding stables at Mount Charleston and the Red Rock Conservation area.

What fun it has been to train and ride horses as a professional for horse breeding for establishments such as +Wayne Newton and +Dawn and Curley Schroeder’s Arabian Horses. And what a ball it has been socializing with the people in the Las Vegas Arabian Association with whom I have assisted to organize  its horseshows and conventions. 

It was such a great experience to help +Frank Maggio, public relations director, at the Union Plaza to organize a big trail ride to raise money for the American Cancer Society that ended with everyone riding in the Helldorado Days parade.

During my professional experience with horses I’ve been awarded as many as 20 trophies and 100 ribbons performing in horseshows. That includes English, Western pleasure, Trail horse, costume and driving classes for Arabian and Saddlebred horses.

It goes to show, you can’t beat Las Vegas for ongoing activities for every kind of horse  in the equestrian world. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Helldorado Days Parade

by Charity Griego

The Helldorado Days festival is a 3 day event which encompasses the old western spirit of Nevada and its frontier roots. Beginning in 1934, shortly following the economic boom of the building of the Hoover Dam, sponsored by the local Elk's Lodge No.1468 and supported by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, the Helldorado Days events were created as a means of maintaining state pride and attracting tourists to the area for more of a family friendly shindig than the usual rowdy gambling halls and saloons. 

The festival includes a rodeo with bull-riding, team roping and barrel racing; show horses, art shows; beauty contest, and the famous Whiskerino contest, in which gents from all bow-legged walks of life spend months growing grizzly whiskers to win the state's best beard or mustache and of course -the Helldorado Days' parade.

This year's parade was led by the Color guard and a line of bagpipers who made way for Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband former Mayor Oscar Goodman
who rode down 4th street a top a vintage pink Cadillac convertible strun with western motif. 

The processional headed north on 4th street from Gass Avenue and rounded up at Stewart Ave, downtown, and included a variety of businesses, non-profit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, political groups; the Las Vegas fire department and metropolitan police department, dance groups of all ages and ethnicities; marching bands, entertainers such as comedian +Paul Scally.

The 2015 event donated proceeds to local charitable groups such as the Animal Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Southern NevadaShade Tree Shelter and Project 150!. Folks were also given a discount for bringing donated items to the door of any Helldorado Days event. With all this community involvement and charity work the Wild West is truly a force to be reckoned with, in defending the trailblazers and onward road of the Silver State.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Downtown Container Park

by Bea Taylor
Downtown Container Park a unique, open-air shopping center filled with boutique retail shopping offers everything from apparel, jewelry, and accessories to art galleries, home décor, and fixtures. 

With three levels of shopping and more than 10 fashion boutiques, the park offers an experience unlike anything else in Vegas. 
Created from re-purposed shipping containers and locally manufactured by Xtreme Cubes, the stores at Downtown Container Park offer an intimate shopping experience. 

Downtown Container Park is home to seven restaurants and bars with indoor and outdoor seating: Pinches Tacos, Simply Pure, Big Ern’s BBQ, Cheffini’s Hot Dogs, Bin 702, The Perch, and Oak and Ivy. From barbecue and hot dogs to fine dining and craft cocktails.

For kids delight, there is an interactive playground featuring The Treehouse, a 33-foot-tall slide, NEOS play system, over sized foam and building blocks.

Every weekend the Container Park offers free live music, movie nights during the spring, summer, and fall, and a variety of family-friendly events. 

From late-night weekend concerts to family-focused seasonal and holiday celebrations there are plenty of entertainment and events for all ages.

The Downtown Container Park is is located at 707 Fremont Street, in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at the corner of Fremont Street and S. 7th Street.  (702) 359-9982

Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday- Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Restaurants and Bars
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday- Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Things to do around Downtown Las Vegas


Container Park Lot
118 S. 7th Street
Monday-Thursday: $2/hour (before 6 pm)
and $10 flat-rate (after 6 pm)

Friday: $3/hour Friday (before 6 pm)
and $15 flat-rate (after 6pm)

Saturday and Sunday: $15 flat-rate

Downtown Lot
108 N. 8th Street
$2/hour – $10 flat rate
$10 flat rate on nights (after 6 pm) and weekends
$Vary – special events

Llama Lot
910 Fremont Street
$1/hour – $6 daily maximum
$5 flat rate on nights (after 6 pm) and weekends

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Celebrating the Life of Kirt Taylor

by Bea Taylor
Kirt Taylor Memorial Fundraiser, benefit show to assist LouiseKirt's grandmother with memorial services at the Backstage Bar and BillardsDowntown Las Vegas, featuring the bands Goldfish Don't BounceLauren Coleman and Jessica Lankford of PebalunaRhyme N RhythmRobert StokesZabi Naqshband
Kirt Taylor was the guitarist of the Retrolites band.

Kirt Taylor passed but his Facebook page is very much alive. Today, June 26, would be his birthday. Many of his friends are posting on his page, wishing him happy birthday. Here are some of the posts:

Happy Birthday big brother, I miss you so damn much. I have to admit there are so many feelings that I have going on; anger, sadness, but also a happiness because I know that you are with me always. I keep thinking of that time I came to Eugene to see you play (Over the Line: still the shit!!), I snuck out of the house (SOoo much trouble when I got home) and was lucky to have friends that understood how important it was to be there. I was too young to get into the bar you guys were playing at, but instead got to hang out in the van (totally named dropped that you were my brother and got called on it : ), which was so much cooler than seeing the show. I've looked up to you my whole life, and no matter what you were there. Miss you doesn't cover it. Love you always.

In honor of Kirt Taylor's birthday I'd like to gift everyone the album we were working on before his untimely death. The release last month was bittersweet; His gift to the world was music & I know he'd want you to hear this.
Just go to and enter this code :: B3e-51d3S

Happy birthday brother heart emoticon I love and miss you ,  Dang dude.....happy birthday Kirt! ,  
We all live you bro! ,  Happy Birthday Sweetheart

The Retrolites videos:

      Backstage Bar and Billards
601 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 382-2227