Saturday, April 3, 2010

Viva Las Vegas Update #2: Chop Tops, Marti Brom, The Teenagers, and The King’s Ransom Elvis Exhibit

From the looks of it, this year’s sold-out Viva Las Vegas is more packed than last year. So it was a little odd that The Chop Tops – who had one of the biggest audiences last year – were scheduled to play in the cozily intimate Brendan’s Irish Pub. This resulted in entrance line waiting times of more than 45 minutes, but it was definitely worth the wait. The Chop Tops, a Santa Cruz-based band with a relentless touring schedule, played one of their most energetic shows ever for the packed-in Viva crowd.

Sinner, known for his stand-up drumming/singing, made the crowd laugh, as always: “Don’t forget everyone, we play weddings and bar mitzvahs.” He also reminded folks that their special brand of “revved up rockabilly” is truly based in the roots of the genre: “The people who say we don’t play rockabilly don’t know their musical history. Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash – those were the original punks.” Playing both covers from these “original punks” and their own original pieces, Shelby proved that he’s a master of Gretsch and Brett’s upright bass skills were amazing.

If you missed them yesterday, catch The Chop Tops today (Saturday April 3, 2010) at the Car Show at 4 pm before Chuck Berry, or tomorrow (Sunday April 4, 2010) at Brendan’s at 4 pm. Make sure you arrive early, though! While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up a copy of their brand-new album, Deadly Love, which was produced by Kim Nekroman (of Nekromantix and Horrorpops) and engineered by Niedermeier (of Horrorpops). Also take a moment to talk to the guys at the merch table – they really appreciate the support of their fans.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS UPDATE - WITH REVIEWS OF MARTI BROM, THE TEENAGERS, AND AN ELVIS MEMORABILIA EXHIBIT AT THE IMPERIAL PALACE

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