Vegas is one of the top destinations to see amazing music performances, but what may not be as obvious is how many great performances you can see when you’re on a tight budget.
So while you may not be able to swing the all-access backstage pass for Britney Spears, you can still see some killer talent for little to no money — which means you’ll have more money to spend on food, drinks and gaming. Here’s a list of somewhat unconventional but still amazing options for seeing live music in Vegas.
The Spazmatics at South Point
If you’re a fan of 80’s pop, then going to see the Spazmatics at the South Point Casino should be at the top of your list. They’re an 80’s cover band dressed up like extras from Revenge of the Nerds, and from the dancing to the over-the-top performance, it’s an amazing way to spend a Saturday night.
If the music alone isn’t enough of a sell, the rock bottom prices of drinks may change your mind. Did someone say $1 Patron shots and $4 vodka cocktails? Yes. Please.
Bottom line, everyone is there to get drunk and dance to fun songs performed by some wild musicians. You won’t be disappointed. The Spazmatics perform every Saturday and tickets are only $5 at the door or $10 if you want a guaranteed reserved table.
Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar at Harrah’s
If you’re more into cowboy boots and moonshine, check out Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar located inside Harrah’s. While there are a few solid country bars in Vegas if you’re a country fan — like Gilley’s and Stoney’s — this one has a great live band every night playing country classics and modern hits that always make for a packed dance floor.
The best part? No cover.
Toby Keith’s almost always has a beer special, but if you want something more unique you can get one of their signature drinks. They cost $19, but they are served in hefty mason jars, so you’ll be good to go with one. My personal fave is called the White Trash with Money — it has Chambord black raspberry liqueur, Sierra Mist, sweet & sour mix and a float of Coors light. After 32oz of that, you know you’re in for a good time.
Don’t Forget Casino Bars
Not every casino bar has live music, but a lot of them do — and, of course, it’s free. The Lift Bar at Aria is a great choice. It’s a good option if you want a place to pregame or you’re looking for a chill night to hang out. Music selection can vary, but an example of a performance typical at Lift is a jazz trio covering current pop hits. You can relax, listen to some really talented musicians, grab a cheap beer bucket and prepare for the night ahead — or nurse yourself from the night before without sitting around watching TV in your hotel room.
Check each property’s website to see what live performances they offer — you might be surprised at how many there are. It’s Vegas, after all, so the quality is usually pretty bomb.
Music Festivals Give Great Bang For The Buck
Vegas hosts some of the biggest and best music festivals — from Life is Beautiful to Jingle Ball to Country Music Fest, Vegas has become a go-to destination for a range of festivals. While the actual ticket prices can be a bit steep, especially compared to the other options on this list, you definitely get the most bang for your buck with a music festival.
For the same price, it may cost you to see a headliner on the Strip, you can see 10 different bands that include some of the biggest names in music — and you may even discover new your new favorite group. The best part about going to a music festival in Vegas? You aren’t in the middle of nowhere like so many other popular festivals, so you can get the most out of a trip, whether it’s retiring to your room at the end of the day or moving to a casino or bar when the music is done.
If you know you want to plan a trip to Vegas, it may be worth it to plan it around a festival that you and your squad would love. There is lots of live entertainment in Vegas, and the best part is that you don’t always have to pay Vegas prices as long as you’re willing to think outside the box.