City of Las Vegas Hosts Colorado Rockers

Denver indie-rock band Snake Rattle Rattle Snake slithers into Centennial Plaza at the Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. Fourth St.) at 6:30 p.m. April 27. (Local act American Cream opens.) If the school seems an odd venue to host a free rock show, that’s because it is. How did it happen?

Turns out the Las Vegas Cultural Affairs department was awarded grant money from regional arts organization Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) to bring Snake Rattle Rattle Snake to Vegas. WESTAF launched a program this year called Independent Music on Tour, designed to send Colorado musicians into surrounding states to forge ties with nonprofit arts presenters. After winning the $2,500 grant, the City chose from six Colorado groups (ranging from hip-hop to chamber-pop) pre-selected by a national panel.

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake is an interesting choice. The band is moody and danceable, especially on its self-released debut, 2011’s Sineater. If you like rock delivered with a post-punk edge and a gothic-Southwest touch, this should do it for you. Singer Hayley Helmericks comes on like Siousxie and the Banshees crossed with the Dead Weather.

There’s also a free workshop earlier in the day. Professor Storm Gloor from the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado, Denver will present a seminar called “Effective Marketing for Artists in the Digital Age and Beyond.” The seminar runs from 1 to 5 p.m. in the school auditorium. For more info on the show, call 229-3515. To learn more about WESTAF’s program to inject Colorado rock into Vegas, visit

Other cool underground shows: Phoenix stoner death-doom band Twin Giant stomps into Favorites at 9 p.m. April 27 with Spun in Darkness, Infinite Death, Servile Conceptions, In the Flesh and Orbitron. Formed in 2010, with a self-released EP and full-length under its belt, Twin Giant sounds very much like a pair of towering behemoths treading heavily across the landscape and wailing on each other with their massive, earth-shattering fists. But if that’s too heavy and loud, let me whet your appetite for power-pop band Tsar, returning to Vegas for what feels like the first time in too many years. The band’s 2005 Band-Girls-Money album still enjoys heavy rotation on my stereo (yes, I’m so old I own a stereo). If you haven’t seen Tsar tear up a stage, you need to attend this show, at 9 p.m. April 27 at Beauty Bar. Also on the bill: Nerf Herder, 3d6, Leaving Springfield and Forget Me Nows.

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