Hip-hop shows in Vegas are hit-and-miss. We can go weeks without a decent headliner. At least I know I can always count on a few monthly parties to deliver—not just live hip-hop but art, dance, food and dope-ass DJs, too. If you’ve never been, add these parties to your to-do list.
Long before iLoveMakkonen, the Tuesday Blend Project had Las Vegas poppin’ on the stay-home-and-watch-Netflix night. Held every first Tuesday at Hard Rock Live, the event is a diverse night of entertainment, showcasing local and national performing artists.
“Our vision is to pull all different scenes together and under one roof when it came to music, dance, art, fashion and lifestyle to share their passion with other artists and influencers,” co-founder Jayar Tolentino says.
The lineup changes each month. You might catch a b-boy battle and a rap performance one night, a live painter and an acoustic set at another. While dance crews consume the bulk of the lineups, live music performances have included Bay Area R&B singer Adrian Marcel, Long Beach firestarter Vince Staples and “Panoramic” rapper Dmac, as well as locals such as Jazz Lazer, Dox Black and Yaygos. The fact that Tuesday Blend just celebrated its fourth anniversary a few weeks ago shows that it’s doing something right.
Also in its fourth year of making sure you dread going to work in the morning is Civilian Clothing’s Sunday Riots. Held every last Sunday from February to November at Civilian’s headquarters (6460 Windy Rd.), the free gathering is a meeting of art, music and streetwear minds. Though there have been punk and reggae editions, the music at Sunday Riots skews toward hip-hop, with emcees Trade Voorhees, Hassan Hamilton and Nate Quest having rocked the mic. The events also feature an art show, a limited-edition T-shirt release and food trucks. Civilian Clothing also hosts the Beatmaker Social every other month at its shop at 5115 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 301, for producers to showcase their work. “We just like to bring people together and have a good time,” Civilian owner David Duran says.
And nothing makes for a good time quite like free fried chicken … right? That’s the gimmick for Bunkhouse Saloon’s Chicken Shack party, every third Saturday at the Downtown venue—and you should totally take the bait. DJs spin old-school soul, roots reggae and tropical funk late with special musical guests. While it ain’t necessarily hip-hop, it’s still a damn good time. No cover. And, again, free fried chicken.