Maybe it was the open bar that piqued the locals’ attention. Or it could’ve been the rare opportunity to see Aluna Francis on a small stage that got people out. But what is certain is the line for The Bunkhouse Saloon reached down the block before 8 p.m on May 11. An exclusive event, dually sponsored by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Spin magazine, boasted live sets from Major Lazer’s DJ Walshy Fire and Francis of AlunaGeorge.
As passed appetizers were being served to the early comers, DJ Crykit heated up the small room with plucky pop and dance mixes. DJ Walshy Fire proclaimed that this was his “first time DJing off the Strip,” and he celebrated with interesting, and often outlandish, mash-ups. When he mixed R. Kelly’s “Bump N’ Grind” into Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” the crowd lost its collective mind.
When Francis hit the stage (sans George Reid) in light blue gingham shorts and a crochet bikini top, all eyes were on her. She weaved through all her most beloved tracks, including, “I’m In Control,” “Jealous” and Disclosure collab, “White Noise.” When she got to “You Know You Like It,” she was met with a full chorus from the audience. Her small, but powerful voice seemed pitch perfect, despite bouncing around onstage with her two rowdy backup dancers. From specific areas in the room, it sounded like she may be lip-synching to make it through. Regardless, the event topped any typical Thursday night musical fare.