While music fans make their annual pilgrimage to Indio, Calif., for a pair of weekends at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 10-12 and 17-19, Las Vegas concert venues are enjoying the side effects of having a major music fest just down the road.
Numerous artists and bands are stopping on the Strip before, after or between playing sets at the Empire Polo Club. In fact, the April influx of up-and-coming bands and big names has become a springtime tradition in Las Vegas, with Coachella bookings landing at numerous concert halls and clubs up and down Las Vegas Boulevard.
Among the festival spillovers are:
Milky Chance at Brooklyn Bowl: April 9
Panda Bear at the Bunkhouse: April 10
Steely Dan at the Pearl: April 11
Alt-J at the Joint: April 13
Ghostface Killah and Raekwon at Brooklyn Bowl: April 13
Kiesza at Marquee Nightclub: April 13
Bad Religion at House of Blues: April 13 and 14
Alabama Shakes at Brooklyn Bowl: April 18
Kimbra at Hard Rock Live: April 18
Built to Spill at the Bunkhouse: April 20
The Cosmopolitan has created its own spring concert series around the rush of musicians hitting the West Coast this month. Dubbed Valley to Vegas, the lineup kicks off April 8 with Ratatat and Sylvan Esso at Boulevard Pool and includes shows by Irish sensation Hozier, indie pop singer Lykke Li and New York rockers Interpol. The full series can be viewed here.
Together, the Coachella imports form a sort of makeshift festival of their own. Not dealing with Port-a-Potty lines or epic traffic jams is just an added bonus.