If You’re Looking To Party In Vegas, Look For BLOCK PARTY

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I was first introduced to Block Party at a friend’s birthday party, Miss Avana Peach back in October of 2017 and instantaneously became a fan.  Although I was more focused on celebrating my friend, I was well aware of the quality of musicianship that was taking place and the high energy of this great band, Block Party.

I began to follow them 4 months ago and have had the opportunity to experience seeing them perform in a variety of venues around Las Vegas.  From a small space in a local neighborhood casino to a large room at the Boulder Station’s Railhead Showroom to Fiesta Rancho’s Cabo Lounge, Block Party brings the Party of  all Party’s to any venue.  They have a following that will go to any location that they are performing at, as they continue to make new fans along the way.

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Yes, I have had the pleasure of getting to know this band and it’s amazing talented musicians from FingaRachoz on Keys, who is also the band leader and music director, to Big Kev on Bass, Beat Down on drums,  JC on lead guitar also doing feature vocals, along with the vocals of the oh so talented female singer, Kyss Kyss and male singer, P Wils.  Lately, Vocalist Cali has rejoined the Block Party Family adding his strong vocals and charismatic personality.  All the singers can step to the mic as a feature and blend nicely as a duo or trio.  Each individual musician can stand on their own but together create a musical family, performing a variety of classics from R&B/Soul to Funk, Hip Hop, Blues and Rock.  What I love about Block Party is that each time I have come out to see them perform, they incorporate music that surprises me.  I can honestly say that each show is a new experience with Block Party.

You might here the likes of:

Whip It                                        I Like

My Prerogative                          Square Biz

Poison                                          Music by Chicago

I Wanna                                      Music by George Michael

Jamaican Funk                          Saturday Love

One Nation                                Watching You

Under the leadership of FingaRachoz, Block Party visual display is on point with the band always dressed in coordinated colors, to creating dance movements that the musicians and vocalist do together.  Have I mentioned High Energy…Block Party’s energy is outrageous where you will never see the dance floor empty, matter of fact…the crowd can get so large the the dancing many flow outside of the Cabo Lounge at Fiesta Rancho’s Hotel and Casino in North Las Vegas.  Another attribute of Block Party is they are super engaging of their audience, opening up for the crowd to participate throughout the show.

The crowds that come out and party with Block Party are diverse from a variety of ages to diversity if ethnicity, showing that music can bring people from all walks of life together under the same roof, to party and have a good time.FB_IMG_1519638823236If you are in Vegas or plan to come to Vegas for a visit, I recommend that you find out where BLOCK PARTY will be.  If you are looking for a good time and want to party the night away, you will never be disappointed at a BLOCK PARTY!

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You can follow Block Party on Facebook at: @blockpartyonline

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Lady Flava Meets Tribute To The Temptations in Las Vegas

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An opportunity came for me to go to Las Vegas and see the group,  “Tribute To The Temptations” and I was determined to make it happen.  Arriving on Thursday, June 5th from Seattle to a heat that I was not used to, took this Pacific Northwest girl out of commission for the first night but to recover fine the following day.   Meeting up with my business partner of 2.5 years,  Marc VanClaggett who is a member of this amazing “Tribute To The Temptations” group was a great experience since most of our business is done by phone and internet.  He is on tour year around traveling with this musical brothers to places, I can only dream of.

While in Vegas we attend the show for Smokey Robinson’s group,  “Human Nature” at The Venetian where my cousin, known as “Funky Z” plays the Bass for this amazing group.  We were definitely treated to a great show of musical memories from Motown.  Of course I enjoyed this evening but my purpose was to come to Vegas for the “Tribute To The Temptations.”  I had only seen the online videos and had told Marc that on my “bucket list” was to one day see the group perform LIVE.  Well, that day came sooner than I had anticipated and trust and believe I was not disappointed at all.

Saturday, June 7th we arrived at the event location, “Viva Las Vegas Event Center” for rehearsal and sound check.  I wanted the full experience from start to finish.   Stepping through the doors of this venue I felt the magic just by seeing the decor and set up.  It was so beautiful and classy.

Viva Las Vegas Event Center

 Meeting all the members,  Chester, Sonny, Shevel and Don was a pleasure along with Doug who set up the gig for them to perform in Vegas.   At first the Members were the only ones that had arrived, so they proceeded to do their sound check and warm up before the musicians showed up.   Shortly after the musicians started arriving and it was on.

 Rehersal/Sound Check

This is when I had a first hand experience in the professionalism of this group.  They trained the musicians in just a matter of a few hours how they wanted their music to be played.

Audience for Tribute To The Temptations

7pm the doors opened for business at “Viva Las Vegas Event Center” and the venue and staff was ready to receive what turned out to be a packed house.  They even had to turn people away at the door because they were at capacity.  This was a first for me to be a witness to.  It was a mature crowd.  Many appeared to know each other and greet one another with smiles, hand shakes and hugs.  Strangers sat together sharing a table, but join in as one as they all enjoyed being in this space for the experience of, “Tribute To The Temptations.”  We were taken down memory lane with music from one of Motown’s greatest groups!

Ron Decar, Owner of Viva Las Vegas Event Center

9pm Ron Decar took the stage in his tuxedo as the Owner of  “Viva Las Vegas Event Center” and Host for the evening. The house was packed, the staff attentive to the guests needs and the show was on as he introduces, “Tribute To The Temptations”

Tribute To The Temptations in Vegas

Opening up with “Superstar” brought a high energy to the atmosphere that never came down until way after the show ended.  Taking us on a  musical journey of the greatest hits by “The Temptations,” such as:

“Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”

“Don’t Let The Jones Get You Down”

“My Baby”

“Ball Of Confusion”

As the evening came to an end, I had the opportunity to sit back and witness the crowd wanting to hang out longer to meet and greet the gentlemen and take pictures.  Several said that they needed to come back to Vegas to do a regular gig, that that was what Vegas was missing, good black entertainment.  From being entertained by the”Tribute To The Temptations” to the crowd,  the venues staff,  the owner, Ron and promoter, Doug…this night was a great success.

It had been 13 years since “Tribute To The Temptations” has performed in Vegas, a place they got their start and call home.  Let me tell you, they were well received.

This was why I came to Vegas, to fulfill my one of the things on my “bucket list,”  seeing “Tribute To The Temptations” perform LIVE.  It was a night to remember for me, but I sense that I am not the only one.

If you ever have the opportunity to see them perform, take advantage of it…you will not be disappointed.  I am crossing my fingers that they land a gig in Vegas and can wow the crowds from near and far with their musical magic.

I first want to thank my business partner, Marc VanClaggett for inviting me to Vegas for this amazing experience and to the “Tribute To The Temptations” for not disappointing.  Thank you for your hospitality Las Vegas, I will be back and better prepared for the heat…LOL

To find out more about, “Tribute To The Temptations” go to: http://www.tributetothetemptations.net/

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